MPAA wants to control your TV, and stereo, and DVR

August 1, 2008 · Posted in At the Movies ..., I (heart) Tivo, Politics, Tech - Hardware · 1 Comment 

MPAA’s SOC or Selectable Output Control permanent waiver request is complicated and probbably best described with pretty pictures like this video:

Here are some nice write-ups:
Public Knowledge
EFF

It’s Joss Whedon, and It’s “Dr. Horrible”

July 15, 2008 · Posted in At the Movies ..., I (heart) Tivo, Music, Theater · Comment 

A musical about a super-hero and a super-villain brought to you by Joss Whedon and comprised of 3 10-minute-ish acts, available on July 15, 17, and 19 and disappearing from the web on July 20th. I guess there are some good side effects to last year’s writer’s strike.

Episodes available:
http://www.drhorrible.com

Trailer:

Teaser from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo.

Harry Potter in the Hood

July 20, 2007 · Posted in At the Movies ..., Writing & Reading · Comment 

I should have Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows sometime tomorrow but in the meantime, Enjoy!

7/23: Updating youtube link

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Release Date

February 2, 2007 · Posted in At the Movies ..., Writing & Reading · Comment 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ release date of July 21st has been announced.

You can pre-order it now from amazon :

Standard Edition
Deluxe Edition

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie is due out in theaters on July 13th.

Hmm … I think I’m not going to get much done on the weekends in July.

Snakes on a Plane

August 19, 2006 · Posted in At the Movies ... · Comment 

A movie that tells you everything you need to know in its title. And it delivers. It is fun. It is very quotable. It even has a very basic plot. All in all a fun movie going experience and it is probably better to see it in a theatre than on video as the “group” experience seems to make the movie even better. This definately has the makings for a long lasting “cult film”. Go see it, it makes for a great guilty pleasure, and it has Samuel L. Jackson.

“Snakes on a Plane” gets a thumbs up!

Death is only the beginning

June 19, 2006 · Posted in At the Movies ..., Tech - Software · Comment 

Saw this article linked on Digg this evening. It basically show how they were able to resurrect Marlon Brando for a reprise of his role as Jor-El in the upcoming Superman Returns.

Take a look it is neat and a little creepy at the same time:

http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=23646

Thank You for Smoking

May 27, 2006 · Posted in At the Movies ... · Comment 

Finally went to see “Thank you for Smoking” which presents us with the life of Big Tobacco lobbyist Nick Nailor. Here is a trailer :

The movie was very funny, entertaining, and smart. The movie had the potential to get preachy due to its subject matter but it never did and was very intelligiently irreverent. It got applause from everyone in the theater at the end of the show.

This is a thumbs up in a “go see it in a theater, rent it, or buy it, but find some way to see it” kinda way.

The Davinci Code : The Movie (Pre-Show)

May 14, 2006 · Posted in At the Movies ..., Religion · 1 Comment 

Well “The Davinci Code” opens on Friday and I plan on seeing the movie sometime next weekend, you can take a look at the latest trailer here :

And of course you can take a look (or another look) at my review of the book here. But, before anyone gets in a tizzy about this movie, please take a breath and remember that it is very much a work of fiction meant to entertain, not meant to convey any hidden truth, even if the author gets a little antagonistic at points (remember Dan Brown is a writer who wants to sell books and movies and controversy generates buzz). That being said, if you are still a “believer”, please take a look at the inaccuracies in the book (and presumably the movie based upon it) :

Time : The Ways of Opus Dei
How Stuff Works : How the Davinci Code Doesn’t Work
US Conference of Catholic Bishops : Jesus Decoded
Opus Dei : Theological issues raised in the Davinci Code

So you may be wondering if I think the book (and maybe movie) are so wrong, why am I going to see it? Two reason, it should be an entertaining and well-acted movie (Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, and Hans Zimmer score, come on, the score itself will probably be worth it), and if it is bound to get people’s feathers ruffled across the world, I would like to be knowledgeable so that I can know what I am talking about.

Superman Returns – Trailer 2

May 3, 2006 · Posted in At the Movies ... · Comment 

There is a new trailer for Superman Returns up on the Apple site :

http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/supermanreturns/trailer2/

Coming to Theaters on June 30th.

Silent Hill – The Movie

May 1, 2006 · Posted in At the Movies ... · Comment 

I went to see Silent Hill on Saturday evening and I have to say that I thought it was a good movie. Of course the two other people I saw it with completely disagree with me on that point, so your mileage may vary. I must have made up my own movie as I went along, at least according to them. That being said, I don’t think I will be adding this one to my video collection, even though it was good, it wasn’t great.

The good :

  • The movie looked great (very good cinematography and special effects)
  • The basics of the storyline were good (but see below)

The bad :

  • Very poor dialogue for the main character and no quotables
  • Non-existant use of exposition, when the movie contains a “featurette” almost at the end in order to attempt explain most of the movie, you know the writers, directors, and producers, dropped the ball along the way. If the information in the “featurette” had been dished out as we went along, it would have significantly improved the movie.
  • There were no really scary moments, the movie mostly consisted of some gory moments. (i.e. It doesn’t stick with you like “The Grudge” does. That is definitely a good scare, BTW, and really well executed.)

All in all, I give it a thumbs up in a, “if you haven’t seen it, I would wait and rent it”, way.

50 Greatest independant films

April 8, 2006 · Posted in At the Movies ..., I (heart) Tivo · Comment 

It’s the weekend and if you’re looking for a movie perhaps this list may help you setup your netflix queue, blockbuster visit, Tivo, or even next possible purchase. Empire online put together this list of the 50 greatest indie films, which I originally noticed sometime this week on digg.com. I’ve only seen a handful of these movies on the list but haven’t been disappointed in the ones I have seen. Movies on the list that I can very much vouch for :

Movies that I keep meaning to see :

  • Being John Malkovich
  • THX-1138
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • City Of God
  • Reservoir Dogs

I’ve been told so many times that I should see Reservoir Dogs, that I’ve lost count. And yes I know I need to see it, and yes I know apparently it would be a movie I would be “totally in to”. The opportunity just hasn’t presented itself. And a warning on “Lost in Translation”, you have to be in the right mood to enjoy it.
See you at the Movies!

Lord of the Rings – The Musical

March 24, 2006 · Posted in At the Movies ..., Theater, Writing & Reading · 1 Comment 

A musical adaptation based on the J.R.R Tolkien trilogy just openned in Toronto :

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4840278.stm

Reviews have not been very good so far.

Noooooooooooo!

October 27, 2005 · Posted in At the Movies ..., I'm such a geek, Music · 3 Comments 

Seen on digg.com :
If rumors are to be believed the new Star Wars : Revenge of the Sith DVD contains a hidden Easter egg of Yoda getting funky to “The Roots – Don’t Say Nuthin“. (Lyrics)

The Easter egg, if real, has leaked onto the internet and can be found :
Here and Here

I still haven’t gone out to buy this DVD and I’m not sure if this is a motivator. (Although Episode III was definately better than The Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars as a whole.)

Mosquito

October 17, 2005 · Posted in At the Movies ..., I (heart) Tivo, I'm such a geek · Comment 

Mosquito is a fan based (Browncoat) parody of Firefly. I personally cannot vouch if it is any good as they have exceeded their download limit until sometime Wednesday. But apparently it is supposed to be.

Here is a link to the Mosquito site :
http://www.mosquitoverse.com/

And Here is a link to an interview with Mosquito’s creator :
http://s13.invisionfree.com/Browncoat_Alliance/index.php?showtopic=61

Serenity

October 5, 2005 · Posted in At the Movies ..., I'm such a geek · 2 Comments 

It’s a great movie. If you are a fan of the Firefly series you have probably already seen it. If you haven’t seen the movie, do yourself a favor and go. It’s just like the last couple of star wars movies except it is actually good, and has no aliens or jedi.

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

August 12, 2005 · Posted in At the Movies ... · Comment 

Wow.

I thought this movie was going to be good, I was wrong, it’s great! Johnny Depp made an awesome Willy Wonka. Tim Burton’s touch was all over this movie so it was a tad darker than the original movie but it’s also allegedly more faithful to the book than the original movie. It had several laugh out loud moments. All in all a very high thumbs up!

My rec is to go see it if you haven’t already!

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