Everything in life repeats itself eventually, especially when it comes to art that is inspired by other art. The interesting thing is, regardless of the era, both were considered hot and risque at the time. I could not find the name of the pinup girl on the left. However, the right is our beloved Donna Summer.
Amazon is giving a 1 month free trial of video prime, so I figured why not? Before I continue with my review, I want to start off by saying, don’t bother with the student package. As much as I LOVE amazon, I was pissed with what they were offering. Yet I do understand that a lot of it was not in their control. Let me explain, the offer is 6 months free trail, and half off the yearly subscription price for verified students. I was approved, however, in the email confirmation, it said that I can’t watch any movies during the 6 month trial period! What??? I immediately realized that this had to do with copyright and licensing. As I’ve said before, to license music and movies is expensive; but even more expensive for movies. So I understand why Amazon did it, but they didn’t inform the customer before we sign up. The other thing was, I didn’t know that Prime also included digital books. However, digital books was also omitted from the 6 month trail. Say what?? Books is the first thing that a student is going to need? So at the end of the day, the only benefit you’re getting is the shipping. So, I got the regular movie Prime package instead (8.99 a month with one month free, includes SD through Ultra).
I’ve read such good reviews about a series called Bosh (2015-2016) 😍. The character Bosch is played by Titus Welliver, and is based on a novel. But unfortunately, this is an Amazon original, and is not available on Netflix or anywhere else. I had no other choice but to get Amazon’s Prime. Let me say that Amazon’s stream quality is mind blowing! I hate to say it, but it is actually much better than my beloved Netflix. However, understand that Amazon is an exponentially bigger online retail business, so they have the power to command better licensing agreements than Netflix. Unfortunately Netflix has to charge more for Ultra streaming. The sound is amazing! I just melted when I heard Titus’s voice. What I really love about having these streaming accounts, is that when I get tired of HULU movies, I can temporarily suspend my HULU account for a couple of months and use Amazon, and vise versa. Amazon doesn’t have a suspend feature, but I verified with them that you can cancel and sign up again as many times as you want without penalty. That was a REALLY nice thing to hear; because these services are a lot like cable, in that, when you first get cable, you try to watch as many movies you want, then the hype wears down. The only difference is, you usually have to upgrade to pay more money to get curtain channels, whereas streaming, you can just move services around and pay the same price. That is a resounding HUGE plus over cable! [Please note: if you cancel from Netflix more than a year, you could loose your playlists]
There only small minor things I did find annoying. The first is Amazon’s interface. The interface for my Roku is a lot better than the interface for my SmartTV. Unfortunately, we have no control over that, it’s all up to Amazon to update it. The SmartTV app isn’t well organized, and the navigation/back button tends to put you back all the way to the beginning. To be honest, my opinion is, if you have a SmartTV, it is better to just search movies through your online account. Roku Application is easier and more intuitive; navigation is also on point. The last annoying thing is, it doesn’t seem like I can easily identify the last episode I’ve watched. I had to go online and check before watching (Amazon please update that!). Hope my review helps.
😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 Look what the late Elvis Presley is driving? doesn’t his car have a striking resemblance to the 70’s cartoon car “Speed Buggy?” Unless you’re a TV buff, not too many of my readers are probably old enough to remember this cartoon. It was quite entertaining to me as a kid. It was almost a damn near rip off of Scooby-Doo.
I decided to take some time to quickly write about the subject of sound quality, in terms of video streaming services. I’m not going to go into anything technical, because there’s so much to audio that it would make your head spin. It truly is hard to keep up, unless you are already working inside the technical areas of film and music. Software engineers are frequently developing new ‘n’ improved sound and video codecs for all devices. There are quite a few popular codecs, some of them are PCM, DTS-MA, DTS-HD & Dolby HDtrue DDPlus, AC3, and all are uncompressed. Now, which ones are the best? Well, some times that all depends on the ear that is listening to them. They’re those people who will say that there is absolutely no difference them; then there are others who’d think that “those” people are crazy and out of there minds. There are those who think that PCM is better, but in my opinion, it is louder not necessarily better. However, many people have always associated a louder sound with better quality, and that’s just not true. Personally, I think it also boils down to the equipment, in addition to how it is setup. The best analogy I can think of is, if you’re still using an old analog television, and you’ve connected a Blu-Ray player to it, you’re not going to see a big difference in quality. But unfortunately, those people will make an unwavering assumption that it doesn’t matter what you use, all sound and video are the same; which is not quite correct. Other times we don’t have much of a choice. Personally I’ve always preferred DTS; in fact, older movies that were originally recorded in DTS were exponentially better. I’m not sure what happened with the newer DTS, all I can tell you, it doesn’t sound as crisp and pristine as it once was. But unfortunately, the vast majority of movies now are produced using either PCM or DD5.1/DD True (although DD5.1 is better than PCM, but neither is as good as DTS). Eventually I realized it doesn’t make any sense bitching about it, because our equipment can only process what’s encoded on the Blu-Ray. Sometimes studios would come out with special edition Blu-Rays that would include different codecs, but that also means you’re usually spending more money because it’s most likely a collector’s item.
There is also one more factor we may not realize. I’ve written quite a lot about fake 3D movies, where a movie studio would print 3D on the package, however, in reality they’re just 3D conversions, because it cost too much to shoot in 3D. Well, the truth of the matter is, sound is kind of like that too. Depending on how the movie was produced, or sometimes even how old the movie is, you may not get improved sound just because your movie is on Blu-Ray. For instance, A Blu-Ray may state that an old movie has DTS 5.1/7.1 sound; but in reality, all they did what copy the same sound to 5-7 channels; giving the illusion that it is actually 5.1/7.1. Yet, they will charge you 40-70% more because it’s on Blu-Ray. Anybody who is real finicky about sound, would know right away that it’s fake.
I don’t think movie fans talk about this much, maybe a lot of us haven’t realized it yet. But sound quality have improved tremendously in the video streaming world. Do you realized that video sound on streaming is now superior to cable? Granted, I’m not familiar with all the major cable companies out there, but, lets look at the company I am for familiar with, CableVision. If you browse through your premium HD movie channels, and even a lot of the “Pay-Per-View” movies, all of them are in HD Stereo sound (actually I shouldn’t say all, but a significant number of them are stereo). Some of the HD channels are still only broadcasting 720p, WTF?? But Netflix movies are both HD and DTS/DD 5.1, and Netflix movies cost in the pennies in comparison to cable movies. Hulu also has Dolby Digital 5.1 movies, but they may be available only on certain devices. I think Amazon is DD5.1 too (on Roku/Amazon Fire/SmartTV). There are even some totally free streaming services that have DD5.1 as well, I think it was TubiTV I saw it. So why can’t cable? [By the way, google movies are regular stereo; I purchased Vampire Hunter, Battleship and Prometheus and they were stereo when I bought them. @ $15, I should have gotten bare minimum DD5.1. Never again] Because of issues like these, I never saw a good reason to buy a 4K TV, when very few things would be able to watch on 4K. By the time 4K becomes standard, your unit would be out of warranty and time for a new one. Although Netflix has 4K streaming available, they are a small selection (not Netflix fault). It’s so important to understand these technologies before you spend your hard earned money. These are just more reasons why cable/premium networks/HBO, etc.) companies will eventually go down by the next 15-20 years (maybe not extinct, but they will crumble significantly). Trust me, as soon as T-mobile’s bandwidth improves (probably around 6-7G), I will have no need for cable.
You know the interesting thing about all of this? Cable companies will tier your internet bandwidth to make more money, but in terms of actually watching movies on through your cable box, it’s full bandwidth, so there’s no reason they should be holding back on any parts of movie quality (especially sound). As a whole, in the era of movie streaming, most very old movies will never be remastered because of cost. But at least we can expect the highest of video and audio quality for all future movies, as digital technology improves, and cost goes down for the independent film maker. As Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon stream continue to grow, I wouldn’t be surprised if later on down the line; HBO, ShowTime, Starz, and all the other greedy networks start offering 1 and 2 year deals to win back customers. Kind of like how movie studios started packaging Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital bundles! Now, why would I want 3 versions of the same movie? Well, I guess I can give two away, maybe that’s it! Involuntarily pay more money for a movie, to give as a gift to someone else. Or they may just decide to come up with their own streaming service, which will cost just as much as cable if not more. Like the music industry, they had to make some serious changes and adjust for this current economy; the movie industry will learn the same. Can’t continue to charge these bloated prices, or the same circulated movies.
Hi guys! Today I saw an incredible movie called “The Wilby Conspiracy (1975),” directed by Ralph Nelson and filmed in Kenya. The movie was based on the 1972 novel by Peter Driscoll. The movie stars two incredible actors, Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine. This movie has A LOT of twists, turns, and deception all over this movie, too much to cover in this article. But, trust me when I tell you, I enjoyed this movie, and it is absolutely FREE to watch on TubiTV!
I never saw this movie until today. I am extremely fond of Sidney and the positive roles he has chose to play throughout his career. However, I have to say that this particular movie shattered the handsome image I was accustomed to seeing. Sidney was as raw and gritty as he could get in this movie. But, this is one of the reasons I love Sidney, don’t care how much of a big actor he was, if the movie conveyed a powerful message, he wanted to do that movie, and play his given character to the fullest! The movie is almost two hours long, but I will give you a condensed summery.
Sidney plays a anti-apartheid South African revolutionary who spent time in jail for working underground. His defense attorney managed to get him out of jail, only to become a fugitive the same day, for assaulting a racist police officer. The officer tried to arrest Sidney because he did not have any identification documents. The office slaps Sidney, his female lawyer played by Prunella Gee got out the car furious at the officer. The officer proceeds to punch her in the stomach. Michael Caine who was also in the same car got out and started beating the hell out of the cop and one other cop.
It was obvious the cops must have had some kind of quota, because prior too, they arrested other Africans and lined them up. Sidney was just that “one more African” to round up for that day. All three, Sidney, Michael, and Prunella fled the scene and became fugitives. All of a sudden, all three became part of the revolution that day. They ended up fleeing to Johannesburg to hide (so they thought), where Sidney knew some people who could help him, who were also part of the revolution.
Their nightmare was because of this pig, played by Nicol Williamson. Nicol hunted all three like animals. He even gone to the extent of planting a homing device under their car. Will all three get out alive? Or will Nicol get his just deserts? I can’t go in to further detail because I don’t want to risk giving away spoilers. This movie has a lot of action, and as usual, both actors gave a phenomenal performance. Watch it on TubiTV free!! Also available on Roku and Amazon Fire.
Hi guys, I finally watched “Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015).” This movie is a Crackle original. I watched this not expecting anything spectacular; however, it was much better than I thought it was going to be. In fact, in terms of overall science fiction quality and good story line, it’s kind of between cable’s SyFy and worthy of being on Netflix streaming). Meaning, it has a touch of “modern day “B-movie” quality, yet has just enough action that pulls you in enough to keep you interested. Although IMDB has a rating of 5.2, to be fair, this type of movie isn’t for everybody. It’s not like big time actors are in this movie, such as Milla Jovovich; and if she was i’d be a whole different story. Lately, Crackle has been freezing in between commercials. I’m starting to think they got so popular that their computers can’t handle the traffic. However, if you have problems viewing it from your Roku or other streaming device, the DVD is available via Netflix.
This movie has elements of “Night Of The Living Dead,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and “Resident Evil” all rapped up in to one. However, like “Resident Evil,” “Dead Rising” was also inspired by a video game. And like Resident Evil,” “Dead Rising” is also about some sort of illness that turns humans in to flesh eating zombies. And of course, there was a coverup that wasn’t discovered until it was way too late. I’m not sure why zombies and video games are so closely connected. LOL 🙂
In my opinion, the zombies look pretty damn good, and realistically zombie like (in the classic sense), for a non-blockbuster, made for streaming movie. What’s interesting is that the directors of this movie had decided to have their zombies do things that were traditionally “un-zombie” like. For instance, we all know that zombies are the walking dead, with primal instincts to feed on other humans. That’s it! Zombies are not supposed to exhibit any form of intelligence; yet the above cop, turned zombie somehow thought clearly enough to use his gun to try and shoot his victim. The funny part was, I guess the cop was such a good actor, he actually pulled it off, despite how corny the whole idea of a zombie using a weapon is.
Although their are actually three heroes in this movie, Meghan Ory (kicks ass) as Crystal, and Keegan Connor Tracy as Jordan; our main hero is a reporter named Chase, played by Jesse Metcalfe. Chase is trying desperately to get the “real” story for the walking dead outbreak. There already exist a cure, a vaccination to prevent those who are infected from turning in to zombies. While Chase tries to sneak some pictures with his phone of someone being vaccinated, something went horribly wrong. The drugs were not working.
The next thing you know, it seemed as though everybody around him was turning in to zombies. Chase then runs for his life. Unfortunately, our heroes discovered that there was a HUGE coverup, a conspiracy to bomb the entire city, including people who have not been infected. Officials tried to make the public believe that the vaccination was no longer working; and there was no other choice but to decimate the city. The only real thing that pissed me off about this movie was that, Crystal (I believe) found Virginia Madsen, who played the mother of a child she had to kill because she turned in to a zombie. SPOILER ALERT: well, after Crystal went through all that trouble to save the mother, Virginia opens this door where a lot of zombies were locked up. The mother opens the damn door, sees her zombie daughter, starts to cry, and let her daughter eat her, and let all the other zombies out in the process. Oh, I wanted to jump in the TV and strangle her. LOLOL. Will Chase be able to stop officials from destroying the city with him in it? Watch the movie for free on Crackle.
My absolute favorite from this album, is the song called “The Boss.” I know a lot of my young readers don’t have a clue about this song. You’ll probably hear different opinions about it, but as far as I’m concerned this was the biggest hit of her career! Well, at least in the gay world, “The Boss” was once the anthem of the SGL community back in the day. It’s not that I don’t acknowledge her other music, it’s just this album has a special place in the “unsaid history.” This album catapulted Diana in the club and disco scenes. If you knew absolutely nothing about Diana Ross’s music, chances are you’d recognize “The Boss” immediately; this is how popular the song was. It was written by the late Nick Ashford, and wife Valerie Simpson. The song was so huge, there wasn’t enough hands to count how many remixes and LPs that existed then.
For some strange reason, I am having difficulty trying to pinpoint the exact stats to this album. I don’t know how accurate it is but, according to some sources I’ve read in 1979, it peaked #10 in the R&B charts, but I can’t find how long. I also had difficulty finding when it hit number one and it’s duration. Fans will enjoy this album, because it includes the extended version of “The Boss.” Unfortunately, the only other hit that came from this album was “My House.” Back from that, this album did not fancy me. Listen on Rhapsody.
You know I was thinking….. I think that in this day and age; where digital technology is here to stay; it’s absolutely hilarious that we are still using the word “albums” to describe non-physical medium. We we’re still using the word “albums” even for CDs. This goes to show you how much of an impact that old school still has on our society as a people (and not even know it). I think that we’ll still be using the word “albums,” long after albums eventually become extinct. Can you imagine a great grandfather trying to explain to his great grandchild what an album was? LOL… I would love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation. I know that would be funny as hell! By then then I truly hope that every single piece of history has been preserved on digital; and easily accessible by all; without “elite membership prices.” You need to help support and fight for the digital archiving of our history; because once it’s gone, it’s gone (even if it exists, it’s lost).
Does anybody remember the Partridge Family? This was a television show based on a real life group called The Cowsills. The stars of the show were Shirley Jones and David Cassidy. Other casted family members were Danny Bonaduce, Jeremy Gelbwaks, Suzanne Crough, Dave Madden, and Susan Dey. I’m not sure if all of them were real musicians, I know that for most if not all of the show, they pretended to play instruments. However, I do know that David Cassidy was an actual performer. Girls went goo goo gaa gaa for David. You’d think he was a Beatle or something. I didn’t listen to a whole lot of their songs, but one popular one that I liked was a song called “I Think I love You.” The song reached to number one, on Nov. 21, 1970. It’s basically an up beat song about young school love. Check the greatest hits collection on Rhapsody.
I’ve discovered striking resemblance between actresses Amanda Peet and Jennifer Aniston. In someways, it almost feels like it’s unfair to put these two in a look-a-like comparison, because Jennifer doesn’t look anywhere near the way she looks now 15+ years ago. Jennifer has appeared in movies such as “Leprechaun (1993),” and a long time actress on the TV show “Friends (1994-2004).” Amanda has appeared on a movie called “Whipped (2002),” and a movie “The Battle for Terra (2007).” Honestly, pretty soon, I think straight men will have to stamp a number on their wives/girlfriends wrists, because with all these plastic surgeries women with money are having, str8 men are not going to be able to tell them apart. Am I wrong for saying this?
You know, I’ve probably said this before but; it is my opinion that some of the most beautiful music in the world comes from Spain/Mexico. I say this as a person who has an affinity to music, and as someone who has always been exposed to many many types genres. There are quite a few old school music that comes from Spain, that are so beautiful to listen to, you don’t need to understand a single word the performer is singing, just because the emotion in the music is often enough to understand. I’m particularly attracted to guitar compositions. I’ve heard music from Spain that are so beautiful, it can make you cry. On this post, I’d like to focus on my most favorite Carlos Santana music composition ever. It’s called “Europa.” It’s a combination of music from classic Spain and American soft rock.
Many, many artists have reinterpreted Santana’s Europa, and I’d like to share with you some of my favorites with you. The first beautiful interpretation of Europa is from Guitar Romantica, and the album is called “Beyond Borders.” Second musical interpretation of Europa is from an album called “Panorama: Trumpet Prism,” and the composer is Vaughn Nark. And the third interpretation of Europa I like is from an album called “Soft Sexy Jazz,” unfortunately, the only thing in the artist description is “Various Artists.” So, I’m going to assume that this album is a collaboration of lesser known artists. These guys deserve a lot of credit, because they’ve done a wonderful job. Actually, you should check out the entire album, most of them are pretty good. I think you’ll like their interpretations of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” The last interpretation of Europa I like is a very mellow flute composition, from a guy named Bradley Leighton, and the album is called “”Just Doin’ Our Thang.” There are many other interpretations out there, and I encourage you to find them.
Live365 suffers a collision of misfortunes, lays off most employees and vacates office
Today, I decided to login to my free Live365 listener mobile app, when I kept getting “incorrect login and password” messages. I then decided to go to the live365 website to reset my password, and saw a large message that I interpreted to be very vague. I tried to escape out of the message but could not. It looks like Live365 has shut down January 31, 2016! Why? Upon further research, the Copyright Royalty Board recently released their new rates for webcasters. Unfortunately, the new rates are significantly more than Live365 could afford (what most webcasters could afford). Long story short, Live365 had to make a decision to either raise their already high membership fees to cover the royalty cost, or shut down. It would have cost a web DJ about $40+ a month (lowest package), for a maximum of about 2 hours worth of music uploaded at a time; and a maximum of 10 listeners at a time. According to the following article from “Rain News,” they have chosen to focus more on other business ventures they currently have. I think it’s good to note that streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, etc, have not been effected much, because they are under a different category; I believe it’s called “non-interactive.” However, I think these new rates for webcasters have inadvertently devastated our ability to listen to a broader selection of music, by real people and real fans. You may not see it now, but at least for us older folks, we can clearly hear the difference between music played on the radio that was hand selected by a human fan; and the kinds of music played that was mathematically selected by a computer. As far as I’m concerned a significant chunk of our music history & culture has been lost as of last month; it is because of sites like Live365 that we were able to hear music we no longer hear; it is because of Live365 that we heard music that other services don’t have a licenses for. Live365 was the only station that I could think of, where you could listen to the rarest of music not played anywhere. Not even 8Tracks have the music that Live365 had. There are some things within the human experience that a computer chip cannot replace.
It is interesting, as much as I used to complain that not enough older folks are using streaming technology, a significant amount of seasoned folks were using and DJing with Live365. Only amateur DJs with a certain level of experience could play the kinds of music we heard there. That’s just a fact, whether you’d acknowledge it or not. This really saddened me. Live365 was an extremely unique service, that allowed real fans to share their personal music they already own, with other fans (especially when it came to classic music). Many of the stations played music you’d never hear from any Genome selected music playlist. I will truly miss them. However, again this speaks to the larger existing problem of the music industry. The music industry is trying to price music streaming in the same way they used to sell albums. If this continues, the only business that will be able to afford these licenses, will be the larger mainstream stations like Z100, etc. I really think that the answer here is YouTube. YouTube needs to be structured more like a traditional streaming music service; but unfortunately, I’m beginning to realize that it appears that the music industry is using YouTube more as a promotional tool, and the smaller webcasters/internet radio are being used to off set royalties. Well, the decision holds till about 5 years; and I don’t think that much change will happen till then.
I think you true disco fans will appreciate this album. This is from a guy we DEFINITELY do not hear about anymore, Van McCoy. His music was huge back in the 70’s. If ‘m not mistaken, his biggest hit was “The Hustle (1973).” Everybody got up and danced to this song, whether you were young or old! The tempo wasn’t too fast, and it wasn’t to slow. This was the perfect dance tune even if you couldn’t dance, because all the beats were pretty consistent. Another hit I love is an instrumental called “Love Is The Answer (1979).” I’m making an assumption that McCoy originally composed this for the Stylistics first in 1974. Unfortunately, shortly after the instrumental version was released he died of a heart attack, he was only 39. Listen with Rhapsody.
As you guys know, I love to write about my thoughts on music and film. But rarely do I insist that anyone listen or watch a particular video. I think “Before The Music Dies (2007),” is an exception. This is an outstanding documentary, put together by Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen, who are on a quest to find answers concerning the dramatic change of the music industry, and where it’s heading. Of course, radio also had a lot to do with the demise of quality music. This documentary is phenomenal! It was far beyond what I expected. I highly recommend that very young music lover watch this documentary especially. Many of the things in this documentary I’ve already mentioned in various places on my blog. And to some it up, it really talks about the loss of our music culture; and a lot of it was the result of the greed and corruption of the music industry bottom line.
Many people were interviewed including Erykah Badu. Although I don’t listen to her music much, I admire her so much. You can tell she is so down to earth. What she shared was, “back in the day, you didn’t have to alter your body, like get butt implants to have a record deal!” Real artists didn’t have to sacrifice their creativity in order to sign a record deal. Badu stresses the importance of artists being able to be themselves, and not feel they have to compromise who they are, because of unrealistic visions of a record label.
Bonnie Rait talked about the repetition of music on radio. There was no real diversity. Everything was about ratings and numbers. This caused a host of problems not even discussed in this documentary. The music industry feels that this is the formula in which they need to operate to make money. But in reality, if you feed our young people mental garbage, then that’s what they will eventually gravitate towards. Not everybody has a parent that is musically cultural, who can expose them to different types of music. The art of music slowly became the business of music. This film gives you a greater appreciation as to why so many artists like Janet Jackson started their own music label, and why artists like Jay-Z starting his own streaming service (although I think his service is not any better than crook labels that are crying broke right now, but I digress).
The film also talked about music streaming, and how it changed music forever. I think that streaming services actually saved the music industry single-handedly; because people were not going to continue paying the high cost of albums (especially in this economy). Music streaming has also exposed music fans to lesser known artists who are just as talented. In addition, music streaming has made it possible for people who can’t afford collector albums, and or access to music that is out of print, and listen to them for pennies or nothing at all.
One artist felt that music should be free. I’ve heard and read a lot of artists who feel this way. However, many people are divided on that issue. In my opinion, I guess it can be free like Spotify, if more companies with money are willing to sponsor other music services like it. But there aren’t many. But even if it could happen, we have the issue of the P2P mindset. Even though using Spotify and other services like it are so much easier, safer, and convenient; there are people who will never stop using torrents. On the other hand, because Spotify offers free music, many people think Spotify is illegal. The average non-technical person is so misinformed. But I guess, why should we be informed? The point of music is to enjoy it, not to worry about the legalities of listening to it. At the same time, it would be nice for us to talk about it more! Because the bottom line is, it’s not just about rebelling against the greed of the music industry, it’s about supporting our artists. Especially artists of color. Please watch it on Hulu.
Sorry guys, I couldn’t resist. It was his facial expressions that did it! You have to admit, it is funny. LOLOL 😀
This was a real hard one for me, because both Reba McEntire and Jennifer Shepard (NCIS) are like chameleons, they’re constantly changing their looks all the time. These are the best photos I could find that show some resemblance. Although, there are times were I’ve seen Jennifer look more like Marlene Dietrich.
Hi guys! I’m back with another episode of “The Bionic Woman.” This episode is called “Sanctuary Earth.” Now, this episode was not one of Lindsey’s best episodes. However, I did find a couple of the scenes in this episode hilarious. The episode was not a comedy, but it had that definite feel of “low budget” all around it, which made it funny. Not that there is anything wrong with low budget movies/TV shows; there are quite a few shows that were low budget that became cult classics; but it adds more to the nostalgic feeling when watching any film.
I was tickled to see a young Helen Hunt on screen. You may remember her from the movie called “Twister (1996),” and the TV show “Mad About You (1992-1999).” Helen plays an alien traveling past earth in her spaceship. But some how, an American satellite that was launched knocked her ship off course, and was damaged as a result. She has the ability to shrink her body in to small places, and manages to get in side the American satellite temporarily, so she can temporarily land on earth. The Satellite lands in water, and Lindsey (Jaime Summers) hears a heart beat (bionically), and the next thing you know, Helen appears swimming in the water, and Lindsey goes and saves her.
Helen tells Lindsey that she is hiding from two other alien men who’s trying to capture her. They are twins played by Jim and Jon Hager. Their haircuts annoyed the hell out of me though. Those of us who are old enough to remember, the Hager twins were most famously known as actors in the hit country TV show “Hee Haw (1967-1977).” According to Helen, two planets were at war, and the bad planet (which the twins came from) planned to kidnap her if the bad planet won.
One of the funniest things I still can’t get over, is the device above. The twins were holding this device almost throughout the show. It reminded me of a cross between one of those classic “lady Shavers,” and a techno-light that dance clubs use. This device is used both as a tracking device and as a weapon. The twins even used it to trap both Lindsey and Helen in a force field. How will they get themselves out of this predicament? Order Season 3 Disc 4 on Netflix.
Wow, what can I say about this movie? Well, let me start off by saying, I thoroughly enjoyed myself watching this movie. There was lots of action, suspense and some special effects throughout the movie. However, there were so many elements and traditions in the movie, that it was very hard for me to grasp were the writers were going. I wasn’t sure if the movie was mythical, supernatural, or what? But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the movie though.
In essence, there was a cult called “The Temple of Hades,” whose main purpose was to not only destroy China spiritually, but enslave and turn people in to mindless killing machines. The captured men were forced to fight to their death. This cult was so bad that not only did they capture subject prisoners to unbelievable torture, they were identified by a number that started with K. Our hero is K-29 played by Xing Yu. He was one that was trained to be from a child, and now returns to bring justice! Let me say that, I used to think that Donnie Yen who played “Ip Man (2010),” was the best martial artist currently. But after I saw Xing Yu’s moves in this film, I was totally taken back. Xing is smooth, quick, and ferocious without breaking much sweat. His fight scenes are phenomenal, and very realistic.
Our hero K29 had two major fights with two major villains. The first was at the beginning of the movie with was actor Baocheng Jiang; he was like watching a Chinese version of Andre The Giant (a wrestler back int the day). K29 loses his temper after witnessing Baocheng Jiang kill his friend in front of him. It was like watching K29 beat Goliath! It was truly an awesome scene to watch. The second major fight was almost at the finale with physically beautiful Yoo Seung-jun. Yoo was truly a monstrous leader in this movie, I’ll just leave it at that because I don’t want to give any spoilers.
The fight between Yoo and Xing is intense; a major secret concerning Xing’s brother unraveled during this time; the remainder of captured people managed to get out of their prison cells and try to save the innocent children. Will Xing finally get to defeat Yoo, and become the new Vajra? If you don’t mind reading subtitles, I definitely think you should add this to your list of weekend movies. Watch on Netflix.
I totally forgotten to tell you guys about this a while ago, However, if any of you are subscribed to ShowTime, then you got time. Just download the ShowTime app for Roku, then sign in to your cable provider/ShowTime account and watch it. This is an outstanding movie, and was actually recommended/endorsed by the hospital union 1199. This movie starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Audrey Tautou. Chiwetel is an illegal immigrant employed at a huge hotel, and accidentally discovers that the hotel is actually a front for illegal sale of body parts. Immigrants were giving up their major organs in exchange for American citizenship. He falls in love with Audrey, shortly after, the next thing you know they are both fighting for their lives. It starts off kind of slow in the beginning, but by will have loads of suspense by the middle of the movie. You will DEFINITELY love the ending to this movie. I just checked, I didn’t realize it’s available for streaming on Netflix too. By the way, these are real events that are still happening to my understanding.
I’ve found two more reasons to add, to the already existing pile of reasons why apple is on my poop list! Now, I kindly ask that my small and faithful blog fans not be upset for this post. Once again, I think Apple makes phenomenal products, so it’s not that I think Apple devices are crap. All their products works damn near flawless! For goodness sake, I’ve owned 3 iPod classics (which all still work); and I still currently use iTunes software because I still think it’s the best music management software for DRM free/mp3 files they have on the market today! My HUGE gripe with Apple, is their quest to hold customers hostage! They hold their customers hostage indirectly with the music content, and the apps. No one can honestly say that they will be using one app, or one type of phone for the rest of their life. I have the right as a consumer (who spent a LOT of money on Apple music and movies), to have the ability/license to switch technologies at will, and not be concerned with all the money I spent before a new technology. Keep in mind, this is one of the huge advantages Android OS has over Apple; Android doesn’t have such a strong choke hold that it doesn’t allow innovation from the outside. Android is open source, and You’ll find many devices and technology that are now using Android OS; they’re not limited to just Samsung smartphones. Including but not limited to video steaming devices [NVIDIA Shield Android TV and other devices], and watches [ASUS ZenWatch and other watch brands]. Even vehicles are using Android Auto. This is one of the huge reason I keep pounding on my readers heads to ALWAYS purchase DRM free mp3 files ONLY!! DRM free files are sold through Amazon, and GooglePlay (both have significant collections of music). If you want to be limited by Apple, that’s your problem. I’ll always be looking for other technologies where I can benefit, or improve the way I do things.
Today, I tried to open up an Apple link that was posted on Facebook. The web page opened, however, much to my surprise, I could not play the music at all. In fact, the play button wasn’t even visible. I thought I needed an upgrade, but my software was current. So I decided rather trying to find the play button, I clicked on the “view/play in iTunes” link. The user that posted the link was a subscriber to their new Apple streaming. I have to be a member of Apple streaming to hear the music. WTF???????? WTF?????? LOLOLOL 😀 I should have gotten at least a 30 second preview. It is standard practice to give previews on all digital products offered for sale. However, they only offer samples on their “pay per download.” In my opinion, that was a really bad move on Apple’s part; non-users should have samples, because samples is what’s needed to make a decision to buy or tryout a service. They need to disable their share features if they insist on doing that; it may be that they don’t want to pay the labels for free samples. Just my humble opinion. The last insult to injury, they took away Apple radio too. Apple radio is now only available to Apple Music subscribers. AHHHHHHHHHHHH. But continued to make their curated radio streams available (for free of course). However, the curated list of stations are very sloppy; meaning you’ll find many duplicates stations; sometimes up to 4 duplicates. Many stations don’t even belong there, such as feeds from Live365. You need to be a subscriber of Live365, because they have a limit of 10 listeners at a time per station. You’ll be forced to use the Live365 software and search for the station you want and play it. I have to say, a lot of the music on their curated stations are not that great either. You’ll do better finding your own radio streams on the internet, and copying the URL in your favorite radio feed software. It’s obvious they are focusing hard on their subscription services. Even the availability of diverse podcasts sucks. Just food for thought guys.
Today I watched a very old TV show I netflix’d called “Jake and The Fatman (1987). It was the first episode from the first season. I just couldn’t resist. This was one of those shows that I remembered watching a lot of, but didn’t actually remember a whole lot of details about the show. However, I did remember that this was definitely one of those “made for TV shows,” were the writers made sure the viewers saw no violence. Now, I got to be honest with my readers, I absolutely don’t like “80’s made for TV” shows; because usually they’re specifically designed to be way too bubblegum-ish for my taste. But since I remembered watching a lot of the show as a kid, I figured it couldn’t have been that bad. 😀 In my opinion, most of those “made for TV” were comparable to watching a 45 minute service announcement. But so far the fist episode kept me entertained (despite there wasn’t a whole lot of action in it) 😀 So, “The Fatman” McCabe plaid by William Conrad, is an attorney (who loves his little pugs) who’s more like a detective helping to solve crimes.
The Fatman’s partner in crime is the good looking Jake Styles, plaid by Joe Penny. Jake is the actual detective that does all the work, and solves the cases; yet some who manages to juggle his personal life and his demanding detective life together. Jake is almost like a young version of Matlock; he solves all the crimes without serious confrontations (at least from what I can tell in this first episode).
Robert Reed (who you may remember as Mike Brady from the TV show “The Brady Bunch (1969)”) plays a Senator who was having an affair with Clare Wren. Let me tell you, I don’t usually call women out of their names (but since this is a TV show), this lady was a whore! I say this because after a quick conference Robert had with the press (I think), she almost immediately guided him to a room to “make out” and do the hanky panky. Robert basically said “my wife is out there, you want people to find out?” LOLOL. She really had the hots for him. They really didn’t do anything, but her acting was so good, she really made the audience believe she was ready to try and do one up better than what Monica Lewinsky did to Bill Clinton LOLOLOL. She was ready to rock his world and had absolutely NO shame..
John Rubinstein plays Brent Moore, who’s Robert’s right-hand man. This guy turns out to be a crazy ass psychopath. He discovered that Clare was having an affair with Robert, and ends up killing her. He confesses to Robert and claims he had to do it otherwise she would have hurt his campaign and career. This dude was so crazy off his rocker, that I couldn’t figure out where the writers were going with his character. It almost appeared that John was actually in love with Robert for a minute. But then I said to myself, that couldn’t be true, because I think he would have killed his wife first. This John guy was definitely coocoo for Cocoa Puffs. But it turns out he wasn’t that crazy after all, because shortly after, he tried to frame Robert for the murder. How will Robert get himself out of this mess? Order the first DVD of Jake and The Fatman from Netflix.
I absolutely love the Riddick Franchise, and I love Van Diesel even more for starring as “Riddick.” I don’t think anyone else can play Riddick, Diesel truly fits this role. However, I didn’t know there was a cartoon for it. Thankfully the producers decided to use Diesel’s voice for Riddick. I thought it was a series, but the flick turns out to be only a 34 minutes. This version of Riddick was done Anime style. I feel that the drawing of Riddick’s body was a bit exaggerated, but the cartoon had enough action in it to hold my attention.
Among many things, Riddick is a bounty hunter, and wanted to off load two people that was on his ship. However, I was still unclear as to the real relationship between Riddick and the two people on his ship. ‘Cause you know how it is, the cartoons, movies, comic books, and books usually all have different stories. I got the feeling they were close, but just needed an excuse to land his ship and refuel. He meets up with this shapely alien chick, that likes to collect aliens and some who makes them living trophies. Unbeknown to Riddick, she would try to make him her next victim.
The battle of Riddicks life has now begun. She releases an 8 tentacle robotic monster to try and destroy Riddick. How will Riddick escape? Does he manage to rescue the two passengers that came with him? Check it out on Netflix. By the way: I’m not sure if it’s a rumor or not, they’re supposed to be working on a new Riddick movie for 2017! Yay!!!
“Two Tons O’ Fun,” also known as “The Weather Girls,” first album (pictured above) was in 1980 I believe. A two woman group consisted of Martha Wash and Izora Armstead. Their music was mostly disco, club, and high energy dance music. I remember my mom playing this album all the time. I know I’ve written about this album before I think, but I wanted to post it again because it’s one of my favorite albums from them, and if you’re a true old school person like I am, I’m sure you’ll appreciate this album. On the original album there’s only 8 tracks. Rhapsody has three additional tracks for this album (not sure why, maybe they are bonus tracks). My favorite songs are “Do You Wanna Boogie, Hunh?” “Just Us,” “Got The Feeling.” Martha Wash is still performing, however, Izora Armstead was sick and past away in 2004. Listen on Rhapsody.
US vinyl market worth more than YouTube, Vevo and Spotify Free combined
The article this quote comes from doesn’t have a date; however, judging from the URL, it was posted on September 24th of last year. Despite the name of the website is called “Fact Magazine,” I call bullshit. You have to be so careful when you read these websites that through these numbers all over the place, because many of them don’t take in to consideration other factors. First of all, Spotify isn’t making any money; which explains why they’ve never made significant improvements to their desktop and mobile applications; and also reasons why many music labels and major online music stores such as iTunes has put so much pressure to limit their free services. I can’t find any proof that YouTube is paying royalties for all of the music videos; but then again I realize I won’t find any proof because YouTube/Google can’t make such a statement; simply because (as I’ve said before) there’s absolutely no way to account for which royalties are being paid to the actual music labels, and which videos are monitored by YouTube users. Vevo is just a smaller version of YouTube. I don’t understand why this blogger is comparing stats between these three online services, and weighing it against album sales. It’s not even in the same ball park! Second, Record labels are not producing vinyls at the same rate they used to before CD technology. That means that a significant portion of the total vinyl sales (in my opinion) must be coming from collector albums that are in mint condition. Collector albums that are higher in price, for a specific elite group of faithful vinyl fans. I hate when bloggers skew numbers to sway people in to believing something that’s not entirely true. Here is the article if you’d like to read it here.
That o’l saying “we all have a twin” is soooo true! Comedian and director Harold Lloyd looks like splitting image of actor Brian Dietzen, who plays Jimmy Palmer on NCIS (or should I say the other way around?). I’m just stunned at the coincidence. Even the contours of their dimples, the shape of their lips, even their noses appear to be almost exactly proportioned. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that these handsome men were father and son.