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D50
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Re: Filmstruck

#1051 Post by D50 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:04 pm

MichaelStockCA wrote:
D50 wrote:
Never had a problem with content. I'm ready to renew in November. Have watched 473 feature films, and 75 shorts to date.
Impressive. I watched only 263 films and 117 shorts (most of them the Chaplin collections) on FilmStruck. But I also watch on MUBI, Netflix, Prime, iTunes and have a decent blu-ray collection :wink:
My dvd viewing has gone down significantly - maybe 4, most from library check outs. Been to the theater 20 times so far.

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Re: Filmstruck

#1052 Post by Michael Kerpan » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:26 pm

fdm wrote:Anyone else getting "We're sorry, FilmStruck is only available in the United States at this time." from (all of) their web browsers? (Started early this morning.)
Me too. Checking online it seems others have had this problem and Filmstruck hasn't offered any solution yet. :-(

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Re: Filmstruck

#1053 Post by fdm » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:00 am

I contacted them, got back: "Our engineering staff is aware of the issue and is working on an update to be released as soon as possible. This issue is currently affecting all browsers when viewing films from the FilmStruck watch page. The issue is not affecting the app version of FilmStruck and you may view our service from any compatible device that is readily available to you."

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Re: Filmstruck

#1054 Post by movielocke » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:26 pm

Once I started using the app (chromecast from phone or iPad, or Apple TV direct) I haven't used the web portal at all.

That's because chromecast fixes the iPad problem of windowboxing all early upload 4x3 films in a teeny tiny postage stamp in he center of your iPad screen--note that recent 4x3 uploads play properly in full screen on iPads. iPhone never had an aspect ratio problem. But any problematic 4x3 film gets fixed when chrome casting it.

Additionally, the app manages the library a million times better than the awful web browser interface. Watchlist is way better with features like recently watched and "in progress" they still don't have seamless device handoff--meaning it struggles to resume the same place across different devices, but all the devices now know what you most recently watched on some other device.

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Re: Filmstruck

#1055 Post by fdm » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:50 pm

I just use web to add titles to my watchlist (way faster to search/scroll through them than doing it on Roku), plus that "We're Refreshing Our Library" page (previously known as "Movies Leaving Filmstruck") has some quick links there which are also real time savers. When it's not dorked up like it is now.

Can't deal with anything (video-wise) longer than a few minutes on my computer or iPad, so big screen tv is pretty much it for me in terms of watching.

(Edit: A day or two back I checked, and it's been fixed.)
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Re: Filmstruck

#1056 Post by rrenault » Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:26 am

jedgeco wrote:Counter-counterpoint:
[T]his is my own fault for watching on a laptop. ... I don’t have a TV, and I’ve gotten used to being able to carry my screens from room to room.
Anyone watching movies like this is a philistine whose opinions are not worth listening to. (That said, I don't subscribe to Filmstruck either.)
I'm sorry, but saying someone's a philistine for watching a film on a laptop I think is a bit extreme. Some of us don't have a choice. Honestly, if I shut the lights off in my small studio apartment, switch on the loud speakers and let the film play uninterrupted on my 15-inch HD-capable laptop screen it's a lot better than nothing.

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Re: Filmstruck

#1057 Post by Zot! » Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:30 am

rrenault wrote:
jedgeco wrote:Counter-counterpoint:
[T]his is my own fault for watching on a laptop. ... I don’t have a TV, and I’ve gotten used to being able to carry my screens from room to room.
Anyone watching movies like this is a philistine whose opinions are not worth listening to. (That said, I don't subscribe to Filmstruck either.)
I'm sorry, but saying someone's a philistine for watching a film on a laptop I think is a bit extreme. Some of us don't have a choice. Honestly, if I shut the lights off in my small studio apartment, switch on the loud speakers and let the film play uninterrupted on my 15-inch HD-capable laptop screen it's a lot better than nothing.
I come from the era of watching edited for Network TV, Pan & Scan, <30" films was standard. I think if you like movies you owe it to yourself to move beyond the laptop. Its just a different experience.

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Re: Filmstruck

#1058 Post by albucat » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:39 am

I come from an era where telling other people how to enjoy their own life is judged as patronizing and insulting. You owe it to yourself to not tell people you don't know what to do, as if your opinion should have any relevance whatsoever as to what's best for them.

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Re: Filmstruck

#1059 Post by yoshimori » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:40 pm

> I come from an era where telling other people how to enjoy their own life is judged as patronizing and insulting.

I find I often benefit from the 'advice' of others, and so am glad they offered it. I can always ignore it, for whatever reason, and try not to let it upset me.

I wonder, though, why you seem to have read Z!'s two sentences as a patronizing (much less insulting) scolding rather than an invitation to enjoy the pleasures of a more immersive experience. fwiw.

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Re: Filmstruck

#1060 Post by jedgeco » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:50 pm

rrenault wrote:I'm sorry, but saying someone's a philistine for watching a film on a laptop I think is a bit extreme.
Of course it was extreme, and as such, I thought that it would be taken as tongue-in-cheek and not a submission for a new "Navel-Gazing and Infighting" thread....

But if not, please accept my clarification and repentance. Please, everyone, live your life as you see fit.

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Re: Filmstruck

#1061 Post by D50 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:28 pm

Filmstruck additions:

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

Calm at Sea
Young Torless
The Tin Drum
Coup de Grace
Circle of Deceit
Swann in Love
Diplomacy
The Ogre
Death of a Salesman
Voyager

Val Lewton Horror

Cat People
I Walked with a Zombie
The Leopard Man
The Curse of the Cat People
The Body Snatcher
Bedlam

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Re: Filmstruck

#1062 Post by unclehulot » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:10 pm

It’s a bit difficult to assess the current state of the Val Lewton titles as far as HD remasters go. Of course, Cat People (BluRay), and I’ve seen Curse of the Cat People on Warner Archive streaming in HD. Warner Archive currently offers Isle of the Dead and The Leopard Man, but as a non-subscriber I can’t figure out whether these are HD or not. Last night TCM ran almost the whole run of Lewton. The Leopard Man looks identical to the Filmstruck version, but The Body Snatcher seemed to be an upgrade (on TCM) compared to the overly murky Filmstruck version (the DVD was also this dark version). Perhaps it’s overly brightened but it’s certainly much more detailed. Would love to see these all in HD!

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Re: Filmstruck

#1063 Post by Roger Ryan » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:43 pm

unclehulot wrote:...but The Body Snatcher seemed to be an upgrade (on TCM) compared to the overly murky Filmstruck version (the DVD was also this dark version). Perhaps it’s overly brightened but it’s certainly much more detailed...
Just to clarify, while The Body Snatcher may have looked better on TCM Tuesday night, it was still an older standard definition transfer.

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Re: Filmstruck

#1064 Post by unclehulot » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:53 pm

Roger Ryan wrote:
unclehulot wrote:...but The Body Snatcher seemed to be an upgrade (on TCM) compared to the overly murky Filmstruck version (the DVD was also this dark version). Perhaps it’s overly brightened but it’s certainly much more detailed...
Just to clarify, while The Body Snatcher may have looked better on TCM Tuesday night, it was still an older standard definition transfer.
I would agree with that. It’s just odd that others shown on TCM resembled the old DVD set but not this one. What I find especially disappointing (in general) is that Warner Archive Streaming seems the only way to see many upgraded HD masters (Curse of the Cat People is the same SD looking older transfer on Filmstruck, but looked very good on Warner Archive Streaming). TCM continues to show older masters (in general) and despite Filmstruck’s claiming to show HD when available in their FAQ’s they don’t exactly seem to be living up to that promise. I really with Filmstruck would be upfront about which titles they offer in HD....why is this information so hard to come by?

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Re: Filmstruck

#1065 Post by Ribs » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:58 am

Non-Criterion:

Directed by Michael Haneke
The Seventh Continent
Benny's Video
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
The Castle
Funny Games ('97)
Code Unknown
The Piano Teacher
The White Ribbon
Amour

Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes
Knife in the Water (Polanski)
The Hill (Lumet)
The Conformist (Bertolucci)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Herzog)
Badlands (Malick)
Come and See (Klimov)
Three Colors: Red (Kieslowski)
Before the Rain (Manchevski

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Re: Filmstruck

#1066 Post by jwd5275 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:14 am

Sorrow and the Pity and Hotel Terminus are up on the Criterion Channel now.


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Re: Filmstruck

#1068 Post by mfunk9786 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:34 pm

Where's the Xbox/PS4 compatibility that they're over a year late on delivering?

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Re: Filmstruck

#1069 Post by Ribs » Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:44 pm

...so they shouldn't fix other things and make the service work better, just the one issue you care about?

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Re: Filmstruck

#1070 Post by Big Ben » Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:49 pm

mfunk9786 wrote:Where's the Xbox/PS4 compatibility that they're over a year late on delivering?
It may actually be Sony or Microsoft at fault here. Both are fairly notorious for what they allow on their system. You also have to pay them to update apps and games. But my gut says Filmstruck might be more responsible.

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Re: Filmstruck

#1071 Post by Ribs » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:36 am

Non-Criterion:

Directed by Mario Bava
Black Sunday
Erik the Conqueror
The Evil Eye
The Whip and the Body
Black Sabbath
Planet of the Vampires
Kill, Baby, Kill!
A Bay of Blood
Rabid Dogs
Shock

Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum
Cinema Through the eyes of Magnum (Bassaler) + 22 shorts profiling individual photographers
Journey to Italy (Rossellini)
The Misfits (Huston)

And, neatly, one of the new things in the redesign is every film's page now clearly labels the date it will leave the service.

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Re: Filmstruck

#1072 Post by unclehulot » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:12 pm

Thanks for pointing out the departure date info thing. I would have missed it completely since it’s not on the info pages on the various apps. Also, even when I went to the web pages on my iPad I didn’t see this until I “requested desktop site”. Now, if they just could give us HD or SD somewhere, or at least HD when it is so.



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Re: Filmstruck

#1073 Post by albucat » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:19 pm

Complete list of films premiering on the Criterion Channel during November:

November 1
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Martin Ritt, 1965

November 2
Impolex, Alex Ross Perry, 2009
The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry, 2011
Listen Up Philip, Alex Ross Perry, 2014

November 3
Utamaro and His Five Women, Kenji Mizoguchi, 1946
The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family, Yasujiro Ozu, 1941
Burden of Life, Heinosuke Gosho, 1935
Black Lizard, Umetsugu Inoue, 1962
Ronin-Gai, Masahiro Makino, 1957

November 6
Still Walking, Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2008

November 7
Washingtonia, Konstantina Kotzamani, 2014

November 10
Stolen Desire, Shohei Imamura, 1958
Intentions of Murder, Shohei Imamura, 1964
The Pornographers, Shohei Imamura, 1966
Profound Desire of the Gods, Shohei Imamura, 1968

November 13
Everlasting Moments, Jan Troell, 2008

November 14
Pickle, Amy Nicholson, 2016
Desert Hearts, Donna Deitch, 1986

November 16
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, David Lynch, 1992

November 17
Police, Adjective, Corneliu Porumboiu, 2009
Eva, Gustaf Molander, 1948
Scrubbers, Mai Zetterling, 1982
Girl with Green Eyes, Desmond Davis, 1964

November 21
The Vampire, Jean Painlevé, 1945

November 22
Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson, 2015

November 24
Permanent Vacation, Jim Jarmusch, 1980
Bergman Island, Marie Nyreröd, 2006
The Challenge, Milton Rosmer and Luis Trenker, 1938
Fanfan la Tulipe, Christian Jacque, 1952

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Re: Filmstruck

#1074 Post by Ribs » Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:23 pm

Directed by Nikita Mikalhov
A Quiet Day at the End of the War
At Home Among Strangers
A Slave of Love
An Unfinished Piece for Player Piano
Five Evenings
Oblomov
Family Relations
Without Witness

Hard Times
Greed (von Stroheim, 4 hr cut!!!!!!)
Modern Times (Chaplin)
Waterloo Bridge (LeRoy)
Bicycle Thieves (De Sica)
Oliver Twist (Lean)
Edge of Doom (Robson)
Pather Panchali (Ray)
The Insect Woman (Imamura)
Pixote (Babenco)
Once Were Warriors (Tamahori)
A Time for Drunken Horses (Ghobadi)

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Re: Filmstruck

#1075 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:58 pm

I'm surprised Fire Walk With Me is showing up on there so soon after it's release.

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