The Challenges of Digital Projection, Part 2: Distribution

As the theatrical film industry moves to digital projection, will we still be able to watch independent films and classic movies on the big screen? Last week I covered one major issue: How will small, independent theaters finance expensive new projectors and the servers required to run them? This week I'm covering the other side … Continue reading The Challenges of Digital Projection, Part 2: Distribution

What’s Screening: February 24–March 1

A short newsletter this week. Should that win an Oscar? Festival fans will have to drive down south in mid-week. Cinequest opens Tuesday in San Jose. Oscar Ceremony, Sunday, various theaters. Why be alone when you discover which tribute to silent films wins the bald guy. If you want to see the big show on … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 24–March 1

The Challenges of Digital Projection, Part 1: The Theaters

Esthetically speaking, I see no problem with digital projection. Under the best of conditions, 2K DCP projection looks better than 35mm film--and 4K looks better than 2K. An incompetent projectionist can ruin a digital presentation, of course, but with film, they can ruin the presentation and the print. As transitions go, digital hardly changes the … Continue reading The Challenges of Digital Projection, Part 1: The Theaters

What’s Screening: February 17 – 23

IndieFest continues through this week, and it’s the only festival that does. However, I’ve added a new movie theater to the honor roll: the Alameda Theater. A grand old palace with a multiplex attached, it specializes in current fare, but it plays a classic film every Wednesday and Thursday. A High Noon, Alameda, Wednesday & … Continue reading What’s Screening: February 17 – 23

Blu-Ray Review: The Apartment

How do you top Some Like It Hot? Billy Wilder found the answer in The Apartment, a far more serious comedy about the battle of sexes. Or more precisely, about how powerful men exploit both women and less-powerful men. When The Apartment came out in 1960, critics complained that Wilder didn’t seem to know if … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review: The Apartment