Submarine Love

Every since the television series based on Irwin Allen‘s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea I’ve had a love affair with submarines in movies, though the more realistic they appear, the less I am interested.

For instance, the cramped and claustrophobic submarines–which is more in line with actual submersibles–from movies like The Hunt for Red October or Crimson Tide, I don’t care too much for,  but give me something like the SeaQuest from SeaQuest DSV (despite being being CGI as opposed to practical) and I’m all over it.

Which is why I am posting this clip from StudioADI of a submarine they built as a test model for James Cameron for a very real dive he did to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, knowledge that I feel comfortable in saying would in some way contributed (and who knows, may have helped to inspire) to their upcoming Harbinger Down.

And in case you’ve forgotten about Harbinger Down, which sounds like an awesome mix of a nautical thriller, H.P. Lovecraft, and John Carpenter’s The Thing, here’s the official trailer.

‘Paddington’ Trailer 1

Paddington is based upon the children’s storybook character Paddington Bear, who I imagine is bigger in Europe, like The Adventures of Tintin, which formed the basis of a 2011 film directed by Steven Spielberg that was produced by Peter Jackson and written by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat.  

I also expected to be creeped out by this trailer, and I wasn’t.  I guess that I don’t mind anthropomorphic animals as long as they can curse up a blue streak, like Rocket from Guardians Of The Galaxy, though the minute they try to act all cute and cuddly I get Chucky (who has to rank among the creepiest dolls every) vibes.

‘Peanuts’ Trailer

While I can’t speak for anyone else, Charles Schulz‘s “Peanuts” have always had a comforting quality to me.  They weren’t cartoons that I enjoyed on a regular basis, but the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, were made for them.

They also had this oddly melancholy character about them that was interesting and unlike anything else.  I have particularly fond remembrances of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” in which we witness Linus waiting in a pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin, behavior that was oddly delusional for a children’s cartoon character and “Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown” where we witness Snoopy’s prowess riding a motorcycle, Easy Rider style.

Then there’s Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, always a classic (though I always hoped that, at least once, either Charlie Brown kicked the football, or her).

The animation of the new feature seems to be in 3D, but barely, which is a good thing since it better takes into account the essentially 2D nature of the characters.

The Third Presidential Debate In Just Under Three Minutes

I have so far seen all the Presidential, as well as the Vice-Presidential, Debates aired, and I don’t intend to miss the penultimate one.  What I have noticed is that if you want consistency of streaming, I would stay away from YouTube, ABC, and NBC.

That’s not to say that their performance has not improved from one debate to another, but at this point I want as consistent an experience as possible.

Which is why I am going with C-Span this time around.

Here’s One More Thing…

It goes without saying that if you’re into Apple at all, this Wednesday will be of interest to you.  The rumor mill has it that Apple is not only going to introduce a refreshed iPod touch, but a new iPhone and more interestingly (at least for me) a new iPad that’s supposedly designed to compete with the smaller Android-based tablets.

Thanks to MacDailyNews for the heads up.

Take the images above with a grain of salt, though all them share too many features in common to, in my opinion, not to be based upon at least some truth.

Samsung Challenges Apple’s Intellectual Property Theft Allegations

You might have heard about the brouhaha between Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc. over Samsung’s (supposedly) stealing Apple’s intellectual property.  No matter where you come down in the debate, I have always been of the opinion that the more information you have, the better off you are.

You have probably heard a lot about Apple’s charges, but relatively little from the accused.

Here’s Samsung’s take.

48 Frames Per Second

Forty-eight frames per second, a measurement that’s meaningless to most of us–including me.  I don’t quite understand how it’s supposedly such a game changer–yet to men like Peter Jackson, Douglas Trumball or James Cameron, it represents the future of movies.  Currently, films are shown at 24 fps, and increasing the frame rate will supposedly create a truer, more vivid image.

Though that is not what everyone thinks because when Jackson showed an excerpt of his film, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at CinemaCon in Las Vegas not every one was impressed by the visuals brought about by the increased frame rate.

The decription of the footage shown reminded me when I was watching my mother’s HD flatscreen TV.  The image presented were so sharp, so clear that it made just about everything that came on look like a play (in an odd note, it even made the FX in “Tron: Legacy” a bit more obvious and green-screeny).

I can’t speak for other people, but if that’s the way film in 48 fps looks, I am not sure that I would be willing to play premium prices to see it.

You can find more information about frame rates here.