A big week of movies. Les Miserables and LIfe of PI

I love this time of year. Not for the reasons you might think.
I am not a christmas person and hey I dont even subscribe to new years.
What I enjoy and look forward to is movies lots of movies.
This time of year is the lead up to the oscars, all the contenders tend to come out in December through March. There tends to be so many films that come I have to list them and plan out my viewings.

So this week I went to my first couple of big contenders. The first was on new years eve Les Miserables.
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The film was everything I had hoped for,grand powerful and sweeping. It enlarged on the world the stage show presented and changed elements that bought it closer to the story presented in the book. The opening sequence of Jean Valjean in the chain gang pulling in a french ship into dock was amazing, and so well done. The way it was directed was truly daring and different. There were no rapid cuts , the camera would sit on the actors faces . At times it would feel like you could see into there souls . Also I must mention that all the signing was recorded live on the set. This tended to give it a realism that has sorely lacked from other movie musicals. I remember seeing Phantom of the Opera which was completely mimed . You could hear the audio cut from the pre record back to the location sound. It didnt work.

The next day I went to see Life Of PI.
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The story of an indian family ship wrecked at sea on there way to canada . The ship sinks and the son being the only surviver along with his tiger funnily named Richard Parker. He goes on a fantastical adventure on the seas where many wild and wonderful things occur. The film starts with the boy now a man recounting his story to someone who is writing a book about his adventure. The adventure on the sea and his relationship to the tiger is very well done. You feel for the pain of the boy who has lost his family. This film was shot in 3d but it wasnt the best example of the 3d I have seen. It was incredibly subtle maybe to subtle to make it worth while. The acting was superb and the lesson in this film is about holding onto ones faith when it is surely tested. Also note the twist at the end is a doozy .

SMART 3d TV in the home.

Last week, we acquired a new Samsung 3d smart television .

I have been very excited about the smart television platform as in my opinion and others this is the future of home entertainment and media.

Consider a day when you the viewer can watch what you want when you want.

Consider also no matter what your interest there will be content for you when you want it.

How will this work? Production houses ,organisations small companies and big companies will be able to develop smart apps. These apps will like smart phone apps deliver content via your internet connection. Some will be pay per view some will have subscriptions and a lot will be free.

But and here is the but ,the future is already here. Most television manufactures already have smart tv platforms. They work in mostly the same way to an iphone . They have a app store where you download your apps, you install the app and your away.

Already there are apps for streaming movie rentals , 3d streaming short films an english theatre app to view plays from the UK just to name a few.

3D in your TV, I have the spectacle of 3d since I was a child. I understand why it is contraversial .

Most things they say about 3d are rite. The picture is darker , it can give you a headache and the glasses can be annoying. In my opinion this is the worst case scenario . At its best its exciting ,immersive and genuinely fantastic. There are varying factors as to what you will need to get the best from 3d.

Firstly content, bad 3d will give you eye strain. Forget those silly things flying at you. I hate that. 3d is at its very best when used it a subtle way giving depth to space . I have seen it used brilliantly in a film called PINA which was a documentary about dance. The camera would be in between the dancers giving a feeling of space and depth only possible before by being in the actual theatre.

Gaming is also fantastic in 3d Batman Arkham city is fantastic in 3d. Just watch Batman glide through the city as the buildings pass you by.

I am not saying its perfect or for everyone. But as an added extra that comes with your TV its a fantastic feature. In the end if you dont like it dont use it.