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Movie Night at the Virtual Cinema: Son of Frankenstein

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been using SKYBOX VR on Oculus Quest to watch movies in a virtual cinema that I didn’t get to see when they were theatrically released. The illusion of sitting in a movie theater is a convincing one, minus any reaction from the (non-existent) audience. It doesn’t change my perception of the films I’ve been watching — I’m just doing this for fun: to whet my appetite for going to the movies, and for a little VR escapism.Warning: Spoilers ahead.For the past few years, I've been watching the old Universal Monster movies in the weekends leading up to Halloween. These are the first times I'm seeing these, as they were all released well before I was born, and I never happened to catch any of them before. It's become part of my yearly tradition to try to get into the spirit of Halloween. So, watching this film in SKYBOX VR was the first time I'd ever seen the film.The Universal Monster films, like any series of films, are hit-or-miss (IMHO). …

Movie Night at the Virtual Cinema: Phantom of the Opera (1943)

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been using SKYBOX VR on Oculus Quest to watch movies in a virtual cinema that I didn’t get to see when they were theatrically released. The illusion of sitting in a movie theater is a convincing one, minus any reaction from the (non-existent) audience. It doesn’t change my perception of the films I’ve been watching — I’m just doing this for fun: to whet my appetite for going to the movies, and for a little VR escapism.Warning: Spoilers ahead.This film was a remake of the original silent film The Phantom of the Opera from 1925, which in turn was based on the novel of the same name. I've never seen the original film nor read the book, and this was my first time watching this movie, so all of this is new to me. I chose this one because for the past few years, during fall and leading up to Halloween, I've been watching the old Universal Monster movies. As this one seemed to be on the periphery of those movies, I chose it to start with, prior to O…

Movie Night at the Virtual Cinema: The War of the Worlds (1953)

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been using SKYBOX VR on Oculus Quest to watch movies in a virtual cinema that I didn’t get to see when they were theatrically released. The illusion of sitting in a movie theater is a convincing one, minus any reaction from the (non-existent) audience. It doesn’t change my perception of the films I’ve been watching — I’m just doing this for fun: to whet my appetite for going to the movies, and for a little VR escapism.Warning: Spoilers ahead.Released way before my time, this film is very loosely-based on the novel of the same name. In actuality, only the basic premise is the same, with the location and characters being different, and some of the more disturbing elements of the book not being present in the film. Martians invade Earth, tear the place up, then die from bacteria after all hope is lost.Gene Barry plays Dr. Clayton Forrester, a scientist who takes point on the whole invasion due to the lucky fact that he was camping near the location wher…

Movie Night at the Virtual Cinema: The Incredible Hulk

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been using SKYBOX VR on Oculus Quest to watch movies in a virtual cinema that I didn’t get to see when they were theatrically released. The illusion of sitting in a movie theater is a convincing one, minus any reaction from the (non-existent) audience. It doesn’t change my perception of the films I’ve been watching — I’m just doing this for fun: to whet my appetite for going to the movies, and for a little VR escapism.Warning: Spoilers ahead.I’d only seen this film once before, on DVD, maybe a year or so after it was released. I remember being surprised when it came out that they were rebooting the Hulk only 5 years after the previous Hulk movie (Ang Lee’s 2003 The Hulk), though that film had been poorly received, and now I wonder if, had the film been received better, if it would have been considered part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or if they still would have done the reboot. Regardless, on the single previous viewing I’d had of this movie, I…

A Rather Embarrassing Reason for the "Expression references a method that does not belong to the mocked object" Exception When Using Moq

I've been using Moq for ages, but today while writing a unit test ran into a runtime exception I'd never had before:Expression references a method that does not belong to the mocked object: mock => mock.GetExpiredCredentials(It.IsAny<DateTime>(), It.IsAny<DateTime>(), It.IsAny<Boolean>()).Returns<IEnumerable`1>(.fakeResults, new[] {  })I couldn't understand why. The method in question was on the interface, and if it wasn't, the code shouldn't have even compiled, yet it did. Even more confusing was that, when I Googled the error message, all the results seemed to point toward extension methods, and this method was not an extension method.It turns out, what I had done was to misplace my parentheses (facepalm)! Here's what my original take looked like:_credentialServiceMock .Setup(mock =>  mock.GetExpiredCredentials( It.IsAny<DateTime>(),  It.IsAny<DateTime>(),  It.IsAny<bool>()) .Returns(fakeResults));
And here was the cor…

Movie Night at the Virtual Cinema: Judgment at Nuremberg

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been using SKYBOX VR on Oculus Quest to watch movies in a virtual cinema that I didn’t get to see when they were theatrically released. The illusion of sitting in a movie theater is a convincing one, minus any reaction from the (non-existent) audience. It doesn’t change my perception of the films I’ve been watching — I’m just doing this for fun: to whet my appetite for going to the movies, and for a little VR escapism.Warning: Spoilers ahead.This movie was from before my time and marks the first time I watched a film using SKYBOX VR that I'd never seen before. The film is a fictionalized account of the Judges' Trial, which was a trial which took place in Germany post-World War II in which German judges were tried for their part in the atrocities of the Nazi party. Released in 1961, it stars several big-name Hollywood stars of the era, and is part of the United States National Film Registry.I have to admit that I have only a passing familiarit…

Movie Night at the Virtual Cinema: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been using SKYBOX VR on Oculus Quest to watch movies in a virtual cinema that I didn’t get to see when they were theatrically released. The illusion of sitting in a movie theater is a convincing one, minus any reaction from the (non-existent) audience. It doesn’t change my perception of the films I’ve been watching — I’m just doing this for fun: to whet my appetite for going to the movies, and for a little VR escapism.Warning: Spoilers ahead.In my last Movie Night at the Virtual Cinema, I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey, widely considered a Sci-Fi classic. This time around, I'm at the opposite end of that spectrum with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, widely considered the worst of the Star Trek films, at least among those starring the original cast. I've watched this one many times, but never had the chance to catch it in the theater, and if you've seen this movie you're probably wondering why I chose this one.
I'll be honest: Star …