$9 for 2 Fandango movie tickets – LivingSocial Fandango deal

6/20/2011: This deal is back! Check it out: http://livingsocial.com/deals/57725?ref=personalized-link-box-14146653&rpi=14146653

Original post (3/3/2011):
$9 for 2 Fandango movie tickets – LivingSocial Fandango deal
This is a really awesome Fandango deal from LivingSocial. Check it out:
$9 for 2 Fandango movie tickets – LivingSocial Fandango deal
Living Social was acquired recently by Amazon. I have seen 2 good deals from them so far – $20 Amazon gift card for $10 in January 2010 and this $9 for 2 Fandango tickets in March 2010. Here is a good news item from PC Mag on this particular deal if you would like to read further. Living Social sold 1.4M Amazon gift cards for a revenue for $14M.
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Note: This deal expires at 10 AM Eastern 3/5/2011

Roku Netflix Player

2/4/2009: The Roku Netflix Digital Video Player is a $99 device which can be used to stream movies directly from Netflix to your TV. Netflix has 12,000+ movies available for watching online, or stream via Roku. I have tried the Netflix online streaming of movies and it works great. The only drawback is that the collection of movies available online is limited and there are not a lot of new releases. But I feel it is still a good deal because it has a flat fee ($8.99 per month for 1 DVD by mail and unlimited movies online) for unlimited online movies and does not have a per movie fee like Amazon Unbox and Blockbuster Online.
www.roku.com/netflixplayer/
www.netflix.com/NetflixReadyDevices

“Streams Netflix Watch Now titles to your TV; affordable $100 price tag; unlimited viewing with no additional charge beyond standard ($8.95 or higher) monthly Netflix fee; PC-free movie watching; simple setup; includes built-in wired and 802.11g Wi-Fi networking; works with all TVs; upgradeable firmware allows for new features, interface improvements, and bug fixes.”
Courtesy: CNET

Bourne Ultimatum

Bourne Ultimatum was released in the US today. Just came back after watching the movie. Loved it. I had been waiting for this movie for about 2 or 3 months now. If you have seen Bourne Identity and Bourne Supremacy and enjoyed those movies, and you love action movies, this movie will not disappoint you. Action – oh yeah, you will get a lot of it :). However, be prepared for some shaky camera movement. Overall, a must-see movie. Absolutely recommended.
Bourne Ultimatum Movie Poster - click to enlarge (20 kb).
Reviews and Links:
Entertainment Weekly
Official Website
Yahoo Movies
NY Times
IMDB
Rotten Tomatoes

Oscar Night

Tonight is Oscar Night – the 78th Academy Awards.
Here are my votes 🙂
1. Best Picture: Munich
2. Best Director: Steven Spielberg, “Munich”
3. Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “Walk the Line”
4. Best Actress: Keira Knightley, “Pride & Prejudice”
5. Best Supporting Actor: George Clooney, “Syriana”
6. Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener, “Capote”
I have not seen any of the films except “Munich” and my choices are based on my own views and so they will most probably not match the ones from the Oscar committee. But anyway here they are :).
Update (8:34 PM 3/5/2006): Here is the Winners list which is updated continously.
Update (11:32 PM 3/5/2006): Here is the final list:
1. Best Picture: Crash
2. Best Director: Ang Lee, “Brokeback Mountain”
3. Best Actor: Philip Hoffman, “Capote”
4. Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, “Walk The Line”
5. Best Supporting Actor: George Clooney, “Syriana”
6. Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, “The Constant Gardener”

Firewall

Watched “Firewall” today. Had been wanting to watch it for some time. It stars Harrison Ford. He plays a bank expert who is forced to rob his own bank after his family is taken hostage.
Firewall poster - click to enlarge (52 kb).
Good Movie. Definitely worth watching. Keeps the suspense till the very end.
On a side note, it amazed me how the storyline is strikingly similar to the recent $44 million Securitas bank robbery in England. Coincidence, anyone?

Munich

Watched Munich about 2 weeks back. Wanted to but never got a chance to write about it in my blog. Well, better late than never 🙂
Munich poster - click to enlarge (98 kb).
It’s a great movie by Spielberg. Definitely worth watching. The story is about a covert Israeli squad assigned to track down and kill the 11 Palestinians suspected to have planned the attack on the Israeli team at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The nice thing I like about the movie is that Spielberg has treated it with justice. He has not taken any sides.
The following excerpt sums from Rober Ebert’s review sums it up well:

Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” is an act of courage and conscience. The director of “Schindler’s List,” the founder of the Shoah Foundation, the most successful and visible Jew in the world of film, has placed himself between Israel and the Palestinians, looked at decades of terrorism and reprisal, and had one of his characters conclude, “There is no peace at the end of this.” Spielberg’s film has been called an attack on the Palestinians and he has been rebuked as “no friend of Israel.” By not taking sides, he has taken both sides.

One of the main stars in the movie is Eric Bana who starred in “The Hulk” and “Troy”.
Related Links:
Official Site
CNN Review
Rober Ebert’s Review
Wikipedia
Yahoo! Movies
Poster Credit: Wikipedia

Batman Begins

Batman Begins - click to enlarge (52 kb).Watched “Batman Begins” today. It was awesome!!! The movie is about how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman and how he saves Gotham city. Liam Neeson is also in the movie. And Katie Holmes plays Batman’s childhood friend and love interest later on.
The main Batman movies are:
[1] Batman (1989) starring Michael Keaton
[2] Batman Returns (1992) starring Michael Keaton
[3] Batman Forever (1995) starring Val Kilmer
[4] Batman and Robin (1997) starring George Clooney
[5] Batman Begins (2005) starring Christian Bale
I have watched all of them except [1].
Unlike the Star Wars movies, “Batman Begins” is not a prequel of the other movies (which I had originally assumed). It is whole new series starting afresh. So, we can expect more Batman movies in the future. And heard that another Batman movie with the Joker (Jack Nicholson played the Joker in the 1989 Batman) is coming up soon.
If you have read a couple of Batman comics and you love action movies, go see this movie. You will definitely love it!
The movie was released in the US on June 15, 2 days earlier than the worldwide release.
Another movie I am eagerly looking forward to is “War of the Worlds” which is releasing on June 29.
Related Links:
Yahoo Movies
CNN Review
IMDB
Official Site
Wikipedia

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III - click to enlarge (54 kb).Watched “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” today. It was awesome!
The movie is about how Anakin Skywalker turned to the Dark Side of the Force to become Darth Vader. It was released yesterday at 12 am! CNN reports that the movie grossed a record $50 million in the first 24 hours, the highest box office tally for a single day.
I always thought that the Star Wars movies were in the reverse order. But today, I looked at Wikipedia and found that the order of the movies is 4,5,6,1,2,3. Well, if you consider 4-6 as one block and 1-3 as the other, then it can be said that the movies were released in reverse order: 4-6,1-3.
The films in the Star Wars series are:
1. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (19 May 1999)
2. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (16 May 2002)
3. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (19 May 2005)
4. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (25 May 1977) (originally titled Star Wars)
5. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (21 May 1980)
6. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (25 May 1983)
I have watched all 6 except the original Star Wars (1997).
I am also looking forward to watching “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (releasing June 10, 2005) and “Batman Begins” (releasing June 15, 2005).
Related Links:
Star Wars (Wikipedia)
Closing the circle of ‘Star Wars’ (CNN)
Official website
Yahoo Movies
IMDB

The Motorcycle Diaries

I first read about the movie in TIME magazine (Aug 2004) (view article: online | cached). The movie was released on Sep 24, 2004 and the DVD was released on Feb 15, 2005. But there were only four copies in the local Blockbuster store here and they always seemed to be out. Finally, I was able to get hold on one of them.
The movie is entirely in Spanish with English subtitles. The Spanish (and original) title of the movie is “Diarios de motocicleta”. The movie talks about the journey of 23-year old medical student Ernesto “Che” Guevera and Alberto Granada on a 1959 Norton 500cc motorcycle across South America in the early 1950s. They start from Argentina and travel to Chile, Peru, Columbia and Venuezela, a distance of over 12,000 miles. Their destination: a leper colony in San Pablo (Peru) where they had volunteered to work. It is a true story and based upon an actual journal written by Che Guevera.
Motorcycle Diaries - click to enlarge (71 kb).

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