Still from Valerian

On Valerian

This post contains spoilers. It also will come off as negative to the point of sounding harsh. Apologies. I generally don’t like to post negative reviews. What’s the point? So let me say right off that I did not hate Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. But the movie does not really work. As a writer, I want to understand why. Luc Besson’s science fiction I’ve been a fan of Luc Besson’s movies since the 1980s, when I first saw his first feature....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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A firstperson narration aspect often overlooked

The story and the telling of the story are two different things. In other words, the narrator and the character in the story are not necessarily the same person. Oh, they have the same name and all that. But the narrator knows the story she is telling, while the character within the story does not. This provides opportunities that few writers explore. I’ll use an old classic movie as an example of what I’m talking about....

 · Laura Lis Scott
Black-and-white photo of young David Bowie wearing an eyepatch, via AVRO (Creative Commons).

Bowie

When I saw the news on Twitter that David Bowie had died, I started to cry. It was the middle of the night, but I couldn’t sleep anymore. I tossed and turned with “Heroes” echoing in my head. Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016 Here it is, three days later and I’m still trying to process it....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Second screen (because the first screen is inadequate)

It’s not that we need a second screen, it’s that we have an inadequate first screen. If we’re watching a great movie, we’re engrossed, swept away. We’re not even thinking about the phone in the pocket or purse. We’re not wondering what’s happening on Facebook or Pinterest. We’re not even thinking about that. That’s the point, isn’t it?

 · Laura Lis Scott
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The view from space

This video struck me in a profound way. .__h_video { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.23%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; width: 100%; background: #000; } .__h_video img { width: 100%; height: auto; color: #000; } .__h_video .play { height: 72px; width: 72px; left: 50%; top: 50%; margin-left: -36px; margin-top: -36px; position: absolute; cursor: pointer; } Only a few hundred people have been in space, but they share an experience that changed them, changed how they see the world....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie

The Man Who Fell to Earth movie poster. I never had the opportunity to see The Man Who Fell to Earth in a theatre, and the existing video versions were pretty murky when it came to the shadowy dark scenes. This movie is very unusual and requires some patience to settle into its pacing, but once you do, you’re in for a ride. No longer. This Blu-ray transfer is excellent....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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In Brother, Beat Takeshi shows LA hoods Yakuza style

Brother is very. Very interesting. Very dry. Very understated, for all the violence. Beat Takeshi Kitano directed this movie, his first outside of Japan. Photo of Takeshi Kitano, in black suit and dark sunglasses. Still from his film Brother. Takeshi Kitano aka “Beat” Takeshi in Brother. (If you don’t know Beat, you may still recognize his face.) Wikipedia currently remarks: Brother (2001), shot in Los Angeles, had Kitano as a deposed Tokyo yakuza setting up a drug empire in L....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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“Hancock” flies on Will Smith’s super talent

Hancock probably could not be considered anything more than a halfway decent scifi/fantasy movie if it weren’t for Will Smith. The concept is interesting enough, but the storyline ends up falling a bit short, even compared with your basic superhero movies. Yet with Will Smith’s performance, you almost don’t notice. Without spoilers, I feel safe noting the premise of the movie: Hancock (Will Smith) is a sloppy, careless guy with superhero powers....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Godfather on Blu-ray: Where’s the resolution?

I’ve been watching The Godfather on Blu-ray, and have been rather disappointed just how muddy the image is. Credit where credit’s due: the rich high-contrast nature of Gordon Willis’ astounding cinematography is well captured for the most part. The shadows are as black as they were in the theatre. You can really appreciate the control of light, especially as characters emerge from darkness and disappear back into it. But the high definition image resolution just isn’t there....

 · Laura Lis Scott

Marilyn Monroe is now in public domain

When it comes to post-mortem publicity rights, this decision is BIG: The Southern District of New York has just issued a bombshell decision in this area. In Shaw Family Archives v. Marilyn Monroe LLC, it held that Marilyn Monroe’s heirs cannot claim post-mortem publicity rights because she died before the enactment of the statute that creates them in California (and, for reasons that are not important here, Indiana). So, according to this Court, her image, likeness and persona are all in the public domain....

 · Laura Lis Scott