Film Review: Interstellar

Film Review: Interstellar

I always look forward to Christopher Nolan’s films; his big-budget spectacles are thought-provoking, result in thorough discussion and analysis by viewers, such as the end of “Inception” and the tightly-woven web he created in “The Prestige.” From a review perspective, his films are also difficult to discuss without spoilers, but I’m always up for a challenge, so here is the spoiler-free review of “Interstellar.”

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Video of the Week: The Sound of Gravity

Video of the Week: The Sound of Gravity

“Gravity” is being heralded for the technology used in its visuals, but that’s only half of it, so much of the experience was its unique sound design and surround mix. Without its amazing and unique sound, I don’t think Gravity would have been as immersive of an experience.

We’ve posted content from the Soundworks Collection before, this one is an interview with “Gravity” Director Alfonso Cuarón and genius Re-recording Mixer Skip Lievsay. Enjoy!

SoundWorks Collection: The Sound of Gravity from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.

Film Review: Gravity

Film Review: Gravity

Gravity opens in theaters everywhere today, October 4. Check GoWatchIt for showtimes.

Alfonso Cuarón is a director for your inner film nerd. His filmography is all over the place with exceptional quality across the board. Not only did he turn in the amazing and sexually charged Y Tu Mamá También, but made audiences weep with the timeless A Little Princess (seriously, so many tears). Not to mention throwing in a modern retelling of Great Expectations and the finest installment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, you know, when things really started to get dark. So it was with great frustration that we have been waiting since he hit his pinnacle of visual storytelling back in 2006 with Children of Men. This weekend he finally makes his return with Gravity, a film that could only come from Cuarón.

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Video of the Week: Pacific Rim Cockpit Featurette

Video of the Week: Pacific Rim Cockpit Featurette

The world of Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming PACIFIC RIM is fascinating. A frightening future where Giant Monsters come out of the center of the earth, and Earth’s only hope are these giant human controller robots to fight them. Everything I’ve seen definitely has me interested in this film.

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Film Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Film Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

In the past few years, the feeling of excitement and wonderment I’d once gotten out of big-budget summer tentpoles has been missing; I assumed I’d outgrown it. But with the latest entry in the “Star Trek” franchise, J.J. Abrams has brought that anticipation back to the summer movie line-up. With “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” Abrams shows us that not only can he build a masterfully crafted sci-fi action adventure, he can make a damn good movie around it.

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PSA: See The Dark Knight Rises in True IMAX

As a public service announcement, I wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of all the true IMAX theaters in the United States. The Dark Knight Rises has an hour of footage shot in true 70mm IMAX, and the list below are the only theaters in North America that will be screening it in this format. Don’t fall for the “IMAX Experience,” trick that many chains try to pull (I’m looking at you AMC Boston Common!) – while the IMAX Experience screens are decent projections, the only way to see this film the way it was intended is by buying tickets at one of the below locations. I was fortunate enough to grab tickets ahead of time at my local IMAX theater, if you haven’t already, tickets for this weekend may be hard to come by, but avoid spoilers (and review), and hold out for IMAX!

North American Dark Knight Rises IMAX Film Theaters

United States

Alabama
  • McWane Science Center Imax, Birmingham
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center Imax, Huntsville
Arizona
  • Harkins Arizona Mills Imax, Tempe (Phoenix)
California
  • AMC Universal Citywalk Imax, Universal City
  • Rave Imax, Westchester (Los Angeles)
  • Edwards Irvine Spectrum Imax, Irvine
  • Edwards Ontario Palace Imax, Ontario
  • Desert Imax, Cathedral City (Palm Springs)
  • AMC Metreon Imax, San Francisco
  • Regal Hacienda Crossings Imax, Dublin (San Francisco)
  • Tech Museum Hackworth Imax, San Jose
  • Esquire Imax, Sacramento
  • Edwards Fresno Imax, Fresno
Colorado
  • UA Colorado Center Imax, Denver
  • Cinemark Carefree Circle Imax, Colorado Springs
Connecticut
  • Rave Buckland Hills Imax, Manchester (New Haven)
Florida
  • Autonation Imax, Ft Lauderdale
  • Regal Pointe Orlando Imax, Orlando
  • Museum of Science & Industry Imax, Tampa
Georgia
  • Regal Mall of Georgia Imax, Buford (Atlanta)
Idaho
  • Edwards Boise Imax, Boise
Illinois
  • Navy Pier Imax, Chicago
  • Cinemark @ Seven Bridges Imax, Woodridge (Chicago)
  • Regal Lincolnshire Stadium Imax, Lincolnshire (Chicago)
Indiana
  • Indiana State Museum Imax, Indianapolis
Iowa
  • Blank Imax, Des Moines
Massachusetts
  • Comcast Imax, Reading (Boston)
  • Comcast Imax, Natick (Boston)
Michigan
  • Henry Ford Imax, Dearborn
  • Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North IMAX, Grand Rapids
Minnesota
  • Great Clips Imax, Apple Valley (Minneapolis)
Missouri
  • St Louis Science Center Imax, St Louis
  • Discovery Imax, Branson
  • Wehrenberg Ronnies Imax, St Louis
Nebraska
  • AMC Star Cinema Imax, Council Bluffs (Omaha)
Nevada
  • Brenden Palms Imax, Las Vegas
New Jersey
  • Liberty Science Center Imax, Jersey City
  • Tropicana Imax, Atlantic City
New York
  • AMC Loews Lincoln Square Imax, New York
  • Palisades Imax, West Nyack
  • Regal New Roc Imax, New Rochelle
  • Cinemark Tinseltown USA Imax, Rochester
North Carolina
  • Discovery Place Imax, Charlotte
Ohio
  • IMAX Theater at Patriot Park, Columbus
Oklahoma
  • Cinemark Imax, Tulsa
Pennsylvania
  • Tuttleman Imax, Philadelphia
  • UA King of Prussia Imax, King of Prussia
  • Carnegie Science Center Rangos Omnimax, Pittsburgh
  • Cinemark Pittsburgh Mills Imax, Tarentum (Pittsburgh)
  • Whitaker Center Imax, Harrisburg
Rhode Island
  • Providence Place Imax, Providence
Tennessee
  • Regal Opry Mills Imax, Nashville
Texas
  • Cinemark Imax, Dallas
  • Omni Imax, Ft Worth
  • Edwards Houston Marq*e Imax, Houston
  • Santikos Silverado Imax, Tomball (Houston)
  • Bob Bullock Imax, Austin
  • Rivercenter Imax, San Antonio
  • Santikos Palladium Imax, San Antonio
Virginia
  • Udvar Hazy Imax, Chantilly
  • Virginia Marine Science Museum Imax, Virginia Beach
Washington
  • Boeing Science Center Imax, Seattle
Washington DC
  • Samuel C. Johnson Imax, Washington DC
  • Lockheed Martin Imax, Washington DC
Wisconsin
  • AMC Star Imax, Fitchburg (Madison)

CANADA

Alberta
  • Scotiabank Chinook Imax, Calgary
  • Scotiabank Imax, Edmonton
British Columbia
  • Colossus Langley Imax, Langley (Vancouver)
  • SilverCity Riverport Imax, Richmond (Vancouver)
Manitoba
  • Portage Place Imax, Winnipeg
Nova Scotia
  • Empire Theatres at Bayers Lake Imax, Halifax
Ontario
  • Scotiabank Imax, Toronto
  • Coliseum Mississauga Imax, Mississauga (Toronto)
  • Colossus Vaughan Imax, Woodbridge-Vaughan (Toronto)
  • SilverCity Gloucester Imax, Gloucester (Ottawa)
  • Canadian Museum Imax, Hull (Ottawa)
Quebec
  • Cinema Banque Scotia Imax, Montreal
  • Imax Theatre, Quebec City
Saskatchewan
  • Kramer Imax Regina
Vatche Reviews: Avatar

Vatche Reviews: Avatar

AvatarHaving been forced to wait over a week to see it, it’s been hard for me not to be influenced by what other people had to say about it. Universally, the consensus from my peers has been, see this movie.Now.Up until then, I’d avoided every single piece of promotional information, review, and no opinion greater then 140 characters. A daunting task considering ‘Avatar’ is probably the most hyped movie since the new Star Wars trilogy.

So what did I think? (Note: I seriously recommend you just see the movie and not read this review, I’ll try to keep the detail to a minimum)

‘Avatar’ tells the story of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a former Marine who lost his legs in the line of duty, and his adventures on Pandora, a world that takes six years to travel to from a [what is suggested to be] a dying Earth. Jake is taking the place of his dead Brother, who had trained to control through a “mind-connection” a genetically engineered Na’vi, the 10-foot tall blue indigenous population of Pandora. With little training, and a lot to prove, Jake takes on this task with one thing in mind, to prove everyone wrong.

Which he does, by earning the trust of the Na’vi, through Neyti (Zoe Saldana). The Na’vi decide to train this foreign warrior in their ways. The humans looking to take over Pandora to mine it for their own personal gain see this as an opportunity to learn what the Na’vi want in exchange for allowing the Humans to mine for their ore. Others, like the hardass Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephene Lang) see this as an opportunity to learn the weakness of the Na’vi, and exploit it if they need to.

James Cameron has fully succeeded in creating a world that feels incredibly real, a culture of creatures that make you question whether or not what you are looking at is actually CG. The detail in the Na’vi down to their teeth made me wonder how long it must have taken to individually animate each one of these characters. The detail in everything, from the moss on the trees, to the individual pieces of splintered wood, this movie looked amazing. The CGI at work here is leaps and bounds beyond anything we’ve seen in the past decade, and its ironic that it comes at the end of it.

The story is essentially Pocahantas, Dances with Wolves, and Fern Gully all tied in-together, but honestly, I have no qualms with that. Cameron makes you so familiar with the world you are in, that you buy all of it. Performances were as good as they could have been all around. Sam Worthington is excellent, say what you will about this guy, I dig him, he was the best part of Terminator: Salvation, and he shines here.

All-in-all, I loved this movie, right down to its very core. So in short, what is ‘Avatar?’ It’s a journey, an enjoyable one, and a journey I recommend everyone to embark on. And please. Only in IMAX 3D.

“Batman” Rumors Fly

Ain’t It Cool News has an interesting rumor about the much talked-about third Christopher Nolan Batman movie.  The article says that Nolan wants to shoot the third Batman fully in IMAX.  They say this is a rumor for several reasons.  One main reason being that, well, it could prove incredibly difficult.  In fact, Ain’t It Cool goes as far to say that Nolan might be making next summer’s “Inception” as a way to buy a little more time to get a camera made to his specifications.

Now, is this true?  I don’t know.  Is it believable?  Well, sure.

Frankly, I’m more excited that Nolan is talking and thinking about a third Batman movie, than learning how he wants to possibly shoot it.  (That excitement will come later.)

Also, the report that Megan Fox is playing Catwoman?  That’s a lie.  Ain’t gonna happen.  You’re welcome.

Editorial: If You See Something, Say Something

Editorial: If You See Something, Say Something

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A month or so ago, I wrote an editorial criticizing AMC Movie Thetaters for a terrible experience I had where the manager made it clear that he cared more about money than giving audiences what they paid for.  And earlier this week, this story breaks.  Comedian Aziz Ansari, (now co-starring on TV’s “Parks and Recreation,”) posted on his Twitter account the following: [Read more…]

Regal Expanding IMAX Offerings

So, last week Regal announced its approval of Red Band trailers, this week, they’ve decided IMAX is also the way to go. IMAX recently entered a 100-theater deal with AMC. In this deal, Regal has agreed to adding 31 systems in 20 Markets, expanding to 50 by 2010.

The local IMAX in Boston is only $1.50 to $2.00 more, and I find the experience to be much more exciting then a traditional theater. However, if the movie is The Matrix Reloaded like the first IMAX movie I saw, the experience won’t matter much.

A few movies coming to IMAX this year include The Dark Knight, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Scorsese’s Stones doc Shine a Light, and Speed Racer.