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  1. Rian Johnson's cinematographer Steve Yedlin has another interesting video essay out, and if you're interested in the real technical aspects of film, I think it's worth a watch. His previous demo was on color science in film, and I think he did an excellent job of proving that the ultimately the capture medium doesn't really matter, that the final look and feel of a film is determined in how that medium is processed. His new demo goes after the myth of capture resolution, and he thoroughly dismisses the notion that resolution is a particularly worthwhile metric in cinematic cameras. He compares film and digital cameras from 3K digital to 11K scanned IMAX. His argument is pretty much that once individual pixels have become invisible (somewhere around HD resolution) resolution ceases to matter and other factors that are rarely discussed actually do affect the audience's perception. He lays out 3 tenets: Algorithms for halation, grain/noise, sharpening, contrast, compression, aberration, and the order that they get applied all affect the final image in ways that resolution never could. He spends a lot of time on each issue, but in the end the outcome is usually pretty clear: given the same algorithm, the difference between a 2k and a 6k (or even 11k) source is effectively indistinguishable, while the difference between algorithms is quite obvious. It's a long, often boring, overly technical demo, but I think it's an interesting notion to keep in mind. He's mostly addressing a professional cinematographer audience and giving them something to think about when choosing a camera, but even as a viewer I think it's a fun thing to geek out about.
  2. Certainly a "verbal govt approval" is far from either actual regulatory approval or the money to actually build it, but this is interesting. It's interesting to me that he'd be tunneling for Hyperloop. Until now we've only heard of the Boring Company building tunnels for sleds to move cars around LA. Elon isn't directly associated with the "leading" Hyperloop company Hyperloop One, who just completed their first full scale test of the system (that only went 70 mph). Just out of curiosity, if Musk did hit his goal of tunneling as fast as a snail can move, it would only take 283 days to dig from NYC to DC. Presumably such an operation would involve multiple machines, but also multiple tunnels. It's still impossible to imagine the digging actually only taking a year. I honestly have more faith that Space X will land something on Mars before something like this gets built. Still, fun to imagine he actually gets it done.
  3. So all this does is require mergers in uncompetitive industries to meet more strict guidelines? I'm fine with that, but especially when it comes to broadband it's not even a half measure. I think it would be a good idea to prevent mergers between large telecoms, but the problem is local monopolies rather than national ones. It doesn't matter to me in the slightest that Comcast is the largest cable company in the country, and if they absorb another provider, it hardly matters. It does matter to me that I only have one choice for high speed internet and a second far slower choice. I don't know enough about the airline industry to say what the competition is like. It seems like there is actual competition among airlines, but it might be a bigger issues in small cities that may not have any choice.
  4. They kinda hand waved that away by saying that she blew up all the Faith Militant. So the sparrows lost their leader and their armed force. Cersei has an army and an undead bodyguard and just blew up a bunch the most powerful people in the country, I don't think the common folk would be too keen on acting out at this point.
  5. Yeah, most of that sounds right to me, but I don't think Ellaria actually dies. We don't know anyone else in Dorne and they have to mean something, right? There's also Yara, who I'm not sure what they'll do with. Maybe Cersei turns her over to Euron. Yeah, I think for Littlefinger the math works out like this: Sansa didn't fall for him while she was under his care and she didn't go for him when he made her powerful, so now he's just going to have to take her by force (and the North by extension). His turning on the Starks feels very plausible. Something's going down between Sansa and Littlefinger while Jon's gone for sure.
  6. I hope Marvel just gives up and puts out the trailer themselves. It's silly to be watching comic-con leaks of this stuff.
  7. I think the Jon/Sansa tiff ended up in a pretty good place. I thought that he might send Sansa to meet Dany, but if he had to go himself it was obvious that Sansa was going to be in charge while he left. I hope she doesn't make a mess of things. I'm really excited to see Jon and Dany get together. That meeting has been long awaited for any number of reasons, and now that Jon is going to see Dany as king in the North while she has armies and full grown dragons with her, it only makes their meeting more exciting. Obviously she wants him to bend the knee and he wants to recruit her to fight the dead, everything I said last week still stands, so it'll be interesting to see what she ends up doing. Jon is going back North to fight his war either way, it's kinda just a matter of what she'll do. I'm also curious as to what Dorne will do exactly. Do we even know who is in charge there? Now that their Iron fleet is sunk, I'm going to assume that the Dornish army remains home and is a non-factor unless the ladies escape. How effective does everyone think the giant crossbows will be? I'm thinking they're not too effective, but I'm also kinda thinking that Chekhov's crossbow will end up skewering someone (Qyburn, The Mountain, Cersei?).
  8. Dany's army doesn't exactly need money though, they're going after Casterly Rock to defeat the Lannisters. Dorne and Highgarden are already on their side. There can't be much of an army left in the Stormlands after all the fighting the Baratheons were doing. The Vale and the North are more question marks than direct enemies. The Riverlands are under control of the crown, but the Frey's didn't have their own army even when there were Freys still alive. They didn't want to torch King's Landing, so that pretty much leaves the mostly worthless Iron Islands and Casterly Rock to attack. The latter makes sense if your goal is to unite the kingdoms under your banner.
  9. I saw it last night in 70MM (not IMAX) and I loved it. Dunkirk is the portrait of a moment, dedicated entirely to feeling the pressure, uncertainty, and horror of a very particular instance. It doesn't tell a story, at least not in the traditional sense; we don't learn characters backgrounds, they don't have arcs, they hardly even have names. The particulars don't really matter. We see these men only in their struggle to survive as they do their duty. Their desperation is the ultimate depiction of their humanity, and we need no other reason to root for them. In place of the details that might normally fill out a story we're put into a trance, pulled along by the ticking clock of the score into the seemingly endless expanse of the English Channel. The score is as breathtakingly effective as any in film. Zimmer was able to make something as bone chilling as the beats from Jaws and stretch that feeling out over a hundred minutes. The immensity of the score is matched only by the breadth of the visuals. Perspective is never lacking as every cramped space is juxtaposed by the widest view on the biggest format available. It's a beautiful film that benefits more from Nolan's love of film and dedication to physicality than any of his previous work. Dunkirk is an oddity to be sure. It's a $150 million art film. It's not a history lesson, and while it's about the intensity of war, there's very little fighting. It's an experience dedicated to the emotional impact of cinema, and it might just be Nolan's best work yet.
  10. $50M for Dunkirk is over performing compared to expectations, but with a $150M budget it won't be a massive financial success. What it should be is good enough for Nolan to continue to get enough money to do whatever the hell he wants and shoot it all in IMAX, which I think we can all consider a win for humanity. Valerian is the flop most of us suspected it would be from the beginning, but the real question mark for it was always the overseas gross. Apparently it will open in China, which I wouldn't have guessed. Spider-man beating out Apes isn't surprising, but it's pretty bad for Apes (which is an excellent movie). Girls Trip flew under the radar, beating out three massive blockbusters that are only in their third, second, and first weekend.
  11. We're still more than a week away from release, but reviews are starting to trickle in. Thus far, with 19 reviews, it has a reasonable 74% on RT. Glancing over the blurbs it seems the rotten reviews really hated it and the fresh ones mostly praise the visuals. I really want this one to work out, but it's still sounding pretty iffy thus far. I'm also not very bullish on it's box office performance, at least domestically.
  12. Even the poster for this movie is freaking awesome:
  13. I did not think much of that trailer. It shows they got the rights to a bunch of stuff and that they got a hefty budget, but other than that it left me wanting. Still, in Spielberg I trust.
  14. That does not inspire. God I want this to be awesome but if there's a great show in there, they're doing a good job at hiding it.
  15. I love IPAs, though I'm not sure if I have a favorite. Basically every Stone IPA is worthwhile, and I've been drinking a lot of them lately since they've been feeling the pressure of the crazy amount of local competition and lowering their prices. I really like Hess beers, but I don't think they distribute very far. For the most part I just drink whatever local IPA is on tap. In San Diego, there's usually a few everywhere.
  16. I guess that means they're going deep into the quantum realm. After re-watching Ant Man recently, I don't think it holds up well. I appreciate that it's not a "saving the world" kind of movie, and I like Rudd in the role, but the film itself is kind of bland. Hopefully they can make the follow up better.
  17. Well, that certainly answers the question of how Captain Marvel is going to fit in between Avengers films.
  18. Every single thing I've seen from this movie makes me expect it to be one of the best films in the MCU. The trailers have been freaking great.
  19. Who's the villain with the ax? Seems odd to tease Superman's reappearance in marketing. Seems like a spoiler. Predictable, but I imagine the movie will treat it as a surprise.
  20. In their interview with Vulture they said it's set "present day, or close to present day." I agree that slavery would have continued for a while, maybe even quite a while, but having it survive to the present day is very difficult to imagine. If they can do it in a way that works, it could be really interesting, but it sounds like they're so early in the process they probably haven't even worked out what modern day slavery would look like. Just thinking roughly about the economics of it, if a company in the confederate states could run their own Foxconn like operation with slaves, how much cheaper would that product be than the existing Foxconn? A quick search shows that Foxconn pays employees ~$4k-5k a year. How much cheaper would it be to keep a slave? I suppose there's enough room in there that if a slave state could effectively trade that a modern economy of scale could work, provided they are able to trade. They won't be done with Game of Thrones until sometime in 2019, so they've got time to figure this all out. If they can make a good show of it, I'll certainly tune in.
  21. It's hard to imagine that WB would want to make The Batman with Affleck if he's already trying to get out of the role. I'm sure they want it to be the start of a trilogy, plus they'll probably want him in Justice League 2. Hell, if he was up for it they'd probably want him to have small roles RDJ/Iron Man style in other films across the DCEU. If they have to replace him, it probably makes the most sense to do it in The Batman, but anything other than a straight up re-casting would probably be difficult to pull of in-universe.
  22. Now that pretty much all the reviews are in, RT is down to 56% with a 5.8 avg rating, which is about what I would have expected from the trailer.
  23. Ouch. Here's a new trailer.
  24. This made me curious about Scaramucci, so I went to his Wikipedia page and found this:
  25. Team Trump Used Obamacare Money to Run PR Effort Against It The article also covers some of the legal issues, but I have a hard time imagining that any of this is really illegal. The GAO hasn't ruled on this yet. Regardless, it's pretty shady.