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Sorrry but past experience suggests
Topic by: FGaipa
Posted: September 10, 2013 - 8:01 PM PDT
Last Reply: September 24, 2013 - 11:23 AM PDT

author topic: Sorrry but past experience suggests
FGaipa
post #1  on September 10, 2013 - 8:01 PM PDT  
Sorry, but...past experience suggests posting here makes a Support response more likely:

I've been trying to get into my account to cancel it (and switch to Facets which people say is more reliable, actually sending a disc more than every third month).

The correct password FGaipa/********* [actual password is in the email to Support] causes the screen to refresh to a blank login. Any wrong password brings up an "incorrect password" message. So it recognizes me and my password, but will not go to my "Your Account."

Can you just cancel me? Or else reset it so that I can cancel me?

Thanks,

fg
FGaipa
post #2  on September 10, 2013 - 8:57 PM PDT  
And sorry again, for the tripling. The site was behaving oddly.


> Can you just cancel me? Or else reset it so that I can cancel me?
>
> Thanks,
>
> fg
>
> ---------------------------------

Blumphf
post #3  on September 11, 2013 - 5:26 PM PDT  
Dude, if you really want to cancel and are getting the runaround from GC about it, just contact your credit card and tell them to cancel charges from here. Believe me, if I hadn't gotten a disc shipped to me since June, I would have cancelled in July!
------------------

As for this site, it's been behaving oddly for months now...

When I'm at home, a lot of times trying to log in here I get a mostly blank "service unavailable" white screen.

And logging in when I'm at work, sometimes i get redirected to some site called "Flix" something, definitely not Greencine.

I've got 8 greens remaining and I'm most probably outta here after those.


kaream
post #4  on September 11, 2013 - 7:43 PM PDT  
> On September 10, 2013 - 8:01 PM PDT FGaipa wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Sorry, but...past experience suggests posting here makes a Support response more likely:
>
> I've been trying to get into my account to cancel it (and switch to Facets which people say is more reliable, actually sending a disc more than every third month).
>
> The correct password FGaipa/********* [actual password is in the email to Support] causes the screen to refresh to a blank login. Any wrong password brings up an "incorrect password" message. So it recognizes me and my password, but will not go to my "Your Account."
>
> Can you just cancel me? Or else reset it so that I can cancel me?
>
> Thanks,
>
> fg
>
> ---------------------------------

Wow - I can understand the triple postings, what with the website constantly timing out, and sometimes going ahead and posting anyway. But Paul has recently been very good at answering Support emails, I thought. Not necessarily very helpfully, but at least sending a response. But I haven't tried canceling yet. That might be different.

And to the contrary, I've been under the impression that no GC staff ever even looks at these board posts; but who knows?

About Facets: actually I came here tonight to update my experience so far, and will add new comments to the other thread that I've been posting to. Their site very definitely has its quirks and drawbacks; if what I've said sounded like "more reliable", I didn't mean for it to, because I hadn't had enough experience with them to judge their reliability. Are there other subscribers you know of, other than me, who have attested to their reliability?

Instead of repeating my comments on Facets here, I'll just post my new update in the other thread. I will say, though, that in terms of reliability, ease of use, consistency, and any other attribute I can think of, nothing beats Netflix - regardless of how much one might hate them (including me). It's a damn good and professionally run rental subscription service. My situation is that I'm not just looking for an evening's entertainment; I'm looking for very specific movies. And Netflix just refuses to buy a lot of the ones I want, so I try to get them from other sources - here at GreenCine, as well as from my local library, and from CafeDVD; and now also from Facets. What I don't and won't do is download torrents. (But I did make one single exception to that rule - I did download a torrent of Gaspar Noe's Carne, the original story of The Butcher, which continues in I Stand Alone and then in Irreversible. Carne is only 40 minutes long, and as far as I've been able to find out, has never been issued on DVD).
kaream
post #5  on September 12, 2013 - 1:56 AM PDT  
Frank, I hope I'm not trespassing on your privacy or intentions here, but since you have long been such an astute reviewer and commentator on films, if you do succeed in canceling GreenCine your posted link to these will disappear.
I'd like to salvage that link for "posterity" such as it might be, at least until GC should fold, or these board messages might be wiped.

The link you have posted on your subscriber profile page is
--My film comments at IMDB: http://imdb.com/user/ur1776912/comments

I've never tried to "review" a film, but fwiw I have posted a few comments in the discussion boards at IMDb, using the same name "kaream" that I use here. Not many, but a few.
FGaipa
post #6  on September 12, 2013 - 5:20 PM PDT  
Not sure why I'm still getting in here. Support promised to cancel my account.

Actually I consider myself, though somewhat well-informed, a mostly useless film reviewer. Why? Because most were painfully subjective. I couldn't care less about persuading anyone to see a film, wrote, if anything, for people who'd already seen the one in question. I had no serious interest in objectivity. Those IMDB reviews are all quite old. I never look at them. I was playing with words, the frustrated writer in me.

For nearly five years, until this April I taught writing to California inmates, using my own writing tries, poetry and fiction, to inspire them, at the state pen in Tracy where I retired early as Senior Librarian. Now jobless with income, barely, to get by, I'm struggling to unblock myself, but not much inclined to more film reviews.

Don't know where anyone here is from, but I'm Bay Area, a frequenter of the Pacific Film Archive, the SFIFF, and other local festivals. May attend the Mill Valley for my first time this years. Probably more venues and more films now, since I'm not working.

Kareem, if you're interesting in Asian film, check out this paste-in of my post to our local group:

I guess no one much in the group follows this stuff, unless **** with her public library or possibly *****, but the following is a remarkably delicate 48-minute animated film I just watched and strongly recommend, a not-quite romance between a fifteen-year-old high-school student and an ambiguously disgraced former English lit teacher. NF has it only a Save. Neither Facets nor GreenCine has it:

The Garden of Words (2013) directed by Shinkai Makoto.

Each of Makoto's other works listed at IMDB is also notable, but he seems to be maturing.

From the recent J-Pop festival, the animated Wolf Children is also worth seeking out (though more conventional than Makoto's works), as were the live action Dreams for Sale, Himizu (Sion Sono), Lesson of Evil (Miike), and less seriously but serious fun Ruroni Kenshin and Library Wars.

Dreams for Sale could be characterized as a non-lethal riff on The Honeymoon Killers.

Library Wars deserves a tongue-in-cheek English-language remake with the American right and Tea Party as institutionalized book burners.

fg


> On September 12, 2013 - 1:56 AM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Frank, I hope I'm not trespassing on your privacy or intentions here, but since you have long been such an astute reviewer and commentator on films, if you do succeed in canceling GreenCine your posted link to these will disappear.
> I'd like to salvage that link for "posterity" such as it might be, at least until GC should fold, or these board messages might be wiped.
>
> The link you have posted on your subscriber profile page is
> --My film comments at IMDB: http://imdb.com/user/ur1776912/comments
>
> I've never tried to "review" a film, but fwiw I have posted a few comments in the discussion boards at IMDb, using the same name "kaream" that I use here. Not many, but a few.
> ---------------------------------

kaream
post #7  on September 13, 2013 - 4:08 PM PDT  
> On September 12, 2013 - 5:20 PM PDT FGaipa wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Not sure why I'm still getting in here. Support promised to cancel my account.

      --Nearly 24 hours later, you're still listed as a subscriber right now.


> Actually I consider myself, though somewhat well-informed, a mostly useless film reviewer. Why? Because most were painfully subjective. I couldn't care less about persuading anyone to see a film, wrote, if anything, for people who'd already seen the one in question. I had no serious interest in objectivity. Those IMDB reviews are all quite old. I never look at them. I was playing with words, the frustrated writer in me.
>
> For nearly five years, until this April I taught writing to California inmates, using my own writing tries, poetry and fiction, to inspire them, at the state pen in Tracy where I retired early as Senior Librarian. Now jobless with income, barely, to get by, I'm struggling to unblock myself, but not much inclined to more film reviews.

      --Whether or not you may have abandoned or disowned your IMDb reviews, I've found them interesting and worthwhile. Subjective is good.


> Don't know where anyone here is from, but I'm Bay Area, a frequenter of the Pacific Film Archive, the SFIFF, and other local festivals. May attend the Mill Valley for my first time this years. Probably more venues and more films now, since I'm not working.
>
> Kaream, if you're interesting in Asian film, check out this paste-in of my post to our local group:
>
>> I guess no one much in the group follows this stuff, unless **** with her public library or possibly *****, but the following is a remarkably delicate 48-minute animated film I just watched and strongly recommend, a not-quite romance between a fifteen-year-old high-school student and an ambiguously disgraced former English lit teacher. NF has it only a Save. Neither Facets nor GreenCine has it:
>
>> The Garden of Words (2013) directed by Shinkai Makoto.
>
>> Each of Makoto's other works listed at IMDB is also notable, but he seems to be maturing.
>
>> From the recent J-Pop festival, the animated Wolf Children is also worth seeking out (though more conventional than Makoto's works), as were the live action Dreams for Sale, Himizu (Sion Sono), Lesson of Evil (Miike), and less seriously but serious fun Ruroni Kenshin and Library Wars.
>
>> Dreams for Sale could be characterized as a non-lethal riff on The Honeymoon Killers.
>
>> Library Wars deserves a tongue-in-cheek English-language remake with the American right and Tea Party as institutionalized book burners.
>
> fg
>
     --Thanks for these suggestions. Personally I'm not much into anime. I've seen Miike's "Fudoh--New Generation" and "Audition", but am not that interested in pursuing him much further. On the other hand, I was blown away by Sono's "Strange Circus"; I've also seen "Suicide Club", "Noriko's DT" and "Exte" (a real trip), and have several others in my NF queue. I had listed Sono in my long posts in the Recommendation thread under "Home Releases".

     --Amazon says "Garden of Words" was just released August 6, so one or another rental service might eventually pick it up.

     --I assume you've seen my more recent comments about Facets. At this point I'm not at all sure they will be more useful than GreenCine in terms of actually being able to get stuff - but at least their site isn't afflicted with the terrible delays and time-outs that GC keeps experiencing. I do keep running into various kinds of frustrating hiccups there, though. In terms of overall website design, GC's is better than theirs.
FGaipa
post #8  on September 15, 2013 - 8:48 AM PDT  
Diamajin 3 (pretty awful - just completism) had been in my GC queue as a "yellow" for at least three years, maybe five. It's on its way in my first batch from Facets.

But--oh shoot--now I see there's a Blu-Ray at Amazon for $11.98 and even the out of print regular DVDs have come down a bit. At least Facets saved me the money and shelf space.

fg

Kaream wrote:
>      --I assume you've seen my more recent comments about Facets. At this point I'm not at all sure they will be more useful than GreenCine in terms of actually being able to get stuff - but at least their site isn't afflicted with the terrible delays and time-outs that GC keeps experiencing. I do keep running into various kinds of frustrating hiccups there, though. In terms of overall website design, GC's is better than theirs.
> ---------------------------------

kaream
post #9  on September 16, 2013 - 2:47 PM PDT  
> On September 15, 2013 - 8:48 AM PDT FGaipa wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Diamajin 3 (pretty awful - just completism) had been in my GC queue as a "yellow" for at least three years, maybe five. It's on its way in my first batch from Facets.
>
> But--oh shoot--now I see there's a Blu-Ray at Amazon for $11.98 and even the out of print regular DVDs have come down a bit. At least Facets saved me the money and shelf space.
>
> fg
>
> Kaream wrote:
> >      --I assume you've seen my more recent comments about Facets. At this point I'm not at all sure they will be more useful than GreenCine in terms of actually being able to get stuff - but at least their site isn't afflicted with the terrible delays and time-outs that GC keeps experiencing. I do keep running into various kinds of frustrating hiccups there, though. In terms of overall website design, GC's is better than theirs.
> ---------------------------------

I have to admit I'm pretty much a completist too for many of the directors I listed in the "Home Releases: Recommendation thread". I have a fairly small collection of commercial DVDs that I've bought because at the time they were not available from any rental service. If you can deal with Region 2 discs, Amazon.co.uk has lots of stuff that Amazon.com does not, and not infrequently their prices are better. (I always go with Marketplace vendors that maintain a good feedback reputation, and have no hesitation in buying "Used-Good"; after all, that's exactly what we're getting with rental discs. And, purchases are warranted.)

I just now posted another update on my experience with Facets, in the "A likely answer to the ..." thread, to keep them all together.
kaream
post #10  on September 24, 2013 - 11:23 AM PDT  
> On September 13, 2013 - 4:08 PM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On September 12, 2013 - 5:20 PM PDT FGaipa wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Not sure why I'm still getting in here. Support promised to cancel my account.
>
>       --Nearly 24 hours later, you're still listed as a subscriber right now.
> ---------------------------------

And now on September 24, you're still listed as a member. Are they still charging you, or are you gone but GC just hasn't yet removed your profile?

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