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Monday, November 9th, 2015

pour les Premières et Terminales,

sur les deux thématiques Mythes et Heros et Lieux et Formes du Pouvoir,

Je vous conseille de regarder Mardi 10 Nov sur France 2 à 20.50 “Une jour une histoire” sur la Reine Elizabeth

On TV tonight :

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

V pour vendetta On NT11 channel ! Don’t miss it !

or (my choice) In the Name of the Father   Au nom du père (Cherie25 channel). A great movie about The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Making Homer and Marge Simpson Speak French

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I like how this calls back to our Mere Anachrony on "The Sopranos."

Marge and Homer

Distributing independent films : saved by the box

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Independent film is thriving on television thanks to video on demand.

Read more about it here

Saved by the box

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Independent film is thriving on television thanks to video on demand

Read this article about films and video on demand.

from :

CANNES was quiet this week. Although the stars and the paparazzi went through the usual red-carpet routine, there was less extravagance and a smaller contingent of film-buyers than usual. Yet for makers of independent films, that was not the end of the world. In their business the action increasingly takes place not on the French Riviera but in American living rooms. Tricky, intelligent films are finding a home in the least glamorous corner of the television business.

Getting independent films into cinemas, never easy, has become much harder in the past year. Some specialist distributors, such as Warner Independent Pictures, have closed and others are buying fewer films. The credit crunch and the strong dollar have cut foreign sales. Meanwhile cheap digital-video cameras and editing software have produced a flood of content. Some 5,500 films are chasing buyers in Cannes this year. Last year just 606 new films were released in American cinemas. Many lost money. “The economics just do not make sense,” says Jonathan Sehring of IFC Films, an independent distributor.

Hence the rapid growth of an alternative. This year IFC will release about 100 films “on demand”, meaning they can be called up for a fee in most households that get their television via cable or satellite.

The reason for the rush is that, for low-budget films, the economics of video on demand do make sense. Cable companies, which take a cut when they sell a film, help with advertising. Mr Sehring says IFC makes about as much when a film is sold on demand as when a punter buys a cinema ticket, even though the ticket costs almost twice as much. He reckons he recoups his costs and returns money to filmmakers more than half the time—not bad for films that might otherwise have disappeared without trace.

It also makes sense to concentrate on a single marketing push. Heavy advertising helps keep blockbusters in people’s minds. But small, independent films are easily forgotten.

EPA The action is on TV

By launching their creations on cable, filmmakers must give up the dream of creating a hugely profitable surprise hit like “Napoleon Dynamite”.

Distributors are learning what kinds of films are best suited to video on demand. Eamonn Bowles, Magnolia’s president, says it helps greatly if films are susceptible to brief synopsis. That means well-known names and obedience to genre conventions.  Documentaries may be better suited to the internet, since it caters so well to special-interest groups.

Whether accessed via cable television or the internet, video on demand is likely to grow. America’s suburbs are becoming much more diverse places, with more ethnic minorities, more people with degrees and more gays, according to Gary Gates, a demographer at the University of California, Los Angeles. The potential audience for independent films is thus dispersing beyond the places where independent cinemas are concentrated. Not everybody lives near an art-house cinema, but almost everybody has a remote control.

HIMYM –> How I Met Your Mother

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Ok, I have to admit that I’m slightly addicted to this at the moment. It’s called “How I met you mother” and here is a short presentation :

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And here is a very short presentation of Seasons 1 and 2. Ok, I know, the commentary is really fast, but it should give you an idea of wht this is about. It reminds me of Friends. If you enjoyed Friends, I’m sure you’ll love HIMYM aka “How I met your mother”. Enjoy !

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