January 13, 2008

Netflix Waives Streaming Restrictions

I was waiting for this to happen, and apparently it’s coming Monday:

SAN FRANCISCO – Girding for a potential threat from Apple Inc., online DVD rental service Netflix Inc. is lifting its limits on how long most subscribers can watch movies and television shows over high-speed Internet connections.

Up until the change, users were limited by the cost of their subscription. (The popular $17 per month subscription yielded 17 hours of online streaming.)

The current library of films available to stream isn’t that impressive yet (especially the horror genre), but I was just given the reason I was looking for to keep my subscription as I haven’t been renting as many films by mail as I did when I first joined. There’s a great selection of foreign films and it will only be a matter of time before the rest of the library is expanded.


September 12, 2007

No Tears for Kathy Griffin

Filed under: Entertainment,Interesting News,Politics,Religion — acepundit @ 3:36 pm

In an incredibly asinine decision by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to censor the part of comedian Kathy Griffin’s acceptance speech last Saturday dissing Jesus is giving her exactly what she wants: publicity:

Griffin made the provocative comment on Saturday night as she took the stage of the Shrine Auditorium to collect her Emmy for best reality program for her Bravo channel show “My Life on the D-List.”

“A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus,” an exultant Griffin said, holding up her statuette. “Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.”

Asked about her speech backstage a short time later, an unrepentant Griffin added, “I hope I offended some people. I didn’t want to win the Emmy for nothing.”

Comedians by nature are supposed to say something funny upon receiving the meaningless statue at whatever awards show they’re being honored at on that particular evening. Sometimes it can be construed as offensive, but for me that’s a lot better than some routine boring oration about how “hard” they worked to achieve this moment.

And yes, even the props-to-Jesus gets old. This time Griffin does something a little different and all of sudden the Academy pretends to be sensitive about a religion routinely defiled by the industry it celebrates.

But as ridiculous as it was to censor Griffin for saying something negative about Jesus, it doesn’t come close to the audacity of the schools that do the same to valedictorians who praise the lord during their graduation speeches.

Hollywood’s Troop Treatment

Filed under: Entertainment,Politics,War — acepundit @ 2:20 pm

Even liberal movie critic Richard Roeper notices Hollywood’s penchant for trashing the U.S. and our soldiers in recapping the films featured at this year’s Toronto Film Festival…but they still love the troops:

“Rendition” — Stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon. Focuses on U.S. customs agents detaining and torturing suspected terrorists in foreign prisons.

“In the Valley of Elah” — Directed by Paul Haggis (“Crash”) and starring Oscar winners Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon, this story is based in part on a magazine story about an Iraq war veteran who returns home and is murdered by a fellow veteran.

“Redacted” — Brian de Palma’s brutal, gut-churning interpretation of a real-life incident in which four American soldiers raped and killed a 14-year-old Iraqi girl. (Three are serving 90-years-plus sentences; a fourth faces a criminal trial.)

“The Battle for Haditha” — Nick Broomfield’s docudrama about the killing of two dozen Iraqis, including children, by U.S. Marines, allegedly as revenge for the killing of an American soldier.

I admire the skills of filmmakers such as Haggis and Gavin Hood, the director of “Rendition.” The themes and issues they’re exploring are of vital importance.

But nearly every film we’ve seen so far about the Iraq war reinforces the conservatives’ prevailing view of “liberal Hollywood.” (Note: Many of these movies are foreign-financed, but the mostly American stars and directors are the authors and faces of the films.)

Of course we shouldn’t shirk from the atrocities, alleged and confirmed, committed by our side. But would it be so horrible to make a film showing American soldiers performing genuine heroics? Or how about a film that shines the harsh spotlight on the administration that so badly botched the war and especially the “post-war” efforts?

Maybe we’ll eventually see such movies. In the meantime, even though some of this is Oscar-quality work, in terms of subject matter, Hollywood is giving the Fox News crowd some fastballs right down the middle.

The answer to Roeper’s question as to why more films aren’t being made focusing on the Bush administration’s policies is clear: it’s more fun to depict an American soldier raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl.

The last time a movie was made about President Bush, it featured his fictional assassination. Anything less would just be boring.

And no, we won’t see a movie showing “American soldiers performing genuine heroics” because in Hollywood’s eyes our soldiers are incapable of doing good, and the movies will continually reflect that. But don’t worry, they really do love our troops. They love our troops.

September 9, 2007

MTV Doesn’t Like Black People Either

Filed under: Entertainment,Interesting News,Politics,Race — acepundit @ 11:39 pm

President Bush isn’t alone in his disdain for black people. According to obnoxious rapper Kanye West, MTV is all about the “White Power” too:

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (September 9, 2007) Kanye West has lashed out at Britney Spears’ upcoming performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards.

“I can’t believe she would perform,” he told the Associated Press. “She hasn’t had a hit record in years.”

According to, West is scheduled to perform his track, “I Wonder,” on the broadcast. The Associated Press reported that West was apparently upset that he was not invited to open the event.

“Maybe my money’s not right. Maybe my skin’s not right,” he said.

According to viewers and critics alike who watched the MTV Video Music Awards, Spears bombed miserably. The consensus appears to be that she’s still out of shape and even has trouble lip-synching.

Enter Kanye West who believes he should have been the opening act but was passed over because of his skin color. It’s a shame too, because I find his new single, “Stronger” rather enjoyable.

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