Posts Tagged ‘Disney’

Subscriber Podcast #3 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Cash-In

Published January 1st 2017

In this month’s podcast for patreon subscribers I review Rogue One: A Star Wars Cash-In. The film is a spy movie/war movie about the rebellion stealing the plans for the Death Star and has a much darker tone and grittier visuals than most Star Wars films. The problems arise mostly in the lack of characterisation, which the producers tried to compensate for by jamming in as many visual references to the existing films as they could. I dwell on the lack of creativity and even basic storytelling skill in modern Hollywood blockbusters, before offering two ideas for Star Wars storylines that would be more engaging and less reliant on showing us things we recognise because we’ve seen them before.

ClandesTime 093 – The Pentagon and the Cinematic Universe

Published November 27th 2016

In less than 10 years Marvel has created the biggest money-making film franchise of all time with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, this probably wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the Pentagon. In this episode we examine the rise of the MCU, the Pentagon’s involvement, and the fallout of their disagreements when making The Avengers. We round off looking at the creative implications of the cinematic universe becoming the new model for Hollywood.

Pentagon Production Assistance Agreements for Iron Man 1&2

Published November 17th 2016

The first two Iron Man movies are far more important to cinematic history than their daft scripts, super-arrogant star performer and cartoonish presentation might suggest. Between them they made over $1.2 billion worldwide and established the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has since become the biggest film franchise of all time. This would not have been possible without the assistance of the US military, who recently released to me the production assistance agreements between them and Marvel Studios for Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

Did the Dept. of Energy invent the ‘Making Of’ video?

Published October 26th 2016

The Department of Energy has a minor but interesting role in the history of Hollywood, providing shooting locations for Tron (1982) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. I am still awaiting documents on Star Trek but the DoE have provided me with another of their records on Tron – a kind of in house making of video.

Dept of Energy records on the filming of Tron (and Star Trek)

Published September 6th 2016

Tron is a classic piece of transhumanist cinema and the first of a string of films where someone is sucked into a digital realm and has to battle it out with computer programs in order to save the day (the Matrix trilogy being the most popular examples). It was also a curious departure for Disney from working primarily on animations and other fantasy films explicitly aimed at children into more teen- or adult-oriented science fiction. Tron was also the first film to be allowed to film at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, so I asked the Department of Energy for any records on this.

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