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A Tipping Point

By Asides and Cinema

Dave Kehr reviews the new Godfather Trilogy Blu-ray res­tor­a­tion (a res­tor­a­tion in con­sulta­tion with ori­gin­al cine­ma­to­graph­er Gordon Willis) for The New York Times:

The effect is not unlike that of a pristine 35-millimeter print pro­jec­ted in per­fect focus — a rare enough phe­nomen­on in a movie theat­er and, until quite recently, incon­ceiv­able in the liv­ing room.

This is a Holy Grail moment. With Criterion about to start releas­ing on Blu-ray before the end of the year, I going to have to make the leap. Curses.

Tuesday Allsorts #3

By Asides, Cinema, Magazines and Music

Trying to get back to a reg­u­lar post­ing sched­ule. Here goes:

Holy Hell, pos­sibly the fun­ni­est thing in the world: Some deranged geni­us adds James Earl Jones dia­logue from oth­er movies to Star Wars. I shit you not!

The Be Good Tanyas live at The Barbican in London (reviewed in The Grauniad);

A.O. Scott in the NY Times (reg. req.) pon­ders why crit­ics and pub­lic respond so dif­fer­ently, so often (I just watched POTC:DMC and can see both sides “com­plete shit” v “a $9 diver­sion with a few laughs”;

Amazon are in big trub for selling cock-fighting magazines – but that’s not all they sell… (thanks Gawker);

Bob Geldof gets a hard time for can­cel­ling in Italy when 45 people turn up to the 12,000 seat sta­di­um (“Harden up, Sir Bob!”) but let us not for­get that he helped organ­ise a bene­fit con­cert in Auckland when the Neon Picnic was can­celled in 1988 so he’s alright by me – the $1,500 a plate shindig in Auckland the oth­er week is much harder to excuse.