Is Blu-Ray For Me?

Bah, I just can’t decide, rather I just can’t justify spending over $250 on a decent Blu-Ray player when my TV is already 4 years old.  Yes, it’s high definition, but until I step up to a brand new LCD, at least 46″ and a surround sound system, I can’t justify the purchase.  This becomes an increasingly difficult decision as well when I figure that I can stream HD movies from my cable provider for less than $7.

If my wife wasn’t such a movie nut I might just buy a PC Blu-Ray player for under $100.  However, my wife would probably kill me, because it would force her to watch her Disney Blu-Ray purchases on a 19″ monitor at my PC desk.  Perhaps I’ll hold off a little bit longer and purchase a PS3 here in the next few months.  Maybe they will have an emergency drop in price mid summer. 🙂

Cinema Gouging

My wife and I used to go to the movies almost every single week. We love movies, we love seeing them in the theater, the experience, everything. One of the best parts of going to the movies was getting a taste of the previews, to see what we could look forward to in a few months. That ‘good point’ about going to the movies has now been bastardized, at least on a local level.

Last Saturday I went and saw the new movie Cloverfield and mixed in with the previews were national ads for shit I could care less about. An ad for Musinex sinus medicine, the Marine corp, something else, and something else…I was so disgusted. I’m a paying customer who has already paid a fee for seeing a movie which may or may not be good, why am I being subjected to advertising at this point?

Maybe I’ll get a discount on the price of my ticket since the Cinema owner just whored out my eyes.

Nope, I still paid $9 per ticket and a $8 for a coke and popcorn. What a rip. Am I the only one who is outraged by such senseless advertising and selling of ones soul? I’m strongly considering boycotting the local theater because of this, but it looks like there are no alternatives in my city. It’ll go on and it’ll just get worse, because no one speaks out, especially since no one is listening.

Cloverfield Cloversucked

…if you get car sick, like I do. I loved the movie, I loved the way it was filmed, but christ I had to turn away more times than the first time I laid eyes on tubgirl or lemonparty. But, it was worth it.

I’m terrible at reviews and I know most people don’t care, but here is the jest, less the spoilers. The way the film was recorded and presented allowed me to get closer and feel more attached to the characters. Quite possibly one of the most intense military scenes in a movie I’ve seen, in terms of immersiveness(I don’t think this is a word).

I’d recommend this movie to anyone with an appreciation for non-traditional movies. Those of you looking for a man in a costume, ala Godzilla, need not apply. Also, don’t forget a dose of Dramamine before attending, there were literally dozens of people who left the theater, due to motion sickness. Again, worth it.

Cloverfield Has Been Hiding

I’m impressed, a movie that has allowed nerds to fall over each other for clues and spoilers has remained a secret all the way up to a week before opening night. Of course tonight the movie Cloverfield will be opening nationwide, but until prescreenings started a week ago no ‘real’ movie clues had been found. Instead, the marketing department of J.J. Abrams decided that an ARG (alternative reality game) would provide sufficient buzz and it looks like it worked.

For those of you not familiar with ARG’s, it’s a fairly new style of marketing that companies are now trying out to establish a ‘buzz’ about their product. Nine Inch Nails did it for their latest album Year Zero, Halo 2 did it with their ‘I love bees’ campaign, and now Cloverfield has marked itself in the ARG playbook as well. While I didn’t contribute to any of these games, I did enjoy following all the nifty clues, details, and speculation that follows such an event. Unforums provided the background for the Cloverfield ARG and many others for those that are interested.

Probably what I enjoyed most about this little social experiment was the fact that spoilers were hunted and I have no self control when it comes to them. Myself and others were tired of speculating since July over what the monster looked like and a week ago we were given our first picture of it and even YouTube videos of the nasties that will be in the movie. But I am truly impressed that with so many technonerds looking for clues that we didn’t have something sooner, Cloverfield had hid himself very well. Congratulations to the J.J. and everyone involved with keeping it a secret for so long.

I’m looking forward to checking the movie out tomorrow night with my wife. I’m taking my Dramamine, drinking some 7-up, and hopefully be entertained for a little longer than the standard 90min porno.