I think I’d heard of The Art of Flight a while ago, but never really thought much of it. I’m not exactly the target market for snowboard films, but the footage I saw from it was incredible. So, when I saw it pop up on Netflix a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d give it a try.
Netflix had two items: The Art of Flight, and The Art of Flight: The Series. I started with The Series (which offers a behind the scenes look at the making of the film), because watching something in 25 minute increments is a little more manageable these days.
I was blown away. The scale of the production was unbelievable, and some of the footage the filmmakers were capturing was unlike anything I’d seen before.
After finishing the short TV series, I watched the 80-minute movie. Even more incredible.
The film is, essentially, snowboard porn. There’s not much in terms of structure, which is how these “documentaries” normally go, but it is interesting to see people who are the best at what they do pushing themselves to their limits.
If you’re interested in filmmaking at all, check out The Art of Flight. Also, if you can, watch The Series before hand. It’s really neat to see how the film looks after knowing everything they went through to get it done.
If you saw The Hunger Games recently (in Canada, anyway), there’s probably a pretty good chance you saw the trailer for Tim Burton’s upcoming Frankenweenie: a computer stop motion animated film about a boy who brings his dog back from the grave.
The movie is actually an extended animated version of an 1984 Burton short film of the same name. He made the film for Disney before he’d done a feature, but you can tell from very early on that this is a Tim Burton movie. If you have 30 minutes to spare, it’s definitely worth checking out. It even features a young(er) Daniel Stern, known to most of us as Marv from the Home Alone movies.
[here sat a video, before it was removed by Disney]
Rachel and I caught The Hunger Games last weekend. Neither of us had read the book, but I was pretty eager to see it regardless. I’d heard great things, and when we saw that it was playing on three screens at Empire Theatres in Charlottetown, we figured it wouldn’t be completely packed. Continue reading →
Thor was the last of the Avengers films I got to see, thanks to it being added to Netflix Canada a couple of weeks ago.
The film was, at best, okay. Frankly, I didn’t much care what happened to Thor nor his pals back in his home world of Asgard. I didn’t really buy Natalie Portman’s falling in love with him after he ends up on Earth, and fish-out-of-water elements of the story never quite hit what they were going for. Continue reading →