Movie Notes

Holly and I went to see “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” earlier this evening. It was not a good film; I think there’s some argument to be made that the writers’ strike began much earlier than we’d previously thought.

The film was presented in a digital theater. This certainly isn’t the first movie I’ve seen projected digitally, but this was the first time I’d seen a normal film (as opposed to a demo) that looked significantly better than a conventional print. Color saturation was quite a bit better than I’d seen before (deep reds in particular were impressive), brightness was good, and there wasn’t a hint of the pixel grid pattern on the screen that I’ve seen come from some digital projectors in the past.

I’m glad it looked good when projected digitally, because that was pretty well the film’s only redeeming quality.

I can, however, recommend “Charlie Wilson’s War.” It wasn’t quite as visually striking, but it’s an excellent film.

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