Fun Facts About the Netherlands

In anticipation of our trip to the Netherlands earlier this month to present the Authenticated Data Specification (ADS) at the 2023 IBC conference in Amsterdam, I researched fun facts about the Netherlands. There were the expected factoids about tulips, windmills, and wooden shoe... More

Engineer’s Room: Nordic Noir

Nordic noir[1] could be described as “Film noir, but more bleak – and in color.” More precisely, Nordic noir (also called “Scandi noir” or “Scandinavian noir”) began as a literary genre of crime fiction,[2] generally (but not always) police procedurals following a c... More

Closing the Loop

The EIDR registry went live in 2010. In the early days, it was tough for some companies to commit to EIDR because there wasn’t much data in the registry. But over the past 13 years, the registry has grown to more than 70 participating companies and there are now 2.8 million reg... More

Artificial Intelligence: An (Often) Cautionary Tale

Much has been made of late about the recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI). With openly available programs like DALL-E 2 for image generation and ChatGPT for text generation,[1]concerns have been raised that the AI behind these and similar program have the potential to ... More

The French Old Wave

The French New Wave (La Nouvelle Vague) was developed in the late 1950s and carried on through the 1960s. The first major cornerstone of the New Wave was Alexandre Astruc’s article, “The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: The Camera-Stylo[1]”, published in L'Écran in 1948. The ma... More

Engineer’s Room: Let’s Talk About …

Normally, in this space we talk about movies and television program linked by some sort of unifying theme. This month, we’re going to talk about programs that talk about programs: specifically, podcasts dedicated to media & entertainment. Podcasts[1] are essentially talk r... More

Hammer Films

Today, the UK’s Hammer Films is still best known for its string of gothic horror films from the 1950s through 1970s (thanks in large part to their frequent appearance on television), but there was so much more to Hammer Films than just genre films and quota quickies. Hammer Fil... More

EIDR’s Got You Covered: 2023 Oscar Nominations

Nominations for the 95th Academy Awards are out and this year 54 different movies have been recognized with 121 individual nominations in 23 separate categories, led by Everything Everywhere All at Once with 11 nominations in total including Best Picture, 4 Acting nominations, an... More

EIDR’s Got You Covered: 2023 Razzie Nominations

Nominations for the 43rd Golden Raspberry Awards are out and this year 17 different movies have been (dis)honored for their exceptionally poor performances. (Two of the Razzie nominated films – Blonde and Elvis – are also Oscar-nominated this year, though in different categor... More

EIDR’s Got You Covered: 2023 Golden Globes

The 80th annual Golden Globe awards were presented on Jan. 9, honoring outstanding motion pictures and television programs from 2022. There were 135 nominations in 27 different categories. The nominees were drawn from 36 different motion pictures and 30 different television progr... More

Engineer’s Room: Fox Film Corp.

The 2019 Disney acquisition of 20th Century Fox[1] resulted in the creation of two companies:[2] 20th Century Studios,[3] now owned by The Walt Disney Company, and FOX Corporation,[4] an independent company with a controlling interest owned by the Murdock family.[5] This essentia... More

Boxing Day

Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) gets all the press, so it tends to overshadow its sibling Dec. 26, the second day of Christmas.[1] In traditionally Catholic countries, Dec. 26 is St. Stephen’s Day, honoring the first Christian martyr[2] but in British Commonwealth countries, Dec. 26 is... More