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A. H. Hamrah: “Not only do I not want to write about films I can only see on my laptop, I don’t want to watch movies on my laptop at all. A TV app like Vimeo is fine, but the laptop I’m writing this on is ten years old, has a small screen and the sound is quiet no matter what. It’s a word processor with email and a headphone jack. Watching movies at my desk is terrible, moving to the kitchen table even worse, on the arm of the couch not much better and, in bed, lazy and enervating. If this is what it’s come to, I’ll read a book. A world without movie theaters makes n-w movies unnecessary. Some people I know have purchased projectors to use with their computers, but I don’t have the empty wall space. It’s really the flat screen or nothing. I work on the computer, and if I have to also watch movies on it I’ll have to spend about fourteen hours a day with an LCD screen less than twenty inches from my face. The laptop is a machine in the factory where I work, which is also where I live. It’s the contemporary loom, an instrument of drudgery and pain that has somehow installed itself in my apartment right in front of my eyes, like the face-hugging parasite in Alien. Regardless of the life choices I’ve made that prevent me from getting a n-w computer, the main thing is not how this is annoying to me but how it’s unfair to filmmakers. Directors and cinematographers and their lighting cr-ws, along with sound recordists, designers and mixers, go to great lengths to get their films to look and sound the way they want them to. They labor for years to be able to do those things well.”

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