Facing The Phantom Menace: In 3D!

February 11th, 2012 by Kyle

Kyle here;

So I saw Phantom Menace 3D today.

Reaction: Yeah, it’s still the Phantom Menace. The only major difference, other than the 3D, is a slightly extended pod race scene. We’ve all had 13 years to dissect what’s wrong with this movie, so there’s no point in going over that again.

The 3D was actually surprisingly good, or at least a lot better than I expected. The only really odd thing about it (other than the fact that 3D in general doesn’t really look three dimensional, but more layered, like a pop-up book) is that the CGI objects in the film fairly consistently pop out of the screen more than the physical objects and actors. This isn’t surprising to me: 3D actually normally looks much better when applied to CGI (the Toy Story movies, for example) than when applied to live-action. In fact, this may really be why TPM looks good in 3D: because so much if it is CGI that redoing the CGI stuff so it looks good in 3D can work pretty well.

But this is, of course, the heart of what’s wrong with the movie in the first place: that George Lucas was so enamored with what computers could allow him to put on the screen that he concentrated on that and made characters, storytelling, pacing, tone, and plot secondary concerns. If Phantom Menace 3D is a tactical success, in that it does actually look good in 3D, it is a strategic failure, in that this just serves to reemphasize Lucas’s misplaced priorities in making the film. Phantom Menace 3D is a better-looking movie, but it is not a better movie.

And this is why it fails.

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Episode 67 Show Notes

December 14th, 2010 by Kyle

“Welcome to Geek Tragedy, home of the Geek Tragedy – can we take your order?”

Episode 67: It’s Never A Good Burger

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Starters:

  • Get Well Alan Bagh
  • Holiday gift exchange

Geek News:

  • From the Hollywood Desk:
  1. AMC opening Dine-In Theaters
  2. Tommy Wiseau confirms The Room Blu-ray, 3D conversion
  • From the Television Desk:
  1. Mad Men spec script by Marc Zicree has Don Draper meeting Rod Serling
  • From The Gaming Desk
  1. “Shagg” Washington of Cypress Hill sues Rockstar Games, claiming that GTA: San Andreas steals his life story
  • From the Comics Desk:
  1. DC Editor gives Spider Man musical bad review
  • From the Anime Desk:
  1. Tokyo Governor calls manga fans losers, tells them to go talk to real girls
  2. …causing an industry boycott of the Tokyo Anime Fair
  3. China builds world’s largest bootleg Gundam
  • From the Cellar:
  1. Records reveal Bea Arthur was a truck-drivin’, officer-cussin’, VD-havin’ Marine
  2. A Klingon Christmas Carol coming to Chicago
  3. Gorillaz to release free new album on Christmas Day

Five-Minute Reviews:

New Release Tuesday:

Pick Of The Week:

Saturday Morning Rewind:

Stuff You Should Know About:

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Episode #41 Thank You, Mr. Macek

April 27th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep41.mp3[/podcast]

Kyle and Dave talk with Becky Forstadt and remeber Carl Macek, creator of Robotech. Plus Stuff You Should Know About, and a new Pick of the Week!

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Holy shmoley! It’s really real!!!

February 24th, 2010 by Dave

Just found this on TechEBlog….

I'm afraid the Death Star is quite operational...

So, the 501st are really advance troops sent here to lul us into a false sense of security that anyone in a stormtrooper outfit is a harmless fanboy. Where the heck do i go to join the Rebellion and get X-Wing flight training?

Actually, this is an awesome pic of Mimas, one of the moons of Saturn, as snapped by the Cassini probe. That big crater is 88 miles wide. Still doesn’t take away from the awesome factor, though.

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