Tag Archives: flicks

Movies and such.

Go See The Golden Compass

Forget all the hype, controversy, and hullabaloo surrounding the release of The Golden Compass. Just go see it. It’s an amazing tale, and, if there wasn’t so much focus on certain religious undertones in the movie THAT ARE SIMPLY UNDERTONES… I think more people would be seeing it. I’m refusing to further discuss this supposed controversy because it’s moot. Just see the flick, and you will understand. There’s never any direct connection made. Period.

Parents, families, everyone– don’t be frightened of this movie! Seriously. It’s a wonderful tale of fantasy that I simply loved. Be open minded, and think for yourself. Feel free to ask me any questions about the movie if you are concerned about its content. Just don’t blindly follow hype. This story is too good to be missed because of close-mindedness.

Netflix rules…

… and, yes, Blockbuster drools 🙂

So I just wanted to update any interested parties who’ve read my diatribes against Blockbuster Online. I decided to take the plunge and do a trial of Netflix while I was still a paying customer of Blockbuster Online. Well, it didn’t take long before I canceled Blockbuster and chose to stick with Netflix. All my complaints and problems with Blockbuster are non-issues with Netflix. And, holy hell, Netflix’s website puts Blockbuster to shame.

More details to come as they seem relevant. I just wanted to state, for the record, that I prefer Netflix to Blockbuster Online. So there ya go.

A (Mild) Tirade Against Blockbuster Online

Aka “I can’t believe that I actually expected a REAL resolution to my customer service inquiry.”

Below you’ll find the discussion thread that took place between myself and a customer service rep for Blockbuster Online as to why I’m receiving my DVD
selections in wht appears to be a random order. I’ve had the same 15 DVDs at the top of my queue for at least a month, yet I keep receiving DVDs further down in my list because the ones I want are somehow constantly unavailable. I’d hoped to hear that perhaps there’s a DVD shortage, or one of the Blockbuster warehouses burned to the ground, or even some explanation or consolation for my not receiving the DVD titles I’m actually interested in at the time. Unfortunately, I got the answer I should’ve expected– a generic explanation of availability that I’d already found on the site. I’m a step away from switching to Netflix. Thoughts?

I’ll even show you the top of my queue so you can provide relevant insight. The titles don’t seem all that rare, special, or popular to me… but maybe I am out of touch. Please inform me! These are the top 15 titles currently in my queue (click for larger image):

P.S. I just received a link for a customer satisfaction survey. Not sure how much it will help, but I did complete the survey, and I was able to express my lack of satisfaction with the answer I received.

Subject: DVD availability

Customer (Lauren) 08/23/2007 09:40 AM
I’ve enjoyed Blockbuster Online/All Access for some time now, and it’s only recently that I’ve considered changing to an alternative online DVD service. The movies in the top 15 or so of my queue seem to be consistently unavailable, and I never quite know which DVD will ship next. I started one season of a TV series, only to realize that I won’t be able to resume watching until the next DVD ships after an indeterminate wait. A friend who has Netflix is able to order all of the DVDs in the top 15 of my queue without a wait. Within the past couple weeks, my friend has added and received the same DVDs that I have been waiting on for some time.

I’m growing concerned, as this problem seems to be getting more serious, at least for the DVD titles that I wish to watch. Should I reorganize my queue knowing that I’ll probably not get the movies at the top of my queue first? I’ve loved my Blockbuster Online/All Access service, but the ability to trade in DVDs at the store is becoming less appealing as the DVDs I actually WANT to watch are increasingly and annoyingly unavailable, at least without a significant delay.

Could you help me to understand what is happening? As I’ve said, I really like my service, but I will switch to Netflix if that means getting the movies I want to watch IN THE ORDER I wish to watch them.

Regards,

Lauren

Response (Jonathan, Blockbuster Online Customer Care) 08/23/2007 11:01 AM
Hello Lauren,

Thanks for contacting BLOCKBUSTER Online Customer Care.

I’m sorry to hear we haven’t shipped the DVD you’ve requested. Whenever a rental slot is open, we review the first listing in your queue to determine whether or not it can be shipped from your closest distribution center. If the movie is not available at this center, the system automatically searches for it at other shipping centers that are a bit farther away. If your top queue selections fall outside of an acceptable shipping window, we will send another DVD that falls lower in the queue but will arrive faster. This process helps you receive more titles each month which gives you the most for your money, and helps reduce or eliminate any service delays. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you.

Always here to help,

Jonathan
Customer Care Associate
BLOCKBUSTER Online

Quality Documentaries You Should Check Out

In the past couple days, I’ve watched two really amazing documentaries that I absolutely had to get the word out about. Both movies share some common ground and have a lingering effect on one’s psyche, but each flick stands on its own as a feature you should sit down and open your mind to.  Drum roll, please?  

The two documentaries endorsed by yours truly are:
– An Inconvenient Truth
– Who Killed the Electric Car?
And these two shall heretofore be referred to by acronym– AIC and WKtEC.

I am still in shock over WKtEC– mostly because it opens your eyes to the phenomenon of now-you-see-em-now-you-don’t electric cars.  YES– the time of the electric car has apparently already come and gone.  Were you aware?  Cause I sure as shit wasn’t.  

AIC is also a jolt to the system.  To this day, it amazes me that our government has deluded much of America into questioning the scientifically undisputed fact that global warming IS occurring AND, yes, its effects are detrimental.  The simple, scientific facts are there– increasing greenhouse gases heat the planet.  A hotter planet causes freakish weather– ahem, hello Hurricane Katrina and the lovely 70 degree (F) days of late December in Atlanta as of late.  Looking at the graphical charts of raw data on temperatures and Carbon Dioxide levels in the atmosphere, it’s almost comical to doubt that recent trends represent a vast departure from what’s been recorded in the past.  And, yet, we do nothing.  

I could go on, but I’d better go ahead and get ready for work.  Check these movies out ASAP.  They should be required viewing.

“We need not to be let alone.  We need to be really bothered once in a while.  How long is it since you were really bothered?  About something important, about something real?”
-Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

True Romance

So, I watched True Romance last night for the first time, and it’s earned a spot on my list of favorite movies. Tarantino wrote it, but he didn’t direct it. His spirit infuses the movie, however, and there’s no denying who was behind the crazy world that envelops you when watching this flick. The title is undeniably perfect, and even one as jaded as me was pleased with the outcome when the end credits hit the screen. There’s an all star cast, Elvis as a mentor, Kung Fu movies, guns, Gary Oldman, and all sorts of other great insanity. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t seen it. Now I need to watch it again…

Flicks that I dig

Generally speaking, most people like movies that make them happy. I do like happy movies, and a good, happy movie will typically maKe it onto my radar. This afternoon, as I was lounging on my couch post 5-K race, I happened to stumble upon House of Sand and Fog. This is not one of the aforementioned happy movies. But it’s a new favorite for me. Why? Because it pissed me off when it ended. I was so emotionally involved with the movie that I was angry with the plot twists that were chosen and angry at the filmmakers for leaving so many unanswered questions. Here I mean angry in a great way… the movie had me emotionally involved. I guess that’s what makes a great movie, at least to me. I like it when movies piss me off… in a good way… by challenging me to accept outcomes that I did not foresee or wish to happen.

Here’s to good flicks… they piss me off!

New Media

I managed to acquire several new pieces of media today. Part one is three new DVDs, of movies I’ve seen and really dug. I got them previously-viewed at Hollywood Video. They are, in no particular order:

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Saved!
  • Garden State

These are all really great flicks that I really enjoyed when I saw or rented them previously.

I also got some more music from iTunes today. Two new artists I got for various reasons:

  • Wilco
  • The Mars Volta

I am currently listening to some Wilco. Pretty good, so far. However, this is my first listen. I’ll need some time to figure out where I stand with these bands. The Mars Volta is going to be at Bonnaroo, where I will be jamming. I’ve also had them recommended to me in the past. I am anxious to see how they sound.

The title of this news story alone is great…

World to Americans: You’re OK — it’s Bush we hate It’s a pretty interesting article. I have to say that I just love Salon. Sure, you have to watch an ad (well, I don’t because I got a subscription… but I once had to), but the news stories are always high quality, and they show a different viewpoint than a lot of the larger news sites. What can I say? I just dig Salon!

I’m gonna try and post some thoughts on the movies I’ve watched this week later this afternoon. Just FYI, I’ve been on a slight movie binge the past couple days, and I’ve watched:

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotess Mind
  • Saved!
  • Super Size Me
  • 21 grams (almost… I haven’t finished watching this one yet)

Garden State

Saw Garden State yesterday. Great movie with a great soundtrack, which I bought right after seeing the flick. Only problem is that the soundtrack doesn’t include a couple songs from one of the trailers… oh well, guess I’ll track those down myself. iTunes, here I come!

The movie is really great, really special. I want to see it again. I need to see it again before I can really comment on it. This one song, “Let Go” by Frou Frou… is so good 🙂 Now I’m off to find the other songs…

Has anyone else seen this movie? Thoughts?

Fahrenheit 9/11

I saw it on Friday, and I’d like to post more about it soon… but for now, I just have to make the public service announcement– go see this movie. Sure, it’s biased. But it’s a bias that has not been presented yet. And I’m all about the drummer who takes to his own beat, Thoreau-style.

Until I can post more, fight the system.