Cal Arts Students Add A Contemporary Sound To Silent Movies

Encouragingly, these people include artists and, sometimes, even people at labels, movie or game studios. The entertainment business still acts as if piracy is going to wipe out the entire creative industry, but things are moving in the right direction. And proof that piracy is directly linked to weather people can find the movies or shows they want when they want to is very evident over at the new website. The site mashes up data from TorrentFreak, the top 10 most pirated movies on BitTorrent, along with data from Can I Stream It. The end result is a chart of the top 10 most popular movies on BitTorrent and whether they are available online in any form, streaming, rental or purchase. Obviously, this data has been available for a while, but it’s only now been put into context like this. And the results speak for themselves. For the past three weeks, the time over which the data has been collected, none of the top 10 movies, not a single one has been available for streaming, on Netflix, Hulu and so on. Only one in five have been available for rental and a little over half of them could have been bought from the likes of iTunes and Amazon. This week, four of the top 10 movies can’t be bought, rented or streamed anywhere. Three are available for streaming and, for six, a digital copy can be purchased online. Obviously, people will and do pirate movies and shows even if they are available legally. In fact, some will grab it from BitTorrent even if it’s available somewhere for free, sometimes it’s just a matter of habits. But it’s pretty clear that the entertainment business could do a lot more to fight piracy in a way that satisfies consumers, rather than trying to get Google, ISPs or the courts to force people to pay it. FILED UNDER:

If you’re looking for scare but can’t handle ghosts and seances look no further than “Jaws.” The Sixth Sense The 1999 M. Night Shyamalan film “The Sixth Sense” fooled everyone and became a pop culture favorite. Say what you will about Shyamalan’s recent films, but it’s impossible to deny how effective his directorial debut was. The film isn’t a horror flick, but rather a drama that will get your heart pumping. The film is actually listed as a drama, mystery, thriller on, but the best way to describe it is a ton of scary fun. The Prestige The Prestige Christopher Nolan’s 2006 film “The Prestige” isn’t going to scare you to death, but it’s hard to think of a film that has more of a Halloween type vibe. The movie about dueling magicians is certainly not a horror film, but it’s creepy, off putting and entertaining. Exactly what you need in a Halloween flick. Christian Bale’s character will get your skin crawling and the end is fairly disturbing. Not so disturbing that you will be scarred for life and in desperate need of a shower, but rather to the point you won’t stop thinking about it and want to watch it again. Jurassic Park This is another Spielberg classic and it’s similar to “Jaws,” which means it’s awesome. “Jurassic Park” is quite possibly the most effectively scary non-scary movie ever made. Even if you’re seen the dino tale a thousand times you will jump throughout the whole thing while you fight off nightmares of Velociraptors as you sleep. If you’re not a horror movie fan but like to be scared during movies make sure to watch “Jurassic Park” before October is over.

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A hot ticket every fall at California Institute of the Arts is Gary Mairs’ weekly silent movie screenings for his film history class. You read that right silent movie screenings. The Bijou Theater is not packed because students at the Valencia campus are crazy for silent movies necessarily, but because of the live music that accompanies these classics. Since 2004, Mairs has invited students, faculty and alumni at CalArts’ Herb Albert School of Music to accompany the films. Over the years, the music has run the gamut from an original string quartet for Carl Theodore Dryer’s 1928 “The Passion of Joan of Arc” to an improvised accompaniment for D.W. Griffith’s 1919 “Broken Blossoms,” which combined American folk with experimental/electronic music, to a free jazz score for 1929’s “Man With a Movie Camera.” PHOTOS: The Roaring ’20s on-screen As a student at San Francisco State, Mairs found the more traditional scores for the silent films screened in class “off-putting. I started to actually really engage with silent films when I saw screenings out of school. The Castro would occasionally show silent films with an organist or occasionally live bands. It was a radically different experience.” Because “Cal Arts has a history of experimentation,” said Mairs, he decided to include live, nontraditional performances at the screenings. Since he knew a lot of musicians at Cal Arts, Mairs initially asked them to score and perform. “Very quickly people got interested,” said Mairs, who has been teaching at the School of Film/Video since 1997 and has been co-head of the Film Directing Program since 2005. Once Mairs plans his films for the fall, he sends the list to the musicians, faculty and graduates and asks them which ones they are interested in composing. “I find they tend to do their best work when they are excited about a project,” Mairs said. PHOTOS: Movie Sneaks 2013 Rarely does one of his students in the class tackle a score.

Stop fact-checking the movies

Dean Obeidallah

British stage and screen actor Benedict Cumberbatch (center) plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the biopic “The Fifth Estate.” Photo: Frank Connor, Associated Press British stage and screen actor Benedict Cumberbatch (center) plays… Font Page 1 of 1 After Tiller The 2009 killing of Dr. George Tiller at church means there is only a small number of doctors in the nation who perform third-trimester abortions. This documentary ventures outside the realm of polemics to examine the dangers doctors endure to provide safe procedures for women coping with unfathomable decisions. Rated PG-13. Note: Filmmaker Martha Shane will appear at select shows at the Roxie ; check website ( ) for more information. Broadway Idiot It’s one of the weirder career arcs we’ve seen: Green Day making the leap from East Bay punks to savvy stadium band to Broadway. The documentary tracks the band’s role in the Broadway show, the hurdles and learning curve in adapting the music into a show, and the illuminating effect it’s had on front man Billie Joe Armstrong . Not rated. Carrie This reimagining of the classic horror tale makes a couple of distinct points: Don’t mess with a girl and her senior prom, and bullying bounces back. Chloe Grace Moretz kicks butt in a telekinetic way, with Julianne Moore as her devout mama. Rated R. Concussion In this sexual drama, Abby awakens the morning after getting hit in the head and sees her existence with new eyes. Domesticity – a house, kids, a wife, a career – seems so staid.

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I can just hear him whispering things such as: “The Death Star is too big to fly at that rate of speed,” or “Yoda could never survive in that atmosphere.” Look, “Gravity” doesn’t even pretend to be based on anything more than the screenwriter’s imagination. And here’s the biggest thing for people like deGrasse Tyson to keep in mind: it’s science fiction, for God’s sake! You would think the “fiction” part of “science fiction” is something that an astrophysicist could comprehend. And then there’s “The Butler,” the Lee Daniels film about a man who served for decades as a butler for various presidents at the White house. This film was attacked by the left and the right for being historically inaccurate. Some have cited errors with the film’s account of specific instances of the civil rights movement while others expressed outrage over the way President Ronald Reagan was depicted — apparently some view Reagan as a deity. Here’s a spoiler alert (and by “spoiler alert,” I mean a spoiler to people who have never googled or read anything about the film): It was fiction — that means it was made up. There was no “Cecil Gaines,” the butler character played by Forest Whitaker in the film. The film does not even purport to be a bio pic. Sure, it was loosely inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, a man who served as a butler in the White House for 34 years for eight presidents, but the film was a fictionalized account . And we saw similar obsessive fact-checking last year with movies such as “Argo” and “Lincoln.” I guess we should be thankful that Twitter wasn’t around when “Forrest Gump” was released because people would have gone crazy with tweets over that one. Can we agree on something? A director who is making a documentary should be required to present an accurate recitation of facts and history. But for all other movies, filmmakers should be afforded creative license to make the movie that fulfills their vision of the story they want to tell, even ones based on real events.