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I did however add a new navigational menu at the top of the blog a few weeks back, but it's still a work in progress, just need to find some time to tweak it a bit. I've also got a few ideas for future post marathons that are kicking around in my head now that my spotlight on Hungary is starting to wind down, but I haven't decided exactly what direction to go just yet.
Below are a couple shots of my home theatre setup that I promised to take for Custard. They are a little bit dark, but you get the idea. The screen is homemade, measures 85" (216 cm) diagonally and is mounted on a false wall that covers up a bay window. The HD projector is an Epson 6500UB and everything is controlled by a small PC running XBMC aka The best media player in existence.
Random Links of the Month
This month several posts from some new and some familiar faces caught my eye:
Congratulations to D4 on taking over as the top commenter. Check out his fine blog D4 & Music for an eclectic mix of music picks, everything from classics to pop and the occasional obscure world music selection. Essentially what I do with film, he does with songs.
blah blah blah gay and what indie nights have started an ambitious marathon collaboration, chronicling the history of film noir in their Tuesday night Noir-a-thon. Go and check out their dueling reviews and extensive list of films that will be covered.
Jack L. has been quiet since his move to Ireland, but he posted a fascinating list of the top 50 directors whose work he has yet to see. There are quite a few names on there that I also need to become familiar with.
If you missed my guest post over at Custard's Front Room Cinema earlier this month, head over there and check out my profile of Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai for episode #8 of his FRC Icon World Tour feature.
Stevee of Cinematic Paradox had an epic series of posts as a countdown to her 16th birthday and also put up a great review for The Tree of Life.
My favorite new blog discovery in August was Never Too Early Movie Predictions, a very interesting concept blog that endeavors to predict the future Oscar winners for every category, often several years in advance.
Visit the revamped Lime Reviews to read Mette's rather amusing recap of this year's ISHQ and ACEBA European Bollywood awards.
Big Thoughts From a Small Mind had a very entertaining series of posts on the ever popular genre of heist films, including their top 10 picks.
Surrender to the Void had an incredibly busy month, posting reviews of several films from David Cronenberg for the LAMB Director's Chair and covering almost the entire oeuvre of Gus Van Sant.
Cherokee of Feminising Film returned with a great post on Sally Potter's Orlando for her Female Director Season. Adding another to a growing list of films I need to see.
Awesome Hong Kong film blog, A Hero Never Dies posted some clips and preview stills of Johnnie To's new film Life Without Principle. Ahead of its premiere in a few days at the 68th Venice Film Festival.
Did I miss any cool articles or posts? If so, feel free to share them in the comments below.