As you might have noticed, Split Reel has undergone some changes due to simple boredom and improving the functionality and design of the site. Here’s what’s new :
Ok, so I’m trying this out. I mean why not! Even though Facebook’s faith is in the doubts (Google+ is seriously kicking it up!) it’s still a loyal companion. Do you want to get all your news, trailers and reviews in one place? Why not like Split Reel on FACEBOOK! The page is still under construction but prepare for the obvious updates on posts, and incredibly witty remarks, news and links!
I got an encouraging ‘Go for it!’ from a friend and picked up the font upgrade on WordPress. I’m really happy I did, I think it gave the site some added character. How do you like the new look?
I updated my Blogroll, now found on the upper right corner as a page. These are blogs that I follow on a regular basis and are deserving of more traffic! Check them out here.
Speaking of blogs deserving of more traffic, I have been really lazy with links this past month. Here’s what you might’ve missed :
The Sixties, with all of its commendable trumpeting of tolerance, restraint and free love was always going to be too good to last. Sooner or later there’s always a rebound and in Hollywood few movies represented that rebound better than 1971′s Dirty Harry. Peace, love and understanding proved to be no match for the most powerful handgun in the world and an actor who, at that time, was best known for playing a different kind of cowboy.
Times change, people change. An overused expression, but it is more than applicable to the reason why blockbusters are now so visually-oriented. In 1967 there was film that came along called Bonnie & Clyde, which landed with a rather large bang, and made the censors choke on their club soda. Influenced by European art films, and particularly French New Wave, a more visual style became commonplace, with films like The Graduate employing such film-making techniques as jump shots and experimental lenses. This style of film-making in mainstream Hollywood was referred to as ‘New Hollywood’, fueled by the youth in revolt, political unrest, and various other sociological factors.
Now I know in the 18th Century the theatre going experience was vastly different than it is today. People would go to the theatre for the social aspect rather than to see the play going on in the background. The invention of film eventually curbed that ritual, but it seems to be making a strong comeback. I think what irks me the most about all of this is how self-important we have become as a society. Everyone assumes their life, or their actions, are far more important than anyone elses. That is why people can wipe their hands on a seat without even considering that someone in the next show might be sitting there.
And to end things (was going to say on a high note, but as all the links are awesome, it’s just a note at the same level as the previous ones), here’s the droolworthy trailer for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011). What a cast! Ommmmm