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I am posting this on LISNEWS because I think the review says something about the power of the printed page.
Review of the movie "Watchman" on NPR:
Watchmen was a landmark as a graphic novel, but as a film it's only pedestrian.
After I saw this movie, I went back to the graphic novel. I was struck again that what made Watchmen a sensation was not its plot, but a structural denseness and complexity — the way it used multiple elements to comment on the core story in an almost Talmudic way. That essence is close to impossible to re-create on-screen, even with a nearly three-hour running time.
Listen or read full review here.
The Media Education Foundation, which acquired the rights for the film's distribution earlier this year, has begun selling the DVD to both US and international customers through its website.
The DVD is available for colleges and universities, as well as public libraries, high schools, and home use. Public performance rights can also be purchased for future screenings, benefits and fundraisers. The web site requires customers to register and log in either on behalf of their institution or as an individual.
In addition to the full 96-minute film, the DVD contains English captioning for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and French and Spanish subtitles. Also included are extended interviews, deleted scenes and a few other extras.
Netflix has a section called "Watch Instantly" where you can watch movies on your laptop or PC. The movies are a real mixed bag. There are numerous dregs but there are some real gems in there. I will sit on the couch and watch a movie on my laptop from the "Watch Instantly" selection. Over the past week I have noticed that the display quality of the movies has really gone down. I thought something was wrong with my eyes for a little while because some of the scenes seemed blurry. But I was noticing that movies were loading much quicker so I had a suspicion that Netflix was removing quality to make the files smaller so that they would transfer quicker.
Today my suspicion was confirmed. They sent me a survey email that asked:
Survey: How Was the Picture and Audio Quality?
You recently watched The Bridge at Remagen. To help us ensure a great experience for all members, would you take a moment to tell us about the picture and audio quality?
The quality was very good
The quality was acceptable
The quality was unacceptable
Thanks for your help!
-Your friends at Netflix
This email confirmed for me that they are playing with the quality. I responded to the survey by saying that quality was unacceptable. Just wanted to point this out in case anyone else was experiencing the same thing.
As Harry Potter and his friends ride off into the literary sunset, a young girl and a vampire in love have set off a new round of parties and eagerly anticipated books and movies.
“Twilight,” a movie based on the novel by Stephenie Myers, opens Friday in local theaters. The tale of teenage girl Bella and Edward, the handsome vampire who loves her, has found a wide audience beyond the young adult category. Local libraries have long waiting lists of readers who want to borrow the four book series.
“We had three copies of each of them, and I just bought a fourth copy because the waiting list was so long,” said Director Connie Shumate of the Princeton (WV) Public Library. “I don’t think even Harry Potter matched this. Harry Potter was basically young adult reading, but this is everybody. This is all age groups.”
Article in the NY Times about research into how (motion picture) stories have been told, are being told and will be told in the future.
In league with a handful of former Hollywood executives, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory plans to do something about that on Tuesday, with the creation of a new Center for Future Storytelling.
The center is envisioned as a “labette,” a little laboratory, that will examine whether the old way of telling stories — particularly those delivered to the millions on screen, with a beginning, a middle and an end — is in serious trouble.
Press release from MIT includes the philosophy of the project: "Storytelling is at the very root of what makes us uniquely human," said Frank Moss, Media Lab director and holder of the Jerome Wiesner Professorship of Media Arts and Sciences. "It is how we share our experiences, learn from our past, and imagine our future. But how we tell our stories depends on another uniquely human characteristic -- our ability to invent and harness technology. From the printing press to the Internet, technology has given people new ways to tell their stories, allowing them to reach new levels of creativity and personal fulfillment. The shared vision of the MIT Media Lab and Plymouth Rock Studios allows us to take the next quantum leap in storytelling, empowering ordinary people to connect in extraordinary ways."
The hometown heroes, Vicki Myron and the late Dewey Readmore Books are headed for the spotlight. Kind of like Marley & Me.
Here's the Spencer Daily Reporter's story about the upcoming New Line film starring Meryl Streep as Vicki Myron.
That Movie You Got From Netflix That You Haven't Watched? It's Really Angry.
Video and place for commentary at NPR.
Dewey Readmore Books's (a library cat who lived at the Spencer Library from 1988 to his death in 2006) story, recently published as a book will become a movie!, and Dewey's adopted mother, librarian Vicki Myron, who has since retired from the Spencer (IA) Library will be played by the great Meryl Streep!!! It is not known who will be cast as Dewey...
The movie's working title is "Library Cat", here's the scoop from Variety. (I feel a little like Liz Smith today) ...hot-chaa!