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OT: Barsoom, 3D Jedi, and 2.5D Gods

Bobby Warren
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A brief interlude from games...

Sometimes the 3D process used for live action movies works, a lot of times it just doesn't. But before I comment on that, let's look at the movie I have wanted to see since I was in junior high school back in the dark movie-making decade of the 70s.

Back in the dark days before everyone had cable TV and there were dozens of channels to watch (even though you have to pay for a couple of hundred to get them), all you had were three or four regular channels and a PBS station. One of the staples of those times were the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies, which I really enjoyed watching. This led to reading the books, which were fun and nothing like the movies. I also started reading other books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which led me to A Princess of Mars, which is the book which the upcoming movie John Carter is based on.

After Star Wars (before the ridiculous "A New Hope" subtitle and when Han did shoot first -- check out a script from the time), a lot of science fiction adventure movies were attempted, and failed at. I always thought the John Carter series would make terrific movies, but there was no way to film it with all the six-limbed green aliens and ten-legged large "dogs" and other aliens.

When The Phantom Menace came out, it became apparent that the Barsoom books might be able to be filmed after all. It took several years and some false starts, but finally the rights were picked up by Disney in 2007 and Pixar's Andrew Stanton was picked to direct it. All was looking good, but it's taken five years and a huge budget to get the film finished. The trailers look pretty good, but the film seems to be flying under the radar of the movie-going public. The following of the books isn't as strong as some series, so it looks like the film is destined to flop because it hasn't generated enough buzz compared to its budget.

Hopefully, some of you hadn't heard of the series and might not have known what this John Carter movie was all about but will now at least look into it.

I thought about posting this last night after seeing the 3D re-release of The Phantom Menace. No, it's not a great movie, but I went with Christa anyway since I would like to see some of the rest of the movies when they are re-released and she wants to see them all. The 3D wasn't bad in this movie, but all the computer animated characters looked more cartoonish than they did in the original print. At times it was like jumping between a cartoon and live action, but it still wasn't a bad experience.

One of the 3D previews was for Wrath of the Titans. First of all it's puzzling that a sequel to such a terrible movie was made in the first place. I mean the movie failed on so many levels who would think it would be a good idea to make a sequel? Secondly, the 3D effects in the trailer were horrendous! It was like watching regular 2D images imposed over a background. I swear that the Monty Python animations were more realistic and believable than Perseus riding his Pegasus was in the trailer. The movie looks worse than the original, which would be somewhat of an accomplishment.

So that's it for non-gaming stuff. My next game of the week pick will be up in a few days.
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