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

#FoodWorldOrder: 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.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Before You Watch the New 'House Of Cards', See the UK Original

from theatlantic.com: I'll watch anything Kevin Spacey is in, so I'll be among the early downloaders of the second installment of House of Cards, which will be out via Netflix touchingly on Valentine's Day. But now I've done something I should have done earlier, and that will put Spacey-style House of Cards 2, 3, any others in a completely different light. Recently I watched the four-episode original BBC House of Cards series from 1990. It's on Netflix too, and, seriously, if you are interested in either politics or satire, this is not to be missed.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Legendary Screen Darling Shirley Temple Dies at 85

http://static01.nyt.com/images/2013/12/07/arts/Temple-Shirley-Adv-Obit-slide-NPED/Temple-Shirley-Adv-Obit-slide-NPED-jumbo.jpgfrom nytimes.com: Shirley Temple Black, who as a dimpled, precocious and determined little girl in the 1930s sang and tap-danced her way to a height of Hollywood stardom and worldwide fame that no other child has reached, died on Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85... Mrs. Black returned to the spotlight in the 1960s in the surprising new role of diplomat, but in the popular imagination she would always be America’s darling of the Depression years, when in 23 motion pictures her sparkling personality and sunny optimism lifted spirits and made her famous. From 1935 to 1939 she was the most popular movie star in America, with Clark Gable a distant second. She received more mail than Greta Garbo and was photographed more often than President Franklin D. Roosevelt.