Today, I need to try to get "back on the horse."
Today, I woke up angry, so the thing I want to talk about ought wait until tomorrow, so that I can approach it with a more level head.
There was a wonderful thunderstorm sometime early this morning, while Kathryn and I were sleeping. She woke enough to get up and close windows. Here in Providence, it will sort of be summer today, but that's okay. Spring's coming back this weekend.
I don't even want to get started on the WHY we had to leave the house yesterday and spend hours driving aimlessly about Warwick and Providence, when I should have been working. I mean, the why we had to leave the house part. I won't get into that. We might have gone to the shore, but it was cloudy, and not particularly warm, and we knew that we could spend the gas and time to reach Beavertail only to discover it was raining or too cold or too windy to swim. So, we drove around until a 2:45 p.m. screening of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. We even got a very wide, tall screen (though it wasn't flat)
I have only two complaints about The Dark Knight Rises. Neither have anything to do with the movie. First, we saw the trailer for The Hobbit. And, for a moment, I was overjoyed. Finally! Hey, it's really going to happen! But, as I watched this beautiful bit of film – and it was beautiful – I began to wonder why everything looked sort of like a pop-up book and remembered it was shot in 3D. What baffles me is how you can make 3D evident in 2D. The whole pop-up book thing, I mean. The photo has been cut up, and some parts are in front of other parts. It was hideous, and a sacrilege. It was the murder of cinematography. This could be one of the films I've waited my whole life to see. Instead, I probably won't even watch it on DVD in 2D. The juxtaposition of beauty and artless gimmickry was just too...sickening.
The other thing was that Spooky and I both noticed that everything on the screen that was white or light colored had a distinct cyan/red halo around it, through the trailers and the film. I didn't notice it so much through the film, until the credits, because I was so caught up in the film. But, yeah. Look at an A or G or Z. Cyan on the right of the letter bleeding to red on the left side of the letter. And I realized, right off, that it must be because a 3D projector was showing a 2D film and was unable to compensate. So, I said, here we have the death of film. These are the last days of film. Even if you can find a good 2D screening, increasingly you'll have to endure shit like this. Well, I will. Lots of folks, seems to make them happy.
And I will note, as it is worthy of notice, that Christopher Nolan has said, "...the truth is, I think it's a misnomer to call it 3D versus 2D. The whole point of cinematic imagery is it's three dimensional...You know 95% of our depth cues come from occlusion, resolution, color and so forth, so the idea of calling a 2D movie a '2D movie' is a little misleading." Yup. Well, I know that. I can't speak for all the idiots. Also, the 3D projector rendered the 2D film very dark and murky. So, yeah. I look towards a day, soon, when I lose going to the theater.
But, that said, The Dark Knight Rises is superb. A very fine conclusion to the trilogy. Not gonna harp on the specifics. I will say that Michelle Pfeiffer has forever been unseated as my ideal image of Selina Kyle. You have bloomed, Anne Hathaway. I never saw that coming (well, until recently). Great take on the costume, too. Gary Oldman was wonderful. Really, it was all perfect. The only part of yesterday that didn't suck. I actually went in with rather indifferent expectations (there's an interesting turn of phrase). I sort of hated Batman Begins, and then I loved the first three quarters of The Dark Knight, but thought the ending was absurd (don't ask me to get into the reasons). But, yeah. I loved this third film. It was like an apology for the first two.
Look! No links! This LJ entry gets a gold star....
Longing for Before*,
* Do not imagine you know what this means.