10 Reasons Why “Ready Player One” Is One of Spielberg’s Best Movies of the 21st Century

By Tom Lorenzo

It’s wild how after consistently making great, classic and game-changing movies for decades, Steven Spielberg is constantly being second-guessed and undervalued. He makes movies with such ease and such consistency that it’s almost like he’s being graded on a curve.

He made “The Post” in a month during post-production on “Ready Player One,” so people were not giving it the credit that it deserved as an immense piece of socially-minded filmmaking because we all know that he didn’t stress out making it.

The same level of second guessing was amplified double time with “Ready Player One.” People wanted to ignore the immense talents of Spielberg because the book is pretty much trash and because gaming culture has become so toxic that people don’t even want to see a semi-positive portrayal of that world. But because Spielberg is a master who has a special talent to take bad books and elevate them to something memorable, he made one of his best of the 21st century.

While it may not hit those highs of “Munich” or “The Adventures of Tintin,” it’s one of the most obvious examples of Steve having a blast behind the camera. But he also imbues his heart and his intellect into the proceedings, making something that is pretty subversive and more weighty than its candy-coated sheen would indicate.

Let’s take a little dive into what makes this movie so much better than its current reputation is suggesting by self-righteous film nerds who can’t look past the video game cover and dive into the subtext he is laying out for them. This is a movie prime for a critical reappraisal down the line.

10. A Good Guy

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The 15 Best Hitchcockian Thrillers of All Time

By Will Sautter

According to many, Alfred Hitchcock is the greatest director of all time. Dubbed the Master of Suspense, the majority of Hitchcock’s filmography aligns with the mystery and thriller genres.

Throughout his career, he frequently used similar plot devices and techniques from film to film as a way of capturing the audience into his suspenseful tales and holding their gaze until the final scenes.

Through this repetition, he was able to present a film in a familiar way to the audience and then diverge in a unique and thrilling direction to keep the audience’s attention.

As is common with many highly touted directors, Hitchcock’s work has spawned countless films and entries in other forms of media that are inspired by and/or imitations of his films. Unlike other directors though is the existence of an entire mystery/thriller subgenre of films that employ similar tactics, devices, and techniques that Hitchcock utilized during his career.

Labeled as Hitchcockian thrillers, this subgenre includes both films that were released during Hitchcock’s career that bear similarities to his then contemporary releases as well as films that have been released since the end of his career and made through inspiration and homage to his work.

The following list contains 15 films in chronological order, starting in the early years of Hitchcock’s time in Hollywood and stretching to releases from just a few years ago, that are the very best examples of a Hitchcockian thriller and feel the most like they were directed by the Master himself.

1. Gaslight (1944)

Gaslight (1944)

The first entrant in this list was released during the same year as Hitchcock’s drama Lifeboat. Directed by George Cukor, Gaslight stars Ingrid Bergman as a newly married woman who begins to question her sanity and the intentions of her husband (played by Charles Boyer) after → continue…

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Canon Intelligent Compact Camera Concept

By Lee Herbet

Canon announced the Intelligent Compact Camera Concept back at CES in January. We took a look at it at NAB 2018. The Intelligent Compact Camera Concept is a 380 degree portable camera…

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Vaxis Wireless Video Systems

By Matthew Allard ACS

Vaxis were showing an extensive range of wireless video systems at NAB 2018. Their range of wireless video systems includes transmitters capable of working up to 500ft, all the way…

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RØDE introduces the worlds first sub-$1000 ambisonic mic

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Adrian Pennington)

RØDE introduces the worlds first sub-$1000 ambisonic mic

Audio is 70% of what we see, apparently. In a VR experience audio theoretically should be even more important than in standard video or film. RØDE has caught onto this with the NT-SF1, an affordable mic for recording multi-directional sound.

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    IFH 232: Test Screenings – Are They a Waste of Time or Worth It? – Indie Film Hustle

    By Alex Ferrari

    Test Screenings – Are They a Waste of Time or Worth It? Today we are going to discuss Test Screenings. Are they a waste of time? How do you handle comments and criticisms? Who do you invite to test screening and how do you perform a proper test screening? I have a group of five types…

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    IFH 232: Test Screenings – Are They a Waste of Time or Worth It? – Indie Film Hustle

    By Alex Ferrari

    Test Screenings – Are They a Waste of Time or Worth It? Today we are going to discuss Test Screenings. Are they a waste of time? How do you handle comments and criticisms? Who do you invite to test screening and how do you perform a proper test screening? I have a group of five types…

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    WRITERS IN THIS ISSUE | StudentFilmmakers Magazine, 2018 NAB Edition

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Have you seen the awesome writers in this new edition of StudentFilmmakers Magazine? Check out their bios.

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    Aputure Light Dome II – the quick deploy soft box

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    Aputure have a new version of their popular Light Dome soft box. The Light Dome II builds on the original, but Aputure have added several new features. Aputure have made…

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    HOBO Handles Voiceover Recording For New National Geographic Series “America Inside Out With Katie Couric”

    By Right Word Media

    NEW YORK

    Veteran broadcast journalist Katie Couric and National Geographic turned to creative audio post studio HOBO and Engineer Stephen Davies to handle voiceover recording for her latest documentary series “…

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    Fujinon’s whopping 46x UA46x9.5B 2/3″ ENG lens

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    At NAB 2018, Fujinon were showing the UA46x9.5B 2/3″ ENG lens that has a 46x zoom ratio and a wide angle from 9.5~437mm (19~874mm w/2x) with an F2.0 aperture. The…

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    Schneider True-Net Filters – everything old is new again

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    At NAB 2018, Schneider were showing their new True-Net Filters. In this age of high resolution shooting many cinematographers are using diffusion filters to soften up their images. There are…

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    Announcing VRLA 2018 Keynotes & Expo Highlights

    By stephanie@razpr.com

    LOS ANGELES

    Experience next generation immersive technologies and explore “A New Reality” at VRLA, the leading virtual and augmented reality expo, May 4-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Industry-leading companies sponsoring this year’s expo include Intel,…

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    Studio Daily Honors Assimilate with Two Studio Daily Prime Awards at NAB 2018

    By aggie@assimilateinc.com

    LAS VEGAS | NAB 2018

    At NAB 2018, Assimilate® was honored to receive two Studio Daily Prime Awards, which acknowledge the technology leadership of 50 individuals in the creative arts and the best in products that offer creative professionals useful feature sets, innovative qualities, ease of use, and strong…

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    Fujifilm X-T20 firmware update improves subject tracking, enhances touchscreen functionality

    In addition to the six other firmware updates released today, Fujifilm also released the previously announced upgrade to the X-T20. The most interesting features include:

    • Improved AF tracking: the company says that the camera can track moving subjects at twice the speed of the previous firmware. The X-T20 can now track subjects 50% smaller than before.
    • New touchscreen controls: Users can now move the AF area by touch when in ‘focus zoom’ mode. The Quick Menu can now be operated by touch, as well.
    • Exposure improved with face detection
    • RGB and highlight warnings now available

    Version 2.00 of the X-T20 firmware can be downloaded here.

    Here’s the full list of improvements:

    The firmware update Ver.2.00 from Ver.1.11 incorporates the following issues:

    1. New AF tracking algorithm for moving subjects
    Thanks to the newly developed image recognition algorithm, the update enhances AF-C to track moving subjects twice as fast as previous firmware. In addition, the update also enhances tracking to be able to capture up to 50% smaller moving subjects than before.

    2. Enhanced touch screen operation
    The firmware update will add some of the touch screen operation features which are currently available on the FUJIFILM X-E3. These touch screen features include:
    1) The Auto Focus area can be moved when in focus zoom with flick operation.
    2) Pinch-in/out operation in playback mode will be updated to go from full-frame playback to multi-frame playback (Nine-frame view and Hundred-frame view)
    3) Select the frame in multi-frame playback with tap or drag operation or return to full-frame playback by double-tapping
    4) Q (Quick) menu selection
    5) Input character with touch key-board (*1)
    *1:Except for some functions. (ex. SSID input)

    3. Support “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”
    After connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro. Fast batch processing → continue…

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