Saturday, February 27, 2010

Blu-ray visions

I bought a Blu-ray player this month. The image quality is so much sharper and fuller than standard DVDs. Here is some of what I have seen. Some movies I catch myself just looking at the image rather than watching the story. But having worked in film preservation this is not such a bad thing. There are some great looking films out there.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Hot Chip Statue

The art on the new Hot Chip CD cover reminds me of a scene from the movie Ulysses' Gaze as well as Landscapes in the Mist both by Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos. In both movies there is a scene where a large statue is being moved by a crane and later a ship.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Oscar noms

Which of these do not belong?

1. “An Education”
2. “Avatar”
3. “The Blind Side”
4. “District 9”
5. “The Hurt Locker”
6. “Inglourious Basterds”
7. “Precious”
8. “A Serious Man”
9. “Up”
10. “Up in the Air”

Or which ones do?
If you look at the five films for best director you get a better idea of what the five would be if there were only five.

1. Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”)
2. James Cameron (“Avatar”)
3. Lee Daniels (“Precious”)
4. Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”)
5. Quentin Tarantino (“Inglourious Basterds”)

Monday, February 01, 2010

Miller on Hoffman

Arthur Miller gave a lecture on politics and the art of acting back in 2001. He had this to say about running into Dustin Hoffman on the street in 1966.

- I remember running into Dustin Hoffman on a rainy New York street some years ago; he had only a month earlier played the part of the Lomans' pale and nervous next door neighbor Bernard in a recording session with Lee Cobb of Death of Salesman. Now as he approached, counting the cracks in the sidewalk, hatless, his wet hair dripping, a worn coat collar turned up, I prepared to greet him thinking that with his bad skin, hawkish nose and adenoidal voice some brave friend really ought to tell him to go into another line, of work. As compassionately as possible I asked what he was doing now, and with a rather apologetic sigh he said, after several sniffles, "Well they want me for a movie." "Oh?" I felt relieved that he was not to collapse in front of me in a fit of depression, "what's the movie?"

"It's called 'The Graduate,' he said.

"Good part?"

"Well, yeah, I guess it's the lead."

In no time at all this half-drowned puppy would have millions of people at his feet all over the world. And once having ascended to power, so to speak, it became hard even for me to remember him when he was real. Not that he wasn't real, just that he was real plus. And the plus is the mystery of the patina, the glow that power paints on the human being.