Suddenly I’m almost sorry I left Los Angeles. Almost. But this looks like a blast and you won’t believe what a mere $15 buys you food and drink-wise — not to mention the opportunity the hear The Gary Graham Garage Band. Also attending are some familiar names to Big Hollywood readers such as Ben Shapiro (stand back when he lets his hair down — no really, pure wild man), Alfonzo Rachel, Bill Whittle, Stephen Kruiser, Evan Sayet, Ann McElhinney, and Tony Katz.
It all happens July 30th. More here.
–NETFLIX PRICE INCREASE A DISASTER OR NECESSARY?
Jimmie at the Sundries Shack is mostly on Netflix’ side:
Netflix doesn’t have much of a choice. They’re looking at some very large expenses over the next three years for which they’ll need to pony up far more money than they’ve had to spend so far. These expenses are not the fault of Netflix but the movie studios.
DaTechGuy is less forgiving:
So can anyone explain to me why I would accept the price increase when I can do better by going to Amazon? And without the streaming as a value added, can anyone explain why I shouldn’t just go to cheaper sources of movies and drop Netfilx altogether?
Currently I’m on the unlimited streaming plan where I also receive one disc at a time by mail. The current price is an incredibly low $7.99 a month. In September this same plan will cost $15.98. Am I happy about the increase? No. But I would be lying if I said that $7.99 hasn’t always felt like a ridiculously low price for what I was getting in return. A steal, really.
What I think happened is that the novelty of streaming exploded in ways no one expected, the studios took notice, and understandably boosted their prices. I also think that like a smart drug dealer, Netflix intentionally under-priced their product to increase market share and then dropped the bomb after we were all addicted — and addicted I am.
The result of all this is likely to be my dropping the one disc by mail option. Hello Redbox! But you will never, ever, ever take away my streaming. I may lose my job, home, car, and youth — but never my streaming.
One of the most impressive directing debuts of the last few years was Marc Webb’s “(500) Days of Summer.” Hoping to think outside the box, Sony grabbed the suddenly hot director hoping he could recreate the same kind of believable relationships in a Spider-Man reboot and learn how to invent exciting action during some on-the job training.
Better than the other way around, right?
After the dreadful “Spider-Man 3,” anything’s going to be an improvement, but with the choice of Webb, the studio seems serious about creating something lasting and special. The trailer will tell us a lot.
Normally, I would have zero interest in yet another superhero film, but after his debut anything Webb did next would be something to anticipate.
SOME QUICK HITS
–LONGTIME BIG HOLLYWOOD COMMENTER ANDREW PRICE HAS HIS OWN SITE NOW. GIVE IT A GANDER.
–LONGTIME CONTRIBUTOR MATT PATTERSON HAS PUT ALL OF HIS EXCELLENT WORK IN ONE PLACE. YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOOK.
–OUR PAL VIC HOLTREMAN WILL BE ON THE ‘MASTERS OF THE WEB’ PANEL NEXT THURSDAY, JULY 21ST AT 4PM AT THE SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON, ROOM 5AB.
–BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE STEVEN SODERBERGH CREATED SOMETHING THAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST.
–SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE … BUT IS TRUE: SHATNERPALOOZA!
CLASSIC PICK FOR FRIDAY JULY 15TH, 2011
3:30 AM EST Bad Seed, The (1956) — A woman suspects that her perfect little girl is a ruthless killer.Dir: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Gage Clarke, Jesse White, Joan Croyden. C-129 mins, TV-PG, CC
Technically this broadcasts on Saturday morning, but you know what I mean. Other than a rather silly ending, this is one superb and superbly scripted and acted suspense/horror classic with an unforgettable Patty McCormack in the title role. By the way, The Bad Seed grew into one gorgeous grown-up lady who I had the pleasure of meeting at an autograph show a few years ago. Hopefully, she found my obvious crush more endearing than creepy.
TCM lists the film as being in color, which isn’t correct. They also fail to list Nancy Kelly, Henry Jones, Eileen Eckhart, AND McCormack in the credits — which is odd. They’re the central players and each knocks it out of the park.
Perfect horror film for the kids, in my opinion. The violence is mostly imagined and happens off the screen and the script is quite intelligent. If you have a child you’re not sure of, however — one might be worried about waking something up in –you you might want to watch something else … and sleep with a fire extinguisher.
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P.S. My thanks to ScottDS for some of today’s tips.