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  1. 6 hours ago, K said:

    One-shot action sequences are generally shit and mostly just a way for directors to show off. Their purpose is generally to just draw your attention to how shit-hot the director is and how brilliantly they are juggling the technical and logistical aspects of film-making. Look at me, look at how long this shot is going on for. Surely it's going to end now? Think again, sucker! This shot, like my dick, just keeps going on and on whether you're enjoying it or not. What's that? You want to be immersed in the scene and not think about how it was executed, rather than boggling at how great I, the director, am at choreographing all this very difficult stuff? But if you were immersed in the scene, then you wouldn't be aware of my mastery of the form in cinema. There would be very few, if any, youtube videos about how clever and audacious I am, which I think we can all agree is far from optimal.


    There are some good uses for long takes, but I always find it's rarely for action. The scenes in 1917 where they walk from HQ to the front lines worked really well because it actually took you on that journey from relative safety to chaos, and that wouldn't have been as effective with cuts. The battle scenes in the same film had so many absurd contrivances just to maintain the one shot that I thought they were less effective than they would have been if the film had been made more traditionally. And of course Hard Boiled's hospital scene is pretty amazing, but that's sort of the cinematic equivalent of Jackie Chan hanging off the back of a bus for real, and is more of a stunt than a pragmatic choice.

    The pre-title sequence from Spectre epitomises this. There’s zero reason for it to be ‘one’ shot beyond pointless showboating, which falls flat anyway because of how obvious the stitches are.

    I also found 1917 more contrived than immersive. Only just clocked that they’re literally the same director.

  2. Has the same problem as most Gaiman adaptations for me, particularly the ones he’s involved with, where ‘show don’t tell’ becomes ‘show and tell and tell and tell and tell, have another character ask a dumb question then tell it again’. Far too much dialogue, barely any of which is as funny or clever as they seem to think it is, constantly veering between interesting and pure cringe.

    That said, 24/7 was exceptional and it’s significantly better than Good Omens which I found genuinely unwatchable. 

  3. The thing with the John Wick films is that they snuck in a subtle genre shift. The original was an actual thriller with some surprisingly decent action scenes, whereas the sequels are straight up martial arts films (with guns). Pushing the limits of the choreography is now the whole purpose of those films, not the plot, which only exists to serve the set-pieces.

    It was the right decision imo, you’ll never re-bottle the build up and release of the original so you may as well laser-focus on what people enjoyed and see how far you can take it. I get why some people bounce off them, but for me they’re the closest thing we’ve ever got to a big-budget version of 90s Hong Kong films.

  4. I was quite disappointed when this was first unveiled, but must admit it’s greatly grown on me with everything they’ve shown since. I’m most intrigued by the environment itself; aesthetically it looks like a combination of Bright Falls from Alan Wake and whatever the town was called in Evil Within 2. It looks open world, which combined Arkane’s design could be something quite special to explore.

    The combat itself looks nice and chunky too, with staking the vampires mechanically looking like some sort of Halo/Doom combo. 

  5. I think the bizarre pacing of the Dark Anthology games makes more sense when you remember that they’re designed with actual co-op in mind. I played Man of Medan with a mate and quite enjoyed it despite the non-existant plot, but when playing Little Hope on my own it felt about twice as long as it should have been, and bizarrely repetitious.

    But then it made sense; in SP you’re playing through every single scenario one after the other when at least a third of them are designed to be played simultaneously, and potentially not seen at all. Making co-op the focus is a grand ambition because I do think this type of game really shines with an audience, but it must be unfathomably difficult to design around and the single player experience has definitely suffered as a result. 

  6. 14 hours ago, sandman said:

    I think the Russo Brothers are incredibly overrated. I’ve only loved one of their films (Infinity War) with the rest being good at best 

    When people rave about Winter Soldier being a step above the rest I honestly wonder whether I saw the same film. I was going to say the best thing the Russo’s have ever done is still the original paintball episode of Community, but I’ve just checked and that was actually Justin Lin. 

  7. 2 hours ago, pledge said:

    Are they not h265? (Genuine question as you seem to know about this stuff)

    UHD Blu-Rays are H265, you’re absolutely right. It’s just better compression, H265’s are recommend for HDR content but there’s nothing stopping me actually making a HDR H264. If we have a client who needs to review a HDR grade but can’t come to the suite, we’ll stick one on an iPad Pro. 


    Outside of that though I don’t have anything to do with that side of things, everything I deliver from my suite to the streamers will be full fat uncompressed EXRs, clocking in at 10tb or whatever. If it’s a terrestrial TV channel it’s not as bad, probably just a .mov in some flavour of ProRes, ‘only’ a few hundred gb.

  8. On 06/02/2022 at 11:51, Benny said:

    This might be a stupid question, but is it possible to buy a digital 4k HDR version of this that is lossless? I.e. what you get on the 4k disc as a file. Or does one still have to put up with streaming artefacts on literally every thing if you're trying to go discless these days? I rented it on Amazon last night in 4K and as usual even the 4k stream was still lacking in quality in terms of bitrate, and I fancy owning it.


    EDIT: I'm guessing if I download to the Amazon Prime app it will essentially be the highest quality a (legitimately purchased) 4K digital version is going to get?

    Appreciate this is a six month old discussion, but thought it might be vaguely interesting to clarify that even the 50gb disc versions are highly compressed H264s, albeit with lossless audio.

    An actual lossless delivery export of a film Dune’s length (155mins), to the home entertainment spec (3840x2160 aka UHD, slightly smaller than the 4k cinema delivery spec and much smaller than the native camera format which was probably 6k) would be roughly 11tb for the picture alone. That’ll be just one of at least 4-5 different versions which get delivered. 

    HDR doesn’t make any difference to the file size either, when you’re dealing with lossless working formats it all comes out the same, just exported with a different gamma curve. 

  9. I’ve been following one of these on Twitter called Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengeance of the Slayer where the whole project appears to be an elaborate shit-post piss-take of adolescent late 90s internet culture.


    Does it actually look good? Not really, but the commitment to the bit is strong. 



  10. You could take that exact same footage and make it look more appropriately period quite easily, but it’s atrociously graded. Too sharp, too clean, too oversaturated. It looks like it’s straight out of the camera.


    The black and white teaser on the previous page was poorly done, too. Too crushed, extremely digital looking. 

  11. I knew it was over for Taika as soon as I saw him pop up in Free Man. He’s gone from a low-key quirky indie darling to a self-consciously zany mainstream celebrity constantly playing tiresomely exaggerated versions of himself. Everything he’s been involved lately with has gone downhill, including WWDITS sadly. 

  12. 4 hours ago, petrolgirls said:

    That sounds more like your tv’s burn in protection kicking in. Does it happen when your Switch is on an almost completely static image?

    Or when over 40% of the image is flat white?

  13. 14 minutes ago, Fry Crayola said:

    The problem I often have with "they should have done this other thing" is that the other thing is always brilliant, simply because it was never implemented.


    When a show does do the other thing, if it fails then it's often "they should have done the same thing", with the same underlying expectation of continued brilliance.

    When you look at some of the things Stranger Things has taken direct influence from (Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, a myriad of 80s adventure films, Goosebumps, Eerie Indiana, Round the Twist) there’s little doubt that there’s a ton of inspiration that they could have mined for a compelling anthology show. A thinly veiled Salems Lot mash-up with the same characters (for example) would still have a felt a lot fresher than what we actually got in Season 2.

  14. Eleven has become the Duffer Brothers’ Sonic Screwdriver, she can and can’t do whatever is convenient at any given moment. Same with the upside down itself, it’s all magic and there’s no consistent rules to any of it. This was fine in season one but the more they hang off it, the less weight it bears. 

  15. 43 minutes ago, Fierce Poodle said:

    That wouldn’t have worked anywhere near as well. A large part of the show’s success is the emotional investment you have in this particular group of characters which has been built up over the four series.

    They should have kept the cast but had a different mystery/threat each season that needed solving, the upside down has been nothing but diminishing returns since the start. They’ve resorted to a phenomenal amount of retconning in season 4 to try something new with it (which has worked, to an extent) but that revisionism has simultaneously undone most of what made it interesting in the first place. 

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