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Why Does “Avatar” Look So Dated?
“Avatar: the Way of Water” is an overwhelming movie. Every frame is filled with astonishing detail. The alien world of Pandora is as vivid as the most scenic places on Earth. Beyond that, the performances are rich and expressive, even … Continue reading
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Why Care That “The Rings of Power” Is Mediocre?
“The Rings of Power” is a new streaming series based on Appendix A of “The Lord of the Rings”. It gives the history of Middle Earth before the War of the Ring: the second rise and fall of Sauron, the … Continue reading
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Why Care That “Foundation” Is Bad?
The new TV miniseries “Foundation” is full of meaningless CGI, ponderous religious imagery, thudding messages about terrorism, imperialism and climate change, and dialogue so clunky that even a serious actor like Jared Harris can’t deliver it. So what? There are … Continue reading
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A Heinlein Meme Started the Space Race
… according to the excellent Washington Post podcast Moonrise. It’s an account of what led up to the Apollo 11 moon landing, starting with Robert Goddard, John W. Campbell, Sergei Korolev, and Wernher von Braun in the 1920s and 30s, … Continue reading
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Is “The Biggest Little Farm” For Real?
This new documentary is so wholesome and uplifting that it immediately raised suspicions in my skeptical heart. It describes the odyssey of a young couple in Los Angeles who started their own organic farm, Apricot Lane, on 200 acres of … Continue reading
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“They Shall Not Grow Old” – the Movie Memorial of WW I
This extraordinary restoration of actual World War I footage shows what movies can do that practically no other art form can – take you to places that you’ll never see. Theater has physical limitations, television has technical ones, and literature … Continue reading
The Best-Looking Movies of the 20th Century
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In honor of the occasion, they’ve put together a list of The 100 Best-Photographed Films. Members submitted nominations, and then an overall list was created and voted … Continue reading
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“2001” Was Completely Wrong
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the best SF movie ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey. I actually saw it when it first came out, and have seen it many times since then. I think I’ve also read everything … Continue reading
Plug For “Let’s See This Work – An Engineer At the Movies”
I’ve started a new blog that’s specific to movies, looking at them with a technical eye: Let’s See This Work . It’s not so much about the technical construction of movies, but rather notes from a technical person on what … Continue reading
The Force Puts Me to Sleep
Even thirty years ago when I saw “Return of the Jedi” I thought “This concept is played out”. Yet another Death Star? Yet more walker battles? Endless scenes of hapless guys in useless white armor getting zapped? Another light saber … Continue reading
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