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All 9 Best Director Oscar Winners From The 1990s Ranked From Worst To Best

By Rob Williams

It was a decade of differences in that there are only nine entries due one of our chaps winning twice and America doesn’t quite have a stranglehold on producing great directors with only six of the nine being born in the USA. Also this decade has three of the six men best known as actors who went on to win the Best Director Oscar… Didn’t I say that about the 80s? Well, blow me down, it’s happened again.

Despite that the 90s were an eventful time for film. Dogme 95 became an important European artistic movement. The first full-length CGI movie, Pixar’s Toy Story, was released, revolutionising animated films. Titanic became the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing over $1.8 billion worldwide and would hold that record for over a decade until James Cameron had another hit with Avatar. Walt Disney had a renaissance when they returned to making traditionally animated musical family classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King.

So, rather than the films that made the headlines and all the money, here are the ones that won the Best Director Oscar. Having said that, in this decade, four of our films are in the top 25 highest grossing films of the decade. Hope you enjoy the list and remember, this is just an opinion… play nicely!

9. James Cameron – Titanic – 1997

His original college career would lead you to think that this was a chap who’s future was in a science lab rather than an editing suite. Maybe influenced by his engineer father, he started out reading physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out.

A series of part time jobs followed until he gave up true driving to enter the cinema industry where, again, he → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

All 9 Best Director Oscar Winners From The 1980s Ranked From Worst To Best

By Rob Williams

Widely held to be one of the worst decades in Western Cinema. Studio driven blockbusters took over from the Director driven New Hollywood films of the 70s. This is seen by the top ten grossing film of the decade; only one (E.T. The Extra Terrestrial) is not part of a multi-million dollar franchise.

It was a decade of differences in that there are only nine entries due one of our chaps winning twice and America doesn’t quite have a stranglehold on producing great directors with only six of the nine being born in the USA. Also this decade has three of the six men best known as actors who went on to win the Best Director Oscar.

This is also the decade that brought us Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, Back To The Future, Beverly Hills Cop, and re-launched Batman. However, apart from a couple of nominations for Steven Spielberg, none of those film’s directors had a look in at the best director slot.

So… are these all art school efforts that everybody claims to have seen but either never did or secretly hated or can they share a bill with the latest multiplex stuffer.

9. James L Brooks – Terms Of Endearment

James L Brooks is probably best known for being a writer rather than a director; he has 41 writing credits compared to 6 for directing. After dropping out of NYU, he went to work for CBS. Initially as an usher but eventually going on to write links for the news broadcasts. Later he moved to Los Angeles and wound up creating and writing ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ as well as the spin offs ‘Rhoda’ and ‘Lou Grant’. Other TV work included ‘Taxi’, and ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ which led to the one the whole world has seen his → continue…

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Billingham introduces the tiny ‘72’ for premium compacts and small mirrorless kits

Premium British bag manufacturer Billingham has launched a new small shoulder bag called the Billingham 72, aimed at users of fixed lens premium cameras and those with small mirrorless bodies. The Billingham 72 features a new padding design that puts a double layer of high-density foam all around the body of the bag in a continuous form that leaves no spaces between the sides and the base.

Traditional Billingham canvas or FibreNyte finishes are available, both of which are weather, water and heat resistant for the entire life of the bag. All fittings are made from leather and brass, and a quick release catch allows easy access to the cover whether the bag is over the shoulder or attached to your belt.

The bag is available in a choice of five color combinations that will go on sale in the UK tomorrow for £100. Sales in the USA are expected to begin after Christmas.

For more information visit the Billingham website.

Press Release

Small and perfectly formed. Billingham announces the ‘72′

High quality, lightweight, compact bag with dense foam padding offers outstanding protection for fixed prime lens and small system cameras

Designed for owners of fixed prime lens cameras and the growing range of small mirrorless and compact systems, Billingham has today announced the Billingham 72. The new, high quality, lightweight bag will be available to view and order for the first time at the Digital Splash 17 exhibition in Liverpool, 7-8 October.

The Billingham 72 will come in five colour combinations and will cost £100 inc. VAT:

  • Sage FibreNyte & Chocolate Leather
  • Khaki Canvas & Tan Leather
  • Burgundy Canvas & Chocolate Leather
  • Black Canvas & Tan Leather
  • Black FibreNyte & Black Leather

At 150 x 130 x 190mm (WxDxH), the Billingham 72 is the ideal → continue…

From:: DPreview

FAA puts restrictions on drone use near important USA monuments

By Matthew Allard ACS

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is cracking down on drone use near important monuments and dams in the US. This includes the Statue of Liberty and Hoover Dam. Credit: Pixabay…

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Manfrotto owner Vitec has acquired Lowepro and JOBY for $10.3 million in cash

Vitec Group, the company that owns camera accessory brand Manfrotto, has just added two other major brands to its stable: JOBY and Lowepro. Vitec bought the brands from the Dayman Group, bringing them into its already sizable photo equipment portfolio.

Vitec already owns a large collection of brands that operate across the stills and video markets, selling everything from bags, to tripods, to light stands, camera cages, batteries, lighting and video monitors. Well-known Vitec-owned names include Gitzo, Lastolite, Wooden Camera, Colorama, Litepanels and SmallHD.

This acquisition brings the GorillaPod flexible tripod series of camera and mobile supports under Vitec’s control, along with Lowepro’s massive range of bags, cases and pouches.

It’s difficult to see what the purchase of either business brings that’s new to Vitec, as the company already has products in almost all the areas JOBY and Lowepro already supply. It will inevitably reduce the company’s competition though, and as the press release says it will strengthen Vitec’s position as a global supplier. Vitec also says that the purchase, particularly of Lowepro, will give it better access to certain markets (such as the USA) in which it needs a better hold, and that it expects to enjoy better relationships with Apple, Amazon and B&H Photo because of the deal.

The purchase cost Vitec $10.3 million in cash, with an expected total investment of around the deal of $32 million to integrate the new brands. While Vitec Group wants the intellectual property of JOBY and Lowepro and some of the R&D and manufacturing facilities in the Far East, it also expects to save $7 million a year by the end of 2019 by “consolidating and simplifying the business, improving procurement and supply chain management, and leveraging Vitec’s distribution platform.”

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From:: DPreview