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Apple - Switch - Real Stories - Gianni Jacklone
Topic: Movies 11:46 pm EST, Nov 22, 2002

Did you see this guys Switch ad??!!

Apple - Switch - Real Stories - Gianni Jacklone

RE: The next big Internet flop
Topic: Movies 8:49 pm EST, Nov 12, 2002

Decius wrote:
] Yesterday, five major studios — Universal, Paramount, Sony,
] Warner Bros., and MGM — unveiled Movielink, a joint venture
] that, for the first time, allows customers to download a large
] assortment of studio films. Movielink’s initial library
] contains about 175 movies — new and old, from Jimmy Neutron to
] Last Tango in Paris. They range in price from $1.99 to $4.99
] for a 24-hour rental. It’s a cool service, attractively
] priced. It’s also going to be a flop on the order of The
] Adventures of Pluto Nash.

What I think is missing here is the understanding that content has minimal value once in the public domain and that digital technologies provide a way to make perfect copies.

All of these outlets need to be offering services with the content being attraction into the other services.

I'm talking about content as Loss Leader!

RE: The next big Internet flop

David Brin's: My Star Wars: Attack of the Clones critique (article)
Topic: Movies 4:31 pm EDT, Sep 18, 2002

David Brin's critique of E2:ATC. A great author writes and insightful critique into the flaws of George Lucas' latest. I always enjoy reading his work.

David Brin's: My Star Wars: Attack of the Clones critique (article)

Alternative Online DVD Rental for SF folks.
Topic: Movies 4:15 pm EDT, Sep 15, 2002

Netflix too lame? Live in San Francisco? Try GreenCine, alternative online DVD rental.

Alternative Online DVD Rental for SF folks.

The Trials of Henry Kissinger
Topic: Movies 5:57 pm EDT, Sep  7, 2002

Part contemporary investigation and part historical inquiry, documentary follows the quest of one journalist in search of justice. The film focuses on Christopher Hitchens' charges against Henry Kissinger as a war criminal - allegations documented in Hitchens' book of the same title - based on his role in countries such as Cambodia, Chile, and Indonesia. Kissinger's story raises profound questions about American foreign policy and highlights a new era of human rights. Increasing evidence about one man's role in a long history of human rights abuses leads to a critical examination of American diplomacy through the lens of international standards of justice.

[ Originally from w1ld. ]

The Trials of Henry Kissinger

If Slashdotters made The Matrix
Topic: Movies 2:10 pm EDT, Aug 22, 2002

This is really great if you have not seen it before.

If Slashdotters made The Matrix

Spiderman - The Filthy Critic
Topic: Movies 10:05 pm EDT, May 17, 2002

One of the most interesting movie review sites I have seen. Not for the faint of heart however. The Filthy Critic is aptly named. He's frequently right on though and almost always worth a read assuming you aren't one of the easily offended.

From the Spider-Man review comes one of the (less offensive, but) interesting lines he's given:

"Go stroke your action figure (or diddle your dodecahedron die) until you've ensnared yourself in a gooey spidey web. Then cry yourself to sleep."

I know it's a bit of an inside joke, but "diddle your dodecahedron die" still sends me into fits of laughter.

Spiderman - The Filthy Critic

The Case for the Empire
Topic: Movies 6:20 pm EDT, May 17, 2002

"In all of the time we spend observing the Rebel Alliance, we never hear of their governing strategy or their plans for a post-Imperial universe. All we see are plots and fighting. Their victory over the Empire doesn't liberate the galaxy--it turns the galaxy into Somalia writ large: dominated by local warlords who are answerable to no one.
Which makes the rebels--Lucas's heroes--an unimpressive crew of anarchic royals who wreck the galaxy so that Princess Leia can have her tiara back. "

[ Originally from Decius & w1ld. A fun read, but it's hard to take too seriously when the guy is basically advocating dictatorial fascism. It's telling when he says: Make no mistake, as emperor, Palpatine is a dictator--but a relatively benign one, like Pinochet. Riiiight. Pinochet == Benevolent Dictator. Ah well, what do you want from the Weekly Standard anyway? -Rek ]

The Case for the Empire

Emperor issues statement following Death Star attacks
Topic: Movies 9:56 pm EDT, May 16, 2002

"Presiding over a memorial service commemorating the victims of the attack on the Death Star, the Emperor declared that while recent victories over the Rebel Alliance were "encouraging, the War on Terror is not over yet.""

Emperor issues statement following Death Star attacks

Force Fizzle
Topic: Movies 8:08 pm EDT, May 15, 2002

The emotional climax of "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" is fabulous. Soaring and majestic, it reaches deep inside you to stroke chords of fond memory, to reaffirm the pleasure and healing power of narrative, to liberate the imagination.

Unfortunately, it comes in the first two seconds.

After that, the movie doesn't go downhill or uphill; it doesn't go anywhere. It flatlines.

Memo to George Lucas: Hire an editor, bud.

... It's too long, it's too dull, it's too lame. Lucas seems to have based this episode on "The McLaughlin Group."

... What little story creeps out in dribs and drabs ... Hmmm, I forget what happens next.

This is now the second "Episode II really sucks" review I've seen; NYT's A.O. Scott said much the same thing in last week's review.

[ Add Ebert to the list. I just re-watched IV and V. George Lucas may be making money, but he's losing a lot of people's respect. -Rek ]

Force Fizzle

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