I rant about Shrek, rant about A Mouse, a Mystery, and Me, and announce the winner of my first contest!
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Starring Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Alison Lohman, Crispin Glover, Angelina Jolie, and Star Trek: Enterprise‘s Dominic Keating.
The future of filmmaking is tough to predict. Some say that theatres will soon be gone forever, as home theatres begin to grow in popularity and piracy runs rampant. So, just like in the 1950s when Hollywood saw TV as a threat, Hollywood is starting to give us bigger screens and the return of 3D. Throw in Robert Zemeckis telling us that the future is in his new “performance capture” technique (people wearing motion capture suits in front of blue screen, and then adding everything in with computers) being touted as the future, I though that I should pay the extra money and go see Beowulf in IMAX 3D. After all, this is the future.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was King Hrothgar, and his kingdom was besieged by a vicious monster known as the Grendel. Hrothgar offers half his treasure to a hero to defeat the monster. And, along comes the warrior Beowulf, to answer Hrothgar’s call. Beowulf easily dispatches the Grendel, but this soon leads to a more sinister confrontation with Grendel’s Mother. Will Beowulf survive the battle? And what’s Hrothgar’s connection with the Grendel?
What I Liked
This was my first IMAX 3D movie, and I was impressed. Granted, with IMAX 3D, there’s lots of stuff being thrust into the screen to make you duck and all that, but what really impressed me were the vast, vast landscapes. It really looks like you’re looking out a window over the countryside. There’s lots of great visuals in this. Oh, and of course, the best part: IMAX 3D naked Angelina Jolie.
What I Didn’t Like
Ya know, for being the oldest known English-language poem in existence, and studied in high school English classes the world over, it’s really, really light on plot and character development. And between this and 300, I’m starting to think that people shouted a lot in olden times.
Style wins out over substance in this one. But if you are going to see it, pay the extra money and see it in IMAX 3D. It’ll blow your mind.
Wow, I’ve been planning this day for months, and now that it’s here, I hardly know what to do.
In this week’s episode of The Targ…well, the episode title describes it all.
Episode 73: My First Contest
Here’s what you’ve got to do. Listen to this week’s show. In the show, I announce a special code word. What you do is e-mail me that code word at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll throw your name into the draw. And, in next week’s show, I do the draw.
What’s the big prize? Well, why don’t you listen to this week’s show and find out!
I get my latest batch of new Weird Al CD’s! Plus, I give you the Best Animated Film short list, and I tell you about my first contest, happening in next week’s show!
I obsess over free DVDs, gush about how Robot Chicken is the funniest show on TV, and try to play animated movie catch-up.