STEADY LEAK: 3-DUDE | CHUD.com
3-D is a tool that has been used wantonly and frivolously by many. Studio executives who are motivated by fear have pulled the trigger on 3-D movies no one needed and we’ve all seen the side effects of bad judgment calls. Bad post conversion. Poor marriages of medium and material. Films that were 3-D in name alone.
That’s why the Coen Bros. need to make a 3-D movie. And they should start by releasing a painstaking version of The Big Lebowski in 3-D. If ever a film would benefit from the medium, it’d be The Big Lebowski. Or Moulin Rouge. Or Enter the Void. Or The Shining. People need to be schooled that not only is the tool a perfectly viable one but it’s also a way to get new facets from the familiar. The offer a new sort of revival experience. This isn’t the coloration of seminal B&W films and this isn’t the rape of art. It’s enhancing the experience.
We are a culture who will watch a blu-ray with a mode enabled that breaks the action and offers documentaries behind the scenes. We are a culture who watches movies while kids run past in the living room or on our portable device while being bounced on a train. Let’s not act like it’s still a pure experience. How many have witnessed the processed look some HD television sets showcase with their Trumotion or other software tweaks to “enhance” the experience? Tech moves. It’s alive. So is our favorite art medium.
The Big Lebowski in 3-D. Think about it. Think about seeing that at midnight on a Friday night in a state of the art theater with your favorite people. Think about seeing it in a cinema that sells food and liquor. White Russians and a great movie that has already transcended the medium to an extent. That rug’s patterns, those dream sequences, those human ash remains. The possibilities are limitless. The haters of 3-D are right when they say it’s not being used right. They’re right to hate it if they watch it in a theater with the wrong equipment.
But in the right environment with the right marriage of material and tech it could be legendary.
The Big Lebowski 3-D. It could be a serious catalyst for great things.
The Academy Tweaks Oscar Rules; Best Picture Nominees to Range from 5 to 10
Here’s the press release:
Beverly Hills, CA (June 14, 2011) – The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted on Tuesday (6/14) to add a new twist to the 2011 Best Picture competition, and a new element of surprise to its annual nominations announcement. The Board voted to institute a system that will now produce anywhere between five and 10 nominees in the category. That number won’t be announced until the Best Picture nominees themselves are revealed at the January nominations announcement.
“With the help of PricewaterhouseCoopers, we’ve been looking not just at what happened over the past two years, but at what would have happened if we had been selecting 10 nominees for the past 10 years,” explained Academy President Tom Sherak, who noted that it was retiring Academy executive director Bruce Davis who recommended the change first to Sherak and incoming CEO Dawn Hudson and then to the governors.
During the period studied, the average percentage of first place votes received by the top vote-getting movie was 20.5. After much analysis by Academy officials, it was determined that 5% of first place votes should be the minimum in order to receive a nomination, resulting in a slate of anywhere from five to 10 movies.
“In studying the data, what stood out was that Academy members had regularly shown a strong admiration for more than five movies,” said Davis. “A Best Picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit. If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn’t feel an obligation to round out the number.”
If this system had been in effect from 2001 to 2008 (before the expansion to a slate of 10), there would have been years that yielded 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 nominees.
The final round of voting for Best Picture will continue to employ the preferential system, regardless of the number of nominees, to ensure that the winning picture has the endorsement of more than half of the voters.
Other rules changes approved by the Board include:
In the animated feature film category, the need for the Board to vote to “activate” the category each year was eliminated, though a minimum number of eligible releases – eight – is still required for a competitive category. Additionally, the short films and feature animation branch recommended, and the Board approved, refinements to the number of possible nominees in the Animated Feature category. In any year in which eight to 12 animated features are released, either two or three of them may be nominated. When 13 to 15 films are released, a maximum of four may be nominated, and when 16 or more animated features are released, a maximum of five may be nominated.
In the visual effects category, the “bakeoff” at which the nominees are determined will expand from seven to 10 contenders. The increase in the number of participants is related to a change made last year in which the number of films nominated in the visual effects category was increased from three to five.
Previously, the Board approved changes to the documentary feature and documentary short category rules that now put those categories’ eligibility periods in line with the calendar year and thus with most other awards categories. The change means that for the 84th Awards cycle only, the eligibility period is more than 12 months; it is from September 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011.
Other modifications of the 84th Academy Awards rules include normal date changes and minor “housekeeping” changes.
Makes sense, I guess? I can't imagine there being a year without 10 worthwhile films, but... just in case?
The Best Films Of 2011…So Far > The Playlist
I haven't seen all of them, but a pretty decent list.