After the Credits: No one is afraid of the dark in 144p

Thoughts on how low resolution streaming can ruin horror films

If you noticed that two New Yorkers were covering Fantasia and wondered how that happened, let me pull back the curtain bit: Vimeo! That’s right, film festivals set up password-protected Vimeo links for press to enjoy. Some festivals, Fantasia among them, are actually fancier than that, having digital libraries specifically set up to track access, making sure that no one else is using my account to watch things.

This experience is probably something I will return to in the future, but for now I just wanted to explain where all this was coming from. I never actually mentioned this momentarily lapse in quality in my Horror Stories review, because it was actually relatively insignificant in the long run (I wouldn’t have suddenly loved it if those two or so minutes were a bit clearer), but I felt like saying something about the whole affair. There’s certainly more I could have (and maybe should have) said about the rise of streaming, but this seemed like a decent way to get something out of my head.

Note that most of the times I say “bit rate” with respect to YouTube I’m referring to a video’s resolution. They’re not the same thing, but they’re equivalent enough.

The Ars Technica article I referenced can be found here.

On the roundup front, it was a pretty light week, but there was still stuff worth reading. All that and more (more being Liz’s extended video response to this week’s The (Movie) Question) can be found below!

[This week’s film is A Day at the Races]

What does Liz Rugg think of celebrity Kickstarters? - The (Movie) Question... Extra!

Flixist Originals

NRH’s Weekly Analysis: X-Men something something, Part 1


Our Children

Fantasia Reviews


Ritual: A Psychomagic Story

Horror Stories

Bushido Man

Weekly Releases

Netflix Now: Smurfs Fan Fiction Edition

New Releases, week of 8/3/13: NY Drafthouse Edition

Box Office Numbers: Snikt


What do you think of celebrity Kickstarters? – The (Movie) Question

Flix for Short: Truth in Journalism

Every movie nod in The Simpsons seasons 1-10


Ellen DeGeneres hosting the 86th annual Academy Awards

Avatar getting three sequels, first in 2016

David Yates is close to directing a Scarface reboot

Paramount looking to expand on “day-and-date” VOD indies

Help complete the doc Ultimate Christian Wrestling

Johnny Depp hints at retirement from acting

Beverly Hills Cop 4 in the works, Eddie Murphy on board

John Williams will score Star Wars: Episode VII

Previously on After the Credits…

Why would you want to see trash?

The Korean Romantic Comedies of NYAFF 2013