Day Two: Netflix

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We’ve crossed into the second day using Netflix, with no cable. My husband loves action/adventure movies and has been watching Jackie Chan, Jet Li and other such movies. I think he’s going to get a good bit out of this Netflix genre.

Additionally, we got him a  $14.99/month sub to FoxSoccer.tv today so he can watch the English leagues play. That was our biggest problem cutting cable: finding him a way to watch some games.  The FoxSoccer sub + Netflix won’t even nearly approach the amount we were spending for cable. He’s happy now – he saw two games today.

He said “What about you?” though to me…I can’t seem to find my British comedy (I get the urge to watch 3-4 shows at least once a week). I’ve looked online today and haven’t yet found some of the older Britcoms streaming. We did find some Westerns online, and Netflix has Wagon Train and Gunsmoke to keep us busy for quite some time. But since I’m having problems finding these, and also having problems finding Mike and Molly episodes (I can only find one), $#*! My Dad Says (can’t find any online episodes – I’m scared! I HAVE to watch that!) and a few others, I might be out of luck until they come out on DVD. I can do without Mike and Molly actually (half of the show is sweet, the other half is awful crass). I think it’s just an adjustment I’ll go through. Plus, in the future I’m sure there’ll be a lot of the recent stuff streaming and/or we’ll be able to buy low priced subscriptions to things – ala carte personalized tv for cheaper than today’s cable prices.

I’ve been lucky to find quite a few Westerns here and there – all but The Virginian (one of my husband’s favorites). So we’re going to have to do without that. Maybe it will show up on Netflix one day. Or I can wait for the Borders’ 40% off seasonal coupons and buy him a season or two. Not sure if I want to do that unless I’ll be sure he’ll watch them multiple times though.

We did do something fun too – we hooked up the HDMI cable from my laptop to the tv – wow was that a great picture! He watched his Arsenal vs. Barcelona game that way, but until I can get the proper audio cable, the sound comes through my computer.  We’ll be able to watch our online Westerns on the tv together now. Woot!

Netflix Positives:

* Streaming is great – immediate and as gratifying as tv

* There are quite a few things to watch

* A lot of the stuff on there is good

* Simple interface. As with everything, I had to teach my husband how to use it (he claims he’s “techless”) 😀 and the teaching went fast. I like a lot of buttons and features and widgets and gizmos. It’s too simple and  there’s no fun in it for me. But for him it’s beyond perfectly easy.

* Price is great for the amount of things you can watch

Netflix Negatives:

* Can’t find nearly everything you want to watch

* A lot of the stuff you can find to watch is not streaming and still has to be sent via DVD. How hard is it to just stream it all? You’ll have me for life, folks, if you stream it all

* Can’t search actors

* Can’t search genres (like Westerns) and then pull up a list

* Have to know the names of what you want to watch to search them

* New releases are pretty old movies!

* A lot of the stuff on there is junk – ugh

More to come on our experiences with cutting cable and other expenses.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Movie

Avatar: The Last Airbender Movie
Posted by sunnypad on Jul-5-2010

We went as a family to see this movie today. I was excited – it was our first 3D movie, plus we have been waiting for this movie to come out for awhile. When I found out who was directing and producing the movie, my heart sunk but I still had hopes that I’d like some things in the film. (WHY did they pick that guy to do this movie?! What were they thinking?)

Anyway the 3D previews before the movie were awesome. Like, everything in the entire previews was in 3D. Very cool technology and I understand why we’re moving that direction. However, the 3D effects in The Last Airbender were so minimal, I felt cheated. Only a few effects were really noticeable – those zoom-ins of the fire-nation ships. That’s about it. Everything else was so slight in the 3D technology the effect was inconsequential. That was disappointing.

I’m an optimist and try to see the good in everything. There was good in this movie:

* I liked the boy they picked for Aang, even though I thought he should have been Asian. I also liked Katara…I think they did a good job of picking her. The guy they picked for Sokka was ok, but not great.

* I liked the landscape shots – the air temples, the water villages and ic, the detailing of interiors.

* General Iroh – not a good fit – they should have picked an elderly, stocky Chinese man. However, the actor did a good job of making you accept him and like him, even though he wasn’t a good fit for the role.

* The Princess Yue part was done well enough. I liked that.

The things I didn’t like:

* Where was the humor? Aang was too serious. Where’s his playfulness? All this playfulness balanced the seriousness of the situation in the series. The movie missed this.

* OK I agree that Aang and Iroh were not pronounced correctly in the animation. Why did you try to force the “correct” pronunciation now? That makes it really confusing for everyone that doesn’t know how these names are pronounced. A good director wouldn’t have forced the change on that.

* I feel that the director wanted to get his South East Asian Indian brothers in some film. I felt this also was pushed on us. Zuko is East Asian, man. So was the entire fire nation. None of these folks “fit”…not even Zuko.

* Monk Gyotsu was black?! Come on…

* They changed how things developed – i.e. how they found Aang wasn’t done correctly. How Commander Zhao was killed – not correct. Aang never became the water beast controlling the water (which subsequently killed Zhao). Not in movie.

* They referenced Katara and Sokka’s mom were taken by the fire nation. What happened to her being killed? It’s not like the whole movie would have to be re-arranged to tell that. Don’t change the story!

* The fire nation ransacked the library? What were they thinking…Ugh. A whole storyline slashed to pieces.

There were more things I didn’t like about this movie than I did like. I can see how everyone hated it – especially the fans. However, the things I did like made it enough so that I was happy to go see the movie. That being said, can we scrap that movie and start all over again, with a new director, producer, and only keep a few of these actors? Movie producers really need to stop making movies that alienate fans. My family won’t want to see the second and third movies (even if they get far enough to make them). We’ll go back to our animated show. Thanks anyway.

Posted in: Movies, Reviews

1 COMMENT

1. Hope Said,

How could you M. Night? You ruined my favorite t.v. show! This was supposed to be an ASIAN i repeat ASIAN movie! This movie could have been way better with another director. I didnt understand how come there was so many INDIAN actors they were supposed to be ASIAN! Why didnt Aang have a BLUE arrow? The water tribe was WHITE they were supposed to be eskimos or darker skinned ASIANS! Sokka wasnt even funny he was stiff and boring the whole movie. Anyways why did Aang steal Katara’s speech in one of the Earth Kingdoms villages? Sokka and Katara’s grandma was supposed to be called Gran-Gran! Zukos burn c’mon it was supposed to be all red and show all over one side of his face! i’m not trying to be racist but on Dev Patel is too dark and the burn wasnt even noticable! What was with the dancing and then the bending? Azula is supposed to be pretty and evil but this girl was just plain scary? Aang didnt even turn into the giant water Koi fish, he just made a giant wave and didnt destroy anything. (weakest avatar ever) Paku, Aangs master acted like the leader of the tribe and anyways, and why didnt they show the fight between Katara and Paku?! Yue’s father didnt die. Plus Yue’s body didnt turn into a spirit! Aang was supposed to be a happy kid, but he was stiff and serious. Really, why was Monk Gyotsu black, hes Asian?! What was with the pronounciation of the names, Awng is supposed to be Aang and Suucka is Sokka and Erohh is Iroh! Jeez M. Night you wrote the script and you cant even say their names right! Iroh wasn’t even a chubby, playful,wise, old chinese man, even his wisdom didnt make any sense it was just a bunch of mumbo jumbo! Aang didnt even go into the Avatar state! Roku wasnt even in the movie, it was his dragon! They didnt have Koh the face stealer! Zhao burned the fish, he didnt make sushi! Appa and Momo, dont even get me started. Appa was a giant, flying, dirty, shaggy, rodent! Momo was a flying rat thing! Jet and his freedom fighters weren’t in the movie and Suki and her Kyoshi warriors! M. Night deleted too many IMPORTANT scenes and added too many UNEEDED scenes! I have to say this was the WORST movie he ever made! M. Night, it would a waste of money and time if you made sequels! M. Night, did this ever occur to you that there are way better karate people that can act and are ASIAN!!! You just picked these random people and tried to make a movie, but you failed miserably! im sorry, but i dont think that you are just cut out to make movies. You just had a casting call in Philly and you didnt even make an attempt to find people that could have made your movie a lot better. I believe that you made this movie really quick so that you could make a lot of money off of Avatar the Last Airbender fans and movie lovers! You know what you also did, you ruined these young actors careers! M. NIght, go find a real job, or make these Avatar movies AMAZING! Get real ASIANS to play the parts and stick to the storyline! Everyone whos reading reviews, dont go wasting your money on a horrible movie, just stay home and watch the animated version, its a million times better!

Posted in: Administrative
1 COMMENT

1. Harry Said,

Please don’t watch this movie,The Last Airbender, if you and your kids are a big fan of the cartoon you will be disappointed. I wasted an hour and a half of my life that I can never get back!
What happened to the humor and the action in this movie? I was hoping the end of the movie would draw me back in, nope, a huge disappointment! The end sucked!!! If M.Night directs number 2 of The Last Airbender it be another disapointing movie! The characters were all wrong for this movie, not one of the characters were even close to cartoon. Not once did Soka (Sucko) make me or my kids laugh, Uncle Iro wasn’t even fat or funny!!! M. Night please send me my money back if you read this!! Please don’t make any more movies and get real job cause you cannot direct.

Nobex Radio Companion Review

Nobex Radio Companion Review
Posted by sunnypad on Sep-18-2009

I reviewed Nobex Radio Companion for the BlackBerry today for themes4bb.com today. It was pretty fun. The actual article and testing didn’t take that long. What took long was me researching and playing with getting screenshots off my BlackBerry.

Chad from themes4bb suggested I use CaptureIt. CaptureIt is a (free!) great little tool- takes screenshots right from your menu and dumps them into your photo directory. It’s perfect! However, there was no menu seletion inside Radio Companion. So I had to find another method.

Researching takes time! I dug awhile and found BBScreenShooter. Also free! One needs to go to a bit of effort to find a Javaloader.exe file in order to get it to work. I went to the RIM site as suggested but couldn’t find the tool – it’s probably hidden in the Developer’s kit which I didn’t feel like downloading. I found a link to the file on CrackBerry and loaded it into the BBScreenShooter directory. Voilà! Great screenshot of the radio screen.

It took me a few short moments to set up my directories and to make sure I got the program assigning file names correctly. A wonderful little program.
Posted in: BlackBerry, Reviews
1 COMMENT

1. Mary Branscombe Said,

You can also assign CaptureIt to one of the convenience keys and then you can capture anything – including app menus. I found BBScreenShooter cumbersome to set up, and while it’s nice to have the choice I haven’t had to use anything but Capture It for the reviews I do for Know Your Mobile (hope you don’t mind the plug in exchange for the info!)

😉
Mary