10 Great Movies From 2016 That Should Have Been Nominated For Best Picture

By Mike Gray

So many films made every year and so little time to see every one of them. That is, unless your entire profession depends upon watching as many films as possible during a year, and doubly so if you are a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. After all, it is members of this organization that decides what films are to be considered for Best Picture at the annual Academy Awards.

Every year, it seems more and more films are made, and with this the potential field considered for Best Picture nominations is widened. Although the Academy had expanded the number of films that can be nominated for Best Picture from 5 to 10 in 2009, this categorical expansion seems to ignore that there are dozens of great films released every year that should, by all rights, be considered for a nomination.

The politicking that goes on during awards season for this nomination also means that smaller films—those that don’t have the millions to promote to Academy members during this time—are often left ignored despite their merit. With this in mind, here are 10 great films from 2016 that should have been nominated for Best Picture but weren’t.

1. Nocturnal Animals

A wealthy art gallery owner is sent the manuscript of her long-estranged ex-husband’s new book in the mail, with him asking her to read it. As she reads the novel—a disturbing story about a sudden, violent ambush in the desert on a family at night that leaves a man’s life shattered—the audience watches the plot unfold as she envisions it in her mind.

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15 Great Movies To Watch If You Liked “Stranger Things”

By Vlad Albescu

Equally influenced by Steven Spielberg’s family-adventure films, 80s nostalgia, Stephen King’s novels and John Carpenter’s retro synth soundscapes, “Stranger Things” was one of the best received shows of 2016. Not only did it gain a lot of popularity in a very short time, but it already feels like a classic. Last week, the second season was released on Netflix and continues to receive acclaim from both critics and audiences.

If you’ve finished binge-watching the newest episodes and you’re looking for similar stories, here are 15 movies to enjoy until next season.

15. Ghostbusters (1984)

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Well, this is a little bit of a stretch, but if you’ve already seen Chapter Two of the second “Stranger Things” season, you must have noticed the boys’ Halloween costumes, which are exact replicas of the ones worn by Bill Murray and co. in “Ghostbusters.” And let’s not forget the famous theme song, which was featured during the episode and was also played during its credits.

This all-time classic follows four guys from New York (parapsychologists, to be exact) who form the Ghostbusters, a paranormal investigation and elimination service. Basically, they are ghost hunters.

“Ghostbusters” is one of the most entertaining action-comedies ever made. It’s funny and witty, fast-paced, has memorable performances from its cast, great special effects, and the catchiest theme song ever. Really, is there anyone out there who doesn’t like the “Ghostbusters” theme?

What you gonna watch? Ghostbusters!

14. I Am Not A Serial Killer (2016)

This 2016 quirky thriller flick flew under the radar of mainstream audiences despite being one of the most original films to come out in the last couple of years. The film stars Max Records as John, a troubled teenager who struggles with homicidal thoughts, and Christopher Lloyd → continue…

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Bokeh Market site tracks used camera market value, offers alerts on price changes

A new website called Bokeh Market aims to take some of the work out of buying and selling used camera gear by providing users with real-time market value info. The website, which is free to use, provides a graph showing an item’s value over time, its individual seller rating and, when possible, its trusted seller value. The site also culls active listings for the item from various online destinations, including eBay and B&H Photo.

The website is search-based, meaning users search for the gear they’re interested in. Though an account isn’t necessary to use the Bokeh Market, registering one allows users to create their own gear list, making it easier to see its value. Additionally, accounts can be used to get price alerts for specific items and to create bundles of items, the value of which is provided based on Bokeh Market’s data.

Via: PetaPixel

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Amazon Black Friday deals will start on November 17

By SonyAlpha Admin

Amazon announced that the Black Friday deals will start on November 17 and go on for 10 days. The Black Friday pages are already up and running here and some early deals can be found: Amazon US. Amazon CA. Amazon DE. Amazon UK. Amazon FR. Amazon ES. Amazon IT. To grab the best deals before […]

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SmallHD Firmware OS3 Adds Auto Calibration And Custom False Color

By Tim Fok

SmallHD has released a firmware update they are calling their biggest yet. OS3 is available for all current SmallHD monitors, sporting advanced false color and waveform functionality, as well as much need auto calibration.

The above video gives you a nice little run down of SmallHD firmware update OS3.

SmallHD has focused on updating their false color and waveform exposure tools to make them much more customizable.

Customizable False Color

Previous to this update, the false color feature on SmallHD monitors was fairly standard – the image displayed was broken down into color shades that stretched a gradient from 0-100%.

Now, you can select specific IRE values (up to 10 different ranges) and assign them different colors.

How does this help? Primitive false color is one thing, but having the ability to really home in on certain IRE values is a step further in advanced exposure assistance.

You can set a certain level of IRE values that you know is good for skin tones, or set a low and/or high end cap on edge range values to ensure you don’t under or over expose.

It can be really good for greenscreen and cyc work also, as well as keeping track of exposure tones for long-term projects.

Spot Metering in LUMA Waveform

SmallHD has expanded its waveform features also. You can now select different areas of the screen to depict which area of the waveform it corresponds to; this is another great tool for setting skin tones level.

I’m not a waveform kind of guy for the exact reason that it can be hard to really see what aspect of your image is what on the graph; this makes thing much easier.

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VNTG8 turns old 8mm film canisters into SD card holders

A new Kickstarter project wants to provide photographers with a retro storage solution for their SD and microSD cards. Called VNTG8, this project takes old 8mm film canisters and transforms them into SD card holders via a foam insert. This foam insert features six large pockets for full-size SD cards and six small pockets for microSD cards.

The foam insert has a somewhat clever radial design clearly inspired by the film spool it replaces. VNTG8 comes in two varieties, one that features a new Goldberg Brothers canister from remaining stock produced in the 1970s, the other featuring used canisters sourced from various places throughout the US.

In addition, the polyethylene foam insert will be offered as a standalone option for buyers who have their own 8mm film canisters, but only if the Kickstarter campaign reaches its $7,000 stretch goal. A Goldberg canister VNTG8 with foam insert is offered to backers who pledge at least $19. Delivery is estimated to start in February 2018 if the campaign is successful.

Via: Kickstarter

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Canon fuels the 4K train with new broadcast zooms

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Freya Black)

Canon fuels the 4K train with new broadcast zooms

Canon’s new introduction of broadcast glass leaves no doubt that 4K really is mainstream now.

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    Sharp’s new 8K camera is $77,000

    With 4K recording available on many smartphones and 4K resolution pretty much a standard specification on TV sets, it looks like the industry is now pushing to move into 8K territory faster. Sharp’s contribution comes in the shape of the new 8C-B60A 8K camcorder which is aimed at broadcasters and will undoubtedly be deployed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    The camera comes with a Super 35mm sensor that’s approximately the same size as the one on the Red Helium Weapon 8K and is capable of recording 10-bit 60 fps footage. Grass Valley’s HQX codec helps keeping file sizes at a manageable level but the camera comes with a custom 2TB SSD pack that was developed in collaboration with Astrodesign and can hold approximately 40 minutes of 8K video.

    A PL lens mount can take Zeiss and Leica lenses among other which should give film makers plenty of options for creating a specific look and make the camera an option far beyond the fields of news and sports.

    In addition the 8C-B60A comes with a number of features aimed at broadcast users, such as an integrated top-handle and viewfinder, as well as simultaneous recording and output and a shoulder pad.

    All those features don’t come cheap, though. With a price tag of $77,000 the 8C-B60A will be out of reach for enthusiasts and pro-sumers but it will help big broadcasters and proucers drive 8K and help manufacturers, such as Sharp, push the sales figures for 8K displays.

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    10 Movies Masterpieces That Are Criminally Underrated (Part 4)

    By Zach Wee

    Throughout the history of film, the term “Masterpiece” gets thrown around rather frequently, loosely even, with common names like Citizen Kane and Casablanca coming to mind, being praised for their level of innovation and general greatness.

    Though such films are undeniably great, there are a few black sheep (that will not be named) which are undeservingly bestowed that term, even studied in film school for their “greatness”, when they’re frankly only a step above mediocrity. Which is all the more infuriating considering how certain films that ARE masterpieces go unnoticed in favor of lesser ones.

    This list aims to highlight 10 such films. Though they may not hit the same level of innovation or brilliance as the likes of Apocalypse Now or The Seventh Seal, they are undeniably great works of cinema, and more importantly, embody the very definition of the term “obscure”. Despite all of these films being either made by notable filmmakers or praised by even more notable ones, they all net less than 10000 votes on IMDB, and some even have undeservingly mixed reviews to their name.

    Without further ado, these are 10 more criminally underrated movie masterpieces.

    10. Element of Crime (1984)

    The Element of Crime

    Stylistically, The Element of Crime is far from Lars von Trier ‘s destructive handheld style. The shots in the film are visually aesthetic with so much depth to them and detail in the frame. Cuts are used sparingly as opposed to frequently. The camera meanders in an omniscient manner, with literally only a few handheld shots. Completely dissimilar to the method of filmmaking von Trier is known for today.

    Nonetheless, if you were to view the film from a thematic and historic standpoint, this film is still very much the hallmark of von Trier’s filmography. The extremely creative, well executed and almost → continue…

    From:: Taste Of Cinema

    10 Movie Masterpieces That Are Criminally Underrated (Part 4)

    By Zach Wee

    Magical Girl 2014

    Throughout the history of film, the term “Masterpiece” gets thrown around rather frequently, loosely even, with common names like Citizen Kane and Casablanca coming to mind, being praised for their level of innovation and general greatness.

    Though such films are undeniably great, there are a few black sheep (that will not be named) which are undeservingly bestowed that term, even studied in film school for their “greatness”, when they’re frankly only a step above mediocrity. Which is all the more infuriating considering how certain films that ARE masterpieces go unnoticed in favor of lesser ones.

    This list aims to highlight 10 such films. Though they may not hit the same level of innovation or brilliance as the likes of Apocalypse Now or The Seventh Seal, they are undeniably great works of cinema, and more importantly, embody the very definition of the term “obscure”. Despite all of these films being either made by notable filmmakers or praised by even more notable ones, they all net less than 10000 votes on IMDB, and some even have undeservingly mixed reviews to their name.

    Without further ado, these are 10 more criminally underrated movie masterpieces.

    10. Element of Crime (1984)

    The Element of Crime

    Stylistically, The Element of Crime is far from Lars von Trier ‘s destructive handheld style. The shots in the film are visually aesthetic with so much depth to them and detail in the frame. Cuts are used sparingly as opposed to frequently. The camera meanders in an omniscient manner, with literally only a few handheld shots. Completely dissimilar to the method of filmmaking von Trier is known for today.

    Nonetheless, if you were to view the film from a thematic and historic standpoint, this film is still very much the hallmark of von Trier’s filmography. The extremely creative, well executed and almost → continue…

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    Samyang officially releases the new Lens Station for e-mount cameras

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    Samyang officially announced the new Lens Station for E-mount autofocus lenses. What itdoes is this: – install firmware updates – calibrate focus – calibrate aperture – calibrate MF sensibility [Download User Manual] Current Samyang/Rokinon AF E-mount lenses: 50mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon. Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES. 14mm f/2.8 […]

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    Contender: Composer Nitin Sawhney – Breathe

    By Chelsea Beebe

    Nitin Sawhney has had a year that most artists only dream of: winning the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award, having his latest CD turned into a fully choreographed production that will be touring globally, and scoring two films, Breathe, released October 13, and The Jungle Book, premiering in 2018. Both films were directed by long-time […]

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    Gear of the Year 2017 – Barney’s choice (part 1): Leica M10

    My choice for Gear of the Year is a pricey camera with niche appeal. The Leica M10 is not a camera that many people are likely to buy, when compared to other major DSLRs and mirrorless products released in 2017. Leica knows that, and trust me – Leica is fine with it. The M10 probably isn’t a camera that will suit the majority of photographers, either – even those with the funds required to purchase one.

    The M10 is a curious beast: a highly evolved throwback, which combines some very old technology with a modern 24MP full-frame sensor to offer a unique user experience with some unique quirks. It’s awkward, tricky to master, and lacks a lot of the bells and whistles common even in much cheaper competitors, but I love it all the same.

    I could have taken this picture with pretty well any camera. But I took it with the Leica M10, because that’s what I had with me. (I didn’t promise you an exciting story).

    There is a certain magic to Leica rangefinders, which is hard to properly explain. A lot of their appeal comes down to the quality of construction, which is obvious the moment you pick one up. While other brands have thrown their efforts behind high-tech mass-production (with admittedly impressive results), Leica has never aspired to market saturation and still makes its M-series cameras in much the same way as it always has done; relying heavily on manual processes, and the accumulated years of experience of its small workforce in Wetzlar, Germany (with a little help from electronics suppliers in Asia and a facility in Portugal).

    A lot of Leica rangefinders’ appeal comes down to the quality of construction

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    Taro uses infrared technology and AI for improved subject tracking

    Conventional tracking systems tend to struggle when the tracked subject briefly exits the frame or disappears behind another object. The new Taro auto-tracker and stabilizer tackles this problem with infrared technology.

    Users connect their smartphones, DSLR cameras or existing Bluetooth stabilizers to Taro and select the target they want to track. Taro will then follow the target using an AI-based infrared tracking algorithm that performs 30 calculations per second. According to the Taro team, this allows for tracking of objects that are moving as fast as 50 MPH.

    “In developing Taro, we’ve essentially designed a robot that operates your camera just like a real cameraman could,” said Taro founder, Hao Qian. “Taro can instantaneously establish the intended object’s approximate location,” he said. “Taro also has a powerful learning algorithm that immediately eliminates sub-optimal positioning, precisely pinpointing the object’s exact location – which results in the perfect balance between efficiency and accuracy.”

    The Taro robot looks like an interesting solution for anyone wanting to film themselves during sports and action activities or for filming while moving. The Taro is available on Kickstarter now in three versions, a kit for smartphones, a kit for DSLRs or just a tracking module that can be used with existing Bluetooth stabilizers.

    The smartphone kit will set you back $200 while the DSLR kit is $600. The tracking module on its own is available at $100. Early-bird offers are available as well. For more information watch the video below and have a look at the project’s Kickstarter page.

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    How The Windows 10 Creators Update Helps Indie Filmmakers

    By Lewis McGregor Last week Microsoft released The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and there is a new feature that can be very useful for DIY and low-budget productions. → continue…

    From:: Premium Beat