The Last of June’s Streaming Netflix Releases

Here are the last of June’s titles. If you don’t find anything to watch, the July catalog dump is on the way.

Action/Adventure: Green Street Hooligans: Undefeated

Cupcakes

Comedy: Cupcakes, After the Ball, Walking with the Dead, Ralphie May: Imperfectly Yours

Miss Simone

Documentary: What Happened Miss Simone?, Ballet 422, My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

Drama: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Beyond the Lights, Advantageous

Faith: Confessions of a Prodigal Son

Family: Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

King of Comedy

Foreign: Hasee Toh Phasee, Tai Chi Master, King of Comedy, God of Cookery, Total Siyappa, Ugly

Music: Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour

Television: Dragons: Race to the Edge and new episodes of Young & Hungry

Thriller: The Barber

R.I.P. Patrick Macnee 1922-2015

Well, June has not been a good month for my childhood heroes. First, we lost the last great horror actor, Christopher Lee, and now time has done what no number of outlandish Avengers enemies could – taken John Steed away. Both actors lived to a wonderful age of 93 but no amount of time is enough.

Patrick Macnee

Patrick Macnee had 167 roles on imdb and while many of them were memorable, he will always be remembered as John Steed in The Avengers. Not just that but while he had many partners, he will always be linked with Diana Rigg’s Emma Peel.

The Avengers ran from 1961 to 1969 and starred Ian Hendry with Patrick Macnee’s John Steed as the sidekick. It really hit its stride when Ian Hendry left to become a movie star (rookie mistake, right David Caruso?) and Steed became the central character with several very capable female partners. First, Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore from Goldfinger) as Catherine Gale, then Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, and finally Linda Thorson as Tara King.

John Steed and Patrick Macnee were brought back in 1976-77 for The New Avengers. Here John Steed leads a team consisting of Joanna Lumley as Purdey and Gareth Hunt as Gambit. It tries but doesn’t have the wonderful sense of style that the original did. Macnee also has a voiceover in the dreadful The Avengers movie with Ralph Fiennes as John Steed.

The Avengers

 

Sadly, Netflix doesn’t even recognize Macnee in their actor database so go buy Season 5 of The Avengers on Amazon. It is easily the best of the series and features all of the color episodes featuring Diana Rigg.

Rest in peace, Patrick Macnee, you will be missed.

Showtime, Netflix, Hulu This ‘n’ That

A little bit of this, a little bit of that from the pay services. Introducing even more options for cutting your cable and enjoying services a la carte. Admittedly I already have way too much to watch at any given moment. Now if only I could get TCM as a standalone…

Showtime

 

Not to be outdone by HBO Now, Showtime has a standalone service of its own for $11 a month (premiering in July). Of course, they are currently offering a 30-day FREE trial so definitely check it out. While you are at it, may I recommend Penny Dreadful. I thoroughly enjoyed the first season and look forward to seeing season 2 at some point.

Hulu

 

If you already pay for Hulu then you can add Showtime to your subscription for another $9 a month ($2 off the standalone price).

Netflix

 

Netflix just revamped its interface for quicker loading. I tried it and indeed it does load much faster.

Regal Perimeter Point 10

 

Well, I had to go out of town for a conference last weekend. Here was the Ice & Vending machine sign by the elevators:

Ice & End

 

I believe that sign was intended to warn me of the upcoming Ice Age. We got to go to Regal Perimeter Pointe:

Perimeter Pointe

 

Perimeter Pointe 10 as its name suggests has ten theaters. It was pretty standard for a Regal Cinema. There were no special concession items but they had my Coke Icee so I was happy. The only interesting part was the new Regal card I covered yesterday.

Our screen was playing San Andreas while everyone else was at Jurassic World. My granddaughter loved going as she always does though she was bored when the buildings weren’t falling down. She particularly liked the Peanuts display.

Peanuts

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 6/23/15

Here are the new Netflix streaming releases:

Comedy: Daddy’s Home

Backstreet Boys

Documentary: Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, Girlhood, The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison, Point and Shoot, GasLand

The Butler

Drama: Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Supremacy, Cake, All the Wilderness

Curious George

Family: Curious George (2006), 16-Love

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Ascension

Foreign: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, Revolver Rani

Television: The Birthday Boys, Some Assembly Required, Cedar Cove, Earth from Above, and new episodes of Heartland

Thriller: A Most Wanted Man

Monday This n That – Hulu and AMC vs Regal

Hulu

 

* Hulu just sent me a notice that their subscription service will no longer be called Hulu Plus. Instead it will just be Hulu. No other changes, just a slight rebranding.

AMC Theater

 

* Since Regal is trying to come up with a rewards program that is more compelling than AMC Stubs (and presumably charge for it once it gets off the ground, again a la Stubs), AMC is upstaging Regal’s wonderful recliner program.

AMC Recliner

Introducing Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime: “Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime combines the most powerful image and sound technologies with cutting-edge, reserved recliners.” I loved the Regal recliners in Charlotte and enjoyed the reserved seating (you can buy tickets online and always save your favorite seat without waiting in huge lines). I haven’t had the opportunity to try the AMC power recliners but they are supposed to ‘pulsate with the action’ so a low bass effect, perhaps?

AMC has the program active at AMC North Point Mall 12 in Georgia, AMC BarryWoods 24 in Missouri, and AMC Deerbrook 24 in Texas. Additional rollouts are expected shortly in California, Kansas, New York, Texas, and Illinois.

Classics on the Big Screen – Jaws, Dracula, Double Indemnity

Apparently TCM’s big screen re-release of Gone with the Wind was a big success. I love seeing classic movies on the big screen. Turner Classic Movies is bringing a slew of classic movies to local theaters at the rate of one a month. Tickets and locations are available through Fathom Events.

Jaws

 

With Jurassic World currently dominating the screen, it seems fitting that the first one brought back is the original Jaws. All of the films will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays. Jaws will be shown on 6/21 and 6/24. Ticket price is a bit steep at $15 but don’t blame your theater. That is just Fathom’s low-end pricing (if you’ve been to one of their operas, you know what I mean). I am looking forward to finally seeing this on the big screen.

Double Indemnity

7/19 & 7/22 – Double Indemnity (presumably chosen as representative of the channel’s Summer of Darkness and their wonderful FREE online course on Film Noir.

8/16 & 8/19 – Grease

9/20 & 9/23 – Psycho (Hitchcock)

Dracula

10/25 & 10/28 – Dracula double feature (1931) – The Lugosi version AND the Spanish version that was filmed on the same sets

11/29 & 12/2 – Roman Holiday

12/20 & 12/23 – Miracle on 34th Street

Lots of FREE Movies at the Theater – Jurassic World

Vudu

Haven’t shelled out the bucks for Jurassic World yet? Buy one of the original three films on Vudu ($9.99) and score a FREE ticket ($7 Fandango promo code) to Jurassic World (offer ends 6/26).

Avengers Age of Ultron

Wal-Mart still has specially marked boxes of Eggos that will score you a FREE movie ticket. Ignore the Avengers: Age of Ultron packaging – the FREE ticket is good for any movie. Wal-Mart also has an endcap with varios movie moneys attached to DVDs and Blu-Rays.

Jurassic World

I’m not sure how long this offer will last but Amazon is offering the Jurassic World Premiere Pack for $29.99 and you will a $15 Fandango promo code to see Jurassic World, the original Jurassic Park in digital format, and the pre-order for the Blu-Ray combo pack of Jurassic World.

Regal doesn’t understand what BOGO is supposed to mean. They currently have a Father’s Day promotion where if you buy someone (that someone can be you) a $50 gift card, they will send you, the buyer, an additional $10 gift card.

FREE movie tickets for Terminator Genisys have started popping up on Blu-Rays in Target. Unfortunately list on the Blu-Rays is a little high at the moment ($14.99 and up). Expect those prices to come down when they get featured in an ad at the end of June.

Regal’s New Crown Club Card

Regal Cinemas

 

I spent the past weekend at a conference in Atlanta with my wife and granddaughter. I hate Atlanta – too hot, too many people, too much traffic – but while I was there, I got to try out Regal’s new pilot program for their rewards card. It is currently in Beta and I am not sure what other markets it is in (certainly not our Asheville one).

I have to say both that I hate it and that I cannot wait until it comes to Asheville. Periodically, theaters and stores will revise their rewards programs in order to ‘serve you better’. This is typically market speak for we are taking away what you liked about our program and giving you something far worse and cutting your benefits but we’ll make it shiny so you won’t notice (looking at you Best Buy).

Their current program gives you a point per dollar spent, with a lot of caps and restrictions, namely a maximum of 20 box office credits per day (two tickets at most theaters will put you over that) and only a handful of credits for concessions. Every 50 points nets you something (small popcorn, small soda, movie ticket) in a set rotation.

The new program removes the point caps and restrictions (nice) and allows you to choose your own reward (incredibly nice) but makes those rewards much more expensive (gotcha!). It changes the point system to one you can spend and makes it a point per penny instead of per dollar so switching makes you think you are getting a lot more.

What makes the new program worthwhile? Well, in addition to the now overpriced FREE drinks, popcorn, and movies, you can use your points for movie tchochkes! The most expensive thing they had were 27″x40″ movie posters of current and upcoming features for 11,000 points. Some tchotchkes were already sold out like Jurassic World pins and a pretty nifty Mad Max backpack.

I would much rather earn points for tchotchkes than continue to get FREE popcorns that I save for my wife, small sodas that I have to pay to upgrade, and movie tickets where I’m going to go to the movie anyway.

The new program also had bonus points for daily movie visits at three different levels of membership (a la the new Coke Rewards program). Thankfully unlike Coke, the program does not rely on social media to up your level. On your sixth visit, you get Emerald status (250 extra points per day you attend I think). On your 20th visit of the year, you get the highest level which nets you 1,000 bonus points per day you attend. I will say that the points plus the highest bonus level points did not equal as fast as you earn rotational rewards now.

Sadly, while I was in the program for seeing a movie in Atlanta, as soon as I went to a movie on my return to Asheville, it switched me back to the regular rewards program and now I have no access to the beta test. /sigh if only I had spent those points before seeing Jurassic World.

It was fun while it lasted and I look forward to the corporate-wide rollout. With a good enough set of movie merchandise, I could see making Regal my go to destination for the movies.

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 6/16/15

The real winners this week are the darkly comic Nightcrawler and the third season of Orange is the New Black, which I have not had a chance to watch.

Action/Adventure: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Anime: InuYasha, Nana, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Free the Nipple

Comedy: The Dramatics: A Comedy, Free the Nipple, High Fidelity, Life of Crime, Rodney Carrington: Laughter’s Good, The Cobbler

Documentary: Farewell Herr Schwarz, It’s Tough Being Loved by Jerks, Remote Area Medical, B.B. King: The Life of Riley, Champs, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Little White Lie, Bite Size, Antarctica: A Year on Ice, Austin to Boston

Rosewater

Drama: Rosewater, The Sisterhood of Night, 3 Nights in the Desert, Know How, Black Friday

Family: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, If I Had Wings

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Avengers Grimm

Foreign: Venus Talk, Paa, Eastern Boys, Gukjeshijang, Monster, Hawaizaada, Vengeance of an Assassin, When Evening Falls on Bucharest, The Legend, The Legend 2

Horror: Leprechaun Origins

Television: The Garfield Show, Quiz Time, Taratabong: The World of the Meloditties, Trotro, Vecinos, Orange is the New Black, Cuidado con el Angel, Teresa, Isa TKM, Miss XV, Toby’s Travelling Circus, Wizards vs. Aliens, Really Me, Bindi’s Boot Camp, Team Toon, Danger Mouse, Life with Boys, The Hunt with John Walsh, and new episodes of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Rita

Nightcrawler

Thriller: Nightcrawler, Snap