It's the season to be making predictions about 2014 Oscar wins, and although Australian audiences are yet to see Best Picture favourites from the likes of Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street), David
Ethan Gilsdorf reviews The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, where we see more clearly Jackson's vision to give The Hobbit the look, feel and slow majesty of The Lord of the Rings.
A September report from the Library of Congress's National Film Preservation Board called The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929 [PDF] paints a dismal picture of the archival record of silent movies. In all, "14% of the 10,919 silent films released by major studios exist in their original 35mm or other format," although some
The northern summer of 2013 was a bad one for Hollywood. After Earth, The Lone Ranger, White House Down, World War Z and Pacific Rim were among the million-dollar turkeys. And you may have noticed the
In 2011, a speaker at a reputable film festival said to an audience of filmmakers, "the best part about making movies today is that anyone can make movies, and the worst part is also that anyone can
Douglas Trumbull's new project would use fast frame rates, huge screens, 4K digital for an "immersive" experience. Are audiences ready?
Let's be clear on one thing here: we have the technology. We have the technology for me to be able to view any piece of digital video ever made, instantly, wherever I want, whenever I want. And another thing: I have absolutely no objection to paying for viewing said digital video; but I do object to so-called content providers taking the piss. Case in point: LoveFilm vs Netflix I've been meaning to try out both LoveFilm and Netflix for a while. I got doorstepped by a very cold lass from LoveFilm last week, and I took pity on her and said yes to her three months for the price of one trial. Then, for the sake of comparison, tonight I also signed up for the Netflix trial. So far so good - let see how they compare. Netflix outdoes LoveFilm for sheer creepiness. Once I log in on the PC, it automatically logs me on the PS3. I'm assuming it just uses my IP address to identify me, but it's creepy as hell. In terms of content, they both suck in slightly different ways. LoveFilm doesn't have films which I would expect it to have (but Netflix does), Neflix doesn't have some TV shows that LoveFilm does. Neither of them has one of the shows I really want to see - or rather, Netflix does, but only in the US. Perhaps the most ridiculous way in which they both fail is technically. The LoveFilm app on the PS3 crashes any time the network connection slows down. Netflix refuses to work on Linux (but will allegedly work on a Chromebook). Netflix doesn't seem to have an easily identifiable way to queue things to watch in future. LoveFilm has a vaguely useful Watchlist functionality on the PC interface which does not seem to be available in the PS3 app. I don't even. WHAT? Case in point: The National Hockey League If you happen to live in the UK and want to watch NHL games now that the lockout is over, you're screwed. There's some sort of obscure, paid-for channel on Sky which screens about 10 as far as I can tell random games a week, but that's about it. The NHL does have its own online streaming service which, however, only works in North America for games which your local TV network won't show. Now, as much as I do get the value of TV deals to sports organisations like the NHL, making it difficult for your fans to access your product seems somewhat counterproductive to me. Dear Netflix, LoveFilm, NHL and co.: give me just one good reason not to go to the PirateBay! And here of course every content provider screams, "We can't compete with free! We must shut all these naughty file sharing websites down, block them and censor them, we must disconnect file sharers from the Internet!" Well, I've got news for you guys: You're not competing with free. You're competing with a service which meets my requirements. I have no problem paying for the things I want to watch, or the music that I want to listen to, or the books I want to read. I do it all the time. But if I'm giving you money, I expect a service that doesn't take the piss; that doesn't make it deliberately difficult for me to access the content I want to view; that actually works. Try harder, chaps.
It wouldn't be accurate to say Side by Side will be "unspooling" at Cinecenta Wednesday and Thursday, even though Chris Kenneally's illuminating documentary is listed as the feature presentation. But a film geek can dream, can't he?
The OpenShot video editor gets my pick for best combination of features and ease of use. It may be the only video editor you'll ever need. Use it to combine video footage, audio tracks, and still images. You can have captions, animated titles, overdubs, "Ken Burns" effects, and capture directly from a tethered camcorder. Then you can export your video to your desired format for YouTube, high definition, television broadcast, Blu-ray, and even the new WebM streaming format.
Movie tickets are expensive because local theaters have to pay studios a large portion of their revenues. Many movie tickets...
With Netflix streaming on the rise, pricey movie theaters are less and less attractive. Let's lower film budgets and thus ticket prices.
Nintendo's cooling attitude toward glasses-free 3D signals a deep problem: Even once you remove the pesky glasses, the novelty of 3D wears off. That's a pretty staggering admission from a company that put the term "3D" in the name of its handheld.
When I entered the industry, we were staying in French chateaus. Now, companies are struggling to stay alive
Our modern era doesn't just celebrate stories about gods and demi-gods - we have a whole host of new mythic figures that we obsess about, from Luke Skywalker to Superman to Captain Kirk. But who owns these legends?