Netflix and Amazon Prime Streaming Alert / Recent Additions / March 2015

From Vic at Vic’s Movie Den. An update on what’s new to streaming.

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Hi everyone! Vic here with another post with some of the latest and most recent additions to Netflix Streaming and Amazon Prime.

To take advantage of the High Definition selections, it helps to have High Speed Internet and an HDTV Smart TV or Hi Def Media Player or Device I.E. A PS3, WD Live TV Media Player, Roku or Apple TV.

I hope there is a Movie or two, on the list, that you may want to check out. Meanwhile, enjoy the selections and the some Trailers below.

Happy Streaming, gang!

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How to train your Dragon 2 (2014)

Force Majeure (2014)

Saw

Saw II

Saw III

Saw IV

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Third Rock from the Sun

Three Days of the Condor

Groundhog Day

ABC’s of Death 2

Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Houdini

Taxi Driver

Billy Madison

Donnie Brasco

The Alps from Above

Horns

Robocop (2014)

Mercy

Earth to Echo

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Of Men, Gods, Aliens and Time Travellers

It’s that time again! An update of my Funko Pop Vinyl collection.

First we have the Odinson, Thor, God of Thunder in both of his cinematic outings before Avengers: Age of Ultron



I AM GROOT. Next we have Dancing Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy



The Assassin and the Templar. Arno Dorian and Elise de la Serre from Assassin’s Creed Unity



I am Locutus of Borg. Resisitence is Futile. Picard’s transformation from Star Trek The Next Generation.



Are you telling me that you built a time machine, out of a DeLorean? Marty McFly from Back to the Future



Trek Scenes

Here are two scenes from Star Trek in action figure form….



First we have Mr. Spock facing the Horta from the original series episode, The Devil in the Dark.



And here we have Captain James T. Kirk taking on the dangerous Kahn Noonien Singh from the classic episode Space Seed.

A Second Chance: Star Trek: The Motion Picture 



With hearing about the passing of actor Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek fans across the globe have been paying their respects for the beloved actor, whose performance as Spock, crossed generations. My father is a Star Trek fan from The Original Series and I became a fan during the Next Generation. Most people have been watching the “Spock Trilogy” of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. I probably will myself in the future, but I wanted to take time to start with the first Star Trek film. This is a film that when I viewed it for the first time, I was quite bored and it felt like bad pacing. It was however visually pleasing as best it could be at the time, with the effects that were available.

The most common complaint about this film is that it is slow. And that I can not disagree with. Honestly I would have thought it used 2001: A Space Odyssey as a template. However for me 2001 moves very well for its length and ST:TMP which is slightly shorter does not. The scenes take so long to run, the wormhole, the probe scanning the ship, the spacewalk by Spock. All of these take forever. The only one I appreciate is the reveal of the Enterprise. Mainly because Jerry Goldsmith’s score is outstanding and the look Kirk has when seeing his beloved ship again.



This movie feels as if Stanley Kubrick made a Star Trek film. That could be because the slow paced scene recall that movie. Also there are similar theme of evolution that are in the narrative. We also can not forget the work of Douglas Trumbull who did the effects for both this and 2001. So from a special effects view there are some similarities. If you also watch the Original Series, there is a season 2 episode called “The Changeling” that pretty much is the plot of this film only expanded. These things make this movie feel derivative. Yet for some reason I am never able to skip it when I am in a Trek mode.

If dealing with chronology, then one could skip this movie and go straight to Wrath of Kahn. I say if you’ve only seen it once, give it a second chance and if anything, you can enjoy the scenery. Besides why rush to watch what many consider the best Star Trek film in the series.

Live Long and Prosper to you all!



A Reintroduction

Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Eric and welcome to the DeaconsDen. I’m working on expanding my blog so I’m taking part in a Blogging 101 course. So I just wanted to use this time to better explain who I am, since I have been on WordPress a few years now. 

I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I love my four sports teams regardless of how they are. Go Sixers, Flyers, Eagles and Phillies! I also am a huge fan of film, video games and comic books. And also a huge fan of film scores. I am a newlywed approaching 6 months of marriage to my beautiful wife Jessica who shares my love of things popular culture.



This is why I call my blog DeaconsDen, it just a place where you can chill. I pretty much cover anything that I see and want to talk about it.

So hopefully this has given people a better look at who I am. Thanks for stopping by and more content will be coming soon!

March in the Korova Milk Bar

My March contribution to Cinema Shame is the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film, A Clockwork Orange.

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Year Released: 1971
Director: Stanley Kubrick

That opening shot. That standard Kubrick tracking shot. I’d seen it before many times. It always makes me crack a style to see one of this director’s signatures. Yet this time, that shot that I had seen many times in the past, gave me a sense of uneasiness. That long stare of a young man with a glass of milk wearing white with a black hat. The images all around the milk bar, from the tables shaped like naked women to the words that appear to be Russian on the wall coupled with a haunting electronic piece by Wendy Carlos. The film is A Clockwork Orange. And for the first time ever, I had seen a film that truly has me conflicted.

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Based on the novel by Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange stars Malcolm McDowell as Alex DeLarge, a juvenile delinquent who partakes in…

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