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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Movies Expiring from Netflix, Top Indies in the iTunes Store and More

5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Movies Expiring from Netflix, Top Indies in the iTunes Store and More

1. Movies Expiring from Netflix: It’s almost 2014, which means you only have a couple of days to watch countless movies which will be expiring from Netflix on January 1st. Although Netflix doesn’t make this list available, users have compiled their own lists of TV shows and movies and posted them to Reddit. “Being John Malkovich,” “Foxy Brown,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “Capote” and “Do The Right Thing” are among the titles that will be soon disappearing. You don’t need a better excuse to skip the New Year’s festivities and binge watch!

2. Top Indies in iTunes: “The Way, Way Back” and “The Spectacular Now” continue to dominate the list of top indies in the iTunes Movies store, along with other continually strong titles “Drinking Buddies” and “Blackfish.” See the full list here.

3. ‘Digital’ Cinematography: Filmmaker Jamie Stuart makes a compelling case as to why the Academy should create two cinematography awards — one for films shot digitally and others which use film. “Now that we’re in a digital world, I do feel like we need to redefine what constitutes cinematography,” he writes. Read his full story here.

4. Big Screen Ultra HDTV: Talk about big screen TV! On sale starting on Monday in South Korea, the 110-inch television is Samsung’s largest UHD TV provides a resolution of 8 million pixels — about four times the level in standard HDTVs. It’s also too big to fit in most New York apartments. Oh, and the price tag is reportedly $150,000, according to the AP, which reports that the set will be available in China, the Middle East and Europe. No word yet on when it will be making its way to the U.S.

5. Personal Movie Theaters: Over at TechCrunch Greg Kumparak writes about why he wants  an HD Oculus Rift, which he says is “a simulated movie theater without the lines, the massively inflated concession prices, or the crappy people. It’s a full-sized movie theater in the comfort of your own home, beamed straight to your eyeballs.” You can find out more about the Oculus Rift HD here, but, unlike Kumparak, I haven’t given up on the experience of seeing movies surrounded by an audience. Still, it will be interesting to see if this clunky and expensive gear — which has the potential to revolutionize the way we watch movies — catches on.

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