East Screen West Screen #84 – Maid to Party

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This week for episode 84 we are joined by Ryan and Jennifer Ozawa of the POPSPOTTING podcast ( http://www.popspotting.net/ ). Kevin and I talk some news about Disney’s production house closing up shop in China and we look at the films LAN KWAI FONG [喜愛夜蒲] and BRIDESMAIDS.

Running Time (1:27:44)

LAN KWAI FONG [喜愛夜蒲]BRIDESMAIDS


 

 

 

 

 

 

GUESTS:

Ryan Ozawa (Twitter, Google+)

Jennifer Ozawa (Twitter)

POPSPOTTING podcast (on iTunes)

 

NEWS:

  1. Disney closes local-language film unit (Film Biz Asia)
  2. Netflix splits (Wired)
  3. Taiwanese films dominate Taiwan box office (Filmbiz Asia)

EAST SCREEN:

WEST SCREEN:

NEXT EPISODE (#85) –

MY KINGDOM [大武生]

I LOVE WING CHUN [笑詠春]

ZOOKEEPER

You can email the show at eastscreen at gmail.com


9 thoughts on “East Screen West Screen #84 – Maid to Party”

  1. I believe this Magic Gourd movie you speak of, has actually been released on DVD in Hong Kong. And I’m still considering on paying for “High School Musical China”. It is available to buy and rent on Playstation Network right now but I think I will wait when it is available for the 99 cent rental on PSN.

    As for the “Life without Principle” review, you think it’s okay if I just type it out instead of recording it for the podcast? Been kinda sick these days and wouldn’t want to record myself coughing throughout the show.

  2. I definitely didn’t want my Netflix bill to go up, and the plan I chose to stick with was streaming. The selection obviously pales in comparison to DVD (and is in a constant state of flux) but for me the instant gratification and convenience factors won out.

    The HD content that is available usually looks pretty good on my 46″ Sony LCD, I don’t have many complaints there. (streamed from an Apple TV or PS3) But quality control is spotty, especially for fringe content. When Monty Python’s Flying Circus first hit the site, the sound was way out of sync on most episodes. (not sure if they ever fixed it)

    The worst part about the Qwikster fiasco is that the Web sites are going to be completely separate. If you decide to stick with both plans you’ll need to juggle separate bills, queues, sets of movie ratings, etc. It was really nice to look up an obscure movie and see that hey, it’s also available for immediate streaming. Well, now you’ll need to hop back and forth between two sites to do that.

    Netflix’s recent decisions probably make long-term business sense… but from a purely customer point of view they look like a bunch of raving lunatics.

  3. Thanks for another good show guys! I just wanted to say I’m really concerned about Netflix separating disc from streaming, as this possible will lead to the spin off and demise of the disc business.

    I can get Netflix streaming on my iPhone, iPod, iPad, Western Digital Live TV, PS3, and the it’s built in to the new TV I just bought last week, but guess what, I’ve never watched a single movie over their streaming service, because to me the selection (around 20k titles as of now) is extremely limited. You can never find popular new release as they come out on DVD / Bluray, not even several months later for some of them, and selections on old classics are pretty lame too.

    Streaming quality is spotty too, forgot about portable devices, as David Lynch once said “if you watch a movie on a phone, you might think you’ve watched a movie, but you’ll never have really experienced that movie”. When streamed to the TV screen, depends on the connection speed, the quality can vary a lot. I get about 20MB download speed, and the picture is DVD like at best, and you get the occasional “buffering” and blurring as the stream quality adjusts to change in bandwidth, to me this takes me out of the story the movie is trying to tell like bad product placement and the 555 in movie phone#s, I hate it.

    When I wanna watch a new movie or feel like revisiting a classic, I don’t mind waiting a day for the disc, because once I get it I can enjoy it w/o worrying about the quality. Don’t get me wrong, I could care less if optical discs go away altogether, if in exchange I can get HD download or high quality streaming with a rich and prompt selection (Spotify for movies).

    I’ve been a Netflix subscriber since late 90s, and like their services in general, I don’t even mind the price increase, if it enables them to get more titles for streaming. But I think its streaming service is held back by ISP’s traffic throttling, and contend provider’s reluctance to adapt their business model as the technology evolves.

    Sorry this became a long post, but I’ve seen Netflix in the news a lot lately, and wanted rant a little on my own.

  4. My connection speed is similar to yours, jisong. I don’t often experience buffering or other issues, but yes it’s certainly frustrating when that happens. And watching movies on your iPhone is certainly a stretch, but I find it works pretty well on the iPad.

    But I think you’re wanting the streaming service to be something it’s not. You’re bound to be disappointed if you log on with the idea that you want to watch one or two particular films, then log off in disgust if they’re not available.

    I think its strength is that it sort of reintroduces the random walk down the video store aisle… maybe you won’t find exactly what you were looking for, but you’ll usually walk away with something interesting.

    I’ve been introduced to lots of stuff that I’d probably never have “wasted” a queue slot on, from documentaries about religious haunted houses and a guy obsessed with crossing the World Trade Centers by tightrope, to South Korean movies like The Good, The Bad, The Weird or I Saw the Devil that I always heard good things about, but was just never motivated to check out.

    I certainly don’t think it’s a viable replacement for everyone — but between buying the content I really want and supplementing with streaming, it seems to be working out for me so far.

  5. Matt, I totally agree that it’s absolutely a joy to find good movies serendipitously. I travel for work quite often, and I love it when I find myself gripped by a movie being showed on the hotel TV randomly, the ones you’ve never heard of, can’t quite recognize the cas, and don’t know where the story’s going. You often don’t know if the character that just pops up is an extra or end up being a major character, those are sometimes the best viewing experiences.

    I don’t mind finding movie this way on Netflix streaming at all, but let’s face it, being able to stream fringe content is no substitute for the selection of disc rental, especially when it’s being charged at the same price. I just don’t want any type service with as wide of a selection as Netflix disc rental to be marginalized.

    Content provider and delivery facilitator like Netflix need to understand that if they don’t embrace technology, and make content available promptly and reasonably priced to consumer, it’ll just ultimately leads to more piracy, which as we all know, basically killed smaller & more intimate films. Now a days it’s all about opening weekend box office, almost no movies’ gonna gain leg with “word of mouth”. With facebook, twitter, green tomato etc, most people most of the time know what they need know (or what they think they need to know) about the a movie they’re interested in before it opens. Not to mention films now have to compete with Tivo, YouTube and other forms of entertainment.

  6. I don’t have netflix myself but I occasionally use it at a friend’s house. But as far as I can remember, netflix doesn’t stream their movies in HD. They’ve always been in standard definition. If you’re lucky, you might spot a few flicks that are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 audio but very few of ’em have Dolby 5.1 available on netflix.

  7. jisong: Agree, all the licensing squabbles and corporate greed surrounding digital distribution are a real turn off. (Starz pulling Sony/Disney content because Netflix wouldn’t introduce tiered pricing, etc.) I bought a Kindle but barely use it because the publishers often jack up the price of their ebooks to a point that it’s actually cheaper to stick with the dead tree versions AND have them shipped. Insane.

    I guess I’m just fortunate in that I love cheesy fringe movies. 🙂 Plus I’m lazy… and the whole discs by mail thing, which once felt like the wave of the future, now feels like a major chore.

    tinlunlau: Depends on your definition of HD, and what you’re watching — but Netflix has plenty of 720p content now. Maybe they’re on a slow connection?

  8. Well, I was always watching netflix on a PS3 and they always have their home theatre equipped with high end equipment. 50′ HD (Aquos, i believe), 5.1 speakers, PS3, and their internet is pretty stable. He’s also upgrading his basement with bar and upgraded internet connection. It’s a long story but every room in the basement is going to have video conference support. The stats on netflix (ps3) indicate they’re displaying in SD.

  9. Here’s NYTimes blog post on Netflix quality, apparently it depends on your connection speed and hardware. They use dynamic streaming which means quality could be shifting if connection speed fluctuates. And only Apple TV and PS3 streaming service get 5.1, others just stereo. To me this is like what earlier MP3 format made people loose appreciation for audio fidelity as they chose convenience over quality.

    http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/06/netflix-streaming-convenience-or-quality/

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