Saturday, March 01, 2008

Mamo #109: Requiem for a Jamomo

Having skipped our annual Oscar show, we recap the night nonetheless, with hits and misses, surprises and outrages, and absolutely no fashion commentary whatsoever (except for a tiny bit about Ben Affleck's shirt).


Blogger Uros said...

Hey guys!

I have to admit that when I first saw Oscar nominations in vfx category it was clear to me that it will go to either Pirates or Transformers. But then I changed my mind after lisening to The VFX Show episode about Golden Compass ( and also after GC got BAFTA for vfx. It's true that while watching it the outstanding vfx work is not so obvious as with other two movies, but if you think about it almost every scene has CGI animal in it (doing a pretty good acting as normal animals). VFX Show also pointed out that Pirates 2 already won, so in many voter's minds Pirates 3 is the same movie (split in two). Tansformers has mostly non-organic vfx which are technically less impressive/demanding. So that's the reasoning behind it. :)

7:44 AM  
Blogger Tederick said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh I suppose. ;)

9:38 AM  
Blogger Ky said...

What are your thoughts on Bill C-10?

4:32 PM  
Blogger Tederick said...

Like a great number of my peers I'm seriously concerned about C-10 and the manner in which it's being treated by the Conservative government, which I don't support anyway. I'm glad people have noticed the bill and understood its potential impact - I sincerely hope we can stop it going through.

Good idea for a follow-up in a future show, thanks Ky!

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Leo Stableford said...

Hey Ma(tt) and Ma(tt),

Still enjoying MaMo all these years later when every other podcast I used to listen to has fallen by the wayside.

I just wanted to ask a question about your commentary on these format wars that are apparently going on.

In the UK I think there's a huge, huge, huge amount of apathy towards HD as a whole concept. People are not rushing to adopt. Regular DVD players are cheap and DVD prices ae low. The lion's share of the market put DVDs on for noise, or to keep the kids quiet.

So Blu-Ray "beat" HD. I hadn't even picked a side and I'm a huge film geek. Is the victory somewhat pyrrhic? I am smelling laserdisc all over the HD format wars. After all DVD are shiny discs that have movies on but they're not laserdiscs. Maybe the next format will be another mode of HD delivery altogether.

I just doubt that Blu-Ray is really the future and that this war meant anything to the vast majority of consumers.

Keep on truckin' guys.


2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes; keep on truckin' indeed. Poke poke.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Uros said...

Leo, I couldn't agree more about the HD format. I was too young (or too broke) for LaserDisc and I discovered DVD couple of years before it lunched in USA (at that point I bought couple of DVD movies online even before owning DVD player which came to Europe about half a year later), so I saved my money by not buying any movies on VHS or LD equipment. Anyway, online is the future and for archive purposes, whatever media is the most cost effective at the moment.

3:37 AM  

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