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What’s on Netflix June 2016

Summer is usually a time for Netflix to do a bit of an overhaul to their lineup, or release their new content, which makes sense. School is out, people take vacations, the majority of network shows are on their summer break…it’s a great time to fill some gaps. There’s actually quite a bit coming to Netflix this month, here’s just a few to cover:

The First 3 Jurassic Park Movies

If you’ve never seen at least the first one, watch it when it comes to Netflix June 1st. It’s a classic. The sequels don’t pack quite the same punch as the first, but they are still worth watching at least one. Pop some popcorn and enjoy the incredible T-Rex roars.

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On Live-tweeting a movie…

In case you missed it, Holly and I live-tweeted a movie last night…

Finally! Watching time! Gonna try some live tweets… #starwars #movienight

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It was an interesting experience. Ever since I signed up for a Twitter, I’ve used it to throw out random thoughts as or after I consume media. Lines from songs, reactions to movies, comparisons and quotes. Before that, those sorts of thoughts were Facebook status updates.

But live-tweeting is above and beyond sharing your random thoughts as they strike you. It’s about having a device open the whole movie. It’s a distraction and a choice and definitely something to do at home… and with a movie you’ve seen before, preferably.

We were excited to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens a second time, but we also knew a few things… a) we’re going to watch it again after this, and b) most everybody who might see our tweets had already seen the movie. Meaning that the distraction is mitigated by the many more times we’ll watch the movie, our references and comments you might understand in the void, and we didn’t have to worry about spoiling anyone.

A perfect trial run…

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The Mandela Effect

So on Good Mythical Morning today they talked about a thing that they called the Mandela Effect. The reason for the name is basically a group of people got together and all realized that they thought that Mandela had died in prison, but also knew that he was President for a time. Now that is an example of not remember history events correctly, but this same sort of thing happens with movies and many cultural artifacts, especially when it comes to remembering lines. Now a lot of the references on the show were movie lines, but here are a few more that David and I thought of. Continue reading

For more on The Force Awakens…

Star_Wars_Episode_VII_The_Force_AwakensI was not shy in saying that there was only so much about The Force Awakens that I was willing to say with having only seen it once. And I don’t necessarily have to – there’s a lot of great reviews out there, I’m sure. I mean, it sounds like a couple of people have seen it by now…

Including one who wrote up a list of 40 plot holes that ran on Huffington Post which is notorious by now. I was avoiding reading this list, since I didn’t want to taint my future viewings of the film, you know? I was happy to see that fans were putting out responses against it.

That is, until I saw that a Comparative Geeks contributor, Patrick Sponaugle, was using this list of 40 plot points as a jumping-off point to discuss the film as a whole. In, you know, 7 blog posts. Because episode 7! Maybe!

These posts are a pretty great read, and I feel pretty good about the 40 plot holes now as well. There’s really more of some movie tropes, a couple plot troubles, and a lot of misunderstanding. But don’t take my word for it – I recommend Patrick’s!

  1. A Disturbance in the Force (Awakens): Part 1

  2. A Disturbance in The Force (Awakens): Part 2 – Finding Fault with Rey

  3. A Disturbance in The Force (Awakens): Part 3 – Finding Fault with Finn

  4. A Disturbance in The Force (Awakens): Part 4 – Finding Fault with Kylo Ren

  5. A Disturbance in The Force (Awakens): Part 5 – Finding Fault With The First Order

  6. A Disturbance in The Force (Awakens): Part 6 – Finding Fault with Rebels and Smugglers

  7. A Disturbance in the Force (Awakens): Part 7 – You May Fire When Ready

Patrick’s next trick will likely be to get me excited for the next season of Game of Thrones… that might take some work…

First Impressions – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

From what we were seeing online, the Internet decided that there was to be no spoilers for Episode VII, Star Wars: The Force Awakens until after January 1. We decided to stick with that – but it means it’s time we can talk about it.

But first, I am fascinated by the self-imposed statute of limitations that was placed on this movie. So often with the Internet, it feels like we have people racing in to spoil things – or else just casually mentioning things then laughing and saying “spoiler warning” after the fact. But when people really respect something – both in advance, and after seeing it – they seem to really protect the spoilers. Stop themselves. It happened before with Bioshock Infinite, and it happened with Star Wars.

We got the chance to get to the theaters and see it once, and sadly probably won’t catch it a second time until it’s out to rent. And like us, lots of people got to see the movie over a period of time over the holidays. Tickets went on sale crazy in advance, so that’s just how that goes. But unlike us, I’m thinking a lot of people have gotten to see it multiple times by now – given it’s broken so many records and made so much money so far.

But that’s why I say first impression – because this is just some of my first thoughts, as I slog through all the hype, all the excitement and anticipation, and while I really want more viewings to form a more solid opinion.

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