John Carpenter returns… sort of.

Watched on Aug. 31…

John Carpenter returns to the director’s chair with The Ward. And it’s… okay. Carpenter’s eye is still sharp, but there’s not much anyone could have done with the rote Ward screenplay. I hope he directs another feature soon, and I hope that feature has a stronger script.

Jail cell

Also…

Maybe I’m just in a pessimistic mood today. But is this the beginning of the end for Netflix? (via Juan)

A (pricey) in-camera filter promises to remove many DSLR video artifacts (via Chuck). Now if someone could just do something about that rolling shutter nonsense.

More gear: Cineskates (via Nick T.)

A list of 50 “must see” documentaries that doesn’t include Hearts of Darkness. I’m gonna have to call “bullshit.” (via Stacey)

Computer 101: Six keyboard shortcuts every computer user should know. (via Arik)

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5 Comments on “John Carpenter returns… sort of.”

  1. “Netflix is dead when I SAY it’s dead!”

  2. Chance says:

    Best blog comment ever.

  3. kangas says:

    You’re nicer to The Ward than I am. That movie SUCKED. Not Carpenter’s fault, but why did he waste his time with this extremely weak script?

    And yeah, am worried about Netflix losing Starz. Seems like everything I watch is from them. (and if you like Veronica Mars, I recently discovered the funny Party Down from the same creator, and featuring many of the same stars–check it out)

  4. Chance says:

    I’ve never watched “Veronica Mars.” But “Party Down” is one of the best TV shows ever.

    I’m not that worried about Starz in particular (half their Netflix stuff is unwatchable due to shitty encoding), but I think it is a bad sign of things to come. Companies will start deciding they can do streaming on their own, so we’ll end up with a hundred different (likely sub-par) streaming services. At that point, it’ll be cheaper and easier to go back to cable/satellite.

    • Kangas says:

      I’ve never had a problem streaming Netflix. But the possible up side is that Netflix is gonna need a lot of content to replace that void, and we content-creators could perhaps help fill it(and hopefully get paid better than they currently pay…)


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