Beta, Beta, Beta Android

HI, this is just an update on the status of our Movies Plus Android TV App. It’s still in freak’n beta! I can’t believe it!

After putting all the content together on our Youtube channel, and then linking it to my Android App…I found that my Developer made some crucial mistakes. He did something wrong with the ADmob code and/or the Youtube player. It’s so frustrating that I’ve decided to write the App myself.

Yes, this will take a little time…but hopefully I’ll have it all together in the next few weeks. In which case, I’ll be posting a link here and some details about the content.

For the time being, if you’d like to check out my Youtube channel and watch and/or submit a film…then I hope you visit this link. You can use the discuss/comment section on Youtube or visit my FB page: Facebook.com/MetroFilmFestival.

Her we are on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIagMoZV1kp02nIJTQUdIAQ

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FREE on ROKU

We’re now live on Roku. If you have a Roku box or stick then Movies Plus TV is a great destination for free content. Note: Roku’s new stick costs around $24 and it works with HDMI and RCA cables. I like it better than my old Roku1, although I admit that I use my Roku1 on my second TV, aka my Man-Cave TV.

You can add “Movies Plus TV” if you search for it via your device or scroll through the Movies and TV section (aka Film & TV.) Here’s a link to the Channel online. https://channelstore.roku.com/details/204413

Also please note that our Movies Plus channel on Amazon Fire TV has different content. 41tcyxv4ivl
And the Amazon version is a paid App, it’s only a one time charge of $2. If you’re a filmmaker the Amazon channel is a great place for exposure, because we reach over 340,000 subscribers. If you have a Fire device you can find it in the Movies and TV category, we’re ranked near Showtime and the CW. Or you may add it from the Amazon website: https://www.amazon.com/Apple-Pie-Films-Movies-Plus/dp/B013MBOC4S

Coming soon is our Android App – it will be a Youtube channel TV app, which means you’ll get yet another version of the Movies Plus catalog of content. This time it’s Youtube videos – features, shorts, and unique web-tv content. It’s in Beta, and the final App will be free, so please visit here for a link soon, or see our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/MetroFilmFestival

That’s about it for now. As always, you may find me on Facebook.com/DeanLach and you examine my CTV/OTT channels on www.MetroFilmFestival.com or www.MoviesPlus.org

Cheers,
Dean

The Top 12 things Sci-Fi fans may hate about Star Trek Discovery

1. It’s DARK. The show does not embrace the principles of Diversity and Enlightenment that many of us expect from Star Trek.

2. 3D Animaton. The outer space scenes are flat, dark, and the animated ships are not as beautiful as constructed-models. It still can be done, see The Orville.

3. Klingon Boobies. Brief, but aggressive sex scenes may just embarrass your kids and your mom too.

4. Fast subtitles. The Klingon translations run too fast, and the Klingon dialog sounds clunky, it reminds me of when they fed a horse named Mr. Ed peanut butter.

5. 12 actors, or less. Important characters get killed off, and there are very few supporting actors. I expect to see supportive crew that make it plausible to operate an enormous space ship like the Discovery.

6. The F word. Battlestar Galactica was smart enough to say FRAK, but apparently in this future, the Star Fleet crew finds the need to express themselves with foul language and mediocre attitudes. Not in front of my kid, please.

7. Rehashed storylines. After 2 to 3 seasons I expect to see a Parallel Universe or something like a Flashback episode, but not in the first season.

8. No Women. I miss the days when gorgeous women like “Seven of Nine” commanded attention on Star Trek Voyager. I think Discovery could use a little more eye candy. Discovery’s White-Dressed Klingon chick with the cud-chewing voice makes me woof my cookies.

9. Lazy Susans. I hate it when Evil Empress’s use Lazy Susans to spin around in order to impress people. Okay, so this is kind of a spoiler, but only if you take notice of the scene I’m referring to.

10. No Badguys. I have to admit that up until about the 6th episode I couldn’t really tell if StarFleet or the Klingons were the evil-doers.

11. It’s Muddy. Just when I thought Star Fleet was going to administer a little justice, judgement is cast in the opposite way that an old Star Trek episode would have played out.

12. Legacy Killer. After watching the first 12 episodes, I find Star Trek Discovery is not bold or ground breaking – but rather predictable and disappointing. I hope they change this, because I’d hate to see the Star Trek legacy marred.

– Dean Lachiusa, curator for Movies Plus

Paczki is pronounced PUNCH-KEY

YUMMY…Detroit has some of the most diverse food! The “Paczki” is pronounced PUNCH-KEY.

It all started centuries ago when the Kazak’s were invading Poland.

The Poles, who were a passive, but very ingeniuitve tribe were caught off guard while celebrating Lent. But fortunately, the Poles had prepared for Lent by feasting on their seasonal treat, the Paczki donut.

When the warring Kazak’s approached the Polish border, the Poles quickly grabbed the Paczki’s that had not been consumed prior to Lent, and they loaded the stale donuts into the “KEY” on their only weapon, the Catapult. (The “key” is the part of the Catapult in which medievil folks would put a boulder or flaming bail of hay…)

So, the Poles hurled the rock hard Paczki’s at their enemies, and when impacting the enemy line the impact “PUNCHED” holes in the enemy defenses.

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It’ true…honest 😉

Uggh, I hate to ask for help

Movies Plus just reached our goal of 100,000 subscribers, and I plan to add more and more great content, without commercial adverts.

How can I do it?

With your help.  Please send whatever you can afford to gift/donate to me via the Paypal service.  paypal-print(If you don’t like using Paypal, then use your favorite service and my webmail address.)

Whatever you donate or gift me, it all goes into Movies Plus.  5 bucks…$50…whatever you send will be greatly appreciated by me. AND if you like, comment here or via the PayPal/email, and I can add your name to our list of supporters here on this blog and/or on MoviesPlus.  Thank you.

To send money via PayPal to my webmail (DeanLach@yahoo.com) it’s pretty simple, or click the donate button below and it will be an easy process too.

Thank you,

Dean Lachiusa, curator for Movies Plus.

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Diversity confuses some people

Today I visited Amazon to read a few of the latest comments about my latest publishing venture, a Fire TV channel.

Like many of the big-league channels on Amazon Fire TV, my ratings are 3 stars.  Don’t ask me how or why really.  It could be because I don’t have allot of the Bruce Willis movies or other Hollywood studio films that (some) folks expect to see on TV for free.

Maybe it’s for more abstract reasons:  My Movies Plus channel is free, and people just don’t believe that anything good is free.  Or the fact that Movies Plus doesn’t have any advertising…and people like to have commercial-breaks so that they may get a snack while watching TV.

Okay, so I admit my “abstract” examples are not abstract, they’re just plain dumb.

This brings me to “Diversity.”  Maybe people just don’t get it, or they don’t want to accept it.  When I read a comment today that was simply stated: “Hate it.”  I said to myself…What’s to hate?  There’s over a dozen genres/categories on my channel that offer over two hundred programs to choose from.

For example, there’s Slow TV programming that is designed to help you relax, like the 2 hour fireplace video…My “Slow TV” shows are yours to watch for free, when the same content is offered for $2 or more elsewhere on Fire TV.  And there’s Boxing Matches that are typically a PPV event.  Yes, Boxing would cost you a few bucks to watch on ANY platform, but it’s here free if you choose to watch it.

In addition to the special programming on Movies Plus, there are TV shows and Movies of all Genres, including award winning 3D animation shorts like “Doroga.”  And there are new, Indpependently produced Science Fiction movies, Horror films, Action, Drama, Comedy programs…Plus Classics like “Virus,” and the film-purist’s delight “Phantom Carriage.”

And there’s some of the best documentary movies found anywhere, like the infamous “Yes Men,” and the topical/world-changing movie “Billions In Change.”  And I have to mention my sub-genres and categories that highlight the work of Darkstone Entertainment (Plan 9, Skeleton Key, etc.)  Plus of course there’s Music, Lifestyle stuff like Yoga, and News programs by DW.  Ohh, and one more off the wall category: Fan Films by Star Trek, Star Wars, and Warcraft filmmakers.

So my question is…How can anyone “hate” so many different TV shows and Movie programs?  I mean, you cannot…you simply cannot “hate” all of the material on a mult-genre channel like mine, so therefore how can anyone leave a comment that they  “hate” an entire Channel.

I guess, if you are not comfortable with Diversity or the expression of independent viewpoints…then maybe you can “hate” an entire channel like mine.

And there you have it, congrats to me — because I managed to write an entire article voicing my opinion of someone else without writing angry or meaningless one-word expressions of how I feel about folks who think the way a “hater” thinks.

Doh!  Haters, I hate that 😉

-Dean Lachiusa