Are You Using Rotten Tomatoes Wrong?

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Hey everyone! I’ve been fairly busy this week getting ready for school to start, so I don’t have a new post. However, I do want to share this video posted today by a YouTube channel I like called ScreenJunkies News (an affiliate of the channel ScreenJunkies, who you may know for doing the Honest Trailers videos). I really enjoyed how in depth they went about the history of Rotten Tomatoes, how studios and the public are using the website today, and how to actually use the website itself. If you’d be interested in me going more into depth into my thoughts on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as movie critics, the best websites to use, and the best critics to listen to, please let me know!

Click the image below to check out the video.

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The Importance of a Certain Walking Marshmallow

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This post was inspired by a picture I posted to my Snapchat story a couple of months ago on a long (and late) drive home from Southern California.

If you didn’t know already, I’m a huge fan of superheroes. I’m also a huge fan of Disney. So naturally, when Marvel and Disney partnered to release Big Hero 6 in 2014, I was ecstatic. The movie not only had a great message but was also funny and well-made with the best merchandise. (Yes, I do have a stuffed Baymax.) However, I didn’t realize the great message the movie had until a few years later.

If you haven’t seen Big Hero 6, I highly recommend you stop now and watch the movie. Not only are there some spoilers to follow, it’s also an amazing movie. (You can check it out on ABC this Saturday, August 5 at 8 pm.)

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As you might already know, Hiro Hamada’s older brother Tadashi (RIP) attends San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. There, he has created Baymax, a lovable robot who aims to provide healthcare to anyone who needs it. After Tadashi dies in a fire, Baymax stays in the corner of Hiro’s bedroom, not activated. However, one day, when Hiro drops his nanobot robot on his foot and exclaims “Ow!” (one of Baymax’s activation words), Baymax activates to help Hiro. When Baymax completes his scan of Hiro, he discovers nothing wrong physically, but something wrong mentally. You can watch a clip of this scene here.

That scene is a catalyst for the rest of the movie. Baymax goes through all the crazy adventures and fighting with Hiro as he believes that it will help Hiro heal. He addresses Hiro’s mental health with equal importance as he does Hiro’s physical health, something that I believe to be extremely important for children (and everyone else) to understand. Your brain is still a part of your body, just like your bones and muscles, so why should it be treated any differently?

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Hiro is not the only character dealing with their mental health. The villain (Professor Callaghan) is also dealing with grief (like Hiro), as well as stress and anger. Chase Ricks, who published an article about the movie's representation of mental and physical disabilities, believes that the shy characters in the movie all might have Autism (which he himself has and recognizes the symptoms). The character Wasabi might even be dealing with OCD. While the latter two may not be as recognizable, Baymax helps all these characters confront their issues and shows children that there is someone who will understand what they’re going through and that it’s okay to get help.

While I can’t speak for the many people living with mental health issues and what their experiences are, I do believe that this movie was a great representation of the topic and sent a positive message to all viewers about the importance of mental health. That is why this is my favorite Disney movie of all time. The merchandise is just an added bonus. 

For more information about what the importance of this movie, check out these articles by Comics Alliance and Nerds of Color.

Some Interesting Things From This Week

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Hey everyone! As I finish my next post (which I’m very excited about), I wanted to share a couple of articles that I found interesting this week. Please take a look at them!

“Why more great movies like ‘Dunkirk’ won’t be made now” is a great article that was recently published in the San Jose Mercury News. The article talked about the recent take over of franchise and blockbuster movies. It’s a great read and presents some good points about the current state of modern cinema.

“IMAX to show less movies in 3D as it realises cinema-goers don’t want it” is a very short news report I saw on Twitter a few days ago. It provided some stats from the MPAA about recent 3D movie releases, as well as a quote from Greg Foster, the CEO of IMAX Entertainment. It is very similar to what I wrote about last week (when are 3D movies worth the money).

Please don’t hesitate to let me know what you think in the comments!

 

To 3D or Not to 3D

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I watched a Jimmy Fallon interview where he mentioned that a particular movie was truly meant to be seen in 3D. So, I decided to look into whether my money is worth spending on a 3D movie.

After having seeing movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Doctor Strange, as well as watching the new trailer for Ready Player One, I noticed the modern advances in visual effects are becoming more useful in science fiction movies, making them more enjoyable in 3D and IMAX 3D. However, ticket prices for 3D movies are higher than a normal movie, discouraging low-budget people like myself from seeing a movie in what may be the best possible format to allow for the most enjoyable viewing.

First, I wanted to learn about how much more expensive IMAX 3D and regular 3D movie tickets are compared to a digital movie. So, I looked at the costs of an adult ticket for Spider-Man: Homecoming at AMC and Regal Cinemas, the two biggest movie theater chains in the US (based on the number of total screens). AMC charges $19 for an IMAX 3D movie and $17 for a regular 3D movie while charging only $13 for a digital showing. Regal Cinemas charge $22 for an IMAX 3D movie and $16.50 for a regular 3D movie and only charge $11.50 for a digital showing. Thank goodness I usually go to AMC, because I would not want to pay an extra $9.50 to see a movie in IMAX 3D.

This brought up another question: Why the heck is it so much more expensive to see a movie in a different format? Some people think that movie theaters do it to make money since they don’t make any off of digital showings (meaning production companies take 100% of profits). But that’s not true. The raised prices of 3D movies are simply a marketing tactic. According to an article by cnet.com, theaters think that since a 3D movie is more “special” than a digital movie, it should cost more to be “immersed in the experience” of the movie. This also allows for movies to soar past box office money records, simply because people seeing it in 3D or IMAX 3D, rather than in digital, earn the movie more money. So, it’s a win for both movie theaters and production studios, but not necessarily for a teenager like me who is currently living off of the AMC gift cards she got for her birthday 4 months ago.

I decided to look at the difference between visual effects and special effects in case it would help me decide to spend the extra money. Visual effects are added in the post-production of a movie using a computer and combine live action with CGI (computer generated imagery). Special effects are created during the actual production of a movie and include things like make-up, prosthetics, and wires. I came to the conclusion that a movie with more visual effects might be better in 3D, as the visual effects might be used to create a display that you can’t normally capture in real life (like Ego’s planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2). While I loved The Avengers, the visuals were more about the action and not about the scenery, so I didn’t feel I needed to see it in 3D. A movie like Doctor Strange, however, was totally worth spending the extra money to see in IMAX 3D because it was a whole different experience than I had ever seen before.

So, when is it truly worth it to see a movie in 3D or IMAX 3D? For me, I’m willing to spend the extra money if I think I’m going to be immersed in a whole new visual experience, and I’m if going to be thinking “Wow! That’s so cool!” every time I see something new. But the final decision is really up to each of you and your wallets.