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18 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

No it wasn't?

Yeah, new isn't the right term, but Avatar was definitely the catalyst for the rebirth/resurgence of 3D in the Digital 3D era.

 

19 minutes ago, Devon Malcolm said:

it's amazing how quickly it became an utter irrelevance and how it's not left the slighest cultural footprint beyond its box office takings.

Its legacy is widely felt in the upgrade of cinema tech, manufacturers falling over themselves to get 3D TV sets on the market, and everyone and their cat either filming for 3D release or running their films through conversion processes to give it a 3D release.  But that's more the film as a tech demo, rather than as a piece of art.  The film's pony whatever it's watched on it, although it looks shit hot in IMAX 3D.

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36 minutes ago, johnnyboy said:

Yeah, new isn't the right term, but Avatar was definitely the catalyst for the rebirth/resurgence of 3D in the Digital 3D era.

 

Its legacy is widely felt in the upgrade of cinema tech, manufacturers falling over themselves to get 3D TV sets on the market, and everyone and their cat either filming for 3D release or running their films through conversion processes to give it a 3D release.  But that's more the film as a tech demo, rather than as a piece of art.  The film's pony whatever it's watched on it, although it looks shit hot in IMAX 3D.

Not especially. All the screens had already been fitted with 3D before Avatar. I saw loads of real 3D before it. Don't get me wrong the best aspect of Avatar is the 3D design but it didn't do anything that wasn't already being done by others. They just did it really well.

It's the least culturally significant succesful film by a country mile.

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7 minutes ago, DEF said:

Not especially. All the screens had already been fitted with 3D before Avatar. I saw loads of real 3D before it.


There is one film that caused a worldwide shortage of DLP projectors in 2009/2010, and it's Avatar.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-digital-projectors-analysis-idUSTRE62A32820100311

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/8174335.stm

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/aug/20/james-cameron-avatar-3d-film

https://www.thewrap.com/7000-3d-projectors-ready-avatar-9186/

 

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2 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

No it wasn't?

I get that Avatar must have been visually something special on a big screen but it's amazing how quickly it became an utter irrelevance and how it's not left the slighest cultural footprint beyond its box office takings.

I completely agree. What I was trying to get at was people were raving about it having seen it at the cinema. But once it came to DVD etc it’s not left a legacy. I can’t believe 4 more films are currently being filmed/in post production. I think people care more about the theme park land in WDW then they do about the film. No one talks about it, yet it’s still the 2nd highest grossing film. I don’t get it.

@johnnyboyis spot on. In IMAX it’s probably the best film I’ve seen, visually. 

@DEFdefine loads. I remember seeing Coraline, Monster House, Chicken Little, Bolt, Meet The Robinson’s and Nightmare Before Christmas. Spy Kids 3, Journey to the centre of the Earth had 3D releases. But before Avatar you had to go to Leicester Square or a big city that may have had a 3D screen.  The hype from Cameron meant Cinemas rushed to upgrade their tech, and Avatar’s box office got studios to throw out really shit 3D auto conversations to make some extra dosh 

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27 minutes ago, johnnyboy said:

OK fair enough but there were 30 films over the 3 years before it that did everything Avatar did. I mean yes none of those films did Avatar business but it wasn't unique to Avatar is what I mean. I guess you can argue that because Avatar was do successful every screen was fitted for 3D bit I genuinely think that would happened anyway.

I mean films were already being converted to 3D the year before it even.

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3 minutes ago, Hannibal Scorch said:

@DEFdefine loads. I remember seeing Coraline, Monster House, Chicken Little, Bolt, Meet The Robinson’s and Nightmare Before Christmas. Spy Kids 3, Journey to the centre of the Earth had 3D releases. But before Avatar you had to go to Leicester Square or a big city that may have had a 3D screen.  The hype from Cameron meant Cinemas rushed to upgrade their tech, and Avatar’s box office got studios to throw out really shit 3D auto conversations to make some extra dosh 

Yeah I was being a tad hyperbolic I was referring to the 30ish that had been out before Avatar. Which considering the last 3d boom was the 80s and you didn't get any in between could be considered loads. By the time Avatar came out most Cinemas had at least one screen fitted with 3D. The 2 local to me had 2 each. 

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Avatar was so shit, amazing that it comes from the same maker of Aliens, shares some themes and is so fucking cack. I get the spectacle argument but one of those Navi could have come out of the screen and fucked me with their ponytail the way they did their horses and I’d still have found it dull.

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25 minutes ago, Thunderplex said:

Still not seen Avatar.  Not seen Titanic either.  No real reason why, just can’t be arsed for some reason.

If it sways you one way or the other there's some nice boob in Titanic.

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Free Guy - Live action remake of The Lego Movie with Lego swapped out for video games. Ryan Reynolds almost ruins the film, the rest of the cast, especially Jody Comer are great. Not funny, bit was entertaining.

People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan. If you like the show, you’ll like the big screen version. One of the better TV to film adaptations.

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Censor (cinema)

I liked this, but it maybe caught me in the wrong mood. It's a horror film set during the time of video nasties, with the main character of a woman working in the BBFC. I'd seen the basic plot description that someone is stalking her, but it's actually more of a 'is she having a breakdown and doing terrible things' story, and it just wasn't the week for that. It reminded me of both Berberian Sound Studio and Saint Maude, but not doing what either do as well. As an first feature, though, it's great work by Prano Bailey-Bond and Niamh Alger is great in it. Just chimed awkwardly with me, and not entirely the fault of the film.

The Hunter (Talking Pictures)

Odd little suspense(ish) film. It's a pretty by-the-numbers 'Bounty hunter with a heart of gold' story, but it's also Steve McQueen's last film (he was diagnosed during it) and an early appearance from LeVar Burton, which both give it a bit more. Some fun stunts and it's engaging enough - but the direction is terrible when not much is happening. I saw someone describe it as like an old TV episode, and that's pretty much right. Has some really weird music choices that make it feel like a 50s melodrama, which must have felt out of place enough in 1980. Likeable and a nice way to spend a couple of hours, but not 'go out of your way to watch' or anything.

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Watched the Lethal Weapons movies for the first time.

Lethal Weapon (1987)

A suicidal, former Special Forces, cop is partnered with a veteran of the force, the two tasked with investigating the death of a young girl who leaped from a hotel balcony to her death. Why has it taken me so long to watch this? Great film.

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

Riggs and Murtaugh take on members of the South African consulate who are using their diplomatic immunity for illicit again. Every bit as enjoyable as the first film, Joe Pesci especially is a hoot. Patsy Kensit is probably the only person who struggles to do a South African accent!

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Two weeks before he’s due to retire, Murtaugh and Riggs are on the case of an ex-cop who is dealing in black market fire arms. They really ramped up the comedy here compared with before. My least favourite of the three, not that it is bad or anything mind. Great to see Joe Pesci back.

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Out fishing one night, Riggs and Murtaugh stumble across a people smuggling operation and find themselves caught up with the Triad. Heavy on the action but a noticeable step below the first three films with a fairly uninteresting story. Father time has also clearly caught up with our leads.

Rear Window (1954)

I've not watched any Hitchcock before but Devon's posts got my wanting to check some out. Confined to his apartment following an accident, L.B. Jefferies spends his days watching his neighbours, becoming convinced that one has murdered his wife. Took a bit of time to get going but when it does the tension quickly builds off the back of a razor sharp script. I've already downloaded Frenzy and The 39 Steps so look forward to checking them out at some point.

Clue (1985)

Six strangers are invited to a Victorian mansion, but when bodies start to pile up they’re left trying to figure out who is responsible. Admittedly the ending is very hard to follow, but way better than a film based on the game Cluedo has any right to be. Lots of silly pun based humour and slapstick.

True Romance (1993) (Sony Movies)

A newly married couple accidentally acquire a suitcase full of cocaine. As they look to sell it on, they are unaware that the Sicilian mob is on their tale. Quality direction and script, an awesome shoot out, mesmerising performances (Walken, Hopper, Oldman, Gandolfini), just watch it!

Risky Business (1983)

With his parents away on holiday, a high school student looks to have some fun in their absence but things end up getting out of control. I wasn’t keen on this; I couldn’t warm to Tom Cruise’s character and Lana the prostitute was a pretty dreadful and unlikeable human being.

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