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Who Should You Rent Movies Online From? Blockbuster Or Netflix?

Who Should You Rent Movies Online From? Blockbuster Or Netflix?

Nowadays, you don’t have to wait a lengthy amount of time for a new movie release to be available for rent. Within four to six months of a theatre premiere, most films can be rented on DVD through a local video store or an online service.

For convenience purposes, many people choose to rent movies online these days. This service is offered through companies such as Blockbuster and Netflix. And, if you are interested in signing up for a service that meets your needs, this article explains how each works and how they differ.

How does Blockbuster work? Blockbuster ships movies to you by post. When using Blockbuster online to rent new releases or classic films, you can enjoy the benefits of keeping the movie as long as you desire, never having to pay a late fee and the shipping is free.

Customers can fill their rental queue with requested movies and receive their DVDs in the mail upon availability. Blockbuster offers 2 ways to rent movies online: films can be delivered and returned through the mail or, delivered by mail and returned to a store in exchange for free or discounted rentals.

Blockbuster is for you if you prefer to rent and return movies in store. They also offer game rentals.

How Does Netflix Work? The Netflix service is similar to Blockbuster in that the movies are delivered on a first come first served basis and customers are not responsible for paying late fees or returning their rentals by a certain due date.

Although Netflix does not have any store locations or offer game rentals, they have a huge selection of movies to choose from so finding a title you like that is available more likely.

So what does one service offer that the other doesn’t? The range of titles available at both is vast. Finding a good selection of your favourite shows or movies shouldn’t be a problem. However, one may have more of a certain type of film than the other. So this is worth checking before you sign up.

Netflix will charge you extra to rent on Blu Ray and they don’t offer game rentals. You cannot rent and return films in a bricks and mortar type store as you can with Blockbuster. They both allow you to watch movies instantly on your PC or gaming device.

So if you don’t mind paying extra for Blu Ray, then Netflix is best because of the range of titles on offer. If you want to rent games and rent/return movies in store too, Blockbuster is best.

Similar plans at Blockbuster and Netflix cost about the same. Blockbuster will charge extra for in store returns.…

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The Importance of Music in Movies

The Importance of Music in Movies

Editing requires the right amount of rhythm and pace and music plays a key role in the structure of how the story will be displayed. Music can trigger fear in horror, suspense in action, and uncertainty in drama movies by providing the right element of surprise to evoke the right responses. In most cases the music can make or break a scene if the scoring isn’t done properly. Just imagine the music in the horror movie “Friday the 13th” when Jason is about to attack his victim or when you hear the music but nothing happen but your still clutching to the edge of your seat.

And what about the various scenes in Star Wars when the music gives you an indication that Darth Vader is about to enter to scene (which also happens to be the theme music during the intro of the movie) you can imagine, the music dictates and creates a reference point for the visuals. I was once told by an Academy award winning editor to play any award winning movie with the music turned off and see if you get the same effect…point made. The only recollection I have of a movie where the scoring did not play a part in driving the narrative, was in the movie “No Country for Old Men” where there was only one scene that had music in the background.

Aside from that, scoring, sound design, and music are essential elements in catering to the emotions of that particular scene in the making of a movie production. In some cases, the music can make the director change the script to make a better marriage between the characters and the music. For example, in the 1972 movie entitled “Super Fly” director Gordon Parks jr. had to change several scenes in the script and the lead character’s (Ron O’Neal) wardrobe in the movie after (R.I.P.) Curtis Mayfield created the complete score based off the screenplay.

And who can forget the famous scoring of all the James Bond movies. In any form of film or video editing, any professional post production editor will always emphasis the importance of developing a pace to tell the story from the inciting incident to the plot, and music is the key component of putting it all together. Of course with technology at our fingertips we have the advantage of producing, directing, and scoring much easier then ever before but the key elements will always remain the same.…

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Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

From the very opening scene it’s apparent that the magic that once coursed through the veins of the original Pirates of the Caribbean has all but run dry. The long-awaited reunion with everyone’s favorite scoundrel pirate lacks the humor that should have permeated the entire affair, and such lusterless exploits continue throughout the rest of the film. The romance between Captain Jack Sparrow and newcomer Angelica should have provided a prominent and consistently witty repartee, but instead manages only a few fleeting moments of amusement.

The supporting characters could have presented more hilarity in their preposterous predicaments or at least offered validation for their inclusion in the adventure, but fall short in both aspects. And the villainous Blackbeard definitely should have embodied the dastardly and menacing persona expected of the legendary pirate. Perhaps Sparrow works best in tandem with strong-willed heroes rather than alone with only Barbossa’s wily antics to aid him.

When word reaches King George that Spain has begun a quest to locate the Fountain of Youth, he hires pirate-turned-privateer Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) to find it first – with the help of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) who happens to possess the map to the long-lost treasure. When Sparrow refuses, he escapes the King’s grasp only to find himself shanghaied aboard the supernaturally powered ship of notorious pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), who seeks the life-giving waters to thwart his own fatal date with destiny. As Sparrow attempts to outwit his captors and his pursuers, he must battle vicious mermaids, nefarious pirates, and the deceptive wiles of his former lover Angelica (Penelope Cruz).

The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film is very similar to the fourth Indiana Jones outing – it’s fun to see the characters return for a new feature, especially when they remain visually faithful and are scripted with the same sharp wit and idiosyncratic catch phrases. The problem is the story; it’s as if the filmmakers have run out of adventures to tell with these particular heroes. Jack Sparrow should be able to suffice as the lead protagonist, but simply doesn’t have enough emotional involvement with any of the plethora of supporting roles. He has a love interest now, plus new villains and the return of several familiar faces. But despite the nearly nonstop action sequences, he never interacts with the characters around him in a manner that begets investment in his plights, misadventures or successes. It’s hard to care about someone whose perils are approached with such a lack of seriousness.

Most of the film is so dark and shadowy that the 3D is completely lost, along with the specific details of sets and fight choreography – which is further obscured by rapid cuts. The stunts and chases are still overly complex, harkening back to the second film’s attention to purely ridiculous yet uncannily diverting action scenes that bridge moments of verbal storytelling. Here, it’s even more of a reach. Part of the problem is that it is repetitious to see yet another sword fight in the rafters of a wooden dwelling or melees with royal guards or a showdown with a towering warrior.

As the second Transformers movie proved so painfully, once the initial excitement of witnessing a unique cinematic event is gone – in Transformers, the robots metamorphosing; in Pirates of the Caribbean, all sorts of legendary acts of pirating – we’re left with a dreary, dull bit of recycled material. A completely extraneous subplot with a nameless preacher and a nameless mermaid tacks onto the already lengthy running time, along with Spanish soldiers that barely present a predicament and the intricate, on-the-spot rituals necessary to unearth Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth. At least the unforgettable, catchy theme music returns in full force.…

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Movie Recommendations From Blockbuster Online

Movie Recommendations From Blockbuster Online

When you’re in the mood to watch a movie, sometimes all the choices available can leave you feeling downright confused. Luckily, the folks over at Blockbuster Online have anticipated your plight and put together a list of recommended titles. Most of these suggestions are taken from recently released films, and there are at least 40 recommendations to peruse at any given time. Even if you’re not a subscriber, it’s a great way to generate some cinematic ideas. The following list contains just a few of their highly rated selections.

The Experiment (2010) – An American remake of the 2001 German film Das Experiment, this thriller tells the story of a social experiment designed to study violence in a simulated prison setting. Twenty-six participants are chosen, with the group randomly divided into the roles of guards and inmates. After two weeks, each man is supposed to receive $14,000, but a series of violent events threatens to derail the whole affair. Starring Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Cam Gigandet.

Harry Brown (2009) – Michael Caine stars as a retired Royal Marine living in a violent area of South London. While he tries his best to avoid trouble, his breaking point is reached when his wife dies of natural causes and his best friend is stabbed to death. Harry sets out to make things right, drawing upon his military training and sense of moral outrage. Co-starring Emily Mortimer and Liam Cunningham. Imagine Death Wish, but with a senior citizen in the lead role.

The Losers (2010) – Based on a comic book series, The Losers revolves around a U.S. Special Forces team who are betrayed and left for dead in the jungles of Bolivia. But they survive and plot their revenge with the help of a mysterious woman (Zoe Saldana). The team itself consists of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Chris Evans, Columbus Short, and Oscar Jaenada.

Just Wright (2010) – Queen Latifah and Common star in this romantic tale of a physical therapist who falls for the NBA player she’s treating. A number of real-life NBA stars appear as themselves, including Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, and Rashard Lewis.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) – Nicolas Cage plays a crooked cop who suffers from chronic back pain and is addicted to both gambling and drugs. His girlfriend (Eva Mendes) is a high-priced prostitute, and he’s just been assigned to investigate the murder of six illegal immigrants from Senegal. As things spiral out of control, he begins to look for redemption in the most unlikely of places. Directed by Werner Herzog with a bizarre visual flair not often seen in Hollywood productions. Also starring Val Kilmer, Brad Dourif, Xzibit, and Fairuza Balk.

Whip It (2009) – Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut in this film about young Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) and her search for acceptance and meaning in her life. She finds it on the roller derby track, taking the name Babe Ruthless and hanging out with teammates sporting such colorful monikers as Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig) and Smashley Simpson (Drew Barrymore). A funny and action-packed look at female empowerment.…

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The King’s Speech – Movie Review

The King’s Speech – Movie Review

Misery, struggle, failure, frustration, resentment, success, glory and joy – we see it all in a dramatically enriching cinema experience: The King’s Speech. Director, Tom Hooper, along with writer, David Seidler, have masterly development a predictable plot into an absorbing watch. The film is based on a true story of King George VI. His quest to overcome his chronic stammer and give his nation, a leader’s voice!

The film opens with a stammering speech of Prince Albert, Duke of York, at the British Empire exhibition. The pain that is reflected through his eyes on his in-ability to speak confidently and clearly is truly heart breaking. He tries unsuccessfully with several speech therapists and gives it up. The pragmatic Duchess persuades him to see Lionel Logue, an un-conventional Australian speech therapist. Lionel gets informal with the prince and their conversations and sessions become intriguing as the movie moves forward. Their patchy and at times unstable friendship is really touching and is a major driving force in the movie. After the death of King George V and his elder brother’s scandalous abdication the prince becomes King George VI reluctantly. But soon, his stutter raises concerns over his leadership skills. The nation at brink of a war needed a leader’s voice and the King with help of Lionel becomes that voice and delivers a successful war speech.

The whole cast is uniformly excellent. Colin Firth (playing King George VI) and Geoffrey Rush (playing Lionel Logue) deliver tremendous knock out performances. Both wonderful actors have acted brilliantly together and have produced some memorable crowd pleasing sequences with perfect timing. Helena Bonham Carter carries alluring royal looks as the princess. Tom Hooper, director, surely knows his craft and is worthy of all the praises he is getting for this cinematic beauty. Screenplay by David Seidler is gripping and not even for a moment comes a moment of boredom. The film has a prestigious visual appeal (cinematography by Dany Cohen), sets are majestic; the score (Alexandre Desplat) is powerful, it justifies the era, the situations and at times it is emotionally moving. Some historical details have been challenged (mostly relating Winston Churchill) but giving cinematic liberties to its creators it can be considered a minor blemish.

The film has deservedly won various awards including Academy awards for Best Picture, Best director, Best Actor and Best original screenplay. It is an impressive cinematic experience and is surely a must watch for people of all ages.…

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10 Reasons Childhood Beats Adulthood

10 Reasons Childhood Beats Adulthood

Movie marathon sleepovers ran up to the finish line

No one would dare close an eye until the last movie played and the popcorn was finished. Today if any adult makes it past the first movie without falling asleep, it is considered a fun-filled evening.

Friendships were as easy as tick the block

There were no cheesy lines. You had a simple note passed to you and you had to answer his question; “would you be my friend, tick the following: yes/no/maybe? If you answered yes, it meant having someone to push you on the swing every day.

Your duvet was your castle

We all raided the linen cupboard and made tents from our bed sheets in the aim to build the perfect sanctuary.

You had a personal chauffeur

In the back seat of the car, seat belt on, a quick nap and all of a sudden, you’re there! No effort at all! No worries about traffic jams, bad drivers, faulty GPS coordinates and Tyre pressure.

You looked trendy in a princess outfit

Bright pink dress? Check. Magic wand? Check. Crown? Check. Ready for the day! There was no need to worry about what the magazines say about the latest trends.

A grazed knee got you a lot of attention

Falling down and crying “ouch” got you picked up by caring adults who praised you for being so brave. If you ended up at the doctor for stitches, they gave you a lollipop to take home. Now you’ll be asked which medical insurance you are on and whether you’re covered for negligence.

Protecting your LEGO was your only mission

The hardest lesson you ever learn to was to share your toys. As an adult try having to share the bathroom with your spouse, your salary with your ever growing debt and your wardrobe with your sister.

Dinner parties were simple

Hot dogs! That was all you needed. Now if you have ten guests for dinner you need to think of a menu that accommodates the vegetarians, the couple that is allergic to nuts and the friend who is on a diet.

When you were sick mum was always there

A light cough ensured that we were bedridden for a day and served chicken soup. As an adult you need to, among other things, end up checking your emails out of sheer panic that there might be an emergency.

You never had to pay

Everything you did was paid for.…

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Movie Review: Bridesmaids (2011)

Movie Review: Bridesmaids (2011)

Bridesmaids is not the feel-good teen sex farce it initially passes itself off to be. Instead, it’s bizarrely reminiscent of Alien, in that the entire cast is older, seasoned and no longer the wild party-going folk we’d expect of them. While there are laugh-out-loud moments, the more substantial themes of life-altering change, staying true to oneself, and recognizing the power of friendship, are dark and serious. Once the dilemmas hit and the lead character begins her downward spiral, the joke-a-minute pacing from the introduction is lost – reflection, problem solving, reparation and forgiveness replace the humor, along with lengthy scenes of drunkenness or bad decisions that simply aren’t that humorous.

Annie (Kristen Wiig) has just lost her bakery “Cake Baby,” is forced to move in with an incredibly weird brother and sister team, is barely able to pay her bills, and drives a car clearly on its last legs. She thinks she’s reached rock bottom when her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) announces her engagement. Annie is to be the Maid of Honor, and must put aside her personal quagmires to deal with the responsibilities of organizing a wedding shower and bachelorette party. She’s in for a shock when she meets the other bridesmaids, a colorful mix of dysfunctional women: Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), a loud-mouthed mother of filthy-mouthed children; Becca (Ellie Kemper), a simple girl with far too few worldly experiences; Megan (Melissa McCarthy), an overly obnoxious manhunter; and Helen (Rose Byrne), a ludicrously wealthy socialite.

Helen poses the biggest problem – unbeknown to Annie, Lillian has become very close to the prettier, richer, skinnier woman, and immediately a feud is formed. Annie wants to prove to her best friend that she’s every bit as good as Helen, but Helen’s massive assets allow for better partying, bigger gifts and superior treatment, especially when it comes to a wedding dress, a trip to Paris and a luxurious manor location for the shower. Despite the helpful distraction of bonhomous Wisconsin state trooper Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd), who is incontestably the perfect match for Annie, she can’t seem to top her rival, please her longtime confidant, or get out of the rut that is her completely depressing life.

Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph are decent actresses, but far from leading lady material. Since the film was written by Wiig, it’s likely the story and script are heavily influenced by her point of view, attributing to giving her the blame when the dialogue tries to be representational of candid girlfriend conversations, a la Sex and the City’s routine meal-oriented get-togethers, yet lacks funniness or naturalness. The supporting cast frequently takes away the spotlight, being comprised of character actors scrounged up from The Office, Reno 911!, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mike & Molly, Mad Men, Damages, Come Fly with Me and more, but can’t hide the saddening aspect of roles competing to be more pathetic and engage in more embarrassing activities (the best of which involves a food poisoning ordeal) while being filled by B-list actresses.…

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Pratt and Lambert Helps Painters Do the Job

Pratt and Lambert Helps Painters Do the Job

Pratt and Lambert offers a wide variety of paints in several finishes and types. Choosing the right one for your painting projects can be a difficult decision, but Pratt and Lambert has a guide to help.

The interior of your home deserves special care. Family, Living, and Bed rooms can benefit from being painted with flat, velvet, eggshell, and satin finishes, providing the right protection and light reflection for these areas. Dining rooms receive the most benefit from velvet, eggshell, and satin finishes. The toughest room to paint is the bathroom, and should be finished with eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, or high gloss paints to combat the high humidity levels found in that area of the home, along with doors, windows, and furniture. Kitchens, foyers, and hallways should be painted with velvet, eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss finishes, but ceilings should be painted in matte flat paints.

No less worthy of special consideration, the exterior of your home has its own paint lines. Aluminum siding should not be painted, but many other surfaces are able to be spruced up with a fresh coat. Wood and vinyl siding should be covered with flat, eggshell, or semi-gloss finishes. Doors, garage doors, and shutters should be protected with eggshell, semi-gloss, or gloss paints for the best results.

There are times, when no matter how carefully you executed the painting project, things go wrong. To help keep professional and do it yourselfer painters happy, Pratt and Lambert has an online reference for painting problems, their causes, and the solutions so that the finished products looks great for many years to come. This library covers problems from blistering paint to sagging for interior projects and alkali resistance to wrinkling for exterior projects, and gives realistic solutions step by step.

To help the inexperienced painter from over purchasing paint, Pratt and Lambert offers a gallon calculator. By entering in specific information such as the texture of the surface, size of the room (height, length, and width), and number of doors and windows (in standard sizes), Pratt and Lambert can predict how many gallons that room will take to completely cover, without a lot of excess to dispose of or store.…

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Evan Almighty – An Epic Sequel

Evan Almighty – An Epic Sequel

Steve Carell plays Evan in Evan Almighty who is a congressman with a family. His body begins going through some weird changes. He does his usual morning routine and shaves. He looks back in the mirror and the beard is back. He knows that he cannot go to work like this so he puts on a disguise, which everyone notices.

Later that evening he gets a huge shipment of wood and is visited by God. God tells him to build an ark just like Noah. There is just one problem, Evan doesn’t want to and it is in the middle of a drought. With some persistence, Evan gives in and begins making the Ark. He gets some help from some early arriving animals. His family is concerned since Evan begins building a boat. At first, they think that he is having a midlife crisis which has developed into a larger than life hobby. Even all the neighbors begin thinking that he is nuts. He is even seen on the news by fellow congressmen. They soon decide that he in not in his right mind and is told not to come back to work.

The city soon finds out about it and since he did not get a permit to build it, he must take it down. Instead of taking it down, he pleads for everyone laughing at him to join him on the boat. A big wrecking ball is brought in. He is given one hour to get off the boat so the city can destroy it. At this point he has convinced his family to get on board with his plan. He continues to refuse. Find out if building this boat is destroyed and all for nothing or if there really was a method to the madness.…

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Fifty Shades E.L. James Has Movie Producers in Cuffs

Fifty Shades E.L. James Has Movie Producers in Cuffs

The writer of the bestselling erotica trilogy E.L. James may be a shy and reclusive housewife, but when it comes to adapting her book onto screen she’s the one wielding the riding crop. The Fifty Shades of Grey books have hit the world like a hurricane, with eight consecutive weeks of increased sales the erotic series has outsold the Harry Potter and Twilight series in a record amount of time – so a movie version of the book has “hit” written all over it before it’s even been cast. Universal Pictures and Focus Features have acquired the rights for Fifty Shades of Grey the movie, but it has come with a string of demands that would have made Christian Grey proud. The author’s demands have been so specific and numerous that other studios have declined working with the trilogy.

Not unlike her hero, the complex Mr. Grey, E.L. James has drawn up a complex and elaborate contract stating the level of her involvement in the adaptations. These terms include her approval of the director, screenwriter and screenplay, location, trailers, cast and many more. She is also specific in the way the love story is to be handled. E.J. James wants a complex exploration of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey’s relationship through a sexual-political viewpoint that is aimed at a demographic of women aged 25-65. So this laundry list of requests and demands will not just affect who’ll direct and be cast in the production, but it’ll also affect the individual scenes. Another concern about E.L. James’s dominatrix involvement is the rating of the film.

The author wants to keep it as authentic as possible, but there is a fine line to be tread, since Fifty Shades could just become a high-budget porn movie. An R-rating would allow the source material to be faithfully adapted, but a PG-13 rating would bring in more ticket sales, although this would require heavy dumbing down of the sex scenes – quite problematic when you’re adapting an erotic novel. So it’ll be up to E.L. James to assure the movie’s success. One thing about E.L. James’s involvement is that Fifty Shades of Grey will be loyal to the novels. The author herself is guaranteeing that her book will meet her vision. Right now we just have to sit and wait and see what will happen. Who’ll be cast and who’ll direct it? These are answer’s we’ll just have to wait for patiently.…