Bernardo Villela is like a mallrat except at the movies. He is a writer, director, editor and film enthusiast who seeks to continue to explore and learn about cinema, chronicle the journey and share his findings.
So the other day I browsed through other channels on the Roku that I had added. I have seen many Kino Lorber titles I’ve enjoyed, perhaps most notable was The Complete Metropolis.
Turns out it’s a very cool channel. The selection isn’t gigantic compared to the catalog, but if you like a title you can watch it. If you choose to watch it for free there will be 60-90 of commercials every 10 minutes of program or so. You can bypass commercial breaks for just $0.99 cents on all the titles made available. Next time I may go that rout as the commercials come in unceremoniously just as the flow of the film is regained.
One way or another I am sure I will use it again, and I found a very good and fact-filled doc called Reel Injun.. If you have a Roku I do recommend adding this channel and checking it every so often.
I am not about to insist that this post is revolutionary. For the most part I have not been an early adopter of new technologies. As you may have seen from some recent posts I have recently revamped my home viewing set-up. It hasn’t been without hiccups, but it has been overall, an exciting embarkation on new avenues of film viewing. Or rather, new-to-me avenues of film viewing.
I am not one who is in adamantly anti-3-D nor am I mindlessly in favor of it. I hate when its lazily and thoughtlessly applied as a cashgrab. However, when its thoughtfully used and planned for it can prove to be a great enhancement.
In this most recent wave of 3-D popularity and the new technologies that have brought it to the fore anew, the best 3-D treatment a film has gotten in my estimation is that in Hugo. This is a film I have written about ad nauseum here on this site both about the content and the 3-D as well.
What was refreshing about the experience at home is that much of the effect I recall from theatrical viewings were still there. In most cases the experience was somewhat enhanced because at home seat positioning and distance from the screen didn’t seem to impact the effect as much as it does in a large auditorium with a much larger screen.
Sure, there will be the differences aside from the obvious like the message on the TV telling you a 3-D signal has been detected, and the glasses are yours and substantial and need to be turned on such that they are detected by your home system. However, it wall worked rather seamlessly and in my estimation breathed a little life into an aspect of the film world I had waning interest in.
Flixsie is a Roku channel that I just gave a litmus test. It purports to be a search engine for titles available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu. After having mentioned Dead Snow yesterday I wanted to see if I could stream it, since it turned out I didn’t have it after all. Flixsie couldn’t find it, but it is available to rent and purchase for Amazon. Maybe it only finds included movies but it didn’t find that one.
In my experience the better methods of tracking films you want to see are the ones I don’t use quite often enough.
For Netflix-available titles my preferred resource is InstantWatcher. It cuts through the malarkey and favoritism on Netflix’s menus and shows it all.
For list-making and film tracking I like Letterboxd.
To see what movies are available, and by what means, I like GoWatchIt.