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(05-21-2019, 06:25 AM)jrWHAG42 Wrote: [ -> ]I had no idea there were two different cuts. Now I wonder which one I watched.

If it had the Tangerine Dream score, it's the American cut. If Jerry Goldsmith, director's cut.
I'm thinking about marathoning every movie where Keanu Reeves plays a character named John (or a variation of it) this weekend. There's at least 7.
I keep hearing/reading people say things like "How come the 1993 CG in Jurassic Park looks better than films today?". The answer is of course that there is hardly any CG in JP, it's mostly all practical in-camera FX. Full-size animatronic dinosaurs and large puppets. The reason why CG can look bad in blockbusters these days is because almost every shot is CG in some way, and many shots are entirely CG, where as the JP team only had to concentrate on inserting dinos into a few minutes of real footage. I've always wondered exactly how much CG was in JP, so for my own satisfaction I did an analysis. There is:

- 6 minutes and 37 seconds of complete shots involving CG somewhere in the frame. Not just CG dinos but shots with simple wire-removals, digital compositing and face replacement.
- 5 minutes and 40 seconds of just the footage that has CG dinosaurs placed somewhere in the frame.

The other 120 minutes is just Spielberg pointing the camera at what was in front of him on set and cutting it into the finished film.

I can sleep easy now with that question answered Big Grin .
Random Movie Thought: I've never seen any of the Divergent movies (the Hunger Games knockoff series with Shaileene Woodley), nor do I ever intend to, but I nevertheless recall on a bafflingly frequent basis that, after joining the Potter/Twilight/Hunger Games bandwagon of splitting the source novel's final installment into two flicks, they then canceled the final movie due to the first half's adaptation underperforming. And, even though I care nothing at all for this series, this factoid somehow pisses me off every time. How could they have not filmed the flicks back-to-back, if not all at once?! And, once it became clear the proper final movie wouldn't be made, how could they not at the very freaking least have produced an anime conclusion?! The three-movie blu-ray collection now sells for a mere $10, while both the Twilight and Hunger Games sets retail for ~$35. Well, crikey, of course it does! Who the hell wants 3/4ths of a film set?! Angry 

I really have no idea why all this pisses me off so much, perhaps even more so than the fact that New Line/WB has never released the cut (but filmed, and largely if not completely post-produced!) ending to their botched The Golden Compass flick. But, somehow, it does. Undecided
I remember hearing it was pretty much cancelled before the first one even came out.  There were vague plans for a TV movie to finish it out, but all the actors turned it down.
(05-25-2019, 08:02 PM)TM2YC Wrote: [ -> ]I keep hearing/reading people say things like "How come the 1993 CG in Jurassic Park looks better than films today?"

This is quite interesting. They talk about Jurassic Park at 3:18 and later compare it to Jurassic World.

I just accidentally found old texts where I was super excited for Xmen Apocalypse. Flash forward 3 years, I still haven't watched it, and I hardly have any interest in doing so knowing how disappointed I'll be.
That's how I feel about absolutely every X-Men film ever made, and it's all thanks to Bryan Singer and his contempt for the source material.
(05-26-2019, 11:33 PM)Duragizer Wrote: [ -> ]That's how I feel about absolutely every X-Men film made thus far. Every superhero Bryan Singer touches turns to shit.

I hear the regular people he touches don’t turn out so well either.
In other news,
I didn't watch any Keanu Reeves John films yesterday, so now I have around 12 hours to watch today. I think I'm going to shift this marathon to not just be the weekend, but allow it to bleed into the week as well.