Friday, May 31, 2013

Two hours, 45 minutes LOST

Having just finished watching Django Unchained, I want my time back. I'd say I want the dollar twenty seven I spent at Redbox back too, but in all honesty, I guess you get what you pay for. What I want to know is, how in the hell did it win Best Original Screenplay? WHY was it up for numerous awards (and won several)? All because it's a Tarantino film???

Friday, May 24, 2013

Television dreams of tomorrow

Last week, I went to see American Idiot: The Musical at the local performance hall. The show was in town for one night only and the place was packed enough with such a mixed crowd, it was unbelievable.

The story itself, is based on Green Day's two albums, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. All the angst and stress of being welcomed into adulthood in a post September 11th world. Three friends on a journey of self expression and learning.

It's a loud, rambunctious production that the conspiracy theorists would love to analyze.

It stuck true to form in the whole punk rock grunge that GD is known for, and the stage was used to the advantage of the cast. It was very well done, but in all honesty, there was too much going on. I think I would need to see it again to get the full effect, as it felt like an ADHD's worst nightmare. Along with the fact it would throw an epileptic into a fit, as the strobe lights were too much at some points. Considering the stage was medium sized, they filled it with enough props and were moving around so much, I kept missing things because I was focused on another part of the stage where one of the other stories were going on (since it was three friends, three stories, at some point, all going on at once). Don't get me wrong, it was a great show. Really worth going to see, given the chance. But be forewarned: there is a lot to take in, it's loud, but it will make you want to sing along and dance in your seat. As well as do some fist pumping and start throwing things.


Other albums to check out:

American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording Featuring Green Day

Friday, May 3, 2013

Paranoia Redeemed?

Although I'm still not keen on doing a lot of ordering online, especially as of late, I do have to commend Amazon for being quick on the draw and refunding my credit card over an order.

As my entry from April 28th was about Strangefolk, I decided to use my credits tonight. Little did I realise, Amazon had kept my credit card on file from my February order (and March post). Under normal circumstances, (one would think) credit card information normally isn't kept on file. Considering the amount of trouble retailers are getting in to with hackers and the like. The problem is, your card is there under the secure lock box the retailer has. That way, it makes it a smoother transaction into completing the order.

My run in tonight, was the simple fact a digital download (Lore) not only quickly saved to my computer, it was simultaneously submitted to my Visa. The second I saw my invoice sheet on the screen, I had one of those "aw... she-yit..." moments. Nothing was asked about how I wanted to pay. My card on file was proof enough I'm legit in wanting the music.

Yes, I'm more than willing to pay, but I have these credits that are sitting, and would prefer to use those before I start making spontaneous purchases. I willingly support the music, but sometimes you need a little help in the billing department (thanks my friends who bought me the gift card as their own thank you! :-D).

Needless to say, I scoured the help department, found my answer (chatting online) and in the little pop up, gave the synopsis of my problem. One, two, three, I am done; I got a link in the chat saying to submit my gift card and other credits information, and the second that is completed, my credit card will be refunded and I can go on my merry way. The $8.99 spent will come out of the gift card.

So I can't thank Amazon enough for being prompt about their service. They didn't tell me to go screw since they have my credit card, they more than willingly helped me out by applying credit where it was deserved.

Maybe next time I'll be more careful and make sure I have my ducks in order before I go make another purchase...