Archive • July 2013

The Resounding Demise of an Historic Maltese Cinema

posted July 22, 2013

Stand before a derelict entertainment facility, and it’s not difficult to hear peels of laughter, gasps of thrill or horror, applause. Those are hardly joyful sounds, however, if they merely reverberate eerily through a crumbling, empty hall. Such a cheerless edifice stands in shambles in Pembroke, a town on the small island nation of Malta.

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Bing at Home in Spokane, Washington

posted July 18, 2013

Gonzaga University, Crosby’s early stomping ground, is where you can find his boyhood home, and much memorabilia   By Peter Monaghan Spokane, Washington – Spokane is not the kind of location you might expect would give rise to one of the most acclaimed careers in 20th-century entertainment – most big-city Americans would consider it to

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Streaming Directly from the Cloud to Your Brain

posted July 11, 2013

In his new book, "Streaming: Movies, Media, And Instant Access," Wheeler Winston Dixon describes how digital platforms – laptops, smartphones, television monitors – have become receptors of streaming digital feeds, and asks what it all means for viewing, media consumption, and even various forms of social interaction. He says: "I was once convinced that I would never say this, but I now prefer a digital image rather than a filmic one. ... But one central question that supersedes all other concerns: is the film worth watching? ... It doesn't matter whether it's film or digital if it's utterly meretricious."

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How Movies Remake the Past

posted July 5, 2013

Film and other media, suggests Steve F. Anderson, can create versions of historical accounts that take root in popular consciousness, and come to be THE historical accounts.

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