Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Redbox, I hate to love you.

Do you use Redbox, the movie rental kiosk that's popping up all over the Big Country? I do, and I find it very convenient. I think it's a smart move that the DVDs are different versions than the ones you buy at the store, for the fact they don't have any special features. That way people will still continue to purchase DVDs and BluRays... and maybe even be discouraged from purchasing it from the Redbox by failing to return it and eating the fees.

In Brownwood last weekend, we passed a Redbox on the way into CVS. Then, we looked next door toward the new Anytime Fitness which has taken over the old Blockbuster building.

"This replaced that," my husband said, gesturing between the two.

I'm torn by the concept. I'm ALL about convenience, and have used a Redbox probably 10 times in the last few months, whereas I hadn't set foot in a Blockbuster store in years. Maybe if I played video games it would have been a different story. But it's sad to me that technology has allowed machines to do the work of employees.

What do you think about it?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Bravo, Black Swan

Written by Megan Dobbs

Black Swan is the best movie I have seen in a long time. It's wonderfully formidable for those who appreciate the disquiet that comes with being immersed in the arts.

I'll refrain from recounting the story as in a summary, because this is a film that should be grasped without preconception. I will, however, briefly describe the beauty of the main character's inner throes. The director and Natalie Portman (and anyone else involved in developing the character) wonderfully portrayed the turmoil Nina, quite literally, danced around. What a dark and splendid culmination it makes for.

Easy to watch? For most, no. You will likely find yourself cringing at times, perhaps even closing your eyes. Still, when outwardly depicting certain aspects of the mind, to tread lightly would be unjustifiable.

In short, I loved this film! I will not be surprised when the film is up for multiple Academy Awards. Natalie Portman delivered an outstanding performance. The film itself could easily get nominations for its art direction and score.