In Why We Must Free Film From Running Time Prejudice, Andrei Severny discusses film length and attention span. He cites Roger Ebert to underline his premise:
Why is it nobody seems to realize how lots of short little things are exhausting? You have to keep setting your mind back to zero. But the long, deep stuff – the long books, the long movies, and even the TV miniseries – are refreshing, because they give you the time to understand other lives and even, for a time, seem to share them.
Andrei concludes -
With internet streaming we are no longer restricted by the length of reels, tapes, DVDs or preset air time. Festivals and distributors should revisit their policies of acceptable film duration. Theater programmers may consider running original sets of selected films of various lengths – a successful practice which existed in the 1930s - 1950s.
Let us set cinema free from marketing limitations and prejudice. The audience does not discriminate based on the film length. It is not the distributor who should dictate the running time, but the very thing cinema is built on – the RHYTHM.
I, of course, couldn’t agree more. In Minor Cinema, movies are intimate experiences. The manifesto’s modest distribution requirements idiosyncratically free the filmmaker from arbitrary restrictions placed upon the art form.
Wow…I’ll keep this extremely short, I’m three weeks late in seeing this film and I’ve heard the seemingly unanimous praise for this movie that I’ve personally been anxious to see since it was announced Alfonso Cuaron was working on his next film that was to take place in space, I just simply haven’t had the time until yesterday. I enjoyed Y Tu Mama Tambien and I’m a huge fan of Children of Men so my anticipation was substantial and expectations were high.
Gravity easily exceeded those expectations, personally there isn’t a specific part that I could call out as a favorite as the film to me was more of an experience. Not to sound hyperbolic but this was truly an anxiety filled, knuckle clinching experience that I haven’t seen in some time.
If for some reason you’re holding out until the dvd release you’re out of your mind and I can say that confidently, go see the movie, even if you bypass the IMAX option it’s still something to experience for yourself.
Like the rest of the nerd raging armada throughout the world and in California (southern) I also freaked out over the news of Man Of Steel 2 with the involvement of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
There have been several complaints and tweets about how this is being “rushed” or WB/DC is simply “throwing this together on a whim” amongst many. Everyone is entitled to an opinion as many have been passionate about this, but I’d have to disagree with this being “rushed” or being an issue, WB/DC don’t have to follow in the footsteps of Disney/Marvel, each character that may show up in the Justice League don’t need their own film (though with the rumored Flash movie scheduled for 2016 I think the collective fans myself included would MUCH prefer a Wonder Woman movie over the Flash but what’s done is essentially done I suppose), Batman doesn’t need to be introduced in another reboot, introducing him in the sequel to Man of Steel is an interesting idea.
So over the next few weeks or months or until WB/DC decide to announce who has been cast as the new Bruce Wayne/Batman for the film due in the jam packed summer of 2015, expect an invasion of articles on “Who the next Batman should be”. There will be many suggestions that could be considered pretty good, some worthy of raising more than just an eyebrow, and some that will likely surpass logic and into the realm of complete idiocy. Nonetheless it’s entertaining until the news breaks from the studio time will tell, imaginations will run rampant, and curiosity will be fever pitch.
Definitely looking forward to what will likely be titled “World’s Finest” as suggested by Latino Review back in March of this year (without a doubt the most consistent in breaking film scoops so it would be considerate to take their word with a lot more than a grain of salt).
For quite some time I’ve been working on a new iOS and Android app and have been focused on the design process. Starting out the focus was answering the question “how do you play this specific game on a phone/tablet?” and “how will this work across platforms?”.
To say there were many design challenges would be a serious understatement, there were concepts with some testing and sketching out that seemed right at first but eventually became something one would define as too cumbersome or too difficult to simply pick up and play.
Iterations were substantial and on several attempts at trying to find that finalized product, things change to a point where you’re looking over the entire experience realizing that you’re creating a domino effect with relation to the look, feel, and usability of the product. Eventually a design language is reached that makes the look and feel of the game easy for the casual gamer to simply pick up and play.
Designing something with ease of use is harder than one would assume but after the design there is a sense of pleasure that you’ve created something potentially anyone could simply pick up and understand the usability eventually going through the process of inviting friends to play.
Now we go to the developing where the use of animations and the sprite kit in iOS 7 will come in handy, though the game will look similar on Android it may not have the nuanced animations, and developing for Android will without a doubt cause significant headaches throughout the development process but that will be for another post.
After weeks of tinkering with the design language (including how it will be played), we now move on to developing, data, and API usage.
No matter how conservative or optimistic we are, the statistics tell us that something like an astonishing one out of every seven stars must harbor a planet similar in size to the Earth, and at roughly the right orbital distance to allow for the possibility of a temperate surface environment. In other words, roughly 15 percent of all suns could, in principle, be hosting a place suitable for life as we know it.
Which is crazy, when you think about it. The likelihood of life not existing elsewhere becomes very small with these ratios.
But to discover whether or not we are alone, whether or not something akin to this Earth has happened somewhere else, and perhaps, just perhaps, whether or not there are other minds, on other worlds, thinking these same kinds of thoughts? That’s big, perhaps the biggest thing that could ever happen to a species.