TOP TEN Movies and TV shows on NETFLIX Today!!!

TV SHOWS/Mini-Series

COSMOS – Easily the best and arguably most important and informative show on Netflix. Neil DeGrasse Tyson hosts with brilliance and charm this visually astounding reboot of Carl Sagan’s classic series. More than a ‘Space’ show, this is about history and politics and religion, and who we are, who we were, and who we may be. A seminal show.

BLACKLIST

SUPERNATURAL- Shame on me for avoiding this show so long, On the 5th season and I’m loving it

THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY- 2 part series. Excellent direction.

KIDNAP AND RANSOM – Great six part series

CLONE WARS

WALLANDER

PSYCH

BEING MARY JANE – Finally something interesting and good from the BET channel

BBQ PITMASTERS

 

MOVIES

COMMITMENT- Good Korean action, espionage thriller
DAY WATCH/NIGHT WATCH
HIGH ANXIETY
I KNOW THAT VOICE – great documentary on voice-over actors
BLOOD GLACIER- I quite like this low budget horror film, with a greenhouse conceit. A definite homage to Carpenter’s THE THING while still being its own pretty imaginative animal. Pun intended. If a fan of THE THING or FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY, you’ll like BLOOD GLACIER.
BLUE RUIN- It begins with a seeming vagabond and where it ends…a brilliant, violent and perhaps cautionary thriller. Strongly recommended.
DEAD SILENCE – Not great, but a solid good horror flick
OPERATION CONDOR 2 – Fun, 80s Jackie Chan action
HARLOCK SPACE PIRATE- Great motion capture Animation and a spectacular story. Watch the subtitled version as the dubbed one is just different enough to be unclear.
TRUE NATURE- Far better than the poster would lead you to believe. Go into this one blind, you’ll enjoy.

 

 

And ones not worth your time would be:

PARKER (boring), ANDROID INSURRECTION, SHADOW FURY, THE LAST DAYS ON MARS, STAKE LAND (well made, I’m simply not a fan)

Image, Picture of the Week!

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This picture was taken at this past weekend’s War of 1812 Commemoration, capturing a moment in one of the biggest firework celebrations on the Eastern Seaboard.

I like how it turned out, all mired in reflections of reflections.

I’ve been reading and observing Abelardo Morell’s seminal photography book/monograph titled CAMERA OBSCURA. And today’s picture has some of that concept, of the strange tricks that light plays.

 

Pick up your copy of CAMERA OBSCURA

Here!

Currently Watching : THE MACHINE (2013) – NetFlix Streaming VOD Movie of the Day!

 

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THE MACHINE – Directed by Caradog James, is a definitely worth a look scifi thriller, however if you have the slightest familiarity with the Science Fiction genre you are clearly aware the film is breaking no new ground.

Indeed much of it, is you marveling at the stupidity of supposedly brilliant scientists (a stupidity that unfortunately is not relegated to fiction), that open seemingly obvious Pandora’s Boxes of moral and spiritual and existential chaos.  Humanity has enough trouble being humane to other humans, much less the storm of confusion and conflict and potential horror and abuse, that will spiral up around the  very concept of potentially conscious beings that are built or grown, rather than born in the traditional sense.

It is a door that Mary Shelley saw two hundred years ago we were not ready to walk through, and humanity for all its technological leaps, has become no more emotionally or morally responsibly since. Indeed it can be argued that as our technological marvels increase, our humanity decreases. That humans increasingly become drones, in a world were we have relegated the marvelous to our creations.

So THE MACHINE touches on all of this, but it’s a well worn topic, and the movie often feels plodding and redundant rather than an innovative new take on the dwindling of the human spirit. So again worth a look, but ultimately pretty forgettable.

Far more satisfying takes on the subject would be Whales’ BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN or Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER or the enigmatic, but brilliant UPSTREAM COLOR. The latter is also available courtesy of Streaming.

Grade: B-.

 

A cautionary tale : A semi-private Bathroom

This is a true story.

 

 

Happened to me yesterday, and no names have been changed to protect the guilty. The following is not for the easily offended nor the weak of stomach.

You’ve been warned. :)

 

Okay, I’ve been on my new position for going on two years and one of the perks of the job is a semi-private bathroom. Doesn’t sound like much, but to something of a card-carrying germ-a-phobe; it is quite appreciated.

 

 

The luxury of not having to share your space with throngs or traffic or the hopefully forgettable noises from the next stall, is just priceless. Plus the semi-private bathroom is always kept in clean immaculate condition, and they even have those toilet seat protectors, which you do not find, nor have the time, luxury or space to use in the typical bathroom stall.

 

 

So all in all it is a luxury, and I now find it along with salary, benefits, view (I have to see sunlight, the outdoors), job environment (laid back, etc), one of the big 5 that I’ll look for in any future jobs. At least a semi-private bathroom.

 

 

The pluses: Less traffic, less people, consistently cleaned and stocked and people flush. In almost two years there, generally speaking, never an issue. A piece of paper inadvertently found outside rather than inside the trashcan is about it.

 

 

However nothing can escape a mishap or two.

 

 

Today I walked into the bathroom, sink on the left as you enter and first thing you see in front of you is the toilet. I saw the toilet, stopped dead in my tracks, and heard the door click behind me, those three things happened nearly at the same time, and my first impulse was flight, to back right out of the bathroom.

I held.

 

 

And looked again.

 

 

It was like somebody had stuffed a clown in the toilet.

 

 

That they hadn’t flushed was offensive enough. That this had come from someone’s bowels was not conceivable.

I stopped making eye contact (because to look too long would have threatened sanity), grabbed a paper towel, walked up on the toilet and using the paper towel flushed.

 

 

I had a half formed concern that the thing wouldn’t flush and I would be stuck with calling maintenance to remove the blockage. But I didn’t have time to give too much credence to this concern, this thing had to go now.

I flushed.

Mercifully most of it, including what looked like a clown’s shoe, disappeared on first flush. Two more flushes and it was vacated enough for me to wash my hands before re-approaching, and gingerly, holding my breath, perform number one, still avoiding eye contact… lest something crawl back out the bowl.

I flushed a fourth time, washed my hands savagely, and left having addressed and saved anyone else the horror of the clown in the toilet.

Moral of the story : For the love of heaven… flush the toilet and wash your hands.  And change your diet!!! :)

This Weekend’s Favorite Free Roku ON-DEMAND channels and WHY!

This Weekend’s Favorite FREE Roku ON-DEMAND channels and WHY!

 

PBS-

A CHEF’S LIFE – All 13 episodes of the first season of this Farm to Table restaurant series is available. Following Chef Vivian Howard’s journey to establish her dream restaurant in the small southern town where she was born. Recommended, Grade: B.

GREAT PERFORMANCES- A bevy of great filmed theatrical performances among the highlights Patrick Stewart (of Star Trek fame) stars as the title character in MACBETH, and David Tenant (of Doctor Who fame) stars as the young, tragic prince in HAMLET.

MASTERPIECE – Sports some of BBCs best programs, including SHERLOCK

 

HISTORY-

Full episodes of PAWN STARS, INVENTION USA, PAWNOGRAPHY, TOP SHOT, ULTIMATE SOLDIER CHALLENGE, HUMAN WEAPON, THE UNIVERSE, 10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT, FOOD TECH & STAN LEE’S SUPERHUMANS.

A&E-

Full episodes of BARTER KINGS, BILLY THE EXTERMINATOR, STORAGE WARS, LONGMIRE, EXTREME SELL THIS HOUSE, and SHIPPING WARS

 

If you own a Roku you can sign up for these channels here:

http://www.history.com/roku-channel

http://www.aetv.com/roku-channel

http://www.pbs.org/roku/home/

 

ENJOY!!