"The rise in popularity of television is credited with inciting the move to the widescreen systems that flourished throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s. This is only partially true. In the early 1950s, studios did begin to compose their movies so that the top and bottom of the picture could be chopped off and a wider screen would show the center of the old 1.37:1 frame. The aspect ratio used by the various studios varied from about 1.5:1 up to the common 1.85:1. But the real reason for the birth of a multitude of widescreen and large format systems was the 1952 opening of a movie made in a process that had its roots in a World War II aerial gunnery trainer. This Is Cinerama
(modern YouTube trailer; Wikipedia
) shook the industry to the core. The public and reviewers loved it. Its giant screen filled with three oversized 35mm images and an incredible new sound system called Stereophonic were a marvel to behold, and the studios immediately rushed to find something that could do what Cinerama did
(Google books preview of the August 1952 issue of Popular Mechanics
)." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 4, 2014 -
Do you turn off Old Yeller before the end so you can pretend that he lived a long and happy life? Did a cute pet on a movie poster make you think it would be a fun comedy but it turned out to be a pet-with-a-terminal-illness tearjerker instead? Are you unable to enjoy the human body count in a horror movie because you're wondering whether the dog's going to kick the bucket? Have you ever Googled "Does the [dog/cat/horse/Klingon targ] die in [movie title]?"
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then welcome - DoestheDogDie.com
is here for you! [more inside]
posted by jedicus
on May 29, 2013 -
Like James Bond movies? And box office grosses? And visualized data? Then today is your lucky day
posted by Egg Shen
on Aug 1, 2012 -
For Roger Ebert, it's a prayer that made him "more alert to the awe of existence."
For Rober Koehler, it's a kitschy New Age con.
For Richard Brody, it perfectly captures the essence of a generation by depicting a character thinking "back to the musings and fantasies of childhood, which are the product of a wondrous and fantastic view of science formed by popular-science books for children and by the commercial artists whose illustrations adorned them."
For Stephanie Zacharek, it's "a gargantuan work of pretension."
For Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, it's "a creation myth in the guise of a crypto-autobiography" that invents a universe of its own only to destroy it.
For J. Hoberman, it's lifeless and dull, "essentially a religious work and, as such, may please the director's devotees, cultists, and apologists."
It spent thirty years in development, three in editing
and, yes, it contains dinosaurs
. The Tree of Life
, written and directed by famously reclusive Zoolander fan
and "JD Salinger of American movies" Terrence Malick
, won the Palme d'Or
at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Tomorrow, it comes out in the United States
. [more inside]
posted by alexoscar
on May 26, 2011 -
is a new web site (in beta) for film lovers--and, for those film lovers, Criterion
has relaunched their site. Now with the ability to watch (some of) their films online for $5 (good for a week's worth of watching one title). The viewing cost is also applicable to the cost of buying the same title on DVD.
posted by Manhasset
on Nov 25, 2008 -
Bollywood in a nutshell: Bollywood is the name given to the Bombay (Mumbai)-based Hindi-language film industry in India. Bollywood films are colorful, crammed with singing
, loads of costume changes
. In the past there were often absurd and hilarious take-offs on Western films or superstars, such as the Beatles
, Michael Jackson
music and hair styles
. Spectacular collection of Bollywood posters
and vintage original poster art for sale
. The history
of Bollywood, brief chronology
[pdf]. The main actors
. The main actresses
. Some of the renowned songs
and the singers
who sang them. Bollywood song lyrics and audio
at the excellent Music India Online. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Jan 27, 2007 -
the separate cinema archive has for almost three decades been the only source dedicated to the art and fascinating history of African Americans in film. The archive of over 25,000 movie posters, lobby cards, stills and material from over a dozen foreign countries, spans the past century of important historic black cinema.
posted by sgt.serenity
on Feb 5, 2004 -
Director John Frankenheimer is dead.
I don't want to make this out to be one of those "random celebrity dies and is suddenly hailed as a genius" things, but Frankenheimer's made quite a few damn good movies
(and, yes, some bad ones). While his later works
weren't nearly as great as some of his earlier films
, his gift for filming action never went away: his 1998 film Ronin
wound up on several lists
of the "best car chases on film". He was supposed to helm the upcoming Exorcist prequel
, but failing health forced him to step aside. Despite the dodgy source material, I would have really liked to see Frankenheimer's take on it. He'll be missed.
posted by toddshot
on Jul 6, 2002 -
I was watching Charlie Rose this afternoon and to my delight, he was interviewing my old favorite James Garner
. Since I was young, I've considered Mr. garner to be the walking epitome of cool. He's been Bret Maverick
(twice!), Jim Rockford
. I always conside Burt Reynolds to be an pale imitation of Garner. Don't tell me I'm the only Garnerite in MeFi land.
posted by jonmc
on Mar 27, 2002 -
Real Cinephiles Prefer Reading "Cahiers du Cinema" to Going to the Movies:
I stopped reading Cahiers du Cinema
- the famously dogmatic French film journal where Godard, Truffaut, Resnais and Rohmer cut their teeth - a few years ago, when it got too arty-farty for its own good. Well
, it's slowly becoming essential again. Their website is trés chic
, intelectually challenging and a welcome antidote to the usual online movie-reviewing clowns. Or is it still a load of pretentious rubbish? (In French, but with a lovely intro, lots of cool stills and a Quicktime interview, in English, with underrated director Paul Verhoeven
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Dec 5, 2001 -
The Movie Spoiler
is a good site that'll save you a few bucks. [Warning: It contains spoilers and does reveal movie endings.]
posted by riffola
on Sep 4, 2001 -
Center of the World
, a new film by director Wayne Wong has a really immersive, erotic website. There seems to be an increasing number of film sites like these that don't just post the trailer and a film information but extend the viewers experience by actually making the site an extension of the film itself.
posted by joshua
on Apr 24, 2001 -