Unbeatable Netflix Flight Experience 2018

Oftentimes, traveling to distant places makes us feel uncomfortable and tired, especially when we come across long hours of flight. This is perhaps one of the reasons why airline companies provide passengers something to enjoy or simply kill the time during the long hours that passengers settle on that couch.

Netflix Onboard

Current airline carrier amenities

Airline companies provide music audio and movie files to keep the passengers entertained. However, apart from this, people seem to be prone to boredom and will truly appreciate the airline who is more attentive to their entertainment needs.

While most of us viewers rely on internet streaming with NetFlix, having no wi-fi or internet connection for a, say, 7 hours flight, is a struggle. Netflix then attempts to expand streaming access for their avid viewers by getting airline carriers as partners this 2018 to share low-bandwidth mobile streaming technology and improve in-flight wifi speeds. This was reported during the last APEX Expo 2017 as reported by Variety.

The proposal includes the airlines offering low-cost Wi-fi, travelers will now have the opportunity to get updated to NetFlix series such as The Crown and Stranger Things and more exciting videos which I could say are must-watches. These paying members, who used Netflix’s online point-of-sale system, which is similar to RedFynn’s interface, get the upgrade opportunity automatically. However, non-NetFlix members will be able to enjoy the said opportunity by signing up for a 30-day free trial subscription. A great way to get more subscribers for Netflix! This will allow the passengers to access video streaming straight into their personal devices which is pretty much a big deal for the short and long period of flights. Apart from this, the airline carriers could save a high percentage of bandwidth cost on the partnership.

NetFlix Proposal and visions on 2018

This offer is not really new as Netflix also offers a partnership with an airline back in 2015 on a NetflixOnboard deal that offers quite similar features to passengers for video streaming. Right now, NetFlix provides a feature for the subscribers to download the video series without a Wi-Fi connection. This was launched last 2016 which allows users to download their favorite movies and shows to be and can be viewed offline.

Right now, NetFlix also partnered with a couple of Airlines especially those traveling longer flights as their passengers are more likely the first to get restless because of long hours flight. NetFlix’s partnership with more airline companies is now giving NetFlix subscribers an expectant time of anticipation for next years’ flight experience.

Movies and Life

Terry Pratchett from the Moving Pictures once said,  “The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.”  I totally agree with what he has said.
Life as a movie
 Life is such a mystery that you really wouldn’t know exactly what scene is going to happen next,  or what will happen to you in the coming days and months.  But once you have started to watch it,  little by little or scene by scene,  or by the lines they utter,  we will be able to somewhat know the ending of the story.
Life is really like a movie.  There is a start, a middle part, and an ending.   There are a lot of scenes or happenings in it— happy moments, sad moments,  action-filled events,  romance or love,  comedy,  horror and so on and so forth.   That is life,  full of moments to ponder and reflect on.
Life has a lot of options for all of us.  If we strive more,  life will be better in the long run.   If we have a very good foundation in our younger years with our families or guardians in the area of values formation,  most probably,  we will have a good,  if not,  better life choices.   We would probably choose to have a better education to prepare for our future.  We will choose to obey rules and regulations because our parents or guardians raised us to be obedient and follow the elders.  We were taught what are the right things to do or identify the right from wrong.
It is very true nowadays,  that if you have no education,  life is harder.   It is very difficult to land a very good and high paying jobs if you no college degree.   But if we have better education,  or shall I say we have graduated for at least a college education,  there will be a lot of job opportunities open for us.  We can choose better and high paying jobs.
Just like the movies,  we can somewhat predict what is going to happen next or at the end of the movie as we go through it from the start.  The scenes from the start and from the middle have a lot of sense at the end of the story.  The end of the movie has really had something to do with the scenes at the start and in the middle.  My point here is,  our future has really something to do with the things that we do in the past.   It is really true that we will really sow what we reap.   The fruit of what we sow will really be the one that we can harvest in the future.   If we sow an apple seed,  then we will, of course, harvest an apple fruit.   If we sow bad things in our lives,  then we will harvest bad things as well.
Let’s live life to the fullest as we chose the positive things life has to offer.   Let us start right and end right.   But it is still not yet too late.   If we have done something wrong at the early stage of our lives,  then we can still move forward.   We can still fix our lives and do better.   Just like the movies,  if the part 1 is not that good,  then,  we can still improve it in part 2 of the movie.   We still can have a better sequel to the movie.   That is life.   We all have a lot of choices.   And it is better to choose the right one even if it is hard to do,  because, in the end,  we will reap a good reward.   Rather than choose the easiest way or the wrong way, or we call it advance gratification,  but in the end, we will suffer the consequences of our wrong choices in the past.
Wow!  Movies are really exciting to watch,  just like life,  it is very exciting to live life to the fullest and do what is right.   I want to have a very good and beautiful ending of my movie.  How about you? Do you want to watch it?

The Laughing Dead

The much-anticipated movie “Coco” is a Disney and Pixar animation directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina is now showing in some countries and will be shown to most countries by the last week of November. But even at this moment, it is now making a buzz in the one specific country, the Philippines, as a number of its animators are of Filipino blood and origin.

Coco movie

From the title itself, one may easily say it could be another “Moana” Story because of the coconuts. However, the trailers revealed that it wasn’t about the Samoans but rather, the creators aim to bring its audience into the colorful side of Mexican traditions. Then again, it got its audience giggling thinking perhaps, it is a sequel from the movie “The Book of Life” directed by Jorge R. Gutiérrez.

Both movies revolve around a journey of a living person into the world of the dead in a quest for something during the day of the dead or Día de Los Muertos in Mexico. However, one can never tell how each story unfolds. Some may say there is nothing new in this story as they all come with the same concept. But no, Coco offers a new and different quest for a boy, Miguel, to follow his passion for singing and playing guitar. This passion is a skeleton in his closet because of their family’s mysterious generations ban on music. Something very strange and heartbreaking hinders Miguel from following his dreams and be well known in the music industry just like Ernesto de la Cruz, his most respected music artist.

What seems to be an unbreakable rule, Miguel tossed his fate from a family of a shoemaker to follow his passion in music by accidentally setting himself up into a series of mysterious events in a journey to the world of the dead. In the journey, Miguel together with his living dog meets Hector, a charismatic cheater who needs a living person like Miguel to visit the land of the living and they went off to journey in search of answer about the music ban of Miguel’s family history. Miguel who have a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet his great ancestors who happen to understand the reason behind the music ban.

A passion for a family decision from his great great grandfather who is a musician, choose to leave his family leaving Miguel’s great-great-grandmother Mamá  Imelda to raise his great-grandmother, Mamá  Coco, alone. The thrill doesn’t end upon unearthing the reason behind music ban as Miguel and his dog should be able to return to the land of the living before the sun rises since this marks the end of Día de Los Muertos.

Will Miguel be able to return to the land of the living or locked up in the land of the dead? Will he be able to follow his dreams or altogether be a skeleton in the closet trapped behind unsuccessful journey?

Set your calendars for your family, friends, and loved ones and enjoy the awesome and amazing world of the dead with “Coco”. For those who are wary of going to the movies though, you can always have the option to rent it out online and watch it at the comfort of your home. Stay well!

Dreaming of a Pitched Perfect Christmas?

You better watch out, you better not cry “The Barden Bellas” are coming to town to serenade!

Looking for something joyful to watch out for this Christmas? Or a performance idea to prepare for your Christmas party? Watch out for the Bellas as they never fail to give a twist to every song cover featured in Pitch Perfect sequels such as “The Sign” and “Flashlight”.Pitch PerfectThere could be nothing more fun than watching a movie in the cinema with your loved ones. This year, one of the most anticipated movies is Pitch Perfect 3 “LAST CALL PITCHES”. It will definitely brighten up your day as the first trailer was finally released in public.

The first movie trailer shows a different focus of the story that will give viewers a jolt of excitement.  Unlike Pitch Perfect 1 & 2, Bella’s mortal enemy, the Treble Maker, is still out of sight in the trailer but a glimpse of new bands that will push the Bellas to their limits is inevitable. More possible rivals are shown in the trailer that will challenge their bond as sisters and friends.

After the first trailer of Pitch Perfect 3, we see that they have not just perfectly mastered the global standard for music and humor but even in explosive action albeit not really expected from this type of movie.

Who is starring in this movie?

Starring are the following: Anna  Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Shelley Regner, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Kelley Jakle, and Chrissie Fit.  Ruby Rose from Orange is the New Black, incidentally. And of course, the pitch will never be perfect without Rebel Wilson. Also starring are John Lithgow, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks, Matt Lanter, DJ Khaled and Trinidad James. The movie is definitely a roller coaster of music sessions and action, balanced with the humorous exchanges between the characters.

Will this be the last one?

The movie, which will most likely be the Final Stand of a Trilogy, covers the life of the Barden Bellas after leaving university life and making their way to the real world. But it seems that first love never dies, so apart from striving to survive with their own individual lives, they still desired to sing with the rest of the girls.

This then brought the Bellas in a comeback reunion in an entertainment tour for the troops to be able to sing once again with each other. Their acapella is still on its awesome perfection and there are songs to watch out which could be another soundtrack hit in Holywood. The humor of Fat Amy is still undeniably effective and her fearless dive, landing face flat on the boat is totally hilarious.

The “behind the scenes” of the movie also gives us a glimpse of how emotional it is for the cast, especially during the final moments of the film. Could this be really the last for the Barden Bellas? Who knows? But one thing is for sure, this movie sequel truly gives the world a new perspective towards music in the world of acapella.

Expect another hilarious, terrific and fabulous movie experience before closing the year 2017. See you in cinemas on the 22nd of December!

 

 

Millennial Movie Marathons

A long holiday is fast approaching and perhaps you may be thinking about how you will spend your extra time during your vacation. Before, people either stay at home and watch old movies shown on television or go out and watch a movie on cinema. Now, the internet offers a vast list of movie choices you will be pleased to watch especially with companies broadcasting TV series like NetFlix. Even the word movie marathon is common to those who chose to rather stay at home and watch movies rather than going out.

It’s amazing how our film industry evolved through time. From the time of Charlie Chaplin (the earliest in my recollection though I was not born during its eminence) until today or whatever it has become now, where awesome CG makes the films seem so real. It is truly awe-inspiring and I can say we’ve gone really far.

But one thing that strikes me, again and again, is what we know today as the K-pop. It is a Korean-based fever which includes Korean Drama Series. Korean film industry invests on technology and celebrities who generate huge impact to viewers. But seriously, what is it with the Korean movie style that makes it so popular all over the world?

Kpop and Korean Series in Rent Movie Blog

One thing that makes the Korean film famous is the quality of their cinematography. They maintain high standard quality films using high-definition video cameras and audio technologies. Apart from this, Koreans mastered different kinds of shooting techniques which of course enhance the final output by making the pictures more dramatic. The Korean movies also have unexpected twists in the story that makes it unforgettable to its viewers. Their passion to promote their country’s culture and tourism is very much evident in their movies. Famous movie scenes were promoted and become additional attractions in Korea.

Other than Korean Movies, Indie films or Independent Films also started to make a name in the society. Unlike regular movies, Indie films are usually produced by independent entertainment companies and often have lower budget compared to major studio outfits. In fact, you may not believe but maybe one of your favorite movies is actually an Indie Film. Take for example the famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which garnered $100 Million dollars in the United States in the year 1990  and considered the most successful Indie film. More successful Indie films are  Castle Rock, The Shawshank Redemption and The Mask which one may actually believe to come from a major studio.

Old Indie Films

Nowadays, animated films also capture an ample number of viewers all over the world because of the artistry and animation techniques which makes it more interesting and entertaining to watch like Kubo and the Two Strings which is from the US.

For this yuletide season, are you ready to join the marathon of watching movies? Come on, why not?

Wisdom from the Wolf of Wall Street

This 2013 movie is arguably one of the best movies about business and Wall Street success in recent times. Well,  there’s Social Network and the Pursuit of “Happyness” to contend with. But seriously, The Wolf of Wall Street does pack a punch even as we watched it recently again on a rented copy. Of course, Leonardo Caprio is definitely at his best here but then again, the story itself can be described as wild, witty and full of wisdom indeed. And it’s based on the true-to-life rags-to-riches story of Jordan Belfort.

Leonardo Di Caprio as Jordan Belfort

So who was Jordan Belfort again?

Jordan Belfort was the founder of Stratton Oakmont, best known for its boiler room operations which marketed worthless stocks and defrauded countless investors. Eventually,  the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and now the Financial Industry Regulation Authority caught up on its anomalous transactions and eventually shut it down whilst filing money laundering and securities fraud against Jordan and his cohorts.

Those were the more recent days at Stratton Oakmont. However, it can be fancily recalled that this firm used to be the biggest over-the-counter firm for trading stocks in the US during the 1980s up until the 1990s.  In fact, it led the IPO of Steve Madden, the popular shoe manufacturing company, among around 30 others.

Interestingly they were able to do this for around 7 years accumulating revenues of up to US$3 billion (source: Wikipedia) at that time and employing around 1000 stockbrokers. Equally interesting is the founder who was just an ordinary young aspiring individual before he became the high-flying limo-riding hotshot that he was.

Jordan has a degree in Biology and was originally planning to be a dentist.  He set up a meat and seafood business earlier in his life but it eventually failed as well. His unprecedented detour to becoming one of the most iconic fraudsters in the history of the United States is truly worth knowing for learning’s sake.

What can we learn from this movie?

Personally, I learned to value integrity over luxury. It’s also important to take a good, long-term view of your actions – business-related or otherwise – and its consequences. And finally, I learned how important it is to exercise due diligence and do our homework especially when making business decisions; facts and not emotions shall be our guide.

From the standpoint of the regulators, it can be learned that a scam like this can happen right under their noses. Thus, they need to be more proactive and increase their oversight and regulation on these so-called trading companies. They, too, have to clean their ranks because, most of the time, the enemy is closer than they think. Additionally, their relationship with the investor community should also be cultivated and strengthened to increase reporting and compliance checks.

Developing countries like Vietnam, Philippines and Brazil should especially guard against money laundering, financial scams and deceptive marketing. Up and coming facilities should be controlled, monitored and regularly audited especially as these investment activities are not yet mainstream for these specific nations. Perpetrators of embezzlement and defrauding activities should be penalized swiftly and harshly when proven. And finally, robust processes and policies should be put in places such as increasing awareness of anti-fraud tools and practices.

Advent of EMVs and Merchant Services

The use of EMVs, merchant processing systems, strong user encryption and proper awareness can lead to a safer business and investment environment. If we are to minimize our risks, we need to be up-to-date with technologies that address the loopholes in our business and workplaces. We should also be vigilant in reporting personal incidences of defrauding. That said, we hope to see the last of Bernard Madoff (who caused between $18 billion to 50 billion investment losses from his Ponzi scheme), Jordan Belfort and their likes.

Incidentally, Jordan turned a new leaf now. He has been actively teaching and mentoring sales and business people on motivation, ethics, sales skills, and entrepreneurship.  He often says that the greatest regret he has in life is losing people’s money.

Well, yeah right! Hey, at least, it made one heck of a good movie. Popcorn, anyone?