Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Apocalypse Now's changing color-scheme

Here's an orange-tinted frame from just before the Do Lung Bridge sequence that's in common between the Theatrical Edition of Apocalypse Now and the Redux Edition:

Here's the same frame, however, from the 2020 Final Cut:

This image is predominantly blue. It's also much darker, losing the contrast between the treeline and the cloud-line in a mass of black. In some sense, the Final Cut's frame feels more realistic, less psychedelic, which feels like a loss given how woozy and drugged out the film is at this point.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Google is breaking Blogger. Is it long for this world?

Why You Should Start Your Blog on Blogger

Google has canned the 'quick edit' facility on blog posts. This is insanity. 

Labels for blog posts are no longer functional. WTF?

And Google no longer lists Blogger in its drop-down menu of 'Google Apps'. Uh-oh.

Update Feb 2021: Google has restored the 'quick edit' facility, labels seem to be working again, and Blogger is back in the Google Apps menu! A responsive mega-corporation (or just a sane one?); who would have thunk it?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Some Lockdown Viewing

Have enjoyed Mrs America, Varda's One Sings, The Other Doesn't (1977), Prevenge (2016) (and its antecedent, Crimes Without Passion (1934)), and Screaming Mimi (1958). Have been disappointed by a bunch of quite highly praised 2010s films: Obvious Child (2014), Slow West (2015), Victoria (2016). Recent films that were poor: Emma., Underwater, Birds of Prey, the latter two of which I'd describe as ill-conceived & incompetent.