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American Reunion Movie Review

I had the chance last week to go to an advance screening of the newest film in the American Pie franchise, American Reunion.  Overall I greatly enjoyed it.  I laughed more than I have at a comedy in a long time.

I think possibly part of the reason I enjoyed it so much, is that because I am the roughly the same age group as the characters in the film.  The film is built around the groups high school reunion, their 10 year reunion just happening a few years late.  Next year (2013) will be 10 years since I have graduated from high school so I am at a similar point in my life.  The things the characters are going through I am either experiencing or seeing my friends experience.  For these reasons the things that happen in the story make me more apt to relate to the film to a certain degree.

With taking that into account, this movie is still at its heart another American Pie film,  the characters are now just a bit older and facing different problems, but they have not changed drastically, but the natural evolution that you might expect at their current age.  The movie still has what I would call American Pie humor, some of the low brow humor and sex jokes the films are known for.  To me in the end if you liked the other films in the series, American Pie, American Pie 2, and American Wedding I bet you would enjoy this film overall.  This could be that since I have not seen the other three main films in the series for a while, but I think American Reunion could be the best of the series so far to me.  I just don’t remembering laughing as much during the other three movies as I did in American Reunion.

If you could not tell I would certainly recommend seeing this film if you are in the mood for a good comedy.

Embracing IMAX for 2D and not 3D

An article over at Movieline.com talks about how “more and more evidence suggests that audiences are both showing a preference for IMAX and happily forgoing often-reviled 3-D visuals.”

Personally for me if a movie films scenes with IMAX cameras to take advantage of the bigger picture it can offer, like Christopher Nolan did  with the Dark Knight did, I am more willing to pay for that experience than I am with 3D.  For me I don’t see 3D as a big attraction or something that I care to spend the extra money on .  While 3D can add some value to movies, overall it just does not add enough to a movie where I would regularly pay the higher 3D ticket price for that experience.

IMAX to me I think can add enough value when the film makers film at least part of their movies using IMAX cameras, some of the recent examples of that are Dark Knight like I mentioned and Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. The more immersive world they can create normally for action scenes to me is overall normally worth the extra price if I am already interested in the movie.  While I don’t always choose the IMAX screening I certainly normally consider it in the movies that take proper advantage of it.  To truly see what IMAX filmed scenes can bring to a movie see the picture below and how much more detail IMAX brought to the screen.

Image via Slashfilm.com

This part from the article has some good stats on performance of 3D vs 2D showings of the movie The Lorax. (Emphasis mine)

Other telling statistics came with the hit film The Lorax, whose hefty $70 million opening far exceeded expectations. Industry investment analyst Richard Greenfield found that while 3-D screens represented a nearly two-to-one majority of The Lorax’s theater count, the grosses expose a nearly even split between 2-D and 3-D. The per-screen average shows that more money was made in conventional screenings, a stunning figure once you factor in the inflated 3-D ticket prices. That breakdown means that while 60 percent of the screenings were displayed in 3-D, 60 percent of the audience watched in 2-D.

via The IMAX Old Wave: How Audiences and Filmmakers Are Embracing the 2-D Mega-Screen – Movieline.

 As that helps show I am not the only one that prefers 2D over 3D whether for cost reasons or if people just don’t like 3D itself.  It will be interesting to see if and how this trend continues in the future both in terms of movies filming at least partly with IMAX cameras and how prevalent 3D movies stay in the next few years.

To read more about how Dark Knight scenes came about in IMAX check out this article over at Slashfilm.com: How The Dark Knight Went IMAX

Thor to be first big hit of summer?

Last night I had gotten tickets to a preview screening of the movie Thor from the site Gofobo and in the past when I have done preview screenings normally got to the theater 45-30 minutes in advance and while I was not the first in line, I did get in.  Last night I ended up not getting in with being there about 35 minutes in advance, the people running the screening said that theater was full an hour before the screening, and they had not seen a screen fill up that fast before really. It gives some small indication that  people are quite excited for Thor, we will know for sure when it comes out next weekend and see how it does at the box office.  The people running the screening took our screener tickets and said we would be invited another one they where having next week before it came out, so if do end up getting tickets for that certainly will be going earlier this time to it.

‘TRON: Legacy’ Director Gives Ideas on ‘TRON 3′ Plot

Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski Gave some solid leads as to where he might take a third Tron film if he is able to:

“I think we will pick with where TRON: LEGACY left off with Quorra in the real world and what does that mean and the possibilities it opens up for the next chapter. It’s that relationship between the two of them that’s the next step.”

He also agreed that the son of Dillinger, played by Cillian Murphy, would have to play a big role:

“Dillinger was a really important part of the first film and felt like an easy way to continue that storyline and thread to have his son in the new movie. That way you have people ask those questions of what the Dillinger legacy is in the world of TRON. We didn’t want to ignore it completely and it leaves a really nice springboard for some intertwining development for the next film.”

via ‘TRON: Legacy’ Director Joseph Kosinski Talks ‘TRON 3? Plot | /Film.

Some of the extra’s on the DVD/Blu-Ray release hint at this these story lines and certainly an area I think would make for good ground to cover for a third film.  Be fun to see it develop.

Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ looking for new film home.

The rights holders to Frank Herbert’s Dune are on the look out now for a new partner to help make a new film a reality:

Paramount has turned loose the giant worm, and everything else that was part of the seminal Frank Herbert science fiction novel series Dune. The studio’s four-year attempt to make a movie out of the franchise has fallen by the wayside. “Paramount’s option has expired and we couldn’t reach an agreement,” said Richard P. Rubinstein, who controls the rights on behalf of the author’s estate and ABC.

via Paramount Ends 4-Year Attempt To Turn Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ Into Film Franchise – Deadline.com.

I would enjoy to see a modern take on Dune, since David Lynch’s version in the 1980’s was a bit of a weird take on it and the mini series the SCIFI channel now SYFY did in 2000, was well done but you can tell it was done on a some what of a limited TV budget.  So it would be nice to see a big budget version of Dune be made, the question will be can any one really make a single 2-3 hour movie out of the complex book.  It would be interesting to see them try, in the link above, it says Rubinstein was happy with the latest script.

Another possible interesting option is to see a channel like HBO, Showtime or Starz make a full fledge TV show out of the book.  If HBO did it and gave the type of budget and care they are doing for Game of Thrones, I would be confident in how it might turn out.

I do hope a new version comes along here soon, since I have always enjoyed the world of Dune once I started reading the books years ago and would enjoy a new take on it.

Harry Potter 7 is here & nearing an end.

For me the winter movie season really kicks into gear with this weekends release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1.  I am excited for this one since I have Potter book number seven has been my favorite of the series, so been excited to see what they will do with the first part of the adaption.  For me I liked book 7 more because it had less of the extraneous sub plots that where more prevalent in the previous books.  Also it is certainly a bit different given that most of it is not set in Hogwarts.  I am certainly excited for it when I see it friday.

Also a little sad that we only have one movie left in the Harry Potter series after this one.  I say that since I have grown up with the books and movies.  First started reading the books when I was a freshman or sophomore in high school and have enjoyed the series as books and movies as a whole.  Also been great to see the actors basically grow up during the course of the films, amazing how young they where and how young they look as well when see the first movie now.

Short Review: The intriguing “Inception”

I have been meaning to do this review ever since I saw Inception on opening weekend, while it is a bit late here is my review finally.

I did a post earlier this month wonder if Inception would be a hit & it certainly seems like it is.  I went to see the movie Inception on opening weekend, like many other people did it seems by how much it made at the box office.  Inception made $62.8 million over the opening weekend, which is pretty good opening for a non franchise film. For the second weekend it made  $42.7 million.  I will try to keep this short review relatively spoiler free for people who have not seen the movie yet.

Inception is a nice mixture of action set pieces and interesting questions and ideas about dreams and what if  questions on dreams.  For me how the movie handled the dreams and stealing information/ideas and planting them very well, in a way that made me understand it and not real difficult to follow.  I had heard from news items about the movie that it might be a bit difficult to follow or understand in parts, but for me it really was not too hard in the end, and I understood what I needed to get the important points from the film.

Being that most of the movie takes part in some dream or another, director Christopher Nolan was able to create a few great action set pieces to satisfy the adrenaline in people.  The one I enjoyed the most was the fight sequence with in a dream maybe a bit past mid way through the movie. What the dream allowed them to do is to create the conditions for a fight sequence that you normally don’t see nor was it a traditional fight and pull it off well.  The characters in the movie are not all greatly drawn out, but this movie is not really about the characters to me more about the ideas that are presented in it, topped off with the bits of action that are strewn throughout the movie.

I would certainly recommend going to see the movie it was highly enjoyable and gives you a little something to think about.

Affleck robs “The Town”

The new Ben Affleck stared and directed movie “The Town” coming out September 17th is able to be simplified down to one line, however from the trailer it does not seem like a simple movie.

Affleck stars as a career thief who falls in love with the manager of a bank he robbed.

via Movie Trailer: Ben Affleck’s The Town | /Film.

From what I can tell from the trailer, the movie certainly looks very promising.  It looks like it has the potential to be a good thriller and a good heist movie.  From what I can tell from the trailer Affleck’s character will have some nice conflict from trying to break away from a destructive/criminal lifestyle and how hard that is.  I also love Jon Hamm who plays the main FBI agent that we see in the trailer.  Hamm does amazing work in the TV show Mad Men, so glad to see him in what could be a great movie.

From what I have seen in the trailer, a movie that I will keep an eye on and will likely go see in September when it comes out.

To see the full description for the movie see full post.  Here is the trailer, and if you want to see it in HD click over to youtube or at apple.com

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