It’s been a while since I posted (more on that later), but I will be volunteering at a VR (virtual reality) mixer hosted by Black Public Media on Tuesday, July 17th between 5:30 and 8:30 pm at WeWork Harlem in NYC.
If you’ve never experienced VR before, the mixer provides 20-minute viewing slots using the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Go headsets on a first-come, first-served basis. It costs $10 to attend (but only $5 if you purchase tickets in advance). I really hope to see you there!
I just finished reading an amazing book and I thought to tell you about it.
I don’t read as often as I would like or as I should, but I finally got around to finishing something I started a few weeks ago — Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut. This was my first time reading Vonnegut, and as chance would have it, Vonnegut’s first novel as well.
The story takes place in New York, ten years after World War III. It’s a dystopian future where machine has outranked man in social and functional hierarchy. After the men left for war, leaving the homes and factories deserted, machines were built to substitute the lack of manpower. When the war ended, the technology was further expanded to allow the mechanization of any and all possible functions. If a human could do it, a machine could do it better.
I came across this article on Twitter and really enjoyed it. It was a nice break from the work I was supposed to be doing. 😊
A few of the movies I’ve already seen (Shutter Island, Cast Away), a couple I’d heard about (Carrie, Chinatown), and others I’ve since put on my watch-list (The Terminator, Funny People).
In fact, I just finished watching the original Terminator for the first time – and the accompanying Cinemasins for added fun!
WARNING: spoilers included. (Duh). But that’s the whole point of the article. It includes trailers and a small summary on where each one goes wrong. It’s amazing how many of them so readily gave away all their major plot points and even the final reveal! A special shame-on-you for Cast Away and The Double. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think.
I saw this film at the behest of Twitter, touting it as “powerful” and “energetic”, the best new-release sci-fi/thriller of late. To the credit of these random tweets, it wasn’t all hot air. The film was indeed a nice ride – and a female driven cast to boot!
I almost have no criticisms because it was such a good time watching the film in theaters, laughing with strangers, even on a Monday night after work.
Let me start off by saying it doesn’t need a sequel. I repeat, this movie does not need a sequel! With that said, it looks like it’s setting up for a sequel, le sigh. Why do filmmakers (producers?) have to ruin a good thing by repeating itself? Like the Oscar Wilde quote, “They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever.” Oh well, I’ll probably watch the sequel if it happens.
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I knew I wanted to see it. There was something refreshing about it, something different. I actively seek movies with Denzel because I enjoy watching him on screen, I trust his judgment in action. And though he gives a great performance in this film, it doesn’t absolve the story of its other sins (of which there are many). My expectations were high and soon dismissed.
I just want to make sure you are all aware of the insanely-awesome subscription service that is Moviepass. Here’s what you need to know:
For $9.95/month (check the website for promotional prices) you can see one 2D movie, per day, in theaters.
That’s right – any 2D theatrical movie, regardless of release date.
Moviepass is accepted in over 90% of US theaters.
Once subscribed, Moviepass will send you a debit card in the mail to use for purchasing tickets.
To find a movie, download the Moviepass app, find your theater (you must use GPS and be within range of the theater), and “check in” to the movie you want to see.
Use the debit card at the register or any kiosk to purchase your tickets. (Moviepass will transfer funds to the card after you check in).
Watch your movie and do it again the next day!
I’ve had Moviepass since October and its been such a money saver. The app is notoriously bad (it has since been updated), but is worth the headache to essentially watch movies on the big screen for free.