Category Archives: Television

Warner Archive Instant: Behold the Future of Streaming! Oh, and Despair.

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I don’t have cable, and I probably never will, at least under the current business model.  As much as I’d love to have access to HBO, AMC, and maybe three other channels, I’m just not willing to pony up that kind of cash for the privilege of accessing several dozen reality TV and sports channels alongside those precious few I’d actually watch.  I wait out the seasons and buy discs instead–so many discs–and like many others in this brave new era of cable-cutting I also rely heavily on streaming services.  It used to be I could get by on just Netflix, but my insatiable hunger for films and quality cable dramas soon saw Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus added to my list.  Even so, it all comes to under $30 a month and I assure you I get my money’s worth.  Each app feels like it serves a special purpose, and I enjoy a wide variety of current and classic entertainment.  Like all good things though, it’s all coming to an end.

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Disney Buys Lucas Films: Why This is Good News

It is an energy field found in all things. It unites us, it binds us, it brings the galaxy together. Those words sparked more hope, inspiration, and deep feelings of what it means to be a good person than the entire sum of the rest of my whole life has to this very moment. I was hooked young, some of my earliest memories are of watching the Star Wars trilogy. Read the rest of this entry

Five More Shows You Should Be Watching On Instant Streaming

Last September I posted a list of five shows you should be watching on Netlfix via instant streaming, which included Doctor Who, Scrubs, Mad Men, Parks & Recreation and The Kids in the Hall. A Nerd Occurrence received a lot of positive responses after publishing the list (thanks for that), and with some months past (giving everyone enough time to watch each recommendation) it felt right to take a look at five more shows you should be watching on instant streaming, especially now that most current TV shows are done for the season. Read the rest of this entry

Its Time to Play The Music ….

 

It isn’t a remake, a relaunch, a reboot, it isn’t re- anything.  Unless you count rewatchable, which it is, I’d go watch it again right now if I could.  Its an original story (GASP) with memorable characters, celebrity cameos, catching tunes, and a green frog.  Nope, not Twilight (though that horrendous female lead is very toad like with her … oh nevermind fuck those movies – there point made) I’m talking about The Muppets.  Very simply named for what seems like a simple family movie at first.  Or perhaps it is, to normal people.  I’m not normal, far from it in fact, so when I watched this movie, a call back to everything I love about films and kid friendly entertainment I watched with eyes that see it just a bit different.  Let me make one thing VERY clear:  I liked what I saw.

 

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Hello, Christine. How are you feeling?

How am I feeling?! I’ll tell you how I’m feeling. I’m feeling pissed that Dollhouse is over. Shall I go now?

As a permanent attachment to Joss Whedon’s nuts (Exhibit A), I finally got around to watching Dollhouse. I haven’t had cable in at least 5 years so there have been many shows that I’ve missed out on. The man-friend and I watched both Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer this year and it only seemed proper to watch Dollhouse to round out our viewing of shows created by Whedon.*

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The Top 5 Best Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I was 13 years old when Buffy the Vampire Slayer started. I became gainfully employed at the age of 15 (I stayed there for 8 years but that’s another story) and one stipulation of my employment was that I did not work the night that Buffy was on. I worked my ass off but I always made time for Buffy. It is the only series that I kept up on while it aired. It is one of my favorite shows, probably only behind The Wire. My boyfriend (you may know him as ANO writer King Scumdogg) had never seen an episode and thanks to Netflix we watched the entire series together over the course of about two months. I told him going in that seasons 5, 6 and 7 were where it’s at. Seasons 1, 2 & 3 are very much “Monster of the Week” with a small underlying story line but a different adventure each week.  Season 4 coincided with college. Season 5 is just incredible. Hands down the best season. Season 6 was a dark and sad season and season 7 was not as majestic the second time around as it had been the first. I attribute that to the fact that I used to watch one episode a week. This time around there was a day where we watched 8 episodes in one day. There is so much down time in Season 7. You can tell that there are a lot of filler episodes until the real action starts within the last six or seven episodes of the series. But several of my favorite single episodes are in Season 7.

I’m not going to give a synopsis of each season or a cast of characters because I’m sure that if you’re reading this, you’re a fan looking to see how my list compares to your list and tell me “GAHHHH! How could you leave out this episode from your list, you big fat dummy dumb!” Just a heads up, there could be some spoilers but you probably knew that. Click on the episode name to view on Hulu. Anyway, here are my 5 favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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5 Shows You Should Be Watching On Instant Streaming

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Though Netflix has received some backlash for the new price increase, it remains as one of the most (if not the most) popular movie services available today. If you’re shelling out $8 a month for instant streaming, Netflix offers an immensely large catalog of movies to choose from. However, if you’re anything like me, you love Netflix mainly for its variety of television series.

Before Netflix, you’d have to trout down to your local rental chain and pray against all odds that they carried more than just the latest season of the show you’re looking for. If they did carry earlier seasons, more than likely they were missing disc three of four in the season you want. But, then I signed up for Netflix and everything changed. I now had access to every season to shows I had been anxiously waiting to watch, and the discs were being mailed to my house! What more could I ask for?

Turns out my previous question was answered for me in the form of instant streaming. I didn’t think much of the service at first, but then as the library got better I realized that I could watch a show without have to wait those bittersweet days in between disc return and arrival. These days, the Netflix television library offers a plethora of fantastic shows to watch and after the jump I’d like to share five  excellent shows that you really need to watch.

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Can’t Wait for Deep Space Nine to come to Netflix?

If you have Amazon Prime, you need wait no longer.

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Drinking, Smoking, and Misogyny: Now Available on Netflix Streaming.

Another Netflix Update, they’ve been quite busy these days.

Mad Men

Today the first four seasons of AMC’s much beloved and critically acclaimed series is now available on Instant Streaming.

Though, I am loath to admit, I’ve not seen a single episode. That only means I am delighted to get the chance to watch the series, in its entirety.  Because frankly, this is how I prefer to consume my television.

Here is a brief synopsis from Instantwatcher.com:

It’s 1960, and ad executive Don Draper rules the roost at New York’s Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency amid a glamorous climate of never-ending cocktail hours, worry-free smoking and ego-stroking power in this Emmy-winning series. Draper has the good fortune of being a man’s man –and a ladies’ man to boot. But with the world beginning to change, he’ll have to use all his smarts to stay one step ahead.

Sharp Like an Edge of a Samurai Sword

What’s that I hear? Swords being unsheathed! Stomachs growling? Delightful hip-hop influenced soundtrack?

Samurai Champloo is now available to stream on Netflix! (HD where available)

Join Jin, Mugen, and Fuu as they journey across Japan to find “The samurai who smells of sunflowers.”  I dare you to watch this amazing title sequence!