Huge Cartoon Network Stash on Netflix

Netflix just released a ton of Cartoon Network shows on streaming. This includes my children’s favorites: Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory to superhero fare such as Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited to adult swim’s Robot Chicken. (also this is published on 4/1 but is not an April Fool’s prank).

Aqua Teen Hunger Force

The Venture Bros.

The Boondocks

Robot Chicken

Chowder

Squidbillies

Ben 10, Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien

Ed, Edd, ‘n’ Eddy

Metalocalypse

Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Unlimited

Batman: The Brave and the Bold & Batman Beyond

Justice League & Justice League Unlimited

Samurai Jack

Delocated

Adventure Time

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome

Dude, What Would Happen?

Hole in the Wall

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

Generator Rex

Courage the Cowardly Dog

Johnny Bravo

Dexter’s Laboratory

The Problem Solverz

Codename: Kids Next Door

Destroy Build Destroy

Robotomy

Camp Lazlo!

Powerpuff Girls

My Gym Partner’s a Monkey

Cow and Chicken

Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends

 

Easter Choices on Netflix

Well your official Easter choices are limited to two wildly divergent selections. Happy Easter!

Easter Bunny Puppy

An Easter Bunny Puppy (2013) – Not rated

“Russ, an adorable but mildly confused little puppy, makes it his goal to become the Easter Bunny this year! But poor Russ comes up against some not-so-like-minded challengers — namely his family, who insist that dogs should be dogs, not bunnies.”

Easter Bunny Kill! Kill!

Easter Bunny Kill! Kill! (2006) – Not rated

“A single mother leaves her special-needs son in the care of her boyfriend and his friend, who cruelly abuse the little boy. But a killer dressed as the Easter Bunny sets out to avenge their demented crimes.”

On a looser reasoning you could watch…

IFC’s Greg the Bunny (2005) – Not rated

“A caustic hand puppet bunny named Greg and his band of foul-mouthed furry friends spoof the world of independent film in this short-lived comedy series that garnered a loyal cult following. After a failed stint on Fox, the show reemerged on IFC.”

 

 

Mini-Vacation and Movie Theater Tourism

I’m not fond of the word Staycation yet that appears to be what my wife and I will be doing over the next few days. We were going to travel a bit while our daughter and granddaughter were away but the new septic tank and drain field put the kibosh on that. Apparently discovering oil on your property while digging is good but a spring under the house, not so much.

McKay's

I’ll be offline for a few days, hoping that I can at least squeeze in a quick trip to McKay’s (the Knoxville location was just remodeled and they now sell board games in addition to books, movies, music and videogames), some good times with good friends, and perhaps even use some of my FREE movie tickets.

Studio Movie Grill

My loving wife had planned to take me to two famous theaters: the Studio Movie Grille in Wheaton, Illinois and The Music Box in Chicago. This has unfortunately caused me to wonder if ‘Movie Theater Tourism’ could be a thing. As if I need a new hobby/obsession.

Last of the March Netflix Updates – Mad Men!

Yay – Fifth season of Mad Men is now streaming. Time for me to catch up on some Don Draper.

Action: A Dark Truth

Comedy: Fat Kid Rules the World, Walter Latham’s Comedy After Dark, Bachelorette, The Comedy, Gayby

Documentary: The Nine Muses, Somewhere Between, You’ve Been Trumped, Dinotasia, The Mexican Suitcase, Money and Medicine, Where the Yellowstone Goes

Drama: Keep the Lights On, The Tempest, Holy Motors, In Our Nature

Family: Vampire Dog

Tai Chi Zero

Foreign: Tai Chi Zero, Tatsumi, All Together, Alois Nebel, Tales of the Night

Hold Your Breath

Horror: Hold Your Breath, Citadel

Mad Men

Sports: Faster, Pedal-Driven, The Boxing Girls of Kabul

Television: When Strangers Click, Erasing Hate, Leapfrog: Museum of Opposite Words, Leapfrog: Adventures in Shapeville Park and new episodes of Top Gear U.K. and Mad Men (Yay!)

Leaving on a Jet Plane

My wonderful daughter and granddaughter are winging their way away to spend a fun Easter holiday…elsewhere. I thought I would take this opportunity to show her that air travel is perfectly safe.

Alas, none of the fabled Airport movies are currently available on Netflix nor are the two Airplane movies that spoofed them. Air Force One, which would be ideal considering Olympus Has Fallen is currently in theaters, is also a no show as is the lower rent Turbulence series.

Concorde Affair (1978) – Not rated

When the Concorde crashes off the island of Martinique during a routine test flight, two passing fishermen pick up the sole survivor: a confused stewardess. But the plot thickens when she disappears, prompting a reporter to investigate.”

Concorde Affair was also known as Concorde Affair ’79 presumably to steal some of the advertising for Airport ’79: The Concorde.

Aftermath (1990) – Not rated

“A plane crash proves to be an epic tragedy. But for one woman, the pilot’s wife, the terrifying event opens a mystery. When the airline announces pilot error brought down the plane, she tries desperately to uncover the truth of what really happened.”

On the lighter side we have:

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987) – Rated R

“Think you’ve had a bad day? At every turn, marketing exec Neal Page’s (Steve Martin) plans to get home to his family for Thanksgiving get foiled, and somehow the loudmouthed, idiosyncratic fellow traveler Del Griffith (John Candy) is always right next to him driving him nuts. Will this odd couple make it to Chicago without killing each other? Ben Stein and Edie McClurg also appear in writer-director John Hughes’s comedy classic.”

Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40 (2010) – TV-MA

“On the heels of a humiliating incident in which he was ejected from a Southwest Airlines flight because of his generous size, director Kevin Smith bites back in this television comedy special filmed in his hometown of Red Bank, N.J. Part concert and part Q&A session, the performance finds Smith recounting tales about smoking pot with Seth Rogen, working with Bruce Willis on the critically reviled film Cop Out and more.”

Sometimes something viral comes along:

Airborne

Airborne (2012) – Unrated

“After takeoff, the passengers on a plane discover that the pilots have been brutally murdered. Suddenly, the plane disappears off the radar, and one by one, the passengers turn into dangerous, bloody psychopaths.”

Quarantine 2

Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011) – Rated R

“When a virus that turns its victims into crazed killers infects travelers on an airplane, authorities seal off the jet to let the bug run its course. Realizing they’ve been left to die, a flight attendant and a passenger plan a daring escape.”

Occasionally science fiction intrudes on an otherwise normal flight.

Millenium (1989) – Rated PG-13

“As investigator Bill Smith sifts through the wreckage of two jumbo jets, cryptic clues from flight attendant Louise lead to a startling discovery: Louise has come from the future to repopulate her dying civilization by abducting doomed passengers.”

The Langoliers

The Langoliers (1995) – Rated PG-13

“Ten people awake on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to discover that the other passengers, the flight crew and the pilots have disappeared. After a passenger (David Morse) manages to land the plane, the small group of survivors soon makes a startling discovery. Not only are they alone on the plane — they’re alone on the planet. The sole sound on Earth comes from the mysterious Langoliers, who are systematically destroying everything in their path.”

Have a happy Easter!

 

 

 

FREE April Movies at Carolina Cinemas

Here’s my monthly plug for my favorite Asheville cinema – The Carolina.

Carolina Cinemas

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m., the Asheville Film Society puts on a FREE classic movie in the cinema lounge. Membership is not required.

4/2 Torrid Zone (William Keighley,1940) – James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Pat O’Brien

4/9 Shallow Grave (Danny Boyle, 1994) – Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston

4/16 Lawyer Man (William Deterle, 1932) – William Powell, Joan Blondell

4/23 That Night in Rio (Irving Cummings, 1941) – Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda

4/30 Diplomaniacs (William A. Seiter, 1933) – Wheeler & Woolsey

ThursdayEvery Thursday night Ken & Justin put on a horror movie in the cinema lounge. Movies are FREE and start at 8 p.m. Often there is a serial playing before at 7:30-7:40.

4/4 It! The Terror from Beyond Space (Edward L. Cahn, 1958)

4/11 The Ghoul (T. Hayes Hunter, 1933) – Boris Karloff

4/18 Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon, 1985) – Jeffrey Combs (Third anniversary of Thursday Horror!)

4/25 Double feature! Earth vs. The Spider (Bert I. Gordon, 1958) and War of the Colossal Beast (Bert I. Gordon, 1958)

There will be a special screening of The Shining in one of the downstairs theaters on Wednesday 4/24 in the Big Screen Budget series. It is NOT free and will be $5 for Film Society members and $7 for non-members. The Shining will start at 7:30 and is from a brand new digital print.

 

FREE Movie Tickets – G.I. Joe, Croods, Monsters University

Cereal

Well I still have 21 boxes and 3 bags (unboxed) of Cinnamon Toast Crunch from the General Mills FREE movie ticket promotion. We’ve finished off all the boxes of Reese’s and Cocoa Puffs. I haven’t seen any new FREE movie tickets cereal in our grocery stores for quite a while.

The promotion isn’t officially over until December though so if you see some, buy them. Every two boxes nets you a FREE movie ticket.

The Croods* Wal-Mart has a display with a FREE children’s ticket for the Croods (up to $8) if you purchase particular DVDs for $8.88 (Madagascar, Shrek, Megamind).

* Most places also have this offer on the Rise of the Guardians Blu-Ray and DVD – the drawback being that Rise is $20 or more. Ick.

G. I. Joe Retaliation* Many Best Buys have an $8.99 Blu-Ray display with FREE tickets for G.I. Joe Retaliation. The Blu-Rays are Mission Impossible 1-4, Minority Report, War of the Worlds, The Hunt for Red October, Transformers, and the first G.I. Joe movie.

* Speaking of Best Buy, this week they are running the Jurassic Park movies on Blu-Ray for $16.99 with a FREE movie ticket to see Jurassic Park in 3-D.

* Disney Movie Rewards is giving away a FREE ticket to this summer’s Monsters University with purchase of Monsters, Inc on Blu-Ray.

* If you are sick of cereal, how about some pizza? Tony’s, Red Baron, and Freschetta have specially marked boxes (as do some Pagoda Chinese food boxes) that allow you to get a FREE movie ticket with purchase of four items. The promotion is Iron Man 3 themed.

* Supposedly there is a similar program on Magnum ice cream bars but I have yet to see any packages in store.

Monday This n That

* CBS now has an app for iOS users. You can now watch The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and CSI on your iPad or iPhone. Now if only they would put those shows on Hulu. I am always a year behind on How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory (and non-CBS shows Dexter, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, etc.).

* Not to be outdone ABC is going to have an app so that cable subscribers will be able to stream live TV without having to wait for the standard streaming program delay. On the other hand if you are a cable subscriber, why shouldn’t you already be able to do this?

* Verizon, like many companies before it, wants to change the way we pay for TV. They want to use their FiOS boxes to determine what their consumers are actually watching and pay the providers accordingly. While this is an intriguing idea, it is not dissimilar from efforts like Apple TV that have not borne fruit. Basically it won’t happen until the providers can see a way to make MORE profit from consumers and not less.

Hulu Plus* I don’t have an Apple TV but they got a snazzy new interface for Hulu. There are content categories across the top (TV, Movies, Kids, Queue, Etc.) and it tracks your viewing habits to suggest new episodes (presumably if you don’t already have them queued). Hopefully something similar will show up on Roku soon.

Star Trek Home Theater* Finally I love my home theater set up with movie posters over all the walls (including some autographed ones) but here’s a nice Star Trek themed home theater.

 

 

Happy Anniversary!

ActionFest

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful and oh so patient wife. Here she is aiding and abetting my action movie addiction at ActionFest (with action star Michael Jai White). Sadly there is no ActionFest this year – the ActionFest founders are taking a year off to regroup. I sure hope they will be back next year. The first three ActionFests were some of the best vacations I have ever had (There – I’ve gotten my obligatory movie news out of the way).

Marc & JennyBut I digress, this post was supposed to be about the woman who agreed oh so many decades ago to be my life partner (okay two and a fraction). She encouraged me to blog when I complained that my writing skills were getting rusty – and by encourage I mean she set up WordPress and my website for me and showed me how to use them. Because she already blogged about our personal life, I turned to my hobby, movies, for blogging. She is currently encouraging me to write my novel which I finally passed the twenty thousand word mark on (I am a glacially slow writer).

Mouse Creek FallsHere we are at Mouse Creek Falls. When we married, she had never seen mountains. After visiting The Smokies, we vacationed there as often as we could. Eventually we realized we were free to leave Florida and moved up to our vacation spot. Jenny was the driving force behind that idea.

In addition to all the love and support I could ever need, Jenny has given me gifts beyond compare, namely my two incredible daughters and through them a wonderful son-in-law and granddaughter that I love very much.

PostersShe has helped me plaster every available surface in the living room with movie posters of all sizes. For me this has turned it into my personal home theater. My youngest daughter, the make-up artist, got me a poster of her upcoming film, Mister White, signed by her and the director, Erica Summers. My eldest daughter got me a poster of The Expendables 2 signed by Chuck Norris. My treasured mother-in-law even got me an original Vincent Price poster from The Last Man on on Earth.

We aren’t actually doing much this year as we just had a septic tank replacement that spiraled out of control. Apparently it is not good to find an actual spring when digging near the house to place the tank. In spite of that I’m sure we will have a fun time. We like spending money as much as anyone but we’ve also never had a problem having fun on a budget.

She knows that I am terrible with PDAs but I just wanted to tell my wife that I love her.

Happy Anniversary Honey!

Still More March Additions to Netflix

Wow it’s been a few weeks since we added a Nicolas Cage movie!

Action: Stolen (2012 not to be confused with Stolen 2009 or 2006 which are also available)

Comedy: Miss Dial

Documentary: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Drama: Cosmopolis, Evening

Family: An Easter Bunny Puppy

Promotional: Behind the Scenes of The Croods

Television: Thomas & Friends: Muddy Matters and new episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Thriller: The Limits of Control, Sushi Girl, House Hunting

Television: Awkward and new episodes of The L Word and Pair of Kings