On Movies: Joseph Gordon-levitt’s ‘don Jon’: Getting Past That Objectification Thing
The First In-Flight Movies Had a Live Orchestra
I was upset when this hit limited theaters and did not head our way but im glad its available to take home now. It wont be on my top horror films of the year list but it may end up on my top films to see in general this year. Pick up Scenic Route this weekend as I think you will really enjoy it. 4/5 PARANORMAL ASYLUM- This is the worst movie on the list this week and really was a pain to watch. From start to finish there was a luminous effect that held through the movie. It became really annoying and so did the interaction with the spirits. The film had slight potential when it started but as soon as the evil started Asylum went downhill from there. I like that they story involved the Typhoid Mary tale but the film became stale and pointless as soon as it introduced the dark spirit. Stay away from this one folks as the film clocks in around an hour and forty five minutes so unless you don’t want to lose that time stay away.1/5 WORLD WAR Z – Read my review for World War Z here, I really enjoyed World War Z and was anxious to see how it would translate to the home audience. So far so good as we live in an age of big televisions so big blockbuster films work at home too. Try not to hate Brad Pitt as if you dont know what type of actor he is but look at how well the movie blends together and to me that sticks out more than anything. This film is very entertaining from start to finish and that is all it needed to be. 4/5 THE HAUNTING OF HELENA- I didnt have high expectations for this film as I felt the plot reminded me of Darkness Falls. I felt the mother played by Harriet MacMasters Green did a fine job of carrying the movie but too many things hurt this film.
The Berlin Broadcasting Station arranged the orchestra and broadcast the signal, which was received in air by a radio set on the plane. The music played through a single loudspeaker on-board, though we can guess based on the tech of the time that it was incredibly hard to hear over the sound of the aircraft. The magazine also describes how the pilot flew through dense clouds in order to darken the cabin, a necessary step for seeing the movie projection properly since they were flying during the day. Here in the early 21st century we often think of silent movies as just thatsilent. In reality, everything from grand movie palaces to humble showhouses in the 1920s were crackling with noise. There was virtually always music, sometimes in the form of a single pianist, other times with enormous live orchestras . And there were countless experiments with sound effects machines and even live actors reading lines, doing their best to sync their words with the actors being projected on screen. It’s worth noting that these European flights in the mid-1920s weren’t technically the first flights to show an in-flight movie. As a publicity stunt back in 1921, Aeromarine Airways circled Navy Pier in Chicago, showing a copy of the promotional travel film Howdy Chicago. As John Norman White notes in his 1994 paper [pdf] on the history of in-flight entertainment, the Chicago stunt was a silent experience. Aside from the deafening sounds of the prop plane, we can assume. A screen was hung in the fore cabin, an electric light socket supplied power, and a DeVry suitcase projector was secured to a table in the aisle. As sightseeing passengers flew above Chicago, the citys highlights appeared on the movie screen. There were no concerns related to sound talkies were years in the future.
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. “That was a big part of why she was keen to play this part and satirize that aspect of our culture.” Don Jon, which was originally titled Don Jon’s Addiction, also boasts a pivotal turn from Julianne Moore, playing a woman Gordon-Levitt’s character runs into at a community college night class. “Julianne, she’s just been in some of my favorite movies of all time. She’s such a terrific actress, whether it’s Magnolia or The Big Lebowski or Far From Heaven or Safe or Short Cuts – so many great, great movies, and she brings such heart and honesty to all of her characters. That was really important. . . . And I was just flattered and honored that she read the script and liked it. I felt very fortunate.” Although the seed of the idea for Don Jon goes back five years or so, it wasn’t until Gordon-Levitt was in Vancouver making 50/50 – the 2011 comedy with Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick about a guy diagnosed with cancer – that everything clicked. “50/50 is a comedy that is not all about the jokes,” Gordon-Levitt explains, on the phone from Boston recently. “The humor comes from the people in the story, the characters, the human beings. “And then I thought of trying to tell this story in that tone, finding the humor in what could be seen as a dark situation, and I started thinking of this version of a contemporary Don Juan character.” He adds: “The idea of me playing this guy with the gym body and shiny hair made me laugh. . .