Category Archives: Movies

“The Island” Review

Kristin and I were able to get tickets to see "The Island" tonight from Q102.  The movie was just OK.  I would not actually recommend anyone to spend big bucks to go see it.  Definitely a movie to wait to see at the cheapies (which will be there quickly).  There were a lot of free tickets given away at the premiere, but the theatre was only about half full.

The action scenes were very long and drawn out.  Both Kristin and I got bored during the action scenes.  Even some of the action scenes were just unbelievable, for example falling from a building 70 stories up and not dying because they landed in a net at the bottom.  There was a love scene thrown in there which felt more forced than anything.

The last thing that made this movie a little worse was the product branding in the movie.  You could tell that they took specific shots so that the products would be the main focus of the screen with the actors as secondary.  Some of these, for example, were Microsoft Xbox, Microsoft MSN, and a bottled water company.  Branding is just getting worse with movies focusing on the branding some times more than the actor.  This is true at times in this movie. 

War of the Worlds [2005] Dissappointment

I went to see the "War of the Worlds [2005]" movie and was pretty disappointed in what I seen.  I would not recommend people to see this movie in the regular cinemas and wait until it goes to the cheaper cinemas.  The movie really dragged in a lot of places and the ending was a major dissappointment.  I am not going to ruin the ending, but it came very quick and made a lot of the movie feel pointless.  There was a large build up and then nothing but a bad explaination.  To me it felt like they were going along making the movie and realized it was going to long and came up with a quick ending to wrap it up.  I would give this movie at the most 2 / 5 stars.

The other thing that I noticed is the price to see a movie.  The prices at the movie theater are to the point of being completely rediculous.  We went to a matinee and it cost us $8.25  per ticket, while if we went at night it would cost $10.50 per ticket.   The movie industry is saying they are losing money and that the revenue this year is not what it used to be.  I think they should talk to an economist.  Movies are not primary goods.  Once the price reaches a high enough point, people will start moving to alternative forms of entertainment.  For the price of just seeing a movie, you can get 1 – 2 DVD’s which in my opinion at this point would be a better bargain.  If the movie studios want to increase profits, they need to lower the prices.  I don’t think they are meeting the equilibrium of supply and demand which would bring the most profits.  That’s probably why DVD’s are having record sales.

Netflix Scam

I’ve currently been subscribed to netflix for about 2 months now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that their “unlimited rental” deal is really a scam. I KNOW they are now using tricks to control how many DVD’s are sent out to a customer.

When I originally signed up with them, it would take one day for me to recieve the DVD after they had sent it (which has not changed up to this point). After watching it, I would send it out in the morning and Netflix would recieve it at the latest by the 2nd day if the the next day. That was at the beginning.

Now we fast forward to two months subscription. When I get the movies, I watch them that day. I then send them back in the next day. It started taking longer and longer for my movies to be received by Netflix as time went on and I had more rentals. It is now at the point where I would receive the movie on Monday, I send it back Tuesday morning before mail is collected, and they will not recieve it (by posting online that they recieve it and send me another one) until the following Monday. At one point, I sent one back Tuesday, one Thursday, and one Friday. They all showed as being recieved by Netflix the same day which was Monday.

From trying this a couple times now, I definitely can tell that there is something not right going on with the company. How can I send 3 movies back 5 days apart and they Netflix center get them all the same day. The only explanation I can come up with is that they are not really posting when they recieve the movies and are holding on to them so that they do not have to send more out. I find this a large problem since they advertise unlimited where in fact they really are LIMITING the DVD’s. I have one more month left before I cancel, so I’m going to record all the dates/times when I send the movies and and then get a new one. Until then, I wouldn’t recommend anyone signing up for them as they are definitely being shady.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Kristin and I have just watched this movie and we would recommend it to everyone. I was a bit unsure of it when I seen the trailers, but it is definitely one of my favorite movies now. It had a very nice flow with no slow spots that have plagued some of the movies I have recently seen. The movie was also very humorous and brought about a lot of laughs. Believe it or not there was even one spot that made Kristin and I both jump. I will definitely get this movie once it comes to DVD.