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    Scorsese's newest controversy about "Cinema" and Streaming

    I think that the responses to the Scorcese article are mixed because he's pushing two points simultaneously. One the one hand, cinema as art vs movies as mass entertainment, and on the other hand, the disappearance of the art movie eco-system due to streaming. He seems to want to argue that the...
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    RIP Christopher Plummer

    It is, but the relationship is fairly distant at this point, since the "constitution" was repatriated (or something) in 1982, and largely ceremonial. Up until then, Canadians still had some UK rights as "British subjects" (though Thatcher's government tried to restrict those to the so-called...
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    A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Godfather CODA: The Death of Michael Corleone – in Blu-ray

    Saw it theatrically when it first came out and went home thinking it was kind of Meh, and had some really good bits (the two Sicilian hit men, the Abbott & Costello of gangsters; the Atlantic City massacre) and some really weak bits, Michael and the orange being just too on the nose. But after a...
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    Pre-Order Wonder Boys (2000) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Damn, I thought Ghost and the Darkness was already on blu.... . Another film that did indifferent box office, and had only a so-so DVD release.
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    Pre-Order The Two Jakes (1990) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Saw it a long time back and loved it. But.... it does have a story that you have to pay attention to. It does not deliver its narrative beats in the usual Hollywood way which you can see coming a mile distant. Once you've seen it, of course, you can go back and spot the telegraphing; but there...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Parasite - in Blu-ray

    I loved it because it has the propulsion and feel of a classical tragedy, with not a wasted shot or line in the whole thing. The turn in the tone is not really all that great, if you've ever watched other Korean films. Quite a number of them mix tonalities in a similar way. Plus, as has probably...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Mortal Engines -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Saw this on sale and picked it up and was pleasantly surprised. It's got great momentum, engaging characters, and a good story. And the world it presents is completely unique, which is something that is pretty rare in today's filmed sci-fi/fantasy adventures. I, for one am sad that while we are...
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    Pre-Order Operation Finale (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    It's on Canajun Netphlix too, last time I looked. (we spell things differently north of the 49th).
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    They Shall Not Grow Old is the 3D event of the year

    Saw it in a special showing on the 17th. When the film switches from B&W to colour and stereo widescreen the effect is astonishing, as if you had just left history behind and were being dumped into the trenches, with horse-drawn artillery going by in the background of the shot, and people...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Ingmar Bergman's Cinema -- in Blu-ray

    Like Bujaki (#11), I watched a lot of Bergman on one of our local TV stations, which showed almost all the films available to that point (1970) on something that was called "International Theatre," and which aired long after I was supposed to already be in bed. It included Seventh Seal, Virgin...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Gosford Park -- in Blu-ray

    The Canajun BR, which I picked up, is not much of an advance over the DVD. A tad sharper, but still kind of dark and murky in places. So long as this Arrow is all-region, I will probably get it. My favourite scene in this is the very brief one at about the midway mark, where Helen Mirren visits...
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    International Waterworld (new 4K restoration)- coming from Arrow 12/11/2018

    So, do you mean they are still playing that at Universal Studio? Took my daughter in 1998 (I think) and enjoyed the tour and the Waterworld show tremendously. And to be clear, saw the film when it came out, wasn't too too happy with the usual slam-bang ending, but absolutely loved the first...
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    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    Long time since I spun up the disc of Good German, but I seem to recall an extra where Soderberg talks about how interesting it was to shoot in the older ratio. Oh, just read an above post; but even if it was screened pillarboxed within a 1.85 frame, apart from not being big enough, for the...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Knowing -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Well, coming late to the discussion, I have to say I did take the film to be kind of religious, in the sense of thinking about whether a complete determinism necessarily involves some kind of religious framework. It's like time travel adventures in that for time travel to be possible at all...
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    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    It's not that it's impossible to screen the films at home in a more correct AR, because you can zoom in to achieve the intended effect, or something like. But when you do that, all to often you end up with a less-detailed presentation, so while on the one hand you get closer to the intended...