30
Sep 15

So when Steven Colbert debuted on The Late Show I tested out the CBS All Access app on my Roku.  It's easy to set up, just install the app and sign up on the website, then you're good to go.  It does cost $3.99 per month but that was fine, I pay $8.99 for Netflix so $3.99 sounds like a good deal.

Once I got into the app I had a change of heart, first of all you can not see the entire episode, they cut clips out of each episode so you have to watch them separately.  So basically you watch the episode with parts cut out, then you have to go back and hunt for the clips that were cut out if you want to see the entire show. Very annoying to say the least.

Then you have to sit through commercials, so not only are you paying for the service but you also have to sit through commercials.  This is why I canceled my Hulu account two years ago (click the link for that story), you have to pick one, either I pay for the service and don't get commercials or I don't pay for the service then I'll gladly sit though your commercials.

Also there is a lot of buffering, it could take almost double the time of the episode to watch because of all the buffering.  And yes I checked my connection, and I tested Netflix and VUDU before and after watching one episode on CBS All Access, Netflix and VUDU worked fine with no buffering.

CBS needs to fix this app, first play the full episodes without clips cut out.  If you want to off clips that's fine but don't cut them out of the show!  Second decide what you want to offer, a paid service with NO commercials or a free service with commercials.  They could offer a tiered plan, maybe something like this:

  • Free Plan - Has commercials and maybe a banner ad on the lower third.
  • $3.99 Plan - No commercials but banner ad on the lower third.
  • $6.99 Plan - No commercials and no banner ads.
I'd gladly pay for the $3.99 plan and maybe if the selection of shows got better (it stinks right now) I'd be willing to bump it up to the $6.99 plan.  But for right now, I won't be keeping my subscription, honestly ever time I've tried to watch something I just end up getting aggravated and turning it off, it's been over a week and I haven't opened up the app once because I know I'll just get aggravated and turn it off.
Come on CBS fix this, I want to support you in digital content but your making it REALLY hard.
28
Sep 15
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26
Sep 15

So for any of you that have been reading this blog over the past year you'r going to notice something different, well it's a long story but I'll try to sum it up.  I have been blogging for several years and I noticed that my hit count was generally over 100 per day even without posting anything for over a week, when I did post something I generally could get over 500 hits.  So one day I got the bright idea that if I'm doing that well with a blogger domain then I should do even better with my own domain.  So I used my business account and bought oppy1984.com and set up hosting with SiteGround.com and moved this blog over to them and started blogging on my very own "self-hosted" WordPress blog.

At first I was positive about it, I set up a 301 redirect from Blogger, and got everything setup and working in no time, but then the problems started, plugins started breaking, themes didn't work with plugins that I needed, and me just plain not knowing what I'm doing and not being able to code a single line.  So I started getting aggravated, and started to hate blogging, and that's not what I want I do this for fun and I wasn't having any fun at all.

Then there's the fact that I have to pay for the domain name and the hosting and I wasn't generating enough money to cover the bills so I was going to have to take money out of my own pocket to cover the bills and right now my money is so tight that taking $120 for hosting out of my bank account would really hurt me financially.  By the way, $120 is very reasonable, in the year I was with SiteGround I had no down time, and every time I needed tech support they were right there.  Once I get a little money saved up I'll be hiring a programmer and setting up a new website for a business I have planned and I will will gladly go back to SiteGround for hosting.

So what does all this mean, well I have moved all the important posts from the past year back over to my Blogger account, I've transferred the oppy1984.com domain to my personal Hover.com account, and I will be going back to what I was doing before, blogging for fun.  This way I can afford to keep the oppy1984.com domain name, and keep the blog going, and enjoy myself instead of spending all my time worrying about what I should write about to try and pull in visitors to sell ads to cover my bills.  So basically I won't be writing crap I don't want to write just to sell ads.  Yes I still going to run Google AdSense ads on this blog, but those are connected to my personal AdSense account and will cover the cost of the domain name and what's left over will be put into the future business fund.

One last thing, don't make the mistake I made and make the switch needlessly, if I stepped back and really looked at it there really isn't much that I can do on WordPress that I can do on Blogger, well for my blog at least, I know that WordPress can do MUCH more that Blogger, but I'm talking about a simple blog with an "about" page and one or two other pages.  There was no need for me to make the switch, everything I need I basically have here on Blogger.

Also I won't be doing movie reviews on this blog any more, I've used my business's Blogger account to set up a blog that is all my movie reviews, the site is called Just Another Movie Review Blog, it's bare right now but I just set it up so give it some time and check out the Facebook page for it.

So now that I'm back home on Blogger it's time to let the madness begin again!

17
Sep 15
Lucy is a film that you go into with the mindset of a superhero movie, if you go into it thinking it's going to be be based totally on facts then you'll hate it.  Lucy is a sci-fi action film, not a commentary on morality or the human condition.  Yes Lucy is over the top, yes it's totally unrealistic, yes it's a script written around gun battles and car chases, but as a pure entertainment film it works.

Story

Well the story was kind of thin, there certainly was a script but I think it came second to the gun battles and car chases.  The whole idea of a drug that increases your brain power has been done, Limitless for example, the only difference is Lucy isn't a smart film, it's a dumb action film with fake science to try and make it look smart.  My biggest issue with this film is that it just felt rushed, it seem like they were trying to fit a 2 hour film into a 89 minute slot, if the director had just made the film a little longer and given the audience a little more time to breath this might have been a better film.

Music

The music fit the film very well, fast paced music to drive the scene, drawn out music for the tense moments.  Nothing else really to say, the music fit the film.

Acting

Scarlett Johansson goes from party girl to super cold in one scene, it was kind of like watching her become an even colder Black Widow.  Morgan Freeman was as always great, he could have played every character in Batman & Robin and I still would have to say the acting was great, even if he had bat-nipples!  The rest of the cast was fine, nothing to really go on about so I'll just leave it there.

Conclusion

Lucy is a pure sci-fi action film that is meant as entertainment only, if you can go into this film with that mind set then you'll enjoy it.  I'd say give it a shot, it's not long, and it's just dumb fun.
11
Sep 15
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10
Sep 15
Citizenfour is an interesting film, it's a documentary about Edward Snowden as he was preparing to release the NSA spying documents.  Most of the film takes place in Snowden's hotel room in Hong Kong, and while that can sound boring, it was interesting because you see the measures he went to just to make sure that the facts got out and that that the story was about the facts and not him.  The film touches on how the United States is becoming more and more a surveillance state, and the dangers that brings, and what is privacy nowadays in our world.  Also it shows how much Edward Showden had to give up and risk to release this information to the public, it couldn't have been easy and I don't know if I could have done what he did.
Music
From Wikipedia:
The soundtrack consists of portions of the Nine Inch Nails album Ghosts I–IV, which was released under a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-SA) in 2008.
I thought the music fit the film very well, it gave it that edge that you felt while watching it.
Conclusion
Regardless of what you think about Edward Snowden and what he did you should see this film, just to see his side of the story and maybe you'll see just how far the NSA and government is really going to bring an Orwellian 1984 police state to reality.
7
Sep 15
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3
Sep 15
Justice League: Gods and Monsters takes an interesting twist on the origin stories of BatmanSuperman, and Wonder Woman, it take place in an alternate universe where the characters are very different and so is the world they live in.  Batman is a half man half bat that drinks blood, Superman is the son of General Zod, and Wonder Woman was married to Darkseid's son.  The Justice League rules with an iron fist, and is willing to kill, leading to the world turning against them.  It's a totally different take on the Justice League but I have to say I liked it.

Story

Overall I liked they way this story was done, it never really lost me and flowed at a good pace.  I liked the fact that there were flash backs for all three of the Justice Leaguers at different times of the film to tell how they came to be the person they became.

Acting

Well it was voice acting, and as much as I love Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly I don't think their voices would have worked as well for these characters.  Also there is the fact that the charterers are much different people than they are in the Justice League we all know and love.  Benjamin Bratt as Superman was a good choice, not to far off from the voice we all know but just different enough to let you know it's not our Superman, same for Wonder Woman with Tamara Taylor voicing her, it was close enough to to the Wonder Woman we all know that it played well.  As for Batman I like that it sounded nothing like the Batman we know, he's the only one in the group who was completely different in every way, casting Michael C. Hall with his monotone voice was perfect for the Batman of this universe.

Music

Well it was a DC film so music wasn't really an issue here, yes it has some music but it never really did anything for me so I can't really say anything other than yes it was there, not that it was bad just that it never really grabbed me.

Conclusion

Justice League: Gods and Monsters is another great film from DC, it sits up there with Under The Red Hood and The Flashpoint Paradox, both excellent films from DC.  One thing I must note though, this is rated PG-13 for a reason, there is murder, blood, and a little language, so if your going to let you children watch this one make sure they can handle that before hand.
If your like me and a fan of the DC Universe then you should definitely see this film.