50mm Showdown – f1.1 to f1.4 – $350 to $4,000 – M Mount

Comparing the 7 Artisans f1.1 $350 lens to the f1.1 Voigtlander, f1.4 Nikkor (adapted) and the $4,000 f1.4 Leica Summilux.

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Voigtlander: https://bhpho.to/2SSiG4M (On sale)

Leica: https://bhpho.to/2SUBU9B

The camera used – M10-P: https://bhpho.to/2BKfj91

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Which Fyre Festival documentary should you watch? Probably neither.

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In the history of cinematic there have been numerous twin movies: movies that have come out at the same time that are about the same thing. Volcano and Dante’s Peak. Armageddon and Deep Impact. A Bug’s Life and Antz. And now, two dueling documentaries about the Fyre festival on Netflix and Hulu: Fyre directed by Chris Smith on Netflix, and Fyre Fraud directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason on Hulu. They both dropped this week, and I want to tell you about which one you should watch.

Let’s talk about what’s similar about both films. They are both enthralling retellings of all the components that went into the Fyre Festival. In fact, both of them cover many of the same story beats and even use the same footage at times. They’re both competently made and they each run about 90 minutes.

Fyre on Netflix is a better shot film. Aesthetically, it just looks more pleasing to the eye with nice use of lighting and skillful situating of interviewees in interesting and dynamic backgrounds. It does a better job capturing the moment-by-moment existential dread of the lead up to the festival, as well as how the planning all went wrong. Also, in my opinion, the quality of the b-roll and footage they got is more compelling, and some of it is extremely damning. There are moments in Fyre that will be talked about and meme-ified for years to come.

Fyre Fraud on Hulu casts its net much wider and tries to assess the culture of influencers and social media that led to something like Fyre Festival even taking place. A lot of it is interesting and great modern context for the festival, but I also found the Hulu documentary much more irritating stylistically. It often used a computer text-to-speech program to read important documents, plus a bunch of stock footage? It was very distracting and I think it took away from the storytelling.

Both documentaries are competent overall and they’re almost complementary in how they illuminate the facts behind this incident. They also each have some pretty serious ethical issues.

The Hulu documentary has an interview with serial entrepreneur and scam artist Billy MacFarland, the man who created the Fyre Festival. That said, it doesn’t hold back on portraying MacFarland as a scam artist. It delves deep into his other businesses and does a better job of explaining not only the depth of his deception, but also the societal circumstances that would allow him to pull of a fraud of this scale. Despite all that, the MacFarland interview itself is pretty useless. MacFarland is almost completely unapologetic, and there is pretty much no self-reflection going on there. If you want the interview as a way to confirm that his lying is indeed pathological, then the Hulu documentary will deliver that, but many of the shots of MacFarland are just of him sitting silently, looking awkwardly down at the floor, refusing to say anything.

The problem is, the filmmakers behind Fyre Fraud paid Billy MacFarland for his interview. Just how much he was paid has not been confirmed, but MacFarland claims it was $250,000. The filmmakers have stated that it was “much lower” than that but they have not shared what the actual number was. So when you’re watching the Hulu documentary, you are, in some small way, helping to enrich the guy who put on the Fyre Festival. And that feels pretty gross.

What’s clear from these movies is that there was a massive human cost to Fyre Festival, beyond just a bunch of millennials having a bad camping weekend. Investors were defrauded but the most heartbreaking thing is all the people who worked on the festival itself. Locals who spent time building the tents, as well as those who worked on the festival that tried to salvage the situation. The festival created a ton of human misery and to be in some way supporting the mastermind behind it doesn’t feel good.

But if that sounds bad, just wait! There’s more!

The Netflix documentary, Fyre, is co-produced by Vice and Jerry Media, the latter of which is a company that helped market the original festival. In that movie’s telling of the story, the people from Jerry Media, who sit for on-camera interviews, were duped by this con-man. They had no idea that the festival was going to be such a disaster, and when they were cashing those marketing checks and enticing people to fly to the festival, they were just doing their jobs. For a variety of reasons, some of which are covered in the Hulu documentary, this strains credulity.

More galling is the fact that at no point during the course of the entire documentary prior to the credits is it even disclosed that the subjects of the documentary are producers on the film. Jerry Media was even named as part of the class action lawsuit against the festival. The fact that the Netflix documentary omits details like this is honestly pretty insane and I’m shocked they aren’t catching more flack for it. It also makes you wonder what other facts they’re leaving out.

So, both movies are in some ways ethically compromised and if you really want to know which documentary to watch and still feel like a good person, the answer is probably neither of them. Don’t support anything about any of what’s going on in trying to market this grift to you. But if you have to watch one, watch the Netflix one. It’s a better film, and at least you’re not helping Billy MacFarland out in any way – just the marketing people who helped perpetrate one of the biggest disasters in music festival history.

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Four Ways to Become a Better, Happier Photographer

I remember the thrill of owning my first camera: the Panasonic FZ20. I was so excited; I didn’t need an alarm to get me up for sunrise. How things have changed! These days, if no one is commissioning the shoot I struggle to be motivated. This article tracks how this happened and offers four suggestions on how to keep enjoying photography.

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The Movies You Need to Watch Before You Go to the Movies in 2019

As usual, there are a lot of remakes, reboots, sequels, and spinoffs on the horizon. Coming soon in 2019, we’ve got everything from a culmination of two seemingly unrelated M. Night Shyamalan movies and three whole live-action reimaginings of Disney animated classics to a retconning Terminator sequel, a resurrection of the Men in Black movies, and the final episode of the Star Wars “Skywalker Saga.” If you don’t want to enter the multiplex feeling totally lost this coming year, you’ll need to do some homework. Below is a list of previous installments and incarnations to watch before the redos and returns and continuations. The due date is the release date of the new movie.

The Intouchables (2011)

This French film was a very big hit overseas, grossing more than $400 million. But since it only did $10 million in the US, and it’s not in English, obviously Hollywood had to go and produce an American translation. The remake, titled The Upside, stars Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and Nicole Kidman, so maybe it’ll do a little better. Domestically anyway.
Due Date: January 11th

Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016)

M. Night Shyamalan delivered one of his biggest surprises ever with the revelation that Split is set in the same universe as Unbreakable. Now, the filmmaker has made a sequel to both with Glass, which reunites Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass and Bruce Willis as David Dunn, both of them now mixing it up with James McAvoy as The Horde/The Beast.
Due Date: January 18th

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Tim Robbins stars in this psychological thriller about a Vietnam veteran who is experiencing haunting hallucinations. The cult classic has now been remade under the same title by David M. Rosenthal (The Perfect Guy).
Due Date: February 1st

Miss Bala (2011)

Another 2011 foreign film loosely based on a true story has been remade, this one — directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring Gina Rodriguez as a woman kidnapped by a cartel and forced to smuggle drugs — retaining the name of the Mexican original.
Due Date: February 1st

In Order of Disappearance (2014)

This Norwegian action movie by Hans Petter Moland stars Stellan Skarsgard as a snow plow driver who takes on local drug dealers after his son dies of an overdose. Moland also directed the Hollywood remake, loosely based on his original, that now stars Liam Neeson and is called Cold Pursuit.
Due Date: February 8th

The LEGO Movie (2014)

Everything is awesome in this surprisingly great adaptation of the popular toy brand, a sequel for which (The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part) is arriving in theaters with double the Chris Pratt and presumably more awesomeness.
Due Date: February 8th

What Women Want (2000)

The trend of gender-swap remakes continues with What Men Want, a redo of this Nancy Meyers-helmed fantasy rom-com starring Mel Gibson as a chauvinist who acquires the power to read women’s minds. Taraji P. Henson leads the new version as a woman who can suddenly read men’s minds.
Due Date: February 8th

Happy Death Day (2017)

Before you spend your Valentine’s Day with the sequel Happy Death Day 2U, check out this surprise hit horror movie with a Groundhog Day scenario in which a slasher keeps on killing the protagonist (Jessica Rothe) on her birthday.
Due Date: February 14th

To Watch Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Take flight with Hiccup and his pet dragon Toothless in the first two installments of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon film series before the next and apparently final sequel, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, brings the franchise back to the big screen.
Due Date: February 22nd

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), Madea’s Family Reunion (2006), Madea Goes to Jail (2009), I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009), Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011), Madea’s Witness Protection (2012), A Madea Christmas (2013), Madea’s Tough Love (2015), Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016), and Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017)

How many of Tyler Perry’s Madea movies have you seen already? Well, better late than never on seeing all 10 installments, including the animated feature Madea’s Tough Love but not Meet the Browns (I think the character just has a cameo). This year brings the 11th and supposedly final installment of the series, titled Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral. As far as I know, it’s not about Madea’s funeral, so that leaves the potential for Perry to change his mind.
Due Date: March 1st

Iron Man (2008) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Captain Marvel, the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a prequel set more than a decade before the events of the first release. But that franchise-starting film, Iron Man, is still worth seeing because it’s the first time we saw Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson, both of whom appear in the new movie in younger form. Meanwhile, Captain Marvel is likely to end with some reference back to the ending of Avengers: Infinity War when Fury paged the title character through time and space.
Due Date: March 8th

Dumbo (1941)

Even if Tim Burton’s new live-action remake of Dumbo furthers the story of this animated classic, and even if certain elements are changed (there are no talking animals in the new movie), the original is worth seeing in order to be acquainted with what will amount to be, maybe, only the first act of the redo.
Due Date: March 29th

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