Quarantine Views and Sounds
Fujifilm’s 50-140 lens is incredible. It’s not great for hand-held video, at least not in my hands. But sometimes you’ve got to go with the lack of preparation cards you’re dealt. If you click on the video, a warning – it’s wobbly. I tried to apply Premiere Pro’s warp stabilization tool, but in this case it warped it into front row seats at the screening of The Blob, with Timothy Leary as your plus one.
I have been binge watching Babylon Berlin on Netflix. There is so much to like about it. There’s plenty to dislike, too. In season two, they succumbed to that trap of thinking they had to make everything bigger and more dramatic. I think they regained their stride in season 3.
It has so many odd parallels to what…maybe not parallels. It just feels timely. Jumbled thoughts, will revisit. But I know that everyone says that about whatever it is they’re watching or reading, but I have some backup. On 1 May I coincidentally hit play on the episode that deals with Germany’s violent crack-down on communists during the Weimar Republic – on 1 May.
The actors are fantastic. Almost across the board. But Liv Lisa Fries steals the show. I can’t quite figure out who she reminds me of. I think it’s Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men). There’s also a police photographer in the show. The photos they show throughout are beautiful, aside from the occasional ghastly murder photo. The entire show is a feast of analog. It’ll have you wanting to hold a photo in your hand, put a record on the gramophone, tap tap tap at a typewriter, and pick up a massive landline phone to place a call to a memorized number.