GUEST: Michael Nie, director of photography on the short film NOT YOUR TIME and the upcoming shorts DUST and KING’S HIGHWAY. The guys review the new Peter Jackson prequel THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and delve deep into the technology behind the film’s new 48fps high frame rate (or HFR).
The guys discuss Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm for $4 billion and the implications the acquisition may have for the STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. The discussion eventually veers to a discussion of film franchises in general, and more specifically why so many film franchises struggle to maintain quality in later installments.
The guys discuss the career of film director Tony Scott after his surprising death by suicide. They use the Badass Digest editorial “Never Hate a Director” as a frame through which to examine some of their least-favorite Tony Scott films, their worth, and the worth of bad films in general. They also rave unanimously about their love of TRUE ROMANCE.
GUEST: Mark Riechers of 8-Bit Dairyland. The guys discuss a number of growing film exhibition trends including 3D, IMAX, 48fps, D-Box, 4D and even Smell-O-Vision! The conversation drifts into a general stroking of the Alamo Drafthouse by the end, so enjoy! Before you listen, read this editorial on 3D from Rian Johnson (director of Brick and The Brothers Bloom) and this article about Peter Jackson’s 48fps production of The Hobbit.
by Michael Neelsen
Roger Ebert is fed up with uber-directors like James Cameron and Peter Jackson putting more emphasis on technology than story.
In the best of all possible worlds, directors would obsess about the quality of their storytelling, and not the details of their technical methods. It is perfectly possible to make a great film in 2D and at an average length. I submit that “Fargo” is nearly a perfect film at 98 minutes, and that “No Country for Old Men” feels just right at 122 minutes. I fear that Jackson and Cameron have been carried by ambition to make films that leave the realm of artistic economy and are trying to gain stature via the realm of bloated manufacturing.