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I imagine many of you, if not all, will have at least tried the classic leeks preparation in a mildly sweet white, somewhat peppery white sauce. My advice, at this juncture, is to add a dash of cheap Armagnac and Bailey's late in the cooking, for a sumptuous result you'll love. ^_^

If you're in the UK, and have been waiting for Zootopia (or indeed, Zootropolis), check your local listings - whilst it's not officially opening until Mar 25, the local place appears to be running advance screenings over the weekend, on at least three screens. =:D Anyone who's seen it: is its use of 3D worthwhile? I'm inclined to see it in 3D, given it's CG, rather than the 3D added in post-production, as is the case with many live-action productions.

As jriendhal says, "Why can't they bring back the woolly mammoths? They're probably as trainable as elephants and they're all cute and fuzzy. But nooooo. Gotta bring back t. rexes and velociraptors every fricking time."

ObLucre: if anyone's interested in the D5500 kit, the current best offer is £380, courtesy of the roomie.

Now, this could be a potentially cool development in the music copyright wars between rights holders and DJs: Dubset analyses mixes, and will "identify existing recordings within the file, pay the necessary rights holders, and distribute the mix through Apple Music and other streaming services", paying the DJ some percentage as well. Seems like a potentially sane solution. ^_^ It'll be interesting to see if SoundCloud adopts this approach, rather than the "all guns blazing" crackdown rigelkitty noted a while back.

Yay, MasterChef is back! Next Wednesday - Mar 23 2016 - at 8pm, BBC 1. Looks like they're following a three episodes a week schedule, Wed/Thu/Fri, of 1h/1h/30m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I saw Zootopia/tropolis with some friends on its opening weekend here. We watched it in 3D simply because the 2D showing at about the same time was sold out.

I'm normally not a big fan of 3D, but it worked well with Zootopia. There weren't any real obvious '3D moments' where stuff flew out at you, which I consider a good thing. It was pretty subtle, really.

I've not seen the 2D version, but I don't think the viewing experience would be any better or worse. I'd say go for the 3D version if the time and price are convenient.
Mmm, overt 3D always feels so gratuitous - the Rio trailer had a great example, as I recall, with a ball in a volleyball net zooming out toward the viewer. ^_^;

I suppose Big Hero 6 counts as a good example of how to use 3D well - there too, it wasn't "in your face", just nicely complementing the flight scenes, for instance, yielding the sense of depth (or rather, height) you'd expect in such a wonderful moment.

I do wish the industry would get over the 3D surcharges, though I suspect there's little chance of that. Still, given it's "real" 3D, I think I'll go that route - probably tomorrow afternoon. ^_^
I happened to notice today that there are advance screenings in Bromley this weekend (but no screenings of High-Rise, which I wanted to see this weekend as I already have upcoming Zootropolis plans, at all, ever).
Oo, based on a J G Ballard tale? Sounds rather interesting. As and when you do get to see it, be sure to report back on how it was. I noticed its IMDb rating was a bit middling, but then, Tank Girl scores a positively mediocre 5.2, which utterly baffles me, and Moonwalkers only manages 6.2, when it felt to both of us like a film that thoroughly deserves greater recognition as a crime caper inspired by 60s productions, but with some definite 90s/turn influences like Trainspotting.

I'm delighted they're actually offering advance screenings after all. ^_^ Big Hero 6 did get one here, a month ahead of its UK release, but only a single screening - with Zootopia, they've got eight 2D and five 3D screenings for each of Saturday and Sunday! (Still a bit puzzled why the name change, but looking at IMDb suggests it's all a bit random - some countries are getting one name, some the other. I wonder if Disney would answer a quick query on the matter.. =:)

Reminds me, I should check if BH6 is getting a sequel - I thought I read somewhere they were working on one. Aha! Could well be!

FWIW, if you're feeling extravagant, I was actually nosing around, out of idle curiosity, looking for what kind of costs are involved in a private screening - and it seems it depends much more on the time (of day, and week) than the actual film, with something like a midweek matinee possibly around the £200-300 mark. A bit more than a Blu-Ray, but.. ^_^
I've also looked into screenings, with an eye to birthdays, but never gone further than that. One day!

The JG Ballard aspect is what attracts me to High-Rise; I feel I ought to see it, as a fan, even though it will probably make me miserable. Plus, The Night Manager has taught me that I do not at all mind gazing at the person of Tom Hiddleston ;)
Wife and I saw Zootopia in 2D while our poodle napped in the car. Quite liked it, though I missed the first couple of minutes. No opinion on the 2D vs 3D as we tend to avoid 3D movies.
Oh! Well, it's nothing plot-breaking - not to the extent of Dark City, where my being late a couple minutes basically saved the film, thanks to the studio having responded to the plaintive calls of the focus audiences, who felt it was "confusing", and thus imposed a nice little expository monologue spelling everything out, right at the start - but there was quite a bit concentrated into the early minutes.

I'm more or less okay with 3D. I very much agree with genuine 3D filming, so as to preserve the spatial information, just as I wish Casablanca or the Maltese Falcon - or hell, even Pertwee Who - had kept the individual audio sources, so we could now enjoy full spatial reproduction. But, so it goes. The cost of doing so at the time was high, and who could have foreseen what we have now? The 3D tech remains a bit of a hack, but.. it's okay. ^_^ (I do wish the chains could get over the 3D supplement, though. It's expensive enough to see a film as is, let alone in 3D. I'd see Zootopia again plenty of times, if it were cheap, but - well, not at £12. It'll be better once it opens properly, though - it's something like £9.60 in 2D, and a relatively okay £7.20 before 5pm during the week. I may very well see it again at that price)

So, who did you wind up identifying best with? ^_^
On release night, I saw the 2D version when our group rented the entire theater and watched it in fursuit.
Then last Friday I went to a 3D showing. (I don't often do repeat viewings in the theater, but I wanted to see the 3D before it left the theaters).

Result? The 3D was very good and definitely added a bit more immersion, but it was not indispensable. I didn't notice any gratuitous abuse of 3D or major accidental glitches. So - see 3D if you can, but 2D is almost as good.

(As far as I am concerned, only the movie "Avatar" needs to be seen in 3D. It was designed for it).