3D may be rapidly losing popularity and theaters, but James Cameron is still convinced that this technology is the future of cinema. The director helped revive 3D technology with his groundbreaking, lavish 2009 sci-fi film Avatar, but unfortunately, few films has lived up to the potential of 3D since then.
Which is why Cameron is flying the flag for 3D with all four of his Avatar sequels — and possibly with all of his films for the foreseeable future.
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Marvel has been a giant machine conquering the global box-office ever since they kicked down Hollywood’s door a decade ago with Iron Man. In less than 10 years, Marvel President Kevin Feige and all involved made the Marvel logo mean something to audiences everywhere. It’s quite an extraordinary feat, one that couldn’t have been pulled off without the long, long list of great talent they’ve hired. That talent also produces some fun audio commentaries.
Marvel’s finest movies, like this weekend’s Black Panther, have struck a balance between art and commerce, and that’s a running theme throughout the commentaries for Marvel’s movies: trying to make a popcorn movie with taste, substance, and above all, character. There’s very little talk of special effects, as most of the conversations revolve around character, but maybe that’s not surprising since the Disney-owned studio has always maintained the characters are the stars of these movies. Years of work went into getting these superheroes right, which you can hear all about in some of the Marvel commentaries recommended below.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by Jack Giroux
Commentaries for sports movies are great for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest reasons why, of course, is hearing stories about whatever legendary actor is playing the coach. More often than not, directors are excited to talk about those iconic actors. Want to know how so-and-so gave a famous locker room speech such bravura? Then check out the audio commentary.
Another reason to listen given them a listen is to learn how much of a pain it can be making actors, locations, and everything else look like the real deal. The attention to detail in some of the films featured below is remarkable and more often than not subtle. If you want to see what filmmakers put them through to make a sports picture, then maybe give a listen to one of our audio commentary recommendations.
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Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2009 by David Chen
To celebrate the recent release of Groundhog Day on Blu-Ray, /Filmcast co-hosts David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and special guest Stephen Tobolowsky (AKA Ned Ryerson) put together this feature-length commentary for the film. During this commentary, the trio discuss the making of Groundhog Day, its deleted scenes and alternately conceived versions, its legacy, its impact on Stephen’s career, their favorite parts from the film, and the disturbing tale of one man’s missing foreskin. If you have the DVD of Groundhog Day or if you have access to Netflix Watch Instantly, just listen to the audio file for instructions on how to sync it with your copy of the film.
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Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2009 by David Chen
The other day Jon Chu’s Step Up 2: The Streets was added to Netflix’s Watch Instantly program, making it available to millions of viewers for free. The question for us then became: Why not celebrate by doing an audio commentary on it?
In their very first attempt at a movie commentary, Dave, Devindra, and Adam, discuss the hidden layers of meaning behind Step Up 2: The Streets. Special guest Jen Yamato joins us from Rottentomatoes to add her unique perspective and love for the film. If you have the DVD of Step Up 2, or if you have access to Netflix Watch Instantly, just listen to the audio file for instructions on how to sync it with your copy of the film [This was primarily a tech test to see if it’d actually be possible for us to even do a commentary over Skype. Please do not expect anything informative, entertaining, or interesting to come from this commentary, but if you enjoyed it, feel free to let us know by e-mailing us. We’re also taking suggestions for other movies we should do a comemntary on.]
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[Update: This commentary has been featured at Rottentomatoes. Thanks Jen!]