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The Cinephile: Matthew Torti's blog
#36
Hey everyone,

My latest article is up and today I talk about the remake of The Wolfman and the notion of anticipation.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1004/...-The-Wait.html


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#37
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Hey everyone,

My latest article is up and today I talk about the remake of The Wolfman and the notion of anticipation.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1004/...-The-Wait.html


Enjoy.

I've read the Kevin Walker script. Seeing as there's been the Self rewrite, I don't know how valid any of the following is but...

THE BAD
Bad finale. Not so much to do with the action, but the dialogue is the same forced drivel that villains seem to slip into come finale time (Iron Man had this problem too).
Bad closing scene with the gypsies.

THE GOOD
Violence. It is fitting in this story.
Not every horror story need be R, and when horror directors proclaim in interviews 'It's sooo gonna be a hard R!' I always get the feeling they're focusing their attention in the wrong area. Anyway, The Wolfman, needs some blood and violence, it's just that kind of film. And if that's changed, then that's a real bummer. It's not a pleasant situation to be turned into a wolf and will be an even worse situation to find yourself as an audience member watching as the camera cuts away for yet another off-screen kill.

Really can't think of anything else good about the script. I didn't like it. I do however like del Toro, so it has that.

Last thing however...

You say a CGI transformation is a bad thing. I don't. Of course Rick Baker is gonna be pissed off at that, he's a make up guy. And there are a few notable bad CGI transformations (Underworld, Van Helsing, pretty much anything in LXG) HOWEVER! The only reason why Transformers looked so goo is because people have spent the last 20 years developing the art to a point where special effects are beginning to become less 'special.' By this I mean they're not as noticeable, blend better with the rest of the mise en scene and we spend less time these days going 'Oh that looks so fake.' So I'd say, let em do a CGI transformation in combination with make up. There's been five years worth of progression since Van Helsing. And if they don't get it right this time, they'll be better eqiupped for the next film.

To condense all that, a shot of Davy Jones from POTC is all you need to argue against 'make up is soooo much better than CGI.'
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#38
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I've read the Kevin Walker script. Seeing as there's been the Self rewrite, I don't know how valid any of the following is but...

THE BAD
Bad finale. Not so much to do with the action, but the dialogue is the same forced drivel that villains seem to slip into come finale time (Iron Man had this problem too).
Bad closing scene with the gypsies.

THE GOOD
Violence. It is fitting in this story.
Not every horror story need be R, and when horror directors proclaim in interviews 'It's sooo gonna be a hard R!' I always get the feeling they're focusing their attention in the wrong area. Anyway, The Wolfman, needs some blood and violence, it's just that kind of film. And if that's changed, then that's a real bummer. It's not a pleasant situation to be turned into a wolf and will be an even worse situation to find yourself as an audience member watching as the camera cuts away for yet another off-screen kill.

Really can't think of anything else good about the script. I didn't like it. I do however like del Toro, so it has that.

Last thing however...

You say a CGI transformation is a bad thing. I don't. Of course Rick Baker is gonna be pissed off at that, he's a make up guy. And there are a few notable bad CGI transformations (Underworld, Van Helsing, pretty much anything in LXG) HOWEVER! The only reason why Transformers looked so goo is because people have spent the last 20 years developing the art to a point where special effects are beginning to become less 'special.' By this I mean they're not as noticeable, blend better with the rest of the mise en scene and we spend less time these days going 'Oh that looks so fake.' So I'd say, let em do a CGI transformation in combination with make up. There's been five years worth of progression since Van Helsing. And if they don't get it right this time, they'll be better eqiupped for the next film.

To condense all that, a shot of Davy Jones from POTC is all you need to argue against 'make up is soooo much better than CGI.'

Elliot,

You make some pretty strong points. While I definitely agree with what you said about the growth of special computer effects as a whole, I just find that some directors don't know how to use it efficiently. Davy Jones worked (not in every scene, mind you, but as a whole, yes) because Verbinski and his team put the time and effort into making it work.

In regards to The Wolfman I get this negative feeling that Johnston will use CGI to quicken the movie making process on set. I'm not totally opposed to CGI being used, I just want it to be used as effectively as possible. The only positive aspect that I can see stems from Johnston's special effects background. I'm sure he'd know how to incorporate such effects to achieve the greatest possible result. Personally, I find that practical effects result in a much more personal and haunting experience; it pulls me into the story and the character's pain.

Maybe it's a nightmare coming back to haunt me, but when I heard that there was the potential of CGI werewolf transformations, An American Werewolf in Paris came to mind. Yes, CGI has developed greatly since 1997, but it's all in the execution. We'll see.

Thanks for the comments.
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#39
Hey everyone,

My latest article is now up and it discusses the Venice and Toronto film festivals, as well as film festivals in general.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1018/...s-Upon-Us.html


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#40
Hey everyone,

This week, Long Lost Cinema returns and this time I talk about Dear Frankie.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1024/...r-Frankie.html


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#41
Hey everyone,

My latest article is up and it talks about the increasingly odd Tony Jaa story.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1058/...rom-Grace.html


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#42
Hey everyone,

Long Lost Cinema returns and this week I talk about the great Man of a Thousand Faces.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1075/...and-Faces.html


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#43
Hey everyone,

The latest edition of What Ever Happened To... is up for your reading pleasure.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1086/...r-Lambert.html


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#44
Hey everyone,

My latest article is up and it talks about how we can use movies to remember our inner child and why it's so important.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1099/...ner-child.html


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#45
Hey everyone,

Long Lost Cinema returns and this week I discuss Spun.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1115/...nema-Spun.html


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#46
Hey everyone,

What Ever Happened To... returns and this week I talk about Tom Berenger.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1124/...-Berenger.html


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#47
Hey everyone,

My latest article is up for your reading pleasure. Today I talk about drive-ins.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1133/...nostalgia.html


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#48
Hey everyone,

Long Lost Cinema returns and this week I talk about Motel Hell.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1138/...otel-Hell.html


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#49
Hey everyone,

What Ever Happened To... returns and this week I talk about Matthew Lillard.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1146/...w-Lillard.html


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#50
Hey everyone,

My latest article is up and it discusses the controversy surrounding Warner Bros. as of late.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1157/...gling-Act.html


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#51
Hey everyone,

Long Lost Cinema returns and this week I talk about Sid and Nancy.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1182/...and-Nancy.html


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#52
Hey everyone,

This week is the first of many updates of my experiences at the Toronto International Film Festival.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1195/...l-Preview.html


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#53
Hey everyone,

Here are my thoughts on JCVD, the first film that I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1208/...ival-JCVD.html


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#54
Hey everyone,

Two of the latest films that I have seen at TIFF are now up.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1218/...ody-There.html


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#55
Hey everyone,

Here are my latest comments from TIFF on Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1227/...e-a-Porno.html


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#56
Hey everyone,

Here are my latest comments from TIFF pertaining to Jeff Goldblum's latest Adam Resurrected.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1233/...surrected.html


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#57
Hey everyone,

Here are my comments on Me and Orson Welles from TIFF.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1238/...on-Welles.html


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#58
Hey everyone,

Here's my latest article based on a film I saw at TIFF. Three more to go after this one.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1251/...-Part-One.html


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#59
Hello everyone,

Here are my comments on The Wrestler from TIFF.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1256/...-Wrestler.html


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#60
Hello everyone,

Here are my views on Tony Manero from TIFF.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1259/...ny-Manero.html


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#61
Hello everyone,

Here are my thoughts on Martyrs, the last film I saw at TIFF 2008.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1269/...l-Martyrs.html


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#62
Hello everyone,

What Ever Happened To... returns and this week I talk about James Van Der Beek.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1278/...-Der-Beek.html


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#63
Hello everyone,

Here is my latest article which discusses "Oscar Bait".

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1279/Oscar-Bait.html


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#64
Hello everyone,

Here is my latest article, which counts down the 5 Most Emotional Moments In Film.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1289/...s-In-Film.html


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#65
Hello everyone,

Here is the latest installment of What Ever Happened To... This week I talk about Ralph Macchio.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1303/...h-Macchio.html


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#66
Hello everyone,

Long Lost Cinema returns and this week I talk about The Mist, a film that, while not yet a long lost film, could become one in the near future.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1310/...-The-Mist.html


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#67
Hello everyone,

Today I return with a new weekly series entitled Memorable Characters. For the first article, I talk about Principal Edward Rooney from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1336/...rd-Rooney.html


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#68
Hello everyone,

Long Lost Cinema returns and this week I talk about Frankenweenie.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1343/...kenweenie.html


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#69
Hello everyone,

Here are some comments on Let The Right One In and Repo! The Genetic Opera, two films that I saw at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1351/...tic-Opera.html


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#70
Hello everyone,

Memorable Characters returns and this week I talk about Large Marge from Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

http://chud.com/articles/blogs/1356/...rge-Marge.html


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