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Before I even start, rise your hands those who have seen Titanic as children/teenagers? Now, rise your hands those who cried at it? Those who had a Leonardo Dicaprio poster on the wall? I guess this one is just me, but apart from that, we all share this sentimental feeling towards Titanic, and 3D won’t ever change it.
I have already wrote about Titanic 3D in January when I attended a Q&A with the producer, John Landau. Although I liked the way he discussed the movie and even after seeing a few converted clips, I still wasn’t persuaded to this visible, yet hardly major change. But then, a couple of months later, I was invited to the screening of Titanic 3D. This time without the official introduction, without any help to understand the reason behind it and without the typical vibe. Nobody has yet review it and nobody had any opinion. It was served to us like it was served the first time- raw and open to all sort of critique. But this time it was served on the plate of sentiments.

The question this time wasn’t ‘if  cry’, but rather ‘WHEN to cry’. The second it starts, Titanic 3D is just an exquisite sentimental journey. And it’s not the journey that we remember we loved. It is the journey we want to take again, that we re-discover and that we re-love. The tears of nostalgia mixed with completely new tears of amazement makes you realise that Titanic 3D is simply universal and it will never grow old.

When it was announced that no special effects have been touched while converting Titanic into 3D, I was more than surprised. It came out in 1997 and from my experience, films, especially the ones filled with dollars, tend to look silly after some time. If they are lucky enough though, they just look old, and we look at them just like we look at the old photographs of ourselves- we like the memory more than anything else. But something magical happened to Titanic. It didn’t age. Just like Rose’s memories, it remained vivid and full of flavour. It’s alive!

I won’t be writing about the story in Titanic, because those who have seen it, know it very well, and those who haven’t will have chance to go to the cinemas now. The only thing I want to say is that yes! Titanic is amazingly cheesy, the background characters are stereotypical and bland and the world in the film is divided into black and white. Rose’s fiance is probably one of the most evil villains in the history of cinema and I was just looking at his actions in awe. How much evilness can there be in one human being? How about making him a Batman villain? I’m not joking, this guy is so bad, he almost sacrifices his own life in order to destroy the relationship between Rose and Jack, but when his evil plan fails, he kidnaps a random child in order to have a priority in life boats. As for Jack and Rose, it is indeed an unimaginably romantic love, but a believable one. With the help of cheesy atmosphere and Celine Dion, the lovemaking in a car definitely becomes one of the most erotic scenes of the cinema and this:

this makes you put Leonardo Dicaprio’s poster on the wall.

And what about the 3D? I must say, I’m not a fan of 3D, but in Titanic it just works. I agree with John Landau, that this film was simply perfect to be converted into this new technique and it looks just breathtaking when being watched with the embarrassing 3D glasses on.The picture is clear and vivid, the sound is simply stunning; and because, like in Avatar, the 3D effects are mainly in the background and they are not pushy like normally in movies, and also because Titanic has proven to be a strong movie without it, the conversion made the film an experience.

Titanic is simply outstanding and the moment I left the cinema, I could not stop talking about it. Say whatever you want, but to me it is one of the most amazingly crafted blockbuster of all times. It has its flaws, but it never aimed to be an ambitious film. It aimed to be an unforgettable experience and it is indeed. Mr. Cameron, you are a magician.

 

This week has been a rather unique one when it comes to new releases. Two big events defined the trailer situation and instead being covered with great hidden gems of cinema, I’m just surrounded by thousands of festival independent movies that nobody will distribute anywhere else but in France, and the Super Bowl tv spots. Unfortunately, Super Bowl brought us mainly the trailers for films we have seen before, but just in a shorter version. Here you have the Super Bowl spot (chosen as a representative for all the Super Bowl spots) for the Hunger Games (one one the most awaited film this year). In the leading male role and the love interest of our heroin, the Spoiled Brat himself, Josh Hutcherson:

The other great event that stormed the internet was definitely Oscar’s nominations announcement  Many of you (and that’s what I shall start doing tomorrow) is catching up on the Academy Awards nominated features, so whatever comes out soon, will be ignored, so what’s the point trying, it seems.

However, because Sunday is the day when I usually present you with some new trailers for films I have been waiting to see for a week at least and because there’s literally nothing to show you; I have decided to share some upcoming movies news with you. Some of them you probably have already heard about, others you dreamt would be announced, and some are still just rumoured. But here it is, this week’s films still in pre-production:

 

1. Quentin Tarantino KILL BILL Vol. 3

While Quentin Tarantino’s new project Django Unchained have just been announced, it is too easy to almost miss probably the most awaited and dreamt of film of the year- the continuation of Kill Bill serie. According to IMdb the only confirmed cast members are now Uma Thurman,  Daryl Hannah and Richard Dreyfus, but it is worth keeping eye on the updates, because the release date is set for 2014. Also, my further search led me to this document, which is apparently the teaser of Kill Bill Vol. 3 script. I don’t know how truth it is, but whatever the outcome is, I am sure it will be amazing.

KILL BILL-VOL. 3

2. James Cameron Attack

James Cameron never sleeps. Avatar 2 and 3 have already been announced, but this is just a small surprise compared to the new project the director has been working on. Battle Angel takes place in the 26th century and tells a story of a female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapheap by a scientist. James Cameron and his producers are spending 200 million dollars on this film and although it is a live action, it will be shot with the usage of CGI in the new 3D technique Cameron has been recently working on. Battle Angel is based on the bestselling manga of the same title.

3. The Tomb

Ray Breslin is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He’s framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. (IMdb)

Sounds like a good story? Well, it doesn’t really matters if it is, because it stars not one, but two toughest guys in the industry (not counting Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Chuck Norris…the list goes on). Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger star in this thriller directed by Mikael Hafstrom (the director of the Rite, which I still feel disappointed with). As I said, I don’t think it really matters how the movie does as long as there are muscles on screen here. And there will be muscles…

slowly turning into wax figures

 

4. Sinatra

The rumoured child of Martin Scorsese with Leonardo Dicaprio, Sinatra is as a title says the story of the legendary actor and singer, Frank Sinatra. There’s no doubts that this film will be a great opportunity for Dicaprio to finally get the long awaited Oscar. He is often called Scorsese’ s muse and has already starred in the director’s nominated movies, the Aviator and  Gangs of New York. Let’s hope this collaboration will soon be confirmed, because these two has proven to work perfectly together.

5. The Lone Ranger

Based on the tv series of the same name, comes Gore Verbinski’s (Pirates of Caribbean, Rango) new film staring noone other but Johnny Depp himself along with Helena Bohnan Carter and Armie Hammer. The cast is completed and the release date is now set for the 31st of May 2013. The Lone Ranger has been adapted into a big screen couple of times before, however neither of the films received critics’ recognition and neither did it impress the fans of the tv series. Although the release date has already been moved few times because of budget holes and cast problems, I see potential in this feature. Shooting begins in Mexico this month.

6. The Fast and the Furious 6

Surprised?

Lucky enough to hear about Titanic 3D from the man himself, Jon Landau (yes, I know for a second you thought about James Cameron, or as called by Jon Landau ‘Jim’), I hear present my second view on this masterpiece rape.

First of all, I have already made it quite open that I am definitely not 3D fan. I enjoyed Avatar and I enjoyed some of the horrors shot in 3D, but for me it is still a retarded version of what the future of cinema beholds, and maybe since there is still some time to wait, we could slow down a little and not do the Godfather in 3D just yet. However after the screening of eight scenes from Titanic 3D (coming out in April), I now see what the appeal is. For the producer at least.

Jon Landau is a nice guy who loves films, and although he chose the role of often hated producer, after listening to him I think he is a perfect person to translate the language of James Cameron into dollars. He understands both the technical and the artistic process of moviemaking and it seems that he is not afraid to use words such as promotion and money along with such as vision and art. I liked how bravely he spoke about 3D, even though I wasn’t the only sceptical one in the audience.

Jon is the devil’s advocate for 3D cinema. Straight away I will say that after seeing the footage and hearing Jon talking about the project, I am still not converted. If I see Titanic again on the big screen, it will be in 3D, however, I can see how Landau’s mind works and how apart from the obvious he sees 3D as the new way to take the people out of the houses and into the cinema. Jon talked about the generation I’m a little afraid of- the generation of kids for whom 3D is nothing new and who were brought up on the louder and pushier cinema that I have.Still, he believes that this generation can enjoy the same Titanic we have enjoyed 13 years ago, however, it should be served for them differently.

Landau spoke about the process more artistically that I expected the producer to speak. He said how surprisingly, these were not the action sequences that were the most difficult to convert into 3D, but rather long, wide shots, in which every detail could be visible. 3D conversion seems less soulless since i found out that Cameron has been as active in the process as any other member of the crew. They went together frame by frame, and in Jon Landau’s words, it was a “memory lane” since he’s “been with Jim longer than any of his wives”. The film has been shown to Leonardo di Caprio who according to Laundau, approved of the conversion (after showing the amazement of how young he looked in Titanic).

The audience filled the room with intriguing questions. What makes Titanic number one film of all times? What makes it a film we would want to watch again? And again? And again?
Jon Landau claims the secret lies in story itself, and also in Cameron’s directing ultimate quality- the universality of the theme, or in his own words, “that the theme is greater than the genre itself”.

Titanic is the story of Rose, who loses the love of her life, faces the death and experiences something we all would love to experience, and survives. Rose’s survival gives audience hope that it too can survive anything. And I won’t argue- it is a beautiful message indeed.

Of course, any conversation with Jon Landau will finally bring some Avatar 2 questions. What was revealed is that it is coming out in about 4 years (!) and that they are working on increasing the amount of frames we see per second (to about 60). Landau spoke about the project with enthusiasm and I won’t lie- I’m actually interested in what this technical experiment will bring this time.

But the most important question of all would of course be, if Titanic works in 3D? Well, to me it doesn’t. Although the team managed to get rid of all the disadvantages I discussed in my previous article, while watching it, I got used to the effect so quickly, that after two minutes I wasn’t actually able to notice it anymore. It is the story that drew my attention and I still think it would look more amazing in IMAX than in 3D. Titanic will be released in April both in 2D and 3D, and if ever I would have to choose, I would still choose the original version. But at least I understood why other wouldn’t.