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Star Trek Beyond

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the first non-pilot episode of Star Trek. We saw Star Trek Beyond at the cinema yesterday and it was touching when we saw subtle tributes in the film and in the credits. The film makers wove Leonard Nimoy’s passing into the story through the death in absentia of “Ambassador… (Read More)

The evil of Hans Landa

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Christoph Walz’s masterpiece performance as a subtly menacing and monstrous S.S. officer in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, from 2009.

The Leviathan

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Read more about this short film.

Terry Abraham’s wonderful outdoor films

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Terry’s videos make me want to turn off my computer and head for the British hills immediately: whether to a well-known place like the Lake District or to places which will be new to me.

The Quest for Inspiration

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This is the trailer for “La Quête d’Inspiration”, a documentary film by Mathieu Le Lay about the experiences in the wilderness of French landscape photographer Alexandre Deschaumes. You can purchase the full-length film at Reelhouse.

Grindelwald in the “good old days”

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Travellers, historians and winter sport fanatics (and those of us who are less fanatic but still enjoy the mountains) will love this old film by Ronald Haines, shot in 1956 in the Swiss mountain resort of Grindelwald and on the surrounding mountains. (Link via Grindelwald Tourism on Facebook.)

Misunderstood

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Just because we have a device in our hands, don’t assume that we’re not taking part. Merry Christmas.

Pale Blue Eyes

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An excerpt from photographer Laura Levine’s unreleased underground Super-8 film, Just Like A Movie, featuring Michael Stipe.

D is for Darkroom

(This is one in a series of essays I’m writing about my life. A specific kind of autobiography, I guess. The rest of these essays are here.) “It was amazing to watch him in the darkroom at an advanced age, still get excited when the results were pleasing. He still struggled like we all do in… (Read More)

In Memoriam – Kodachrome

When digital photography went mainstream, it was the death knell to Kodachrome, even devout Kodachrome enthusiasts migrated from the venerable film to their DSLRs, providing the photographer a level of control that would have been unimaginable with good old Kodachrome. Kodachrome was a victim of advancement, and as the years pass I expect to see… (Read More)