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Stop Fact-checking The Movies

Dean Obeidallah

The app was IDEOs answer to a straightforward question: how can we give people a simple way to make great looking videos on a smartphone? Its carefully selected feature set is all about giving you things you need to create meaningful mini-movies without slowing you down. Open the app and youre ready to shoot straight awaytheres nothing pestering you for any login credentials. In familiar Vine fashion, a finger on the screen is all you need to string together a series of shots, with a maximum length of 30 seconds. Then you can apply one of 10 filters to the clip and add a soundtrack from your phones stash of tunes. The whole thing gets saved to your camera roll in full 720p with options for sharing on all the usual suspects. Sparks clearly trying to find the sweet spot between simplicity and functionality. All three of its main componentsthe ability to easily make videos with multiple shots; the filters; and the ability to add a soundtrackare transformative enough that youll probably use them for everything you make in the app. Still, Sparks definitely more of a place to record video than edit ittheres no way to move or remove shots within a clip, for examplethough that quickly gets into unwieldy territory. One thing the app should let you do, though, is pick what part of a song you want to add to your project. Right now, it just stubbornly starts every musical selection up from the top. Still, it feels like Spark gets a lot of things right.

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Despite its box office success, a chorus of critics have attacked numerous scientific flaws in the film — such as pointing out the allegedly inaccurate way Bullock’s hair floated in zero gravity . But that’s nothing compared to the recent barrage of Twitter attacks launched at the film by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. His tweets ranged from criticizing the direction space debris was depicted as travelling to more nuanced issues such as faulting filmmakers for showing that the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station and a Chinese space station were, “all in sight lines of one another.” This is not the guy you want to sit next to in a movie theater during “Star Wars.” How realistic is ‘Gravity’? I can just hear him whispering things such as: “The Death Star is too big to fly at that rate of speed,” or “Yoda could never survive in that atmosphere.” Look, “Gravity” doesn’t even pretend to be based on anything more than the screenwriter’s imagination. And here’s the biggest thing for people like deGrasse Tyson to keep in mind: it’s science fiction, for God’s sake! You would think the “fiction” part of “science fiction” is something that an astrophysicist could comprehend. And then there’s “The Butler,” the Lee Daniels film about a man who served for decades as a butler for various presidents at the White house. This film was attacked by the left and the right for being historically inaccurate. Some have cited errors with the film’s account of specific instances of the civil rights movement while others expressed outrage over the way President Ronald Reagan was depicted — apparently some view Reagan as a deity. Here’s a spoiler alert (and by “spoiler alert,” I mean a spoiler to people who have never googled or read anything about the film): It was fiction — that means it was made up. There was no “Cecil Gaines,” the butler character played by Forest Whitaker in the film.

SKorean, Mongolian Movies Win Awards at Busan Fest

Busan International Film Festival organizers said Saturday that the festival’s biggest prizes went to “Pascha” by South Korean director Ahn Seonkyoung and “Remote Control” by Mongolia’s Sakhya Byamba. It’s the first time a Mongolian movie entered and won the competition in the festival’s 18 years. The awards, given to first- or second-time Asian directors, show the festival’s efforts to discover and support the region’s new talents. The organizers said “Pascha,” an unusual love story between a 40-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, won the jury’s heart with its highly original expression. They said “Remote Control” neatly portrayed tensions between reality and fiction. The jury, led by Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, picked “Transit,” Hannah Espia’s drama about Filipino migrant workers in Israel, as a special mention. The 10-day festival that ended Saturday drew more than 200,000 visitors for the second straight year, even as a rare October typhoon forced the organizers to reschedule some events and close outdoor booths by corporate sponsors four days before the festival drew to a close. The fair closed Saturday evening with “The Dinner,” South Korean director Kim Dong-hyun’s independent feature. The festival, which opened Oct. 3 with “Vara: A Blessing,” a Bhutanese drama about classical South Indian dance, screened about 300 movies from all corners of the world. Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.

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