And yet we’re still scared. Shame on us. S 8. Paranormal Activity (2007) The original movie is legitimately scary. Its scaled-down horror and slow build of suspense, as well as its everyday setting, makes it more frightening, late at night, than elaborate horror movies. In 2007. It’s now 2013, and we’re probably going to see Paranormal Activity 10 by the time the decade is over. This is an example of a movie whose horror has been utterly destroyed by its awful sequels. If you can still get scared after all that elaborate mythology and increasingly silly methods of catching the demon, you should feel just a little bit bad about yourself. 7. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) S There are two different parts of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. There’s the part that has insane goblin voices that laugh in the darkness, slowly manipulate the heroine until her own friends leave her helpless, and then drag her off to an undetermined fate. And then there’s the third act with the little guys who look like someone put an apple-face doll in a suit. Once you see the ending, you’ll feel like a dork (and not in a good way) for covering your eyes during the first half. 6.
At some point, I feel my Hulk-like rage will spill over and the result will be unpleasant. Not to mention that at $17+ dollars per ticket, I can wait a few months and watch it on Blu-ray for basically the same amount, on a screen not much smaller, in the comfort of my own home. Well, the Prima Cinema takes the wait out, letting you get movies at home while theyre still in the theater. If youre hoping for some sort of cheap, Apple Apple TV-sized box to stream movies from the Internet, youre out of luck. Its more like the Kaleidescape movie server , in that its a hard drive with a lot of copy protection. How It Works On built-in, encrypted hard drives, up to 50 2D or 3D movies can be stored. The player itself is made in the US and is rack-mountable. The separate fingerprint scanner (you read that right), has a die-cast aluminum chassis. The player connects to your display via HDMI. Movies are automatically downloaded, but you only pay for the movies you watch. Prima claims better than Blu-ray quality and twice the sharpness of Blu-ray which is a bit of a stretch, seeing as the resolution is 1080p/24 (same as Blu-ray).
Now at Your Library: Streaming Movies, Music
A 2012 Pew Research Center survey found that among patrons 16 years old and older, 40 percent visited libraries to borrow movies. Another 16 percent borrowed music. In the Seattle area, DVDs and CDs of popular titles can have queues of hundreds of people waiting to check them out. E-books have been offered for years now. “Public libraries do not have the budgets to compete with Amazon, Comcast, and Netflix and will not be able to pay a premium for online content,” Blankenship said, adding that DVDs will continue to be the best way to offer popular movies. Updating and maintaining that physical collection takes time and money. It also means libraries have to pay for the media upfront, while Hoopla allows them to pay per time a title is borrowed. Those costs depend on the type of media and its release date, and range from 99 cents to $2.99. Seattle libraries have allocated $10,000 a month limit so far for Hoopla items and patrons are limited to 20 checkouts a month, Blankenship said. That limit may change, depending on demand and how usage grows. Hoopla’s launch won’t affect the stocking of physical DVDs at library branches for the time being, Blankenship said. For Seattle resident and library patron Jamie Koepnick-Herrera, Hoopla has joined her other streaming services such as Netflix, which she uses for movies, and Hulu, which she uses to watch current seasons of television shows. On Hoopla, she found the yoga videos she was looking for. “I think it provides a great free source of entertainment for families who can’t afford to get a movie for family night or for teenagers to have access to that album they can’t afford,” Koepnick-Herrera said. Hoopla’s movie and television collection is impressive in its numbers: About 3,000 titles.