Category Archives: Film

RIP Paul Walker: The Fans and the Furious

  I enjoyed watching all Walker films. I think he was a talent actor and inspires me to follow my dreams. He is most popularly know for his role in the Franchise film, Fast and the Furious. Every fan is … Continue reading

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The Lousy Archive that is YouTube

I was a late adopter to YouTube. I never liked that it used only Flash to display its videos in its early days, making my over-clocked PowerBook get hot from watching a video. I also disliked the low default resolution of its videos. For years, the typical YouTube video had 360 lines of horizontal resolution, […] Continue reading

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On The Town

I have never seen Frank Sinatra in color before and his night “On the Town” a vibrant performance.  This movie was released on December 30th in 1949. Its genre can be classified a romantic comedy or a musical romance. I … Continue reading

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When is Non-Diegetic Sound Actually Diegetic?

In my American Film Industry class, we voted on what film we would screen for our discussion of New Hollywood, or what I call “The American New Wave.” The class voted, among a list of six films, for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorcese, 1974). Aside from talking about the cinematography in the film, […] Continue reading

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Cinematography for Emotional Distance

As I mentioned in class, the varied use of focal lengths is another technique that Scorcese manipulates, even in the same scenes. This is in addition to the heavy use of handheld camerawork, which itself was not widely used except in news and documentary filmmaking. I mentioned that the scene with Alice and Tommy in […] Continue reading

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Hollywood vs. Television in “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?”

One of the reasons I like the film Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? is the self-referential nature of the film. Here, the film literally stops the story and breaks into a “commercial break” so that the television viewers won’t be too alienated. Clearly, this was added to the film version that was not in the […] Continue reading

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