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Automated Home Theatre and Entertainment

Home entertainment just got better and cooler. If you have ever got together at your place to watch football matches or enjoy movies, you must know how irritating it is to grope around the dark for the remote control, or when the phone rings, and you have to pause the movie. Oh wait, turn on the lights so you don’t trip over yourself.

This is a thing of the past. One button is all it takes now to automate your home entertainment. With the click of a button, curtains slide, the lights dim, the LCD display and the amp turn on. To bring that zing to home entertainment and get envious looks from friends, make use of the newest home technology and make your home a smart home!

It depends on your budget and needs on how lavish and detailed you want the automated home entertainment system to be. To add sizzle to your home entertainment, you will want to consider the following ways in which you can create that wow effect for your home theater:

· Lighting
· Drapes and curtains
· Fully automated home theatre

Lighting
With a lighting system at your smart home, you can have different settings for lights depending on whether you want to watch movies, sports or a television show. If you want to pause a movie and go answer the door bell, lights will switch on to illuminate your way to the door. When the movie ends, lights will come back on slowly. This type of lighting is controlled by touch-pads or touch screens that have only a few buttons.

Drapes and curtains
In a tech home, motorized curtains and drapes can be used for both the windows and screens which will slide to screen out the sunlight. This is especially good if your home theatre screen is prone to getting washed out by sun.

Entertaining French Films You Should See

I love watching films from all over the world. I do not really fancy films that are remade. I prefer them in their original context. Sometimes, actual meanings of phrases are lost in translation because they only make sense in the original language of the film. I have a fondness for French films because I like the language and my collection of French DVDs is testament to that.

I have over a hundred French DVDs and even some on video tape in my collection of French films. I have spent the last 2 decades adding to my foreign movie and movie poster collection. Here are is a short writeup of three of my favorite French movies.

8 Femmes
8 Femmes or 8 women, is musical comedy-mystery based on a play by Robert Thomas. From the title, you would easily guess that the movie has to do with 8 women. The movie reminds me the board game Cluedo accept that we already when the murder took place and what weapon was used.

The plot of the movie centers around the relationships of these 8 women and the master of a house who has been mysteriously murdered. What starts off as a murder mystery soon delves into various subplots as more and more secrets are exposed as everyone tries to uncover who the murdered is.

The plots explore the various relationship dynamics, greed and sexuality. One of my favorite parts of the movie is the fight between two of the female characters which ended as a make-out session on the floor. But that is not the highlight of the movie as there is yet an even better twist in the plot.

Au Revoir Les Enfants
Au Revoir Les Enfants is a very touching story about an anti-Nazi catholic priest who hides Jewish students at a catholic boarding school during the second world war in France. More importantly, it is about the bond between a particular Jewish boy and a fellow boarding schoolmate.

It also looks at perceptions, fear and bigotry in society at large. Parallels can be drawn from what happened in those times to what is happening today to many peoples.

The movie was based on the events of director Louis Malle’s very own childhood when he attended a catholic boarding school when he was 11. The memory of which remained with him every since.

Amélie
Of all the French films I have watched over the years, Amélie is undoubtedly my favorite. The plot is simple yet entertaining. The protagonist, Amélie, is a shy waitress with a vivid imagination and a knack for bringing joy to the lives of others, which is where all the fun lies. However, through all her efforts in bringing happiness to others, her own happiness eludes her. The movie looks at escapism and what it takes to finally overcome it.

Art and Entertainment Then

What is art and entertainment?

Art and Entertainment is a medium which is liked by say by every person both are two sides of the same coin. The only difference it the materials for entertainment have a popular or mass appeal, it can be understood easily by commoners whereas art involves are fined sense of understanding. The, difference between Van Gogh’s paintings and a James Bond movie. One is art the other is entertainment. But the purpose of both is relaxing the mind and generating a pleasurable feeling.

Difference between art and entertainment.

Art includes paintings, poems, sculptures, installations in studios and museums. Entertainment includes Hollywood movies, television serials, theaters, circuses.
Nowadays artists are trying to do more of interactive art so that there creation can reach to all, poems are taking the form of rap songs. Contemporary art is very much interfused with everyday issues, the problems or situations a person goes through. Aphrodite is a classical Greek art. Monalisa by Leonardo da Vinci is renaissance art done on poplar paper and oil paint. Pablo Picasso and Vincent Vangogh contribute to modern art. Postmodern art or contemporary art consists of Installations, Intermedia, Multimedia and Conceptual art. Brian Andreas, Allan Graham are artist of this age.

Postmodern Installations.

Installation art is a very new concept in postmodern art it is space specific three dimensional designed to transform the perception of space. Marcell Duchamp, Kurt Schwiters are father of installation arts. The Three dimensional affect of this art makes them unique from other art forms.

Passing phases of entertainment.

Man indulged in entertainment with stage plays the topics of Kings and queens, medieval dramas and folk songs. Entertainment resources shows the ways and nature of entertainment changed with time according to the changing demand of the public. Movies gain popularity with the invention of the camera. First was the silent era, only moving pictures without sound. The invention of sound recorder brought in the Talkies, movies with sound and dialogue. Latest technology is High Definition 3D movie Avatar. Entertainment is no longer limited to movies but have moved on to video gaming, internet gaming. Entertainment is an institution itself and has a business market of its own which is expanding rapidly.

Movies and Music

Entertainment was always the IN thing, even before we really got hi-tech and started keeping separate space for television as well as the Radio sets in our homes. We entertained ourselves in different ways. Each person had his own way of entertainment.

The very early ages found men and women dancing and singing to entertain, the dances started after dinner at sunset and went on till night, this was also one way to find prospective life partners.

A little bit of sophistication and making of societies brought all this to an end. More than this suppression of women made entertainment a different thing for men and different for women.

There were quite some numbers of avenues to entertain themselves, from visiting the professional entertainers to going hunting for a game of deer. The opportunities were many. But among all this confusion of entertainment, there was one type which never failed, and does not have any likelihood of being ignored forever.

These were the sounds smooth, enthralling, engaging as well as a feat from the person who sang or played music. Sounds, which were good clear entertainment, this entertainment had the ability to put to end all the days woes and worries and the hard work. Sounds that made it possible for quite some number to hear, the entertainment that never stopped.

Today, we have learned to include this music into another entertainment which can be made equally effective the moving pictures or movies as now these are called. Movies too had a similar effect. These provided good clean entertainment to all. The advent of movies created an upheaval in entertainment industry.

Movies and music made icons for different generations, rule fashions, make their own groups, have their own genres. From musical classics like ‘The Sound of Music’ to pure action like Die Hard series all have found their own fan base.

Regional movies and music are not far behind. Cinema from world over is being showcased at different film festival only to make it possible for people to experiment and check out their tastes in different genre of movies.

People do not have qualms any more for watching the movie by reading subtitles. Inclusion of music in movies is an age old tradition. Ever since moving pictures started music has been an integral part, in countries like India, it is the movie music that plays an important role whether the movie would be a hit or a flop.

Combination Or Standard Blu Ray Movies And Discs

While the introduction of combination DVD and Blu Ray movies on one disc has been slow, such discs are now starting to show up on store shelves. As such, when one buys a combination DVD and Blu Ray discs, one can play such titles both now and in the future. Of course, in doing so, one also prevents having to purchase titles which one may already own on DVD.

In fact, one may even want to purchase titles which one may already own on DVD. As such, one may want to locate a local audio video retailer who buys, sells and trades such media. In addition, as many individuals have not as of yet converted to more advanced technology, one can often pick up a small amount of cash through such transactions.

Still, one may also want to know more about Blu Ray and how such technology works. As such, the term is used to define the blue laser used to read the disc. This is one reason new combination movies have one film on one side and one on the other, so that the DVD player can read both sides. As such, although one may only have a DVD player now, one may want to consider investing in such combination discs in the future.

As such, if one wants to receive the quality which such players were designed to provide, one may want to rent or purchase such movies. For, while DVD movies play on such players, quality can at times be lost during standard DVD playback. Still, one is going to receive better performance overall than with a standard player, even when playing standard DVD titles.

Of course, while fairly new in the marketplace, such technology has actually been in development for several years. For, although the original release came in 2001, improvements are still being made nine years later. As such, while one may still be seeing a limited number of titles, more are expected to be released once new 3D technology becomes more popular over the next several months.

Of course, new 3D television technology has focused on Blu Ray as being the primary player for such a system. Also, as one can now watch movies on game consoles, laptops, telephones and televisions, one has quite a choice about where and when to watch such films. However, while there are some Blu Ray titles for sale on the open market, most often one is going to find a wider selection at a local video rental store or through an online video rental service.

So, while there have been a great many movies released to date, one can expect many more in the future. For, most likely when the demand for such Blu Ray discs and movies increase, so too the titles available. However, one can often find a wider variety of titles at rental stores than most retail ones at the current moment.