Random Factoid #499

9 12 2010

Are projectionists on the chopping block?  The Hollywood Reporter has this report:

With [the switch from film to digital], the era of the reel projector is over. Currently, theaters are 35% digital, with the number growing just as quickly as manufacturing will allow for. Instead of a complex process of setting up film reels on platters and watching the cigarette burns for change over times while reading comic books, a “projectionist” will hit a button, make sure a little LED light is on, and sit back to read comic books while the movie they downloaded from a server plays flawlessly.

Technology races forward with a lot of positive effects, but here’s one human cost that we can get a little sentimental about. They aren’t gone completely, but sooner rather than later, we’re going to find ourselves holding a true memorial service for a completely obsolete profession.”

I think it’s kind of sad that a part of film history that has been needed since “The Great Train Robbery” will soon be obsolete.  Personally, I think there’s something kind of charming about watching a movie on film with all the scratches on the screen and pops in the sound.  It’s a part of going to the movies, and if audiences were really that concerned about picture/sound quality, they would have given up on the theater as soon as the LaserDisc came about.

So from where I’m sitting, I’m not ready to bid goodbye to the projectionist … even though I barely notice them or give them thanks.  (That’s what we have Christoph Waltz for.)

Random Factoid #348

11 07 2010

I’ve developed a new way of working out that makes it more fun, worthwhile, and quick.

Thankfully, I work out at a gym that had stays very up to date with technology. On most of the card machines, they have an iPod cord that allows you to play a video on the TV in front of the machine that’s stored on your iPod. I hadn’t utilized this capability until recently.

In the past few weeks, I’ve begun bringing up my surprisingly durable iPod from 2006 and watching some of the nearly 30 movies I have on it. So far, I’ve chosen three very different movies to watch: “Knocked Up,” “Crash,” and “Inglourious Basterds.” The latter took three visits to finish; the others took two. It really makes my work out a lot better because it adds an aspect that I enjoy to something I generally don’t really like to do.

So I guess the next step is to put a treadmill in front of my TV at home…

UPDATE: Thanks to my dad for telling me that I had a typo in this post before he told me “good morning” when I woke up today.

Random Factoid #331

24 06 2010

After 17 months, my wait is over.  Back in February 2009, I cracked my four-month-old iPhone.  I’ve been living with my flawed screen ever since, waiting for a model worthy of my money to be released.  A few weeks ago, that phone was announced.

I waited two hours in line today outside the Apple Store in the Houston Galleria this morning to get my hands on the iPhone 4.

What’s the first thing I did – that is, after I slapped the only available case on it?  Added 4 movies to it – “Knocked Up,” “The Hangover,” “Superbad,” and “Inglourious Basterds.”   Finally, I will be able to watch movies on my phone again!

In case you were curious, here’s what my old phone looked like.  I can almost guarantee you’ll be as shocked at the Geniuses at the Apple Store.

Like my crack?

Random Factoid #252

6 04 2010

Yesterday I talked about how annoyed I can get with bad behavior at a movie, but I should probably fess up.  I’m no angel.

I’ll share one moment with you that might have angered you had you been sitting in that same theater.  It was opening night of “Inglourious Basterds,” and my friends and I had already been to “Avatar Day.”  Needless to say, we were pretty jacked up.

Quentin Tarantino built up to a phenomenal conclusion.  I’m not going to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t seen the movie, but my friends and I got up during the climax and screamed, clapped, and just went crazy.  I think my theater forgave us because I heard other claps too.

But be honest – would you be angry at me?  Keep in mind the circumstances and the movie; it’s not like I’m screaming at “Precious.”

Random Factoid #228

13 03 2010

Live update from the road! I’m somewhere in Mississippi, hoping that this momentary 3G service will stay with me long enough to post this factoid!

I’m taking a Spring Break college trip, and in my family’s typical fashion, we are driving the whole thing.

Rather, my parents are driving. I, on the other hand, am curled in the backseat of the Suburban with my Snuggie and my laptop. This is hour 8 and I’m already on my fourth movie – “Inglourious Basterds.” I won’t reveal the others because one will most likely be next week’s “F.I.L.M.”

Random Factoid #194

7 02 2010

The Los Angeles Times, you are simply amazing!  Literally, you are taking fanning the flames of my obsession to a whole new level and I love it!

It’s like the stock market, except you put your money on Oscar candidates!  It’s so much fun to play the strategy game, especially knowing that you aren’t losing any real money.  I’m putting big money on potential underdogs (such as “Inglourious Basterds” in Best Picture and “The Hurt Locker” in Best Screenplay) and significantly less on the locked winners (such as Mo’Nique).

I just downloaded this today, and it is already the most fun app I have on my iPhone.  Search “The Envelope” and download the one from the Los Angeles Times.  Even if you aren’t as obsessed as I am, it’s still a good time.

Random Factoid #192

5 02 2010

I had an interesting dream last night.

I dreamed I was in the movie “Inglourious Basterds.”  Not as an actor, but as a person sitting in Shoshanna Dreyfus’ theater in the climactic moments of the movie.  It didn’t go like it happened in the movie, and I think when the rational part of my brain realized that it wasn’t broadcasting the right movie, it woke me up.

Which is a shame, because I would have really liked to have seen how it ended.