Is "Big Night" The Most "Just Right" Movie Ever?

Posted by Tom Hannaher , Monday, January 24, 2011

Boy do I like Netflix streaming video! There is always something interesting to be found. I've now got an Apple TV in my living room and a Roku HDS system in my office, so the hunt for cool material is on. Jean-Michel Basquiat documentaries. Early episodes of Weeds and Dexter. Oddball foreign films. The list goes on.
On a recent Saturday night, in the "Recommended for You" category, up pops Big Night -- the quirky film about a struggling Italian restaurant in the 1960s. I remember watching it on a plane in 1996. It was great then, and maybe greater now. The characters are so well developed, so interesting, so real. Ian Holm's Pasqual has one of the great lines ever spoken in a movie, while lecturing Segundu (Stanley Tucci) on his philosophy of life -- "Bite your teeth into the ass of life -- and drag it to you!"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lYs-2XDkz0
And the feast -- I so wanted a seat at that long table!
The drunken dancing scenes with Louis Prima on the phonograph lead me from Netflix to a YouTube journey through early Prima and Keely Smith videos that opened up a whole new world to me.
If you haven't seen Big Night, do so! It's not the biggest movie ever, or the artiest, or the most clever. But it might be the most "just right" movie ever made.

Sound Bar: Elegant Chicago Nightclub or Odd Home Theater Name?

Posted by Tom Hannaher , Friday, January 21, 2011
When we created the first ZVOX systems in 2003, there was nothing else like them. They didn't fit into an existing product category. We didn't know how to put a label on our products.
At first we called them "sound consoles." But that sounded pretty old-fashioned. Then we moved to "single-cabinet surround sound system" -- a real alliteration mouthful. We also tried "all-in-one home theater." But none of these caught on.
Because most competing products use a long, skinny bar-like speaker cabinet, somebody started calling them sound bars (or soundbars)...a name that people seem to like. So now ZVOX systems are commonly classified as sound bars -- even though most of our speakers are not at all bar-shaped. We tried to fight it, but we were outnumbered. So sound bar is the winning name for our product category -- even though the top Google ranking for sound bar is "an elegant Chicago night club."

Oh well.

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