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Wick-Quoting #41: 9

“You owe me a new cape.”

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9 is an animated film by Tim Burton.
That just seemed kind of important to throw out there.  Burton’s signature gothic, sort of cartoon-ish vibe is present in all of the movie, albeit in my opinion diluted into an even more kid friendly form with less genuine weirdness.  9 is a film detailing 9 little bag shaped creatures, who look like mere toys but have actual selves trying to make sense of their lives in a post apocalyptic world.  Burton creates a very vast and lonely world that still shows creepy old signs of the humans that once populated the area.  As pretty much every post apocalyptic film I can think of does, the animacy of humans is pitted against technology becoming too powerful for humans to handle.

What are these things?

There’s nothing really wrong with 9.  It has a lesson to teach its viewers, and does so in a not overly didactic way.  The film has a range of characters, each with their individiual characteristics, and has a good deal of excitement and scary technological villians as well as discovery moments as the audience watches these little creatures attempt to find out the meaning of their creation and exactly how the world fell apart.  However, perhaps ultimately the problem with the film is that it is just a bit too well calculated – a bit too, seen that part over here, and that part over there already – very tried and true.  The film overall just feels very safe.  Burton takes concepts that he knows audiences will embrace and throws in the requisite fight and escape scenes as well as a smattering of romance (which is actually a bit creepy considering the nature of the two involved.  Those of you who have seen the film and know what I’m talking about may know why).  So it all goes on that I have nothing more to really complain about but nothing to really praise either.  Each individual character is based off a perfect little blueprint of characters typical of a lot of movies – the one strong and sort of bossy female, the slightly wimpy but good hearted main character, the big dumb strong lug, etc. etc.  And yeah sure, the movie’s enemy designs are scary enough and there’s a proper feeling of creepiness throughout the film.  It just feels very tried and true.  You know?

There's something behind you...

So overall, kids and their parents too may enjoy the film on the first showing.  Staying true to the movie and watching it time and time again after that?  Well… you probably gave that level of love to the handful of movies that did everything 9 did first.

6.3

Quoted by Sawazz

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Wick-Quoting #5: 3-D

“Modern life is so thin and shallow and fake. I look forward to when developers go bankrupt, Japan gets poorer and wild grasses take over.”

-Hayao Miyazaki

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I remember back when I was in middle school, my uncle took my siblings and I to see the new movie, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.  I have to admit, I was pretty excited, considering the fact I watched the previous two of the series and that it was going to be my first movie in 3-D.  The experience was disappointing, however – the story was bland and the 3-D wasn’t as great as I imagined it to be…

FALSE ADVERTISING!!

3-D at the time was something more experimental than it is today.  The reason for Spy Kids 3-D‘s success was because it was considered to be something new and different.  Of course today, it’s a completely different story, as people can choose whether to watch a movie in 3-D or not.  My main problem with 3-D is that it allows filmmakers to get lazy with their plots.  It’s almost as if the 3-D images can make up for anything that the film lacks.  This was definitely true with Spy Kids 3-D, which influenced me to already have a negative impression of 3-D, 7 years ago.

Nowadays, after the success of several movies in 3-D (such as Monster vs Aliens, the 3rd highest grossing animated film of 2009, and of course, Avatar), films in 3-D are coming out of Hollywood like ants on a hill.  Avatar, pretty much the main cause for 3-D craze, made way too much money (as mentioned in my previous post) causing the money makers in Hollywood in becoming greedier.  3-D, something which was rare only a couple of years ago, is now entering mainstream interest.  Just look at all the films that came out this past month. 

This is one movie where you can tell it sucks by watching the trailer

Clash of the Titans, a remake of a 1981 film, is a good example of 3-D influencing moviegoers.  It opened with $63.8 million in the US and Canada.  Even so, the film has generally poor reviews, and some even mention that 3-D hinders the experience.  Other films with 3-D additions include How to Train Your Dragon and Alice in Wonderland.  Getting even Tim Burton to join the movement is astonishing to say the least.  Burton, the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Sweeney Todd, needs no extra help in enhancing the worlds he displays.  This only goes to show how successful 3-D is so far and how money-hungry Hollywood has become (not that it wasn’t before).

Would this be better in 3-D?

This is not to say that some good movies are coming out in 3-D.  How to Train Your Dragon, for example, has both a decent story, and nice graphics.  3-D does add to the experience, but is this what people really want?

Having a dragon beats having a dog.. any day, any time period

However, Hollywood does have a reason for all of this, with problems due to pirating.  With actors and writers striking, lots of productions are being shut down.  About 50% of industry heads gone, and some big companies, like Paramount, are only making “big” movies (Transformers).  3-D is just the savior Hollywood was looking for.  It’s no wonder so many companies are turning to 3-D – it is much more difficult for people to pirate and enjoy a 3-D movie.  3-D requires people to actually go to the movies and pay the extra 3 dollars or so. Now here’s the kicker: Why are people willing to pay extra to see a movie in 3-D, even though the plot is most likely crippled by the visual enhancements?  Do people really rather want to watch movies like Transformers 2 instead of movies like Memento?

OMFG, THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!11one1!!!1

Because of piracy and other problems, similar to what the music industry faced (and is facing) earlier, Hollywood is unable to support the middle directors and filmmakers, resulting in only the big budget, 3-D filled, story-deprived movies to exit the gates of Hollywood and enter theaters and dvd/bluray.  What is going to happen to all the potential masterpieces that resulted from these middle filmmakers?  Sadly, we will be seeing a lot less of them in the decades to come for sure.

My main fear is the film industry permanently going down the path of 3-D and visuals.  I’m all for some good graphics, but 3-D is pushing it a bit too far.  Films are made to allow people to experience what they see on the screen, and maybe, even feel like they are a part of it.  In the future, people might actually end up being in the films with 3-D aspects surrounding them 360 degrees.  This is not watching a film.  3-D does all the work for a movie, engaging viewers with the characters and plot.  I can only imagine the wonders it’ll do for character development and plot twist.

Spy Kids 3-D has made over 197 million worldwide. It's no wonder Rodriguez is writing a Spy Kids 4..

With legit films like Fight Club making only 100 million, I guess it’s time to say goodbye to these good old types of films and say hello to flashy and ridiculous (not the good kind) films.

PS: If you ever go movie hopping, I suggest supporting the good films and movie hopping the “cheap” 3-D stuff.. oh wait, you can’t cause you need the 3-D glasses, oh shit!!


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