I Am Trying to Learn Japanese

It is going to be rather hard, but I have decided that I am going to try to learn a third language. For some reason I have decided that I want to learn Japanese, although it is not so easy to do that and I could obviously learn other languages with a lot less effort. I was watching a Japanese drama on the web with this girl I was dating. Of course it was in Japanese and there were subtitles, but that is not very good way to watch a movie. She seems to have a fascination with a lot of things in their culture, anime in particular and this one show is something that she watches all of the time. Apparently she has managed to get hooked on it in spite of the language barriers. (more…)

Which Is Better, Amazon Instant Video or iTunes?

Apple iPad owners know iTunes. This is what you use for nearly all of your media streaming. It is what you use to get apps, music, movies, and anything else you need. For those shows and movies, though, you might find yourself envious or curious about other applications. After all, there are a lot on the market. You will want to make sure that you use the one that works for you. With Amazon Instant Video now available through the App Store, you have another option. You can use this service to get movies and television shows, some of which you cannot find through the App Store. Before making the switch, though, you might want to know whether it is worth the time and money. You should figure out if it is better than what you have right now, iTunes, or if it is a waste. Below are some points to consider before making the switch or before ignoring Amazon Instant Video altogether.

The content is where the core of your attention will go, obviously. You want to choose one that has a large amount of high quality, popular content. You want to enjoy your television shows and movies without worrying about availability. This is not that hard, thankfully, but there are a few points to keep in mind. While some major titles are available through both services, smaller titles are a different matter entirely. You may find some smaller titles on one that you cannot find on another. You also have to remember that both will have their exclusives. iTunes exclusives are only available through iTunes while Amazon Instant Video exclusives are only available through Amazon Instant Video. If you only want to use these services to watch major titles, you should have no trouble finding something that you like with either one. If you want to dig through some lesser known titles, however, keep in mind that there are some differences.

Taking that content with you is an important part of media streaming devices. You want to watch your television shows and movies wherever you are, and you want to enjoy them without dealing with difficulties in compatibility. For iTunes, this is an issue. If you have only Apple devices, it is not much of a problem. You can access your purchases from anywhere using Apple devices or iTunes on a Windows operated PC. If you have anything else, though, you cannot access your purchases. iTunes is not available on other devices or operating systems, which means that you are limited with your options. You must have an Apple TV, iPad, or iPhone to watch movies and television shows when not at your computer.

Amazon Instant Video is more widely available. While it is not currently on Android, it is on many devices, including PlayStation consoles, Microsoft consoles, and smart televisions. Amazon also offers their own Amazon Fire TV Stick and Box. With these, you can watch Amazon Instant Video as well as other popular streaming services, such as Hulu and Netflix. This means that your purchases, as well as Prime membership if you have it, are usable from anywhere. You do not need Amazon’s own devices to make use of their media streaming service.

Neither are available with Android. While there are possible options for viewing Amazon Instant Video, like using the browser, you cannot make use of the app. The Amazon Instant Video application for Android does not work with tablets and it does come with some problems that has resulted in unhappy consumers. You may be able to use it with your Android device or Chromecast, but it is not certain.

The price is what most people care about, especially if you buy a lot of television shows and movies. If you have a Prime membership, Amazon Instant Video will almost always win when it comes to price. There is a huge selection of Prime video available to members. If you are looking at the rentals and purchases, though, that are not available through Prime or that you have to purchase because you do not have Prime, you have to start comparing. In general, prices are quite similar. This is especially true for major titles. You will find about the same prices wherever you go. Amazon does have some better deals, though, and does offer some titles at lower prices than you will find elsewhere. These deals are what make Amazon Instant Video better for the budget conscious.

Both Amazon Instant Video and iTunes have their ups and their downs. Choosing the right one for you is not that easy of a task. You will have to think about the devices that you own as well as what you prefer to watch. If you own all Apple devices, both are somewhat equal. However, if you own a mix of devices, you might prefer Amazon Instant Video. It does come out as the better option in most cases.

Amazon Instant on Android

Android users will, of course, want to watch Amazon Instant Video from their mobile devices. Whether you use a tablet or a phone, you will want to take advantage of your Amazon Prime membership and start watching your favorite movies and television shows today. This is possible, but it is not as simple as you might think. Unlike other applications, it is not a straightforward viewing app. You will have the opportunity to watch the show or movie of your choice, yes, but there is a second application to install and it does not work for everyone. It is still possible to watch if you would like to, though.

If you have Android version 4.4, live in the US or UK, and would like to download the Amazon Instant Video application, you must go to the Amazon web store. You cannot find the application through the Google Play store, at least not for most devices. What you will find on the Google Play store is an application for Google TV. It is the Amazon Instant Video application, but it is not compatible with most devices. Unless you have Google TV, that one is not going to work for you. You will have to go through Amazon’s own website if you would like to download it.

Choosing to download from the Amazon store will mean you have to download an extra app. Amazon requires that you download both the app itself and a second APK file, which is not from the Google Play store, to view your videos. It may not work with your tablet, either, though it may still run on your phone.

For Chromecast users, there is no available app. You cannot download anything to watch through your Chromecast. What you can do, though, is switch from Silverlight to Flash. Doing so will allow you to watch on your television using Chromecast and the tabs. It may not work as well as a regular streaming service might, but it will still allow you to watch your movies and television shows on from your television. Just keep in mind that this might result in difficulties with viewing your videos fully or easily.

Remember that you cannot go offline. Like any other streaming service, it requires a connection to the internet to work. Without that connection, you may not have the ability to view your television shows and movies fully.

iPad and Amazon Instant Video

Watching Amazon Instant Video will give you access to Amazon’s large selection of movies and shows. Sometimes, though, you may not want to watch it online. You have heard of all of the other options, such as Chromecast or Roku, but you might not have any of that. What you probably have, though, is an iPad. Luckily, iPad owners can enjoy Amazon Instant Video from their personal device without a problem. It is easy to stream to TV or on the device itself so you should have no trouble viewing your favorite shows and movies, whether it is from the palm of your hands or on your HDTV.

If you would like to watch videos directly from your iPad, it is easy. The App Store has an Amazon Instant Video app available that you can download right now. It is free and it is easy to do. Simply locate it in the App Store, click install, and let it finish up. Once done, you can start browsing through available videos and finding the one that you want to watch. It offers a great, intuitive layout that will allow you to watch your favorite television shows and movies without a problem. There is no need to turn on your computer at all.

Sometimes, though, you want to watch on a big screen. Maybe you prefer the larger size of the screen or maybe you want to watch with other people. Whatever the reason, you need a way to watch Amazon Instant Video on the television. If you have an iPad, you can do that with ease. One way that most people will stream their devices is using an HDMI cord. With the iPad, though, you have AirPlay, allowing you to send the video to TV instantly. Watch HD shows and movies from your couch using your iPad and the Amazon Instant Video application.

Keep in mind that you cannot do this offline. You may receive a playback error if there is no connection to the internet. This is because you are streaming directly from the Amazon service, not using downloaded files. You have to keep your iPad connected to the internet while you watch the show or movie. Any disruptions may result in the error mentioned above and may require that you reconnect to the internet and possibly refresh the video. Amazon typically keeps your spot, though, so you can continue where you left off.

Hindi Movies (All Times HIT)

Bollywood has made a lot of movies over its existence period. There are some movies that cannot be missed and such movies deserve to be watched at least thrice over the course of your life time. These Bollywood movies are all time hits and you cannot give such movies a miss. Here we have compiled a list of the top Bollywood movies that are evergreen.

1. Kismet- 1943

Kismet presented some very bold themes in the movie and this was for the very first time in Bollywood that such themes were produced. This movie includes a single pregnant girl and an anti- hero. Kismet was so good that it ran in the movie halls for over 3 years and is one of the earliest super hits in Bollywood.

2. Mother India- 1957

This is a Bollywood classic movie that is a part of the pop culture called Mother India. It is an epic melodrama that revolves around the difficulties and hardships faced by many women in India. It is one of the first movies that dealt with women and the complete movie was about women and their difficulties.

3. Mughal-e-Azam- 1960

The tickets of this movie were sold at the most expensive rates during that period of time. It earned a lot of money because of its amazing story line and acting. Riots and fights were regular occurrence for fans who wanted to watch this movie in the Maratha Mandir.

4. Sholay- 1970

This was the biggest super hit of Bollywood in the 1970s. It had the best actors on screen, Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. This movie only started picking up momentum during its third week after slumping in its first week.

5. Hum Aapke Hai Koun- 1994

This movie was the first melodrama romantic movie of the period of the 90s. This movie broke all the previous records and created new records because of its amazing and super talented cast. The script of this movie was also stupendous which made it very entertaining. It is the first Bollywood movie that had crossed the landmark 100 crore mark. These days 100 crores is not a big deal though.

There have many films that came and disappeared. However the above list of movies is something that cannot be ignored if you are into movies. You need to watch these movies in order to understand how great Bollywood was at one time. IT has evolved over a period of time but such movies are irreplaceable.

Examples of Vacations As Movie Plotlines

Vacations are the days all regular Joe’s dream about while toiling away at their desks, or laboring in a factory. People want to get away from it all, kick off their shoes, and relax for a few days without anyone or anything demanding their attention. Most people find a nice hotel with a pool as far away from home as possible. If you’re in a movie, you plan a trip to take the wife and boys away to a lodge where you can relax, only to find out your bothersome brother-in-law and his wife are going to horn in on the fun.

The Great Outdoors is a classic example of what happens when the best-laid plans are completely ruined by the extremely annoying brother-in-law, who has his plan to borrow money disguised as an investment. Chet Ripley has reserved a cabin with emotional attachments for him, his wife, and two sons. The Ripley’s are going to fish and spend a simple week of family bonding together. Then all their plans are turned upside down when Roman Craig crashes the family’s trip with his wife and twin daughters.

Roman Craig is a slick talking banker and investor who suddenly finds himself without a job and in debt up to ear lobes, while Chet Ripley is a working class stiff who often finds himself the butt of Roman’s jokes. Throughout the movie, Chet plans activities that would be fun for his sons if Uncle Roman would just stop interfering.

The most memorable scenes in the movies involve animals that Chet encounters. There’s a chase through the cabin with a tennis racket, fly swatter, and face protection improvised with household items as Chet and Roman attempt to kill a bat. Near the end of the movie, Chet saves Roman’s twin daughters from a legendary bald grizzly and the cave the girls had been trapped in.

The movie ends well with Chet agreeing to take-in the Craig family and help them to get back on their feet.

Georgia Byrd is a clerk working for Kragen’s department stores in the movie Last Holiday. She’s lived a frugal life never taking vacations, and always counting every penny when she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. The dream she’s had of opening her own restaurant flies out the window as she decides to take the perfect holiday. She reserves a room in an expensive hotel and begins to spend her hard earned money on things she’s always wanted.

In the course of living until she dies, she meets the chef she has admired and prepared a meal for the hotel restaurant with him. She also meets a high-powered and very corrupt politician who has been dealing under the table with the owner of Kragen’s department stores. Kragen’s and Byrd’s vacations come to a crashing end when Georgia talks with Matt’s girlfriend, which causes the girlfriend to end their relationship. Georgia finds out that she’s not dying, and she finally realizes that her feelings for another Kragen’s employee, Sean Matthews are mutual.

These are just two examples of movies that use vacations as the backdrop for the absurdity and storytelling. It is been a movie trope that has been used for some time, and they usually produce plenty of opportunities for characters to get outside of their comfort zones.

Animated Films to Watch

Animated films are great. They inspire the youngest of us to reach deep into our imaginations and experience the adventure, the excitement, the passion. As we grow older we for some reason stop watching these films. I don’t know why that is.

Maybe it’s because as we grow older, since we grew up watching a film like these, we feel that they are movies for children. However, I would wholeheartedly disagree with that idea. Sure these movies contain some “safer” concepts and don’t really show the depravity of man, but I do believe that they touch on very familiar topics within our family and with our friends.

While there are many adult oriented anime films, animations that are produced by Disney or Pixar deal with some very complex themes in a much more subtle and emotional way that many harsh films never touch on because those films focus more on shocking us rather than enlightening us.

There can be no doubt in my mind that if you grew up watching these films like Toy Story, The Lion King, Bambi, and the likes you were shaped by them dramatically as a child.

Many of the older films helped push the technology in the film industry around the world. It also put a standard on the craft of storytelling that I believe is more rarely achieved in today’s film environment.

So here’s my list of top 20 animated films to watch:

1. Bambi
2. Ratatouille
3. Mulan
4. The Little Mermaid
5. Hercules
6. Dumbo
7. Pinocchio
8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
9. Aladdin
10. Beauty and the Beast
11. Finding Nemo
12. How to Train Your Dragon
13. How to Train Your Dragon 2
14. The Lion King
15. The Incredibles
16. Tangled
17. Shrek
18. Toy Story
19. Toy Story 3
20. Monsters Inc.

These are not in any particular order. Also, you may notice that there are no Anime films. Well, while there are a few of those films I do enjoy and are beautiful films, I’m not entirely a fan of the style of those films. That doesn’t mean that they are bad films, but just a personal preference.

I’m looking forward to the future of animated films. There are many who wish to bring back the 2D hand drawn films back and the few that have already come out are quite amazing like The Secret of Kells .

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