Pawn Stars: Netflix Streaming Surprises

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Anyone who knows me personally knows that I generally attempt to avoid reality TV shows like the plague. I find them to be unethical on several levels most of the time, and I just don't like the way in which humanity is generally portrayed. I mean, most reality TV shows exist solely to be able to make fun of whatever people are on that specific TV show.

All that being said, I tried watching Pawn Stars when I saw it on the History Channel the other day, and I was fascinated at how quickly I got into it. I then went on Netflix (I remember seeing it arrive) and had to sit down to watch a ton more episodes.

Yes, the show has a lot of "stupidity" aspects that all reality television shows have, which give the show "character" (but really just show a caricature of the individual involved) but this show specifically has something extra that I generally don't find in reality shows.

What's so fun to me is to see all sorts of antiques and collectables come in, most of which are up to hundreds of years old, and see (after some haggling) the "Pawn Stars" purchase the items and commence restoration. There's just something that's absolutely appealing to witness an extreme transformation between a rusted out old $100 gas tank (or some other random object) into a full-fledged $3,000 item. Granted, you never get to really see them sell the objects at hand, but it's still super fun to see how different the items can look.

It's one of the best streaming TV shows available on Netflix streaming, so if you're a super big fan of reality television, you're not going to do much better than the History Channel's "Pawn Stars." As I said, I don't even like reality TV, but I had to keep watching!

Streaming Soon on Instant Netflix Streaming - June 2011

A pretty good load of new streaming movies and streaming TV shows are dropping onto Netflix streaming next month! When looking through the huge load (which of course, was a much greater list in terms of number than this) I tried to pick out what I thought was notable enough to be worth mentioning here. Even after thinning it out considerably, there's quite a few on this list, so you can only imagine how many new streaming titles are to come next month!

Anything specific that you're looking forward to watching?

Leaves of Grass: Netflix Hidden Gem Surprises

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I had never heard of Leaves of Grass before seeing it show up on Netflix streaming a week or two ago. This was surprising to me, mainly because I'm usually on the up-and-up on what Edward Norton is doing movie-wise, because he's pretty much my favorite actor.

I queued this up the other night and gave it a shot, not really knowing what it was about or what to expect, only to be flabbergasted by how great it was!

Leaves of Grass mainly stars Edward Norton playing two different characters (who of course, communicate with one another quite a bit during the film). One of the characters is a very straight-edge, regular-speaking, intelligent professor. The other is a large-scale marijuana farmer, with a thick accent. There basically couldn't be anymore dichotomy between the two characters.

I'll be the first to admit that the movie has some strange tonal shifts, and the movie could have probably even done without some extra scenes, but I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this movie. Edward Norton does a superb job at acting as usual, and it really stands forth as a movie that you can watch and really enjoy in terms of its lightheartedness and charisma, despite being such an (presumably) low-budget indie flick.

It was absolutely a Netflix streaming surprise to me; one of the better since I started writing this Netflix blog - and I hope it can be for you too. If you're an Edward Norton fan, this is the kind of movie you'll love, because you really get to see him go all over the place. I loved it and I'd watch it again.

Top 10 Action Netflix Streaming Movies - May 2011

This month's list of "Top 10" action movies that are currently on Netflix streaming are completely limited to what Netflix actually classifies as an action movie within the streaming service. Sometimes I jump around and put a science-fiction movie in here, but this month I decided to keep it pure to what Netflix has described.

Anyway, it was cool to see some new flick pop up within Netflix streaming, and it's not surprising to see that one or two of them made this list (and made it high up!).

If you feel like watching one of these streaming movies, feel free to add it to your Netflix queue by hovering your mouse over the title and easily adding it to your Netflix Instant list!

The Story of Anvil: Netflix Hidden Gem Surprises

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I have a lot of interest in music, and therefore a lot of interest in the music industry. There's one thing I've learned through reading autobiographies and watching movies and getting to know people within the industry, and that's that it's very rough.

Rough on so many levels, insofar that it's never easy on any step. Not only is it rough to make the music, but it's hard to play the music. It's hard to know where to play the music, it's hard to get people to come to see you play the music, and it's hard to get them to actually buy the music (or merchandise, etc.).

Anvil: The Story of Anvil follows a previously very popular thrash metal band called "Anvil," as we learn of what they were like in their prime and what they're like today. They were one of the bands within their generation of rock and metal to have potential to have success, but just ended up not going anywhere. It's said repetitively within the film that they simply weren't "in the right place at the right time" like all the other bands we still hear on the radio.

Nobody within the band is super happy about their current disposition, as they're all living in Canada working very boring jobs and the like. The documentary follows them as they work and work and work to try to make it, and it's almost sad to watch at some points. It's very well done and it's gripping to see what it takes when attempting to pursue the arts in this world.

Check it out if you're interested in music or enjoy documentaries. The cameramen were able to capture a lot of powerful experiences and feelings that the members of Anvil go through. Queue it up and check it out, it's definitely a hidden gem to watch and probably one of the more entertaining documentaries on Netflix streaming.

Top 10 Cartoon TV Shows on Netflix Streaming - May 2011

If you're a fan of cartoon shows, you can't do much better than Netflix when it comes to easily-watchable streaming TV shows. What's awesome about Netflix streaming is how abundant it is with cartoon TV shows that are made for adults and for children.

Granted, most of the children's streaming TV shows are pretty Nickelodeon heavy, but I'm sure Netflix is constantly working on grabbing more and more license packages of streaming TV shows.

Anyway, here's this month's list of Top 10 Netflix streaming cartoon shows!

Viacom and Netflix Expand Streaming Deal

Just when you thought you might be losing some of your favorite shows from streaming (I know plenty of you were afraid of losing South Park), Netflix pulls through once again by not only keeping all those shows you were afraid of losing, but expanding the library even more!

From Netflix:
Starting today, we are bringing you some great new shows and additional seasons of favorites from Viacom’s family of cable channels. From Nickelodeon, now available to watch instantly for the first time is “Yo Gabba Gabba,” as well as additional episodes of “Spongebob SquarePants,” "True Jackson VP," “iCarly,” and “Dora the Explorer."

From MTV, new episodes of “Jersey Shore” and “The Hills” are on Netflix as are, for the first time, “The Buried Life” and “The City.” We also have new shows from BET like “American Gangster,” additional episodes of Comedy Central gems like “The Sarah Silverman Show,” and all kinds of fun TV from VH1, Logo and Spike.
Although I'm not a big fan of many of these new shows (I simply refuse to go anywhere near Jersey Shore) this is obviously good news, as it's always good to hear when Netflix is able to reach a deal with a company they've worked with before - especially when that new deal is even better!

They Live: Netflix Streaming Surprises

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When I think of iconic, amazing, B-movie awesomeness, one of the first movies I think of is They Live.

They Live, directed by the famous John Carpenter, starring the professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. I didn't know he was a wrestler or anything like that prior to watching, but after watching I had to see who this hilariously awesome dude was.

I'm using the word "awesome" a lot here, because this movie isn't really meant to be taken too seriously. It's a movie about an unemployed man who inadvertently finds a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see.. well.. if you haven't seen the movie yet, I don't want to ruin the surprise for you.

Either way, this movie is designed to be a jab at consumer culture on the whole, and you quickly understand how and why while watching (it literally couldn't be any more blatant about it).

One of the most iconic lines from this film is, "I came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I'm all out of bubblegum." I'm sure you've heard this line replicated somewhere before, and if you've always been wondering where it originated, now's your chance to experience it as it was originally intended,

They Live is absolutely something to watch on Netflix if you're with friends. I've seen it several times, and every time I watch the movie with someone who's never watched it (or even heard of it) it's so fun to me to be able to experience everything all over again vicariously through them. It's one of those movies that's such a hidden gem that you just need to get others to watch it.

In terms of 80's action streaming movies, you're not going to do much better than They Live on Netflix streaming. I'm going to quote one of my good friends right now (because I agree with him): "I'm not sure I want to be friends with someone unless they like something about this movie."

If you haven't seen this movie before, queue it now! It's amazing. And awesome.

Top 10 Netflix Streaming Thrillers - May 2011

Thrillers are one of my favorite genres of movies, and it just so happens that Netflix streaming has some of my favorite thrillers available to watch. I do wish though, that Netflix would really expand this category a bit, because it'd be really great to get a bigger collection of pulse-pounding thriller movies to be able to stream at night.

Either way, here is this month's list of the Top 10 best thrillers available to watch on Netflix streaming!

5. Exam

Have you ever met someone who didn't like Aliens? I don't think I have. vs. BitTorrent Bandwidth Usage

Well, it appears Netflix has finally done it. It has (in at least this one way) officially beaten the likes of BitTorrent at least in terms of bandwidth used.

That's right, according to Sandvine (experts on this kind of stuff):
Netflix now represents 29.7% of North American Peak Downstream Traffic
This is shocking as it is, that the amount of bandwidth that Netflix takes up could possibly be THIRTY PERCENT of all bandwidth in North America, but what else is greatly astonishing is the fact that, yes, Netflix has surpassed BitTorrent in this arena. From
Netflix accounts for 22.2% of all U.S. broadband traffic compared to BitTorrent’s 21.6% share. And at peak times, Netflix hits 30% of all traffic, a bounce of 44% over results from the fall.
Here's a picture to demonstrate the different types of web-related activities and the way they stack up against each other in terms of bandwidth:

(Click to view enlarged image)

Pretty crazy, huh.

Invader Zim: Netflix Hidden Gem Surprises

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Nickelodeon has had actually quite a few television shows at this point that could (and were) considered great by both children and adults alike. Invader Zim was absolutely one of them.

Invader Zim follows an alien invader (Zim) as he attempts to infiltrate Earth's population in order to proceed toward conquering it, leading to their final goal of total domination over the universe. Fortunately, an Earthling child discovers Zim's identity before the invasion can happen.

The thing that makes this show so great is the fact that it's hilarious! It's an incredibly random show, and characters like "Gir" make the show a whacky and zany show that's very memorable.

The show is almost too intelligent and the humor is almost too dark to really be understood by some kids, but that doesn't change the fact that it's enjoyable and worthy of watching, no matter what you're age.

I've discovered that this show is expiring from Netflix streaming rather soon, so if you've had this queued up for awhile, waiting for the right time to stream it, the time is now!

I know a lot of you probably grew up watching this show, so I'd love to hear any memories you have of it.

Top 10 Netflix Scifi Movies on Streaming - May 2011

It's sometimes hard to really define what a "science fiction" movie is, but usually it has something to do with some sort of advanced technology of some sort. Yeah, I guess if I had to put my finger on it, that'd probably be what I'd say is one of the real "defining characteristics" of the whole genre.

Anyway, I love sci-fi, so a list list is pretty easy for me to put together. I'm kind of ashamed at the fact that I'm putting Waterworld on here, though. Admittedly, that movie is absolutely awful and corny as all hell, but I grew up on it, so I just have this sort of nostalgic attachment to it.

Other than that, what do you think of this month's list of Top 10 Sci-fi movies available to watch on Netflix streaming?

Miramax and Netflix Deal: Officially Done

They've become "Facebook Official"
Awhile ago we mentioned within a blog post that Miramax and Netflix were close to reaching a deal that would involve putting lots and lots of Miramax movies on Netflix streaming.

Well, today we discovered that this deal has finally gone through, and that Miramax movies will officially be coming to Netflix!

From Netflix's press release, we discover that the selection of movies will be becoming available on Netflix streaming starting in June (yes, NEXT MONTH!).

Here are some of the examples of movies that Netflix has announced will become available on Netflix streaming very shortly:
Through this partnership, the Netflix library gains a variety of films which collectively have 284 Academy Award nominations, across 83 films, with 68 wins, including the Best Picture winners "The English Patient" and "Shakespeare in Love." Iconic titles such as "Bad Santa," "Chasing Amy," "Cinema Paradiso," "Clerks," "Cold Mountain," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Good Will Hunting," "Kill Bill" Volumes I and II, "Muriel's Wedding," "The Piano," "Pulp Fiction," "Reindeer Games" and many of the "Halloween," "Scary Movie," "Scream" and "Spy Kids" movies will be available over time.
I'm pumped about this, and I know many of you will be too. Heck, I'm already excited to re-watch the Halloween movies instead of waiting around till October for them to be on TV again.

The American President: Netflix Surprises

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I think that, by now, it's pretty much an undisputed fact that Aaron Sorkin is not only one of the best writers and storytellers in the entertainment industry, but also a genius.

He's put out so many shows involving characters and plots that he's developed in his head, and I have to say that I've more than enjoyed everything he's done, from his most recent Academy Award winning endeavors like "The Social Network," to "The West Wing," and everything else he's done.

The point of the matter is, except for The Social Network, I didn't really know he'd done any other screenwriting work. I was pleasantly surprised recently to discover that, yes he had, and, one of those movies involved the White House and was available on Netflix streaming!

The American President is that film, and I recently streamed it for the first time on Netflix. As I absolutely loved The West Wing, I could see all the different characters and phrases from the show that seemed to pop out in these new characters at times. I could really "feel" the fact that this was an Aaron Sorkin movie, and it kind of felt like a more compacted version of a good West Wing episode.

The movie follows the American President, played by Michael Douglas, as he combats the media and the opposing political party over the fact that he is suiting a woman while holding the office of the President. It's fun to see how he's able to refute and conjure all sorts of funny lines in reaction to the media's frenzy over the issue and, again, you can just tell that it's Aaron Sorkin's writing.

If you're a fan of Sorkin, or anything he's been a part of, it's definitely worth watching. If not, you'll probably still enjoy it - just know that it's much more of a "romantic comedy" than it is any sort of dramatic film.

Netflix Saving Cancelled Shows? The Event?

If you hadn't heard yet, NBC gave the sci-fi drama TV show "The Event" the axe this past week. The show was a new series that had much discussion around it, and actually got off to a good start, ratings-wise. It really went downhill after the first episode or two, in terms of ratings (as well as my opinion on the show - I stopped watching after about two episodes).

Now, we've all been brought aware to the fact that Netflix is going to slowly but surely begin churning out its own original material, starting with a show made by David Fincher and Kevin Spacey.

But, now the Internet is becoming abuzz over the idea that Netflix is going to begin "saving" television shows that are given the axe, or canceled, on broadcast or cable television, and keep them going online with Netflix streaming.

Apparently, the first big name of a series to be floated around as an idea for Netflix to do this for is The Event. According to
Talks are underway with at least one distribution partner to take over the serialized drama. The Event executive producer Steve Stark wouldn't comment, but I hear new original programming player Netflix's name tossed around.
So, we'll just have to wait and see what happens there. I guess I will be very surprised if Netflix takes a leap into "saving canceled shows' with a show like The Event, though. The Event really didn't get good ratings in its one and only season on television, so I think it'd be much more likely for Netflix to take this first step with a show that has either been running longer than one season or has proven itself to have a loyal fan base (see: most shows canceled on Fox).

Netflix: Android - Netflix Internet Streaming Available!

It's been a long time coming, but finally, Netflix has begun to roll out Netflix streaming capabilities on Android phones. From
Netflix for Android app is only compatible with a few phones : the HTC Incredible (running Android 2.2), HTC Nexus One (2.2, 2.3), HTC EVO 4G (2.2), HTC G2 (2.2), and Samsung Nexus S (2.3).
What was once only available through iphones and ipads, is now available on phones that are becoming increasingly more popular. I know many people with Android phones that, once I tell them the news, they're going to be sure to download the new app as soon as possible.

And, if this news wasn't great as it is, it's nice to hear how simple the entire process to begin streaming Netflix on your phone is:
To use the app, all you need to do is download it from the Android Market and enter your Netflix account username and password. That's it. The interface shows four straightforward options on a lower navigation bar: Home, Genres, Search, and Queue.
I'd like to know how many of you have Android phones and will ave Netflix Internet streaming on your phones today!

Netflix Stock Challenges. Android? Google? Amazon?

Every so often when I'm scanning the web for information on Netflix, I come across some sort of "news" on information regarding Netflix stock. What's funny to me, is that no matter how many of these articles I come across, they always seem to feign the same disinterest in investing in it, stating things like this (from Seeking Alpha):
Netflix (NFLX) has had one of the best runs of any stocks in the market over the last two years. It has increased 800% in price over the previous 24 months as it has rapidly added subscribers and dispatched its main competitor, Blockbuster (BLOAQ.PK). However, the market is changing rapidly with new competitors emerging seemingly by the day. It also is starting to face some significant operational challenges. Given these headwinds, which I will outline below, I think Netflix’s rapid growth and stock price could be negatively impacted in the near future.
I purposefully bolded the 800% figure because of how baller it is. Seriously.

This is all amusing to me, because, no matter how many times I see articles like this, which discuss, among others, Google and Amazon's attempts to infiltrate the market, that Netflix just keeps on truckin'.

This is what, in my experience, is the whole recurring Netflix stock saga, in comic form!

(If it's not obvious yet, I have no real knowledge or understanding of stock prices. Just tryin' to get a laugh, bro. No need to come at me.)

Little Big League: Netflix Hidden Gem Surprises

Click to stream this hidden gem on Netflix streaming here!

I don't know about you, but as a kid growing up in America, I loved baseball. I still love baseball, but there's something magical about the sport when you're a kid, idolizing the big names that make the news by hitting balls farther than you can really comprehend when you're little. I was the kind of kid who watched constantly and memorized stats. I collected baseball cards and everything, and I loved every bit of it.

Little Big League was the perfect movie for me. It's about a kid who's obsessed with baseball, whose grandfather just so happens to own a Major League Baseball team: The Twins.

Before you get very far in the movie, you discover that the boy's grandfather dies and leaves the team to him. And it's just as awesome as you'd ever expect it to be.

I watched this film all the time when I was a kid, and I loved to live vicariously through the boy. I happened to grow up actually being a Twins fan (prior to watching this movie) so the whole thing was a wildly fun ride for me.

If you're a baseball fan in the slightest, or ever wanted to see what it'd be like to own a professional baseball club, this is the movie for you.

Top 10 Best Dramas on Netflix - May 2011

I realized we haven't posted a Top 10 Drama movies available for streaming on Netflix for awhile, so I figured I'd do one today. Here are the Top 10 dramas available!

This list kind of ranges in the sort of "vibe" you get from the movie, but I can tell you that each of these movie has an experience in and of itself that's moving to a certain extent.

As always, the Netflix selection is getting better and better, so making these lists is getting to become a harder and harder task. What do you think of this Netflix list?

Aliens: Netflix Streaming Surprises

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I've been waiting a long while to find the right time to write a post about this on this Netflix blog, and I think I've finally found it!

Aliens is arguably the best Mother's Day movie available on Netflix streaming! Or anywhere for that matter!

A lot of people out there might claim "this is an action movie" and "I would never watch this movie with my mom you freak" but I'm here to say that you should lighten up, as this movie is amazing on many levels.

Aliens is the sequel to the also famous "Alien," only it's different in almost every way (besides the fact that there are the same species of aliens within the film).

The movie starts as we find that Lt. Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) is trying to explain what happened in the previous movie to no avail. That is to say, nobody believes her (note: a lot of scary things happened in the original movie and she survived to tell the tale).

Nobody believes her until, of course, something seems to mysteriously be happening within a colony (note: it's aliens!).

That's as much as I want to say within this Netflix blog post, because this is one of those great movies that you really only get to experience for the first time once, and like I've always said, the less you know about a movie before going into it, the better. This has always been the foundation to this Netflix blog so why stop now.

Anyways, if you want to watch a movie with (or without, to be fair, this movie is awesome either way) that has a lot to do with survival and motherly instincts, this is a great movie to watch on Mother's Day (or any day). Add it to your Netflix Instant Queue now!

Netflix DVD Shipments Down (First Time!)

In what is certainly a win for us streaming fans, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has made the comment that, within the next quarter, Netflix DVD shipments are expected to go down for the first time ever.

Obviously the entire Netflix business plan has shifted from mainly sending out DVDs of films and now transferring to streamlining their online streaming collection.

Within this link to Tech Crunch, you can check out an interview with the Netflix CEO, where he talks about how...
Netflix is leading the charge when it comes to streaming movies and TV shows over the Internet. It’s no longer focussed on DVDs, even though it is about to ship its 3 billionth disc. As bandwidth to the home increases, streaming will just continue to become more popular. At the Wired business conference earlier this week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings predicted that gigabit-per-second speeds to the home will become common over the next decade.
It will be very interesting to see how things continue to evolve in the world of Internet and streaming. Can you imagine gigabit-per-second Internet?

Marvel Shows on Netflix Streaming

If you hadn't heard yet (I know many of you have, because I keep being contacted about this subject), Marvel has struck a deal with Netflix to stream a bunch of different Marvel shows on Instant.

This news is a couple days late, but since it appears that a lot of people haven't heard the news, here are the different shows coming, as announced by Marvel:
Currently Streaming
The Incredible Hulk (1996-97)
Spider-Man Unlimited (1999-2001)
Iron Man: Extremis – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
Spider-Woman: Agent of the S.W.O.R.D. – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes (2006)
Silver Surfer (1998)
Black Panther – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
Iron Man: Armored Adventures Season 1 (2009)
Coming throughout the summer
Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man (1994-96)
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Season 1 (2010)
X-Men Evolution (2000-3)
X-Men (1992-7)
Spider-Man (1994-‘98)
Spider-Man (1967-‘68)
Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (1981)
Spider-Man (1981-‘82)
Coming in the fall
Iron Man (1966)
Thor (1966)
Captain America (1966)
Hulk (1966)
Sub-Mariner (1966)
Some of these are already streaming on Netflix, so if you're a huge fan of Marvel (which, it's obvious a bunch of you are), feel free to start streaming!

Battle of Los Angeles Netflix Comic

Thousands of people are logging onto Netflix streaming today and seeing that a movie titled "Battle of Los Angeles" is available. Those who read our blog post a couple days ago know that this is not the famous movie of the (almost) same title, which is still in theaters. We created this comic to demonstrate what we feel will be the reaction of pretty much everyone who clicks to watch this movie on Watch Instant:

Rotten Tomatoes Reviews vs. Netflix Reviews

For the longest time, basically as long as I can remember knowing about it, Rotten Tomatoes has been my go-to for all of my movie recommendations.

If you don't know what Rotten Tomatoes ( is, its Wikipedia page describes it as:
a website devoted to reviews, information, and news of films Рwidely known as a film review aggregator. Its name derives from the clich̩ of audiences throwing tomatoes and other vegetables at a poor stage performance.
So basically, the site pretty much does a good job at showing which way the winds are blowing. It does this by showing, out of all the "reputable" reviews they've received, what percent of those were positive reviews.

I used this forever, because I thought that in almost all cases, if a movie was reviewed by Rotten Tomatoes as "fresh," it meant that it was likely going to be a good movie. This much is true, at least in the sense that it's a quality movie.

The problem is the misconception that the percentages line up perfectly for how much critics actually like a film. If 96% of movie critics like Movie X, that doesn't mean that it's 30% better than Movie Y that only received 66%.

Either way, this was a smaller detail in my slowing-down of using the website, because over time, I found that Netflix was able to tell me what I'd like much, much better than the website was able. I knew that, in most cases, if Netflix said I'd give something five stars, I was bound to really like it.

Basically, Rotten Tomatoes became moot for me once I realized how solid Netflix suggestions were being for me. The reason I'm writing this blog post though, is because it's important to recognize the news that Rotten Tomatoes has been bought out by Warner Brothers. From the Atlantic Wire:
Interestingly, the deal also includes the Rotten Tomatoes website, the hub for aggregated movie news and curated critics reviews with 12 million unique visitors a month. Even though the studio has noted that the site will continue to operate "independently," there's an obvious conflict of interest in the acquisition. Namely, how the studio will respond after a big summer tentpole gets slapped with a "rotten" label from early critics reviews on the site.

There's also smaller details to watch on Tomatoes, like how the studio will roll out exclusive trailers, movie stills and interviews in advance of their titles."Will they suddenly have priority access to news and trailers and other goodies related to Warner Bros. films?" wondered Flick Filosopher blogger MaryAnn Johanson. "A major studio owning a movie critique website doesn’t sound like a 'win-win' scenario for movie goers," wrote one Deadline Hollywood commenter.
This is absolutely concerning if you're a big Rotten Tomatoes fan because this is a definite conflict of interest. In the coming months we'll see how this buy-out affects the overall quality of the site, but I simply see little reason to purchase the site and not affect anything. I really find the idea of the two continuing to work independently to be almost impossible.

Battle: Los Angeles Streaming? Not so fast.

This is not what you think it is.
I know a lot of people have seemingly been excited about the fact that a certain movie, entitled "Battle of Los Angeles" is fast approaching availability on Netflix. I'm here to tell you to not get your hopes up!

This movie is one of the many "ripoff" movies that Netflix has available for streaming within the Instant Service, of which, once played, one quickly realizes their mistake and shuts it off.

The real version of the movie, the one you're excited to watch (or maybe you aren't, to be fair, the movie got absolutely horrible reviews compared to what was expected) is actually still available in most theaters. The title of that film is "Battle: Los Angeles." You'll notice that there is no "of" found within the title. So that's pretty much how they were able to get away with naming the movie something so remarkably similar.

The stupid thing is that most people don't even know that there's no "of" in the actual title of the movie! So basically this just a way that a film company is able to make some quick bucks off of people who are just slightly ignorant enough to catch a small word within the title.

Either way, now that I've thought and discussed this so much, I kind of want to turn it on on my computer and skip around a little bit throughout the movie just to see how horrible it could be.

BASEketball: Netflix Streaming Hidden Gem Surprises

Click to watch this stream on Netflix here!

Not everyone in the world is necessarily a Trey Parker and Matt Stone fan (the dudes who bring us South Park), but if you're not, something's likely very wrong with your sense of humor. BASEketball just so happens to be from the minds of Trey and Matt, and it's just as zany as anything else they've ever put out.

The two play the two main characters within the movie, wherein they create a new sport which is, obviously, a combination between baseball and basketball. The movie follows the development from a neighborhood driveway activity to a full-fledged professional sport.

Make no mistake, this film isn't meant to be taken seriously on any level. It's very slapstick in nature and meant to be watched in a relaxed manner. If you read into the movie, you're simply not going to enjoy it very much.

But, if you're looking for something to have fun with your buddies and watch, this is great. It's kind of raunchy at times, at that only makes the experience all the better!

edit: It has been brought to my attention that the two only starred in the movie, and did not write or direct it.

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Top 10 TV Shows, Netflix Streaming - May 2011

It's becoming increasingly more difficult to put together a list consisting of the Top 10 television shows available for streaming on Netflix. It's shocking how good the array of shows that are stream-able is getting, and especially considering the fact that this list consists of different genres, it makes it even more difficult!

What do you think of the list? What do you wish made this month's list?

1. Lost

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