Anthony Lamont Dowell-Blakemore 
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Re: “Will the last movie theaters in Nashville to show celluloid film please stand up?

Enjoyed the article. And yes, every cinephile out there knows Ebert is the biggest critic/pundit of celluloid vs. digital. He is quick to point out how digital has its advantages in preserving older titles, but at the same time addresses the issues with image quality being degraded to the point of washing out colors when not setting up the equipment properly. Everything from using 2,000 watt bulbs in favor of the standard 3,000 watt (claiming they last longer-but only 3% longer) to not having reps come in to show how to configure a projector for specific films (I saw firsthand how troubling watching a 2D digital version of a film on a projector configured w/a 3D lens can be when I saw HP7 at Green Hills this Summer-I promptly asked for a refund). For these two reasons alone, I have avoided seeing most new releases in the past 2 years. I find my money is better spent going to McKay's and looking for foreign titles on my wishlist. I do regularly visit the Belcourt (Melancholia is next on my list), but as far as going to the cineplex, it is a hard trek for me to make. With the re-opening of Opry Mills, I am hopeful they were able to make improvements with the issues plaguing the conversion to full digital. Nevertheless, I support the preservation of celluloid. Sometimes a digital copy you watch can be terrible to the point where even the most casual moviegoer would cry for celluloid. Best example I have: Was anyone else victim to the Shinboru (Symbol) watermarked screener attendees of NaFF 2010 were subjected to? I should've resorted to the refund offered prior to the start of the film and used it on the 35MM print of Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl the following night.
Yeah, celluloid is my preference.
I'm Anthony Dowell-Blakemore, and I'll see you at the movies.

Posted by Anthony Lamont Dowell-Blakemore on 12/01/2011 at 12:54 PM

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