Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Our Favorite ipad/iphone App.

We realize that not everybody uses a iphone or ipad so we apologize for reviewing an app that does not have a version for the Android market. I am currently on my ipad honeymoon, which I offer as my excuse. My current favorite app is: FILM STUDY.
1) It's free.
2) It's well designed.
3) It's fun.
4) What is it? If you are a film enthusiast (or even if you're not), you can use this app to connect to the world of public domain movies and stream them from anywhere that there is an internet connection. It includes a great directory of all kinds of great public domain films. The directory contains categories like comedy, film noir, romance, sci-fi, westerns, silent films. I went right to comedy and spotted a Cary Grant film from 1936 entitled, The Amazing Adventure. In many ways is a poorly made film, but totally great fun to watch. Crude jump cuts. Overly on-the-nose script. Despite those short comings it is still fantastic and it lead me to be hooked on this app. Other comedy category offerings: William Powell in Our Man Godfrey, Buster Keaton's The Cameraman, W.C. Field's The Fatal Glass of Beer and an indescribable film entitled, Samogonshiki. Full disclosure: since this app uses public domain films that means you can get them on your own via youtube or the Internet Archive. But why when this app brings the best together for you. The interface presents the films in a way that gives them the importance they deserve (especially on an ipad). There are a lot of features I haven't mentioned that are left to you to discover. One complaint: no search feature. Or, at least I haven't found it.

Detailed information on Film Study:
The Amazing Adventure
Our Man Godfrey
The Fatal Glass of Beer
The Cameraman (selected to the National Film Registry in 2005)
TAS tip-o-the-hat to the app designer, Richard Joffray.

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