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a precautionary to movies ..

why am i blogging about movies you say, why should you prefer my blog to the infinite other blogs, websites which tell you about movies ?? i dont got not reason. im just blogging on movies because im out of space on my comp and im trying to fight my urge right now to buy a new external hard drive cos i cant remember all of the awesome movies i've seen so far. so, whenever i feel of watching a movie, i try recollecting about a movie i've seen or just for kicks, i just get back to this blog and read about whatever movie i want to which i've blogged about by then. and before i write anything else, i should mention to you that i am(or atleast i think i am) a geek/nerd. i like scifi a lot; mystery, thrillers and horror too but scifi a lot more. so, all of my reviews will probably be oriented that way. 

and before anything i post i also want to tell one important thing. You've all heard of Star Wars one way or the other, classmates using star wars references etc and being interested myself, a lot of my friends kept telling me to watch the movies. So, i watched them and because im not that big a geek, so big that i would go on wikipesia or some movie review website to check out about the movie, the series or it's rating, i just downloaded the movies and watched them in order. And i think from what i learnt, the numbers usually goes 1,2,3,4,5,6. So, i watched star wars 1,2,3 before 4,5,6. You might not know how this effects cos you don't know about the series, neither did i. So, after watching 1,2,3; i start on 4,5,6 and im kind of stumped by the bad quality of the movie, thinking it's a spoof or a bad quality video, i download them again, this time from better sources. But its the same thing. Now, finally i go to wiki and realise that 4,5,6 were the originals, and 1,2,3 were made a prequels to the originals sometime in the 90s, Hence the better quality of 1,2,3 than 4,5,6. and cos the movies 1,2,3 look a lot better, once you've gone through these you wont feel like watching the other three. I myself have not been able to watch the other three fully till now, forwarding all the while everytime i try watching them. and the worse thing is, every star wars geek, bragging about how awesome the movies are never mentions this fact. my co geeks never mentioned this to me and now im sad. I'm just sad, sad, sad. 

So, if you want to watch Star Wars, the order is 4,5,6 and then 1,2,3. That's it for nowand till next time  "Live long and Prosper. "

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