I saw "Wreck-it Ralph" today and was pleasantly surprised. I expected a cynical cash-in on nostalgic feelings, but there was a lot of genuine care and attention put into the film. There are some specific video games references (my favourite one being a subtle nod to Sonic Sez), but they're generally not too overt and you don't have to recognize any of them to have a good time. Despite the trailer suggesting it, "Ralph" doesn't really involve real games all that often, it's much more about the concepts of gaming. I've seen it being compared to "Toy Story" a lot, but I'd say it's closer to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", taking the established conventions of an art medium and looking at them through a human filter.
What impressed me the most was the animation. It's not quite as detailed as the works of Pixar, but there was a lot of thought put into the design of the characters and the worlds. Each represented game has its own unique art style and the switch between the real world and the arcade machines was very well done. The 8-bit segments in particular were fantastic. And while the characters aren't especially deep, they're sympathetic enough that you feel with them throughout the entire work. Having a hero of "classic" games working together with a hero of "modern" gaming was a nice touch as well.
If I'd have to criticize, I'd say "Ralph" sort of drags in the middle. The story isn't exactly compelling and I wish they used the game jumping gimmick a bit more. You only really see two worlds and while they are, as mentioned, very well-done, you still get the impression that they could have done a lot more with the premise. I'm just nitpicking though. "Ralph" is well worth watching, even if you aren't an avid gamer. It's no masterpiece by any means, but it's a satisfying way to spend a Friday evening.
I have to say however, my personal highlight of the evening was the short film preceding "Ralph", which I believe was called "Paperman". It's a very simple, but incredibly charming piece of animation and I hope Disney makes use of its art style in a future project.
I watched GO from 90's and its like more fucked up version of hangover,overall better movie then both hangovers.
Add Hachi A dog tale..I shread a tear and not only one.. :'(
I watched the Woman in Black. Not bad, well made, but not sure that what it adds to the stage play/book was really worth adding. Also very strange watching Harry Potter playing a dad.
Holy Motors and Martyrs were the last two movies I watched. Neither was really as good as they're hyped up to be, but at least France gets to keep its reputation for making movies that are completely insane.
Indiana Jone...I mean Tintin and The Secret Of The Unicorn - This was a great action movie it is clear that Steven Spielberg wanted to make a better Indiana Jones after number 4 was so terrible. The main character though is a bit bland in this one but thankfully you have Andy Serkis with him making much more entertaining with his drunk sailor character, I do feel that Andy Serkis doesn't get as much recognition as he should do being pretty much in every motion capture movie and always being the best one in them but oh well.
I saw The Three Stooges and was very surprised by how much i enjoyed it. i had never planned to watch it but i'm glad i did. The 3 guys that played the stooges did a fantastic job. best impressions i've ever seen. and i am a Three Stooges fan, still watch it on tv occasionally. watched it every night when i was a kid and as a teenager. didn't realize the Farrelly brothers had made this movie till i saw the credits and probably would've watched it sooner had i known that.
watching it got me in the mood for some classic comedy and i also watched A Night in Casablanca which i had never seen but am also a big fan of the Marx brothers. If you've never seen a Marx Brothers movie, i suggest you give one a try...my favorite is A Night at the Opera.
Saw The Hobbit today. I actually quite enjoyed it. It's about half an hour too long and has some pacing issues but otherwise it was really enjoyable. It felt like Fellowship of the Ring but without being chained down as a LoTR film it allowed itself to be more fun.
Did you see it in 48fps or play it safe? I'm worried that a time will come when 48fps becomes the standard and our children turn into those whiny framerate sticklers you see on certain PC forums.
I went to my local cinema, expecting little from The Hobbit but wow. Just wow. 3+ hours long but all I can say is Peter Jackson's pretty good with pacing. And I wouldn't say it's dragged on, considering the size of the book itself. It's a bit less... morbid than LotR and more of a fun, simple adventure involving dwarves, a wizard and a Hobbit through New Zealand/Middle-Earth. I'll be looking forward to the sequel if they're making one. That mountain giant battle was amazing but it's a bit odd that it seems that it's all in slow-mo
So if indeed it is a cheerier film we can all thank Tolkien for dying?
I actually have no idea whether they're providing separate framerates for 2D showings, but there are only a limited number of theaters doing "HFR 3D". For all the fuss that Peter Jackson made over the superiority of the format (I don't see why enhanced realism or better 3D are considered improvements to the realm of film) they're doing a terrible idea of informing people what they're seeing.
HFR 3D, 3D, 2D. When you look at the timetable each is listed as what you get and it's printed on the ticket. It's up to the cinema to inform people what they're seeing.