More thoughts on computer piracy in Romania

In 2009, I wrote a post entitled "Is it any wonder there's computer piracy in Romania". In 2011, after a couple more years in the country, I wrote another post entitled "Rampant piracy in Romania". The end of 2017 is practically here, I've been in the country for nine years and I can now say … Continue reading More thoughts on computer piracy in Romania

Where’s the Netflix Shelf?

The more movies and shows Ligia and I watch on Netflix, the more convinced we become that Netflix lacks a vital feature. We call it the Shelf. Where is it? The Netflix Shelf would hold titles we've seen and loved. It would contain two collections: a smart collection, which would automatically bring together the titles … Continue reading Where’s the Netflix Shelf?

“The Princess Bride” cast reunite after 24 years

The cast of "The Princess Bride", one of my all-time favorite movies, reunited recently for a photoshoot featured in Entertainment Weekly, and they gave a couple of interviews afterwards. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR5hpfOAbsU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enxmJWPgffY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBjXMNFHPY What a great movie, and what a great cast! I'm so glad the movie is still well-liked today!

Rampant piracy in Romania

Not sure if you know this, but Romania is a virtual no man's land when it comes to movies, books and music. Romanians often get to watch movies before they're in theaters in the US, and there's a large loophole in Romanian copyright law that makes it nearly impossible to prosecute those who break the … Continue reading Rampant piracy in Romania

How to watch Netflix from abroad

At the start of 2009, when I left the US to spend most of the year abroad, I was an avid Netflix subscriber, and I looked forward to being one even as I lived abroad. There was a loophole in the Netflix protocols which allowed my wife and I to watch movies from outside the … Continue reading How to watch Netflix from abroad

All the classics, in glorious 1080p

Now that we have the technology to scan movies shot on film into high-definition digital formats (720p and 1080p), and we've already done it for some movies like Casablanca, North by Northwest, The Italian Job, It's a Wonderful Life or Home Alone, wouldn't it be great if we'd re-scan and re-master more of the older movies, some … Continue reading All the classics, in glorious 1080p

Star Wars and Kings Row theme songs are quite alike

When we watched Kings Row (1942) recently, I couldn't help noticing a marked similarity between its theme song, written by Erich Korngold, and the main Star Wars (1977) theme song, written by John Williams. I doubted I was the only one to hear it, and sure enough, a quick internet search revealed many others talking … Continue reading Star Wars and Kings Row theme songs are quite alike