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8Mar, 18

How Criterion Collection Resurrects Films for Home Video

Physical 35mm film is a wonderful medium for image capture, image display, and image storage (far better than digital storage, which is subject to hard drive failure). However, 35mm films look AMAZING in the first three to ten runs of the projection print (some say only the first time, but come on!), and then it begins to degrade as the film print is run through the projectors over and over and over again (probably 100 runs is the useful life, right? Or is it less?). The scratches and other damage (particularly [...]

23Jan, 18

Queens of Cinema T-shirts

As new voices continue to show us new and exciting stories in the cinema and TV landscape, we want to raise awareness of the Black female directors who are making noise, making new things, and all around elevating the entertainment landscape. So we can up with the QUEENS OF CINEMA T-shirt to celebrate Amma Assante, Ava DuVernay, Darnell Martin, Dee Rees, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kasi Lemmons, Julie Dash, and Victoria Mahoney. Available in the store.    

20Jan, 18

As You Like It – Opening Monologue

We're working on a new anthology project.   Here's a sneak peek at one of the videos https://youtu.be/ltQkfBND6BE Shakespeare's sacred texts are gold mines for actors to test their skills and for directors to work on their technique. Of course, you have to have more than a passing understanding of the text to figure out how to encourage and tweak and adjust the performance. This opening monologue from AS YOU LIKE was exciting to add a bit a urbanization to it.

5Jan, 18

The Magic Lantern – David Lean, part IV of a series

Dir: David Lean DoP: Freddie Young As the flame burns down the match inching closer to T.E. Lawrence's fingertips, we are drawn into Lawrence's mental state, his sphere, his "yearning." And then... There's the marvelous and powerful cut, which Lean is such a master at, to the desert sun rising. David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia is one of the all-time impressive works the medium has produced. Epic scale and David Lean are practically redundancies when you talking about sweeping cinema that is still most personal and compelling. And it [...]

3Dec, 17

The Magic Lantern – Federico Fellini, Part I of a series

This is the first in a series discussing some of cinema most potent single images. It’s sort of an anathema to boil a film down to a single image, nonetheless the power of one frame as it sears our minds and lingers in our conscious and subconscious thoughts when we recall the experience of seeing a particular movie is part of what makes movies so compelling and riveting. First up is an image from Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. Fellini and his flights of fancy dove deep into humanity’s soul with a [...]

29Nov, 17

Deconstructing Story – Need I Remind You… Everything’s a Remix

Over on io9 this week, Charlie Jane Anders ranted about how audiences doth protest too much when original films “crib” story tropes from previous works. And they then go out of their way to point out plot points that they’ve seen before (which is an inherent guaranteed possibility in genre fiction, and that’s pretty much all we get fed these days in the multiplexes, on our HD screens and our stream platform of choice). Kirby Ferguson dropped a much-loved 4-part video series, Everything is a Remix, that smashes the concept of [...]


Guillermo del Toro’s THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE available on Blu-ray

Del Toro is an intriguing study of a director, and I’m more impressed by his work after listening to Robert Rodriguez interview him.

THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE is my second favorite movie of his. It’s worth seeing because it was his come back film after MIMIC nearly destroyed him and his Hollywood career.