Sunday, February 15, 2015

Banned #Iran Director Wins Berlin Film Festival’s #GoldenBear

from theguardian.com: The Iranian dissident film-maker Jafar Panahi won the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival for his Tehran road movie Taxi in what critics described as a victory for freedom of speech and the art of cinematic storytelling. Panahi, who is banned from making films by the Iranian authorities and forbidden from travelling abroad, stars in his own film as a taxi driver talking to his passengers as he drives them through the streets of Tehran.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sony Brass Denounces ‘Vicious’ #SonyHack

Sony Brass Denounces ‘Vicious’ #SonyHackfrom natmonitor.com: Top Sony executives have condemned the “vicious” cyber assault that forced the company to hastily postpone the Christmas day release of its satirical film The Interview. During his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai publicly reprimanded the Guardians of Peace (GOP) hackers who repeatedly infiltrated the company’s digital network. Hirai also noted how proud he was of those who stood up against the flagrant “extortionist” attacks, adding he would be “remiss” if he did not mention the misfortune of the last several weeks. “Both Sony, former employees and current employees were the victim of one of the most vicious and malicious cyber attacks in recent history,” Hirai noted in an unscripted moment prior to his press conference at the CES.

Monday, December 8, 2014

'Whitey' #Documentary Indicts More Than Just James J. #Bulger

from latimes.com: The bad guy in "Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger" is ostensibly Bulger. But Joe Berlinger's densely detailed new documentary about the legendary Boston mobster is disturbing on so many levels it's hard not to wonder why Bulger was the only one on trial.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

#Interstellar: Why Christopher Nolan Made It On Film

#Interstellar: Why Christopher Nolan Made It On Filmfrom businessinsider.com: Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" is in theaters now and available in six different formats including 35mmDespite the fact the format is almost dead, Nolan, along with directors like Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, J.J. Abrams, and a few others, vow to keep the format alive by continuing to shoot on film the old-fashioned way.

Nolan's campaign to save the ailing format picked up steam when Paramount announced last month theaters equipped with 35mm and 70mm projectors will get the film two days early. "We are taking a moment to acknowledge the huge heritage of film ... filmmakers like Chris and J.J. want to make sure that film is a part of the business going forward," Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore told The Hollywood Reporter.

35mm and 70mm film can look brighter and clearer than digital projection, though the latest IMAX and 4K digital projection technology comes close. Digital projection has caught on because it's cheaper to distribute, among other reasons.

Monday, May 12, 2014

11 Powerful Netflix Documentary Films About Food

11 Powerful Netflix Documentary Films About Foodfrom policymic.com: Food porn, #cleaneating, Instagrams of each and every meal of your day: We are living in a culture of food obsession by way of voyeurism. We rarely dine without documenting the experience, and in response to the timeless question "who runs the world?" one look at social media will give you the answer: foodies.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

#Amazon Announces Its Own Streaming Device

from businessinsider.com: Tomorrow, Amazon will amp up its bid to take over your living room. At a media event in New York City, the company is expected to announce a new gadget — either a dongle or a box — that will let users stream video to their TVs from Amazon's video library, as well as from services such as Netflix and Hulu. The gadget will reportedly run on Android and could act as a gaming console. The streaming device market is crowded. Amazon's gadget would compete against products like Apple TV, Roku, and Google's Chromecast.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

With ‘Drone To Home’ Service, Netflix Uses Satire Against Amazon

from nytimes.com: Netflix on Tuesday released a satirical video promising “Drone to Home” delivery of DVDs to customers, taking an obvious swipe at Amazon’s plan to deliver items to consumers via small octocopters, a.k.a. drones... Barely a minute long, the video purports to show a Netflix warehouse with cute little copters flying off carrying the distinctive red Netflix DVD envelopes. “Unlike other companies trying to rush unproven technology to market, we have literally spent days working out most of the bugs,” the narrator says, as one woman tries to run away from a drone following her, and another explodes in the background.