Digital is the future, people. It just is. I know that some really like having a physical copy of a Movie or TV show, but it seems the world is moving away from holding a movie in their hands. Even Walmart seems to be bowing to a more digital-centric world. The monolithic retailer has just announced a new service that allows customers to bring in DVDs and Blu rays that they already own and have them converted to different digital formats.
I’m not saying that a year from now you will see no DVDs or Blu rays on the shelves of your local Best Buy, but I do feel this announcement is a clue the already dwindling DVD business is a bit closer to the grave.
What do you think?
If you can tear yourself away from basketball or Mass Effect 3 this month, here’s some titles that are waiting for you to stream.
Best Worst Movie
Back in the 1980s there was a little movie made in Utah called Troll 2. It had nothing to do with the original Troll and was made on a shoestring budget with actors who had little to no experience. Simply put, it was horrible.
Two decades pass. VHS copies are still being picked up and are highly sought after in the secondhand market. People watch Troll 2 and still agree that it is a terrible movie… But it has become a movie so terrible that it has attracted a cult following of rabid fans who gather to watch and celebrate the best worst movie of all time.
Fast forward to today, as Best Worst Movie shows a bewildered cast coming to terms with starring in a horrible movie that is now enjoying national indie screenings. This documentary soars when it features the cast reacting to the phenomenon. Mental instability, overenthusiastic investment and resentment are all things that we see the cast of Troll 2 experience. This documentary will make you cringe, laugh and shake your head in disbelief. Make sure to add this one to your instant queue ASAP.
Azorian: The Raising of the K-129
If there are two things I love, it’s secret cold war operations (where the 007 movies have been lacking recently; along with Daniel Craig’s unmoving upper lip) and deep-sea expeditions. This interview-based piece combines both.
When the Soviets lost a sub in extremely deep waters, they believed the nuclear secrets she carried were safe– forever hidden by the water’s sheer depth. But it was a challenge the American government and a group of experienced oil drillers were willing to take on. With a cover from the reclusive Howard Hughes and a big budget from the US, work starts on one of the most daring recoveries of all time.
The workers face problem after problem: Break-ins, equipment failures and Soviets growing suspicious– seemingly lurking around every corner. This History Channel style film had me on the edge of my seat. While there are way too many engineering details (most of which I could have done without), I was extremely pleased with this film. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie… But don’t Google it– just sit back and enjoy the ride.
I know nothing about anime. The closest I’ve come to watching the genre are the occasional rerun of Digimon— when nothing else is on Saturday mornings. But when I noticed that Netflix had added a bunch of anime titles to its roster of instant series, I figured I should at least give one a shot.
I picked Murder Princess because the title seemed interesting. To my complete and utter surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed it. There wasn’t one body orifice penetrating tentacle or too many overly dramatic clenched sweaty brow shots.
Murder Princess is the story of a princess who flees her castle in the midst of a coup from an evil scientist. On her way from the castle, she literally trips into a bounty hunter and during a fall from a mountain both switch bodies. With a powerful swordswoman wearing the skin of a regent, she becomes known as the Murder Princess and goes about defeating those who want the crown. It was quite enthralling. There are only six episodes, so watching this series won’t take up a huge chunk of your time– while still telling a well-rounded and complete story.
Much to my surprise, Murder Princess is the Inveterate Media Junkies Stream of the Week™!