Back in the early to mid 90s, there was a series of films about the coming wonders and nightmares about the internet, but in hindsight they had all the finesse of George W. Bush’s description of the World Wide Web as a series of tubes, and were almost as prescient too. Watching Transcendence, one is taken back to a more innocent time when the internet was an unknown unknown, and thus capable of anything and everything because the audience didn’t know the difference. But it’s been 20 years since flicks like The Net and Lawnmower Man and Virtuosity, and the internet has become ingrained in almost every facet of our world. In 2014, even the most luddite of audience members isn’t going to buy the film’s magical portrayal of technology. And by “magic,” I mean literal magic. (more…)
The Depp is back, and this time he’s actually not dressed up in some ridiculous costume with make-up all over his face. Johnny Depp’s latest project happens to be an AI-themed flick directed by Wally Pfister, AKA the guy that did all that neat cinematography stuff for Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. With Transcendence, he’s in the director’s chair and you can see from the newest trailer that he’s delving into material that looks to be in line with what Nolan might do himself. Check it out below: (more…)
Many readers might not recognize the name Wally Pfister, but those cinephiles in the reading audience know Pfister as the man behind the camera in such movies as The Prestige, Inception, as well as the Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Trilogy – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark knight Rises.
Recently Pfister was involved in a Q&A and was asked:
“What’s most important in shooting a film?”
Pfister responded with a sharply worded critique of the biggest film of the year.
“I thought The Avengers was an appalling film. They’d shoot from some odd angle and I’d think, why is the camera there? Oh, I see, because they spent half a million on the set and they have to show it off. It took me completely out of the movie. I was driven bonkers by that illogical form of storytelling.”
No one can deny that Pfister knows his craft, he won an Oscar for his work on Inception, but is this the proper place and way to vent his professional opinion about another cinematographer’s work?
Couldn’t he have answered the question, “Taking the audience out of the movie with poor camera placement.” as his answer without throwing stones? Pfister is entitled to his opinion, no one is arguing that, but it just feels off putting, seeing it displayed in this manner.
Seamus McGarvey, (Who got an Oscar nomination for Atonement) was the cinematographer for The Avengers, we’ll be keeping an eye out for his response to this pretty harsh criticism.
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