Deal Flicks and Flicks Deals

Every summer I put a lot of thought and effort into making the movies as cheap as possible. This year I have a ton of certificates lined up for all of those wonderful summer movies.

Groupon

Groupon, in my area and many others, is offering reduced prices on DealFlicks certificates. $13.99 for $20 worth of Dealflicks and you can purchase two at this price. Now that may not seem like much of a discount but Groupon regularly runs 20% off specials. On top of that DealFlicks prices are already quite discounted. The amount varies by theater but this comes out pretty cheap in my neck of the woods.

Dealflicks

Dealflicks drawback is that it is only accepted by certain theaters. In my area Epic of Hendersonville and Carolina Cinemas both accept them. Carolina essentially harges the same ticket price but you get a FREE small popcorn. Epic’s tickets are usually discounted by 20%. Opening weekends are typically excluded as are Sony films.

Avengers Age of Ultron

Curse you Kellogg’s!

Kellogg’s did a major tie-in with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Specially marked boxes of cereal contained codes as did boxes of Pop-Tarts. Collect six codes for a FREE $6 ticket to Avengers or any other movie. Yes, it says that on the ticket – Avengers Age of Ultron or any other movie. This deal was not very good as it took too many codes and produced a $6 coupon (matinees here are $8). However, I did get enticed because a single Pop-Tarts code netted you a Funko Avengers bobblehead. I found my Tarts at Target.

They also had a special with Wal-Mart. Purchase specially marked 24 packs of Eggo waffles ($4) and get a $10 ticket for Avengers or any other movie. Limit three per person/family. I now have about 60 Eggo pucks in my freezer. Please note: each transaction must be on a separate receipt.

Speaking of the mart of walls, they have an endcap in their electronic section with movies that have movie money attached. Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome are $5 and come with $5 Mad Max money. A bunch of Paramount movies come with $7.50 in movie money that can be used on any movie.

 

Avengers Age of Ultron

Well I’ve been lucky enough to see Avengers: Age of Ultron twice now (3D in the double feature and a 2D 9:15 am showing with my wonderful wife) so I suppose I should write about it.

Avengers Age of Ultron

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Rated PG-13

When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it’s up to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron is magnificent. I’ve seen it twice in the theaters and am likely to watch it again. I also look forward to buying it on Blu-Ray. I will say that 3D did not add anything to the movie for me so I’d recommend against the extra charge. I saw a preview for Jurassic World in 3D and that looks like the 3D may be worthwhile.

That said, Age of Ultron is way too much. The CGI is seriously overwhelming. Whedon wanted a lot of the action to be freeflowing but I prefer setpieces properly designed where you can always tell what is happening (think Raiders of the Lost Ark). The CGI setpieces do showcase all of the team’s abilities and appearances but there is a serious case of information overload and in 3D, it is so much worse.

As a comic book fan, I love getting to see all the characters I grew up with appear on the big screen. Unfortunately the screenplay packs in so many, there is no room to breathe. We get The Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Thor, and Black Widow all returning from Avengers. We also get Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Ultron, Baron Strucker, and Vision new to the movie series. Also appearing are War Machine from Iron Man, Heimdall and Erik Selvig from Thor, Nick Fury and Maria Hill from S.H.I.E.L.D., and Peggy Carter and The Falcon from Captain America.

Since Vibranium figures prominently in the plot, Ulysses Klaue is introduced, played by Andy Serkis in a rare non-CGI appearance. I expect this is supposed to set up the future Black Panther movie. There was even a scene with Loki that got cut and of course a character not mentioned in the end credits scene.

Another nitpick, and it is a nitpick, is that the dream sequences seem poorly handled, especially the ones involving Thor. Several things are given hasty or even no explanation. One would think that that wouldn’t happen in a two hour and twenty minute movie but Whedon just stuffs and stuffs and stuffs until the movie is bursting.

Now back to the original verdict. Age of Ultron is marvelous. All the characters are given good character beats. Hawkeye who had the worst storyline in Avengers gets the best one here. We had a great Hulk vs. Thor battle last time so here we get a great Hulk vs. Iron Man (in Hulkbuster armor!) battle.

The battles are frantic and packed with state of the art CGI. They are a lot of fun if a little hard to follow. The humor in the script is great, including a nice running gag at Captain America’s expense. This is definitely a Joss Whedon film and I look forward to what he does next (sadly he’s done with this series).

If you like Marvel’s cinematic universe, you’ll like this film. Go see it and you only need to stay for the first post-credit sequence. There isn’t a second one as in the first movie. Joss felt that he could not top the shawarma scene.

No Post Today – Well Kinda Sorta – Avengers Assemble!

No post today (other than this) as I am taking a nifty mental health day to see The Avengers double feature and enjoy a nice juicy hamburger. Ooooh and a ridiculously large Coke Icee! I love summer movie season.

Avengers Double Feature

 

Woohoo! This double feature is playing at select Regal, Edwards, Carolina, AMC, Epic, Cinemark, and other theaters.

Blargity Blarg Blarg Crash Bang

Well it has been an annoying couple of weeks for me. Two weeks ago someone hit my car when they ran a stop sign. I was lucky that was no one was hurt and that that was my first ever car accident. I still don’t have my car back. The insurance company still hasn’t adjudicated the case. They are exceptionally polite but not at all competent. It took them two days just to tow my car.

Crash

 

Crash (2004) – Rated Unrated

In post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles, tensions erupt when the lives of people from all walks of life converge during a 36-hour period.”

Crash is currently available on instant Netflix

Marvel Marathon

I failed to win Regal’s ultimate fan contest. /le sigh. My wife and daughter have been dealing with issues of their own that have made them unhappy. Still it looks like I might have my car back in time for The Avengers double feature on Thursday. It is no Ultimate Marvel Marathon but I’m sure it will make me happy. Now if only I could make my ladies as happy.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

 

 

Regal Cinemas, Ultimate Marvel Marathon, and Ultimate Fan

Regal had a contest recently to find the Ultimate Marvel Fan. Entrants had to send a 15 second video showcasing their MARVELousness. Winners will receive an all expenses paid trip (airfare & single night hotel) to the Mighty Marvel Marathon.

Marvel Marathon

 

11 Marvel Movies in 27 hours! Here is the stage my wife and I put together from the apparently ridiculous number of Marvel items we had in the house.

Marvel Contest

 

My fingers are crossed as the winner will be notified today. Below is my video entry (15 seconds per the rules) if you want to see how silly a grown man can be.

Marvel video

Wish me luck!

Still More FREE Movies – Junk Food City & The Avengers

Well if you want to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron for FREE and don’t mind eating your weight in junk food, Kellogg’s has a deal for you.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

 

First up are Eggo waffles. Buy any three specially marked packages of Eggo waffles (various flavors) and get $6 movie cash to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. I admit $6 doesn’t cover most folks matinee price but if you eat Eggos anyway. Also for some reason this promotion involves taking a picture of your receipt instead of entering codes.

Kelloggs has an offer on specially marked packages of Pop-Tarts. Collect codes to use towards a movie or Pop Bobblehead. Six codes nets you a FREE movie ticket ($12 value). It is listed as Avengers Age of Ultron but the fine print states it can be used on any other movie.

Kellogg’s cereal also has a collect the codes and get a FREE movie ticket ($12 value). Specially marked cereals that have this offer include Apple Jacks, Krave, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Avengers, and others.

Pitch Perfect 2

 

Cover Girl has a deal where if you buy at least $20 worth of their product, they’ll give you a FREE ticket to Pitch Perfect 2.

Avengers Assemble!

Obviously one of the movies that I am most looking forward to this year is Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

 

Well, I got my wish. They are doing a double feature of Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The double feature is playing on Thursday, April 30th. It is even playing at the Biltmore Grande in Asheville at 4:15 (time for your theater may vary). The double feature is offered through many theater chains, including Regal, AMC, and Cinemark.

So why am I bummed? Because I’m spoiled. I’ll be at the Biltmore Grande double feature and will enjoy it quite a bit. However this is what I want to see:

Ultimate Marvel Marathon

 

Now that is a marathon. Regal lists the run time as clocking in at 23 hours and 59 minutes. Unfortunately it is only being shown in 8 locations. AMC will be showing it in Downtown Disney (Orlando), Downtown Disney (Anaheim), Lincoln Square (New York), and AMC Studio 28 (Kansas City).

6:00 pm Iron Man

8:25 pm The Incredible Hulk

10:35 pm Iron Man 2

1:00 am Thor

3:10 am Captain America: The First Avenger

5:30 am The Avengers

8:48 am Iron Man 3

11:15 am Thor: The Dark World (aka time to catch a nap)

1:45 pm Captain America: The Winter Soldier

4:20 pm The Guardians of the Galaxy

7:00 pm Avengers: Age of Ultron

2015 – Squee! or Sequelitis

Hollywood loves Marc. Well, Hollywood loves 50 year old Marc’s money and is willing to give him what he wanted when he was 15. Certainly I can hear critics bemoaning the lack of originality in 2015’s film slate but I am seriously excited.

Avengers Age of Ultron

I am looking forward to the conclusion of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Trilogy (it seems more his than Tolkien’s at this point). I am not however excited by it. This holiday season has seen the release of trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, and Star Wars Episode 7. I am VERY excited about all three of these. In fact by this time next year, I would expect to own the first two on Blu-ray and be just a short time from seeing the third in theaters.

Jurassic World

As if all of this were not enough of reliving my childhood, we get a brand new Mad Max film in May, a new Terminator film in July, and yet still another James Bond movie in November (this one with Christoph Waltz as Blofeld!). With these and others, my movie theater bill is going to be terrible next year.

Star Wars Force Awakens

On the other hand, I can see where original ideas may be completely squeezed out. In addition to the above, we have the following numbered sequels releasing next year: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Woman in Black 2, Taken 3, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Furious 7, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Pitch Perfect 2, Insidious 3, Ted 2, Sinister 2, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2, Kung Fu Panda 3, Mission Impossible V, and Resident Evil 6.

Unnumbered sequels, continuations, remakes, and reboots include (but are certainly not limited to): Cinderella (live action), Paranormal Activitiy: The Ghost Dimension, Divergent: Insurgent, Entourage, The Transporter Legacy (without Statham boo!), Magic Mike XXL, Minions, Pan, Poltergeist, Point Break, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Hitman Agent 47, London Has Fallen (sequel to Olympus Has Fallen), The Jungle Book, Vacation, Peanuts, and an untitled Friday the 13th sequel.

All of this makes 2015 exciting to me for the sheer comfort of returning to my childhood. I am sure there will be some original delights, diamonds in the rough but, regardless, I will be satisfied with all the bright, shiny things.