In my latest article for The Loop Magazine, I look at road movies. I recall a day some thirty years ago when I saw three road movies: The Searchers, Stalker and Kings of the Road. Read this article in The Loop Magazine.
One of the most fascinating films I’ve ever seen is Stalker, which I wrote about here, calling it the Great Existentialist Science Fiction Film. Not many people have seen this movie, but Geoff Dyer not only has seen it many times, but has written an entire book about it. Entitled Zona: A Book about a […]
Amazon yesterday released its Fire TV, a set-top box designed to stream Amazon Instant Video, along with other services. You can use it to watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, ESPN, and several other services. But you can’t use it to access the movies and TV shows you bought from the iTunes Store. On Apple’s side, their […]
As crazy as it sounds, it’s been illegal in the UK to rip CDs and DVDs. New copyright regulations which take effect on June 1, now make this legal: Personal copies for private use 3. (1) After section 28A(4) insert—— “28B Personal copies for private use (1) The making of a copy of a work, […]
I’d been wondering about this. My bandwidth is somewhat limited: I have a 50 GB per month limit on my satellite internet, and my DSL is only 2 Mbps. So I had switched iTunes to download 720p movies instead of 1080p. (You can do this in iTunes > Preferences > Store.) But I saw today […]
Amazon Instant Video is (finally) now available in the UK, and is free with an Amazon Prime membership. Initially £49 a year, this has just increased to £79 a year. I got a Prime membership in January, so I benefit from “free” streaming, and if I renew next year, I’ll pay the new price. Amazon […]
In the latest episode of The Committed podcast, we meet Robyn Miller. Robyn has been creating stories for decades. After the wildly successful Myst and its sequel Riven, he set out to become a filmmaker. His first feature film, The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, has been released digitally. Join me with Ian Schray and Rob Griffiths […]
It’d been years since I had seen Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky’s excellent science fiction film, and I watched it last night. For a science fiction movie, Stalker is certainly an oddity. Released in 1979, loosely based on the short novel Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, and directed by Tarkovsky, the masterful Russian director who […]