Posts Tagged ‘Riot’

Enough with the Apps, Already

October 20, 2011

As if there aren’t enough apps for smart phones and tablet computers, apps maker Riot, the creator of Converse for the iPad and Shaken for the iPhone, has made the Showreel app, which allows an iPad owner to view movie trailers in HD. The viewer scrolls through a tray with images of movie posters at the bottom of the screen to view a trailer.  The trailers are limited to about 15 to 18 of the best that week as picked by the developers at Riot. This movie trailer app also features the year of release, tagline, short description, credits, MPAA rating and copyright information. It costs $2.99 at the Apps Store and is available for iPads running iOS 4.3 or later operating system.

As you can guess from the title, I’m not exactly going to rush out and get this app. After all, what’s the point of this other than to waste time. Isn’t it bad enough that the Internet is littered with social networking sites, social media sites and plain ol’ websites that we visit for no other reason, than for the sake of filling the dull moments of our lives with entertainment. Now movie trailers have been added to the list.

Also, having movie trailers available so easily takes away the specialness of them. What makes going to the movies so special, despite there being so many entertainment options available, is that they are larger than life. Going to see a movie in a movie theater means leaving behind all that is familiar and being immersed in another world for a while and yes, the trailers are a part of that fantasy world. If you put a movie trailer on an iPad, then it just becomes something you look at while you are waiting at the dentist’s office or worse, it will become another way for tech heads to compete with each other, as in “My smart phone is smarter than your smart phone. Mine plays HD movie trailers. Yours doesn’t even pick up You-Tube.”

So, don’t reduce movie trailers to something equivalent to waiting room entertainment. Keep the specialness, don’t get a movie trailer app. If do happen to have a movie trailer app, don’t watch in waiting rooms. Go home and try to recreate the theater experience as you watch it. You know, pop some popcorn, dim the lights and watch the movie trailer that way. Don’t let technology that is easily available take away your sense of awe and appreciation. After all, there’s more to life than searching for the latest app.

Note: The mention of the apps maker in this blog entry was done for informational purposes. It was not an endorsement of the apps maker.

Source:
http://thenextweb.com/apps/2011/09/27/showreel-brings-the-latest-and-greatest-movie-trailers-to-your-ipad-in-gorgeous-hd/