Thursday, November 30, 2006

Review indie films

I love Indie film, so I've signed up for this Palm Pictures Netflix VIP Program, in which I will receive screener DVDs of films which I may or may not choose to review here. If you're a Netflix user who is interested in reviewing indie films, too, send an email with your name and address and links to 3 recent indie film reviews to erik.martin [at]

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Queue progress update: a big milestone

I started watching the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, in May 2004, having already seen about 200 titles in the book.
Now I've seen 904.
I passed 801 in June.
I'm watching them in chronological order, so I'm in the 1990's now.
I have 78 of them in my Netflix queue.
I own 7 which I haven't watched yet.
Which leaves 12 missing titles, which I will have to beg, borrow, or steal from somewhere. I especially need to find sources for Hanyo (1960) and Deseret (1995) . If you can help me, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Hobbit rights-owner backs Jackson for prequel

Saul Zaentz owns all the movie rights to the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.

Zaentz says, "It will definitely be shot by Peter Jackson. ... Next year The Hobbit rights will fall back to my company. I suppose that Peter will wait because he knows that he will make the best deal with us. And he is fed up with the studios: to get his profit share on the Rings trilogy he had to sue New Line. With us, in contrast, he knows that he will be paid fairly and artistically supported without reservation."


Thursday, November 23, 2006

Peter Jackson not making the Hobbit

I just found out via™, that Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will not be making the Hobbit prequel. This is terribly disappointing. I don't know who else I would trust with this movie, since he did such a great job with LOTR. I'm a huge LOTR fan, but I'm afraid the Hobbit would stink without our beloved PJ at the helm.

Things for which I'm thankful

My loving God and savior Jesus
My loving Family
American citizenship
Material provisions
Material comfort
My education
etc, etc, etc, and of course,

Monday, November 20, 2006

Weinsteins buy Video store chain

With their deal to rent their movies exclusively through Blockbuster Video and Blockbuster Online, the Weinsteins have effectively bought themselves a video store chain. They're deliberately excluding Netflix. What is this, Weinstein vs. Hastings ego arm-wrestling? Honk if this angers you.

via Video Business Online

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Rentcaddy update

Time to give another plug to the Rentcaddy. I've already mentioned it about three times on this blog, but since Carl is still loving it, I'm posting his follow-up review.

Carl writes:

It's been a little over a year since I reviewed the Rentcaddy, and I thought I'd give an update.

A year later, I'm still using my Rentcaddy. I've hauled it with me to conventions and on vacation. It's held up incredibly well and looks practically brand-new. I don't really have anything new to say about the product... just that a year later, I'm still using it and I think it was money very well spent.

Mmm. One thing I realized that I had missed in my earlier review. The pockets to hold the sleeves are bigger than the pockets to hold the discs... they're specifically designed for the purpose. I'm still separating the sleeve and disc into their own pockets. (You may recall that I questioned why one would want to do this.) It makes it easy to immediately see which disc is out or where I'm supposed to put the disc I've got in my hand. I don't use the retainer-flap over the disc, even when I'm traveling... it's just too much bother. I've only once dumped a disc on the floor. Just have to remember not to invert it.

If you'll recall, I bought one for my mom last Christmas. I see it on her coffee table regularly, and asked her how she liked it the other day (which is what made me think to write this). She loves it. Not only does it keep all discs and return envelopes organized, it keeps them looking neat and tidy on the coffee table.

I can heartily recommend the Rentcaddy as a Christmas gift for friends and family on Netflix. (Or one of those other rental services, if they must.)

The rentcaddy folks have given me absolutely zero incentives to plug their merchandise.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Silly Movie Survey: my answers

SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 movies on this list, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 240 movies on this list. Put your score in header and re-post.

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
() Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
() Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
Total: 7

(x) The Princess Bride
() AnchorMan: The Legend of Ron Burgandy
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
(x) Saw
() Saw II
() White Noise
() White Oleander
() Anger Management
() 50 First Dates
() The Princess Diaries
() The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total: 4

(x) Scream
() Scream 2
() Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
() Scary Movie 2
() Scary Movie 3
() Scary Movie 4
() American Pie
() American Pie 2
() American Wedding
() American Pie Band Camp
Total: 2

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
(x) Resident Evil 1
() Resident Evil 2
() The Wedding Singer
() Little Black Book
(x) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch
Total: 7

(x) Finding Nemo
(x)Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
(x) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
()White Chicks
() Butterfly Effect
()13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
(x) Robots
Total: 6

(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
() Universal Soldier
(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
() Along Came Polly
() Deep Impact
() KingPin
() Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
() Eight Crazy Nights
() Joe Dirt
Total: 5

( ) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
() Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
() Dumber & Dumberer
() Final Destination
() Final Destination 2
() Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
() The Ring
() The Ring 2
() Surviving X-MAS
() Flubber
Total: 2

() Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
() Practical Magic
() Ghost Ship
() From Hell
(x) Hellboy
(x) The Secret Window
(x ) I Am Sam
() The Whole Nine Yards
() The Whole Ten Yards
Total: 4

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
(x) Child's Play
() Seed of Chucky
() Bride of Chucky
() Ten Things I Hate About You
() Just Married
( ) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
() Sixteen Candles CLASSIC
( ) Remember the Titans
(x) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
(x) The Mask
() Son Of The Mask
Total: 5

() Bad Boys 2
() Joy Ride
() Lucky Number Slevin
() Ocean's Eleven
() Ocean's Twelve
(x) Identity
() Lone Star
() Bedazzled
(x) Predator I
() Predator II
() The Fog
(x) Ice Age
(x) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
(x) Curious George
Total: 4

(x) Independence Day
(x) Cujo
() A Bronx Tale
() Darkness Falls
(x) Christine
(x) ET
(x) Children of the Corn
() My Bosses Daughter
() Maid in Manhattan
() Frailty
(x) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
() Rush Hour 2
Total: 7

() Best Bet
() How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
() She's All That
(x) Calendar Girls
(x) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
() Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
() The Terminator 3
Total: 9

(x) X-Men
(x) X2
(x) X3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
() Sky High
() Jeepers Creepers
() Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
(x) the little mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
() Reign of Fire
() The Skulls
() Cruel Intentions
() Cruel Intentions 2
() The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
Total: 10

() Swimfan
() Miracle on 34th street
() Old School
(x) The Notebook
() K-Pax
() Krippendorf's Tribe
() A Walk to Remember
() Ice Castles
() Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old-virgin
Total: 2

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total: 6

() Love and Basketball
() Hostel
() Waiting for Guffman
() House of 1000 Corpses
() Devils Rejects
(x) Elf
(x) Highlander
() Mothman Prophecies
() American History X
(x) Three Amigos
Total: 3

() The Jacket
(x) Kung Fu Hustle
(x) Shaolin Soccer
() Night Watch
(x) Monster
(x) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(x) Shaun Of the Dead
() Willard
Total: 6

() High Tension
() Club Dread
(x) Hulk
(x) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicals Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x) 28 days later
(x) Orgazmo
() Phantasm
(x) Underworld
Total: 7

(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x) Kill Bill vol 2
() Mortal Kombat
() Wolf Creek
(x) Kingdom of Heaven
(x) the Hills Have Eyes
() I Spit on Your Grave
() The Last House on the Left
() Re-Animator
(x) Army of Darkness
Total: 5

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) StarwarsEp. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
() Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
() Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total: 6

(x) the Matrix
(x) the Matrix Reloaded
() the Matrix Revolutions
(x) Animatrix
(x) Evil Dead
(x) Evil Dead 2
(x) Team America World Police
(x) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
() Hannibal
Total: 8

Grand Total: 115!

This survey came from a drunk Laura on MySpace via HackingNetflix.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Chat with other Netflix Fans right here

Thanks to Chat Creator, I have added a chatbox to this blog. It's easy to use and anonymous. You can chat about Netflix or find Netflix Friends. Let me know how you like it.

I'm going to add this to the sidebar of this blog, too, so you can chat anytime.