July 27, 2009

And you thought you were alone...

…in wondering why Warner Bros. was rubbing their latest Dark Castle movie Orphan in our faces online.

You weren't the only one annoyed. So was Bethann Buddenbaum, but for deeper reasons than annoying Flash–powered adverts online. Take a long look at what upsets her the most about Warners' latest scare flick.

H/T to Xiaoning Wang of ChinaSprout.

[UPDATE 2009.08.10: Warners' aggressive push of Orphan appears to finally be over. For a while it was practically impossible to access PopMatters — and especially the "Short Ends and Leader" blog — without being sneak attacked/assaulted by Flash–powered advertising for the flick. All Warners did was make me close the browser tab in which the blog was loaded. I hope both PopMatters and Warners got (and still get) blowback from regular readers who are pissed off by this kind of pre–emptive marketing. And, yes, you can stress the words "pissed off."]

July 23, 2009

July 11, 2009

The disc vs. the file

Your Projectionist is preparing to contact the Universala Esperanto–Asocio next week. It isn't about the upcoming Universla Kongreso, which will be happening in Poland this year.

It's about a defective DVD–R of their video Vizito al la Centra Oficejo — a video tour of the UEA's headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After about two minutes into the feature, both of my computer's DVD-ROM drives couldn't proceed any further with the disc. So I will need to get it replaced as soon as someone is back from the Kongreso.

Have some of your recent DVD purchases been on burnt DVD–Rs? How many of them have you had to get replaced, or just simply trashed out of frustration?

And if the above has happened far too often for you, have you given up on discs altogether and gone entirely to digital downloads?

I'd appreciate hearing from you in the comments...

July 7, 2009

How much lower can they go?

Had enough toys as TV and movie stars?

Apparently, Hollywood doesn't want to hear your complaints — or the protestations of your maddened Projectionist.

Case in point: the proposed ViewMaster movie, now the subject of talks between Viacom's DreamWorks and current ViewMaster owner Mattel. (Remember when the reel–programmed toy was a GAF property? I still do.)

This is happening a short while before a (ugh) G.I. Joe movie hits screens in the States.

Don't mind your Projectionist; he's just waiting for UTV Pictures to drop Vishal Bhardwaj's Kaminey into the multiplexes on August 14th. (Try visiting the main UTV Motion Pictures website if the special site taxes your computer's processor too much.)

Meanwhile… has anyone YouTubed Mr. Eric Fensler's PSA's? Or gone for a body massage?

July 6, 2009

ACE this

In case you're still of the mindset that educating the young about how to successfully battle climate change is a challenge, the Alliance for Climate Education just made this seemingly daunting task a piece of cake.

Just watch them in action:


©2009 Alliance for Climate Education.

Then get them to come to your schools.

Like we said, a piece of cake.