Saturday Posts . . .

Today I’m going to share something different.  It’s about a movie . . . you can consider it a movie review if you like.

My wife and I started using Netflix just shortly after it launched in the St. Louis area – a very long time ago, it seems.  In all of that time, to the best of my knowledge, the rating system has always had 5 stars as the highest rating.  To me – and this is my own evaluation – 5 stars would be a rating of “perfect, nothing to improve”.  I’ve almost never given such a rating, because we humans very rarely approach perfection at anything we make.  To narrow my criteria even further – most of the Netflix listings that I have rated at 5 stars were either a documentary or a drama that was based on real-life events.

So, imagine my surprise at recently rating a comic-book movie with 5 stars.  Yes, every review I’ve seen for the movie said it was awesome, but with my view that still only gets 4 stars.

What movie could have nabbed such a rare feat?   WONDER WOMAN

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Netflix, weather, other weirdness

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SILVER is the money of the GENTLEMEN,
BARTER is the money of the PEASANTS,
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Netflix has, IMHO, decided to shoot it’s feet off.  Both of them.

I can’t be the only person in the US who uses Netflix Streaming service as a total substitute for watching live TV or cable programming – but people like me are exactly the people Netflix has decided they can live without.  In a recent article on the BBC news service, Netflix announced that it is not renewing the contract with a content provider which allows access to the very types of shows my wife and I watch the most. They would rather focus on creating their own original programs – which so far have not included any titles I care to watch.

We’ve talked it over, and for us I think we might be alright if we change to disc-only service, but we’ll have to see what happens when the Epix contract expires.  Read more here:  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34110968

In other news – this has been one of the weirdest “summer” seasons I’ve ever seen.  Normally in Kansas (and I have spent most of the last 53 years here) the grass is turning brown by early July, and doesn’t start getting green again until mid September.  This year it NEVER turned brown at all in our yard, and I didn’t give any supplemental water.  If the weather had cooperated, the city could have gotten most of the sidewalk done outside in a few days – it took over a month!  In fact – they still aren’t entirely done.  There is still grass seed to put down for the areas they stripped for construction.  They might have done it yesterday – except that it was rain or storms all day long, which also means that the ground is still too wet for them to put it down today.

Netflix and SyFy need to make up . . .

Here is my problem.  I’ve been a joyful Netflix subscriber almost since day one.  I get unlimited streaming, plus one disc at a time.  For that I pay a modest price that I’m very happy with, that grants me legal access to watching anything available on Netflix.

However, a couple of years ago Netflix and SyFy couldn’t agree on terms to extend/renew a contract that already existed between them, and SyFy pulled all the content they were already offering through Netflix.  Well, I’m what some people call a cord-cutter.  I don’t have a satellite service, I don’t subscribe to cable-TV, and I don’t watch pirate video.  So when SyFy pulled the plug on Netflix, they pulled the plug on me, and there are several shows on SyFy that I would love to see.

The Wil Wheaton Project

Andromeda

Babylon 5

Stargate SG-1 (and all the spin-offs)

To further complicate the issue, because I have been using Netflix so long, I’m pretty well caught up on all the shows from the 70’s to the 00’s that I wanted to see but hadn’t seen every episode of.  Well, of the ones that are still on Netflix.  We’re currently working our way through the newer edition of “Battlestar Galactica” – but when we finish that, the only things we’ll still be interested in are a few projects that are still ongoing – like the wonderful geek-fest that is “Big Bang Theory”.

Requesting information . . .

Ok, my wife and I subscribe to Netflix, at Netflix.com.

Netflix has a new service on their site that will let “friends” (can be anyone, including relatives) view the ratings we’ve posted on movies we’ve seen, to help you decide if you want to see it. Also, we would be able to see your ratings and use them to help us pick movies to watch. They have TV series (some international) also.

So, who is a Netflix subscriber that would want to trade ratings through this service? Is anyone interested?