Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dolby, Guacamole and Captain Phillips

(This is a blog for news about the North County Film Club, about film in general, local film events and anything else that seems interesting to film lovers. Views expressed in this blog are not those of the North County Film Club, but of the blog host.)

Rest in Peace, Ray Dolby. But I must say you didn't really give us senior citizens much peace when your company developed Surround Sound. Maybe we're just a bunch of whiners at the movies. "It's so loud, turn the sound down", we yell. But the sound just gets louder and louder with each viewing.

So I say, thanks, Mr. Dolby, you've done a fantastic job. They say that you invented noise reduction systems, but if this is noise reduction, I'll eat my ear plugs!

But I'm sure he was a genius and he did remove the hiss from audiotapes.  So that's a good thing. And he's probably responsible for bringing more young people to the movies. They love that Surround Sound, don't they?

We had a great time on Sunday watching the Oscar nominated animated shorts. What a bunch of great little films. It was very difficult voting for the best one because they were all excellent. I voted for Adam and Dog, mainly because I am a dog lover and also because it had the most gorgeous animation. My favorite, though, was The Longest Daycare starring Maggie Simpson. But I didn't vote for it because it came from a big studio, just like Paperman which was great but came from Disney. So c'mon let's vote for the little guys. Paperman and Adam and Dog garnered the most votes from the club members after the movies Sunday. Did you have a favorite? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

And speaking of little guys, the shortest but sweetest film was Guacamole and I felt bad not voting for it because, after all, we live in Avocado land. It was a brilliant film and had a totally classic ending.

If you missed last Sunday and want to see some of these shorts, click here Animated short films.

One of the perks of becoming a member of the North County Film Club is that every so often we are invited to free showings of upcoming films. This past week we were invited to a showing of Captain Phillips. Unfortunately, we are usually not informed about the showings until the last minute and most are shown closer to San Diego. But the movies are usually really good ones. So far we've been invited to see Ruby Sparks, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The East and many others. Often the director, screenwriter or star will be in attendance to talk about the film and answer questions which is always really interesting.  
The showing of Captain Phillips was a real treat. This is a fantastic film. It has everything you want in a movie - great cinematography, wonderful acting (Tom Hanks will surely be nominated for an Oscar) and sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat action. Wow, what a film. Don't miss it. It opens Oct. 11.

And don't forget to vote for the drama films that have been nominated. The deadline for the votes is Sunday, Sept. 29th.

Our next film is Any Day Now, Sunday, October 13th.


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