Comments from Giles

Showing 201 - 225 of 906 comments

Giles commented about Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinemas on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm

according to their website – the BTX screen is debuting this Friday with ‘Cloud Atlas’ and since AMC did not book this at the Uptown, I’m thinking of trekking out to check out the new screen here.

Giles commented about Angelika Film Center on Oct 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm

the 3D systems are Dolby systems – the glasses are thicker and heavier than what I am accustomed to, but the image and 3D pop of ‘Dial M for Murder’ was really really good.

Giles commented about Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinemas on Oct 18, 2012 at 11:41 pm

so the screen can change between 1.78/1.85 and 2.35 – with no black borders above or below the image for the latter? That’s too bad the Atmos system won’t be up and running for ‘Chasing Mavericks’ (Oct 26th) – I don’t think I’ve read any news that ‘Skyfall’ will be released in 7.1, let alone remixed in Atmos :( On the plus side ‘Skyfall’ (the entire feature, like the trailer) will be released in 4K DCP

not to digress, but the 7.1 mix for ‘The Lion King’ (on the ETX screen) really DID suck – agree with you there. Even the 7.1 mix of ‘Finding Nemo’ was completely lackluster, my DTS-ES 6.1 DVD of the movie had better surround sound mixing than what I heard on the big screen.

Giles commented about Angelika Film Center on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm

tix are available for a 3D presentation of Hitchcock’s ‘Dial M for Murder’ – thumbs up!

Sunday 10/21 @ 11:00AM
Wednesday 10/24 @ 7:15PM.

Giles commented about ArcLight Pasadena on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

nice theaters, the digital projection of ‘Looper’ was sharp as a tack and looked great. What was odd is that before the movie one of the employees came in and introduced the film and would check the image and sound, well he didn’t stay around for the feature film because the sound notably the dialogue was very very quiet – I couldn’t get up and complain as missing any of the movie would render the plot incomprehensible.

I was personally shocked over the tix price, which for the first (morning) screening of the day was a whopping $12.50 – ouch… If Arclight thinks they can charge that amount (and higher for their evening screenings) for their features at the 2014 opening on the East Coast at the Montgomery Mall Bethesda Maryland location, think again

Giles commented about “Halloween” returns to the big screen at Classic Cinemas! on Oct 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm

select Landmark Theaters are also showing this:

ATLANTA, GA: at 9:00pm at the Midtown Art Cinema

BOSTON, MA: at 9:00pm at the Kendall Square Cinema

CHICAGO, IL: at 9:00pm at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema

DENVER, CO: at 9:00pm at the Esquire Theatre

LOS ANGELES, CA: at 9:00pm at the Regent Theatre

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: at 9:00pm at the Lagoon Cinema

SAN DIEGO, CA: at 9:00pm at the Hillcrest Cinemas

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: at 9:00pm at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

SEATTLE, WA: at 9:00pm at the Harvard Exit Theatre

WASHINGTON, DC: at 9:00pm at the E Street Cinema

Giles commented about Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinemas on Oct 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm

any screen can give the ETX screen a run for it’s money IMO, recently ‘Finding Nemo’ in 3D looked terrible. I’m sick of the two projector’s not being correctly aligned. Is the BTX screen a single projector? You should have seen all the speakers if it’s BTX (above the standard surrounds speakers and the one’s in the ceiling) That’s very exciting news!

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Oct 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm

yes, the print was stunning, but the sound I thought sounded too strident and overly loud at times – all in all though, thank you P.T. Anderson and the Weisteins for actually releasing a ‘new’ movie in 70mm – let’s the floodgates open now [okay it’s a pipedream, but I hope some director’s take note and realize the potential 70mm still has (I want to hear what a modern soundtrack can sound like in five front channel mag sound)]

Giles commented about AMC Mazza Gallerie 7 on Oct 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm

saw the 1pm screening of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on Screen 1 (hooray!) and in 4K DCP – it was truly amazing – it’s not 70mm, but the transfer team who created the DCP for this Fathom Event left no stone unturned – the clarity, the sharpness, the colors were truly outstanding – I’m still floored by it.

Giles commented about AMC Courthouse Plaza 8 on Sep 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

did they upgrade any of the auditoriums to 7.1 audio ? I know that at least one auditorium used to feature 8-channel SDDS.

Giles commented about AEG put up for sale; operates several former movie theaters as entertainment centers on Sep 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm

oh, the theater which is featured on the Faithless ‘Sunday 8pm’ album

Giles commented about Update on The Ziegfeld: 'The Master' doesn't help on Sep 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

what’s the point of non-use of surrounds when the mixers could (but didn’t) use the traditional five-across stage channel configurement?

Giles commented about Angelika Film Center on Sep 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

here’s a photo of the complex, not quite sure what the developers are doing in the foreground area though.

Giles commented about Angelika Film Center on Sep 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm

here are some details about the Film Center:

All screens have Barco DLP digital projectors, auditorium #2 can playback in 4K resolution. Likewise all the screens feature horizontal masking.

All the auditorium’s sound systems can playback in digital 7.1 surround sound. Screen 2 is the only auditorium to feature ceiling ‘voice of god’ speakers.

Screens 2, 3 and 4 can present movies in 35mm.

Auditoriums 1 and 2 are the complexes largest with the seating up to 299.

3D features will be presented on screens 3 and 7.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Sep 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

not to be a broken record about this, but if and when the Silver gets around to doing another 70mm film fest – I really hope they get a clue and showcase the films in the evenings – the weekend (and weekday) screenings were TOO early. The missing of ‘Those Magnificent Men’ was a bitter disappointment.

Giles commented about Bethesda Row Cinema on Sep 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm

saw ‘Chicken with Plums’ (screen #6) this afternoon and the DLP presentation was outstanding – the cinematography without the glaze of 35mm grain looked meticulous and three dimensional at times, the shot of the snow looked vivid and tactile. The use of sound was equally impressive, some scenes were so quiet you could hear a pin drop, and when music was played, it created an airy and powerful impact.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Sep 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm

wish I had known you were there Jodar, I would have said hi – I had to unfortunately fly out of there right at the end of the cast end title crawl – was meeting some friends over at Landmark Bethesda for a screening of ‘Chicken with Plums’ – they had the longest trailer I’ve seen for ‘The Master’ – can’t wait!

I liked how the overture/movie just started, sometimes the trailers diminish the effect of a movie- particularly musicals.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Sep 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm

saw ‘South Pacific’ this afternoon – impressed, but not completely wowed by the print – ‘Lord Jim’ looked the most mint in condition of the four 70mm films I saw. The sound was gorgeous, aside from a smidgen of the dialogue echoing into the surrounds, was this mag sound? Decent turn out of folk too!

Giles commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Sep 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

let the resurgence of ‘new’ 70mm shot films begin … NOW !!

Giles commented about Regal Waugh Chapel Stadium 12 & IMAX on Sep 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I won’t see an IMAX feature over at the Majestic due to the expensive ticket price (and the fact that they don’t discount it to matinee prices). My fave is definitely Tysons, with one of the largest IMAX-Digital screens I’ve seen (and enjoyed). For a new theater and specifically a new IMAX-Digital auditorium, not to be as large (or larger) than the XD screen at the Egyptian is baffling. (I can’t stand the screen sizes of the IMAX-D screens at Columbia Mall or the Rio)

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Sep 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

the severe color tinting of ‘South Pacific’ is also a tad distracting if you ask me. Fox did a boffo hidef transfer and the bluray is sharp as a tack, so I guess I should expect the print to not look as good then :(

Giles commented about Uptown Theater on Sep 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

or let Cinemark run it and let them do their great Thursday ‘Classic Series’ film showcase.

Giles commented about Uptown Theater on Sep 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

but even AMC’s non-booking of say the one off ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ screening on the 4th of October or even the Indiana Jones marathon (tomorrow) convey’s that AMC doesn’t care or want to make the effort to present alternate programming on a screen that needs (and deserves) it. Honestly, I kind of wish AMC would wipe it’s hands of the theater and let someone like the folk over at the Avalon take over and book films like the Castro does.

Giles commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Sep 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

yes, I did see ‘Lord Jim’ and I thought the print looked stunning. I guess since this is rarely shown the print hadn’t had so much wear and tear that usual 70mm prints of ‘2001’ have. The blue skies (including the eyes of Peter O'Toole) were so lifelike

Equally ‘Khartoum’ was visually astounding – the five front channel spread was meticulous and powerful (I love the music score by the way). I had forgotten for films at 2.76 the screen doesn’t spread horizontally, like at the Uptown, but drops down from the top.

I gathered from what Mr. Guttag has noted to me in the recent past, is that the Silver can’t playback films in DCP harddrive form – I might be wrong, but something like ‘Prometheus’ or any newer film for that matter has to be 35mm. I didn’t see ‘Prometheus’ in IMAX, but the DCP I saw at the Cinemark Egyptian (3D) XD screen had a truly amazing 7.1 mix that wouldn’t be featured as such in IMAX – nor at the upcoming Silver showing. I think it would be cool if the Silver could see if Fox has any 70mm prints of ‘Alien’ or ‘Aliens’

oh, and I’m checking out ‘South Pacific’ on Sunday afternoon ]

Giles commented about Regal Waugh Chapel Stadium 12 & IMAX on Sep 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

did you get any sense of the dimensions (size) of the IMAX screen? Management was clueless to this fact. He also was vague if any auditoriums could playback 7.1 audio.