Archives for the month of: February, 2011

hulu plus

This week saw a huge announcement from The Criterion Collection and hulu. Starting immediately, hulu plus will now be the streaming movie home of Criterion’s ever expanding film collection (said to be over 800 movies from their collection by the end of the year). Suddenly the $7.99 we are paying currently per month for hulu plus seems like a steal. If it weren’t for the fabulous anime series Monster (I highly, highly recommend) that we have yet to finish, we were having difficulties justifying keeping it around. With Netflix and cable on-demand, hulu plus didn’t seem to have much of a differentiator. As I’ve posted before, Criterion makes the best packaging around and its special features are incredible. I’m hoping some of that carries over. Even without all the special features, the chance to watch some of the most important and influential movies ever at a touch of a button is worth celebrating.

I’ll soon be having a new pop watch feature celebrating the best in movies, tv and games…don’t be surprised to see quite a few come from this collection…

Adele | 21

Mini Review

Adele’s 21 excites and improves upon her buzzworthy debut on the strength of some great early singles and some spectacularly solid production work (from Rick Rubin, among others). Rolling in the Deep is as good a first single as you can get, with a driving Florence and the Machine vibe. Rumour Has It evokes old school gorgeous soul, and her take on The Cure’s Lovesong (though its been covered a trillion times) is surprisingly refreshing. Someone Like You closes the album in a stripped back production that allows the sadness of the song and the true heartbreak she’s able to capture come across completely free and honest. Though I would easily say it’s one of the best albums thus far of 2011, not everything is as solid as the album’s high points (and believe me the high points definitely are). There is a tendency of some songs to be massively overproduced and drown out the incredible emotional fragility of Adele’s voice, and it has a bit of “filler-itis” that plagued her first album). Taken as a whole though, you are in for a treat!

Rolling in the Deep (official video)

Someone Like You (live at the BRIT awards 2011)

Rumour Has It

Farnam Street Blog

Declaring their blog as “what the smartest people on the net read” is pretty high self praise. After losing hours of sleep reading an eclectic mix of interviews, articles, studies, videos, and more…I have to say they haven’t praised themselves enough. If you’re brain is itching for the most thought-provoking, conversation-starting, and absolutely-mindblowing articles…look no further. I just wish I knew about this site earlier…

Phantogram | Eyelid Movies

Mini Review

Longer mini-review to come…

Mouthful of Diamonds

When I’m Small