Not Your Average Movie

Movie: The Man In The Hat (2020)

Starring: Ciarán Hinds, Stephen Dillane, Sasha Hails


OK, I have to admit, when I first saw the movie title, and the promo photo, I immediately recognized the lead actor, Ciarán Hinds.  I was instantly intrigued.  Ciarán Hinds?  The 'Man' in the Hat?  I mean, this is the dude who played Julius Caesar, among other notable roles, in HBO's massive series 'Rome' that aired from 2005-2007.  Could he pull off what seems to be a sure oddball role, that I noticed was listed as a comedy on IMDB? A 'man' (in a Hat) who journeys thru France in an old Fiat 500?  Interesting.

Answer:  YES - Bravo, Mr. Hinds.

Kiosk Movie Reviews

What are Kiosk Movie Reviews, you say?

You know, that automated DVD and Blu-ray dispenser that's located at your local supermarket, drugstore, etc.  Names like Redbox, DVDXpress, and more.

We know that if you're picking movies up at these things that it's very likely you don't want to waste much time.  Get in, shop, get your movie, and get out.  Well in keeping with the spirit, VideoCrib's going to spit out a whole list of short and sweet Kiosk Movie Reviews, especially for you, and bottom line, we'll tell you if you should waste time wrestling with the movie kiosk, i.e., whether or not you need to rent a particular movie.  Here goes, before we WASTE ANY MORE TIME:

Streaming Movie Reviews

All films reviewed below are available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Vudu.
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The Martian - 2015 - 141 minutes - Rated PG-13 - Sci-Fi and Fantasy

The plot: In 2035, during a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is left behind and presumed dead after a fierce storm.  He must then summon all his courage and wits to survive, while maintaining hope of being rescued.

Home Theater Sludge

What's an audio/video filter?  You've heard of coffee filters, right?  OK, so where am I going with this. 

Well, let's say you're one of the many people who drink drip-brewed coffee.  Have you ever not used the paper filter, run out of them, or substituted the permanent gold-tone ones?  What do you end up with.  Yeeeeeech!

You get gritty, crunchy coffee, laced with grinds, that is bitter and chewable to the last drop.  Sludge.  But you can run to the store and get some more paper filters and then life is good again.

So how does this relate to a home theater A/V filter?  Let's examine the similarities.

The Files of X

Do you watch shows like Bones, Fringe, and of course, are you enjoying for years the many various Crime Scene Investigation or 'CSI' television series until you were blue in the face with criminal forensics?

Well, now that many of these shows or their spin-offs have come and gone, maybe it's time to go back to the one that started it all, to really appreciate it.

What's that famous old saying?  'You've tried the rest, now try the best?'  Or is it more like, 'The original, and best'.