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May the Flip Cam rest in peace. Cisco pulled the plug (batteries?) on the pocket-sized video camera as part of a larger downsizing move that will shed 550 jobs. Known for being affordable and portable, Flip Cams might have faced their match with a growing mobile phone market that is offering better and better built-in video capabilities as time goes by. Now that the Flip Cam has been pronounced dead, will it be missed?
The Soderbergh diet.
Diets require a certain discipline -not only in following a rigid plan, but also in remembering to log everything you consumed into a diary. That is precisely what Steven Soderbergh did last year by jotting down every single media item he consumed in a list that was recently published online. Finally, an answer to the age-old question, "What was Steven Soderbergh doing that he was too busy to call me on my birthday?"
Movie theaters embracing a subscription-based model a la Netflix? Chris Dorr's article suggests a bold move that actually isn't as crazy as it seems. Subscription services where patrons pay a flat-rate to watch un/semi-limited screenings aren't completely alien. Mexican multiplex chain Cinepolis offers a pioneering precursor to this model via an annual membership where patrons can attend daily screenings after paying their monthly dues. Dorr suggests something similar be applied in the United States, but is a subscription-based service in cinemas feasible in the United States?
Bordwell on suspense, or lack thereof, and "Le Quattro Volte".
Film scholar David Brodwell's blog is always a reliable resource for extensive, analytic film writing. The detail-oriented scholar, best known in the academy for his minutely detailed study on classical Hollywood cinema updates his blog often with the help of his wife and fellow scholar Kristin Thompson. Yesterday Bordwell chimed in about "Le Quattro Volte," a recent criticWIRE pick of the week, coming into the conversation with a different angle, highlighting the film's lack of suspense. "How much can you purge suspense from a movie? And if you play it down, what do you put in its place to hold our interest?" asks Bordwell at the beginning of his discussion on the Italian film.
A short sing along...
Cole Abaius from Film School Rejects gets a high-five for finding this short film gem from writer-director Gunnar Järvstad. "Tune for Two" is gritty, funny, heartwarming, and brutal. In that order. In two minutes.
Uncle Boonme Who Can Look Foward to Future Film Festivals.
Uncle Boonme might be able to recall his past lives. Apparently, he is also able to inspire film festival art work. Sam Smith offers up his own design for a Nashville Film Festival poster on his blog, directly inspired by the Cannes winning film's own publicity material. The Nashville Film Festival runs from April 14-21.
Is Steven Seagal the hardest working indie actor?
Steven Seagal starred in a whopping 21 films from 2003 to 2009, practically all of them indie releases. That's almost James Franco busy. So why is such a hard working actor ignored by the indie community? An inconsistent part of the studio system since their boom in the 80s and 90s, action films have found an indie niche similar to that of the horror genre. The Guardian's Film Blog offers a list of the pony-tailed martial artist's silliest, most ridiculous roles. Forget bleak break-up comedies about middle-class people, the quirkiest indie films around involve explosions and motorcycle chases.