The First In-flight Movies Had A Live Orchestra

The magazine also describes how the pilot flew through dense clouds in order to darken the cabin, a necessary step for seeing the movie projection properly since they were flying during the day. Here in the early 21st century we often think of silent movies as just thatsilent. In reality, everything from grand movie palaces to humble showhouses in the 1920s were crackling with noise. There was virtually always music, sometimes in the form of a single pianist, other times with enormous live orchestras . And there were countless experiments with sound effects machines and even live actors reading lines, doing their best to sync their words with the actors being projected on screen. It’s worth noting that these European flights in the mid-1920s weren’t technically the first flights to show an in-flight movie. As a publicity stunt back in 1921, Aeromarine Airways circled Navy Pier in Chicago, showing a copy of the promotional travel film Howdy Chicago. As John Norman White notes in his 1994 paper [pdf] on the history of in-flight entertainment, the Chicago stunt was a silent experience. Aside from the deafening sounds of the prop plane, we can assume. A screen was hung in the fore cabin, an electric light socket supplied power, and a DeVry suitcase projector was secured to a table in the aisle. As sightseeing passengers flew above Chicago, the citys highlights appeared on the movie screen.

On Movies: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’: Getting past that objectification thing

On Movies: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’: Getting past that objectification thing Writer/director/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson in “Don Jon,” his directing debut, opening Friday. Travel Deals Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013, 3:01 AM It’s not exactly breaking news that pornography has been around forever, that the objectification of women (and men) is old hat, that sex and the media have long been entwined. It’s just that everything seems more out there now, the subtlety vanquished, the X more explicit, more extreme. And that’s one of the ideas Joseph Gordon-Levitt wanted to kick around in his assured writing and directing debut, Don Jon. “You can look back, really as far back as you want to, and see the same thing happening,” the actor – and, now, filmmaker – says. “Women, especially, are reduced to sex objects in the media. And you can find that in early silent movies, you can find that in magazines that go back farther than that. It takes on a different style for different times, and maybe on the surface it looks more this way, or that way, but basically it’s the same thing.” More coverage Tupac Shakur biopic to be filmed in 2014 In Don Jon, which won praise at its Sundance Film Festival premiere in January and opens in theaters everywhere Friday, Gordon-Levitt plays a Jersey boy, a modern-day Lothario who dutifully works out in the gym, goes to confession, eats pasta with his family, picks up and beds down a parade of women, and, in just about every other waking moment, flips open his laptop and heads for the porn sites. He’s hooked. And then he meets Barbara – a tube-dressed, super-coiffed, beguiling Scarlett Johansson. Finally, this could be something serious, he thinks. If only she doesn’t find out about his porn fixation. “Jon is a character who treats everybody like a thing, whether it’s the women in his life, or his friends, or his family, or his church,” he says.


I was upset when this hit limited theaters and did not head our way but im glad its available to take home now. It wont be on my top horror films of the year list but it may end up on my top films to see in general this year. Pick up Scenic Route this weekend as I think you will really enjoy it. 4/5 PARANORMAL ASYLUM- This is the worst movie on the list this week and really was a pain to watch. From start to finish there was a luminous effect that held through the movie. It became really annoying and so did the interaction with the spirits. The film had slight potential when it started but as soon as the evil started Asylum went downhill from there. I like that they story involved the Typhoid Mary tale but the film became stale and pointless as soon as it introduced the dark spirit. Stay away from this one folks as the film clocks in around an hour and forty five minutes so unless you don’t want to lose that time stay away.1/5 WORLD WAR Z – Read my review for World War Z here, I really enjoyed World War Z and was anxious to see how it would translate to the home audience. So far so good as we live in an age of big televisions so big blockbuster films work at home too. Try not to hate Brad Pitt as if you dont know what type of actor he is but look at how well the movie blends together and to me that sticks out more than anything. This film is very entertaining from start to finish and that is all it needed to be. 4/5 THE HAUNTING OF HELENA- I didnt have high expectations for this film as I felt the plot reminded me of Darkness Falls.