Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CanIStream.it

A recent TechCrunch article mentioned a new search engine called CanIStream.it, which lets you search for movies to see whether they are available on the web. It searches the usual suspects (Hulu, Netflix, Amazone, iTunes, etc.) and even gives links to the iMDB and Rotten Tomatoes pages where applicable. Even if your movie isn't streamable, you can still find links to rent or purchase copies, and if you're interested in the Blu-Ray version, there might be an Amazon link to purchase a disc.

Sign up to receive a notification if/when your movie becomes streamable. And there's a free app in the Apple store.

CanIStream.it doesn't do TV shows, so you might still need Clicker.com for those.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Review - "The Litigators" by John Grisham

John Grisham returns to form with The Litigators. I liked The Associate, which I thought was more like his early books, but I wasn't impressed with The Confession after it. However, this latest is more like the Grisham I remember.

David Zinc has a panic attack on the way to his high-powered, specialized job as an attorney with a huge law firm in Chicago, and ends up spending the day getting drunk. He stumbles across the tiny firm of Finley & Figg and manages to get himself a new job there. Partner Wally Figg smells money when he hears of a drug that might be connected to several deaths, and he ends up dragging Oscar Finley and David into the mess. They have no case, but Wally refuses to back down. David ends up having to face the pharmaceutical company in court, though he has no experience.

Meanwhile, David and his wife have befriended a Burmese family whose son has ingested poisonous levels of lead from a toy. David takes it upon himself to track down the manufacturer and distributor and discovers in the process that he actually enjoys litigation.

Grisham brings his experience as a lawyer to this new novel, explaining the workings of the federal court system and how a tiny law firm could get in over its head. David is young and hard-working, and he's easy to root for. Besides the main story of the bad drug is the sideline of David working on behalf of the Burmese family. It feels like Grisham took his time to plot out this book, and the read is enjoyable. If you've stopped reading Grisham for a while, give The Litigators a try as Grisham seems to back to his old, legal-thrilling self.