This morning (okay, technically it was yesterday morning by now, but you all should know what I mean) I did a bad, bad thing. No, it didn't have anything to do with Nicole Kidman or Tom Cruise, but I spent a little bit too much money. On the other hand, the rewards....
I replaced the two left and right surround speakers of my system with a pair of Athenas that match the front left and right speakers. I also replaced the center speaker with a Klipsch. All that remains of the original setup is the subwoofer (which is much, much less important now) and the two surround rear speakers (which it is not really neccesary to have full bandwidth on anyway).
I broke in the new system with Raz by playing the 5.1 SACD of Tommy. 'Twas divine.
I have to say that I have finally reached a plateau here... what I have been striving towards for many years has been accomplished. The sound system is not just a "home theater," but also makes music sound phenomenal. If I just want to listen in stereo, the detail and richness is there, but if I so desire, I can matrix out a 6.1-sounding signal with DTS' Neo 6 surround decoder, without fuzzying up the sound.
Movies, of course, sound amazing. Multichannel sound is a passion of mine not to impress people, but rather because it can be so effective at enhancing an experience. I keep mentioning Master and Commander in reference to this idea, but I can throw a great alternative: the scene on the moors in An American Werewolf In London. The remastered DTS track of that film places the howling of the werewolf all over the place. You never know where it is going to come from next. I can't express how unsettling that can be.
I am very, very happy with my sound system.
Tomorrow (later today?) I take my car in to be inspected, hopefully to have the air conditioner fixed and maybe even that weird noise when I brake.
"To err is human, but it feels divine."
Fahrenheit 9/11 Wins Top Prize in Cannes
May 23, 2004
Hello from Cannes! I’m sure by now many of you have heard the good news—“Fahrenheit 9/11” has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It is the first time in nearly 50 years a documentary has won the Palme d’Or (the Golden Palm).
Myself and twenty-six members of our crew are here in Cannes and we are in a state of shock. None of us expected this. First came the critics’ reviews on Monday (The New York Times called it my best film ever), then the audience reaction at our premiere (a 20-minute standing ovation, a new all-time record for the festival), the International Federation of Film Critics Award on Friday, and then the best film prize last night. It’s all been an incredible week for us and I can’t wait to get back home and show you all this wonderfully powerful film we’ve made.
No, we still don’t have a distributor in America as I write this but after winning the world’s top film prize I’d give it about one more day (if that) before we have someone brave enough (and smart enough) to show Americans what the world can already see (Albania, this week, became the final country—other than the U.S.—to sign on with a distributor).
I am still hoping for a July release (4th of July weekend?) both in the U.S. and around the world.
I fully expect the right wing and the Republican Party to come at me and this film with everything they’ve got. They will try, as they have unsuccessfully in the past, to attack me personally because they cannot win the debate on the issues the film raises—namely, that they are a pack of liars and the American people are on to them. And, if the early screenings of “Fahrenheit 9/11” are any indication, those who see this movie will never view the Bush administration in the same way again. Even if you already can’t stomach George W. Bush & Co., I think this movie will take you to places you haven’t gone before, with laughter and with tears.
I will let you all know—as soon as we have a distributor—the date the film is opening. Until then, check out some of the articles that have been written, and check out the awards ceremony from Cannes.
Thanks everyone for your support.
P.S. When you hear the wackos on Fox News and elsewhere refer to this prize as coming from “the French,” please know that of the nine members of the Festival jury, only ONE was French. Nearly half the jury (four) were Americans and the President of the jury was an American (Quentin Tarantino). But this fact won’t stop the O’Reillys or the Lenos or the Limbaughs from attacking the French and me because, well, that’s how their simple minds function.</blockquote>
Hopefully, this means it gets distributed!