All too often for a story, continuity is sacrificed for the story. Or perhaps it is just ignored. Maybe it's just me, but there are so many places where these things just fall through the cracks that it's getting a bit ridiculous.

In the television show Continuum, an early episode sees the character Kiera tell Alec (future employer/friend/mentor/whatever) that even the simple things, like eye shadow, will be so much simpler, because they are dispensed in a "dose" by an applicator in the perfect amount. Yet later in the season, we see said applicator, and as the makeup is applied, she has to move her hand from left to right (or perhaps right to left, since the shot involves a mirror).

This would imply that if she did not move her hand, the applicator would not apply the "perfect" amount. That means that it's not unlike today's airbrush makeup. Now it is true that those applications are probably more limited to certain markets, such as the entertainment industry, but it shows that while a neat piece of technology may exist, it isn't as described initially, and we are left to ignore the continuity error. This is also certainly not the only example.

Our youngest has said for years that he wants to make movies. Unfortunately, he doesn't actually do so, but that is a story for another time. This does, however, lead to another discussion - the movie industry. We want to try and get him to think about what it may mean for his future.

Namely, with all things technological changing as fast as they do, it's important to understand that "making movies" may not be just what he thinks it is - and though he doesn't even make movies now, knowing that the opportunities that are presented in the future may be different from those know is equally important.

Last week I mentioned that we had tried out the Redbox DVD Vending Machine, so I figured it was only fair that I review the Netflix DVD rental service as well. While Redbox generally serves the impulse renter, Netflix is more for the serious consumer of videos. The reason being is that Redbox has no commitment. You walk up, choose a movie, swipe your card, and you're done (except for having to return your movie, and even that is optional if you want to pay a hefty price tag for it).

Netflix, meanwhile, requires you to sign up. Now you can try out the service for two weeks - and during that time you can churn through about as many DVDs as you can handle - but you still have to sign up for it, meaning you have a commitment. That isn't an entirely bad thing, however, as Netflix delivers the videos right to your door (well, the mail carrier delivers them, Netflix just sends them), and you can then drop them in the mail when you are done, shipped right back to Netflix. Postage is included in every plan. It's actually a sweet system.

With the announcement earlier this week that Wal-Mart is going to be placing Redbox DVD vending machines in many of their US stores, I figured that it was time to see if any of them had made their way to Charlotte yet. A little over a year ago, when Peter mentioned Redbox on his site, I checked to see if there were any in Charlotte, and at the time, there weren't. Now, there are a few, mostly at Harris Teeter stores.

So we decided to try out renting from one of the machines to see what it was like. Overall, the result was decent. The idea certainly has merit, but there are certainly a few ideas where it can be improved. Being able to rent a DVD almost on impulse is pretty cool. I mean if it didn't have some chance of success, why would just about every store have stacks and stacks of DVDs that you could buy on your way out the door? The main thing that we noticed was in time. That is, it needs to speed up the process just a bit. Other than that, it was a decent experience.

Bob Lee Swagger served as a Force Recon Scout Sniper, meaning he could shoot guns. He could shoot them really well, very accurately and at a very long range. Not a hundred yards, but thousands of yards. At those distances you need to consider everything and how it can change your shot. There are simply not many people that could do what he did.

That's why he was approached as a special consultant to help make sure that the president would be safe while speaking. Since it's out in the open, they want Swagger to assess all possible approaches and determine how to best protect the president from someone shooting the president, so they can offer the best protection.

It turns out that the president isn't harmed during the speech, but an archbishop from Ethiopia, standing next to the president, is killed. And since he helped scout the location, who better to do the work than Swagger himself? Soon Swagger is on the run.

What is it with Boston? If it was just the cold weather, then any New England town would have problems, but then you wouldn't have movies like Good Will Hunting (actually set around Boston) or Mystic Pizza (set nearby, but not in, Boston). While Good Will Hunting does have violence in the movie, it does also show another side of the city. But other movies, like The Departed and Mystic River definitely show a grittier side.

Whatever the case, Martin Scorsese is in fine form this time around, with an excellent case and some amazing dialog to boot.

Before she went to Washington in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, Elle Woods went to Harvard. Yes, that Harvard.

You see, it turns out she was jilted on her big night - or that's how she saw it, and that just doesn't happen to girls like her. So she did the only thing she could do, and she went to Harvard to win back her man.

But in the process of doing so, she discovered that she liked being a lawyer.

The greatness of a movie is not always measured by its box office take, though Mars Attacks actually did reasonably well in that regard. The problem is that it was not a cheap movie to make for a couple of reasons.

On one hand, the movie had a large cast of well-known talent that could not have been cheap. They may not have had large parts, which probably helped, but they still do not show up to work for free. It's just a fact of life.

On the other hand, there was plenty of destruction, and the iconic locations being destroyed can either be actually destroyed (really expensive) or, for a slightly smaller bill, virtually destroyed with lots of computer imagery. Either way, the bill adds up.

The character played by Fred Savage in The Wonder Years was a lovable little scamp. Here? Not so much.

You can scarcely blame him at first - his arm-candy girlfriend Chloe is what many men think they want. Unfortunately, she also offers a bit of baggage in that she's been cheating on our hero. When he finds that out, it sends him spiraling out of control.

Really. Even Steve Stifler may think this guy has gone too far.

Young Brantley Foster has a dream. Like many people coming to New York, he wants to make it big. But unlike many people, he wants to make it big in a different way. He isn't interested in the stage or anything mundane like that. He wants to make it big in the world of finance. So after graduation from Kansas State, he makes his way to the big city to begin his career and head straight to the top.

Unfortunately upon his arrival he finds out that the firm where he was supposed to start no longer exists, and he is now over- or underqualified for every other job in the city. The only place he has to turn is his uncle Prescott, who promptly offers him a job - in the mail room. That doesn't deter young Brantley, however.

Telling - or retelling perhaps - a true story via film is a difficult process. Most difficult perhaps is that true stories are almost always incredibly boring. This one is no exception. A nearly two-hour movie that chronicles the dreary day-in and day-out life of a middle-level employee of the FBI who has (allegedly) been handing over secrets to the Russians for nearly two decades has the trappings of excitement, but only if your name is James Bond or Jason Bourne.

In reality, it means getting up, going to work, collecting information, sifting through information, deciding what might be important, figuring out how to relay that information and then doing it all again, over and over again. This is not to say that it's not a worthwhile tale. It's just to say that it's not exciting. It is reality.