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The Great Wolverine Workprint Internet Leak (and Other Tales of Horror)

Posted in Entertainment, film, media, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by law7355
I had a look at the Wolverine workprint that found it way onto the internet (passed on from a friend of a friend who knows a guy who once dated a girls who’s brother etc etc – I would never myself download any movies…)
Anyway, as I was saying, I had a look at it.
It’s an early cut with lots of pre-vis CGI and probably edited before the recent reshoots, but on the whole I must say I’m pretty damned excited. Yes about the movie but more so about what it could mean for the industry and film fans.
I don’t believe it should be seen as a threat to the movie industry and serve as a watermark incident in Hollywood’s fight against internet pirates, although if the movie does anything less than fucking brilliantly at the box office I’m sure the knee-jerk reaction of the industry execs will be just that: blame piracy again and clamp down on sub-contractors and employees, all the while crying about the holes in their pockets and the mass-market thievery by internet thugs who fund terrorism and eat babies.
So far (and true to form) Twentieth century Fox’s response has been to claim it is an old rough cut without FX, music etc (fair) and that it “may contain an April Fool’s Virus”.
Awesome, well done; like that tactic has worked so well for you to date.
Seeing this version gives an incredible glimpse into the moviemaking process, particularly at how complex a ‘simple’ scene can be, with its many layers of composited videos and all the work that will ultimately go into colour-correcting them, masking them and then applying FX to convincingly blend it into the scenes we take for granted in the cinema. It’s exciting to see. It certainly makes we want to check out the final release to compare and see how they polished it, cleaned up the editing, smoothed out the narrative and so on.
And I’m not the only one: according to a great article over at newteevee.com, the torrent forums are full of fans eager to see the final cut. After all, the FX, explosions and blood-n-guts are what they want to see, not Hugh Jackman dangling from a wire.
My sincere hope is that the movie does very well, mainly because Mr Jackman has put in a lot of effort and (to my knowledge) is it’s producer so he has a lot riding on it. If it does, the industry would do well to consider the prospect of the opportunities represented by this incident: include the fans in the testing process – allow them to see early scenes (perhaps not the whole movie next time, we want some surprises) and study the responses.
In this case, if this had happened earlier, they could have learned much from the public’s reception of the movie and adapted it accordingly. For example, I think the use of some of the staple characters of the X-Men universe is shoddy in places: not wanting to make the mistakes of the first X-Men and use few characters and waste time on exposition, they’ve chosen to somewhat clumsily throw in many new faces/old favourites all the way through the movie, not really giving us the opportunity to really warm to any of their sociopathic niceties. If much of the response from the forums and fan-sites were to say the same, the film-makers would be foolish not to reconsider some of the characters or the way they’re edited.
Of course, all this is unlikely to happen. As it is, many of the articles written about the incident are what you would expect: Chicken Little responses bleating about further proof of the death of an industry. For example, have a look at CrunchGear‘s John Biggs, who believes “we are witnessing the rise of media terrorism”
What a fucking arsehat*!
It’s nothing nearly that sinister; it certainly wasn’t a deliberate and mutli-pronged attack on a people and their way of life by an opposing group holding mutually exclusive beliefs. In all likelihood, it was some sub-contractor working the nightshift at an FX house pissed off that his hours or pay have been reduced due to the recession and who happened to be working on Wolverine at the time; if it had been the Duchess we would be writing about Kiera Knightly and the scary sight of her flat chest without CGI cleavage. Or not.
Anyway, here’s hoping the movie does well enough at the box-office, until the DVD/Blu Ray is released and pirated all over again. And that they include the workprint-cut on the DVD extras so we can revisit the entire behind-the-scenes joy again and again.

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Oscar Nominations 2009 (and my picks)

Posted in Entertainment, film, media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2009 by law7355

So the Oscar nominations were announced today: some surprises (The Incredibly boring case of Benjamin Button as ‘Best Picture’?!!) and a lot of love for Slumdog Millionaire (a very good movie and probably the best of the nominations) but there were too many movies I enjoyed much more that were simply not nominated (or were, but in all the wrong categories): Wall-E, Defiance, Tokyo Gore Police, Iron Man, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Waltz with Bashir, Cloverfield, Gomorrah, In Bruges, The Wackness… I forget, but there were others. And Ok, I was kidding about Tokyo Gore Police – it’s stupid.  Anyway, the list:


BEST PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Simply because Milk had great acting, but wasn’t great, Button was boring, Frost/Nixon was tight and dramatic but too ‘Oscar-worthy’, I haven’t yet seen The Reader (but liked the book) and really enjoyed Slumdog, even if the narrative devices used are obvious and convenient.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Sean Penn is fan-fucking-tastic. Mickey Rourke was great [and the Wrestler was great] but he as a person/actor/plastecine model creeps me the fuck out – he’s like Ray Presto with botox! .

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Josh Brolin – Milk
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road

ACTRESS IS A LEADING ROLE
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Melissa Leo – Frozen River
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kate Winslet – The Reader

I thought her performance in ‘The Changeling’ was good, but mainly because I don’t want to see Kate Winslet give another acceptance speech.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler

Because she was kind enough to show us her boobs (again)

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
WALL-E

Best frikkin’ movie of the year.

ART DIRECTION
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road

Like an Oscar for making it look almost exactly like a Michael Mann movie

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire


DIRECTING
David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant – Milk
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire

Benjamin Button got more nominations than people I know who will admit to actually liking it.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Man on Wire
Trouble the Water

FILM EDITING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Baader Meinhof Complex
The Class
Departures
Revanche
Waltz with Bashir

My decision is based the fact that it is a touching and powerful movie, and that I haven’t seen any of the others


MAKEUP

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army

VISUAL EFFECTS
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
Frost/Nixon
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

I guess I should see the Reader, since it pops up so many times.

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Frozen River
Hapy-Go-Lucky
In Bruges
Milk
WALL-E

Family Guy Does Office Space

Posted in film, Joke, Video with tags , , , , , on October 6, 2008 by law7355

In the most recent episode of Family Guy, they send up the Fax Machine Destruction scene from Office Space.

You know, the one where the characters do to the fax machine what we have all wanted to do to various printers, copiers, coffee machines and Power PC clones (which keep crashing while working through the night to meet a deadline)

Frikkin’ love it…

This single scene puts Family Guy just that one step ahead of American Dad in my internal FG vs AD poll… for now.

 

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FG Does Office Space-iPhone.m4v (8584 KB)

 

BBC3 “The Wrong Door”

Posted in film, Joke, Video with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2008 by law7355

Gremlin Splice Scene Updated

Posted in film, media with tags , , , , , , , on September 8, 2008 by law7355