Digital Cinema

Today I had my first encounter with Digital Cinema.

I ventured down to my local multiplex to see “The Bourne Ultimatum” – expecting to see a regular 35mm print, projected in the traditional way (which for my local multiplex means slightly out of focus and with a fair amount of dirt on the film) – as the advert and trailer reel passed by (still projected from the normal 35mm print – the cinemas own “ident” clips being very worn out) the first indication that something new was happening was at the start of the main feature.

Here in the UK, as most of my readers will know, a static card is displayed prior to the film, detailing it’s “rating”. As soon as this appeared, it was clear something had changed. It looked “better” than normal. The edges of the text were razor-sharp, and the whites were much “whiter” (if that makes sense).

This sharp, clear, crisp picture quality carried on right through the film – the picture was so much better than my recent experiences of 35mm projection, plus the big advantage of the system – no dirt on the print – even after being shown many times, this digital print will look as good as it did the first time.

This is clearly the future of cinema – and it needs to be if it is to compete with Hi-Definition formats in the home. Now if only they could find a way to not charge £3 for a coke (cinema managers note this – selling lots of things at a small profit is generally better than driving your customers to the supermarket on the other side of the retail park), cinema might be due a resurgence.



Oh well, it’s that time of year again – and not even starting the show with last years winners can really help it…

However this year’s videos between the songs at least had Linnanmäki’s  Vuoristorata scenic railway coaster – but then went back to the expected and stereotypical scenes of ice and snow… with the occasional stadium sized IT conference and Bog Football (and at the time of writing we’re only about 45 minutes into the show…)

As for the songs, well, nothing stands out – half the acts are using pyrotechnics in some form – and there’s a distinct lack of Lordi Wannabes doing heavy metal power songs…  this is probably for the best.

The less said about our entry the better really…  I mean, why do we go into this so expecting to lose that we field “Scooch” as our best hope…

Sometimes I wonder why I’m bothering watching it at all…

Entertainment, Uncategorized

Worst Movies Ever…

A survey has been conducted recently to get people to vote for the worst movie ever – and the winners are a bit debateable:

  1. Spice World The Movie
  2. Titanic
  3. Grease 2
  4. Waterworld
  5. Hostel
  6. Anaconda
  7. Batman & Robin
  8. Gigli
  9. Catwoman
  10. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

I think the most notable ommision is the truely horrific Borat. Other notable contenders include Final Destination 3 (simply for the fact that the entire plot of the film is based on a continuity error in the opening sequence – let alone the technical inaccuracies in said sequence) and a swathe of copycat, CGI kids animated movies about animals escaping from the zoo/farm/woodland and ending up in Madagascar, The Wild, or Over The Hedge.

What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?

(from the Register)


Pimp My House 2006!

Yes, move movies of computer controlled Christmas Lights… (and no, they don’t all use the “Wizards In Winter” music – although it is a popular choice…)

And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without the original Pimped House doing something else…

Carson Williams, the creator of the house featured last year has now discontuned the show, after a traffic accident caused by the congestion of the queues of people wanting to see his show for themselves… (full story) – however he has now “gone pro” and has been involved with the Festival of Mason instead.

but to finish, here’s a much better quality version of Carson Williams’ house doing “Wizards”…

For a whole additional set of videos see this site