Does Netflix know what it wants to be?

I contacted Netflix support a couple of days ago in order to give them my feedback regarding their choice of programming. I'd become disappointed with what they offered and I found myself wasting lots of time browsing their selections endlessly, only to give up and watch something else on some other streaming service. Furthermore, I [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The many uses of chroma keying

What is chroma key? It is a technique for mixing two images or frames together in which a color (or a small color range) from one image is removed (or made transparent), revealing another image behind it. Still, a visual technique is better explained in visual terms, so watch this video, which explains it much better [...]

The prohibition and Key Largo

In the 1948 movie "Key Largo", starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Edward G. Robinson, and one of the phrases in the movie got me thinking. Rocco (Robinson's character), terrified by the hurricane, commands one of his gangsters to start talking, to say anything. The gangster, Curly, starts talking about the prohibition. Here's what he [...]