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27 Apr 2010

The two dimensions of 3-D

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Na’Vi princess Neytiri zooms past awe struck Jake Sully with speed and grace. Flying high on her majestic and swift Mountain Banshee, she circles one of the countless towering trees in the vast and luminescent Pandora forest. Below her are cascading waterfalls and above her float colossal mountains, engulfed in luscious green vegetation.

That is just a small written description of the world James Cameron created in “Avatar.” While these words can evoke powerful imagery in ones imagination, the added realism of viewing this world in cinematic 3-D provides an extraordinarily engaging experience. For many, according to a story CNN posted this past January, their 3-D journey in Pandora was as real as experiences get; so much so, that many felt depressed when the movie ended and they realized that it was in fact, only a movie.

Putting aside those viewer’s loose grip on reality, this is one example of how far visual storytelling has come and what modern 3-D technology has added to the theater going experience.
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03 Feb 2010

A practical look at this year’s Best Picture race

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The movie awards season that started in early December has reached the final stretch with the announcement of the 2010 Oscar nominations Tuesday. Representing the wide and varying opinions of the the nearly 5,800 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members, this year’s nomination leaders are “Avatar,” directed by James Cameron, and “The Hurt Locker,” directed by Cameron’s ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow.
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09 Mar 2009

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: Spring Movie Preview ’09

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As winter comes to a close, Hollywood enters its traditional spring dump months with a variety of low budget horror films, teen sex comedies and the always predictable adult thrillers on the silver screen.  While 2009 offers more of the same, film distributors are throwing a curveball by adding a few big-budget blockbusters, the type normally reserved for summer. Budget size aside, viewers should still be prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly.
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17 Feb 2009

Road to the Oscars

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Photo courtesy of A.M.P.A.S.

Every year at the end of February, dozens of 13 ½ inch tall, 8 ½ pound golden men named Oscar are given out to Hollywood’s elite.  While Oscar may be considered the most prestigious film award by many, he is far from the only award. Oscar wraps up three straight months of awards parties, where hundreds of shiny blunt statuettes of different pedigrees are handed out.

Hollywood’s self-love fest kicks off in early December when the National Board of Review (NBR) hands out the first awards of the year. Comprised of “knowledgeable film buffs, academics, young film professionals and students in the New York metropolitan area,” according to the NBR’s official Web site, the Board gives award-trackers their first glimpse of how the season may play out. This year, “Slumdog Millionaire”won the group’s best picture award and has since gone on to claim dozens of other similar awards.

“Awards flesh out something we can all agree on,” Reno Gazette-Journal Arts Editor Forrest Hartman said.

While Hartman said that all awards play a role in the Oscar race, it isn’t until the critic awards start that Oscar predictors start to get a good idea of the year’s front runners. Read more

04 Nov 2008

Winter’s heavy hitters

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Notable leading men make this season’s movie releases chillingly unforgettable.

November

14:

“Quantum of Solace”
Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko and Mathieu Amalric
Description: Infamous spy James Bond embarks on another dangerous mission in order to keep an enemy from taking control of the nation’s water supply. After the death of his lover, the mission becomes personal.
Rating: PG-13
See it if you liked: “Casino Royale”and “The Bourne Ultimatum”
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