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OFU alfresco

Twenty years ago, OFU tried something so completely new and reckless that it’s hard to believe, even now, that we succeeded without being sued and / or killing anyone. Right at the start of the semester, we came up with the wheeze of promoting the society by projecting The Matrix against the side of a […]

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Update: Tenet hasn’t saved American cinemagoing

As I previously reported, a huge amount of nervous expectation was heaped onto the release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, as a sort of litmus test for the future of theatrical exhibition. In a follow-up opinion piece in The Atlantic, the conclusion is … No, Tenet has not saved cinemagoing. Worse: as it was the best […]

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Can Christopher Nolan save cinema … again?

The Atlantic argues, compellingly, that Christopher Nolan has “saved cinema” once before by insisting on Inception being shot on film; and with his new film, Tenet, may be about to save the very notion of cinemagoing itself. Nolan has publicly shouldered the same intense responsibility that he took on after the release of Inception. This […]

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Coronavirus innovation, twenty years later

In the year 2000 … In the year 2020 … Pictures from “WindowFlick” photo essay, The Guardian

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Top tickets at the Odeon Leicester Square now exceed £40

Ouch. It’s an iconic building and has recently been refurbished, but still … is watching a film really comparable to a theatre show or sports event? BBC News article

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The ABC Cinema in a back garden

Every year the Channel 4 Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year throws up cinema designs that are ingenious or just plain wacky. They leave me slightly jealous (as well as wondering how people ever find the time and energy). But this cinema shed is easily the most impressive I’ve seen for its attention to historical […]

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Film vs Digital

In the Independent, the debate rumbles on. Or, rather, is endlessly repeated. “No-one denies the magic of holding film or of feeding it through a projector.” Where this article differs from other recent efforts is in its focus on 35mm / 70mm / IMAX film as projection media, rather than shooting media. “Prints for the […]

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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is being distributed on 70mm

According to this Guardian article: “Nolan’s second world war epic the most widely released 70mm film in 25 years. They are piggybacking, to some degree, on the Weinstein Company’s work convincing theater [sic] owners to procure functioning 70mm projectors in advance of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.” The article goes on to applaud the “automatic […]

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Quit your job, become a projectionist

Article in Time Out. Admittedly it’s easy to be critical, but I’m really not sure about the inelegant job title “technical services technician”. Or the hours. Or the prospects. The quoted pay seems pretty optimistic too …

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Arthouse cinemas are facing the last picture show

Article by the Telegraph’s chief film critic arguing that the Competition Commission has made a significant error in its handling of the acquisition of Picturehouse by Cineworld. It’s comparatively rare to read a story in which a big company taking over a smaller, independent one is considered to be a good thing, but it’s a […]