A year or so ago there were no rivals to OSN. If you wanted to watch new movies and TV shows in Egypt, you would have had to shell out for an OSN account. At the time, their prices were reasonable. When I first subscribed to their service, my Premier subscription, the one that gave me access to tonnes of channels and HD content cost me about 370LE per month. I don’t remember the exact figure, but it was somewhere in that range. At the time I was still preparing my house for my upcoming marriage and I thought that this would be a a worthwhile investment.
I’ve recently read a book on the so-called singularity, the point in human development when our science would have reached a point that would allow us to upload our consciousness into machines and thus achieve eternal life with enhanced intelligence and physical strengths.
As regular readers of my blog probably know, I have been complaining against geographical restrictions on the sales of products for a very long time. You may remember one of my early rants on my inability to buy digital media from this post. However, Apple has recently decided to take us out of digital purgatory — we can now buy movies and songs, but not books, from their iTune stores.
There are some movies that have you running out of the theatre as soon as the credits roll, and there are some movies that make you want to watch until the last credit rolls. Wall-e was one of the latter, it was a very enjoyable movie, and I was in no hurry to leave the cinema when the credits began to roll.
This was quite fortunate, since the ending credits contain some of the most creative scenes in the movie. The story of humankind is told in a series of images that tell of the progression of humans from the Stone Age to the Age of the Computer, if I may coin that last term. As I watched, I was pleasantly surprised to see works from the various schools of art that I knew and loved displayed on the big screen.Continue reading
I have a grievance against international media companies. They have a very strange policy of not selling their products in certain geographical regions. There are many services that I would like to subscribe to, but cannot because I am located in Egypt.
I am a huge fan of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre (both movies and books). While there are many science fiction novels that address social issues, the genre has never been considered “serious” art. This despite the fact that science fiction has always been used as social commentary.
I watched the movie Inception a couple of weeks or so ago and, ever since, have been immersed, albeit passively, in the online debate about whether or not the last scene was a dream. Some of my Facebook acquaintances are rather passionately convinced that the last scene is a dream (yes, I mean you Abdallah 🙂 ).
Oh yes, if you haven’t watched the movie yet, please be advised that there are going to be some spoilers in the rest of this blog.