There has been a myriad of Sony vs Canon camera reviews released recently. If you watch an occasional YouTube video or Vlog at all, then I guarantee you have seen them.
Recently my wife and I have been making our way through some classic 80’s movie series like Beverly Hills Cop (I never knew #3 was so bad), Lethal Weapon, Tom Cruise flicks…and more.
Watching each of these in close succession, I noticed how the image got sharper as we got later in a series. Even before digital cameras, film making progressed in picture quality. Beverly Hills Cop is classic Eddie Murphy comedy and 80’s action all artfully crafted together. However, the third movie in that series, I literally couldn’t make it past the first 5 minutes before I had to turn it off. IT-IS-AWFUL.
What struck me about this particular movie was that the picture quality was MUCH higher than the very first Beverly Hills Cop…but Eddie Murphy’s stardom couldn’t overcome the choppy editing and horrendous dialogue.
Here…try watching a couple minutes of the very beginning of the movie.
I know right!!!
Who in the world did they get to put this together?
I know that people say it all the time, the tech doesn’t matter…the story does. This dichotomy between the first and third movies was a clear example of that to me. I don’t know why that fact jumped out to me so much, but it did.
Partly this makes me feel better…it should make you feel better too. Newer and “better” camera gear WILL NOT automatically make your vlogs, short films, videos better.
So what if these movies were filmed with the Canon R5?…Answer: It wouldn’t change a thing.
Story is paramount. (and in big films acting matters too)
I’ll leave you with the opening scene of Beverly Hills Cop 1…in all it’s grainy humor and glory.
To create the barren desert planet of Tatooine, Lucas found the perfect setting in Tunisia. What he didn’t account for was how even a little movie production could lead to socio-political tensions. Tunisia shares a border with Libya, which, at the time, was ruled by ruthless dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The Tunisian government received threats from Gaddafi, warning that a conflict was inevitable if they didn’t remove a military vehicle from the Libyan border.
The “military vehicle” in question was actually a Jawa Sandcrawler. Lucas agreed to move the prop because, well, inciting an international incident isn’t a great way to publicize a movie.
I saw this for the first time a couple years after it came out.
This was the first movie that really took for for a ride mentally and straight up blew my mind at the end. I’ll keep this spoiler free, but let’s just say, to me…this defined that “twist-at-the-end ” genre of suspense/drama movies.
Quite some time later I saw movies like, The Prestige, Inception and some of the Christian Bale Batman Movies…and realized that the director for all of those movies, Christopher Nolan, had also directed Memento. Christopher Nolan has a knack for this genre, and Memento propelled him on to the scene.
This movie caught me completely off guard when it came out. I liked it so much, that I actually went to the theater three separate times to see it.
If you review my #1 and #2 movies, you can probably guess why this rocketed in to a tie for 3rd in my favorite movies of all time. This movie is the perfect combination of roguish treasure hunter and futuristic space movie with a dash of humor and perfectly selected 70’s music. Honestly, the perfect recipe for an all-time favorite flick.
Star-Lord (Peter Quill) gathers this band of misfits for some adventures that will make anyone laugh while also clinging to the edge of your seat.
I don’t remember how young I was the first time I watched this Christmas classic, but the holiday season hasn’t started until I’ve heard Bing Crosby crooning “White Christmas”.
This movie epitomizes the quintessential holiday musical and is one of the great classics of our time. Watch the movie and you will see which actors were cast for their singing chops and which were chosen for their ability to dance from ballroom to countryside hotel.
Interesting Fact: Bob and Phil’s ‘Sisters’ wasn’t scripted
At first, actors Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye were just playing around on set when they dressed up in parts of their female counterparts’ costumes and performed their musical number. But director Michael Curtiz found it so funny that he filmed it and worked it into the movie.
I didn’t realize until writing this that this movie came out in 1954…just like White Christmas!
The musical movie trend with these last two films is really no accident. As a youth, I didn’t have cable or even over-the-air network television. Thus, I was at the mercy of what my parents had on video.
This led to me watching a lot of musicals as, for some reason, that’s what we had on VHS.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was a surprise hit when it came out and it has stood the test of time as far as classic musical movies go. While the subject matter may not exactly be politically correct today…the lesson the oldest brother (Adam) learns at the end is timeless.