This Weekend’s Favorite FREE Roku ON-DEMAND channels and WHY!
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
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.
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:
NETFLIX Amazon Prime Roku Hits and Misses of the Weekend
- DEADLIEST CATCH Seasons 6 to 8- I am not a reality TV fan, but I make an exception for this show. Very engrossing viewing.
- SHUFFLE- Fantastic independent film, about a man living his life out of order. Very touching and well done film.
- MASTERPIECE THEATER- The latest episodes of MR. SELFRIDGE are available, and for my money it is a far more engrossing and enjoyable show than the acclaimed DOWNTOWN ABBEY
- MOTORWEEK- After all these years, still television’s best Auto show.
- DOCTOR WHO Season 7 Part 2- The second half of season seven without the annoying character of Amelia Pond, while uneven, is far better than what came before. The character and actress portraying Clara being a more enjoyable fit.
- THE PEOPLE WHO OWN THE DARK- A rare 1976 Paul Naschy film, this one sports high prices for the DVD and inexplicably good reviews. I however, found this all around a mediocre effort, about a house of upscale pleasure deviants, and how they cope when the end of the world happens. Sounds a thousand times better than it is. In a word… boring. But you can see it for free and decide for yourself.
- THE NIGHT OF THE SCORPION (LA CASA DE LAS MUERTAS VIVIENTES, 1972) – This rare 70s Euro-shocker with tones of Poe, would (in the days before streaming) have cost you a pretty penny. However rare doesn’t translate to good as I found this one, beyond its poor video quality, just extremely slow going. I gave it 15 minutes of my life before I gave up. However see it for free and judge for yourself.
- NIGHT OF HATE- Off to a far better start is this Italian heist film from the late 60s, NIGHT OF HATE. The quality of all DORADO’s streaming films is pretty awful, but it is a good channel for trying out a film to see if it is good enough to buy in a decent DVD version.
- COUNSELOR OF CRIME – Directed by Alberto De Martino and starring the great Tomas Milian this film in the first five minutes is more like it. Wall to Wall action in this low-budget God father want to be.
GRIMM Season 1- Surprisingly entertaining fantasy show that works in a way that other shows such as WAREHOUSE 13 do not
LIFE Season 1- A wry and off-kilter and charming and undeniably different tv drama. tinged with a whimsy and a bit of magical realism that makes it more than a simple police procedural
TOP SHOT Season 1, 2, 4- I’m not a ‘reality’ tv fan, but this history channel competition show is nothing short of fantastic. Additive and fun watching
TOP SHOT Season 3 – One competitor and the drama he introduces (the words functional psychopath come to mind) almost makes the season unwatchable. Thankfully he gets removed, and allows for an exciting season finale.
PRIMEVIL Season 1, 2
THE MEDIOCRE OR JUST PLAIN AWFUL
24 Season 1
24 Season 2- horrible and moronic writing and painfully contrived plot choices, and overblown performances makes this ultimately a waste of time
“We’ll make them get out.” Jenny said. “Whatever you do, don’t get out. Do just what I say. There’s only two of them, I think.”
As the car stopped, Jenny reached into the glove compartment. She took out the two knives, and gave one to Peg. The other, she slipped inside her blouse.’
Okay guess what book the above quote is from, and win the book. Pretty simple.
Here’s a clue, it is a book that has been mentioned on this blog. Umm, that may be a bit vague. Okay here’s another one, the writer is primarily a horror writer.
Any guesses? Send them in the comments (include your email address), they’ll come right to me without getting posted. The winner, wins the book.
This is a review of the GRAPHISTES WORLD ARTBOOK 01, subtitled BOOK OF CREATION, it is published by Oracom Editions and compiles selected artwork from a French on-line artists collective.
First impressions, presentation. It’s a sizable SC book at 11″ x 9″, and feels substantial at 220+ pages. Nice striking cover image, on a nice pull out gate-fold cover. It’s a matte type paper stock on both the cover and the interior pages, and utilizes a sewn binding (initially had thought it was glued, but is a sewn binding. Pretty spiffy for a soft-cover.).
The Matte paper stock, I can appreciate its use on the darkly illustrated cover to help minimize finger-prints, however on the interior pages I’m not a fan of it, as I think a gloss paper stock would have better worked to showcase the images on the interior. I’ll go into that in more detail in a bit,
Now getting into the content, the actual images themselves, there’s more than a bit of crossover in terms of style and theme and subject. The images are mostly computer generated imagery, a lot of video game like landscapes. Much of it is a bit dark for me, in terms of actual brightness not content. I think this is the printing job, rather than the images. Because the images viewed on-line look great (as in the ones I post with this blog), but in the actual book the images appear muddy and un-dynamic.
It may be what the artists are going for, but I’m inclined to think it’s printed a bit dark. So that is where a glossier, brighter, higher contrast interior paper stock could have helped the images come alive, and not fade into the background as much.
It’s definitely a preference argument, but generally I feel glossy paper works much better for art books, and that this particular art-book, because the images are so dark, would have benefited from a higher-contrast glossy paper stock.
Mainly because the dark muted images, lots of purples on blacks, one after another tends to reinforce the need for a more varied palette. The detail in the images just get lost. There are a lot of images I think I would like, if I could see the detail in the images.
But just when you think the similarity is getting to you, you turn the page and there is a burst of artistry and an unexpected, thematically intriguing image to bring you back into the book.
Among such standouts are [the creator or studios nickname is listed with the image, but the table of contents gives their full name] :
28162 has a lush and beautiful and vibrant image with PINK DREAM and SANS UN DEFAUT
Kiko has a wonderful, futuristic landscape scene with IN THE MORNING, but I do think it looks a bit dark, muddy
Mr. Xerty has a nice collage like work with JING
Pim does the lovely LIGHT PULSE
3mmi Design has several intriguing images with DELIVRANCE and TONIGHT IN HELL
Maliciarosenoire offers us the nicely composed INCERTAIN
Graphic Traveling bring us the imaginative NYX
Grivetart’s NEW YORK 2030 and EXPLORERS are both quite excellent
Graphaddict’s offers us the well composed and lit SPACE MOUNTAINS
Pezcado’s MAINS DANS LA MAIN is quite ingenious
BeautifulReal brings us the sumptuous and strange LAST TRAVEL
KarimDesign’s offers us the attention getting LAST BREATH
Aiven’s 5 PAR is likewise imaginative and compelling
Todavia’s DEATH OF A SIREN
Lord K’s POLAR SUMMER
So these are some of the ones that stand out, and make the book well worth a viewing, despite my issues with the printing. Beyond the brief French introduction, the book consists of all images, so it can be enjoyed by all. Final Grade: B-.
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This book isn’t currently available on Amazon US, but is available from Amazon UK and Amazon FR. It’s like $50.
But wait a minute! For being a Heroic times follower, I’ll tell you how you can win it for free.
It’s really, really easy to win this review copy they sent me.
Be the 15th person (follower, you have to be a follower of this blog)to comment on this post, you win the book.
Put contest in the comment, include your email address so I can get in touch with you. Comments do not get posted if you put contest in it, and they come right to me.
The 15th person, maximum of 3 attempts per person and consecutive attempts not counted. 15th person (follower) to leave a comment saying “you want this book and love Heroic Times”… wins the book.
Okay, that’s all folks. Go hug somebody.