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I have seen the future of High Definition cinematography for movies and this is it. Not that you can see it on HD (only the dvd is available now). Excellent PQ (at least 4/5 or better), rich colors and accurate fleshtones. Unbelievable, and so much better than all the other shot-on-video movies such as Blair Witch Project, Personal Velocity, Tadpole, etc.


Congratulations to Sony and Panavision. George Lucas should also take note. You don't need a whole lot of cgi to make a HD-photographed movie look good. Shoot at 24p, apply the correct gamma, light it well, and hire a creative production designer, and voila, you have something that looks almost as good as film, but with a $250,000 savings in cost.


Now for the review. Gwyneth Paltrow plays a small town girl who works in a generic "K-mart" - like department store. A change in her life situation causes her to seek employment as an airline stewardess. Or, if you choose to be politically correct, a flight attendant. Eventually she winds up in a training program for attendants, sponsored by a national airline (their corporation based in Texas, whatever that means). Mike Myers is not very funny as her teacher. But Candace Bergen is very good/kind as her mentor. This is a feel-good movie with a happy ending. Nothing intellectual about it, so if you expect to find a deep Fassbinder or Tarkovsky theme in here, you won't. Ebert and Roeper gave it two thumbs up. I give it a 5/10.
 
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