In case you were wondering: How Clean are the Netflix DVDs and Mailers?

Turns out, they are fairly clear of bacteria and disease… Full article here: http://www.hackingnetflix.com/2009/11/how-clean-are-the-netflix-dvds-and-mailers.html

Turns out, they are fairly clear of bacteria and disease…
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Time Out’s 50 greatest animated films, with added commentary by Terry Gilliam…

An interesting list worth checking out: http://www.timeout.com/film/features/show-feature/8835/time-outs-50-greatest-animated-films-curated-by-terry-gilliam.html Media Services own 9 out of the top 10 listed: My Neighbor Totoro (1988)DVD 4709 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)DVD 6329 The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979)VHS 4136 Fantasia (1940)DVD 4691 Toy Story (1995)DVD 7768 Spirited Away (2001)DVD 586 Yellow Submarine (1968)VHS 5100 Belleville Rendez-vouz (2003)DVD … Continue reading “Time Out’s 50 greatest animated films, with added commentary by Terry Gilliam…”

An interesting list worth checking out:

Media Services own 9 out of the top 10 listed:

Cool online film rag: Senses of Cinema

This Australian “journal” is loaded with articles, top ten lists (many annotated), and links to other online film journals and high-brow film sites. It’s fun to browse because in addition to covering the “usual suspects” of world cinema it also contains some nice surprises including serious coverage of so-called exploitation and experimental filmmakers . For … Continue reading “Cool online film rag: Senses of Cinema”

This Australian “journal” is loaded with articles, top ten lists (many annotated), and links to other online film journals and high-brow film sites. It’s fun to browse because in addition to covering the “usual suspects” of world cinema it also contains some nice surprises including serious coverage of so-called exploitation and experimental filmmakers . For instance their essays on “great directors” include such fringe notables as Peggy Ahwesh, Kenneth Anger, Craig Baldwin, Harmony Korine, Jackie Raynal, and Doris Wishman.

Their most recent issue includes articles on the Spanish avant garde movement of the 1960s known as “The Barcelona School”, the films of Bill Morrison, and conference papers from the XIIIth Biennial Conference of the Film & History Association of Australia and New Zealand.

They’ve been at it since 2001 so there’s lots to chew on here.

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Still from Rolf de Heer’s film Ten Canoes (2006).

Cool Website: Media That Matters Film Festival

THE SIXTH ANNUAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL includes 16 streaming videos by independent filmmakers committed to changing the world, in 8 minutes or less. This year’s festival is titled, Good Food, and consists of videos advocating for a “healthy, sustainable, and delicious future.” link

THE SIXTH ANNUAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL includes 16 streaming videos by independent filmmakers committed to changing the world, in 8 minutes or less. This year’s festival is titled, Good Food, and consists of videos advocating for a “healthy, sustainable, and delicious future.”

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Need to bluff your way through a conversation about Iranian New Wave cinema … say no more.

Green Cine, a DVD review site, has a handy set of film primers ranging from Dogme 95 to Zombies. They’re relatively short and intended as an entertaining introduction to genres and movements. Each essay is accompanied by a short list of recommended titles. link

Green Cine, a DVD review site, has a handy set of film primers ranging from Dogme 95 to Zombies. They’re relatively short and intended as an entertaining introduction to genres and movements. Each essay is accompanied by a short list of recommended titles.

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Zero-cost digital video editing tools online

There’s a new breed of websites that enable a user to upload his/her digital video, edit it, add effects, transitions, and titles, and share it with others. Obviously these tools will not be in league with programs like Final Cut Pro and Avid but for shoestring producers who are honing their chops, they’re worth a … Continue reading “Zero-cost digital video editing tools online”

There’s a new breed of websites that enable a user to upload his/her digital video, edit it, add effects, transitions, and titles, and share it with others. Obviously these tools will not be in league with programs like Final Cut Pro and Avid but for shoestring producers who are honing their chops, they’re worth a look. The services available now are Eyespot, Grouper, Jumpcut, and Videoegg. Another highly-touted program, to be released soon,is Motionbox.

Cool website: indieWIRE.com

From their website:“Celebrating its tenth anniversary, indieWIRE is the leading news, information, and social networking site for the international independent film community, including comprehensive coverage of indie, documentary and foreign language films, as well industry news, film festival reports, filmmaker interviews, and movie reviews. It includes special sections for high-profile film festivals, the new indieLOOP … Continue reading “Cool website: indieWIRE.com”

From their website:
“Celebrating its tenth anniversary, indieWIRE is the leading news, information, and social networking site for the international independent film community, including comprehensive coverage of indie, documentary and foreign language films, as well industry news, film festival reports, filmmaker interviews, and movie reviews. It includes special sections for high-profile film festivals, the new indieLOOP community site, filmmaker and industry weblogs, as well as resources and tools for emerging and established filmmakers. Awarded the Webby for best film website, indieWIRE was lauded as a “must read” by Variety, branded the “online heartbeat of the world’s independent film community” by Forbes, and dubbed “best indie crossroads” by film critic Roger Ebert.”

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Copyright and Documentary Filmmaking: the Comic Book

A tight dressed, spiky haired filmmaker turns into a tight dressed, spiky haired superhero to fight expanding copyright restrictions. The Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University School of Law has a novel way of presenting the current difficulties documentary filmmakers are facing. The comic book, Bound by Law? by Keith … Continue reading “Copyright and Documentary Filmmaking: the Comic Book”

A tight dressed, spiky haired filmmaker turns into a tight dressed, spiky haired superhero to fight expanding copyright restrictions. The Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University School of Law has a novel way of presenting the current difficulties documentary filmmakers are facing. The comic book, Bound by Law? by Keith Aoki, James Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins, presents an in depth explanation of the issues involved in using copyrighted material in documentary film. It also gives suggestions about what can be done to tip the balance back to support a more creative culture.

MidnightEye – Japanese Cinema

If you’re interested in keeping up on everything related to Japanese cinema, be sure and check out MidnightEye.com. This website contains a wealth of information from interviews with contemporary directors, to thoughtful book and movie reviews, to in-depth feature articles. For example, the latest Round-Up covers four of Akira Kurosawa’s early social drama films. Japanese … Continue reading “MidnightEye – Japanese Cinema”

If you’re interested in keeping up on everything related to Japanese cinema, be sure and check out MidnightEye.com. This website contains a wealth of information from interviews with contemporary directors, to thoughtful book and movie reviews, to in-depth feature articles. For example, the latest Round-Up covers four of Akira Kurosawa’s early social drama films. Japanese cinema is much more than samurai movies (chanbara) and anime.

Also: Media Services recently acquired a newly restored version of Ugetsu (DVD 1638 pt.1-3). The DVD box set includes a full length documentary about director Kenji Mizoguchi. Check out all of Media Services’ Japanese holdings on the National Cinema, Japan mediagraphy.

Interested in finding film reviews online?

There are two free film-review databases you’ll want to know about, Movie Review Query Engine and Metacritic. MRQE is the more undisciplined of the two, including a wide variety of sources from the credible to the somewhat bizarre. It also includes several precomputed lists of films, the most interesting of which are the listings of … Continue reading “Interested in finding film reviews online?”

There are two free film-review databases you’ll want to know about, Movie Review Query Engine and Metacritic.

MRQE is the more undisciplined of the two, including a wide variety of sources from the credible to the somewhat bizarre. It also includes several precomputed lists of films, the most interesting of which are the listings of titles from major film festivals from the last few years.

The Metacritic database is more refined, focussing on reviews from better-known publications and critics. Reviews for a given title are ranked in order from positive to negative. Each title is given a Metascore based on a weighted average and the score is correlated to a green-yellow-red system, so one can see at a glance a consensus opinion on a given film. Of movies now in theaters, Brokeback Mountain scored the highest at 87 while Date Movie managed to eke out a mere 11. Metacritic also has sections for reviews of DVDs, books, music, and computer games.

The strength of both sites is on films released in theaters or on DVD since the mid-1990s.