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Pat Murray

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  1. Saw this at Sundance a must see on the big screen.
  2. Yes, it's on the recent DVD and Blu Ray copies of The Shinning. It's more of a visual diary but very interesting.
  3. According to Mark Hamill the rolling droid is a prop not CGI. He even enjoyed playing with it on set. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/new-star-wars-vii-rolling-droid-real-robot-not-cgi-article-1.2047026
  4. Thanks to Mr. Nolan I got to see Interstellar on 35mm twice, each time run by a skilled projectionist for a member price of $6. One of the few times you'll see my local rep/art house threater getting a newly released film from a major studio just because they continue to offer 35mm as well as DCP. I loved the film even more the second time and the cinematography, sound design and music blew my mind.
  5. Don't forget: - Torture suspected commies - Shooting union workers on strike As the RCMP have historically been the strongarm of "the man" I'm surprised they aren't taking more interest in copyright abuses. If there was a major studio or two in Canada I bet they'd change their tune. Or Rogers starts bitching to the Feds. I love your idea regarding VHS tapes. There's plenty of cheap working second hand VCR's out there. Just send out a notice that as of this date if you want to review films for festivals, awards or media you must watch those films on VHS cassette. The current boost in vinyl sales can't be good for music piracy either. I know there are ways to record an album to digital but for most people the quality of the table and/or the finished file is not worth the effort.
  6. There are theatres who can do it. Quite a few were able to show the last Batman on 70mm. It also looks better even when projected digitally. Watching "The Master" the other day on television I switched back and forth between that and a movie shot on digital. Despite the same means of displaying the two films they looked very different. If I'm only allowed to watch digital projection then at the very least I hope directors continue to use film if it suits the project.
  7. The malaise of the hipster immortal. The movie is good if you don't mind being lectured by the king of the hipsters for 2 hours. I consider the movie a success because normally I don't like movies that keep reminding the viewer that the writer/director thinks you suck and life is barely worth living because the masses (that means YOU) have no cultural soul.
  8. I see a lot of indie movies in the list. I doubt a tent pole picture would be likely to pair a first time director with a first time DP. I think that was the point. The higher budgeted studio films.
  9. Thank you for sharing, Mei. I had the pleasure of trying out the Oculus rift at Sundance this year. You're right, this is going to be very popular as a game platform. They were showing trailers where you were inside a VR movie theatre. It was interesting as it feel like you were inside a theatre looking at a theatre size image. My problem with that is it's very anti-social. I don't like the idea of a whole family sitting in a room completely disconnected each other whilst watching a movie or tv. That said, the games wouldn't be so bad as I imagine some kind of communication device will be developed so gamers can interact with each other through a mic whilst playing in co-operation or against each other. The Beck concert was very interesting. The stage and audience where in the round with Beck in the middle and the musicians lining the back of the wall. There were 3 slowly rotating cameras to choose from. After being my own editor I found it very frustrating to watch the same video again later on Youtube as some stranger (the editor) took control of how I watched the concert. It didn't help that it was a very quick cut editing style. Whereas I took my time at each camera position to take in the show from each perspective.
  10. I`m fine with the opinion digital projection is better, but I`m not fine with the over exaggeration of the viewing experience for the audience member. At least in Canada and US.
  11. I`ve been going to movies since I first saw Star Wars as a young boy in 1978 and I`ve never experienced this at any first run theatre. I can count on one hand the number of times I wanted to see a movie and there was a sign warning the print was damaged and a new one was coming but until then if you want to see the movie you have to put up with a line. Granted, when I saw a movie six weeks into the run it might not have looked good as it did the first Friday, but the difference wasn`t really noticeable most times and adjectives like filthy, scratched to buggery and horrid would not be appropriate to describe the condition of the print. I have watched some rough prints like an original run of engagement print for Emmanual, but I expect that and even then I am often surprised by the quality of some old prints when I go to my rep theatre. Matter of fact, the 35mm print for The Shinning was so pristine last fall that I had to ask the programmer if a digital copy was used instead. Just as pro film enthusiasts have exaggerated some of the differences between print and digital I commonly find the same is true of digital enthusiasts when describing film projection. No, it didn`t or doesn`t look that bad most of the time.
  12. I doubt that, Freya. There is a large and growing academic field surrounding Film Studies.
  13. It's art. Pick the medium that suits your work.
  14. I can't say I agree. The only difference between his work here and his peers in Hollywood are the politics in the film. Like your politics in the discussion on interns. There seems to be a common denominator where your interest in politics and film are intertwined. And what I mean by no difference outside of politics is I do think the cinematography in your examples is superb, but not beating the socks off equally great cinematographers in Hollywood superb. I agree with "Barry Lyndon". A terrific movie to write a paper on cinematography. Although, like David stated, it's a pretty broad question. If you're looking to discuss symmetry and lines in composition as well as the colour of the actor's costume in relation to the colour of the sets, I think "The Shining" is a great movie to use for the paper. Same for the first half of "Full Metal Jacket". Just youtube "Happy Birthday Jesus Full Metal Jacket" to see what I mean.
  15. Freya, I don't know how it is in the UK, but the art house/rep cinemas in North America (including the one in my town) are typically also collectors of 35mm prints. There are still rights issues. Some, I understand are easy to show publicly where the company with distribution rights is given a fee. Others, where it's unclear who owns the rights to the film are shown on special member nights for free. Then there's movies like Star Wars that cannot be seen outside of employee screenings lest they risk confiscation of their print. These theaters aren't against using Blu-Ray either, in my experience. Although some have argued to their audience that DCP has allowed them to show pristine copies of classics such as Rosemary's Baby that were previously unavailable on a decent print. There was one case where they mixed a 35mm print with a Blu Ray copy. It was Creepshow and it was missing the last reel for the final short story in the anthology. As for virtual print fees etc. it reminds me of my opinion that "cheap" digital cameras have democratized the film industry for indie filmmakers is strictly snake oil salesmanship from digital camera companies and people who have an interest in the sale of digital cameras. Cheap formats for filmmaking have always been available to the indie filmmaker. It's distribution where the democratization needs to happen. Based on comments in this thread, it might be argued the film industry has taken a step back rather than forward in this regard.
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