It’s past that time of year where people look back on what they did last year. Now seems like a good time for me to look back. Just a little bit. Mostly, I wanna look at a new thing I started doing last year. Movies. Actually going to the movies, not just renting them. MoviePass was a big help for this. I also created a Letterboxd account (check it out here) to keep track of the movies I was watching.
I was on track to only have seen one new movie in the theatre: Wonder Woman. Then I learned that MoviePass had dropped their monthly subscription fee so I signed up. The price of going to the theatre for a movie is usually what kept me from going. While not horribly expensive in my area, movie and concessions is still over $20 for one person. From October 20th, the day I created my Letterboxd account and used my MoviePass for the first time, I’ve watched 43 movies. I watched 28 movies for the first time in that time and 11 of those were seen in the theatre. I’m typing this on the night of the Golden Globes and, oddly, I’ve seen 5 of the movies nominated for a Golden Globe. I can’t remember when, or if, this has ever happened to me. I have feelings and ideas about which films should win because I’ve seen them Weird. I’m not going to make any predictions for the Golden Globes. Mostly because this post will see the light of day a few days after the show. Maybe I’ll make some Oscar predictions later.
I have some MoviePass thoughts. The New York Times had an article about MoviePass and how the industry feels about it (read it here). I’d like to say to the theatre CEO’s. You should get behind MoviePass or some sort of subscription service. Without this subscription, I would have gone to see, maybe, two movies. I say maybe because I might not have seen Star Wars on opening day. I probably would have waited until after the new year to see it in the theatre (I do have Star Wars thoughts that I’ll share another time). Christmas weekend, I actually went to see a movie three times. Like, in one weekend. You have done nothing but raise prices of movies and concessions. I don’t like 3D movies, IMAX isn’t a thing I pay for because my local theatre only show’s 3D movies on it. I don’t like 3D movies. I’m more willing to pay $11 for a soda and Twizzlers at my theatre (real price for me) when MoviePass is picking up the tab for the ticket. Get over your dislike of it. You’re still getting paid.
Okay, that’s all for today. I think I’ll take a pass on looking back at other things and I’m not making any resolutions this year. I’m not feeling it. What about you? How are you feeling about the new year?