17 June 2008

AFI

So I'm watching the AFI broadcast of the 10 best films of 10 different genres, which I meant to say something about earlier, but totally forgot about.

Right now they're on animation, and we've seen such luminary cinema experts like Jennifer Love Hewitt and the guy who played Cliff on Cheers, and somehow that's not the biggest complaint in the first 3 minutes I've watched.

First, they aren't shooting in HD. Really? The AFI can't afford HD? Really?

Shrek, which isn't exactly Citizen Kane (I've gotten past the point where I expect the actual list to be worth something, really I have), but even so, is it so hard to show the thing in the proper aspect ratio?

If the purpose of the AFI is to be "a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media.", shouldn't we expect them to at least show the entire film, and not just the full-frame version? Shouldn't that be the minimum requirement for the AFI?

Or is it time to give up on them entirely?

Oh bloody hell. It's Jessica Alba.

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