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post #51 of 79

I don't know if it's a statement about my tastes or the changing landscape of mainstream cinema, but I'm not aware of many movies released recently I'd want to get to a theater to see.

 

$10 a month is great, but going out is much more of a time sink vs cueing something up on the couch. And once you're committed to an outing, you're less inclined to cut your losses when you're 45 minutes into Annabelle: Creation and realize it's not going to get any better.

 

The curmudgeon in me says moobies just aren't as good as they used to be.

post #52 of 79
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Originally Posted by Amos Orange View Post
 

I don't know if it's a statement about my tastes or the changing landscape of mainstream cinema, but I'm not aware of many movies released recently I'd want to get to a theater to see.

 

$10 a month is great, but going out is much more of a time sink vs cueing something up on the couch. And once you're committed to an outing, you're less inclined to cut your losses when you're 45 minutes into Annabelle: Creation and realize it's not going to get any better.

 

The curmudgeon in me says moobies just aren't as good as they used to be.

 

Weird because I'm listening to Gale Anne Hurd on the nerdist podcast and just as I pull this post up Hardwick started talking about how going to the theaters back during ALIENS was much more of an event and now things are more disposable.  Talk about timing.

 

I used to say Hollywood could fix the attendance problem by making better movies, but I think at this point it's too late.  People have already been burned so badly by shit, they don't trust going out to the movies as much anymore, because you're burning up gas and maybe spending too much on concession items.  So it's not just risking the movie sucking, you're investing your money and time and it's becoming increasingly not worth the effort.

 

You don't have to eat at the theater and you can always ride your bike if it's close enough, but I also think we've gotten lazier as a culture... because you have so many other stunning options at home; video games, youtube, social media, netflix/amazon/hulu, HD porn, and of course HD movies that look just as good as anything at the theater.  So it becomes harder for theaters to compete.

 

Personally though seeing something in a theater is still better because it forces you to pay attention, since you're sitting there and can't pause it to masturbate or write a lengthy CHUD post or whatever.  And the size of the screen really does matter when it comes to impact.  I've never had a great movie experience at home that comes close to rivaling something great I've seen at the theater, especially if its with an audience, where everyone is sharing this amazing thing.  It's just two totally different experiences for me, so there's almost a reverential tone to going to a theater.  I think Hollywood movies are worse than ever, but there's still alot of indie stuff being released that's worth a trek.

post #53 of 79

How much of a studio's yearly budget is spent financing superhero/comic book movies (or some other derivative work)? 75%? And it's been that way for what feels like a decade and a half.

 

But hey, movie theaters are super popular in China now so fuck what I want to watch.


Edited by Amos Orange - 8/18/17 at 10:27am
post #54 of 79
Pause to masturbate? How is it you can't multitask?

Also, if there was a reverential tone then we wouldn't be having discussions about bad moviegoing experiences. To 90% of the moviegoing public it isn't a reverential outing, it's an interruption to their selfinvolved lives. They aren't there to take in the experience, they are generally ill about the time they are wasting while they could be uploading emoji and trying out the new Snapchat filters.
post #55 of 79
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Pause to masturbate? How is it you can't multitask?

Also, if there was a reverential tone then we wouldn't be having discussions about bad moviegoing experiences. To 90% of the moviegoing public it isn't a reverential outing, it's an interruption to their selfinvolved lives. They aren't there to take in the experience, they are generally ill about the time they are wasting while they could be uploading emoji and trying out the new Snapchat filters.

Oh shit!  There's new SnapChat filters?!?

post #56 of 79
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To 90% of the moviegoing public it isn't a reverential outing, it's an interruption to their selfinvolved lives. They aren't there to take in the experience, they are generally ill about the time they are wasting while they could be uploading emoji and trying out the new Snapchat filters.

 

That's a pretty gross exaggeration.  People generally don't intentionally pay money to waste their own time.  Some people do, but 90% is quite the leap... In any given screening of say dozens of people, not everyone is being an asshole, it's one or maybe a few people if anyone is acting up at all, which doesn't always happen. 

 

Most people WANT to experience magic at the movies (the reverential thing), otherwise they wouldn't bother going, and they've experienced it before, which is why they keep going... as a desire to experience it again.  

 

Hopefully people are lucky enough to have a Drafthouse or other similar zero tolerance theater near them if they have consistent problems with talking or texting.

post #57 of 79

I'm going to give this a go. With 3 young kids at home I went from seeing 3-4 movies a month to 3-4 a year This is the main reason I disappeared from CHUD for a long stretch, it's harder to talk about movies when you see them 4 months after everyone else. Hoping I can use this to get back on track.  

post #58 of 79

Dammit.  Just got an email that I wont get my card for two weeks at the earliest.  Dark Tower will be long gone by then!

post #59 of 79

Idris Elba sheds a tear.

post #60 of 79

Same. Those rascals!

post #61 of 79

I guess I'll (hopefully) get it in time for IT, another Stephen King movie I don't want to spend real money on.

post #62 of 79

I didn't get any kind of notice for anything, not even a confirmation. Either their notification system sucks, or I didn't register properly.

post #63 of 79
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I didn't get any kind of notice for anything, not even a confirmation. Either their notification system sucks, or I didn't register properly.

You should have at least got a confirmation email.  Also check your bank account.  Even though the email about the delay in my card said the account will be charged accordingly due to the delay, I'm guessing they mean the next payment.  But the initial payment should have already processed.

post #64 of 79

Odd moves by the company for those who cancel their subscription:

 

http://www.slashfilm.com/moviepass-cancellation/

post #65 of 79

They've done this before. When I signed up with the first round - i.e., when you had to print your ticket out rather than use a card - the cancellation fees were crazy expensive. 

post #66 of 79

CANCELLATION FEES???

post #67 of 79
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CANCELLATION FEES???

 

Yeah, I think there was something in the fine print where if you canceled before the year was out you were on the hook for at least a portion of how much time you had left. 

 

The thing about 2D showings and GPS is weird. The 2D thing especially. I seem to recall at one point they had a thing where you could use movie pass to pay for a 3D ticket, but you could pay the difference.

post #68 of 79

I read about the possible charge for leaving movies too early too much.  I guess they use your GPS for that.  It makes sense, I guess, to keep people from selling cheap tickets.  But what happens if I shut my phone down before the movie?

post #69 of 79

I tried to use it to do an IMAX and a 3D screening, and both times the app told me "This is not an eligible screening," so I'm not sure how people are getting 3D tickets with it.  Unless they're buying a 2D ticket and sneaking into a 3D showing, but how would MoviePass know that?

post #70 of 79
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I tried to use it to do an IMAX and a 3D screening, and both times the app told me "This is not an eligible screening," so I'm not sure how people are getting 3D tickets with it.  Unless they're buying a 2D ticket and sneaking into a 3D showing, but how would MoviePass know that?

Yeah, those showtimes are grayed out on the app.  I never even bothered trying.

post #71 of 79
I saw a double feature of Blade Runner 1 & 2, and paid the difference (about 8 bucks). I had to go to talk to the clerk rather than use a kiosk, but I just felt lucky that it worked at all.
post #72 of 79

Moviepass just reduced their monthly fee to $6.95/month if you sign up for a year, which makes it $89.95 (with includes a processing fee).

post #73 of 79
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Moviepass just reduced their monthly fee to $6.95/month if you sign up for a year, which makes it $89.95 (with includes a processing fee).

 

Do I still need to already be sitting in my theatre seat before I can buy my ticket? Do I still need to have multiple accounts to buy tickets for the family?

post #74 of 79

You need to be near the theater to be able to activate the card so that you can purchase a ticket.  (I actually recently found out that I live just close enough to a theater that I can activate the card from home and just walk on over)

 

And the membership is only for one person/one smartdevice.

 

Supposedly they're working on a family plan of some sort?

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post #76 of 79

and don't forget FANDOOOOOORRRRR!

post #77 of 79

Not to mention Costco's hot dog and 20 ounce soda for $1.50! Meet ya there! My treat, nooj!

post #78 of 79

TRUE FRIEND

 

 

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Not to mention Costco's hot dog and 20 ounce soda for $1.50! Meet ya there! My treat, nooj!


I find excuses to go to Costco JUST so I can crush a dog. 

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