I Don’t Watch Trailers Anymore

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I don’t watch movie trailers anymore, Unless they include these words: “Fast, Furious, G.I. Joe, Batman” Besides that I will not watch a movie trailer online. If I go see a movie and I am on time And I see a movie Trailer. There is nothing that I can do about that. It is part of the movie experience. But with this online age, You can watch every trailer that is coming out.

90% of the time watching a trailer online ruins the whole experience. I love being able to go into a movie theatre and being completely surprised at what the movie is about. This all started awhile back when Erin and I were able to see a Mondo Mystery Movie in Los Angeles. It was an amazing experience not knowing what movie was going to be on the screen. And it was amazing watching “28 Days Later”. I wouldn’t have never watched that movie without Mondo. And I am truly grateful.

The last four or five movies I haven’t seen the trailer for the movie. It was a great experience and I would like to try and continue this experience. It ads a great mystery to the movie and you don’t get to see the awesome parts in the trailer and be disappointed by the movie, because all the awesome parts were in the trailer. Now you see the awesome parts in the movie, and then watch the trailer later and go, ya, that part of the movie was awesome.


Anthony Lister Sells Out

Let me just say this first off, I love Anthony Lister’s work. I have been waiting to get one of his superman prints for a long time. The prices are just getting to where they should be right now and I can’t wait to put it up on the wall. I have met him a few times, and he is friends of friends.

This latest piece on the Melrose Barracuda wall is an advertisement for the release of “Rise of the the Planet of the Apes”, done by Anthony Lister.

I have never seen Lister do anything like this, But I am not following him like crazy. But this is called selling out. Now I don’t think that selling out is a bad thing at all. It is smart, If I could sell out, I would sell out faster than Mr. Lister. This chance will never happen to me, Or I hope that it will one day. But there is no real chance that it ever will. I am not an artist and my work isn’t related to selling out ever (which I find sad, and will work on figuring out a way to sell out). Anyways, the idea of selling out if funny to me. What are the levels of selling out? And if one “underground” artist sells out, is it still selling out? I wouldn’t put Lister in the list of underground artists in anyway, his work is amazing and he often sell’s out his shows anyways. But if for say some higher level artist Sells out, he gets lambasted on the web.

The ultimate trump card in selling out and copying and fair use is the artist Andy Warhol. How long did it take for Andy Warhol to sell out? Was he considered a sell out, even during his time? I am really just sick of hearing the words sell out really. It is just a jealous term. I think it is a great way for artists to get there name out. I want more people to know about Anthony Lister, I just don’t want his art prices to go up. They are still to expensive for me!

Photo credit: Daily Dujour


Apple TV

So this is how the story goes, we now have two Apple TV’s in our house. We used to use an Xbox 360 in the bedroom to watch Netflix, It is an older Xbox 360 and the wireless connection isn’t so great. So what would happen is that it would wirelessly drop every so often. Sometimes it would last a whole movie, sometimes it would only last ten minutes. This is extremely frustrating and the only option would be to setup a wired line. This is 2011 (almost 2012), who does that anymore. So as a test and to see what the apple tv was about, I purchased one and set it up in the bedroom to see how it would fair. Three things I have noticed so far with the apple tv:

  1. It is way easier to navigate than the Xbox to watch a Netflix movie.
  2. It doesn’t cost a monthly fee to use.
  3. It hasn’t dropped a connection once.

I would also like it to be our media center of sorts. I would like to get rid of our DVD’s, they take up a lot of space. Why can’t they just be like mp3’s, hidden. So awhile back I started to transfer my dvd’s onto my Windows XP computer. I left them as the full transfer until I found a good solution. I then converted one of the dvd’s using handbrake into the apple tv 2 selection and started to watch the video. Perfect solution for a media center for me. So I have converted all my DVD’s into said format.

Now, we wanted to watch something in the front room and I said hey. They Apple TV is so small, I can just unplug it and plug it into the front room tv. Boom, for some reasons there were issues with the WiFi. It just wouldn’t recognize the WiFi without switching to another WiFi and then switching back. This was extremely annoying issue. The wife kept saying, why don’t we just buy another one, over and over again. So I went out and bought a second Apple TV, because it’s so cheap and it is so easy to setup and leave there anyways.

Now with iCloud/iMatch the computer doesn’t need to be left on for us to play music. Even better. We were thinking of getting a TV for our second bedroom, and when/if that happens I will get an Apple TV for it also. You know for the guests.

Cadet: “There’s four of us and one of you”
Kirk: “Well, get some extra guys and then it’ll be a fair fight.”