Here’s Looking at Film, Kid

In which Matt returns and gripes about televisions by Matt
December 13, 2007, 3:14 am
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Yep, I’m back. I could make a big long entry detailing the many, many excuses I’ve prepared, but I’ll stick with the most prominent: college. I think education is a pretty solid excuse to not update your blog, isn’t it? Lucky for me, Kolby had my back and dropped three reviews a few days ago. I think I like this tag-team blog gig. But enough of my yackin’ — let’s boogie!

Congratulations on the new television. Too bad you’re an idiot.

Alright. So flat-panel TVs are all the rage right now. And I’ll admit, they’re pretty slick. I mean, think about the 40″-60″ widescreen televisions we had six years ago. They look like the freaking monolith compared to these sleek and sexy hi-def wonders. And that’s the thing too: they’re lighter, slimmer and the picture quality is absolutely fantastic. No gripes here. But here’s the inevitable downside to technology: the consumer is going to find a way, somehow, to screw it up.

Enter, stage right, the wall-mounted flat-panel television. Because people thought it would be cool to stick a TV on the wall — simply because it’s light and slim enough to — houses across America now have plasma TVs hanging above their fireplaces. There are two things wrong with this: 1) It looks stupid and 2) It is, inherently, stupid. Why, you ask, would mounting a TV on the wall be a bad idea?

Because the average family room is less than 15 feet from one side to the other, that’s why. And mounting a flat-panel on the wall is like sitting in the front row of the movie theater. Most experts agree that the eyes should be level with the top of the TV screen to ensure minimal neck, back and eye strain. But if you nail your TV to the wall, where does your gaze fall? About five feet short, partner.

I understand the appeal. It saves space. It makes the room look bigger. Some people think it looks cool. But the hard facts are these: mounting a TV on the wall is bad for the eyes, neck and back. And, as I mentioned, it looks stupid to have a flat-panel mounted above your fireplace. And don’t ask me why, it just does and you know it. And I for one don’t want to sit through any film with my neck bent at an 120 degree angle.

Hopefully this is a passing fad and people will return their TVs to the entertainment centers where they belong.


Who has time for movies anymore? by Matt
October 29, 2007, 12:39 pm
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Something strange happened the other day. Something that has never really happened to me before. Something that depressed me. Last Friday, I was all set to see Ridley Scott’s new flick, American Gangster. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while and early reviews indicate an early Oscar contender (not that winning an Oscar even amounts to anything anymore — just sayin’). Suffice to say, I was pretty psyched.

I checked movie times for my local multiplex. Nothing. I checked my local art-house. Nothing. The nearby Auburn cinemas. Nothing, nothing, nothing. American Gangster wasn’t playing anywhere. I was pissed. Why the hell weren’t any of my local theaters getting this thing?

Because it wasn’t released yet.

The realization hit me hard. I wasn’t savvy. I wasn’t aware. For the first time in years, I neglected my passion for cinema. Maybe I’m overreacting, though. Could it be that I’m just blowing this out of proportion?

Probably. But that doesn’t change the fact that I have to wait another week for American Gangster. And that sucks more than anything.

Please, excuse the mess by Matt
October 9, 2007, 8:58 pm
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To anyone frustrated over the multiple layout overhauls occurring within the past two days: we’re very sorry. Kolby and I are working tirelessly (OK, maybe not tirelessly — let’s try “a reasonable amount given our time constraints with school and work”) to find a design that is both functional and nice to look at that serves our purposes as a two-man blogging tour de force. We hope you’re all content with the current layout, as that is the most likely candidate for Here’s Looking at Film, Kid.

Over this next couple of weeks, you’ll find we’ll be tweaking things almost constantly. But once we’ve settled into our new home and begin posting regularly, things will run smoothly. I promise.

A new beginning by Matt
October 8, 2007, 8:53 pm
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Hey, folks. Matt here. Alright, so this is the first post of the brand new blog everybody is talking about (that last statement is, of course, quite speculative). With Here’s Looking at Film, Kid, Kolby and I hope to bring some smart cinematic commentary to the table. With two writers, you’re going to get two sets of tastes, two different opinions to everything. So, what can you expect out of HLaFK (acronyms are boss) in the coming weeks?

Reviews. Lots and lots of reviews. Entertainment pieces. Pop culture commentary. Rants on the entertainment industry. Random grumblings and mindless musings. All of them served up hot and fresh for your reading pleasure.

So, look around. Check out the author pages to get a feel for our personalities. Most important … tell your friends.