Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Conan's Last Words on the Tonight Show
"Please do not be cynical . . . . Nobody in this life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get, but if you work really hard and you're kind amazing things will happen."
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Taiwan's NMA News breaks down the Conan/Leno drama
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Lego Universe trailer - first MMORPG I've ever wanted to play.
OK, I'm judging entirely by the trailer but this looks like crazy amounts of fun. Fortunately I'd never have enough time to play something like this seriously. However, if ever I were to turn into a cheeto-eating, headset-wearing massive-multiplayer-role-playing-game keyboard monkey, this would be the game at fault. You know, until World of Starcraft came out.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Good news for indies from - the cineplex?
Special-events programming isn't the only change digital technology may be ushering into your local cineplex. It also makes film distribution cheaper and easier, thus potentially opening up more opportunities for independent filmmakers to get their work screened. "It's like a big iPod," explains Cinedigm CEO Bud Mayo. Movies are shipped on hard drives or downloaded from a satellite, without the cost or inconvenience of transporting heavy film canisters, and the theater can cue them up with the click of a mouse. That means theater owners can set up their schedules by "trial and error," says Lauren Goffio, manager of the Pavilion Park Slope theater in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The trend toward digital could also mean a move away from blockbusters. Hollywood has been offering mass-market products while most industries are directing specialized products to smaller groups, says Rashi Glazer, professor of marketing at the University of California, Berkeley: "The one-size-fits-all approach is the past, it's not the future." And digital lowers "the barrier of entry," since distribution is no longer an expense to be reckoned with, says Corcoran.
The traditional theater biz is in a bit of a shakeup right now so it doesn't surprise me to hear that cineplexes are open to anything that might lead them to new customers. I've never heard of Cinedigm but I like the message.
In the meantime, this article makes me glad I live in Austin, home of the world's best theater chain.
Isn't it time you hired a professional to mow your lawn?
Monday, January 04, 2010
Pee Wee Herman - he's back.
Not like he ever really left in our hearts, but Pee Wee Herman has a new stage show in L.A. starting on January 12th so he's spending the winter doing the talk shows to promote it. (Plus, you can watch the Pee-Wee Christmas Special for free on the Pee-Wee web site.) Visit peewee.com for all the info.
Friday, January 01, 2010
In which a good thing comes to an end. Sort of.
What I failed, to do, however, was to write about those movies. 2005, though we didn't realize it at the time, was the year that Scott and I began our slow crawl into retirement at Stomp Tokyo. As of today I'm acknowledging that retirement. We only managed to write one new review in 2009 (Sting of Death, for a B-Masters roundtable), so it seems silly to think of the site as merely "on hiatus" any longer. With the glut of movie review sites out there, it feels even more foolish to try and prod this one back to life when our hearts just aren't in it.
This is not the end. The site will continue to see updates, including the reposting of old reviews into our new format. Dr. Freex still posts new reviews to Attack of the 50 Foot DVD and Scott is in the middle of another "season" of his "100 Days, 100 Movies" series. Various arms of the Stomp Tokyo octopus twitch even now. For my part, I will make an effort here on Blue Glow to highlight new discoveries as I see them. You can always find me at Film Festival Secrets if that interests you, or you can just keep up with me on Twitter.
And then there's that half-finished book on giant monster movies. Who knows what the next five years will bring?
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