Category Archives: Movies

Posts about movies or movie characters. See also our LitFlix.

What’s Streaming July 2016

As we expand, it’s time for a few changes. I’ll no longer just be highlighting the goodies coming to Netflix for the month, but will also cover what’s coming to Amazon Instant Video and HBO Go/Now. As they all compete we’re beginning to see a lot of interesting changes, including entire franchises throwing their weight behind one streaming service (like what will happen with Marvel and Disney later this year on Netflix).

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What if Hulu lost CW?

As I’m sure we’ve mentioned before a few times, we no longer have cable or TV access, and instead watch shows through a combination of Hulu, NetFlix, HBO Now, and season passes through iTunes. It’s a move that a lot of people are making. When we got down to basic cable, we had basic cable plus digital TV box plus DVR so it was a pretty hefty pricetag still.

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There’s been a real ebb and flow over time as to what NetFlix and Hulu have available. At this point, it seems like NetFlix is pretty close to the HBO model, of having a movie available for a period of time and then it’s gone. Julia has been keeping up with these changes lately here on the blog. Then they tend to have back-seasons of TV shows, but not the current season.

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Hulu, meanwhile, seems to be the place to go for the current season of TV shows. Some networks and shows, they seem to have the whole season; others, they have only the most recent 5 episodes. Sometimes, like during long breaks or once seasons have ended, they seem to start “replaying” episodes and rotating through the season for which 5 are available – we only just caught the last two episodes of Legends of Tomorrow last week by noticing we were about to lose them to this rolling replay of the season.

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Originals versus Remakes

In today’s world there is no such thing as an untouchable franchise it seems. Anything is up to be redone and remade into a new image. Now whenever we hear about a new remake there is always a concern about whether it will do justice to the original if the original is beloved. Then there are times that a lesser known product gets remade and comes out without much fanfare. At the same time there are people who loved the original and don’t want to see it remade they’re just not as vocal about it.

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Warcraft & X-Men: Apocalypse – If You’re a Fan, Go See Them!

Sophie Turner as Jean Grey was one of the better parts of the film.

Sophie Turner as Jean Grey was one of the better parts of the film.

So Holly and I lined up babysitting such that we made it to see X-Men: Apocalypse last weekend, and Warcraft this weekend. Expect reviews to come, but! we know there are a lot of reviews out there. A lot of mixed reviews. A lot of bad press and negative critical response.

We wanted to say that, if you are a fan of one or the other, of the X-Men or of the world of Warcraft, go see the film.

As far as we were concerned, Apocalypse was amazing and fulfilled what we wanted to see with the movie. We got emotional, we had fan feels and squees, it was great.

This was a great character we weren't quite expecting: Garona.

This was a great character we weren’t quite expecting: Garona.

Warcraft was one of the few movies we’ve seen in 3-D that we would say seeing it that way was worth it. We had trouble telling what was computer graphics and what wasn’t! The Orcs were really well done. All sorts of great locations, too – we wished they had given us more text to say where all they went, because it was all over Azaroth.

We got all sorts of WoW feels from it. And the story was definitely one written within the universe and not an outside interpretation.

I’ll drop in a couple of trailers after the jump, but really, go see the movies!

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Hail Hydra? The New Captain America?

So I should open by saying I haven’t read the comic yet. And it’s an issue number 1, so nobody has that much insight into it. But in this week’s newest All New, All Different Marvel Universe title – Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 – we got to see a shocking twist on a 75 year old beloved character!

Kilgrave Hail Hydra

That’s right, Memes-away, it’s Hydra time! This was one of the most interesting things about Captain America: Winter Soldier, I think especially on a first viewing. The role of Hydra in the MCU is massive! It’s crazy! It sprouted a cool meme, it breathed life into Agents of SHIELD (honestly, they’ve been riding that train ever since), it was great. It had shock value, but didn’t change the meaning too much on what had come before – rather, it provided a whole bunch of context.

So let me talk it through, in terms of how it differs from its use in the movies, and then in terms of how it totally makes sense because of the movies.

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