I watched Ponyo the other day, the new Crackers Patel Japanimation from legendary bonkers merchant Hayao Miyazaki. Before I bore you with my opinion of it, I need to bore you with a frothing rant.
Cineworld Enfield is driving me up the fricking wall with their cataclysmically poor standards of projection. In the middle of the trailers, the picture I was looking at decided it would rather I only saw the top half of it, and that the top half would look better at the bottom half of the screen. Everyone else in the auditorium thought that grumbling about it under their breath would be enough to sort the situation out but I decided to take action. So I mentioned it to an usher, who helpfully told me that "it happens sometimes, but sorts itself out when the film starts."
Obviously it didn't sort itself out when the film started. A projectionist sorted it out ten minutes into the film. This, combined with Cineworld Enfield's unfathomable decision not to mask off the edges of the screen when showing a film that doesn't fit its full width, meant that the beginning of Ponyo looked like this:
Even Miyazaki didn't intend his films to be that weird. Cineworld Enfield: Must try harder.
Best bit: If, like me, you love the armies of cute little critters Miyazaki shoves effortlessly into his films, like:
then you're in luck! Because Ponyo has these things:
Anyone know where I can get one?
Final suspiciously-similar-font-related thought:
Just saying is all.
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