This Week’s recommended Podcasts!
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Without further ado:
OFF THE SHELF #87 – Streaming has become such a huge part of how many people these days consume entertainment and this podcast about the best in DVD, BluRay and Streaming just keeps you on the cutting edge of what is going on. This one specifically discusses Hulu losing all the Criterion movies this coming November. As someone who subscribed to Hulu because of its selection of Criterion movies, that is huge news.So a must listen podcast for any cinephiles out there.
GROUCHY OLD GUYS #1 – Rebranded show from Britan’s COMIC BOOK OUTSIDERS. Some thoughts on movie remakes in general including the upcoming MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. Feedback on CREED and the other ROCKY films. And an overiew of SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan.
GEEK SYNDICATE #264 – Thoughts on TV series BADLANDS, CAPTAIN AMERICA:CIVIL WAR trailer, Howling Commandoe the FCCs of Shield comic, Daredevil Season 2 review, and much more!
11 O’Clock #418 – The guys lead off with words on the passing of Prince before breaking into the reviews and commentary on all things comic book related. Always a must listen podcast.
I’ve been in the tech world quite a while and one thing remains certain:
While consumer devices such as Tablets and Smart Phones and wearable tech are all the rage, they remain no substitute for a quality production device such as a laptop.
Though manufacturers are getting cheap on the laptop builds, increasingly charging exorbitant prices for increasingly barebone systems, here are three things to be on the lookout for when shopping.
1. A backlit keyboard – I will not buy or consider a device that does not have a backlit keyboard. As someone who has traveled by bus, traiñ, airplane, and have done my share of computing in low light situations, a backlit computer is just a necessity.
2. USB keys are convenient, but they are not a replacement for a built in DVD/CD drive. I prefer the few ounces of additional weight to not having the ability to play CDs or dvds. And installing and running from a live CD or DVD… For me, who is constantly getting various linuhx distros to try, is a must have.
3. Long battery life – While not an endangered feature, like the other two mentioned, battery life still tends to be an after thought, rather than a primary purchase point.
So with those 3 must haves decided on, here are today’s recommended laptops of 2016:
HP Pavilion 15z Windows 10 Laptop PC – AMD A8-7410 Quad Core, Radeon R5 Graphics, 15.6-Inch WLED Touchscreen Display (1366×768), Backlit Keyboard, 1TB Hybrid 5400RPM 8GB NAND SSD Hard Drive, 16GB RAM – At less than $600, it’s a steal!
Dell Inspiron 15.6″ Premium High Performance FHD 1080p Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD, Bluetooth, HDMI, 802.11AC, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 – This packs all the must haves, backed by Dell’s industry leading warranty!
Newest Acer Aspire F 15 Premium Laptop PC, 15.6-inch HD Touchscreen Display, Intel Core i5 1.70 GHz Processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD±RW, Backlit Keyboard, Wifi, Bluetooth, HDMI, Windows 10 – I’m not the biggest fan of ACER, as they tend to load a computer down with bloatware. However if you know a tech person or are reasonably tech savvy yourself you are going to format over the bloatware filled windows that comes with it, and install one of the Linux variants. Hardware wise this Acer hits all the right notes, and comes in over a $100 cheaper than the other two. So definitely worth considering if you need to stay under $500.
With a 15.6″ touchscreen, a superfast 6th gen processor, a built in DVD burner, this was kicked down to honorable mention because it lacks a backlit keyboard. Though there is talk of it being available as an add-on.
Well hope you found this buying guide helpful. Come back soon for more news you can use!
15 Best TV/Cable Shows on Hulu
WAYWARD PINES Season 1 – THE PRISONER meet TWIN PEAKS. But much better than Twin Peaks. Stick with it at least till the 4th episode, as it has some nice surprises. Great show!
THE OUTER LIMITS – Both seasons of one of the great sci-fi shows of all time!
MASTERS OF HORROR
THE STRAIN – 1st Season is a home run. Very enjoyable.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURLTLES (new Nickelodian series, all seasons! Best version of TMNT by far)
FARGO – Season 1 is stellar!
UFO – All the episodes of this cult TV show, shown in proper order. A surprisingly textured and rich and at times dark show. Highly Recommended!
THE VENTURE BROTHERS – One of my favorite cartoons!
DAY BREAK -One of my favorite TV shows
ELEMENTARY – All seasons. Didn’t think I would like it, but I do. Very much so!
ROSEWOOD – Almost all the first season is up. This is a definite buy, when the Blu-ray is available!
EMPIRE – Both seasons of this acclaimed series!
SECRET AGENT MAN – One of my favorite TV shows… Fantastic score, exotic locations, beautiful actresses and great fight scenes and stunts, mainly performed and partly choreographed by star and former Military Boxer, Patrick McGoonan. This show did things in TV that the Names Bond films couldn’t touch. Both of the seasons are available!
THE GOOD WIFE
IT TAKES A THIEF
15 Favorite TV/Cable Shows on Amazon
THE GOOD WIFE – all seasons
GRIMM all seasons
FRINGE – All Seasons
POLDARK 1st Season
MR. SELFRIDGE 2 Seasons
STRIKE BACK 2 Seasons
THE AMERICANS – 3 Seasons
HOUSE OF LIES
BANSHEE – 2 Seasons
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – All Seasons
TWILIGHT ZONE – All seasons
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM – All Seasons
BETTER OFF TED – All seasons
AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Only 2nd season is recommended
DOCTOR WHO – many seasons
TORCHWOOD – All seasons
15 Best TV/Cable Shows on Netflix
RIPPER STREET Seasons 1 to 3 – Hands down the best BBC show, and one of the best TV shows period. Ranks up there with GRIMM and THE GOOD WIFE as television’s greatest
DAREDEVIL Seasons1 to 2 – Season 1 is a game changing masterpiece, season 2 stumbles a bit, but still very good
ARROW Seasons 1 to 3
HOUSE OF CARDS Seasons 1 to 4
BURN NOTICE Seasons 1 to 7
BLACKLIST Seasons 1 to 2
AGENTS OF SHIELD Seasons 1 to 2
PERSON OF INTEREST Seasons 1 to 4 (Season 3 Ep 11 is television at its best, but you can’t just watch it without watching the previous episodes. You have to build naturally to that episode, but it is well worth the journey)
ALPHAS Seasons 1 to 2
WALLANDER (Swedish) Seasons 1 to 2
AKA JESSICA JONES Season 1
LONGMEYER Seasons 1 to 4
CLONE WARS Seasons 1 to 6
SPARTACUS Seasons 1 to 4
HELL ON WHEELS Seasons 1 to 4 – (9TH episode of season 1, is among one of the finest hours of television. Series jumped the shark with Season 4, but those first three seasons are television at its finest.)
Four honorable mentions:
MARON Seasons 1 to 3
SUPERNATURAL Seasons 1 to 10 – Jumps the shark after season 5, but those first 5 sessions are a lot of fun
ZOO Season 1
MESSENGERS Season 1
THE HATEFUL EIGHT Soundtrack by Ennio Morricone – Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight Soundtrack
Quentin Tarantino’s eighth movie THE HATEFUL EIGHT, I saw just this previous December in its extended road show version. I saw it at a sumptuous venue, surrounded by real cinephiles, and quite liked the movie. I thought it had flaws, because while not a prude by any measure, I did think Quentin went a bit heavy on the profanity button.
Sometimes excess is not verisimilitude, being true to the framework of your film, sometimes it is just excess, and gets in the way of your film.
At some point it becomes like a kid who has just learned to curse, and says it all the time as if there is a maturity in that, when just the opposite is the truth. Over use of profanity is the mark of a juvenile aesthetic. I thought the movie was great, I loved the process and loved the ending and loved the visuals, the only detraction was… that juvenile aesthetic of Tarantino’s.
So it’s a movie I really liked, and want to call a great movie, but a great movie should also be re-watchable, and I’m uncertain how many times I would want to re-watch this. Portions of it sure. But to sit down and rewatch the whole thing? Revisit it, like I do with THE SEARCHERS or TOMBSTONE or ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST… Not so much. That’s where the juvenile aesthetic works against a film, and works against Tarantino. These slight misgivings aside, It is still a solid B+ of a movie.
However one thing that I was not not conflicted on was Ennio Morricone’s score. Upon hearing this in the theater, I new I loved it and wanted to purchase the soundtrack when available. And I’m not a soundtrack guy, I buy sporadically, and seldom consider buying the score while watching a movie. So that tells you what type of impression this score made on me.
Today I received the Third Man Records stunning 2 LP Pressing of THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Wow! This may just be the collectible of the year!
It takes me back to the thrill I got of getting Records or Laser Discs, back in the day. That larger than life, elaborate and beautiful album cover, filled with extras, such as a booklet with liner notes, posters, photographs.
For around $30 while supplies last , it is a steal!
Morricone purportedly came out of retirement to do this score for Tarantino, and I’m glad he did, because he creates a score for the ages, to stand up to his decades of stunning, influential, and cinema shaping…. scores.
Now while the music is excellent, the pressing is also slightly hampered by Tarantino’s decision to add dialogue to the album. I would have preferred this album without Tarantino’s additions of dialog, and let this just be the music. However the dialogue tracks are easily skipped on CD. Not so easily skipped on the LP, but the 2 album LP, is a collector’s dream, sporting a beautiful fold out gate fold cover,, and enough extras to make it worth any purchasers time to own both the CD and the LP.
Pick up both at the links below while in stock: