Here are some of the swell things folks have been
printing about the 'Pad...
Creator Jim Emerson — formerly a film critic for The Orange
County Register in California and once a honcho at Cinemania,
Microsoft’s late CD-ROM/Web site — truly loves film, and he writes
about it with wit and style. He has created a site rich with stills and
eye-catching graphics and filled with articles, commentary,
appreciations and interviews drawn from his long experience. Cinepad is
funny, opinionated, thoughtful and entertaining for the casual viewer as
well as the serious fan.
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the actual blurb (with "English" translation)
Jeeem le bons tuyaux
Monsieur Jim Emerson, alias Jeeem, vient de monter
un site web, encore un peu en travaux, mais qui s'announce prometteur. Car Jeeem est un
fondu de cinéma que mélange humour et sérieux. C'est ainsi qu'il a toute un page
consacrée à la plomberie au cinéma, avec thèse à l'appui (Psychose, La
Conversation, Barton Fink...). Son site
est de ceux à se mettre précieusement de côté, il sera bientôt un référence avec sa
page de critiques, sa librairie et sa salle de bains (oui, pour la plomberie... il appelle
au debat sur le sujet).
||July 13, 1998
A crash pad for cinema lovers
by Dave McCoy
"CinePad is a pretty damn big, uh,
pad. Emerson's organized the site like a visit to his home. When you first arrive, you see his living
room, his Chinatown poster, and videos, LDs and
CDs filling up numerous racks. In the bathroom, you'll find
"Plumbing the Depths," the most comprehensive (and
funniest) article on plumbing in cinema I've ever seen. The mantelpiece has photos and souvenirs from places Emerson visited
like India or the Floating Film
Festival. In the kitchen, you can get the recipe for surrealistic director Luis Buñuel's famous martini, while the library/office has essential references such as film books and seminal
movie lists. There are also collections of Emerson's reviews, rants,
interviews, and wonderful looks at past greats like Buster Keaton, Barbara Stanwyck,
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||August 14, 1998
by Ty Burr
WEBSITE//JEEEM'S CINEPAD (cinepad.com)
What do you do when Microsoft closes down the project you've slaved over for years? If
you're Jim Emerson, former editor of the recently canned
Cinemania website, you set up your own movie site, full of info, opinion, humor...and
revenge. The CinePad is modeled on Emerson's Seattle
house: Click over to the bathroom and you'll be treated
to a witty dissertation on movie plumbing, from Psycho
to A Nightmare on Elm Street. In the kitchen you'll find the Dada martini recipe favored by Luis Bunuel. Then there are the porn-style warnings you have to click through to get to the
plot-spoilers section (spoiler No. 2: "Soylent Green is people"). Emerson gets
his digs in against Bill Gates and company, but when all's said
and done, he's a movie fan, and a smart one. And anyone who loves Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused gets a bookmark in my browser.
|July 8, 1998
Visit the 'films noirs' in Jeeem's Dark
by Bill Pannifer
THIS MOST cinematic of movie sites, complete with fades, dissolves
and iris shots, is the work of Jim Emerson, film critic
and former editor of Microsoft's now discontinued Cinemania CD. "Jeem's"
homepage is just that: a view of his book-laden Seattle pad
with clips from the classics flickering on his TV. The best part of the house is
undoubtedly The Dark Room, a clever composite
still image from various films noirs, that expands into a clickable visual index
for the entire genre. As well as his own reviews
and interviews, there is a library of recommended film criticism and the first phase of a planned on-line film school. The
site is meant for "serious movie lovers", but cannot stay serious for very long:
so there is a history of plumbing in films, and a teasing
so-called adult section which turns out to consist of plot
giveaways for classic titles. So the planet of the apes is really earth, and Rosebud is a
sled -- but you knew that already.
(Click for the clipping)
||March 19, 1998
And the Award Goes to...
the Best (and Worst) Sites on the Internet
By Mark Glaser
"Best [Oscar] Handicapping
Site: Jeeem's CinePad (cinepad.com),
with an in-depth array of charts."
(This is from when I first started the CinePad, with my
FREE web space at Tripod.)
||August 19, 1998
Web has alternative to critics' star ratings
By Peter Howell
"...Emerson wants you wander
around his pad, sharing his enthusiasms. Such as his encyclopedic tribute to the use of plumbing 'as a pipeline to the subconscious' in movies. It's
found in the bathroom, natch..."
||August 13, 1998
Braindump on the Blue Badge:
A Guide to Microspeak
By Steven Greenhouse
"The company that has shaped the way hundreds of millions of
people use computers is helping to shape the way people talk as well, with words like
'facemail' and 'self-toast' and new meanings for terms like 'dog food' and 'ask.'
"Microspeak is a slangy company
jargon made up of dozens of words and phrases commonly used at Microsoft.
This Microjargon, which includes word usages unique to Microsoft as well as usages from elsewhere in the high-tech and
low-tech worlds, has been documented in an informal lexicon
written by current and former workers at the company, based in Redmond, Wash....
"More than a dozen current and former Microsoft
blue badges (permanent Microsoft employees) and orange badges
(temporary workers and independent contractors) are among the contributors to the lexicon of Microspeak, which can be seen on the Web at The Microsoft Lexicon...."
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... not to mention a lovely color picture of compiler/editor Ken
||July 30, 1998
Best Locally produced film Web site
"Jim Emerson, former editor of Microsoft's Cinemania
and local Film Guy about town, produces Jeeem's Cinepad
(cinepad.com), the homiest film site on the Web. Emerson's site takes you on a tour
through his Seattle home: In the library
you'll find his favorite books; in the screening room you'll find a compilation of
Emerson's thoughtful reviews; and of course
there's plumbing, in the form of a long article on great
bathroom moments in film.... Emerson strikes the right balance between the down-home and
the highfalutin. The writing is great, but the writer honors his own obsessions and
indulges his own silliness in a way he might never do in print.
And isn't that the point?"
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||August 14, 1998
Straight Outta Redmond
By Steve Silberman
"The high-tech industry -- driven, cliquish, dominated by the
young -- breeds buzz-phrases like standing water breeds mosquitoes. During his tenure at Microsoft as senior editor of Music Central, Ken Barnes collected
some of the more colorful specimens of in-house argot into a lexicon of "Microspeak" that delivers a vivid picture of
the notoriously insular corporate culture on the Redmond
"Music Central [and its sister product, Cinemania] fizzled out
last June, a victim of mismarketing and lack of technical support, Barnes says. But
Barnes' lexicon lives on online at Jim
Emerson's site for film lovers, CinePad.
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