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Cinemaholics Review: Rampage

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Rampage has been a huge hit at the box office so far (no surprise for a Dwayne Johnson blockbuster), but reviews are about as divided as many expected. Is this the best video game adapted film, so soon after Tomb Raider? If you ask Will Ashton, not so fast. We had a great discussion, but this is a pretty packed episode with other reviews and topics at hand.

I’ve been at San Francisco International Film Festival all week, so I briefly shared my thoughts on a few new movies you might remember from our Sundance episode back in February. I discussed Leave No TraceSorry to Bother YouThe Guardians, and Eighth Grade (which won honors at the festival). Will and I also spent some time explaining the Netflix controversy related to Cannes Film Festival, which poses some big questions for the future of streaming movies and what constitutes as “true” cinema.

For Mini Reviews, we dove into the new Netflix reboot series Lost in Space, plus a few under-the-radar flicks you might want to check out. Paterno just came out on HBO, which stars Al Pacino as the Penn State coach during the final years of his life. I saw You Were Never Really Here, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and is already a contender for my favorite movie of 2018. And we finished with Lean on Pete, a new A24 film from the director of 45 Years.

Question for you: What is the “best” Dwayne Johnson movie?

Go on…Cinemaholics Review: Rampage

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Movieo Lets You Discover the Best Movies For Free – Without Ads

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About | Movieo:

This is a place for discovering movies. Made by a couple of friends for fun – as a side project.

We love movies but finding new ones is usually a hassle. We searched for a nicely designed and simple interface for movie browsing but we didn’t find one. So we made one ourselves.

There’s no ads, no annoying popups, no catch – it’s free. We’ll keep improving it as time passes. For now we’d appreciate your feedback. Criticism and praise are both welcome.

This website is seriously worth your time. At its base level, it offers you a chance to stream excellent movie trailers without popups and ads by hosting from a YouTube channel.

But it also features a search function that lets you find new movies that you’ll like, complete with review scores that hover with the description. Fun idea.

Check it out and see for yourself: Movieo

 

These HBO Shows Are Coming To Amazon Prime

Great news television fans that happen to have Amazon Prime! HBO has agreed to an exclusive, multi-year deal that will bring their programming to the aforementioned Amazon streaming video service.

As of May 21, Amazon Prime will feature every season of:

  • The Sopranos
  • The Wire 
  • Deadwood
  • Rome
  • Six Feet Under
  • Eastbound & Down
  • Enlightened
  • Flight of the Conchords

Additionally, these shows will become available over the next few years:

  • Girls
  • The Newsroom
  • Veep

They’ll also have several comedy specials from Bill Maher, Louis CK, Lewis Black and Ellen DeGeneres, along with these miniseries:

  • Angels in America
  • Band of Brothers
  • John Adams
  • The Pacific 
  • Parade’s End

Other shows will only have a few seasons available, such as:

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Treme
  • True Blood

Now, you’re probably wondering (like me) about Game of Thrones, which is arguably HBO’s most valuable show right now. They conveniently left the fantasy series out of the statement, even when listing the shows that will be eventually be available as time goes on (Girls, Veep, etc.)

It’s an odd choice when you consider how quick people are these days to simply pirating these shows online, and it would appear that HBO GO is essentially teaming up with Amazon in this case, so why not provide this value to the service? It’s like they don’t want to actually defeat Netflix…

Maybe I’m being too harsh, though. It’s possible that HBO simply doesn’t want to commit to gambling such a profitable show until they’re more confident in the value of Amazon Prime’s subscribers, which is absolutely fair.

Will this make you want to get Amazon Prime? (I already have it, so I’m biased)

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Why Can’t We Subscribe to Our Favorite Shows?

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With Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, iTunes, and Amazon all battling it out to achieve the monopoly on streaming entertainment, one question is constantly on my mind: When will the bubble burst?

Yes, Netflix is king when it comes to sheer numbers, boasting a large catalog and subscription base. Still, we all know Netflix doesn’t satisfy everyone’s needs. I can’t be the only one who finds it unbearable to wait up to a year for a season to be released on Netflix, if at all.

So, I also have Hulu, which allows me to keep tabs on ongoing seasons, again, if they even have it.

I also have Amazon because there are just some shows that I can’t access anywhere else on demand (legally), plus Amazon now has the sole rights to many Viacom programs such as Spongebob Squarepants (which, let’s face it, is the most important).

Do you see the problem I have here? By the end of all this, I’m still paying more money to watch my favorite shows that may or may not be available. I might as well return to classic cable, even though that costs hundreds.

Well, I have a possible solution that I believe the streaming giants will eventually fall into. You see, Netflix is already packing their storehouse with original content in an attempt to take in more profits, and it’s working for now.

But we don’t just want new shows, at least not yet. Instead of the streaming giants becoming streaming networks where only certain shows fall into them (which we absolutely don’t want), why can’t we simply subscribe to programs we want to watch in a limited fashion?

Amazon and iTunes have already used this format for movies, allowing us to rent full movies for a fraction of the price. Why can’t we rent shows? After all, I am far less likely to revisit a show after I’ve seen it once, especially if it is bound to be syndicated on Netflix within a year.

If we could subscribe to a show’s season, we could essentially pick and choose which shows we want to watch throughout the regular TV season. Don’t we do this already? By October or November, I’ve already settled into what shows I’m keeping up with and don’t have the time or patience to catch up on something I completely missed.

Yes, Vudu, Amazon, and iTunes let you pick and choose already, but you can’t rent a TV show. Instead, you have to buy the entire season in some cases. My idea combines the pick/choose mentality with a subscription.

Think of it as a “My 5” plan made famous by cell phone carriers. You pick 5 shows you want to watch full seasons of as they develop. If you fall behind, that’s okay because after the season is over, you are able to watch the remaining episodes just once before they disappear.

That’s where I want this whole streaming business to go, anyways. It empowers the consumer and provides valuable insights and data to the networks. Sure, the logistics are lost on me, as every network in the world is at each others’ throats right now, but don’t expect that to last forever. Eventually, something’s going to move.

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The Key To Everything That’s Great Right Now

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It’s pretty simple really. Everything good we’ve been getting our hands on lately boils down to one concept, whether we’re talking about the social media boom, the advent of streaming television, or even the gaming revolution.

The key to the evolution of entertainment and connectivity?

User-generated content. Self-publishing. The impact of the individual.

This concept of the individual being empowered by the marketplace is the reason we have authors publishing their e-books without major publishers tampering with their work. Two guys can get together with some engineers and create something like “Words With Friends.” I can watch an incredibly entertaining show like House of Cards on Netflix with no commercials.

When content creators like you or me have the power to set the rules, the best work comes out. It’s the reason why us iPhone users are obsessed with iFunny. It’s the reason why I find myself obsessed with discovering new music with Spotify. It’s even why something as ludicrous as Snapchat is becoming an obsession for many people (like myself.)

Put simply, user-generated content is the key to a good experience. Luckily, groups of resourceful people across the globe are exploiting this beautifully.

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