It has been a while, so I thought I would do a little bit of an update here:
1) Finally got around to re-installing my Axiom Epic80 mains and returned my Paradigm's to my rental house over the weekend. Re-calibrated Audyssey and brought that back on-line
2) Did some NAS upgrades! In the process of replacing all of my old 1.5 TB Seagates with 3TB or 4TB hard drives. It takes a while to do parity rebuilds but so far the process is going well. Those drives were nearing 5 years old and they had more and more sector re-allocations popping up. Better to replace them before I lost some data. So far 2 drives have been upgraded and all is well! I really like unRaid and how intuitive it is.
3) I've watched several movies outdoors so far. I do need to wait until it is dark out, but several horror movies later, it has been a fun experience. Since the ground where my screen is isn't flat, I don't get a complete screen fill at the moment, but this will change once we do some ground leveling when the patio/pool get finished
4) My underdeck ceiling is wonderful. It does not leak at all and looks great! I am very happy with the installation and a lot of people have commented on it and how much nicer it looks than a bare under-deck
Some recently released movies I've seen... Hate me for my reviews, I don't care
Oblivion - This was a lot better than I thought it would be, and the audio and visuals were as close to perfect as I have seen on a blu ray. It really was a well put together movie and an excellent disc to use as a demo. I've heard people complain it is too slow. This is a complaint I think from people who can't wait for a story to develop. Things don't have to blow up every minute for a movie to be good, and these days Hollywood seems determined that the only way to make a movie is to throw explosions, cgi, violence, etc at the wall and completely ignore a story. This was better than the other summer blockbusters below, and it looked/sounded better too.
Iron Man 3 - At this point I think this series needs to end... imo it made iron man 2 look a lot better than it was. I really didn't get excited about anything in the movie. Kind of boring actually. They are trying to hard to do something different that they left out the things that were good about the series. 0 re-watch value.
World War Z - Besides the fact that the zombies in this film are the silliest zombies to date, the film was enjoyable. More of a thriller or action movie than a typical zombie movie. I'd prefer the walking dead or 28 days later. Those are the best examples of classic zombies or "outbreak" zombies. Too many plot holes in WWZ to count, but it did have some tense moments.
This is the end - I don't think I've ever seen so many "known" actors or celebrities in a single movie... that being said, a lot of people's home videos are better. Is this what comedy has become? Lets just watch famous people act stupid for 2 hours.... um... no thanks.
Now you see me - I thought this movie was really well put together. Yeah they pushed the envelope of what is possible way too far, but the story was engaging and the twists were good. It wasn't "The Prestige" but a fun popcorn movie to be sure.
Star Trek Into Darkness - I watched this one in 3D, and some of the 3D was really good, and in other places it was really bad/blurry. This is the unfortunate problem with 3D. When it gets blurry or unfocused it starts to ruin it overall for me, but on some scenes they did a good job. I love SCI-FI. I love star trek. (Well most of it) I'm starting to get annoyed with hollywood now. I'm not going to get into "Spoilers" but the plot holes in this movie were terrible. Almost everything that happened that was important was stupid. No concept of time in warp. They decided that now when you go to warp everything is 10 minutes away. And I don't mean that they spent 10 minutes in the movie.. i mean literally people would make a decision reacting to something across the galaxy and would instantly be where they wanted to be. The final "climactic" scene with Kirk was so stupid I literally was telling the movie out loud how dumb it was. Benedict Cumberbach has an awesome voice and presence but that couldn't save the movie. An actual story arc to the movie was a lovers quarrel between Spock and Uhura... .really? Wrath of Khan is one of my all time favorite movies and I really had high hopes for this "2nd movie" of the reboot. Nope. My review of this? Prometheus was better than this.... and that says a lot.
All and all. Blockbuster movies this year were a big let down. Why is it that TV shows are now better written than movies? Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Homeland. At least the TV shows last a lot longer than the movies. Too bad they don't get the budget the movies do. Wouldn't that be something?
Edited by damelon - 10/1/13 at 6:51am