Some of the best television shows of the last decade have originated in the UK and are slowly starting to find their way to the US. One of these such shows is Luther starring Idris Elba. The story of Detective Chief Inspector John Luther is a dark and violent one. His obsession with his job has cost him his wife, but gained him a serial killer friend and a porn star protégé. Always under the watchful eye of his fellow law enforcement officials, and repeatedly suspected of being dirty, John Luther is one of the most interesting characters on television. He takes all those old stereotypes about cop shows and somehow makes them fresh again.
As we reported, the current Doctor Who; Matt Smith (who has played the Doctor for 4 years) is leaving the show at Christmas, speculation has been rife over who will replace him. With the season finale having John Hurt pop up as an unknown Doctor could he stay on after Smith’s departure? He will probably have prior commitments and would be unable to stay long term on the show so I think that’s a no, but if not him then who? Well the bookies are currently taking bets on it, and have a full list of their suggestions you may want to look at, either at The Guardian or The Mirror, but here are some of my ideas for possible contenders.
Marvel’s Phase 2 is swinging into action, with the impending release of Iron Man 3, which kicks off this year’s Summer Schedule, and now the release of the first trailer for the 2nd Thor movie – Thor: The Dark World. This will be the first Non-Iron Man sequel (cause we’re ignoring Ang Lee’s Hulk) and will be followed by Cap 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the 2nd Avengers movie.
After a five year hiatus from theaters, Guillermo Del Toro explodes back onto the scene with the first trailer for the highly anticipated Pacific Rim. Humans always expected aliens to come from the skies, so what happens when the aliens come from a portal in the ocean? We build giant mechs and kick their asses, of course! Something about this reminds me of the old Godzilla movies…but with more insanity!
After the aliens destroy the coastal cities and leave much of humanity in ruins, a program is started to create giant mechs called Jaegers to combat the monsters. (Insert Jaegerbomb joke here.) But seriously folks, look at this trailer and tell me that doesn’t look like the next great summer monsterfest:
The film has an all star cast including Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Idris Elba, Burn Gorman and Clifton Collins Jr., already seems to be at a scope of epic proportions. (Side note: Charlie Day is in this? As in, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” Charlie? I’m sold just on that alone.)
Scheduled for release July 12, 2013, Pacific Rim promises to be a badass trip with insane special effects.
Guillermo del Toro stated time and time again that he would not film Pacific Rim in 3D. While he stuck to his word and did not, thanks to Hollywood executives, that doesn’t matter because the film will be getting the same post-production 3D added to it that Clash of the Titans did (Oh what a yippy doodah day). They didn’t, however, give bullshit excuses though and basically pointed out that it’s for money reasons, which I can accept as long as they don’t pretend it’s for the viewers because they could have forced del Toro into filming it in 3D from the beginning. I am watching it in 2D IMAX and would urge you to do the same as it’s what the director wants it to be seen in.
For more information on the film check out our previous articles:
So what are the real reasons for post-production 3D? The main reason is because of sweet, sweet money. Having a film in 3D bumps the price of every ticket by about $3 (depending on where you live of course) so we probably won’t see this fad going away anytime soon. Also, some foreign big markets only show films that are in 3D, mainly China which only show American films which come over in 3D. Now why would executives want to sell a film to China? Maybe the 1.3 Billion potential customers that China can provide an answer to that. With a larger budget than most, I would have been very surprised if this film didn’t at some point go to 3D because they will want to make as much off such an expensive project. The film will need to make around $500M to be considered successful and although The Dark Knight Rises didn’t need 3D to break the $1B mark, a monsters vs. robots film might not be a big pull for all audiences and they will try and make as much money as they can. Especially considering it is not a billion dollar franchise with a built-in fan base like the Batman Trilogy.
My personal view on 3D is a little complicated but I thought the Grizzly Readers might like to know what they are. First, the only time I think 3D really works is if a film is filmed in 3D and shown in IMAX. Personally, that’s the only time I have been impressed with a film’s 3D effects. Second, I hate post-production 3D and since Clash of the Titans, I have tried to avoid any film that is shown in post-production 3D (sadly that can be hard to do nowadays). Although it has improved a bit, I still think it does nothing but add to ticket prices. While 3D will be around for the near future, it feels more like a gimmicky fad that will fade until the next big thing arrives.
Here are some of the images we have been able to find so far below:
Lastly we would like to know your thoughts, do you like 3D? What are your views on Pacific Rim Conversion to 3D? Will 3D ever go away? And if 3D isn’t the future what do you think is? (Holograms, IMAX, live action performances, ha no!)