Friday This ‘n’ That – FREE 3D & YouTube Red

Epic Theatre Hendersonville

  • Intriguingly, the Epic Theatre chain has dropped their surcharge for 3D movies. I’m not a big fan of 3D movies as I find that in most movies, it serves simply as a distraction. It is supposed to make things more immersive but I find it has the opposite effect. Having said that, it is nice for patrons to have a choice without the exorbitant upcharge. Bravo, Epic!

YouTube Red

  • Borrowing a page from Hulu’s book, YouTube has introduced YouTube Red, their new ad-free service. It is $10 a month unless purchased through ios (ios charges $13). I already pay for Hulu and Netflix as well as receiving Amazon Prime because of my wife’s joy at receiving packages quickly (you can see why I don’t need cable). I can’t see shelling out for this but I can see it being useful for others (my granddaughter really enjoys toy unboxing videos).
  • This does bring up the possibility of a troubling new trend. Start something for free, get people hooked on content, then crowd the site with ads, finally offer to remove the ads if they pay each month to remove them.
  • Which brings us to microtransactions. They were an anomaly until several companies proved that you could make a fortune giving your game away and then making progress nearly impossible without a tiny tiny purchase of some in-game commodity. Now even games that cost $60 will charge you for planned but not yet released expansions, variant costumes, etc.

Spectre

  • Please pardon me as I’m off to see Spectre!

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 11/10/15

Yay! Finally catching up from vacation.

Comedy: This Isn’t Funny, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Do I Sound Gay?

Documentary: Do I Sound Gay?, Seymour: An Introduction, The Prince of Pennsylvania, Mala Mala, Goodbye Gauley Mountain

Drama: The Midnight Swim, And They Call It Summer, Wasp, The Runner, She’s Lost Control, Safelight, Big Eden

Family: No Ordinary Hero

Amapola

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Amapola

Foreign: Rouge Amargo, Amour Fou, Buen Dia Ramon

Stung

Horror: Stung, Last Shift

Television: 30 for 30: Trojan War, several Dinotrux Five Minute Favorites, Angelo Rules, The Sparticle Mystery, Total Drama, Care Bears & Cousins, Master of None, Leapfrog Letter Factory: Great Shape Mystery, Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Frontline: My Brother’s Bomber, and new episodes of Last Tango in Halifax and Julius Jr.

Thriller: Bound to Vengeance

 

New November Netflix Streaming, 2 of 2

Redeemer

Action & Adventure: The Newton Boys, Redeemer

Anime: The Seven Deadly Sins

Saturday Night Fever

Classic: Saturday Night Fever

Comedy: Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand-Up Ever

Documentary: Ninja Shadow Warriors, The Real Beauty and the Beast, Samurai Headhunters, The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz, Silenced, SlingShot, The Thread, Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine, Turf War: Lions and Hippos, Twinsters, Venom Islands, World War II Spy School, If You Build It, Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

Rain Man

Drama: The Pardon, Rain Man, Starlet, Cruel & Unusual

Family: Open Season 2, Open Season 3, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, assorted Thomas & Friends Christmas specials

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Robot Overlords

Foreign: The Maneater, Wolf Warrior

Horror: Stephen King’s Thinner, Kristy

Television: Pasion de Gavilanes, Psychic Investigators, Secrets of the Third Reich, Secrets: Golden Raft of El Dorado, Speed Kills, Still Game, Top Boy, Truly Strange, Woody Allen: A Documentary, Worst Year of My Life Again, Popples, and new episodes of Urban Legends, The 100, and Dreamland

Thriller: Return to Sender

New November Netflix Streaming, 1 of 2

Well, I’m back from a much-needed vacation to post a belated report of November’s catalog titles.

Action and Adventure: 11 Blocks, Leon the Professional, Men in Black II, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Enemy Below

Classic: Desk Set, The Enemy Below, Harry and Tonto

Comedy: Addams Family Values, Can’t Hardly Wait, Full Frontal, Half Baked, Major League

Documentary: America’s Secret D-Day Disaster, Awake: The Life of Yogananda, Black Mamba: Kiss of Death, Black Wings, Blondie’s New York, Bombs Bullets and Fraud, The Day Kennedy Died, Death Beach, Everybody Street, The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, Hip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes, Hitler’s Riches, Hunt for the Super Predator, I Touched All Your Stuff, Journey to the Safest Place on Earth, Last Days in Vietnam, Leopard Fight Club, Malaysia 370: The Plane That Vanished, Mandela My Dad and Me, Moving Art: Waterfalls, Moving Art: Underwater

Drama: A Christmas Kiss, The Devil’s Advocate, Doomsdays, Five Star, The Last Time You Had Fun, Magic City Memoirs

Family: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure, Bob the Builder’s White Christmas, Hercules Saves Christmas

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Impostor

Foreign: Bang Bang!

Harbinger Down

Horror: Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh, Harbinger Down, The Haunting, The Legend of Hell House

Television: Apocalypse: The Second World War, Black Books, China’s Forbidden City, Civil War 360, The Da Vinci Detective, David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Laid, Little Lunch, Midsomer Murders

Angel Heart

Thriller: Angel Heart, Gothika

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

Sorry, no posts this week as I am enjoying a much needed vacation with my darling, ever-so-supportive wife. I’m looking forward to knocking two more countries off my bucket list (Belize and Honduras) and finally sharing our love of cruising with my oldest and dearest friends.

Spectre

I hope to be back to a full slate of posts next week and while I won’t have the opportunity on vacation, I am very much looking forward to seeing Spectre (I already have three FREE tickets for it).

No Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Buy!

I love going to the movies (duh!) but it’s expensive. I try to finesse every FREE ticket offer and discount to keep my costs down and allow me to attend more often.

Spectre

Best Buy currently has an endcap of single James Bond titles for $7.50 each. Each one contains not only a Blu-Ray but also a digital HD copy AND $7 movie money towards Spectre.

The $7 Spectre coupons are also on many of the Bond films at Target. Many Targets also have cheap Bond Collections with digital HD copies (but no Spectre coupons).

I got the Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, and Roger Moore collections from Target, along with Quantum of Solace which had a Spectre ticket. I bought The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill, each with Spectre tickets from Best Buy.

So now I have three tickets for Spectre and all of the canon Bond films on digital HD/UV/Vudu except for George Lazenby’s single turn as Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Wal-Mart and Best Buy (and likely Target as well) have Peanuts movie cash on various children’s features (the Ice Age series, the Garfields, Penguins of Madagascar, Epic, etc) as well as on some DVDs of Peanuts specials.

Lots of Special November Theatrical Showings

November is shaping up to be a good month for movie viewing.

Mockingjay Double

On the 18th, Regal and other chains are showing a Mockingjay double feature. The first feature begins at 4:30. For some reason, my regal (Biltmore Grande) has this listed at a whopping $26.75 as though it were a full marathon and not a double feature. The Carmike in Asheville is playing this for a much more reasonable $15.

Roman Holiday

On the 29th and again on December 2nd (both at 2 and 7), Turner Classic Movies (via Fathom Events) is bringing Roman Holiday back to theaters. This 1953 movie showcases the talents of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.”

Home Alone

Fathom Events and Fox are bringing Home Alone to theaters the 8th and the 11th at 4:30 and 7:30 (except Cinemark theaters where the early showing is 2 instead of 4:30).

Friday This ‘n’ That – Timing is Everything

#firstworldproblems

I love going to the movies. Currently, Friday is my day off and I like to spend the day at the movies. During the summer, things are great as movies start between 10 and 11 in the morning. I can get in three features before meeting my wife for dinner.

Unfortunately it’s not summer so two of the three theaters I frequent, Regal Biltmore Grande and Epic Theatre of Hendersonville, don’t even start their shows until 1 in the afternoon. Ditto the three I don’t go to, Carmike, Beaucatcher, and Asheville Brewing. Only Carolina Cinemas has morning showings, some as early as 11.

This is the absolute nitpickiest of nitpicky complaints.

Regal Cinemas

Biltmore Grande has a rather annoying schedule. The vast majority of their films run on a 1, 4, 7, and 10 rotation (as many theaters do). While this does mean that you can simply show up at the theater prior to one of these times and be pretty sure you’re okay, it really leaves out those of us who like to string together a marathon or even a double feature.

Carolina Cinemas

Again, Carolina Cinemas comes to the rescue. Their movies are scheduled at all different times so, if you know how long a movie is, you can plan a string of movies. This past Friday, for example, I could have gone to Biltmore Grand to go see The Visit at 130 and Crimson Peak at 4. Alternately I could have gone to The Carolina to see Crimson Peak at 1150, Sicario at 205, and Bridge of Spies at 420.

Last of the Streaming Releases for October 2015

A touch of horror just in time for Halloween but I think I’ll pass on Human Centipede 3, thank you just the same.

Action & Adventure: The Gunman

Manson Family Vacation

Comedy: Manson Family Vacation

Documentary: Seeds of Time, The Great Museum, Famous Nathan

Drama: August: Osage County, Sunset Edge, 1001 Grams

Family: Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection, Trick or Treaters

Foreign: Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Jack Strong, A Borrowed Identity, Tu Dors Nicole, Gueros

Let Us Prey

Horror: Let Us Prey, The Human Centipede 3: The Final Sequence (one can only hope)

Hemlock Grove

Television: The Principal and new episodes of Hemlock Grove and Chasing Life

Epic Theatres’ New Classic Movies on the Big Screen Program

Epic Theatres

Epic Theatres is running a nice lineup of classic movies. Unlike the once a month TCM showings through Fandango, Epic is showing their shows every week and at regular ticket price. As is typical with these classic movies, the advertising is not what it could be so catch them when and where you can or they will stop running.

Epic classic showtimes are 2 and 7 on Sunday and Wednesday (much like their TCM counterparts).

Psycho

10/25 & 10/28 – Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho

11/01 & 11/04 – Back to the Future (for those who missed the triple feature)

Princess Bride

11/08 & 11/11 – The Princess Bride (my wife’s absolute favorite movie of all time)

11/15 & 11/18 – The Wizard of Oz

11/22 & 11/25 – Spaceballs

11/29 & 12/2 – A Christmas Story