Wednesday Links

The last nine days have been a blur of grading, birthday celebrations, Prius buying, and travel to Charlotte (twice), where two of my family’s preferred sports teams, the Falcons and Celtics, beat up on local squads.  Driving the Prius has, itself, proven to be a fascinating experience (hoping to blog about that soon), but for now, here are some film and media links while I hide out in an uncomfortably loud Starbucks, coincidentally just a few short blocks from Tryon Street in Charlotte:

  • Hoping to have more to say about the “Filmography 2010” video, a compilation of clips from over 200 films released in 2010, all compiled into a coherent narrative, but for now, check out the comments from Scott Eric Kaufman.
  • Another cool video: someone has used split-screen to depict the events and different dream levels of Inception in real time.
  • MediaCommons’s In Media Res archive has a week of posts dedicated to analyzing film spectatorship.  Of special interest is a recent post by Sarah Sinwell on cell phone cinema.
  • I think there is a tendency to overstate the degree to which Netflix is shaping the film and TV industry.  But there are some interesting changes worth following including Netflix’s recent expansion of content available in Canada, the agreement to stream recent ABC and Disney TV shows, and their ongoing conflicts with Comcast.  Still, Wilson Rothman anticipates a future in which the Red Envelope is marginalized once studios get a handle on video-on-demand models.
  • I was also intrigued to learn that some rental DVDs are now being stripped of special features.  I’d been thinking about the degree to which streaming DVDs makes it less likely that we will watch special features, but now many rental DVDs (including the new Scott Pilgrim DVD) are being distributed without them, presumably as an incentive to get special features fans to buy the DVD.
  • Also worth checking out: The Avengers Assemble! online series, which depicts members of the Avengers comic series tackling real-world problems like the health care debate and the BP oil spill.  I like the handheld camera and the low-fi aesthetic.
  • I’m also fascinated by the ongoing discussions of Flix on Stix, a kind of competitor for Redbox, which allows people to download movie rentals on their thumb drives.  The movies can be rented in a few minutes, and renters can purchase a viewing window of 1-12 days (for anywhere between $1-4), depending on how long they think they will want to have access.
  • A very cool text for those of us interested in media history: a memoir/review essay on the changing role of the projectionist.  As the article illustrates, digital cinema is just one part of a longer evolution in the duties performed by projectionists.
  • A good LA Times article on ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series.  Although there may be a slightly cynical side to this (ESPN seeking to rebrand), it has also provided access to some pretty powerful and thoughtful documentaries about the sports world.

2 Comments »

  1. Chris Cagle Said,

    December 15, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    I think there is a tendency to overstate the degree to which Netflix is shaping the film and TV industry

    Indeed.

  2. Chuck Said,

    December 15, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

    Yeah, that almost seems too obvious at this point.

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