Archive for the 'Movies' Category

Train video poetry

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

If you like trains, check out this video (shot today). I must find out the whereabout of that motel.

If you’re not into trains, well, then this blog entry is probably of marginal value to you. So what.

Personally, I would even prefer sound over video (and an uncut version, too). And with that long a train, you’d get a 30 minute audio collage easy.

Ah, maybe a summer project…

Update: My next vacation destination. Will the wife buy it, though? Somehow, I doubt it.

Christmas Oratorio

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

I went to hear Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium) at First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto last night. The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Philharmonia Chorale under Nicholas McGegan gave an outstanding performance.

I was totally unaware of this ensemble until now, and pleasantly surprised to find something as good here in the US (as opposed to Europe where there is a much larger scene for this type of music it seems).

Plus, they did all six cantatas — a real treat!

If you enjoy early music on period instruments (or Bach in particular), you still have a chance to catch one of their upcoming performances in Berkeley (tonight and tomorrow night), San Francisco (December 8) or Contra Costa (December 9).

The Prestige

Friday, December 1st, 2006

The Prestige passes, except for that sci-fi machine. Good reviews. Can you spot David Bowie, though?

Stranger Than Fiction

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Stranger Than Fiction comes with a sophisticated story. Will Ferrell and the rest of the great cast are a pleasure to watch. Very well done, overall, good reviews.

Borat — Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

I just got back from a free preview screening of Borat (IMDB).

Anyway, go see it. It’s refreshingly absurd.

Kevin Rose — The digg story: from one idea to nine million page views

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Some insights from Digg’s Kevin Rose that I though were interesting:

  • Starting with a “basic” (i.e. really crappy) design can actually give you more street cred (”they didn’t even try”)
  • Start extremely grassroots. Hit a core audience of users who want to make the site a better place (even today, Digg still has 20-30 features that haven’t been rolled out yet, because they want their user base to be able to understand the way the platform is going)
  • Digg never spent any money on advertising. So far, simply WOM by people using the site.
  • It’s important to learn what the users are doing and why. Make it more interesting for users and provide new ways for discovery.
  • Give your developers some extra (free) time to just play with things and develop stuff they think is cool (see Google’s 20 percent time)

Overheard at The Future of Web Apps Summit, San Francisco, CA, September 13, 2006 (wiki).


Monday, September 11th, 2006

In case you haven’t seen it yet, this film is one of the most stunning (and sad) documentaries ever:


On September 11, 2001, filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet were filming a documentary on a rookie New York City firefighter when they noticed a plane overhead. That plane would hit the World Trade Center. The firefighter and the Naudets rushed immediately to the scene. The Naudets filmed throughout Sept. 11 and the days afterward from the firemen’s perspective, as it became clear to them that this was the only known footage from inside the Twin Towers that day.

Today, five years later, where do we stand? Do we have a good understanding of what is going on in the world around us? Can we identify the right threats? Have our responses been wise enough? Are we making the right choices? What are our goals? And what is the moral compass by which our actions should be guided?

Little Miss Sunshine

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine — And here I thought the fountain of good movies had run dry. Really earns its good reviews.

One thing, though: Why is this flic rated R? I mean, hello?!

What would Jesus buy?

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

What would Jesus Buy? is an upcoming film by Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame. Finally something that caught my eye after months and months of silver screen boredom. Ok, so I may have missed a few good ones recently, but overall Netflix keeps getting a bigger chunk of the pie.


Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Adam Sandler’s new flick isn’t stellar, but it’s better than the reviews have you think. It’s not entirely a comedy and maybe that’s something many critics can’t handle or aren’t used to anymore.

First time I’ve been to a drive-in theater in ages. Fun!