Wolverine's claws revealed in X-Men Apocalypse

Latest “X-Men: Apocalypse” trailer reveals Wolverine

The final “X-Men: Apocalypse” trailer is out and it presents the moment we’ve been waiting for — the returns of Wolverine.

I’m totally loving this marketing campaign, with its emphasis on the team over singling out one player in Wolverine. But, ya gotta have ol’ Canuckle Head in the picture, and this trailer does just that.

To his credit, Hugh Jackman kills as Wolverine. When given a proper script, anyway.

Looking at you “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

As far as the clip goes, there’s all sorts of combat and destruction, and hints at the continuation of the emotional journeys experienced in the previous two “X-Men” movies.

Jennifer Lawrence is calling the shots, which makes it sad that she’s said this will (probably, maybe) be her last “X-Men” film. But, if the excitement over these trailers is any indication, the box office will be there. Whether Lawrence comes back or not, there will be more “X-Men” movies.

Maybe now they can do the “Dark Phoenix” saga correctly…

netflix my list order

How to reorder your Netflix “My List”

Netflix “My List” is a great way for viewers to select TV shows, movies and other Netflix attractions for later viewing. But Netflix defaults to arranging the order how it wants to, with just a bit of help from you. It prioritizes new additions, but also takes into account prior viewing habits and what you’ve rated other things.

What if you want to be smarter than the machine and order the Netflix “My List” yourself?

On the PC, it used to be easy. Just click on “My List” and up it came. Sure, the interface of dragging and dropping was a pain, but it was easy to find. And, you could also get a list of what was about to get dumped off Netflix, so you could prioritize your viewing habits.

Don’t fret; all that stuff is still there, you just have to work a bit harder to find it.

Here’s how you do it.

NOTE: The following guide works on PCs and Macs. If you get to the “Account” function on a tablet or smartphone, it kicks you over to a web browser. Then you can follow these steps.

You’re probably SOL on a video game console, smart TV or Blu-ray player. I mean, their web browsing is clunky anyway!
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how to write a book review for Amazon

How to write a book review for Amazon.com

A book review for Amazon.com may not make or break a product, but it can damn sure influence a potential new customer who’s on the fence.

In the self-publishing game, we live or die by reviews. Like Beyonce says, “If you like it you should put a review on it.” (Paraphrasing, I know. But you get the idea.)

I’m assuming you already know how to buy a book from Amazon. Once you’ve enjoyed the book, here’s how you can let the world know and become an influencer. Continue Reading →

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis is Jupiter Ascending

Who reviews movie reviewers? pt 2

In Part One of this post, we discussed how, when it comes to movie reviews, two factors make movie reviewers largely unreliable: the highly subjective notion of a “good” or “bad” movie and the personal bias of the reviewer.

If we really can’t trust a review on the whole, then what can we get from a review? And who should we listen to for an honest review?

I posit that we should listen to those educated in the art in which we seek the review, taking into consideration their personal bias.

I also rail against those not educated in their medium, those Monday morning quarterbacks who say how they would have called the plays in the Super Bowl. Continue Reading →

Batman v Superman splatted at Rotten Tomatoes

Who reviews the movie reviewers? pt. 1

Movie reviewers have a thankless job. As “Batman v Superman” showed us, these reviewers can say what they want. They can even be right.

That won’t stop audiences from seeing the art the reviewer calls “bad.” Nor will it stop that audience from possibly even — gasp! — loving “bad” art.

The opposite is also true. I remember sitting in film class watching “Citizen Kane.” Director Orson Welles mesmerized me with his revolutionary technique.

Others in the class slept.

Sometimes you can show someone high art and they won’t recognize it. Continue Reading →

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A funny for “Law & Order” and Batman fans

Here’s a quick funny featuring “Law & Order” and Batman. You all remember the opening of the show, as well as the ending of the title sequence where the cops and the lawyers walk down the hallway. It’s pretty much the James Bond barrel walk of TV.

Now add to that Batman and a side of snark, you get this image.

In case you don’t remember the “L&O” reference, here’s a video of the title sequence. Fair warning, this is a pretty cool collection of all the intros from all the “Law & Order” seasons and franchises for the past twenty-plus years, so you may want to do some skipping about.