Iron Man 3 Review
Updated on May 3, 2013, 8:58 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Iron Man 3 completes the journey Tony Stark started in the first film released in 2008, and takes place after the events of The Avengers (2012). It is a fun adventure, and a good movie. It surpasses the second Iron Man film, but isn't nearly as good as the first. Now, I need to warn you that I am not familiar with the comics, and thus will only be rating the movie based on how it works as a film by itself and as part of the whole Iron Man trilogy. Let me begin with the story…
The movie begins with a very Shane Black (writer & director) style voice-over, which honestly didn't quite fit into the world established in the first two movies. It didn't quite work too well either as it felt like a lazy way to tell exposition instead of showing it. Nonetheless the movie gets moving quickly enough, and it maintains a pretty quick pace for its two hour running time. Although the story tended to feel a little disjointed, it worked. There were some things that were done well to comedic effect, but likely pissed of fan boys. Guy Pearce worked effectively as the antagonist, and it's in large part because he's such a fantastic actor. Character development wise Tony had better development than the second, but not nearly as good development as the first. However, what they establish as his short-coming at the beginning of the film is overcome by the end.
The performances in the film were top notch. Robert Downey Jr. owns the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man. By now he's got the role down and completely escapes into the character. Read More & View Comments
Zero Dark Thirty Review
Updated on January 13, 2013, 3:34 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
The movie begins with a black screen and sounds of calls and other radio chatter regarding 9/11. We then find ourselves in Pakistan on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Yes, the movie begins with a torture scenario to ascertain information. No, the whole movie is not about how torture got CIA operatives reliable intelligence that led them to Bin Laden. It was one method used early on, and quickly is proven to be a so-so method.
Kathryn Bigelow did an amazing job in bringing this gripping story to the screen. It truly is a manhunt that will be remembered throughout history as one of the most harrowing and challenging for the world’s greatest criminal. Bin Laden may be labeled a terrorist, but in the end he’s nothing more than a criminal who orchestrated the mass killings of thousands of people. The film portrays the manhunt in a similar fashion to Gillo Pontecorvo’s masterpiece La battaglia di Algeri (1966). The cinematography has that same documentary style grittiness to it, and splices real news footage amongst the shot footage.
The main protagonist, Maya (Jessica Chastain), is a dedicated CIA operative who spends nearly a decade fixated on hunting down Bin Laden. Chastain nails her portrayal of this headstrong woman who sees a connection that her colleagues fail to recognize. It’s because of her devotion to finding a courier believed to be Bin Laden’s go to courier that the compound he was hiding in was able to be discovered. The film presents this challenging operation in exactly the manner that befits...
Django Unchained Review
Updated on January 4, 2013, 9:04 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Django Unchained is such an awesome movie! It's one of Quintin Tarantino's best no matter what perceived controversy there is surrounding it. Great performances all around to the cast members in this entertaining, funny, and fulfilling story.
The story is pretty simple: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. However, it's full of nice complexities and strongly dynamic scenes. It starts with Django (Jamie Foxx) being freed by Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), who doesn't believe in slavery but uses it to his advantage in order to get what he wants: to collect a bounty on some individuals that Django can identify. He then proceeds to connect with Django and train him to be a formidable bounty hunter. And he's instantly touched by Django's story about him and his wife because her name is Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) and she speaks German. It's because her name is similar to the Norse mythological Valkyrie, and Django's plan to rescue her reminds him of a modern day Siegfried that he agrees to help Django. This was a clever and brilliant way for Tarantino to make Django's inner goal affect Schultz's tough and brazen bounty hunter exterior.
Tarantino has matured greatly since his earlier works. Inglorious Basterds was a wonderful treat, and Django continues this. Since I know the Norse legend due to Read More & View Comments
World Wide Web 3D | Geolocation & Stereoscopic Space
Updated on January 1, 2013, 5:29 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Part II: Geolocation & Stereoscopic Space
Originally posted on the 3D Blog MarketSaw, which Tim Buttner is a contrubuting writer for. Tim here, and I want to add to a series I'm going to deem World Wide Web 3D (WWW3D) from now on. This will be a multi-part post. However, please don't regard this posting series to be on a regular basis, but sporadically, as articles will come when they come. This article can be attributed in large part to the efforts of Adobe and their recent Web Updates. Adobe Edge brings web animation closer to After Effects, which does stereoscopic graphics as well as any other 3D software application. Where will the web go with this stereoscopic revolution regarding Google Maps?
Simply put: maps are geometric calculations based on the Earth, as measured via scientifically accurate measures from satellites. Google has a street view on major cities, but also very good 3D imaging. Mobile devices are now receiving those direct navigations more accurately, and thus with stereoscopic imaging on phones the major mapping corporations will be able to use all data to accurately portray certain information to people to make them more informed.
Imagine a situ...
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Review
Updated on December 16, 2012, 12:30 AM - Written by Tim Buttner
No matter what The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is bound to be a huge box office success. Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's works and Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings (LOTR) movies will flock to the theaters to revisit the land of Middle Earth. I'm a huge fan of Tolkien, and love what Jackson and team did when interpreting the books to screen. However, there's still a lot missing from the extensive novels in the three LOTR films. How does Jackson and team justify three Hobbit films? And, how does the new technology used in the films work in bringing Tolkien's fantasy opus to life?
Let's tackle the story, and then performances, first before looking at the tech. Jackson has stated that they don't make short films, and that's true as this film barely gets the main character, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), half-way to his destination: The Lonely Mountain. Now that was somewhat problematic because the beginning was so long, and slow, that it tip-toed on being boring. It's great how all the dialogue that Tolkien wrote was in there word for word, but as a film it wasn't necessary. Also the framing sequence at the beginning with old Bilbo (Ian Holm) and Frodo (Elijah Wood) played out a bit too long before getting to the "60 Years Earlier" part. Also, I may note, that Ian Holm looked a little too thin compared to his fuller self from ten years ago, and almost looked sick. Plus his hair did...
Life of Pi Review
Updated on November 30, 2012, 8:08 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Driving home after seeing Life of Pi was filled with an inner debate over the movie's story. Not wanting to give too much away, it leaves any one who sees it with a perception driven question. The answer that that person chooses is definitive of their personality, and how they percieve life.
Life of Pi is one of the year's best. Ang Lee has delivered an absolutely breathtaking and beautiful film that is more than a fantastical journey. It's a study of life. It's also a study between the relationships between humans and animals. Pi Patel (played by Suraj Sharma) survives a shipwreck and finds himself in a lifeboat with an unexpected survivor... a fierce Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The relationship and bond that forms between the two as they drift across the pacific is the heart and soul of the movie. It's a relationship that works magnificently.
The movie's imagery is like art in motion. There are images that will last forever in history... and all are in stereoscopic 3D. The 3D stereographer (Brian Gardner; whom I had the pleasure of meeting while living in Los Angeles) was also the stereoscopic consultant on Coraline, another brilliant 3D movie. His sterography is beyond stunning... it's a measure of brilliance. Ang Lee was right to choose him as his stereographer because the depth in this movie was so perfect to the story. When Pi needs to be on his own little raft away from the lifeboat, and the tiger, the distance can be felt. The vast emptyness of the ocean... the massive waves of a sea storm... the world is alive...
Updated on November 29, 2012, 9:10 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Lincoln is the Best Picture of the year. It's brilliance is very clear because of the performances, the direction, the cinematography, and the sound design. Daniel Day-Lewis nails his performance as Abraham Lincoln, and Sally Fields is magnificent as Molly Todd Lincoln. Both with will win Oscars and other accolades for their performances. Steven Spielberg spent years researching the subject matter for this movie and it shows in his direction.
The star-studded cast that Spielberg hired for this movie are all perfectly cast. There isn't a single performance that didn't meet the high esteem of the historical figure they portrayed. David Strathairn played opposite Daniel Day-Lewis as his Secretary of State William Seward in such an engaging performance that there was never a dull moment between them. Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens will get several Best Supporting Actor nominations during the awards season, and he deserves it. It's tough to say whether he'll win, but he has one of the most electrifying portrayals in the film. And he gets plenty of great lines that he's able to exchange with Lee Pace (playing Fernando Wood) and his fellow Democrats who oppose the 13th Amendment. It makes me wish our elected officials could still come up with such witty insults. The rest of the cast all do wonderful justice as stated before, and deserve mention: Joseph ...
My Grievances with Flash
Updated on November 16, 2012, 2:42 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
This will be short as it mainly will pertain to my grievances towards the not too great video players that exist on the web. Mainly this is about Flash, which is an archaic and terrible video player. I have had nothing but issues with it, but it is used by too many people. And the problem I have is it is the glitchiest and crappiest player of them all. My money is on HTML5 as the future of web video.
The biggest issue with its widespread use is that it allows commercials to be put in between breaks in video, and HTML5 hasn't yet allowed this. However, it will and at that point it will be unbeatable. Flash has issues cutting to commercial breaks early, causing an event in JS so that the page cuts to a different video, skipping over sections of the video, it doesn't work on certain mobile devices, and many more issues. I absolutely hate flash and can't wait for the day when it is gone.
The day is near, but having to suffer through Flash is clearly something I'm going to have to do for a bit longer. When it's gone I will spit and dance on its grave. For anyone interested I'm putting a contract on flash. If you can kill it please contact me.
Updated on November 9, 2012, 4:36 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
What an experience the latest James Bond venture is. First let me preface with my love for the older adventures of 007 and the fact that I used to say Sean Connery was the ultimate, and best, Bond. Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, hands down changes that.
It all started with Casino Royale in 2006 and culminates in this film. There was a realism that Daniel Craig brought to the character, where we could feel his pain and he was physically built in a way that proved he could handle himself. That is essential to how Craig continued to play his Bond into this film. In what could be his best performance as Bond to date he manages to set the bar high for the past and possible future Bond actors.
This film is both about endings and beginnings. The story focuses on the end of the MI6 established in the previous two films and begins the path towards the older film series; except keeping much of the realism that those two films established. It works far better than one could hope. The story is gripping and enthralling the whole way through. From the first frame to the last frame the audience was hooked. We laughed… we cried… we were on the edges of our seat. The story covered all the bases of a classic espionage thriller, while at the same time containing the essence of an espionage action flick. What it did was tell a great story that allowed for wonderful performances.
Updated on October 25, 2012, 12:34 AM - Written by Tim Buttner
I'm pleased to reveal three new sections that previously did not exist. Maybe this is in response to my decision to not house all the videos I've worked on this site, but only a few, and showcase other types of work. I'm not entirely sure where the decision came from because these sections should have existed when I first made my official site. Nonetheless, they exist now.
First up is the Artwork Section. This is a place for me to showcase all the artwork I've done in my life. As of writing this news post the section mainly contains artwork I did in my college years... or mainly 2010 when I took a bunch of art classes. However, even some art I did in elementary school or middle school is worth showing, and so I'll add that in the future. Once I find it and scan it.
Next up is my Poetry Section. Another hobby like photography to stem from my trade. I've enjoyed poetry since I was in high school, and am saddened that of late I haven't kept it up much. That will change however now that I've got this section.
And lastly there is my Creative Writing Section. This is something that should have been up since I made the first version of the site. Alas, it didn't cross my mind. Looking through the short stories I put up I realize that I should keep at it because it's a great tool for getting the creative juices flowing. Even if it doesn't amount to something worth sharing, it still can lead to me being able to get a flow going to write a screenplay or a different creative writing piece. Again, you can look forward to more of this in the future.
That covers the new sections of the site. I hope that you like the redesign. It's the best yet. And I hope you like the new sections and the work that I'm delivering. Please if you want more, help support an artist and donate using the PayPal li...
Tim Butt 2's New Design
Updated on October 21, 2012, 3:56 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
I wanted to redesign Tim Butt 2's website for over a year before proceeding with execution. In that time I learned a lot about web design concepts and ideas that I had no previous knowledge of. This included PHP & MySQL databases, CSS3, HTML5, and more. Although I had some base knowledge on some of these subjects I explored and experimented with them long before implementing them on this site.
One Forest Films was a huge testing ground for a lot of this, just as it had before I built the original Tim Butt 2 site. I'm proud with what I accomplished there for the Members and Profiles using PHP & MySQL, going even more complex in my design and coding than anything before. It made the redesign of this site easer.
Before I started redesigning, I brought some of those concepts over. Such as the News section, since I did so well with it on One Forest Films. I always wanted my site to have a more prominent News arena. A place for me to write and escape the confines of Blogger. I also wanted a place to freely write and self-publish. This is that place.
I hope that you enjoy the new design. I know I do. And please feel free to visit One Forest Films and become a member. There's no better place for a member of the film community to feel at home.
Updated on September 28, 2012, 3:30 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Review coming soon...
*Please note this review is being written months after the movie was seen in theaters and after watching again from an iTunes rental.
3D Geek Alert: Stereo Future of Web Sites
Updated on September 9, 2012, 4:03 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
*Please note that it's best to view this in the most up to date version of your preferred web browser.
Originally posted on the 3D Blog MarketSaw, which Tim Buttner is a contrubuting writer for. Hey all, Tim here with a theoretical and factual look at the future of web technologies. I'm a self-taught web designer, and just this year made my first leaps into using HTML5 and CSS3, among a few other things. What I've learned is that these improved web technologies pave way for a future on the web that is more dynamic on all devices and computers. The new enhancements of HTML5 and CSS3 integrate z-space controls for web designers that can lead to a stereoscopic world wide web.
First, lets looks at what HTML5 and CSS3 does. For those unfamiliar with HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) or CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), the simple definitions are as follows:
HTML: a language for describing web pages
CSS: define how to display (the look and formatting) HTML elements written in markup language.
To read further about them check out the Wikipedia pages for HTML and/or Read More & View Comments
My Frame Rate Argument
Updated on April 28, 2011, 9:33 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
I've got a point I'd like to make for the Frame Rate Argument regarding stereoscopic shooting standards…
Plain and simple, and based on logic. That's the way I like to work.
3D Update for Month of December 2010
Updated on December 20, 2010, 11:40 AM - Written by Tim Buttner
I had an interesting week without cable or Internet, up in Vermont and discovered a few things regarding the mergence of the two. And in that time, did I go to the theater? Yeah, Tron: Legacy. But you can read my review on that here. How have I watched movies or television? Pre-owned DVD's, Netflix, or iTunes. Have I begun reading any books? Yes. Thus changes my perception on the universe.
Movies and novels are but one in the same. Even long-form television, one that tells a story over a season or multiple seasons, is also a novel. Whereas novels use words, and the language it is written, to convey story and ideas, movies use visuals and sounds. The thing is that movie franchises have become so common that writer's in Hollywood need to adapt what the businessmen have corrupted. There are a few who plan out their full storyline in advance enough that as technology changes so will the way we create something fresh and alive for the audiences. I've wondered how the wireless world of the home has changed atmosphere, and even found that with television sets being connected to the Internet are in line with a future set on one service provider. The mergers have to happen for all people to merge the cost into a single overall fee, but wait isn't that what the carriers want to charge, and the FCC can do nothing to stop them. The thing is that certain ON DEMAND features use a simple SSL system that allows individuals an opportunity to log in and pay to see certain content, and you guessed that's essentially what iTunes is.
While Apple has broken into the niche market, there's also the process wit...
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