Boxee

Netflix on Boxee
Netflix on Boxee

I installed Boxee on my Macbook the other week, and so far, it’s awesome.  I think this was the thing I’ve been looking for for a long time.  I’ve floated the idea of buying a Roku box to stream Netflix movies, but something felt left out.  Boxee adds a extremely easy to use interface that allows me not only to access Watch Instantly on Netflix, but also Hulu, CBS, MTV, CNN, Revision3, Joost, etc…It also adds last.fm support so instead of just playing my iTunes library, I can start a station off of one of my existing songs – complete with lyrics and visulization.  Continue reading

Thoughts on The Wizard (1989)

I just watched The Wizard last night. My first installment of “Missed Movies” turned out a disaster. Although now I can say definitively that “Yes, I have seen The Wizard starring Fred Savage from the ’80s”, I would have been totally fine without ever seeing it this late in life. There wasn’t nearly enough Nintendo as I thought there’d be, and way too much Christian Slater.

Some movies should be left as being thought of as awesome and never be re-watched or seen for the first time 18 years after it’s release. For me, The Wizard was one of them. Likewise, to avoid spoiling my glorious image of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie, I should probably never watch it again.

A quick look at my Netflix queue reveals that the next installment of Missed Movies should be pretty far away. There have been so many jokes with my friends that I didn’t fully understand because I didn’t see the Nicholas Cage/John Travolta thriller Face/Off. I know, it’s crazy I haven’t seen it! But I intend to remedy that. Currently Face/Off is #29.

Missed Movie: The Wizard (1989)

The Wizard DVDThis will probably be a recurring post theme because I am terrible at seeing movies when they come out. Usually if I miss seeing a movie within about a month or so of its release, I’ll never see it. I just joined Netflix a bit ago, so I can now easily go back and see all those movies without searching through the non-New Release-wall-middle of my local Blockbuster or Hollywood Video.

This week’s movie is The Wizard. I am so excited. I never had an original Nintendo, but always played at my friends and neighbor’s houses. The Wizard came out in 1989, and was near the pinnacle of Fred Savage’s
Wonder Year’s fame. I remember wanting to see it, but just never got around to it (aka: my parents didn’t take me to see it or there there no birthday parties around this release date).

I am not going to read the synopsis so that I can be surprised by the awesome plot. I do know/kinda remember that it has something to do with a video game skills competition, the release of Mario Bros. and there’s the Power Glove in there as well. Also, Jenny Lewis stars in it, who is the lead singer for one of my favorite bands Rilo Kiley.