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2010-08-05 11:55:46 AM  
But the other, most common, camp is the "steady state" theory, wherein the universe has been expanding at the same rate since day one, and continues to expand at the same pace even now.

Got to love it when Cracked tries to portray a debunked theory as some sort of legitimate counter. The Steady State model has not been seriously considered for decades because there's just too dammed many problems with it that don't line up with what we can observe. The wiki article on the steady state model lists just a few of those problems.

Other than that:

2. Duh
3. Duh
4. Duh
5. Yea, that was a new thing a decade ago.
6. Duh
 
2010-08-05 12:44:30 PM  
Crap, did I comment on the wrong cracked article? I must have hit a link instead of the "next" button. My bad.
 
2010-08-05 12:47:06 PM  
If you can't make your movie good, then make it 3D.
 
2010-08-05 12:49:54 PM  

Citrate1007: If you can't make your movie good, then make it 3D.


We really are back in the late 80s, aren't?
 
2010-08-05 12:51:36 PM  
These comments suck.
 
2010-08-05 12:51:57 PM  
Battlestar Galactica basically lived on shaky-cam.
 
2010-08-05 12:52:13 PM  

Land Ark: Citrate1007: If you can't make your movie good, then make it 3D.

We really are back in the late 80s, aren't?


Damn it, big hair better not come back
 
2010-08-05 12:54:25 PM  
What sucks is that many of these overused/abused trends are cool if used in moderation.

The washed-out effect worked perfect in Pitch Black, before the suns went down on that planet, everything was bleached out & irritatingly bright. It worked.

The documentary-style camera effect worked in movies like Code 46, where it was hardly noticeable (did anyone else spot the blended-in "security camera" footage in Code 46?) and enhanced the tone of the film.

They mention several cases in the article where the effects were used correctly, and they're right; it gets overused, abused, and ruined for everybody.

But that's what Hollywood is best at. Ruining things for everybody.
 
2010-08-05 12:55:34 PM  
Movies suck and people who like them are jerks.
 
2010-08-05 12:57:18 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2010-08-05 12:58:27 PM  

Barakku: Damn it, big hair better not come back


FTFY...no charge.
 
2010-08-05 12:58:52 PM  

Land Ark: Citrate1007: If you can't make your movie good, then make it 3D.

We really are back in the late 80s, aren't?


Why do you think so many of shiat movies got green-lighted this summer? Heres a hint, its white and powdery and if you snort it there's a high chance of you punching Charlie Murphy in the face.

/hell of a drug
 
2010-08-05 12:59:34 PM  
fta"it's usually unnaturally orange-tinted skin tones against blue skies"

Go Gators
 
2010-08-05 01:00:44 PM  
"fark it. Everybody likes teal and orange!"

I thought that was funny. I have noticed a lot of orangy people in film and TV lately. The first HOUSE episode for example, drove me batty because it looked so unnatural and ugly.

2.bp.blogspot.com

TOO ORANGE
 
2010-08-05 01:00:45 PM  
I thought this was interesting, because I have noticed the colors too and wondered about that.
 
2010-08-05 01:02:03 PM  
FTFA: In Watchmen, we have to bring the action to a virtual dead stop when a fist meets flesh (or anything else significant happens in the fight), to freeze the moment in time to make absolutely extra sure that the audience saw it.

To be fair, it was a movie that was based on a comic book, trying to look frame-for-frame like the comic book. Some of those frozen shots were recreations of the panels. I think it was appropriate in this instance.
 
2010-08-05 01:02:03 PM  
OTOH, Hero, had a great use of color (I think that's the one I'm thinking of, with Jet Li).
 
2010-08-05 01:02:59 PM  

DeadZone: Battlestar Galactica basically lived on shaky-cam.


And a damned good story, up until the last two min or so.

/would love to know what became of the red stripes
 
2010-08-05 01:03:00 PM  
It's bad enough that some movies are quickly converted from 2D to 3D, but when that is combined with shakycam, you can't tell what the hell is happening.

I'm sure the scorpion fight in Clash of the Titans would have looked cool in 3D, but it's hard enough to deal with extreme shakycam without also having to rapidly change my depth focus to keep up with it.

I actually do like the whole 3D thing that's happening, but bad 2D-to-3D conversion jobs are giving it a bad name.

Imagine if after The Wizard of Oz, all the other colour movies sucked. Would we have gone back to black and white?
 
2010-08-05 01:03:11 PM  
Wait, so movies are full of falsities that force me to suspend disbelief even when I don't want to? What kind of bizarre mind control am I being subjected to?
 
2010-08-05 01:03:57 PM  
With the exception of how bad post-3D looks (love shot in 3D look) I really don't care and am not annoyed by anything else on this list.
 
2010-08-05 01:04:29 PM  

Land Ark: Citrate1007: If you can't make your movie good, then make it 3D.

We really are back in the late 80s, aren't?


Can we bring back Smell-o-vision from the 1960s?
 
2010-08-05 01:09:38 PM  

Crosshair: Crap, did I comment on the wrong cracked article? I must have hit a link instead of the "next" button. My bad.


Meh. I thought it was kind of appropriate, given the headline.
 
2010-08-05 01:09:42 PM  

fireclown: DeadZone: Battlestar Galactica basically lived on shaky-cam.

And a damned good story, up until the last two min or so.

/would love to know what became of the red stripes


I thought we agreed not to talk about the finale, thank you.
 
F42
2010-08-05 01:10:29 PM  
At least he hated on Airbender.

farking guys in black fighting guys in dark blue, at night. NO idea who the fark to root for.

Couldn't keep the fire guys in red and the ice guys is light blue. Had to make it darker. Asshole shamwow.
 
F42
2010-08-05 01:12:11 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: I thought we agreed not to talk about the finale


Galactica was awesome, too bad it got canned after two seasons. It would have been sweet to see them get to Earth.

I would also have liked to have seen a Matrix sequel.

/and substitute my own
 
2010-08-05 01:12:22 PM  

April R: I thought that was funny. I have noticed a lot of orangy people in film and TV lately. The first HOUSE episode for example, drove me batty because it looked so unnatural and ugly


man, you must not have seen the pilot episode. (sorry, I could only find clips of deleted scenes, but you get the gist) Lots of blue/orange and with extra-added soft lighting. It was very odd in that it completely stood out from how any other episode was filmed.
 
F42
2010-08-05 01:13:36 PM  

Land Ark: We really are back in the late 850s, aren't?

(we)

/fixed
 
2010-08-05 01:15:16 PM  
Can anyone post the list? The firewall. She is stopping me.
 
2010-08-05 01:16:07 PM  
The shaky cam thing is especially annoying if you get motion-sickness. And it is really dependent on the type of shakiness -- some is more like a vibration and doesn't seem to cause a lot of motion sickness, but other movies have shakiness that seems more like swaying and can induce sickness quickly.

I actually think they need a warning on movies about the motion sickness potential, because I'm not the only one who has to walk out of a movie part way. And you really can't tell until you've settled in and have watched several minutes of the movie.

Also, consumer protection should be invoked to require the film promotions to indicate the type of 3D method used. They should have to label post-processed 3D as such.
 
2010-08-05 01:18:59 PM  

jabelar: The shaky cam thing is especially annoying if you get motion-sickness. And it is really dependent on the type of shakiness -- some is more like a vibration and doesn't seem to cause a lot of motion sickness, but other movies have shakiness that seems more like swaying and can induce sickness quickly.

I actually think they need a warning on movies about the motion sickness potential, because I'm not the only one who has to walk out of a movie part way. And you really can't tell until you've settled in and have watched several minutes of the movie.


you sound like fun at movies.


that said, shaky cam be annoying if over-done. without some kind of restraint in its use, it can go from "gritty realism" to indecipherable mess.
 
2010-08-05 01:19:06 PM  
Shakycam was used effectively in Saving Private Ryan and Blackhawk Down... because you could still tell what was going on. Everything just looks like a jumbled mess. The color tinting can be used effectively as well, but more often than not I'm thinking "Why is everything green!? What the fark!" and it just takes away from the film instead of enhancing it.
 
2010-08-05 01:21:43 PM  

jennyz: FTFA: In Watchmen, we have to bring the action to a virtual dead stop when a fist meets flesh (or anything else significant happens in the fight), to freeze the moment in time to make absolutely extra sure that the audience saw it.

To be fair, it was a movie that was based on a comic book, trying to look frame-for-frame like the comic book. Some of those frozen shots were recreations of the panels. I think it was appropriate in this instance.


Yep, but saying that 300 was only 15 minutes long in real time is funny, and probably true (even though I love that movie).
 
2010-08-05 01:22:29 PM  
I actually noticed the teal/orange thing recently when I re-watched Wrath of Khan... except they did it with actual set & costume design.

And yeah, Michael Bay's colorist really, really over does it...

I actually do a lot of color correction in my work, so I was aware of most of this already. Virtually every big Hollywood movie has the blue/orange thing somewhere. Almost any indoor scene nowadays has pale grey or white walls that the colorist can make blue to make the actors look better...

here's a great blog post from a vfx guy about this topic from a few years ago... it even includes a little bit of how to create that kind of look...
 
2010-08-05 01:22:33 PM  

FeedTheCollapse:
that said, shaky cam be annoying if over-done. without some kind of restraint in its use, it can go from "gritty realism" to indecipherable mess.


The camera should mimic the human eye unless you're trying to draw attention to the fact that a camera is shooting the scene. That's why it worked in Private Ryan. It was supposed to look like one of the war photojournalists was shooting the scene, so naturally the camera should be shaking around as he runs. But most productions use the shaky camera because they think it looks cool, and that's just obnoxious. Human vision does not bounce around like a cat on crack. Neither should the camera, or you'll be constantly reminding your audience that they're watching a movie, rather than bringing them in to the scene.
 
2010-08-05 01:28:35 PM  

I'm Masturbating Right Now: Movies suck and people who like them are jerks.


Hear, hear!
 
2010-08-05 01:29:50 PM  
the only thing i really find annoying from that list is 3d. sure its frickin awesome when you use it on movies from say pixar/disney since most of those movies are made where 3d would make sense and of course then there's avatar that movie was specifically made for 3d and looked cool.

then you got these reg movies trying to copy that essentially make no sense whatsoever other then being able to sell tickets at higher price like they mentioned in the article. movies like this one i watched a trailer for called Step Up. a dance battle type movie....in 3d...... do we really need to see people dancing in 3d.....really....
 
2010-08-05 01:30:53 PM  

ShadowkahnCRX: Human vision does not bounce around like a cat on crack.


Well, no, it kind of does but our brains are really good at factoring in other inputs from systems like our inner ears, to compensate for it and de-jitter it.
 
2010-08-05 01:33:25 PM  

ishus37: Can anyone post the list? The firewall. She is stopping me.


No. This list is useless. You are missing nothing.
 
2010-08-05 01:36:08 PM  
FeedTheCollapse: They look like the cast of the Jersey Shore.
 
2010-08-05 01:36:37 PM  

jennyz: FTFA: In Watchmen, we have to bring the action to a virtual dead stop when a fist meets flesh (or anything else significant happens in the fight), to freeze the moment in time to make absolutely extra sure that the audience saw it.

To be fair, it was a movie that was based on a comic book, trying to look frame-for-frame like the comic book. Some of those frozen shots were recreations of the panels. I think it was appropriate in this instance.


Like playing "Ride of the Valkyries" during the Vietnam invasion. Cause that was totally taken from the comic book and not a Francis Ford Copolla movie
 
2010-08-05 01:38:21 PM  
nice headline. also the "300 being 15 minutes long at normal speed" in the article was funny.
 
2010-08-05 01:39:24 PM  

April R: "fark it. Everybody likes teal and orange!"

I thought that was funny. I have noticed a lot of orangy people in film and TV lately. The first HOUSE episode for example, drove me batty because it looked so unnatural and ugly.

TOO ORANGE


That guy is Puerto Rican, he can't help it.
 
2010-08-05 01:39:35 PM  

This Looks Fun: OTOH, Hero, had a great use of color (I think that's the one I'm thinking of, with Jet Li).


That's one of the best cinemetography jobs ever.
 
2010-08-05 01:40:10 PM  

F42: God Is My Co-Pirate: I thought we agreed not to talk about the finale

Galactica was awesome, too bad it got canned after two seasons. It would have been sweet to see them get to Earth.

I would also have liked to have seen a Matrix sequel.

/and substitute my own


The episodes in season 3 where Adama jumps the Galactica INTO THE FRACKING ATMOSPHERE OF KOBOL to launch the vipers and JUMPING OUT BEFORE THEY CRASH AND/OR BURNED UP, counts. Balls. Super huge balls. That old man has them.
 
2010-08-05 01:41:07 PM  

RollingThunder: ShadowkahnCRX: Human vision does not bounce around like a cat on crack.

Well, no, it kind of does but our brains are really good at factoring in other inputs from systems like our inner ears, to compensate for it and de-jitter it.


So, like I said, it doesn't bounce around. The image might, but vision, which involves the perception of that image, does not.
 
2010-08-05 01:43:50 PM  
I read an interview with JJ Abrams, and in it he commented on the lens flares in Star Trek. He said that he was trying to give the impression that things were happening off-screen. I don't remember him apologizing for it. Besides, it was a little overdone but, in my opinion, it worked. Besides, the movie was simply a good remake of a futuristic fantasy, so who gives a ****?
 
2010-08-05 01:44:17 PM  

nelsonal: This Looks Fun: OTOH, Hero, had a great use of color (I think that's the one I'm thinking of, with Jet Li).

That's one of the best cinemetography jobs ever.


Yeah, up there with The Professional, which I can't seem to find anything wrong with.
 
2010-08-05 01:47:10 PM  

This Looks Fun: nelsonal: This Looks Fun: OTOH, Hero, had a great use of color (I think that's the one I'm thinking of, with Jet Li).

That's one of the best cinemetography jobs ever.

Yeah, up there with The Professional, which I can't seem to find anything wrong with.


in Hero the colors had clear symbolism based on who was telling the story and what was true or made up. By making the colors part of the story they got around the issue of just doing it for shiats and giggles
 
2010-08-05 01:48:09 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: jabelar: The shaky cam thing is especially annoying if you get motion-sickness. And it is really dependent on the type of shakiness -- some is more like a vibration and doesn't seem to cause a lot of motion sickness, but other movies have shakiness that seems more like swaying and can induce sickness quickly.

I actually think they need a warning on movies about the motion sickness potential, because I'm not the only one who has to walk out of a movie part way. And you really can't tell until you've settled in and have watched several minutes of the movie.

you sound like fun at movies.


that said, shaky cam be annoying if over-done. without some kind of restraint in its use, it can go from "gritty realism" to indecipherable mess.


I somewhat agree with him. It doesn't seem to bother most people but some of the shaky cam stuff does give some people motion sickness. It has something to do with one part of the brain saying there is motion and another part saying there isn't. The two of them fight it out and a person can actually end up puking if they don't close their eyes or leave the movie.

If a movie is going to be shot with a technique that can make a small portion of the audience quite ill they should warn potential customers BEFORE they have bought their ticket.
 
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