Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Movies on your computer

All right, movies are not books, but there comes a time when you have to rest your eyes a bit and go sit in a nice dark movie theater and eat popcorn and watch Up or something. (Actually, watching Up requires 3D glasses, so it may not be the best example, adding, as it does, a whole 'nother layer to the thing.) Then again, there are other ways of getting movies, to wit, via the internet. This article is one of the best summaries of present-day cinema via web that we've seen.

Salon: For the better part of a decade, people like me have been pronouncing that theatrical motion-picture distribution, at least when it came to independent films, was going the way of the passenger pigeon and the daily print newspaper. (You won't believe this, kids, but somebody used to come to your house every single morning with a rolled-up log of paper wrapped in plastic and rubber bands!) Some mystical convergence of the Internet, cable TV, the hand-held SmartHooble and other, yet-to-be-invented networks and devices would open the doors to a hellish new Nirvana of unlimited, 24/7 hi-def cinema, from the most massive Hollywood spectacles to the most obscure art-house offerings. More...

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