Friday, October 31, 2008

Review -

I reviewed FastTvDownloads because my growing Media Center "My Movies" extension was filling up quickly with alot of my favorite movies. (nearing 2,500!!). Anyway, I decided earlier today that I was going to review instead the definitive way to download tv shows legally!

First off, this service does include a few music downloads and movie downloads but it seems to me that its main, and best focus is television show downloads. There is millions of files from a lot of new TV shows, about a couple years of watching to do folks!!

There is also no bandwidth or download limits so you can pretty much download anything and for as long as you want. Also thrown in is automatic stop and resume so that can actually download shows 24/7. Like a lot of other recent services there is also a helpful burn tool to easily burn all these shows for use on your television. The price is very cheap and definitely saves alot of gas just on running to the video store alone!


Score - 5/5 No better place to download all your favorite t.v. shows legally in full episodes!

W. Movie Review

With a production budget of 25 million, W. the story of George W. Bush has only made 12.8 million so far. This movie was very unsatisfying, It was neither hilarious nor critical enough when it came to George Bush's life. I mean, people where literally falling asleep in the theater.

As it was Oliver Stone who did the JFK movie, I expected it to be a lot more critical of Bush's huge failures in the white house. The story skipped over 9/11 and only briefly touched on the 2000 election in Florida. They basically told us what we already knew about Bush.

They also painted him out to be never good enough for his father. He is always trying to appear better than his older brother Jeb as well. I really don't think anyone feels sorry for him and don't know why Stone is trying to humanize Bush and make him out to be an ignorant southerner. You don't graduate Yale while being stupid and ignorant. They also skipped over the fact that Bush and Kerry where both Skull and Bones members. They only say that Bush was in a regular fraternity at Yale.

I wanted to get my money back after the first ten minutes, but part of me hoped they would delve deeper and make the story more interesting. No such luck. The movie title should have been "Just Claim Ignorance". Because that is what they did when it came to discussing the WMD's and justification for Iraq. They also made it like W. had a personal vendetta against Saddam because of what his father had gone through against him. Well if that was true why didn't they just shoot Saddam instead of giving him a trial?

They portrayed Carl Rove as a nerdy political adviser who could't understand people. Condoleeza Rice was made out to be innocent through ignorance as was Colin Powell who argued against going into Iraq. While Dick Cheney was played by Richard Dreyfus, so he was slightly sinister in parts, but not enough to despise him.

This movie won't catch up to its budget because it is too soft on Bush for democrats and not funny enough for republicans. It is like watching a semi documentary replay of everything Bush did in his administration but no insight into why he really did it. Going into Iraq for oil, that is not the real reason or we would have taken the oil. Control of the region may be realistic, but they didn't delve into that theory enough. It is a sub par flick and you should save your money for any other movie that's out right now.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Going to see W.

Hey guys! I am going out tonight to see "W." - I will be sure to let you know what I think of it. For those of you who are not familiar with it, it is the Oliver Stone movie about George W. Bush.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Review - 99 Million Movies

I was a little disappointed with the 99 Million Movies service. First off...there is no where near 99 frickin MILLION movies here. I would however say that there is at least a million - which is a good thing.

The service does have a lot of newer movies which is always a good thing. However, I can't help but feel that this product is sort of "tailored" to those film noir movies of yesteryear. Alot of the movies available are from the 40's and 50's - movies that have fallen out of copyright and into the public domain. Meaning that anyone can download the movies for free and legally! If you are into these sort of movies then I would think of 99 Million Movies as more of a conduit in order to find all these rare and hard to find gems. If you love film noir, 70's or 80's movies then you will love this service and I highly suggest that you buy it. However, if you are like alot of people out there and are only interested in the blockbuster movies of 2008 this is not for you.

Overall another really good service but I wish it would not have "lied" on its name...One Million Movies would have been more than sufficient!

Check It Out Here!

Score - 3/5 , if you like older, rare movies then 5/5!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Bucket List Movie Review

BOTTOM LINE: Strong, emotional and heart-felt film with superb performances from Nicholson and Freeman as the unlikely duo taking on life one more time before they kick the bucket.

THE GOOD: The idea of taking stock of your life and asking yourself if you've actually lived it to its fullest is an old one that's been given a beautiful treatment by director Rob Reiner in this film. What's so good about this film is presenting the theme, "there's no time like the present!"; even if it means in the case of Carter (Freeman) and Cole (Nicholson) that they only have six months to live. The masterstroke of the film of course was to cast both Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson as the unlikely odd couple who end up living life to the fullest in the final months they have left. It could have been all silly and contrived but instead we get two rock-solid, genuine performances from two of Hollywood's heavy-weight actors in sequences that are believable and amusing. The funniest scene? Perhaps when Freeman tells Nicholson he's never been with another woman other than his wife. Nicholson's mischievous response of, "that's definitely going on the list!" makes for a good laugh. "The Bucket List" is filled with such glorious moments, and it manages to do it while imparting a message that getting caught up in life's trivialities should never stop you from experiencing life the right way. Nicholson's billionaire businessman character is testament to that; he's been married four times, has an estranged daughter and lives alone - but he has a lot of money. Freeman has a wife, family and peace of mind - but he's poor. The two go together perfectly. One genuine surprise in the film is that you actually get a sense of what it's like for someone who's sick - early on we see scenes of Cole's character reacting to chemo treatment which are not pleasant, as we do Carter's. "The Bucket List" is a film that makes you think about life, gives you a good laugh, gives you two enjoyable acting performances, and doesn't overstay its welcome or go over the top.

THE BAD: It always seems inevitable that a film like this will enter into sentimental territory towards the end of the film and "The Bucket List" is no exception. Rob Reiner has tended to go in this direction in a number of his previous films but thankfully the sentiment is not poured on in bucket loads (pardon the pun). That said however, despite some schmaltzy scenes at the end which basically make you feel good about life and the lives of the characters, the film is blessed with having two real solid acting stars making completely believable performances; so in the end, it's not all that bad.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Film Making with No Budget Kit & Tips

One of my greatest hobbies in high school was getting together with a few friends and making a short film. The film topics ranged from the philosophical journeys of a young man growing up in rural Iowa to "Who Killed The Cheerleader?" Needless to say these were fun little "past times" to be involved in. We had our own script writer, camera crew, director, actors, everything...but NO BUDGET! However we were just having fun and would usually only show the shorts to family and friends or post it on YouTube(which back then was just starting up)!

Now, with the explosion of YouTube and other "tube" sites amateur movie making is actually becoming a worthwhile cash cow to get involved in. That is why today I am sort of leaning away from my usual review of products and services devoted to movie watching and instead focusing on Film Making - with NO or low budget.

I found a product called "No Budget Filmmaking Ultra Pack" and was instantly excited at what it might...or might not entail. This ebook of a sorts includes pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about making movies. I took a few film classes earlier in my college days and this book covered alot of the techniques I learned there - and some I had never even dreamt of. If you have ever been interested in shooting movies this is the guide for you! It includes pretty much everything you would ever need or want to know. It talks about camera angles, casting, lighting, how to find talent, how to tailor your creativity, etc. etc. If I had bought this about four years ago I can honestly say I would never have shelled out the hundreds of dollars for film school.

One thing that I didn't like however was is in "ebook" form - which for many just screams "SCAM!" But I am here to lay those thoughts to rest, this is the real deal and I guarantee you will not be let down. If this was a real book you could pick up at Walmart or Target I would rate it 5/5 but since it is in ebook and I really don't like to read off my screen I dropped it one point. Be sure to check it out though it is really interesting, especially if you don't have money. :)


Scored 4/5!

Have you made a movie using this guide? Let me know about it!! Post a link to your video in the comments field.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Saw V - Movie Review

Jigsaw is back in this fifth installment of the bloody suspense filled franchise known as Saw. Well, of course this movie starts off pretty much where the last one left off. Officer Hoffman is left looking like the surviving hero after Jigsaw's reign of terror is seemingly over. What Hoffman doesn't know is that he is not the only survivor left. Agent Strahm who is left for dead escapes a trap that was supposed to get rid of him for good. Meanwhile, at another location 5 seemingly unconnected people find themselves trapped in a room where they are faced with a new set of Jigsaw games. This leaves 2 questions to be answered, will Agent Strahm be able to foil Hoffman's master plan and can these 5 trapped people survive Jigsaw's deadly games, what will happen?


The movie does give a lot more detail on the background of Jigsaw and explains how Mark Hoffman got involved with the notorious trap setter. The movie does not take long to get started and it keeps you guessing what will happen next. Once again, even without the big named actors, the acting in Saw V is excellent. They did leave the questions that most likely will be answered in Saw VI.


Much like Saw 3 and 4, this film is really starting to get a little to far fetched. The thing that made the first 2 Saw films is that they had a certain realistic quality that seems to be fading away in movies 3, 4 and 5. Saw V comes across as if they really didn't have a real direction that they wanted to go in and was almost just making things up as they went along. Yes, they did have your typical typical bloody Jigsaw games, they wasn't that many of them, and the one's that they did have were not that great. I also felt like they did not focus enough on the 5 people that were trapped in the room. It almost seemed like the 5 people had no purpose whatsoever. Finally, I felt that the ending could've been a lot better, especially considering that there is going to be a Saw VI.


Saw V is a good movie on it's own, but the problem is, that the first 2 Saw movies set the bar so high that it seems that the makers of Saw are struggling to meet it, and this Saw is a perfect example of that. They really need to take it back to the basics in Saw VI, otherwise the Saw legacy may be in real danger. I give this one a 2 out of 5.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Movie at home/dorm for your First Date!

Sometimes guys don't understand why inviting a woman over to your place to watch a movie is a much better idea than asking her out to watching a movie at the theater; which is understandable when you are looking at these two particular choices from a logical point of view of which one is better instead of the emotional point of view of which guy sounds better.

As a man, if given the choice between a movie at home or a door and a movie at a theater given that everything is equal the movie theater sounds better because odds are its going to be on a bigger screen, with a better sound system, and a newer movie that you may not have seen yet.

However, most women don't go out with a guy based on where he is taking her rather she goes out with him based on what he has to offer.

When you ask a woman out to the movies at a theater you are essentially saying; "I don't really have anything to offer you so hopefully the movie will be entertaining enough for you to like me."

Yet, the man who just invites her over to watch a movie with him at his place is saying; "I am entertaining enough by my own self and don't need to prove anything to you."

Not to mention the fact that there is the whole time aspect of it as well.

Generally, movie dates at the theater are planned and give her time to think about it and whereas a movie at the house is a now type of thing which means she needs to give answer quickly and being that she doesn't want to miss out on anything the answer unless she doesn't like you or has something better to do is going to be yes.

In the end, if you really want to see a movie at the theater and cant go by yourself invite some of your friends along and then invite her to watch a movie or to do something afterward.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Review - MyNetDownload

I was really impressed with the MyNetDownload service.

I purchased the premium 3 year membership and was really glad I did. It was about 50 bucks but with that 50 bucks you get access to HUNDREDS of legal movie downloads. There is no limit to how many you download and absolutely no "per download" fees of any kind. The website talks about "Digital Quality Video & Sound" - which is sort of a gimmick given that the service is one would obviously think that they would be entitled to digital quality video and sound.

Another great thing is they are very adamant about a strict no spyware/adware policy which is always good for an extra piece of mind, even if you do have the latest and greatest in antivirus software. 24/7 Technical Support is pretty sweet and is something that alot of the other services out there lack. They also have one of those neat little "satisfaction guarantee" policies for even more piece of mind. Really you have nothing to lose when buying this service and you get access to hundreds..maybe even thousands of legal and free movie, music, and even game downloads.

I have been using the service for going on about a week and I really have no problems with it so far. The UI is clean and simple and very easy. They really did over deliver with this one and there is just so much to talk about here. Step by Step video tutorials, easy to burn, ultra fast download speeds always(even in high traffic times of day).

The support does take a while to get back to you with some of the bigger issues but that is to be expected with all of these types of services. Overall it is an excellent service and I really recommend it to anyone who is looking for cheap, legal movie and music downloads.


Score - 5/5!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

21 Movie Review

A friend burned me a copy of 21 and I really liked it so here is the review...

I had a great time at 21. The plot was enjoyable, the college life undercurrents were fun, and you can even find a love story in it. The use of a scholarship essay made my day, since I usually write about student loans, scholarships, and grants - icing on the cake.

The Basics: Who and What

21 stars Jim Sturgess as MIT student Ben Campbell, a math whiz who plans to go to Harvard Medical School. The movie takes place in his senior year at MIT. He has all A's, and works at a men's clothing store for $8 an hour. Why a math genius wants to be a doctor, I don't know, except that doctors make a pretty penny, and he knows that.

Ben applies for the prestigious Robinson Scholarship, which will pay all of his expenses for Harvard, a total of about $300,000. Serious cash. While discussing his qualifications with a representative of the scholarship, Ben learns what he is up against. The scholarship went to a one legged immigrant last year. He worries he doesn't have what it takes, and starts looking for other ways to make money.

At this point, we meet Kevin Spacey as slick Professor Micky Rosa and Kate Bosworth as cute MIT student and blackjack spotter Jill Taylor. With help from others on the team, they recruit Ben, promising him lots of money.

Counting Cards Instead of a Scholarship

Ben leans the simple art of card counting, and the team rules. The movie actually teaches fairly well how to count cards - not that I gamble. Truth is, you have to track the shuffles, use multiple spotters counting multiple tables to find a hot deck and so on. It can take months to actually go well at this, and the casinos watch for it in real life. Not the best way to make money for college, but appealing for some people, I'm sure.

I won't ruin the story for you - take a peek, maybe you'll like it. 21 entertained me, which is all I ask of a good movie. The card counting college team lives it up while they are in Vegas. Ben and Jill do find some time to have a relationship. Aaaah, isn't that sweet...

21 is based on Bringing Down The House, by Ben Mezrich about an MIT blackjack team in 1993, but the movie is modernized. I saw the summary version on the Discovery Channel (I think) about 4 years ago. They did win large amounts of money, but probably not as much as in the movie. And they did get shut down, by winning too much at too many casinos.

Card counting, as far as I know, is not illegal, just against casino rules. The real life team had to shut down because all the casinos knew them - and they did play many casinos, not just one.

Remember, this is a movie. You'll find a few good twists and some nonlinear storytelling. I don't recommend earning money for college like this, but the scholarship essay adds to the ending. Go see it.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Review - is sort of a paid p2p program. It boasts that you can find ANY file and there are practically unlimited high seeds all with TBs of files and unlimited gigabytes of speed.

Sadly, this is not the case. Because if it was the case, I wouldn't be writing this article I would simply be downloading all the rare movies I could think of and selling them on campus! Don't get me wrong, the service is good and is worth the price, in fact it was actually a little better than I thought it would be. However, to the everyday BitTorrent user there really isn't much else offered.

Once in a while you will find that "rare" file that does transfer at about 500/megs per second. I have however achieved this same result on BitComet before for free though. does have built in security so if you are a little wary of law enforcement knocking on your door then I suggest you look into this. This is a great way to not get caught downloading illegal files.

If you are an everyday college student or someone security conscience that does not want to end up in jail I would highly recommend this product. However if you are a Torrent and p2p guru then there is really nothing much here...


Overall - 3/5

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Home Theater TIPS!

A home theater is a great way for you and your family to enjoy the latest blockbuster movie or video game. The following home theater design tips will help you plan your home theater so that you will get hours of family entertainment and be able to impress your friends and neighbors with the sights and sounds of a first class home theater.

  1. Location: When thinking about home theater design, consider that an ideal location for a dedicated home theater room is a room that is isolated from the rest of the home, such as a basement. You do not want people walking in and out of the room when you are trying to enjoy your favorite movie. It is also important to keep in mind the surrounding rooms. If you share a wall with a neighbor, your new subwoofer that is the pride and joy of your home theater system may shake the pictures off their wall during intense action scenes. Of course if they have a dog that sneaks over into your yard to do his business this may be a good way to get even.
  2. Acoustics - Acoustics are what help determine the sound qualities of your home theater. The goal is to both absorb and reflect your sound. A room with too little reflection would resemble having your theater outside and would be dull and lacking bass. If your home theater design includes too much reflection the sound will echo, resembling an old stone cathedral. The goal is to include sound absorption between the screen and the seating area. This can be in the form of professional sound absorption materials or it could be in the form of drapes, carpet or bookshelves.
  3. Shape of Room - The shape of the room is important for a number of reasons. One reason is for sound quality. Bass and mid range sound can be distorted near the walls and corners. Avoid rooms that are cubic such as 8' x 8' x 8' as well as rooms where 2 of the 3 dimensions of the same. Another consideration is for the room to be as enclosed as possible and not have an open space shared with other rooms.
  4. Size of Room - The amount of available space and intended use of your room will dictate your home theater design. Some people prefer a small intimate setting for their families, while others want their home theaters to feel like the local movie theater and want to use it for entertaining friends. Neither choice is right or wrong. Just keep in mind that the room should be large enough to comfortably place several recliners or sofas. For those that want to imitate the local theater you will want to design the room big enough for several rows of dedicated home theater seating. The distance between the screen and your seating should be 1.5 to 2 times the width of your screen.
  5. Lighting - A home theater with a limited amount of natural lighting is best, especially if you plan on using a projector where it is best to keep the room as dark as possible. Lighting should be placed so that it does not cause a reflection on the screen. Lighting should be soft and comfortable. Keep in mind functional lighting that will allow guests to make it safely to the exits for a bathroom break without having to turn on all the lights.
A home theater that is placed in the right location with the correct attention to sound and lighting will allow you and your family to be immersed in the action.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Review - Satellite TV for PC

I decided to review Satellite TV for PC after remembering one of my friends has been using it in his dorm for quite a while. He always sort of tried to "impress" people by his (back then) 2000+ channels all on his 26 in monitor. Well now that number has ramped up to over 3000+ so I finally decided to see what it is all about for my self.

Well, while my friend really liked the product, I felt it was a little on the "under developed" side. Don't get me wrong it is a good service but for 50 bucks I expected a little better user interface. If UI's arnt your thing though, you should have nothing to worry about with Satellite TV for PC. You get tons of movies and channels for over 70 countries which is really neat to watch when your bored. :)

There is a lot of educational channels very similar to the History Channel in there as well, which I have always used for sort of "background noise" when writing reports or studying just so its not dead quiet. The "premium" channels are here as well(MTV, Discovery, Rapture, etc). Aljazeera TV is also here as well - delivering you pretty crazy and uncensored look into the Iraq war. One of my friends walked in the other day and saw me watching this and just gave me a blank stare and shook his head haha.

If you decide to pull the trigger on this I don't think you will be disappointed at all, it is a very good product I just wished it was a little more polished. Hopefully a release will improve the UI a bit but until then have fun!


Overall 4/5

Monday, September 8, 2008

Wall-E Movie Review

Went out to see the movie Wall-E earlier and decided to put up a review for you guys...

BOTTOM LINE: Pixar have done it again, producing another fantastic, visually stunning computer animated film about a trash-compacting robot with a heart that kids (and adults) will love.

THE GOOD: Pixar Animation Studios has built a reputation for establishing the benchmark of quality for computer animated films; in watching "Wall-E", it's not hard to see why. Much thought and care and has gone in to the character design, story and visuals to create an incredible future world where humans have left Earth because they've turned it into a garbage dump and only trash compacting robot Wall-E is left over, dutifully going around doing his job.

However, he's been doing it for so many centuries that he's developed a heart; he's lonely and yearns for company. His lonely world is changed when a visiting space ship deposits a probe called Eve on Earth. At first, Wall-E is frightened, and almost gets blown to pieces by Eve's arm gun (in a number of amusing scenes, Eve switches from sweet, sleek probe to gun-toting probe out to destroy in a second). Eventually, Wall-E convinces Eve he is no threat and starts to show her around his domain. When Wall-E shows her a plant he found, a series of events take place where the two end up back at the human space ship Axiom where the human race has been living for the past seven hundred years. Now with proof that life can grow on Earth again, the humans can return to Earth but not before the Axiom's autopilot tries to stop them in a fairly funny 2001-esque riff.

The story is quite nice and cute, and the amazing thing is that director Andrew Stanton and his animators successfully convey a 90 minute-long story with virtually no dialogue. In the first half of the film with the two robots, everything is conveyed visually, and this is where the strength of the Pixar animators is on display: the character animation is first rate (as an example, Eve has a sleek, reflective design and throughout the film, even the detail of the reflections of her body is flawlessly rendered), the visuals on the wasteland of Earth are absolutely stunning (you'd think they were really filmed), and the sound is perfectly captured in the audio track. Of course, kudos has to go to the execution of the characters, with Wall-E in particular conveying a number of quirky character traits. There are also a number of nice touches as well such as the fact that humans have turned in to fat, lazy slobs who do not do anything except sit in hover chairs watching TV all day, allowing the computers to do their work. Wall-E is another strong film from Pixar which should not disappoint unless you're not in to this type of thing.

THE BAD: As good as this film is, there are a few minor points. Wall-E himself, although spectacularly realised and designed, bears more than a striking resemblance to another loveable character, E.T. Wall-E's head, both in design and movement, is very similar to E.T (albeit faster) and it might have been nice to try something different. The other minor point I would make is that the visuals seem more computer-animated in the second half of the film when Wall-E and Eve show up on the Axiom. The humans on the ship are computer generated and unfortunately the film also has some scenes featuring real humans so the basis of comparison is glaringly obvious, despite the fact that they have an explanation for the visual design of the humans in the film. Also, compared to the stunning visuals in the first half, the shots on the Axiom seem more like a cartoon.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Review - iSoftwareTV

First product/service review is iSoftware TV...

This product immediately caught my eye because it boasts that you can watch 3000 Internet TV channels on your PC, FULL DVD quality movies, and music videos. The pricing is about 25 bucks which in my eyes is a really great deal for this kind of service.

To be honest I was a bit skeptical at first, but after reviewing the service for a little over two days now I am highly impressed with the product. There are no recurring payments or monthly payments of any kind - what you pay is what you pay no hidden fees or anything like that. You also immediately receive the service and your membership right after you sign up which is always a good thing. The movie section of the service is really good, which I figured would not be the case. The "full dvd" quality that they boast isn't necessarily the same quality you get when you run to Walmart and buy it, but it is pretty much the closest thing I have seen and most likely the difference is unrecognizable to the casual movie-goer.

The service also has TV sitcoms, sporting events from around the world(which is pretty cool), radio, and local news from pretty much anywhere(really cool as well). Overall I was really impressed with the quality of the UI and the service as a whole. I highly recommend this to any movie lover on a budget or someone who is even mildly interested in movies and entertainment as it really is a great value.


Score - 5/5

Really great deal.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Max Payne Movie Review!

BOTTOM LINE: The spectacular visuals and moody atmosphere give Max Payne the feel of a rich graphic novel rather than a video game adaptation, but the two-dimensional, flat characters and predictable storyline never allow you to get all that interested.

THE GOOD: "Max Payne" is based on the video game of the same name, but you wouldn't necessarily know that by watching it. The film has a very unique visual style that is obviously inspired by the likes of "Sin City" but is more realistic. As a result, the film has a very definite dark and electrifying atmosphere that almost single-handedly carry it. The action is designed by altering time and spatial orientations, a little bit like the way the Matrix trilogy did it, but in its own original, different way. The film is also quite moody and subdued in many areas. Video game adaptations tend to be noisy and over the top, but the filmmakers have gone for atmosphere which is very welcome given the rather simple, action-oriented nature of the plot. The images of the angels, demons and hell are a fascinating element thrown in to the mix, particularly in the first half of the film when everything is still mysterious and we're trying to work out if a human, or something unworldly, is behind the treachery unfolding.

THE BAD: Once you step away from the visuals and action, the problems with "Max Payne" start to emerge. The storyline is predictable; Max is driven to find those that brutally murdered his family but it turns out that the person who was ultimately responsible was someone close to him, forcing him to face betrayal and the showdown. I won't give away who the bad guy is but you'll be able to pick it ten minutes after that character is introduced. The characters are another problem; they are so flat and boring. Mark Wahlberg is an interesting actor; sometimes he's great and sometimes he stinks. It appears he needs the right kind of director to draw out the best from him and unfortunately director John Moore is not one of those directors. Wahlberg is playing a character who is driven by an incredible personal tragedy but he plays him with such a monotony that you really couldn't care less.

As a result, the narrative becomes mechanical, making only the visuals and action the reason to watch the film. The remainder of the cast are not much better, particularly Beau Bridges who starts off reasonably well as the semi-father figure for Max but ultimately becames a ridiculous caricature by the end of the film. One aspect of the film that was also a let down were the images of angels, demons and hell. The images are fabulous, but when the story pauses to explain that they are all hallucinations created by a drug that people are taking, the scare-factor and intensity gets lost immediately whenever they appear on screen. You know they have no impact on the characters so they just become cool effects. "Max Payne" is a lesson in how a predictable, under-developed story with flat characters cannot make a film; no amount of cool shots, well executed action sequences or visual styles can overcome that.

Friday, September 5, 2008

First Post - Introduction

So earlier today I bought one of those paid subscriptions to a "movie" site. The pitch pulled me in, I got excited about the hundreds of NEW movies that I could watch all from my home computer. Upon getting signed up and handing my info over, I was extremely disappointed. The "newest" movie that they had was DEEP RISING from 1998! WTF!

I have always been pretty excited about getting good deals on movies without having to run down to the local Blockbuster, or without having to shell out serious $$$ on NetFlix and the like. So, I decided to create a site that will honestly and thoroughly review each movie or entertainment product/service out there. Why am I doing this? Well you see I am just a regular college guy who happens to LOVE movies...however this love affair is not cheap. When you buy a product that I reviewed and you think you might like it - you click my link and buy the product from that company. Then, I got a little "kickback" for referring you.

Don't be alarmed by this, I am basically just making ends meet since I have to go shell out what you paid to just review the item. I will always honestly review the product and service in question and will not be swayed into saying ALL THESE PRODUCTS ARE AMAAAZING when in fact, they are downright ugly.

So thanks alot guys and I hope I can help you guys out! I will also be posting movie reviews and the like as well for some filler in here. :)