Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie came out a few weeks back in December 2015, The Hateful Eight. Luckily, I was in Florida at the time and had the opportunity to be part of the Special Roadshow Engagement presented in 70mm… that was so awesome and soooo wide.
“The exclusive 70mm Roadshow engagement of The Hateful Eight pays homage to and recreates the grand film exhibition style popularized 1950s and ‘60s and that brought audiences to theaters with the promise of a special event. Taking place in the nation’s largest cities and grandest theaters, Roadshows presented a longer version of the film than would be shown in the films subsequent wider release, included a musical overture to start the show, an intermission between acts and a souvenir program. (Limited supply, first come, first serve at 70mm locations only.)
Ultra Panavision 70 refers to the very rare and exceptional format that Quentin Tarantino and his team used to shoot The Hateful Eight. Panavision’s unique anamorphic camera lenses capture images on 70mm film in an incredible aspect ratio of 2.76:1. Almost all films you see today are shot in ratios of either 1.85:1 or 2.39:1. So, to put it simply, Ultra Panavision 70 provides an amazingly wider and more detailed image.”
In case you don’t know what to do in your spare time, the special extended editions of the Lord of the Ring trilogy are available as a bundle in iTunes and add up to 11:36 hours of killed time… That’s almost half a day. Nice.
I suppose there will be special extended editions of the Hobbit trilogy as well. With any luck, it adds up to a full 24 hours. That would probably be the longest documentary about New Zealand ever produced.
Since I collected all my movie tickets since 1996 (at least that’s what I hope) and only remember 3 movies I have seen in a movie theatre before that (Beethoven in 1992, Aladdin in 1992 and The Lion King in 1994), I came to the following conclusions:
I have been to the movies at an average of at least once per month in the last 20 years and about 2.56 times per month during 1998 and 2008. That’s 308 movies in those 10 years alone, the most busy year being ‘04 with 49 visits to the cinema. That’s an average of 0.94 times per week in 2004.
As unremarkably as it may sound, I can still remember all of those movies in some detail and many of them I have seen various times over the past years. I plan to write something about every movie I’ve seen, no matter how dull the experience was.
All in all, I am not sure wether this is going to be an interesting story or a depressing flashback at my youth with nothing interesting to do in the countryside.
Written as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevensons’ Treasure Island, Black Sails embarks on an adventure during the golden age of piracy with infamous captain Flint and his crew hunting the Spanish treasure galleon Urca de Lima.
The first season starts off with just 8 episodes in 2014 but a second season has been announced for 2015. The series is produced by Michael Bay and has a current rating of 8.0 at IMDb.
Since I am totally into pirates, I love it… can’t wait for the next season.