'Hobbit' technology too much?

An scene from the "The Hobbit."

An scene from the "The Hobbit."

Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:23 AM ET

Despite what your aesthetician might say while giving you a Brazilian wax, there really is such a thing as too smooth.

Especially where film is concerned. Thus, the small kerfuffle over director Peter Jackson's pioneering use of so-called High Frame Rate filming techniques for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first widely released movie to be shot and (in some theatres) projected at 48 frames per second, double the nearly century-old film standard of 24 frames.

I love everything new and shiny when it comes to entertainment technology. Heck, I've seen half a dozen movies in those insane D-Box motion control seats that shimmy and shake along with the action on screen. It does not get more gimmicktacular than that.


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