The Mid-Year Anticipation List 2010

This article was published on the original Sorry I’m on 27/06/2010.

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Not only is it the middle of the year, but it is that time of year where the studios are launching their big-guns into theatres around the globe – it’s summer blockbuster season! (Here in Australia it is winter blockbuster season, which makes more sense – nothing better when it’s cold outside then going to a nice warm movie theatre. Summer is beach time, dammit.)

With that I present to you my mid-year anticipation list; with some of these films presented having been promoted since this time last year and sometimes earlier. With such long periods of gestation, any longer and I may have spoiled myself with an anticipati-gasm. Now, on to the list…

The Other Guys

The Other Guys

The buddy-cop comedy: Many have come before, many shall come after; many have been average at best, but the best are amazing. Why do I get the feeling that this is shaping up to be the latter?

First of all – despite the opinions of many – I am as of yet not sick of Will Ferrell and I still find his man-child shtick funny. Not to mention I dig all of his outings with director Adam McKay (hanging for another run with Ron Burgundy as well).

We also have Mark Wahlberg in a comedy – an actual excuse to laugh at him, even though I have been laughing at his films for years now. I really dug The Big Hit, so hopefully he can find that kind of comic form once again.

And check out the support cast: Sam Jackson and The Rock as arrogant super-cops? Michael Keaton?! Yep!


Get in the Bin!: 3D Television

This article was published on the original Sorry I’m on 27/09/2010.

Luke Miksa's: The Negative Space Bar

There are many embarrassing fads currently permeating throughout our current cultural zeitgeist; Justin Beiber, auto-tune, Ed Hardy, but there is something out there that is obviously just a fad that is misleadingly being sold as the future of home entertainment: 3D Television.

Spot The Weasel...Ever since the release of Avatar in late 2009, 3D has been all the rage in technological circles. We are seeing sporting events, television shows and a great many films utilising this ‘new’ space-age, technological advancement and having it shoved down our collective throats. The problem is that 3D popularity is cyclical; with booms of 3D films in the 1950’s and the 1980’s prior to this current run of popularity. It seems that every generation gets a run of 3D domination: which is fine, except that in each instance the fad dies and becomes a gimmick just as quick as it started.

But I hear you saying, “…but Luke, Avatar was revolutionary; a state of the art, immersive experience that you yourself have praised for its technical achievements. You can’t deny the highest grossing movie of all time, sir. You just cannot.”

This is all true, but don’t forget that Avatar had an unprecedented production schedule of about five years, as well as having an extravagant budget which has been estimated to have been around the $250 million mark – both huge numbers by Hollywood standards. No matter how hard they try, no other movie will match Avatar aesthetically due to those two glaring facts. And in the year since Avatar’s release we have seen a slew of 3D films which have served nothing but to hammer this point home: nothing has matched Avatar and it appears nothing will in the foreseeable future.


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