During the upcoming CES fair in Las Vegas, filmmakers Michael Mann, Oliver Stone and Baz Luhrmann will take part in a panel discussion on the topic of how new formats such as Blu-ray have changed the creative life of top filmmakers. This panel will be held on January 7, 2011. It has been organized by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and will be moderated by Los Angeles Times reporter Geoff Boucher.
The panel also will address questions such as whether Blu-ray lends itself to be a creative medium for a director's artistic vision and what will deliver the best cinematic experience in the home.
It's pretty obvious that Oliver Stone loves the format with his extended director's cuts of Alexander, JFK, Natural Born Killers and Any Given Sunday. I wonder what kind of treat may be in store once Platoon and Born on the 4th of July finally see the light of High-Def...........
I was generally speaking that Stone loves the format. I knew that those titles where first seen on DVD. I'm surprised that Ridley Scott is not part of this panel. Either way for most filmmakers the advent of DVD and now BD has always given them a chance on having their visions seen as they where originally conceived. Just look at Richard Donner who never thought his cut of Superman II would ever come to pass, but with fan petitions and the demand for quality viewing, Donner was able to make it happen.
I'm surprised Scorsese isn't part of the panel. While I usually like what he has to say I don't think he's never turned down an opportunity to hear his own voice. The guy would give a symposium on artisan bread making if he were given the chance.
Mann and Luhrmann won't be able to talk or even sit down because Oliver Stone's ego is too big to allow for them to be present. I'm sorry, I know a lot of people think Oliver Stone is a directoral god, but IMHO, he is an egotistical bastard that forces his opinion down everyones throat via film. The only movie of his I've enjoyed in the past 20 years is Natural Born Killers. I think I lost all respect for him when he took one of my musical icons and degraded him in that trash film The Doors. Anyone who let's Patricia Kennealy give input into Morrison is a douche. Michael Mann is OK, but I still think he's all piss and no steam. At least Baz Luhrmann has done some creative films. I still wish the panel would have Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg...all three are directors who have made awesome films, know what the format can offer, and aren't full of themselves. I would say George Lucas....but he's turned into a giant fraud of himself lately...and like Stone, his ego would barely fit in the room.
Luhrmann is such a douche, I mean did you see Australia? Meanwhile Michael Mann is probably one of the most underrated directors of all time. I mean the guy made films like Heat, The Insider and Collateral and he still can't get a fuckin award. And I don't understand why people love to urinate all over Oliver Stone. I mean if you don't agree with his politics, that's fine, but you can't deny the man's got talent. I mean Platoon, Talk Radio, Wallstreet, Salvador, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Heaven and Earth, Born on the Fourth of July, can anyone seriously say he's talentless. It's just a shame his last few films haven't been very good.
Oh damn, why can't my company send me to CES this time I went last time and were able to get autograph from Stan Lee
I think they are all great directors. Love Moulin Rouge, Heat, Last of the Mohicans, Insider, and Platoon. (I like Michael Mann more than others, but they are all great)
"Luhrmann is such a douche, I mean did you see Australia? Meanwhile Michael Mann is probably one of the most underrated directors of all time. I mean the guy made films like Heat, The Insider and Collateral and he still can't get a fuckin award. And I don't understand why people love to urinate all over Oliver Stone. I mean if you don't agree with his politics, that's fine, but you can't deny the man's got talent. I mean Platoon, Talk Radio, Wallstreet, Salvador, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Heaven and Earth, Born on the Fourth of July, can anyone seriously say he's talentless. It's just a shame his last few films haven't been very good."
I enjoyed Moulin Rouge and thought it was a risky film to make but that it turned out great; that's what I respect Luhrmann. I will agree that Oliver Stone did make some great films in the 80's/early 90's, but he really lost his edge during the mid/late 90's. I might give the new Wall Street a chance only because I enjoyed the first one. It's more his attitude as of late that I have a problem with...that and Alexander was a waste of good celluoid. Michael Mann....again...he's hit or miss. Heat was great. However, he's had his fair share of duds too. In the end, I feel they could have chosen more consistant directors who embrace movie making as an art form. Blu-ray is supposed to be about perserving the directors vision in pristine visual and audio quality....so get some directors who understand cinematics enough to talk about how Blu-ray can give viewers their original vision of their film as they saw it the first time around.
Seriously? How can anyone doubt Baz Luhrmann as a filmmaker? He's the most artistically inclined of the entire group. It just so happens that he's made far fewer films. However, I personally don't think any of these directors are as "top notch" as they could've been for a panel such as this. Mann and Stone are so hit-and-miss and Luhrmann has only made 4 films to date. Regardless, I still think it's interesting and should provide some decent insight.