5 Christmas Movies For The Whole Family To Enjoy!

5 Christmas Movies For The Whole Family To Enjoy!

Christmas is coming! And, Christmas time is all about family and togetherness. We’ve put together some recommendations for movies to have on hand for the Christmas season that the whole family will enjoy. These are all movies to buy and watch year after year!

A Christmas Story (1983)
All Ralphie wants in the entire world is a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. This 1940s family is hilarious. You’ll love Ralphie’s irritable father, his whiny brother, and his all-American mother.

Elf (2003)
What could be more fun for a kid to watch than a six foot tall elf? Between Will Farrell’s great performance and the wacky concept of an Elf on the loose in New York City, this is destined to become a Christmas classic.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
No list of “Must See Holiday Movies” would be complete without this James Stewart and Donna Reed classic. Share this timeless story with your children.

The Santa Clause (1994)
Every kids dream is to go to the North Pole, but how many kids can say that Santa is their Dad? Watch an unwilling Tim Allen become Santa.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens? How can you go wrong? This lighthearted, humorous version is a perfect introduction to the classic Charles Dickens tale.

Free DVD Movie Downloads

Free DVD Movie Downloads

The DVD player is one of the latest in internet technology gizmos that has revolutionized the concept of home entertainment. Millions of people depend on their DVD players to watch movies, pause and rewind live television or to listen to music online. In fact, you can download free DVD software from the net to make your player the ultimate experience in listening to music, watching movies or playing games. Because the DVD player can stream music from the internet, it is a feasible option for listening to music at work or watching movies in the comfort of your home.

For free DVD movie downloads, you need certain system configurations. These include 256 MB of RAM, plenty of hard drive space and a good video card. This allows you to store the movie on your hard disk. If you have a CD writer, you make a copy.

Another software program for audio content is the Winamp — a standard Windows MP3 player that is a free download at www.winamp.com. The player has a great sound, and the volume, bass and treble can be adjusted to your liking.

You can also download QuickTime media player — a product of Apple Inc. This too is available for free download. Cross-functional, QuickTime provides unmatchable viewing and audio qualities for various multimedia products.

By downloading VNC Remote PC access software, you can remote access movies. This software is available for free download from realvnc.com

For free DVD movie downloads, you need certain system configurations. These include 256 MB of RAM, plenty of hard drive space and a good video card. This allows you to store the movie on your hard disk. If you have a CD writer, you make a copy.

Another software program for audio content is the Winamp — a standard Windows MP3 player that is a free download at www.winamp.com. The player has a great sound, and the volume, bass and treble can be adjusted to your liking.

You can also download QuickTime media player — a product of Apple Inc. This too is available for free download. Cross- functional, QuickTime provides unmatchable viewing and audio qualities for various multimedia products. By downloading VNC Remote PC access software, you can remote access movies. This software is available for free download from realvnc.com

Free movie downloads require different software for making the experience of watching movies and recording TV shows a worthwhile experience. You need ample space on your PC. While 256 MB RAM seems like a good option, nothing beats having 512 MB of RAM. The more memory space the better.

Movie Magic For Poker Players

Movie Magic For Poker Players

One of my earliest memories of a poker game is from the 1965 movie, Cincinnati Kid. The movie follows a young poker player (played by Steve McQueen) as he pits himself against the top poker player of the time. The movie (heeded by many as one of the greatest poker movies ever) gave rise to my lifelong interest in the game. In more recent times I was pleased to watch the Matt Damon movie, Rounders.

Perhaps, what I love most about poker movies are the crisp, sarcastic dialogues, the rounds of bluffing, the quiet calculated manner of those that win, and the suspense of what the next card might be. In these movies, it is the man (or woman) with the greater intelligence that wins the game.

Poker movies provide entertainment. However, that is not my primary reason for watching them. Being unable to resist a good poker game at times, I like to stay on top of the various tips that my poker buddies keep using. And trust me, for those of us that play poker only occasionally, most of our tricks come from the movies.

One poker trick that we learn from the movies is that of reading the looks on the faces of the other players. Eyes that are downcast or have a happy glint in them are sure giveaways of the kinds of cards that a person has drawn. Of course, that unhappy looking fellow might be on to you, and might be bringing all his theatrical talents to the poker table. Be careful. Don’t give away your own cards by your facial expressions or your body language. And don’t be fooled by somebody else.

More importantly, don’t give in to an emotional outburst. In a good poker game, the pressure will build up. But you must concentrate on the game, on winning. Emotions will only give your opponents the upper hand. Don’t lose control of the game. Also, avoid drinking yourself silly during a poker game, unless you are in the mood to let other people win. A person who is drunk throughout a game is only preparing to drown in losses.

Also, the ego should be kept aside during a game. The over-confident upstart often digs his own grave all thanks to a desire for one-upmanship. It is advisable to hold on to your best hands sometimes. Let others have their season in the sun. You wait for the most opportune moment. Strike at the right time and you will be the one raking in all the moolah!

The Mpaa Allows Movie Downloads- Are They Worth Your Dime?

The Mpaa Allows Movie Downloads- Are They Worth Your Dime?

What Are Movie Download Services?
Movie download services are exactly what they sound like: a service that allows you to download movies from the Internet onto your hard drive or a DVD. Though this isn’t a new concept, it is relatively new to the legal world of consumerism. Though ‘pirates’ have been making free download of movies available for quite some time, movie studios are now getting in on the action and offering access to their movies for download the day they hit the stores in DVD format – for a fee, of course.

Who’s Who In Movie Download Services?
In the relatively new world of legitimate movie download services, there are surprisingly many players, but only a few of them are major. There’s Movielink and Sony’s CinemaNow which offer old and new movies for purchase or 24 hour rental. Rental fees are comparable to the local video store but purchase is more expensive than if you were to buy the DVD. ClickStar, backed by Danny DeVito among other big names in Hollywood, is another up and comer in the world of movie download services, but this one’s draw is that it will offer movies for download while they are still showing in the theater. It will also feature a streaming channel devoted to documentaries.

AT&T is teaming up with Vongo, another movie downloading site, to offer its DSL service in concert and duo promotions. Different from Movielink and CinemaNow, Vongo is a subscription service offered for a monthly fee which allows its members unlimited access to movies, videos, and a streaming Starz channel. Pay per view movies are available as well for an additional fee.

Movie Download Services: The Nitty Gritty

- Price – Ranging anywhere from $10-$20, the irony is downloading movies legally isn’t cheap. In order to appease the retailers who make big bucks on DVDs released in stores, the online downloading services are keeping their fees in the clouds. Which of course, doesn’t hurt their pocketbook, either.

- Availability – It depends. Different services have different deals with different movie studios. As for old movies, those are being added all the time. But the nice thing is, if they have it, you can get it – instantly.

- Space – You will need between 1200 and 2000 MBs of free space to store your movie. Depending on your system, this may be a lot or a little. Some services may allow you to burn your download to a DVD, but only if you’re buying the movie and even then, most won’t.

- Download Time – This is no time for dial-up, that’s for sure. Anything DSL and faster should get you your movie in under an hour with an average of 35 to 40 minutes, and that’s if you want it fast and grainy. If you’re willing to wait a little longer, say, up to two hours, you can download a higher quality version. A nice feature that some services offer is the ability to start watching the movie while it’s still downloading.

- Technical Requirements – At least Windows Media Player 10, fast Internet connection, Internet Explorer 6.0, Windows XP. You might be able to get away with older versions, but it isn’t recommended. And yes, did you note – it’s all PC and no Mac. That’s right. PC users only, please.

- Computer Viewing Only – Currently, that’s the state of things. That is, unless you choose a service that allows you to download it to some other electronic handheld device of your choosing, like PSP or iPod. Of course, you could always use an S-video jack to hook your computer to your TV and watch it on the big screen. Some services allow limited DVD burning, but they may restrict the DVD to playing only in the computer to which the movie was downloaded, allowing your fancy DVD player to gather dust.

- Buy Versus Rent – It’s a strange situation at this point, but different studios offer different services different licenses to different movies. So, you may only be able to rent a title through one service that another is offering for sale. Other services may not have any access to certain titles while others do. There’s no standard just yet, so it’s a bit of a crap shoot.

What’s the Benefit of Movie Download Services?
Convenience! Forget long lines at the theater, the video store being out of a new release, or waiting in virtual queue to get your mailed DVD through a subscription service. No more concern about court cases and legal fees for downloading movies illegally or spyware from file sharing applications that will slow down your computer if not cripple it beyond repair. Then, of course, there’s the fact that you can watch the newest movies as many times as you like on your personal computer and instantly upon purchase – no waiting and no driving to the store.

What’s the Downside of Movie Download Services?
At the moment, cost and restricted viewing access. You may not necessarily want to watch a movie on your computer when you just invested $2000 in a big screen HDTV. And you may not want to invest $20 in a movie that you can’t even resell online if you don’t like it. If you have a slow internet connection, the download time may be a bummer, too, especially if you’re trying to use your computer for other things while the process slows your computer to a painful snail pace. And if you use a Mac, well, obviously, the downside is that movie download services simply don’t exist. Then, what if a virus infects the computer where all your movies are stored? Yup. Have to buy them all over again.

Movie Download Services – Yay or Nay?
The state of affairs being what they are – that is, in their ugly braces and zits prepubescent stage – probably nay. Remember the first BETA machines? Or the $700 CD players back in the ’80s? When movie download service lowers their prices and speed up the technology, allow for actual DVD burnings that include the extras and TV viewings as well as access to films that are still in theaters, then yay! In the meantime, sticking with higher quality DVDs that don’t discriminate against Mac users and big screen television sets and allow for resale later on. Unless you have to see the movie This Very Second, movie download services are not yet the incredible service they have the potential to be in the future.

Have Fun Frugally

Have Fun Frugally

You don’t need to cut out entertainment completely in order to live a frugal life. Below, I have listed some very inexpensive ways to save money and still have fun.

* If you live in a city, just try walking around. In New York, I have found impromptu concerts by street musicians or just sat in the park and people watched. You’d be amazed how much fun you can have!
* Instead of eating out or going to bars with friends, host a potluck at home or just have friends over for drinks. It’s much cheaper to buy liquor than to buy drinks at the bar.
* For movies, go to matinees or the two dollar movie (a number of communities have them). Yes, those movies are second-run, but hey, it’s worth financial freedom to me. You can also always rent movies.
* Cable. When times are tough, the cable needs to get going. It can get so expensive! If you do need it for the reception, get basic and then rent movies. Buying a great DVD player and renting movies is cheaper than cable in the long run. If you rent rooms in your home like I do, keep the cable — it’s a perk for your tenants that are worth paying for.
* Take your kids to the bookstore and hang out.
* Find free community shows, like Shakespeare in the park or fireworks.
* Take the kids on the subway trip — as far as you can and go explore. In New York, take the train to Coney Island.
* In the summer, there is always a local food festival or street fair, usually several Check the local section of your newspaper.
* Get your kids involved in a community group, like a theatre. They develop skills, make friends and have fun.

I Come From the Movie Planet, How About You?

I Come From the Movie Planet, How About You?

When people ask me where I am from I often reply jokingly, “I’m from the Movie Planet.’ That’s what I reckon people from other planets would call us here on Earth. How many movies have I watched in my life? How many hours have I sat in front of a small or big screen watching a story unfold, acted out by my fellow species? The answer is almost inconceivable. We worship film as an arena to learn, dream, escape, and even vicariously live our lives from. We pay actors millions of dollars, more than doctors as well as nearly all the rest of us, and a lot of us see them as superhuman beings that are a step above the rest in our perceived realm of mundane normality that we have constructed our lives in. A lot of the time the result of this belief structure causes a lot of pain for these ‘famous’ souls who would rather just live a normal life outside their work. The hounding paparazzi definitely don’t make the actors feel superhuman!
Look, I like watching movies a lot, maybe even more than the ‘average person’, I just wonder about the relationship we have with this imagined reality we so often connect with. We choose to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on some movies like ‘Independence Day’ that end up being bombs in the box office, while there are billions of people in true reality on Earth who have nothing to eat. It seems like madness if you look at it from that angle. Do we watch these visions of ‘ourselves’ doing things so that we don’t have to think about what hard work we have to do in our real lives?
Even as I sit here on a Friday afternoon I am wondering if I should grab a DVD tonight to watch as an attempt to relax at home after a pretty hard working week. The funny thing is if I grab the ‘wrong’ type of movie, I may end up more stressed out than I am right now! So, am I addicted to these things? Are we all? I’ll let you think about it. To focus on the positive side of things, we must realize that we can learn so much from our experiences with the movies. We wouldn’t have become obsessed over nothing, now would we? I myself learn a lot and get to experience many emotions during the engrossing visual experience. I mean, I do have a big enough range of feelings in my real life, but it’s kind of cool being able to be in ‘The Matrix’ (maybe we already are?), or to be ‘Spiderman’ for a day, or maybe live in a weird world like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ for a few hours.
If you do love movies, these days there is one place to go that you can find out just about nearly anything and everything about a film, and even watch trailers of the shows. It’s called the Internet Movie Database or IMDB. Google it, or look for it on your other search engine. I believe this website started up very small from someone who just wanted to talk about movies. Now, it receives over 25 million ‘visits’ a month. It literally has everything you ever need to know about films. It gives biographies on movies, the actors and directors involved, as well as comments and ratings from people who have wanted to express their feelings about the films in question. For some of the movies, especially new ones that haven’t opened in theatres yet, there are previews and trailers you can watch right at your computer to tell you if you really think you should go and see it or not.
There’s also cool lists made up by visitors to the site like ‘Top 250 films’, and ‘100 worst films of all time’. There are articles related to the movie industry as well as many other interesting categories to look at like ‘Independent films’ and ‘Award winners’. Really, you’ve got to check it out yourself to see what I mean.
Whether you think movies are a great achievement by humanity to learn and be entertained with, or an obsession that has gone way too far, it looks as though they are here to stay. The questions remain: Is your life as good as the movies you watch? If you spend as much time in virtual reality as reality itself, what planet do you really come from?

Unlimited Zune Download Sites – Top Sites For Zune Games Movies Music & More Fun

Unlimited Zune Download Sites – Top Sites For Zune Games Movies Music & More Fun

If you have recently purchased a Zune player and looking for having unlimited fun with your Zune by downloading <i>unlimited games, movies, music, videos, TV shows, wallpapers, tunes & more</i>, then this <b>review of best websites</b> – offering unlimited downloads for your zune player – is definitely going to help you in making your decision quicker.<br>
Below is the review of Top 4 websites providing unlimited downloads for your new Zune media player. These Zune download sites are rated based on their <i>Popularity, Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, Quality Of Service, Files Availability, Ease Of Use, Download Speed, Security and Price.</i><br>
All these sites allows you to download unlimited movies, music, games, wallpapers, videos, software for your Zune in just one time membership fee.<br>
1. <b>iZune Access</b>
iZune Access is the most popular website on the internet for downloading unlimited media for Zune. iZune Access has the largest downloading network for Zune, with over 250 Million users and over 5 Million people available on the network at any time. With iZune Access you are always sure to find whatever you are looking for. You can download anything that you want at anytime. They have no time, bandwidth and content limits. They also provide you with free software to easily burn your music, movies or games to CD or DVD. Still if you are not satisfied with their service, they offer 56 Days Money Back Guarantee! without asking any questions. Their price for unlimited life time access is just $34.95. This is the cheapest price which is not offered by any other site. <br>
2. <b>Zune Reactor </b>
Zune Reactor is as popular as iZune Access and its quailty of service and network of downloads is also very close to iZune Access. The only point where Zune reactor lacks is their price is a bit more compared to Zune Express and thats the main reason why we have rated it as number 2 site.
Zune Reactor is also very well known for its great HD – quality movies. All newly released movies and videos are immediately accessible at this site. Their price for unlimited life time access is $38.96. During subscription, they also offer a free spyware removal software as a bonus.<br>
3. <b>Zune Video Pro </b>
Zune Video Pro is highly recommended if you are a big sports lover and interested in downloading Football Games, Basket Ball Games, and many other sporting events. This site also offers a big selection of movies that you can download anytime from anywhere at good download speeds. They price offer for unlimited zune downloads for life time membership is $39.95, which is slightly more than Zune Access and Zune Reactor.<br>

4. <b>Zune Cyclone</b>
Zune Cyclone is a new player in the market of Zune media downloads, but it has a great collection of over 100 Million files, ranging from music, movies, videos, tv shows, and much more. Within a short period of time, this site has gained a great popularity because of availability of media. Their price offer for unlimited zune media downloads is $39.95 for life time. They also offer a 60 days money back guarantee.<br>

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How To Watch Movie on PSP?

How To Watch Movie on PSP?

Do you want to watch movie on PSP? This is one of the wonderful options that your PSP provides. It is a rather simple task to get to watch movies on PSP. Although it may be an unknown way to many PSP users you can soon find your way through using this as your guide to know how to watch movie on PSP.

• First switch off your PSP. Connect to the computer using an USB cord or cable . Switch on the PSP once you have connected it to your computer.
• Enter the “Settings” menu then press X , this would link your PAP to your computer. Go to “My Computer” and you would find the PSP listed there indicating that your computer has recognized this external device.
• Go to your PSP next. Access your memory card and open your folder titled “PSP”. Here you have to create two more folders “MP_ROT” and “100mnv01”.
• Now the next step is your movies . If you have the MP4s saved on your computer then all you have to do is move these movies into your “100mnv01” folder that you created. Once you have put all your movie files onto the folder in the PSP then all you have to do to watch movie on PSP is to click the movie that you want to see and here you are already watching your favourite movies.

This is all you need to do to watch movie on PSP. In case your movies are not saved on your computer then you have to find a software that would help to take the DVD put it on your system and also convert it into the PSP compatible MP4 format.

The Popularity of Movie Downloads

The Popularity of Movie Downloads

Are you a movie fanatic? It would be better if you would be able to download and watch your choice of movie anytime, anywhere. Online movie downloads have made it possible. Now, you could stay at home and go wherever you want to go without sacrificing your urge and need to watch movies. You could carry and watch your favorite titles through your laptop, your iPod, or other portable media players.

The popularity of movie downloads could never be underestimated. In fact, these days, more and more Internet users are hooked to downloading and watching movies online. This is the reason why most Websites and blogs are equipped with capabilities to play videos, whether short or full length.
There are also more Websites that are offering exclusives for movie downloading. You could easily pick one among those and instantly enjoy movie download services. The disadvantage is that you could experience confusion when aiming to choose the best from the pack. The advantage is that intense competition could help lower costs and bring out the very best services and features for consumers to enjoy.

Are you considering getting memberships to numerous movie download sites? You should do so if you want to make sure you could always get access to hundreds of titles. Memberships require payments of fees. There are options for limited memberships, wherein you could download a specific number of movies within a specified period. Unlimited options are for the movie addicts who want to always download and play movies all the time. Unlimited options are more popular despite being more premium priced.

What is good about movie downloads is that movies could be downloaded and transferred to any media player you use. As mentioned, files could be saved and retrieved through laptops, desktops, and even iPods and other portable MP4 and movie players. There is special software that could be used to facilitate such conversion. Do not worry because most of those necessary programs could be used and installed for free.

Who uses and enjoys movie downloads? This special computer feature is for everyone. Many teenagers and children are getting hooked to it. There are also adults and senior citizens who are starting to get used to downloading and watching movies online. Anyone could get into the habit as long as there is genuine interest and there is ample motivation to do so.
How many movies are available for download? The list is almost never ending. Every day, more and more titles are getting added to the currently long list. Movies are also not confined to English titles.

There are numerous foreign films that could also be downloaded. This makes movie downloading more popular across all cultures. Movie download Websites are topping each other to emerge as the best in the expanding industry. Thus, one facet of competition is the range and array of film portfolio.
Do you need to download now? You could always do so. Get a membership to any of those legal movie download sites. Spare some dollars for subscription fees. Check the specs of your computer and make sure there is enough spare memory or space to accommodate files. What is good about movie downloads is that most of them are in MP4 format, which is compressed appropriately to consume minimal computer space.