5/18/2007

Blooper: Cinematographic 2

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

Stephen’s toil with this word continues in Episode 33.

 
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5/17/2007

Vintage: Short Subjects

Posted in Vintage at 11:58 am by Sam

Before television existed, television was called “short subjects.” We’ve talked many times about how, until the 1960s or so, you used to get a number of different short features before the main feature film when you went to the theater. Usually you’d get a newsreel, a cartoon, and a short, all before the main feature rolled. The shorts were most commonly documentaries, comedies, or musicals. Occasionally you’d get a socially-conscious drama. Up until the 1940s, you’d often get a chapter of an adventure serial, and you’d have to return each week for the next three months to catch the whole thing.

All of these forms have been supplanted by television. We’ve got news, cartoons, half-hour sitcoms, hour-long dramas, serialized television shows, after school specials, the works. Television even has movies, but that’s the one thing the theaters still also deliver.

This vintage 1928 reference material sheds some light on just how much of an institution theatrical shorts used to be.

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5/16/2007

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About 35mm

Posted in Links at 11:32 pm by Stephen

The featured article at Wikipedia right now is a great article all about 35mm film. Since so much of our discussions on the podcast have talked about the various technical aspects of working with 35mm (see especially our discussions of sound and widescreen), I thought it would be of interest. One of the nice things about Wikipedia is how it changes — when I was researching the widescreen segments for AMT, I consulted that same article and it was nowhere near as good as it is now.


5/15/2007

All Movie Talk, Episode 33

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Director Spotlight: Stanley Kubrick, Part 1 (1:27)
  • Trivia Question: Lunatic At Large (20:19)
  • Film Buff’s Dictionary: Coverage, Master Shot (21:12)
  • Top 6: Robot Movies (27:53)
  • How To: Be the Slasher (44:29)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (54:51)

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5/15/2007

Top 6: Robot Movies

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Robots have existed in science fiction for the better part of a century, and more and more the fiction is turning into reality. What is it that makes the idea of robots so interesting? Perhaps because it opens up so many other interesting questions. What kind of robots will we have? How will they be used? How will they change society? Those questions are enough, but the line of reasoning quickly escalates into ruminations about what makes us human, and what qualities of humanity robots can replicate and — more to the point — replace.

Robots are fascinating and frightening at the same time, and that’s probably why there are several good movies about robots out there. Here are ours, from Episode 33’s Top 6 segment. What are your favorites?

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5/14/2007

Smoke… and Get an R Rating?

Posted in Side Topics at 12:11 pm by Stephen

The MPAA ratings system — which we’ll cover in some detail in a future episode of the podcast — is a strange beast, a compromise that came after decades of struggle between Hollywood, governments, and various watchdog groups. One of the most interesting things about is the way that it changes over time, often somewhat silently. What received an R rating in the past might be a PG or PG-13 today, and sometimes vice versa, as the system attempts to mirror current culture. Maybe it shouldn’t be so surprising, then, that smoking tobacco is the latest cultural taboo that could end up causing a movie to receive a higher rating.

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5/11/2007

Blooper: Cinematographic

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

If Stephen’s introduction to Episode 32’s Film Buff’s Dictionary segment sounded nice and smooth and clean, it’s because this bit was edited out.

 
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5/10/2007

Vintage: Ballyhoo, Part 5

Posted in Vintage at 2:14 pm by Sam

And now it’s time for another trip through the world of ballyhoo, crazy advertising stunts actually used in the late 1920s and collected and published and distributed to exhibitors so that other theater owners could make use of the ideas. Feel free to start your journey into this world here, or backtrack to part 1 for a more comprehensive introduction to the subject.

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5/9/2007

Random Quotes for Fun and…

Posted in Side Topics at 3:10 am by Stephen

I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this, but I have a long list of movie quotes that I like to drop into casual conversation, often for my own personal amusement. I’m not talking about obvious cheeseball stuff like “Hasta la vista, baby,” either. I’m talking about somewhat more obscure stuff like, “Oh I get it. It’s very clever. How’s that working out for you?” (Fight Club) or “Have I mentioned that your JOB is on the line?” (Princess Bride).

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5/8/2007

All Movie Talk, Episode 32

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Top 6: Movie Moms (1:59)
  • Trivia Question: Frequency-Hopped Spread Spectrum (16:56)
  • Industry Trend: 3D (18:11)
  • Series Spotlight: Looney Tunes, Part 3 (31:38)
  • Film Buff’s Dictionary: Deep Focus, Forced Perspective (47:45)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (55:49)

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