VFX Breakdowns

With all the CG wizardry up there on the big screen these days and the complexity in layering up shots with digital characters, sets, extensions, masks, lighting and more it can be extra cool to see…


Batmobiles

Batman is a remarkable creation and the various TV and film adaptations all have their qualities that add to the phenomenon. One of the interesting design elements, which draws on all that sweet…


BRAVE

The kids and I watched the latest little gem from the wizards at Pixar today on the big screen (2D), Brave. The tale of Merida with her simply wonderful mass of red hair is a simple little tale of a…


Snow White and the Huntsman

Family outing to see Snow White and the Huntsman at Event-vmax and it looked and sounded superb up there on the big screen. While the film has a few elements that I think could have been better, it…


Brave Pixar

With Pixar's Brave almost upon us I found myself looking at a few community created Pixar Montage pieces. What is clever about montages is the process of piecing together from an often vast scope of…


The Eagleman Stag

Here is a short film masterpiece by Mikey Please (cool name) and his little crew that won the 2011 BAFTA for best short animation and a slew of other awards - it really is that good. The…


Iron Sky

When I first found out about this little film (not that long ago) it had the feel of an internet piece - armed with a cool premise that they ran with to extremes and some gorgeous special effects,…


Avengers Assemble

A few days now since we charged off on opening day to see Joss Whedon’s the Avengers (cinema 2D) on Australia Day (maybe Marvel, Stan and co should get some credit as well). We are still talking…


Vids and Trailers

Having watched 2 movies at the cinema in the last week, seeing the trailers of more cool things coming up there on the big screen inspired this post. I am (as always) a fan of the trailer form, how a…


Sucker Punch

Just got around to seeing Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch (on BluRay) and I am very impressed. The film has the vibe of 300 along with some of the hip of something like Scott Pilgrim. All up, really loved…


Battleship Time

We geared up to see what Hasbro had in store for their movie adaptation of the classic board game last night - Battleship. To be honest we didnt go in with high expectations apart from some super…


Star Wars matte paintings and commercials

Having just watched the second disk of special features from the Star Wars bluray box set, I am again completely inspired by the vast amount of work put in by so many talented people. The disks…


Electroshock

The shot french animated film Electroshock is exquisitely crafted and is a real standout in terms of every facet of short film making. We have some nice writing supported by groovy production in all…


Arrietty

Studio Ghibli's latest film is The Secret World of Arrietty which takes on Mary Norton’s book series “The Borrowers” which suits the charm of the studio to a tee. Here are three trailer versions…


Three Vids

Some videos that are sitting here demanding to get their day of glory on the blog - they just wont quit with the nagging. Out of Sight is a delightful Grad project takes a nice idea and delivers…


Thor

Got to watch the Thor bluray the other day and they have done a great job in bringing another Avenger to the screen for us. This time we have a tale spread across the stars as well as time with our…


X-Men First Class

Just finished watching X-Men: First Class (blu-ray) and had a blast. Seeing all these characters from the books woven into the new tale along with events from world history. Going back into the back…


Trailer Time

Here are some super trailers for movies that are about to be gracing our screens. I like how trailers condense the essence of a film into a short video where the intent is to inspire people to watch.…


Black Swan

Watched the magic of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan (DVD) last night for the first time and I am still enthralled. The passionate film is tense and engaging as well as overflowing with lovingly…


JW SSO SOH

Last night Alicia and I were at the Sydney Opera House (first time inside for me believe it or not). The Concert Hall is not only an architectural icon from the outside but I loved being in there as…