Let's Talk Movies! #25: McKellen, Meryl, DeNiro, Shirley, Morgan...OLD PEOPLE ROCK!!

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Which Of These New Movies Interest You? (Trailers Below For Viewing)

  1. December 13th - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    29 vote(s)
    47.5%
  2. December 18th - Her - Drama with Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams

    16 vote(s)
    26.2%
  3. December 20th - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    14 vote(s)
    23.0%
  4. December 25th - August: Osage County

    20 vote(s)
    32.8%
  5. December 25th - Grudge Match - Comedy with Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro

    3 vote(s)
    4.9%
  6. December 25th - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Comedy/fantasy with Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig

    24 vote(s)
    39.3%
  7. December 25th - The Wolf of Wall Street - Crime drama with Leonardo DiCaprio,

    17 vote(s)
    27.9%
  8. January 10th - Hercules: The Legend Begins - Action adventure with Kellan Lutz

    4 vote(s)
    6.6%
  9. January 17th - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Action adventure with Chris Pine and Kenneth Branagh

    9 vote(s)
    14.8%
  10. February 7th - The LEGO Movie - Family action adventure comedy with Will Arnett and Channing Tatum

    7 vote(s)
    11.5%
  11. February 7th - The Monuments Men - War drama with George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett

    15 vote(s)
    24.6%
  12. February 12th - RoboCop - Action adventure sci-Fi with Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson

    9 vote(s)
    14.8%
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  1. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    I saw Tommy with a school group when I was about 13. Definitely weird and weirder to a group of year 7 students. I will never forget the baked beans.
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    I'm so glad you liked it! It was hands-down my favourite movie of last year (tho I knew it wouldn't win the Oscar).

    Y'know, looking at this year's list of best picture nominees ... it kind of pales by comparison to last year.
  3. VIETgrlTerifa

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    I agree. Last year was an excellent year for films.

    I'm glad you both have such high opinions of Life of Pi. I saw it in 3D and it blew me away. Artists like Ang Lee can show that 3D can be utilized to strengthen the storytelling rather than be a gimmick. I knew it had no chance to win Best Picture, but Ang Lee's win for Best Director was very much deserved and was a huge victory in itself.
  4. watchthis!!

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    Some movie stuff I've read that I thought might be of interest:

    Meryl Streep Slams Walt Disney, Celebrates Emma Thompson asa "Rabid, Man-Eating Feminist" http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/meryl-streep-emma-thompson-best-speech-ever

    Whoa, Meryl has a big pair!! :lol:


    Meryl Streep and Harvey Weinstein Are Taking On the N.R.A.
    http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/meryl-streep-harvey-weinstein-nra

    The Fiercest Oscar Face-Offs of the Year
    http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/the-fiercest-oscar-face-offs-of-the-year

    Lupita Nyong'o vs. Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio vs. Matthew McConaughey, Alfonso Cuarón vs. David O. Russell and…who are Jared Leto and Cate Blanchett needing to worry about?

    Celebrating the Oldest-Ever Class of Best Actress Nominess
    http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/meryl-streep-judi-dench-oldest-best-actress-nominees-ever

    Interesting bits about “29”, Adrien Brody and Mrs. Robinson (here’s to ya)!
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    I love Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson, both on and off screen.

    By the way, at least one of Walt Disney's family members agrees with Meryl about Walt: http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/0...on-disinformation-about-her-great-uncle-walt/

    "Life of Pi" is one of the few times when I've actually preferred the movie to the book.
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  6. michiruwater

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    I seem to recall that last year everyone was complaining that it wasn't a very strong year for films :lol:
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    orientalplane Mad for mangelwurzels

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    ^^^
    More power to them!
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  9. PeterG

    PeterG Argle-Bargle-ist

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    Some of my foreign language movie-watching of late:

    The King and the Clown - I'm pretty sure I heard about this one in Entertainment Weekly and how it was the largest grossing Korean movie of all time. It made over 70 million in US dollars (but has since been beaten by another movie). It's about some 14th century street entertainers who are arrested for performing a play satirizing the king. In order to avoid execution, they are able to make a deal where they get to perform for the king and if they are able to make him laugh, their lives will be spared. I thought this might have been the first Korean movie I've ever seen but with a little googling I realize it's the third (after Oldboy and The Host). Oldboy is probably the best of the three, but I regard all three very highly and definition recommend The King and The Clown. It's quite a beautifully filmed movie in addition to having a good story as well. :) (By the way, I didn't include a trailer for this one because the ones at youtube make the movie look bad, so don't take them as an indication of the quality of this movie.)

    Iron Island - This one is quite depressing. It's about a large group of people so destitute that they take to living on a deserted oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. And the ship has a small hole in it, so it is slowly sinking. Basically it's a chance for us to see a few days in the lives of these people who are living a very bleak existence. So it was a real downer for me, but I appreciate getting to have a clearer picture of the struggles of people in the world that I would never know about otherwise. The movie is quite sparse in it's storyline. Only the last twenty minutes or so had much happening of interest to me.

    Le Havre - Another bleak one, I'm pretty sure I read about this in Entertainment Weekly as well. Not as bleak is Iron Island, though. This one was made in 2011, either on a cheap budget or done in the style of older movies. It had an awkward, dated look and feel to it. Maybe that was the goal concerning the subject matter. It's about an elderly man who ekes out an existence shining shoes. One day he runs into an African boy who was trying to get to England with his family by way or a cargo container on a large ship. When the police are given a tip about this cargo container, everyone is taken into custody except the boy who escapes. The older man helps him get to a relative in England. This is another movie that brings awareness to the hardships of others we share our planets with. I just need some screwball comedies or silly sci-fi action movies after all these dour, serious movies!! :lol:
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  10. immoimeme

    immoimeme having a nice day

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    Tommy was a rock opera. It was revolutionary. Honestly , you kids today.....lol.
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    31 days of oscar recommended:
    The Defiant Ones
    Tess
    Babette's Feast (a genuinely perfect film)
    Billy Budd
    Little Big Man (book is better)
    Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?(so cheezy lol)
    Stalag 17
    The heiress
    The infamous Baby Doll
    Tom Jones(perfect)
    A Place in the Sun(gd book but almost unreadable)
    The Umbrellas of Cherborg (unique)
    The Thomas Crown Affair (perfect)
    Heaven Knows Mr Allison
    It Happened One Night
    Cool Hand Luke (classic)
    Sounder
    The Red Shoes
    The Snake Pit
    The Adventures of Robin Hood (classic)
    Jezebel
    Lifeboat
    Shampoo (perfect)
    The Bad and The Beautiful
    How Green Was My Valley (perfect/classic)
    In the Heat of the Night (stellar Portier/Steiger)
    Bonnie and Clyde
    Captain Blood (fun)
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    Movie news!

    J.J. Abrams: 'Star Wars' script done, Plemons meeting confirmed
    http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/01/19/j-j-abrams-star-wars-script/

    Basically the article says that the script is done, it will be shot on film and not IMAX (which means 3D, right?) and the only actor mentioned that's been talked to so far is Jesse Plemons of Breaking Bad fame.


    Miles Teller offered role of Dan Aykroyd in John Belushi biopic
    http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/01/19/miles-teller-dan-aykroyd-belushi-biopic/

    Emile Hirsch has been cast as Belushi and Dan Akroyd is an executive producer. I can't quite see these two in these roles, though... :shuffle:


    Sundance 2014: Joe Manganiello bares all about his male stripper doc 'La Bare' -- VIDEO
    http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/01/19/sundance-2014-joe-mangianello-la-bare-interview/

    After starring in Magic Mike, Mananiello wondered about the real world lives of male strippers and now we have this movie, which is the True Blood actor’s directorial debut.


    SAG Awards 2014: Relive the best moments in two minutes -- VIDEO
    http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/01/19/sag-awards-best-moments-video/

    Featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus channelling her Veep character, Matthew McConaughey talking about traveling to Neptune and then Cate Blanchett making fun of Matty's speech.
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    Wow. Who woulda thought that 5' 2" Kevin Hart would kick 6' Chris Pine's butt? That's what happened this weekend at the box office. Ride Alone took the #1 spot with a $15,485 per theatre average at over 2,600 theatres, taking in over 41 million dollars. Chris Pine couldn't even manage a #2 debut with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, tailing behing Lone Survivor and the Nut Job which debuted at #3. The Jack Ryan movie took in 17 million in the number four spot, with a budget of 60 million, let's hope it does well overseas. I hope Chris Pine is locked into all the upcoming Star Trek movies! The Nut Job took in 20 million, half of it's budget. Animated movies recently have had a lot of staying power. With DVD sales as well, it should be a money-maker. Ride Along only had a 25 million budget, so in three days it's already made a profit...in just three days. Y'all gonna be hear next year for Ride Along II? :D

    The only other debut this past weekend was The Devil's Due which took in 9 million in the number seven spot. The budget was only 11 million, so it's almost in the black. Five movies took a bump in revenue due to awards season momentum: American Hustle, Dallas Buyer's Club, Gravity, 12 Years A Slave and with the biggest bump (+1,341%), Captain Phillips.
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    I finally saw Gravity (3D). It was long overdue. Fantastic shots from space. Sandra Bullock & George Clooney, the only actors in it were very good.

    Lately I have been seeing some pretty heavy stuff (saw 'Dallas Buyers Club on Fri.). To lighten up, I watched 'Oliver' on DVD. I love the songs but it got a bit boring with all the singing and dancing. Still, it was a nice break.
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    "As Long As He Needs Me" is probably the prettiest, most revolting song in history.
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    I just watched an interesting documentary titled "Beautiful Darling" about Andy Warhol muse Candy Darling. I find the entire Warhol Factory just fascinating and this is the 2nd documentary I have seen focusing on one of his muses. The interesting thing about Darling is that she was a transexual and a drop-dead gorgeous one at that. It is on Netflix streaming if anyone has any interest in the subject.
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    IKWYM ... but I wouldn't call it revolting. I'd call it heartbreaking and tragic -- and a depiction of a mentality that, sadly, many still hold today. Not often do you get that kind of social and psychological awareness in a musical number. (And Shani Wallis completely nailed it on both a musical and an emotional level.)
  18. PeterG

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    I just started watching a movie and saw this trailer: Terror's Advocate (L'avocat de la terreur), 2007

    It looks like an interesting movie, but I'm not sure I could handle it. Maybe after I've watched a lot of lighter movies then I could tack this one. The description from imdb.com:

    Has anyone seen it? If so, I definitely would like to hear your thoughts about it.
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    Just finished watched The Act of Killing. It is a documentary up for an Academy Award this year. I could not stop watching it. The ending is one of the most powerful moments in film. I can't imagine anything having much more of an impact. Heartbreaking, revelatory, anger-inducing...this film is amazing. I haven't seen the other Oscar nominees for Best Documentary but I have a very hard time imagining another others having this kind of impact.
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    I liked 'Gravity' but it didn't really reach the depth of my mind. I just thought-

    she made it back to earth, and in a better frame of mind; now hopefully a helicopter or a boat will pick her up. Certainly she can't be in a 'Castaway' type situation!

    A friend of mine, however, had this insight into its end:

    "I liked the sense of her return to earth (in water and the push of the swim toward the sun-like a rebirth) and the return of literal gravity to her life and her joy in that. Not sure why it touched me so, but it did. "

    Did anyone interpret the end like this?
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    I interpreted the end as her being reborn and having to learn to live life in a new way, a happier way. That was shown in her struggling to take those first few steps after struggling to even stand.
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  22. michiruwater

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    I was too busy being freaked out over her practically drowning. Nothing in that movie freaked me out until she plunged into that river and struggled to get out.
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  23. PeterG

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    New movies coming out this week:

    January 24th - I, Frankenstein - Horror/thriller with Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto and Jai Courtney
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxOSPfUw3qw
    3.9 million views

    January 24th - Gimme Shelter - Drama with Brendan Fraser, Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson and James Earl Jones
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjyi_dMhyIs
    700,000 views


    January 24 - Enemies Closer – Action thriller with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Tom Everett Scott and Orlando Jones
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHrYuULPUuc
    360,000 views

    January 24 - Run & Jump – Drama with Will Forte
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrM5BfJehfE
    12,000 views

    Gimme Shelter is on my To See list. I didn't like the first I, Frankenstein trailer and didn't bother to watch this new one. If y'all go see it and rave about it being the best movie of the year, I might reconsider. :D I'm going to skip the Jean-Claude Van Damme comeback and I was open to Will Forte's movie...the trailer was decent, but not good enough to really grab my attention.
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    I saw "Cry The Beloved Country" last night. It stars James Earl Jones and Richard Harris. I thought it was a big, award-winning movie but from looking at different sites I see that it didn't even make a million at the box office and didn't get any award nominations of note. I thought the movie was pretty good, about two South African men (one black and one white) who are basically neighbours but have little to no connection because of their races (and maybe their classes as well). And then a random happening bring them together. The performances were great, you would be hard pressed to find two more talented actors. But some of the changes that happened throughout the movie seemed too simple/quick for my liking. But overall I recommend this one. :)
  25. peibeck

    peibeck Counting down the days 'til Skate America

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    After all the completely unbelievable things she endured in the movie (like hurtling into a space station that would be [in reality] flying at 15,000 miles-per-hour through space and only getting knocked about) that they would kill her off in the last two minutes did you? Too me, it was just one more preposterous and torturous thing they made her character go through. :shuffle:
  26. Yehudi

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    Knights of Badassdom finally came out this week. It's not a bad way to kill an hour and a half. The cast is certainly awesome, and I think its target audience will enjoy it. the Tugg screening had plenty of people and they all seemed to be having fun watching the movie.
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    The Wackness - a strange one. Starring Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley and in small roles, Famke Janssen and Mary-Kate Olsen. Another depressing movie about lost people living their lost lives. The acting was good, but the script was quite the downer. Mary-Kate had a TINY role, but she was spot-on. She was also brilliant in Beastly...I have no idea why she doesn't act more. I see from her imdb profile that she did eight episodes in Weeds. I haven't seen that show (but plan to). Has anyone seen her in that? I'm interested to see if she's just as good in this as her other two most recent movies.

    Boyz N The Hood (Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut) - This is another one I've been meaning to see for FOREVER. So again, I built it up in my head so that it would have to be the best movie of all time. I liked it, but because my expectations were so high, I felt disappointed. It's good, I recommend it, but I wanted to be able to RAVE about it!!!

    Coming Home (Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern and Robert Carradine) - Same as Boyz N The Hood. My expectations were way too high. Good, but not fantastic. Interesting to see Bruce Dern right at the time he is currently nominated for an Oscar. When will Voigt and Fonda get their comebacks? Voigt doesn't seem to have much coming up, but Fonda has two movies coming out this year. The first is next month's Better Living Through Chemistry which doesn't look as promising as September's This Is Where I Leave You, a comedy that co-stars Rose Byrne, Jason Bateman, Timothy Olyphant, Tina Fey, Abigail Spencer, Connie Britton and Dax Shepard. Maybe not Oscar-worthy material, but a big hit movie on at the top of her resume will help with future roles... :)
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    I liked her in Weeds but Weeds wasn't the type of show to allow an actor to shine. It was a GREAT show and I highly recommend it from the first season to the last, however.

    I went through IMDB and Amazon and added every Meryl Streep movie ever made into a wish list. Most are quite cheap being so old but a few are around $35 or $40, I assume because they aren't popular enough to be making more copies of. Oh well, I made a wish list and will see how long it takes to get them all. I already had a few but I don't buy a lot of movies so I have to get almost all of them.
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    I get the feeling that Jane Fonda is only doing what movies/TV (She was in Newsroom) that she wants to. I don't know that she is concerned with a comeback necessarily when you consider technically that is what Monster-In-Law was for her in 2005 when she came out of retirement. She just seems to do what she wants. I think she still has exercise dvds coming out too.
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    I've never been a fan of Jane Fonda's acting. I really tried. I watched They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Coming Home, Klute, Julia, Agnes of God. etc. and I always found her acting to be so over-the-top, screechy, and she over uses her hands to the point where they're so distracting. I did, however, liked her in Walk on the Wild Side with Laurence Harvey, Barbara Stanwyck, Capucine, and Anne Baxter. I think that was due to Capucine being so wooden and stilted as an actress that Jane Fonda's over-the-top acting brought some much-needed energy into the movie.
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    Movie news. :)

    New 'Maleficent' TV Spot: Angelina Jolie Conjures Up More Chaos (Video)
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/new-maleficent-tv-spot-angelina-672544

    "There is an evil in this world, and I cannot keep you from it." Hmm...when does this come out again? :respec:


    Meryl Streep Reached Out to Emma Thompson After Oscar Snub (Video)
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/meryl-streep-reached-emma-thompson-672479

    Meryl: I was really shocked. And I wrote her a long, heartfelt email saying how bad I felt.
    Emma's response: Good.

    :lol:


    'Jack Ryan' Franchise in Question After Snub From Younger Moviegoers
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jack-ryan-franchise-question-snub-672533

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    Saw I, Frankenstein today and in say skip it. The movie looks fun but the writing and acting is so bad! And Aaron Eckhart is not good at all believable in this roll.
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    I don't think the preview clip has the bite that I was looking for. I really hope the film hasn't been too Disneyfied for the kids.
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    Hmmm whenever I see Aaron Eckhart I still remember him from Thank your for Smoking in which he was fantastic. But that is my image of him.

    Tomorrow is cheap movie day at my cinema. Plan on seeing a couple of movies, including Wolf of Wall Street. I also have a free ticket on my movie membership.

    BTW - probably relevant to this thread. Anyone else have memberships at cinemas? My local one which is a chain called Hoyts allows you to collect points which you can reimburse at the candy bar or if you have enough you get free tickets. Cost $10 per year but then you get a free ticket when you renew. They have a $10 movie each week. But my local cinema has $10 movies on Sunday too which is about $8-9 off the usual ticket price. They only show the main releases, nothing arthouse. But it is cheap entertainment.
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    I have 2 movie memberships:
    BowTie - is free and you get 2 points for every movie ticket you buy. 10 pts is free popcorn, 30 pts is free movie. None of my friends have the card, so I get points for them.
    AMC - $10/yr, but then you get a $10 credit for every $100 you spend on tickets and food. They have an annual 'Best Picture Showcase' that costs $70 retail, but $60 with card, and they give you $5/day for concessions on the 2 days of the best pics. I end up buying the tickets for myself and friends, so right off the bat I spend over $100 and get my $10 back.
    Both save me a few dollars for something I do already.
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    I have a membership to the New York Times Film Club, which gives you 12 preview screenings a year and two movie premieres, for $100. The movies range from arthouse flicks to Blockbusters. So for less than $7 a film, it's a really good deal. Only catch is that for popular stuff (i.e. American Hustle), you have to be quick when reserving. I got to go to the August Osage County premiere through the club and since they put me in front (the talent get the good viewing seats) i got good glimpses when they brought Julia Roberts, Harvey Weinstein etc on stage.
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    It costs $20 to see a movie in Australia!? My goodness, I heard prices were high there but geez.
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    I don't have any memberships. I declined AMC's movie card. I had to spend $100 just to get #10 back. I prefer the freedom to go to other theaters (locally numerous Harkins & Tempe Cinemas- the latter shows slightly old movies, that is after they leave AMC & Harkins). It helps me see more movies, and have more choices of theaters and times.

    Even with continuously rising ticket prices, I can see the newest movies for $6 if I go to a morning show (before noon) at an AMC, and Harkins has a matinee rate of $7.00 (or it may be $7.50), so movies are really not that expensive here. I can buy 'anytime' tickets at Costco, which allow me to go to evening shows (which I don't do very often) for matinee prices. If I miss a movie in the regular theaters, I just see it at Tempe Cinemas for $3. The only negative is they don't have stadium seating, so heads can get in the way. The solution is to go to the movie after it's been around at least one week, and then there are enough empty seats to avoid the heads blocking a part of the screen.

    I would really like to go to a movie premiere some day though. It sounds like fun.
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    Cineplex, which owns something like 90% of the movie theatres in Canada, has a membership card that I use. It doesn't cost anything, you get points on every ticket purchase (redeemable for free admissions), and a percent off concession purchases. They also have debit card & credit card tie-ins for earning even more points but I don't have those.

    But recently a new Landmark theatre opened within walking distance to me, and mostly I've been going there of late. They have cheaper admission prices all 'round (including $5 Tuesdays!), and they have assigned seats! The only drawback is that they tend to only show the "big" movies.
  40. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    Yep it is expensive. Basically a full price ticket is about $19 and then if it is Xtreme Screen or 3D it is about $22.

    So I go to my local cinema on Sunday where it is $9.90 per ticket (except the special screens at $12.50). Also I buy movie money at my local newsagent which I can use which is $13 per ticket. I always have some of those on hand in case I don't got on Sunday or go to a different location the local cinema chain. If I go with friends I will tell them I will get the movie money.

    As for premieres, the only one I went to was Blades of Glory because the rink and distributors were doing some cross promotion which I was involved with. John Heder and Will Arnett were there. Selected audience members (won a radio competition) were able to ask pre-determined questions (part of a Q&A). I never got to ask about how Johnny Weir inspired the costumes in the movie.
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