Highlights from our final week of nothing-but-free TV through Roku:
From GMC Trade Secret on AOLHD, I learned how to decorate home entrances with potted plants, picked up tips from two guys who demonstrated new electronic tablets on EndGadget and MIGHT have learned how to quick pickle and make couscous, if I weren’t domestically challenged.
We kept up with news through NBC News, MSNBC and a ton of other providers – getting the disgusting details we crave of the most interesting news items and skimming lightly over the blah. I started watching Travel Workout: Exercise in Your Hotel Room on the WatchMojo channel, but found it . . . tiring. But inspiration is always to be found at TED Talks on the TED channel (TED.com).
Voted best free movie so far at our house was I Witness (Jeff Daniels and James Spader), a mystery-thriller-exposé from PopcornFlix. We were shocked and pleasantly surprised, and had plenty to talk about at the end – one sure sign of a good flick.
Another goodie from PopcornFlix was Once Upon a Texas Train, (1988, but who cares -it’s new to us) much-fun western starring many old (and some passed on) cinema friends . . . Willie Nelson (stick to singing, Willie!), Richard Widmark, Shaun Cassidy, Chuck Connors, Ken Curtis, Angie Dickinson – and many more.
Voted WORST free movie so far was . . . <drum roll> . . . Zombie Strippers (delivered by Crackle). I didn’t actually watch it and decided to forgo the experience after MRH’s detailed review. It was the evening I was headed out with the girls, and MRH – happily home alone – asked me to set him up an old movie so he could veg out, put his feet up and slurp his dinner. Not sure how much he was able to swallow because of the zombie part of the movie, but In the interest of complete reviews, he did force himself to watch the entire film. According to the critic, the movie was a stinker and there was far too little of the stripper part.
It was a fascinating week of television for us. We plan to add Netflix, AmazonPrime and HuluPlus in a couple days, but all viewing so far has been bare-bones-basic and free. Even so, it was a content-loaded buffet, heavy with more than we could eat. But here we are, already stuffed . . . and can’t wait for dessert.