Friday, January 23, 2015

Google’s New Satellites — Or — The Continuing Demise Of Theatrical Distribution Of Motions Pictures — Or — Remember When They Laughed At HBO?

Okay, a bunch of you are still following me here. I just started my new Tumblr blog so please check it out. Here's the beginning of my new post.

Two articles in yesterday’s NYT caught my eye. The first one, by Conor Dougherty, is about Google’s planned satellite delivery of internet service to people living in parts of the world where there is none, and the other is about the changing nature of the movie business, especially at the Sundance Festival.

Re: those Google birds. The search engine is investing $1 billion in SpaceX to get satellites launched so that an estimated 3 billion people in certain parts of the world can access the internet. (That’s billion, not million). They spent $500 million last year acquiring Skybox Imaging, which also makes satellites, so they’re pretty serious, and I’m betting this will happen sooner rather than later. If Google can make something nobody needs which can’t be utilized — a driverless car — then they certainly can make something as useful as a network of satellites that bring internet service to folks who otherwise would have no chance of logging on.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

My (New New) New Blog

Just started my Tumblr page. If you want to follow me on Twitter, it's right here:

I couldn't stay on Blogger because it doesn't support code-heavy stuff and looks pretty bad. Had to move on.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nice poster for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. Bizarre post-apocalyptic colors.

The check-your-virginity-at-the-door trailer for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

According to Wikipedia, the novel by E.L. James is considered to be 'poorly written' or, to be more exact, to have 'prose that is of poor quality'. Watching this trailer I find that easy to believe. However, the trailer is popular, pulling down over 80,000 views today.

Thing about 'The November Man' trailer is it's edited very well. Considering this is directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job), and co-written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion) from the novel by Bill Granger, it has potential.

DP is Romain Lacourbas (Colombiana, Taken 2). Edited by John Gilbert (The Bank Job). I don't know if Gilbert cut this trailer (probably not) but somebody cared. If the movie is edited as well as this trailer it'll be worth watching just for that reason.

Music is by Marco Beltrami, who scored 'The Giver', 'Snowpiercer', 'World War Z', 'The Woman in Black', and others. He seems to be go-to for weighty stuff, so I'm hoping that's a reflection of the type of story we can expect from 'The November Man'. The soundtrack to another of Bletrami's movies, 'Carrie', is embedded below the trailer, and is worth a listen.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Trailer for 'Nightcrawler'. Wow. Love this. Really -- fantastic looking.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Trailer for 'Miss Julie', with Colin Farrell, Jessica Chastain. Directed by Liv Ullmann. From the play by August Strindberg.

Below is the music used in the trailer -- Schubert's trio in E flat, 2nd movement.