I’m Back

Posted: Tuesday May 19, 2015 in Health, Holidays, News, Reviews

Well I’m back from 24 days holiday but technically, my emotional state was at a low since a week after my mum went into hospital.

What happened on my holidays?

Well I enjoyed meeting my relatives on my mother’s side. And let me say, I enjoy shopping and looking at the city of Adelaide, South Australia very much. The weather was beautiful and winter season came in the last week I was there – Love the cold. The break was needed but life had other tests.

After the holiday?

It was a week which was slow and tiring and I tried to relax which was okay until Friday the 17th of April, in the afternoon, that life’s test happen. I went to do my annual ultrasound for my bladder and kidneys on that morning, in the meantime mum went through an ultrasound on her temple in the week after the holiday. The results of my mums’ ultrasound had returned that same morning, when we returned home for lunch. A message from the doctor, she went to her visit with the doctor, we rushed to the specialist then she was put to hospital.

After a week in hospital, Mum went through a biopsy which seemed to be a result that has been a good one. Yet the follow up is still ongoing. It seems one hurdle has been hopped over, but praying it to be all steady.

Reviews

Well, its been a little over two months, no, close to a month and two weeks since I reviewed some movies. Well soon you will read a few reviews. There will be seven.

Summarizing

Well its the 19th May and I have the flu and it will be some time before I feel better to do a review. This post is a long one in coming because of family problems seem to be manageable at the moment. I couldn’t concentrate on anything let alone do any reviews. So on the home-front of this review month will be coming in next month or as soon as I’m better from this… achtu  damn cough… and the dripping nose… cheers see you all soon.

Holiday’s Yeah

Posted: Saturday March 14, 2015 in Holidays
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It is going to be a beautiful few days as my last minute things before I’m going on my holiday somewhere in South Australia. Its very close to the day when I’m leaving for the holiday, that I’m feeling a little excited. Of course, when I return, I’ll come back with a few movies to review while on holidays. I know I’ll be viewing movies during my holidays because that is what I do when I go to a movie cinema that I haven’t been to before.

I’ll tell you all what has happen when I return.

New Site Up

Posted: Friday March 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

As you can see I have changed this site as it is a basic review site of movies and books, I watch and read after two days. On the left side that is the sidebar, is an About.me which show a small amount of info of me and there you can find the link to my new site – robert cristante dot(.) com. (You should get to my new site which is www dot robertcristante dot com slash(/) Author and yes leave capital A as is – if you want to type my site address in the address bar.) Also there is a Facebook Link button to me – Please remember that I try to be friendly with everyone however if there is spam it will be deleted immediately.

I was lucky I had backups and it was because of those backups that made my speedy recovery less stressful. It took me about three days of copying and pasting and uploading pictures to the new site.

As I am looking to the weekend and next week, my preparations for the holidays is coming quickly. I am excited about them. You’ll have to find out more on my new site when the day gets closer.

New Site Coming

Posted: Sunday March 1, 2015 in News

Please Note – this is about my Official site not this site; however, I use links in the menu above that goes to Robert Cristante dot(.) com site.

I have been looking at my site that is Robert Cristante dot com and notice I couldn’t do things at all without using the File Transfer Protocol password. This started to confuse me and then using a windows hosting had come to my media playing up so I was more than unhappy. Then I was so confused that nothing works.

After a few days of researching I soon realized that I made a big mistake – but on face value when I started window hosting with one click WordPress  everything was going smoothly until the end of last year with password for ftp and then last few weeks the installing of WP 4.1.1 had me going off like a Dalek loosing vision. With this in mind of the researching I decided to go with Linux hosting with my provider and see how it goes. One this I did wrong with the other was not making a backup  and lost everything – not quite everything. I made my own backups  of the pages from Robert Cristante dot com, I have all the pages I had in a word document.  But I have another site as a back up – this site is a free site which I kept but as close to my site.

So for now I’ll leave you with this thought, backup everything in triplicates. One last thing, here is okay because WordPress dot com are beyond great and they have backups well in hand.  One last note, very soon, I will be doing to this site is changing the menu above for how I want this Review site to be.

Update

Posted: Thursday February 26, 2015 in Holidays, News
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Please keep this in mind that my Official Site is having problems. If you click the above menu you might not get back to this site; so here I give you a tip, left click of your mouse and click on open a new tabbed window for each menu item except for contact and R.C. Reviews..

I can’t keep up with which update I am doing at the moment, a few problems I have had so far are such that I need a holiday and it seems fortunate that the holiday I had plan for looked almost in question two days ago. Lucky the incident that happen on Monday that seemed to be very fatal had lowered to minor. Thank the man upstairs that it was just a very minor problem.

My official site has been a major problem for me at the moment, it seems that internal problems which I have to figure if I need to do something – what can I do? I can easily say a few swear words and wait patiently and see. It’s been a day and now I wonder what is going on. I assure you, I will be as patient until Sunday, when I will do something…

As of the moment, there will be no reviews until after April 10th, 2015. It seems that my holidays are slowing creeping up and in the next two weeks, I’ll be preparing for my trip. It will be a three week plus three days holiday. I just can’t wait for the trip. It will be a good time for me to have a quiet time with my family relations. When I return from my holidays, I will give you some pictures of where I am going. Holiday is in a state in Australia.

Insidious and Insidious:- Chapter 2

Posted: Thursday February 26, 2015 in Movies, Reviews, Videos
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Horror movies is fairly my kind of cup of tea but what I hate is movies that shows a video camera within the movie. Ghost movies or paranormal movies that have people videoing  themselves is so old like the Blair Witch Project or more precisely like reality TV. Well these two movies for review are different and felt more real than reel.

Insidious

Plot

A family moves to a old house, when things start to strangely scare the mother who is a music composer. These strange things soon develop into the first born son and it puts the boy into a comatose state. Things get worse as the mother of the boy calls a priest but that is when the husband couldn’t believe her of their son’s troubles. This sets the whole family to move to another home but the same problems occur and that is when the priest intervene but after that the husband plays along because his mother calls in help from a specialist in paranormal activity. Soon the grandmother of the boy, tells her son that she went through the same thing.

Overview of Insidious

The story was there if you looked carefully at the movie. The signs were there. The father didn’t like taking photos because of his past experience. The story of “an outer bodily experience” in a horror sense is beautifully done with this movie.

Imagine you go to sleep and before you know it you wake and see yourself from the bed and enter in a world of limbo. Where you see souls living in darkness wanting to return to the world you know. The Further as the specialist puts it is where you travel further than anyone could in dream land and it is where demons stay and latch on to the dreamer whose soul roams limbo and the Further. Kids have this ability and sometimes they develop it into their adulthood. But it is not as horrible as this movie.

In one of these experiences, Dalton traveled to far into the Further that he became lost in the limbo world.Because of Dalton was haunted by a demonic entity which resulted in a comatose state.

This was a rented movie I watched and I enjoyed this than the Paranormal Activity movies put together. This had the story down pact to a T. The ending was such that it felt like it ended abruptly. (Of course it did and there’s a reason for this in the next review.)

Insidious – Chapter 2

Plot

After returning from the Further, Dalton and his father is returned and after a few months Dalton’s father started to show unusual behavior that comes forth so much that Dalton’s mother takes her thoughts to the grandmother.  The specialist had died in the first movie but the police are investigating this while Dalton’s father show unusual habits.

Overview

The roles are reversed this time, Dalton must face the Further again but it was such that a visitor from the further had latched on Dalton’s father’s body. This soon became what a more can the director give. It was another story that is wedge in with a crazy man who dressed as a girl when he was a boy for a domineering mother. The history of this man seemed to seep through the videotape of Dalton because Dalton’s father’s spirit was there asking for help.

It was the story that pressed me forward and it was also a beautifully portrayed story of a outer body experience. A story solely generated around a boy and his family experience in these two movies is so exquisite and intricate that compass the netted story to more than one event. With this movie ending is really a what more can happen and before I give away the ending, it also seem to show that another movie should be coming. (I know that this as a prediction that Insidious is going to be a franchise and possibility a cult movie classic.)

Insidious ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠½ and Insidious – Chapter 2 ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠½  are rated as such because I enjoy them so much. I could not rated it any higher because horror of the psychological kind; Insidious is the first movie that shows outer bodily experience so correctly.

Well my precious, where do I begin with this movie review. Oh before I do and this is for those who read the reviews of The Hobbit:- The Battle of the Five Armies from other reviewers –  I must say this before I do this review – forget the reviews and just watch it for what it was. I did.

Plot

It started where it left off with the Desolation of Smaug and the Laketown up in a fiery uproar. And the Dwarf King going through his own madness to find the heart of Erebor – a jewel which bring madness to the kings of the Dwarves. Bilbo holds the jewel in the fear that if Thorin’s madness escalates, he gives the jewel to the elven wood King. During which the Orcs and the darkness of Sauron comes to the fore in which Men, Elves, Dwarves and two type of Orcs fight a war which bring tensions to each race.

Overview

The Hobbit movies has come to the end with this last movie which I feel compel to agree to some of the reviewers out there. However, I feel that the whole story of Tolkiens’ Middle Earth is shown with the three earlier movies, this and the last two movies of The Hobbit. It is very much the reason why I feel that a marathon will be need to watch the whole six movies at once – that is, starting with the first of The Hobbit trilogy and then The Lord of the Rings trilogy of the movies. Why you may ask?

Well its fairly simple, this movie seemed a little less epic in the feeling of it. But think of the story that follows from this movie. If you feel then that this movie is  good enough then follow me with this review.

Thinking back to the beginning of the first movie where Bilbo decided to sign the contract and he stated that he was on an adventure – with a rough group of thirteen Dwarves and Gandalf. It was this hobbit as a burglar and the one ring which he took off Golem by a riddle  put the first sub plot which came to blossom in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

The same sub plot with the dwarf king and Bilbo, where Bilbo had to lie to his friend because of the dragon sickness. Similar sub plots played through the last two movies which could be picked up if you remember that The Hobbit was the prequel to The Lord of the Rings.

Saruman the White, Elrond and Galadriel came to rescue Gandalf and here is where Saruman felt he was doing a good deed but we all know, he fell to Sauron’s power. This sub plot unfolds in the Lord of the Rings. When Legolas and his father spoke together also starts the main plot for the Lord of the Rings.

Yes it was not enjoyable as the other two but this movie also sets the plot to the trilogy movies to The Lord of the Rings. For this movie I found that this was actually a tie-in movie to The Lord of the Rings movies. Even though, I enjoy it as well.

Peter Jackson put the Hobbit movies into three parts with three main plots from the book. This is genius, in a way because it showed the basic story from the parts of the book I enjoyed. I really enjoyed the Hobbit :- The Battle of the Five Armies.

The reason for ♠♠♠♠½ is really this, The Hobbit:- The Battle of the Five Armies is the binding glue to The Lord of the Rings. It really is funny to think like this, but for me it was how I viewed it. And as a writer I could see the flowing subplots joining together with the epic that is Tolkien’s view of Middle Earth or more precisely Jackson’s view of Middle Earth in film.

First post for 2015

Posted: Wednesday January 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

As I recover from the new year party, my first thought was how about a review. But before I do, I hope you all had a good festive season. I have some reviews to tackle but I must start with my first big screen event of the year. I also have a book review in a week time to review.

As of yesterday, I had to read all emails since my last post and catch up with a few things. I’ll start on the first review, as soon as I can.

The year that was 2014

Posted: Tuesday December 30, 2014 in Holidays
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Personal life is okay. With a busy year coming to the close, I am having a wonderful time relaxing  and enjoying the festive season up to the 6<sup>th </sup> of January 2015 with no viewing  movies at all – except for the current Hobbit movie. Reading to relax.

Today’s post should be about the year but I’ll make it as short as possible, since I’m having a short holiday. And yes it was a roller-coaster ride for the movies. Movies was my most watched this year. Reading seems to be left to dwindle in a side road of a freaky circus which made me feel all nostalgic. The reason for the nostalgic reading because I like to re-read novels I read before.

On the outlook for 2015, a small resolution for the new year is to read at least five new books. Well, with new year resolutions, I know that I will not do exactly what I said here but I will try.

So for the year ending as this is my last post for the year, I wish everyone a Happy New Year and a safe one, as well.

Remake Movies

Posted: Monday December 29, 2014 in Movies, Uncategorized

In my Halloween is coming post, I stated that I will explain the reasons for remake movies. First I must say, I’m not an expert for remaking a movie that has been done before.

The issues could be many from the technical to just retelling it with new actors and new story-lines.

Technical – is usually from the film perspective that is the 8mm to 90mm negative gauge from different company’s formats which would have been analogue. I call this analogue. Lens and cameras that uses the formats that is specific to the negative gauge  are then given to cinemas. These cinemas have projection devices which used the special format range from 8mm to  70mm until 1992 when Digital started. From 1889 to when sound came in the 1900, the film gauge was black and white with no sound Silent Movies. Those sound films were short motion movies in 1923 took flight with synchronized sound which was then recorded to the motion film. As the technology progress in the 1950’s, the widescreen was made for cinemas to view. Color had been used in 1889 as the primary colors (usually painted on the film negative gauge) but it was a very dull look on the film’s negative gauge. These are what made the negative gauge film on the projection units to make the negative film burn. Sometimes those films fade and the exposure to excessive use made those films difficult to fix.

As the computers came out in the 70’s and every home in the late 80’s and early 90’s could afford a computer, this soon helped the film industry. This is were color and sound and the film gauge excelled in; as videos tapes became a part of watching and buying those films at home. The digital age had started in 1992 but the slow technical marvels that the film industry use to restore the old movies was such at first was a miracle. But those early films negative gauges were either damage beyond repair or they wanted to do remakes.

If I was to go through every train of thought and sometimes it is hard to explore the fore thought of the whole film industry. So these changes could be explored to greater detail if you are interested in the search engine you prefer. For me the technical side was either old or damage to replay even though some of the old movies are played constantly very year. You see how dull it looks, as if the color has faded, as the streaming, constantly flickering seems to start and some places seem to be lost.  Then the Videos came into effect which were copied from those film studios for mass market. This seem very idyllic but they too soon would fade until the Compact Discs came out. MPEG is a movie file format which was used in those movies that were digitally remastered. Not long after that DVD’S came out and they were able to fit a hole movie on a compact disc. This showed the film industry the beauty of technology but they had a problem as technology grew faster the money for the technical aspects of a film became a costly endeavor. Old technology was phasing out as the new 3d formats came to the scene which was another medium for viewing motion picture. The red and blue filter lens fitted to the cardboard frames to resemble glass,  have leaped in bounds since the first 3d movie that came out in the 1980’s. Now there is UHD – Ultra High Definition which enhances the colors but don’t quote me on it because its only relevantly new technology.

Oh boy, I veered of the path and summarize the technical reason  because I love the technical side of things. Back on topic about remake movies. Okay, let me state again technical is usually the major issue to remake movies. Also money is the other issue which we all agree is an issue we all understand. A good example is the movie King Kong there is three remakes. The first King Kong in 1933 was a black and white feature in a film gauge which was analogue and aged with time. In 1976 the remake of King Kong was my first movie I watch with my father, mother and sister. The actress Jessica Lange had a beautiful figure and my comment about the breasts was the last time my father did come with us to the picture theater. A little side track but reliving the remake which I saw in 1976 and later the original in 1933, I liked the 1976 version better. The reason was because of Jessica Lange who incidentally became my first crush of the movie world. Of course, the remake again with King Kong in 2005 was such that it was also beautiful to watch. A little different to the original and 1976 remake, it was the story line that was fantastic. Well Peter Jackson directed this version and it was in itself different to the original and the remake. Of course the basic story-line where an expedition to an island to its last inhabitants are still savages and believe in a monster and their rituals to live free from torment from the beast. Those of the expedition thought of the money they could get from a giant ape/gorilla. Then havoc ensues in the vicinity of the Empire building. May be this was the idea of the movie that was thought by the writer and then screenwriters write a screenplay script to match the idea.  If I think like a writer and its possible that this was exactly how the first movie became the original.

This is my issue here, the screenwriters have these ideas and then they have to sell those ideas to become great movies to watch. Even though the technology in the 1933 was first and only; a miracle of movie magic, it also was the only available technology at the time. Costs were as high as they are now even though the dollar value was lower then. A film that costs $100,000 to make in 1933 could well cost about 1 million to make now(of course this is my thought patterns and the value of money could be different).

The screenplay scripts are what makes the movie watchable but the director and the editor is the persons to show the screenplay script it visual aspects of a film to a success in the box office. There is the cast and crew behind such things that make a movie beautiful to watch also plays a part in the remakes of old movies – as my example with King Kong, the main story was showed well but the subplots of the movies or action scenes were different to the original and the two remakes.

Another is the Halloween movies by John Carpenter and Rob Zombie; the story line in the John Carpenter’s were hinted at an unstable child life of Meyers as a kid and he was after his sister but this was not as clear as it is in Rob Zombies’ version.  I like both versions and I stated in the review posts in 2013, that they complemented each other.  Sometimes remakes are good like Halloween. The script of movies sometimes feel amicable and it shows the rhythm of pace to be slow and disjointed. The flow of one scene to the other needs to be fairly tight and thought out to speed the action scenes.

I like reading books like I watch a movie and I like watching a movie like I am reading books. I have the uncanny way of reading between the lines in the book and I have the same ability to read between each scene of the movie. It is this that starts my basis in this question; Why make remake movies? My thoughts is either the screenwriter who wrote the screenplay to the producers wanted to remake the movie and use the new technology that was not available when the film was made. Whatever the reasons, the objective is simple and its what I watch for in any movie – Is the movie like a book I read that keeps me wanting to watch and make me forget the world problems for 80 minutes or more.

The Great Gatsby is a film which was made in a remake since the original in 1926 which was a silent film. The original was adapted from the stage production which is an adaption from a novel of the same name. Of course, the second film in 1949 for copyright issues is not ready available which I haven’t seen at all – know it exists because of wiki*. The 1974 version  with Robert Redford is the version I watch and remembered and it was a good love romantic movie. There is another version which was made for TV and it setting was in a different place. The 2013 version with Leonardo DiCaprio had the 3D effect and it was this that made me watch it for the technical.

As you noticed the 1949 version of The Great Gatsby had some issues with copyrights, that is truly the problem that most movies in the film industry have trouble with especially if it is a remake. That is the ultimate problem, the legal issues of making the remake movie. Thus that is why when you watch a remake the basic story line is there but slight changes are made for legal reasons especially copyright. The person who writes a screenplay must ask permission for doing such a remake but it is another long process with lawyers that take months and even years before a said remake movie is done.

As with all copyrights the owner of the said novel has copyrights and the publisher have the right to sell said novel depending on the publisher’s terms of the contract. I believe it would be the same in the film industry but its a longer contract with lawyers of the big movie-makers. Of course, it is the reason for such remakes that flop and others excel.

Well here end the long post but it is informative enough to understand it. It seems so plain and simple but usually the most common issue in making films is the legal issues from the adaption of the novel. I think we movie goers seem to want it to follow the book so much but never consider the legal issue of copyright. I have considered the copyright issue and if the film industry did follow the letter that would breach the copyright law.  I think most importantly is to enjoy the movie for what it is and then consider the full impact thus is what I do when I review movies and books here – especially copyright. I put it in my own words and how I feel when watching or reading the film or novel.

* Research at Wikipedia website.