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Month: January 2011

Welcome To The Black Parade

Nothing quite prepares you for it. You think you know what it is like to be clouded and shrouded by despair, to be followed by the black dog. You’ve known people who have suffered it – friends, family, colleagues, watched their own struggles and seen them cope. Or not cope.
But nothing quite prepares you for it.
It fell over me towards the end of November. At first it comes unrecognised, slowly shrouding you in despair that just seems to be part of the normal day to day routine or worry. Like daylight turning into night you barely noticing it untill you consciously stop and look and think about it. By which time you find yourself barely able to recognise yourself as a person anymore, and – like trying to turn back the night into daylight – not in any position to do anything to reverse it.
Sitting on the outside of the bubble of blackness such pithy comments and attitudes as “you need to pull yourself together”, “snap Continue reading

Why films on TV in their original widescreen ratio is good for you

A guest article by DVDFever.co.uk’s Dom Robinson

Well, the reason it’s good for you is because you’re seeing the film as it was originally intended by the director. In times gone by, some people would baulk at the thought of black bars on their screen, but this has thankfully waned somewhat, thanks to the home cinemas that have taken over our living rooms. For many years, seeing a film with a ratio of around 2.35:1 being shown on a conventional TV channel has been rather a rarity, even in the early ’90s when Alex Cox’s Moviewatch series would claim to show films for film buff, yet he was hampered by the BBC sticking to their guns by never doing justice to his selections. I’ve been a proponent of this for as long as I can remember and, in the early days of this website, I also started a list of all the widescreen videos which were released in their original format, as most were cropped to 4:3 and generally looked horrendous. Slowly, but surely, the studios released that there was demand for widescreen and companies like 20th Century Fox led the charge in the early ’90s with five widescreen videos: Alien, Die Hard, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Over time, these were joined by more titles from both Fox and other studios and this became an accepted reality. The advent of laserdisc boosted the demand for widescreen, but that Read the rest of this article here>>

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
Healthy blog!
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 22 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 23 posts. There were 19 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 14mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was March 9th with 110 views. The most popular post that day was Georgia’s Angel.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were jonrosling.com, facebook.com, twitter.com, en.wordpress.com, and mandy.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for georgia’s angel, georgias angel, stephen king’s it 2011, georgia’s angel film, and strawberry spring short story.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Georgia’s Angel March 2010
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2

CASTING CALL November 2010

3

About April 2008
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4

The Secret February 2010
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Waterfall February 2010

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