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Iron Man 3 – A Review or A Rant?

the mandarin Any fan of Marvel Comics Iron Man is well aware of The Mandarin. The Mandarin is a genius scientist and a super-humanly skilled martial artist whose powers come from rings that he adapted from the alien technology of a crashed space ship. Each ring has a different power and is worn on a specific finger. When it was announced that The Mandarin was finally making his big screen appearance fans such as myself were ecstatic. When it was announced that Ben Kingsley was tabbed to play the role the excitement level peaked.

It had been announced that Iron Man 3 was going to feature the Extremis story arc from 2005-2006 I was really excited as that was really a great 6 issue run and really tested Iron Man/Tony Stark’s limits.extremis

I know that the movies take “liberties” with story lines and as true comic book fan I find that annoying as stories and timelines all get mixed together to create a screen writers vision.

But after seeing Iron Man 3 I left the theater very disappointed almost with the sense I had been conned. A villain with a history and importance to the Iron Man character deserved a better role in the trilogy than just that of a distraction!  The Exremis story line was strong enough without having to add the Mandarin into it as a charade.

Overall the movie was a good one. Better than the 2nd in the trilogy but on par with the 1st.

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Streaming Media Part Two :The Players, Appliances and Boxes

ImageStreaming media has exploded in popularity in the past several years, consumer demand has been increasing for devices that allow people to watch streaming Internet content more easily from their televisions. Part of your decision should rest on which streaming media services you’re interested in using (Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, Hulu etc..)  The Streaming media appliances are straightforward streaming media consoles. The function of these devices is to simply stream media,  The most popular console in this category is the Roku, the first player to work with the Netflix streaming service. It has since come out with more advanced models and offers an array of streaming services in addition to Netflix.

Roku –  Cost is around $110 The Roku is the top dog of the streaming Media appliance market and features More than 750 channels are supported, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, MLB.TV, Amazon Cloud Player, and Vudu. Roku also has a search feature which scans several major TV networks for programming.

Apple TV –  Cost is around $100 and if you are already invested in I-Tunes then Apple TV is the way to go. It lets you stream all of the movies and TV shows available in the iTunes store to your HDTV on a rental or purchase basis, with purchases stored in the cloud.  Services such as Hulu, Netflix and Major League Baseball are available.

WD TV – Cost is around $90 Has built-in Wi-Fi. Its broad selection of streaming services includes Spotify, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu.

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Watching TV Isn’t the Same Now the Internet is on the Scene

STREAMING_VIDEO_PERRY_HALL_PC_REPAIROnce upon a time when watching TV you only had a choice of a handful of channels. With the advent of cable and Satellite your option increased and varied according to the package you subscribed to.  There is a new player in town – the Internet.  Viewing programs and movies via the Internet is called streaming.  One of the great things about streaming is the fact that it is On Demand meaning you can watch what you want when you want. Many broadcast networks like FOX, CBS, NBC offer their programming for streaming on their website.

Other Options

  1. Hulu –  Offers a large variety of free content such as movies and TV shows in standard definition. The subscription service runs $8 per month allows a greater variety of TV shows and movies streamed to you computer in High Definition and is also available on your Ipad.
  2. Netflix – The DVD rental pioneer has a streaming video service that for $8 per month you have access to over 20,000 movies streamed to your computer or a streaming video appliance such as a Roku Box, or a Netflix enabled Blu Ray, DVD player or gaming console such as the PlayStation 3, or Xbox.
  3. Vudu – Vudu is a part of the WalMart empire has movies available a la carte for as little as .99 each and up to $6 for current releases. You also have the option of purchasing a digital copy of the movie.
  4. Amazon – The worlds #1 online retailer has 6,000 movies available a la carte or included as part of it’s Amazon Prime membership $79 per year it also included free two day shipping and next day shipping discounts.

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