Life, off! Pi….

Life of Pi was released on the 21st of November, 2012. So I’m doing very well with current news! I watched Life of Pi for the first time a few weeks back at the beginning of March, and had heard all the hype about it when the Oscars came around. Saw the Oscars and was very thankful it didn’t win best film. I managed to create a reputation for myself for extremely disliking this film before I had even seen it. I was saying that people were only being amazed by it because of its stupidly good visual effects, when really the film wasn’t that great at all. I didn’t want to watch the film, but when it came on (not in 3D, just good old fashioned 2D for me) I felt I had to go and see it just so that I could justify my reasons for hating it so much.

I liked seeing Rafe Spall in an Australian accent though, that was thoroughly amusing every time he came on screen. It also had not too long a runtime, 120 minutes of film, (with another 7 minutes of credits) and I didn’t feel too much like it was dragging on. I wasn’t that bored, it was an alright film. Some films go on for way too long and just have no need to be that long, but this was fine, it managed to get a fairly long runtime in and not be bad.

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At the Oscars it took four awards, Directing, Cinematography, Score and Visual Effects. Visual Effects I’m not as surprised it won than the others. It was pretty spectacular. The animation and visual effects on the Tiger definitely a highlight of the film, every hair seemed to have been animated separately, but as a part of a whole, the detail was all there. At least they didn’t have to work with a real Tiger, but then again, acting with nothing, where there should be a Tiger, must have been a challenge.

The visual effects being such a major part of the film however, I still feel it overwhelmed audiences too much and got in the way of the story itself. If in some way you could have the same story, but without using all the special effects I don’t think it would have been considered for Best Picture, and so I disagree with it having that nomination.

Other parts of the film annoyed me though, and I know you can have artistic licensing, but there comes a point where it becomes just bending reality just too much. Or as the film industry put it, “We couldn’t make it the difficult way, so we cheated and made it easy.” When Pi is shown the voracious nature of Tigers, and the goat is left for the Tiger to kill and eat, the Tiger manages to somehow pull the Goat through the bars of its enclosure which you can clearly see a goat won’t fit through in one piece. The camera cuts away, so you don’t see the act, then cuts back and the goat is through the bars and in the Tigers mouth, that definitely broke the realism.

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In the sinking ship scene, when Pi was in the water filled compartment opening a hatch into an air filled compartment (you could tell because of the air bubbles rushing past him) the differential pressure would have been impossible to overcome. Unless of course the hatch opened into the air filled room, but it doesn’t, you clearly see Pi having to pull the hatch open (I think I remember this correctly, tried to find a video of the scene, but can’t, correct me if I’m wrong though).

Another minor point, call me pedantic but hey, only a handful of people will even have read this! As I was saying, another minor point, at one point you see the ocean completely flat and calm. I can tell you, the likelihood of this happening, is so unbelievably minute, it would probably quite literally never happen in a million million years. A lake, maybe. An ocean? Never. Although some people would probably argue that it’s just a metaphor for something, but instead for me, it just took me out of the film, and broke the realism again.

Overall, and the amount of times I start a conclusion with the word ‘Overall’ is too annoying, the film is alright. Definitely in the top 50% of films I’ve seen this last year, but it wasn’t amazing. Again, I’ll say the visual effects were great, but detracted from the story for me and just made it feel not as authentic. And visual effects will always do that, the more real things you use in a film the better it will be, and I hope I will always believe that. I don’t want to give it a score out of 10, so instead here’s a number 9, god knows what that’s out of though.

Panic is on the way….

Gas PanicOasis’ (not sure if that apostrophe is right but i’m sure there’s meant to be one somewhere there) song gas panic is quite simply, on my opinion one of the hypest things they have ever put out. I can only be annoyed about how i never managed to get to see them live. More about that kind of thing in another blog maybe. You probably have no idea what that refers to but i do, and i’m the only one here so who cares! But if anyone is out there and of similar like mind to me, i would urge you to listen to ‘gas panic’ it’s just so brilliant. Do the studio version then the live version, and see what you like best, i’m undecided.

If however you are one of these musical retards (excuse my bluntness) who only cares for what is in the charts, and all this terrible hip hop, drum and bass, r and b, boring same 4 chord, unimaginative, producer made, piano vocal, talentless rubbish that has invaded the music industry, then don’t waste your time. The genius of it would be wasted on you, maybe genius is too strong a word, not genius, but it’s brilliant, but you may aswell not even bother finishing to read this post, because it will probably serve to fuel your supreme illogical unthought out arguments which you roll out like dung beetles.

And whats more i don’t even want you to continue following this, your not welcome here, so what else can i do to insult you? I can’t be bothered to waste my time thinking of it right now, but that should just be a good enough reason not to come back. Huh, many blog writers want lots of people to follow them. I seem to be just pushing away the huge majority of people. Ah well at least i’m happy. What does the world care.

So, sorry if you do actually like good music, but listen to that song, i’ll link the studio version here, and the live version here for you. There, minimum work on your part. I’m a nice guy after all….