James Ellroy’s novel “The Black Dahlia” is a fictionalized crime noir that launches from one of the most gruesome unsolved murders of old Los Angeles. Ellroy’s book is quintessential noir layered in a dark world of criminals, muscled confessions and crooked cops. No one is innocent in the pursuit of justice for the murder of […]
It’s one thing to pivot to video, it’s quite another to pivot to kitchenware.
The former, video, has become a major trend and a dark, running joke in the media world. As media outlets continue to struggle to justify the economics of the digital world, video beckons as a better option.
BuzzFeed does plenty of video, but for arguably the biggest and most experimental media startup, that’s not enough. The company has been experimenting with launching products and on Thursday revealed its most aggressive move yet—a Tasty-branded smartphone-connected hot plate.
Tasty is BuzzFeed’s food brand, and it’s one of the company’s biggest bright spots. The brand is huge online, but has already translated into a real-world success with its bestselling cookbook. Read more…
Yes, those 360-degree videos you see sometimes on YouTube and Facebook are purty, not just because they’re new and shiny, but because they’re more immersive than even the most stunning two-dimensional Instagram images. But how do those video wizards create them, you may ask?
Although some of those videos were definitely created using very expensive and sophisticated cameras, it’s absolutely possible to create your own 360 videos easily — and cheaply.
But before we get into specifics, it’s important to understand what 360 video is and isn’t. First: It’s not «virtual reality.» An experience isn’t truly VR unless it has an interactive element. Ideally, that interactivity will come with an interface or controls that allow you to truly engage the environment and control your position and perspective in it, rather than simply allowing you to passively look around at panoramic video imagery. Read more…
It’s been more than two years since the last Parks and Recreation episode aired, but thanks to Netflix, the show is still as beloved as ever. If you believe hard enough, you can trick yourself into thinking the show is never over.
And thanks to Netflix, we were recently were engaging in our 40th watch-through of this great show (it’s kind of always just on loop) when we remembered something — the last season of the show was set in 2017.
For the entirety of Parks and Rec prior to the last season, the show took place concurrently with the present reality. However, in a bold twist, the very last episode of Season 6 ended with a fast-forward three years into not only Leslie and crew’s future, but our collective future as well. Read more…
Here’s an April Fools’ joke you’ll like: Fans of the series Rick and Morty have been waiting more than one year, but Adult Swim finally aired a new episode of the show Saturday.
Available to viewers in the U.S. and other «select locations,» the Season 3 premiere is set to play on loop until midnight ET and PT as part of the channel’s April Fools’ prank. Viewers are advised to get their adult sci-fi fix of mad scientist Rick and his grandson Morty while they can.
Internet service providers are in an awkward spot. After getting all dressed up for the sell-your-data dance, it turns out they’ll be staying home.
Or so they claim.
Reuters reports that representatives from Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T all came out today to assure worried consumers that the companies will not in fact sell customers’ browsing histories to the highest bidder.
«We do not sell our broadband customers’ individual web browsing history,» writes Comcast Chief Privacy Officer Gerard Lewis . »We did not do it before the FCC’s rules were adopted, and we have no plans to do so.» Read more…
At 1 PM EST on March 29, B&H Photo and Video is hosting a livestream event about the Panasonic GH5. Watch it right here.
We can barely contain our excitement about the release of the Panasonic’s new mirrorless MFT (micro four thirds) camera, the Lumix GH5. This is the first mirrorless camera with 4K video at 60/50p. With these faster frame rates, filmmakers no longer have to sacrifice resolution to get slow motion or a simply a crispy, faster rate of capture. Panasonic took things further by adding internal 4:2:2 10-bit image capture for 4K video at up to 30 fps. The camera also boasts a 20.3-megapixel sensor, highly effective shake correction (which can compensate for up to five stops of shutter speed), an accurate Advanced DFD autofocus system that can lock on in just .05 seconds, and 6K PHOTO mode at 30 fps.
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we talk about a little known topic called abortion, compare notes about what a totalitarian state looks like abroad while looking at ourselves, wonder aloud who did kill JonBenet Ramsey, revel in the playfulness of a seriously gifted artist and get more Stormare in my life.
Casting JonBenet Trailer
It’s not often when I’m unsettled by something as benign as a trailer but here we are. Director Kitty Green, who directed the fascinating Ukraine Is Not a Brotheldocumentary from 2013, moves from confronting one societal ill to showcasing another and that’s our collective fascination for high-profile, true crime stories. This is just a flat out well-made trailer that hits the right beats and lets things steep when necessary in order to punch up the drama. There is no doubt this is now on my must-see-TV list.
Abortion: Stories Women Tell Trailer
There’s never going to be an end to this conversation and even though I’ve brought up director Tracy Droz Tragos’ documentary before, it looks like it’s going to make landfall on HBO in just a little bit. What I see in this story are the plights for many different women who are trying to make the best of their lives and having to do what is, and will be, the hardest decision they will have to make. No judgments, just listening.
Maurizio Cattelan Be Right Back Trailer
Yes, you’ve seen this before but this is a new trailer and it looks just as solid.
Taking another lap around This Looks Interesting street, this is my second installment to tell you about first time director Maura Axelrod’s ode to a guy who many should like if they find Banksy’s work whimsical and a good commentary on pop culture. This trailer takes a deeper look at the artist himself and by focusing so much time on Cattelan’s depiction of Pinocchio as a way into this guy’s process we get something truly meaty to chew on here.
I don’t know how you go from directing a documentary about Diane Arbus a decade ago, not directing since then, and coming back with this but well-done.
Director Steven Shainberg certainly knows how to make something I wouldn’t mind putting on after a long night of drinking and eating pizza. I’m still not sure what in the world is happening here but it’s got Noomi Rapace and Peter Stormare so I’m all eyes and ears. Honestly, it gets so strange I’m almost giggling but it’s solidly engrossing to watch all the way through so I just had to include it this week to see if anyone else is intrigued by what they see on display here.
Tom Hanks gives a pull-quote.
One of the most fascinating things about director Mohamed Diab’s movie is just how relevant the premise is. To wit:
Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by their inevitable fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power
I love how cramped this is, I love how claustrophobic it makes me feel, but I’m intrigued about how much this feels like a play with how strong the performances are going to have to be. I’m not sure if Hanks’ comment is being generous but the editing on this is nothing short of intense. The music, the visuals, it’s an incredible ride until the very end. People from different perspectives and backgrounds being forced in a small iron cage under extreme duress? Let’s get it on.
Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers to possibly be included in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at Christopher_Stipp@yahoo.com or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp
In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week: