I have written a few times about MoviePass and each time I do, I seem to be bringing you information on how the plan itself just keeps getting cheaper and cheaper. MoviePass is now offering its customers a plan for $89.95/year if you pay up front. There is a $6.55 processing fee, but that works out to be $6.95 a month. That’s per month folks. If you want to compare – that’s cheaper than a Netflix subscription. One argument why people stopped going to the movies was because of how expensive it was. Some would also argue that you could get an entire month of Netflix for a fraction of the cost of a movie ticket. But that’s no longer an argument that can be made.
In August, the company moved from a tiered pricing plan that ranged from $15 up to $50 per month, to a flat rate of just $9.95 a month. This was an incredible price reduction, so I’m not sure how they’re now able to offer $3 off of that price. Is MoviePass trying to get more sales? They are only offering this for a limited time, and will only last for one year – pending you pay up front. The second year, however, goes back up to $9.95 a month. Which is still an incredible deal, so not only am I not sure how you can pass this up. But I’m also not sure how this model is sustainable.… Read the rest
A friend of mine said that she was keen to see the new Blade Runner movie, but then she suggested that she couldn’t. When I asked why, her answer both made me laugh, and surprised me. She said that she didn’t have time to watch a movie that is almost three hours long. I can’t say that I blame her. I felt the same way about a two-hour movie that I watched yesterday. But does that make her lazy? Or just busy? Are we a society of people who are too impatient to sit through a three-hour movie? Or should filmmakers be kinder to our attention spans?
Matthew Kressel, a science fiction author, suggests that filmmakers are kind to our attention spans. He states “a lot of today’s Hollywood films don’t have a lot of patience. They sort of expect the audience to get bored really quickly, so they’re like ‘we’ve got to have an explosion every 10 minutes.'” And is that true? Certainly not in the case of Blade Runner 2049. It runs at a slow pace, and this is proving to be a challenge for many viewers.
This is why the movie hasn’t attracted an audience that goes much farther beyond fans of the original. Much like its predecessor, it’s a box office disappointment. But the film itself has polarized fans – either they think its the most brilliant film of the year or they’re calling it a pompous, heavy-handed, three-hour slow burn. … Read the rest
In our final post, we look at the top ten science fiction movies since the 1980s. Were there any on this list that you didn’t like? As you can see, the idea of science fiction is quite diverse. How you define it, is up to you. In this case, we used the idea of the future to base our list on. Enjoy!
10. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Steven Spielberg’s thoughtful and profoundly sad fairytale about a childlike android (Haley Joel Osment) who wants to become a real boy is about as dark as a special effects fantasy can get without betraying its core principle of wonder. Programmed to yearn for his adopted human mother’s love, little David travels through metropolises, drowned downtowns, and robot demolition derbies of the future in search of Pinocchio’s Blue Fairy. He is accompanied by a fugitive borg (Jude Law) and a super-intelligent teddy bear. The movie was originally developed by Stanley Kubrick, but this is a project A.I. is a movie that only Steven Spielberg could create. Fun fact – he also wrote the script himself.
9. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
The Mad Max series takes place in a mythical post-apocalyptic setting, and Fury Road is no different. Reimagined as a traumatized veteran, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) becomes the reluctant ally of the one-armed truck pilot Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as she leads a harem of young beauties to a half-remembered society of women, pursued by the patriarchal death cult of Immortan Joe and his War Boys.… Read the rest