Harry Potter – 11/19/2010 – Movie Opens Today

Harry Potter is opening today and I want to see it!

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So after much anticipation, the New Harry Potter movie opens today. Of course, my tween and teen with all their BFF’s are going to see it tonight. I have to admit, I look forward to joining my kids if only to see what the new story line is which I can guarantee, that I will have problems following. Don’t get me wrong, I can watch each of the installments of the Harry Potter movies over and over again.. yet I don’t get it.. What is the madness about? Everytime I watch these movies, I have more questions than answers.. Maybe it’s just me, but I typically want some resolution to conflict.

Since this is a “Part 1 movie”, I’m sure the kids are going come out of the movie talking with a fever pitch about the final chapter due in June of 2011! So the hoopla will just work of the final installment will start even before the first movie is out for one Day. The “final chapter” as they refer to it, will be “R” rated! ooh! sounds exciting. Oh wait, I’m getting ahead of myself!

I’ll be going with my kids to the movie and provide yo uwith my review.  Harry Potter is a tidal wave that comes and sweeps anyone that gets in the way.. This is regardless of which one you see! Even if you don’t understand all the dialogue in the movie, you will just ooh and and aah through all the spectacular CGI and special effects! I guess, the story doesn’t really matter!

Oh you know what I realized that since this was a global Midnight release, If I was in India, I could have seen this movie yesterday and thus today, I would have been one of the select billions that saw the movie first!

Go out and enjoy this movie! Tell me what you think of the movie. I’m going to ask my daughter to make me a Harry Potter T-shirt so I can be really really cool!

Dad..

 

The Social Netwoork – Facebook Movie

My interpretation of The Social Network Movie. Best Movie of 2010!

Thus past weekend, I had the opportunity to see a movie that I actually and really enjoyed from start to finish. For the past few years (and many parents will attest to this),  I only go to movies that my kids take me to. So most of the movies I see are animated or made for kids. Worse than that is when I end up going to movies selected for me by my kids!

I’ve become notorious for falling asleep in the movies and getting poked in the ribs to wake up.

I actually enjoyed The Social Network from the opening frame to the end.  When I left the movie on Sunday, I honestly felt that the $24 that I spent was worth every penny of it!

What I liked about this movie was the pace at which the movie progressed in showing the character development. Each of the principals involved with what Facebook were shown as down to earth humans that happened to be in the right place at the right time.

As my friends know, my friend and I are working on a social portal for the Indian Community.  I could identify with the characters in The Social Network. I found myself  imagining myself as if BharatBeat was as successful as Facebook, where would I be in 10 years?

Before I went to the movie, I had not even seen a preview of the move, nor had I read any reviews related to the movie.  I’m glad the title of the movie doesn’t have “Facebook” in it. That would have alienated me from even going to see the movie.  The move traces from birth of an idea to the implementation of a unique idea to the conflicts success brings to ever random person associated with making “Facebook” the multi-billion venture that it currently is!

The film retraces the steps  of the  people it took to invent, expand, sustain, and make a confirmed success out of the concept of Facebook. What I learned that it takes if you have an idea, in order to succeed, the idea has to have some kind of uniqueness that people will comeback asking for more. This is the formula for success that BharatBeat needs to cultivate.

Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg played by Jesse Eisenberg, Facebook creator Zuckerberg comes across as an obsessed college student , so consumed with his website idea that despite making Facebook about socializing with people, that his last concern in the world is actually having real friends. He really didn’t care to have friends. He just was driven to succeed at his dream of creating a social Network. What started out as revenge at being spurned by his girl-friend, turned into a multi-billion dollar goliath.

I was fascinated  to see how the  Zuckerberg  character maintains his focus through the entire movie, constantly finding creative ways to improve Facebook, making and losing friends along the way. The way he absorbed ideas from his friends and added these ideas to his quickly popular website was masterful.  Honestly, until I saw the movie, I did not know much of Zuckerberg, nor did I have an inkling that Napster creator Sean Parker (convincingly played by Justin Timberlake), was behind the concept of changing the name from “The Facebook” to just “Facebook”.  Sean Parker’s brilliance and dogged influence on Zuckerberg is what put Facebook over the top both financially and globally.

The Social Network struggles to maintain its PG-13 rating, it could have easily been an R-rated Movie. The movie’s theme is without a doubt not meant for kids under 13-year-old, even thought many teenager’s live on Facebook starting at ages much younger than thirteen years old.

The Social Network is simply an addictive  drama,  once it catches you, it does not let go.   I was hooked from beginning to end. I will not be surprised, if this movie sweeps the Oscars.

There was no real  beginning, middle and End, … very similar to Facebook.  Rashida Jones’s sympathetic role portrayal was really a scene stealer. In my opinion she stole the scenes she was in.   The Social Network, from begin to end, is a constantly evolving product.  For me, the whole movie was a continual plot line and climax. The  unusual  formula of The Social Network is in itself the reason that the Facebook site is so successful..

For me to say that The Social Network is the movie of the year and a “must see” is quite unusual. I’m very critical of every movie I see.  The  perfectly executed acting, timing and fast  pace of The Social Network kept my mind and eyes riveted to the screen (as opposed to dozing off!).  Any movie that can keep my attention for a solid two hours plus deserves an award.

When I came out of the theatre, I was enthused that in order for me to succeed with BharatBeat, I need to focus and determine what is my end game? You tell me something, when was the last time you came out of a movie theater with jolt of energy to go out and make something of yourself?

I will give this movie 4 of 4 stars without any reservations!

Netflix on Wii – Wow

watching my favorite movies on Wii!

A few days ago, I got my 2 month “Free” subscription to Netflix at the encouragement of my 11 yr old. She actually made a very strong argument.

For $8.95 you can set up a watch list and watch all your favorite TV shows on TV using the wii without actually recording on the DVR or going to Hulu. Just use the Netflix service to view the movies, shows you want to watch!

Today, we got the wii disk and started watching.. Now the problem is when do I actually get to watch the movies and shows I want to watch?

I guess I’ll have to go back to my laptop and watch the streaming movies there..

Check it out..

DVD rentals on the cheap – Redbox

Over the past few weekends, my family and I have been into watching movies together (what a concept!). Instead of subscribing to Netflix or Blockbuster, we just hop in the car and go to our local Redbox DVD dispenser.

Hey how can you go wrong for $1 per day and you get to watch a decent movie. Yeah, I know you say there is advantages to Netflix and the other services, but for instant and cheapo gratification Redbox is the way to go.

I noticed that the Redbox locations are usually located in great locations (supermarket’s McDonalds).  Their website has a great way that you can find the closest Redbox which you can rent from. Also if you register, you’ll get a Free rental.

I first came across Redbox a few months ago when we were on vactin in Virginia Beach and we wanted to entertain the kids at nights in our hotel. So my wife and her sisterwent to Walmart and rented a couple of movies  for the night and voila, instant entertainment.

Return the movie the next day and repeat..

If you want a better bargain, you can always go to the local library and pick out their vast collection of  DVD’s. In my town, the collection of DVD’s at the library is enormous and they get a fresh set of movies every month.

So now you have multiple choices for cheap and/or free movies. Redbox or your public library.  I prefer Redbox, because a majority of the movies I get from the library have some kind of defect (scratches, freezing, etc..)

Video Streaming: TV, Movies and Free on the Web

I am going to post this disclaimer on this post.
My Disclaimer: I am not endorsing any sites listed on this post. I am only providing these link as pure entertainment and examples of Web 2.0 that you can check out at your own risk. If you do go to this site, make sure you use Firefox as your browser with the no-script addon. With the problems that I’ve had with IE7 Security, I will not recommend you use this browser for this purpose.

Are you looking for a site which allows you to see TV shows and movies streamed to your screen. If so, check out AllUC. There are many sites on the web which allow you to see movies, but I found that this site was the best.

I once went to this site to see a TV show I had missed, but you can see almost every type of TV show that you want to see.

Here’s a disclaimer from the AllUC site which you MUST read very carefully.

Below are some more video aggregation sites that I’ve gathered from various sources which have videos and streaming…

Additional Online Streaming Sites – Not in any order of preference
You Tube
Yahoo! Video
AOL Video
Blip TV
Stickam
Jumpcut
Clipshack
Crackle
Metacafe
Revver

If you have any sites you want to add, feel free to post your comments.

Video Streaming: TV, Movies and Free on the Web

I am going to post this disclaimer on this post.
My Disclaimer: I am not endorsing any sites listed on this post. I am only providing these link as pure entertainment and examples of Web 2.0 that you can check out at your own risk. If you do go to this site, make sure you use Firefox as your browser with the no-script addon. With the problems that I’ve had with IE7 Security, I will not recommend you use this browser for this purpose.

Are you looking for a site which allows you to see TV shows and movies streamed to your screen. If so, check out AllUC. There are many sites on the web which allow you to see movies, but I found that this site was the best.

I once went to this site to see a TV show I had missed, but you can see almost every type of TV show that you want to see.

Here’s a disclaimer from the AllUC site which you MUST read very carefully.

Below are some more video aggregation sites that I’ve gathered from various sources which have videos and streaming…

Additoinal Online Streaming Sites – Not in any order of preference
You Tube
Yahoo! Video
AOL Video
Blip TV
Stickam
Jumpcut
Clipshack
Crackle
Metacafe
Revver

If you have any sites you want to add, feel free to post your comments.

Bargainist and Wisebread – Deals, Sales and Coupons

I came across Bargainist when I was reading my Yahoo and they had pretty good deals. Too bad I missed the one from Woot (they have gr8 one day deals) where I could have purchased a JVC Mini DV for $120.

Oh well. better pickings next time.

The bargainist site is not just for deals and coupons, it has excellent articles for budgeting, money-saving tips and my favorite Freebies that I can use. This site also has deals by stores (ex.. Best Buy) and Amazon!

Another excellent site that I’ve talked about in the past is Wisebread (Living large on a small budget). This site also has sub-sites for:

Do you go to movies? Well one of the best known sites for buying movie tickets on-line is Fandango. They have specials for BOGO (buy one get one). Unfortunately, the theatres near my house don’t accept on-line ticketing.

ok. That’s enough for today.. back to the eBay..