The magical boom mic in Amercian Gangster

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Cut! The boom mic was in the picture!

Anyone see American Gangster this weekend? Sure sure — Classic American mob epic with the cool suits and the chokaine — but a seemingly freshmen effort from first-time Brit director Ridley Scott and cast of unknowns, led by newcomer Denzel Washington and New Zealander Russell Crowe. I won’t spoil the ending (Waynegro dies — DAMN! Sorry…) — but I will spoil some embarrassing technical problems. Kate and I counted the boom mic’s appearance at least 21 times. 21 times. The boom mic was in the picture 21 times. Blame it on the projectionist, the editor, or even the offset aspect ratio of the Evanston theaters — but come on, Hollywood. This is by far the most unprofessional bush league final cut I have ever seen. I heard people in the bathroom saying that it was an artistic decision. COME ONNNNNNNNNNN. Anyone know how this could happen? Can I get my $8.50 back?

americangangsterpuba.jpg

Cut! The boom mic was in the picture!

Anyone see American Gangster this weekend? Sure sure — Classic American mob epic with the cool suits and the chokaine — but a seemingly freshmen effort from first-time Brit director Ridley Scott and cast of unknowns, led by newcomer Denzel Washington and New Zealander Russell Crowe. I won’t spoil the ending (Waynegro dies — DAMN! Sorry…) — but I will spoil some embarrassing technical problems. Kate and I counted the boom mic’s appearance at least 21 times. 21 times. The boom mic was in the picture 21 times. Blame it on the projectionist, the editor, or even the offset aspect ratio of the Evanston theaters — but come on, Hollywood. This is by far the most unprofessional bush league final cut I have ever seen. I heard people in the bathroom saying that it was an artistic decision. COME ONNNNNNNNNNN. Anyone know how this could happen? Can I get my $8.50 back?

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