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Time to admit you have a problem.

You know the problem with hating the addiction story line? Everything on TV can be an addiction after a while.

James Kirk has an addiction to tragically doomed women.
Duncan Macleod has an addiction to cutting off heads.
MacGyver has an addiction to building weapons out of junk.
The A-Team has an addiction to helping people in need, who no one else can help. (if you can find them)
The Addams family was addicted to being the sort of goth chic Tim Burton only wishes he could attain.

And of course the crew of the Enterprise D had an addiction to being no where near as cool as Kirk and the boys.

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We need another Wizard

You know what 3D hasn’t had yet? The Wizard of Oz. I don’t mean that someone needs to remake The Wiz in 3D, but that there hasn’t been a movie that has demanded a 3D viewing yet. Can you imagine watching The Wizard of Oz without color? It would be horrible, right*? That’s my problem with 3D thus far. There hasn’t been a movie that NEEDS to be in 3D to really get it. Color was integral to The Wizard of Oz. Interestingly enough, Oz was just the final nail in the “Color is just a gimmick” argument’s coffin. It wasn’t the first Technicolor film, it wasn’t even the first big one that we still remember. In fact, like 3D, color went through several technical stages before they started to get it right. It was 3 strip Technicolor** that really did it. Like 3D, color was around for decades before it went beyond the gimmick stage. Some time I should really do a retrospective on the gimmick of color, because it was also a gimmick for a long time. However, once they got it right, they managed to make it really worth something in just three years.

You had Snow White in 1937, The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938 and then Wizard of Oz & Gone with the Wind in 1939. In three years, you had a fairly wide collection of movies, pretty much something for everyone. While color was not an integral part to most of those, I think most people would have a problem picturing them without color. No one made Black & White prints like they make 2D prints for people who won’t want to see the 3D versions. For that matter, I don’t think there were silent versions of early sound movies either.

That’s the problem, there hasn’t been anything like that yet. Someone has to really sit down and work out visuals for a movie that really ONLY works when seen in 3D. It’s not Alice in Wonderland, and it isn’t Avatar. Haven’t seen it yet, but when it does, it will be the most successful 3D movie ever. Right now, that movie has some serious work to do. If you want to unset the most financially successful 3D movies, hell one of the most successful movies period, you’ve got to unseat The Stewardesses! Yeah, not Avatar. The 3D movie that made the most money for the least investment was a 1969 skinflick that made 300 times its investment back. What’s even more interesting is that according to this review, it was even worse than Avatar. Say what you will about Avatar (and I have) it at least has a plot.

*Yes, yes, I know before 1960-whatever everyone watched it in black and white on TV. Fuck off, I’m trying to make a point here.
**First used for a full length feature in 1935 for Becky Sharp, a movie that exactly no one remembers.

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Horror Anthology Movies

Got a double feature of two old horror movies. Tales of Terror and it’s spiritual sequel Twice-Told Tales. Both of these are anthology movies with three stories each.

And I got to thinking. I’ve also got Creepshow and Creepshow 2, Cat’s Eye and Tales from the Darkside: The Movie. Is there something about horror that leads it to telling being able to tell stories nice and short? The only non-horror anthology movies I can think of are Heavy Metal and Four Rooms, but I don’t have either of those in my collection. I’ve seen them, but I don’t have them. I do have Dolls, but it’s one of those I’ve never had a chance to watch it yet.

I suppose Sin City might count, but I find those stories too interconnected to make it in my mind. My view of an anthology is that they’re only connected through the frame story. Might be dumb, but there it is. Looking at the Wikipedia list (which is never-EVER wrong) almost all them are horror, one or two I think are just plain wrong*, and only a few that aren’t horror. It seems that far more than half are horror though.

I can’t help but wonder why that is. Sci-Fi can be nice and short too, can’t it? There are more sci-fi short stories floating around than there are in horror in my experience. It just seems odd that most the little short story movies are horror.

*Comedy sketch comedy is sketch comedy and does not an anthology make.

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

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