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New Podcast – Now Playing: Radio Free Albemuth

Hosted by Brock, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Philip K. Dick’s novel Radio Free Albemuth was published in 1985, three years after the author’s death and nine years after the book was written. Yet with the author’s name as propellant, this discarded novel was optioned for a low-budget movie. After lengthy post-production the film Radio Free Albemuth was released direct-to-VOD in 2014.  Can the acting (and singing) of Alanis Morissette help audiences swallow this film’s extra-terrestrial premise? Listen to find out!

August 29, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Radio Free Albemuth

New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 45: There’s some fear in letting go.

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Twenty-five years after Nadine recovered from amnesia, we, the Twin Peaks fans, have wondered how the Norma-Ed-Nadine love triangle resolved. Lynch and Frost have made us wait fifteen episodes into the new series, but now that answer is given! And players align for a final confrontation as Mr. C, Philip Jeffries, and Richard Horne go after…Judy? I thought we weren’t going to talk about Judy. But I guess we will!  Plus…stick a fork in Dougie, it looks like he’s done! As are several other inhabitants of Twin Peaks. So plug in your headphones and listen to this episode of Now Peaking as we review all the happenings in the fourth-to-last episode!

August 25, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 45: There’s some fear in letting go.

New Podcast – Marvelicious Toys Issue 184: SDCC ’17 Rear View Mirror

Hosted by Justin Kozisek, Arnie Carvalho, and Marjorie Carvalho
Video by Daryl Whitlow

Hasbro Legends, Hot Toys, Sideshow Statues, Kotobukiya exclusives, and more are the topics for today’s Marvelicious Toys Podcast! Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin reflect on all the new merchandise hitting shelves, and the massive amounts of upcoming Marvel toys shown at SDCC!

All this and plus news on where to get toys and statues at 50% off in this new issue of Marvelicious Toys!
Source: Marvelicious Toys

 

August 24, 2017 Posted by | Marvelicious Toys, Podcasts | | Comments Off on New Podcast – Marvelicious Toys Issue 184: SDCC ’17 Rear View Mirror

New Podcast – Now Playing: Total Recall (2012)

Hosted by Stuart Atkinson, Brock and Jakob Conkling

Do you remember Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 movie Total Recall? If not, Columbia Pictures will remind you with their wholesale retelling of that film. Featuring Colin Farrell in the lead this movie was quickly forgotten in theaters. But now, after much listener demand, the Now Playing hosts give Len Wiseman his props! So join Stuart, Brock, and Jakob for this return to our Philip K Dick Retrospective Series!

August 22, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Total Recall (2012)

New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 44: We are like the dreamer.

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Twenty-five years after Major Briggs was presumed dead in a fire, his son Bobby takes his fellow officers into the forest to find what his father left for them. Answers are found, but do we know the right questions? With major events for Gordon Cole, Sarah Palmer, and Diane, we discuss it all in this week’s Now Peaking!

August 18, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 44: We are like the dreamer.

Go or Pass on MOVIEPASS – Should You Use This Service?

by Arnie Carvalho

Though the service is six years old, MoviePass has become a hot topic for theater goers this week, from the take-over by Helios and Maheson Analytics, to the price drop from $30 to $9.95 per month, to AMC Theaters pursuing legal action to stop the service. But should you buy in?

What is MoviePass?

MoviePass is a subscription service where, for $9.95 per month, you can see one (2D, standard format) movie per day in theaters.  This means you can literally see 365 movies for under $120. That comes to about $0.33 per movie, compared to the current national average of $8.84 per ticket.

This is not a scam or a trick. There are no blackout dates. You can see movies the day they come out if you want, any showing, any day of the week.

How does this work?

MoviePass is not a service offered by your local theater chain. Unlike Regal Theater’s “Ultimate Ticket Program” where, for $100, you can see an individual movie (like Wonder Woman) once per day for its entire run, MoviePass is its own company operating outside the theater chains.

Here’s how it works:

1) You sign up to their service online for $9.95 per month, cancel any time.  They will then send you a physical “credit card” which will arrive in 5-7 days.

2) Once you have their card you must go to the theater and then use their app to pick the movie.  You cannot order your movie tickets online.  You must be within 100 yards (yes, yards) of the theater to get the tickets.

3) You can only buy tickets same day.  The app only shows you today’s showtimes. So you cannot use this to pre-buy any tickets.

4) Once your movie is selected, MoviePass will “load” your card with enough money to buy a ticket.  Then you use your card to get the ticket at the kiosk or the box office at the theater.

​5) This does not work for premiere screenings.  IMAX, 3D, etc. is not included in MoviePass’ $9.95 option. As their site clearly states: “ We currently do not support (in part or entirety) any enhanced or special screenings that involve an upcharge at the theater. Examples of these would include 3D, IMAX, Fathom Events, DBOX, ETX/RPX, film festival screenings, etc.”

Wait–isn’t MoviePass losing money? Nope–they’re going to sell your data.

If you do the math it doesn’t take long to realize that if you see 2 movies per month on average you’re saving money with MoviePass.  If, on average, two movies cost $19, you’re saving $10 per month. And that’s real money MoviePass is paying to the movie theater.  Though newly aquired, some sites have already declared the service “doomed.”  But MoviePass, run by Netflix exec Mitch Lowe, actually intends to lose that money for a period.  Their business strategy is to build a loyal customer base of millions of users. Then the money they lose on movie tickets will be made through data mining.

Much like Fandango, Netflix, Google, and Fandango do now, MoviePass will gather information about your viewing habits and use them to sell you stuff.  They will make money through ads targeted directly to you. They also may make even more money by selling your data (albeit anonymized) to larger data mining companies.

Finally, the executives at MoviePass hope theaters will buy into the service to help offset the losses.  Through increased attendance and more concession sales (which reaps theater chains the most profit) MoviePass views themselves as a partner for theaters.


Why is AMC upset?

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem that theaters are as happy about this. AMC has threatened legal action against MoviePass.

On the surface AMC is claiming MoviePass is setting customers up for disappointment, lowering the “perceived value” of a movie ticket.

In truth, theater chains like AMC and Regal are investing heavily in their own rewards programs, like the AMC Stubs Premiere service which costs $15 per year.  They want 100% of the ticket price and also the ability to collect the same data MoviePass desires.


So should you subscribe?

Perhaps you should subscribe, but I will not be signing up for MoviePass.

I will admit–on the surface this service looks like a great way to save money.  In the first eight-and-a-half months of 2017 I’ve seen 32 movies in theaters.  I have spent over $400 at the movie theater box office; 9 months of MoviePass would have cost me less than $90.

However, there’s a deal-breaker for me in that fine print:  MoviePass is only good for standard, 2D movie showings.

Of the 32 films I’ve seen this year, only 12 were 2D, standard.  The other 20 were 3D, IMAX, D-BOX, or AMC Prime experiences.  If a movie is released in IMAX that’s the way I want to see it — big and loud.  While 3D films are in decline the IMAX experience is still one for which I’m willing to pay a premium.

So in those 9 months I only spent $96 on 2D, standard movie tickets. MoviePass would have cost me $89. That $7 difference is not worth the trade-off of online ticket ordering.

Then when I look at the upcoming slate of films I plan to watch theatrically in 2017 most will be IMAX or 3D.  Blade Runner 2049, Kingsmen: The Golden Circle, Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and even the glorified television pilot Marvel’s Inhumans will all be IMAX experiences.  With or without MoviePass I’ll be paying AMC full ticket prices for those.

Without the convenience of online ordering I would need to save at least $10 per month, $60 per year, with MoviePass.  While there are many standard, 2D films I’m excited for, including Jigsaw, Death Wish, and It, I’m not sure I’ll be seeing 12 2D movies in the next three months to make the trade-off worth it.

If MoviePass were to reinstate their premium option, hopefully at $14.95 per month but even at $19.95 per month, they would likely have my money.   But for now I will Pass on MoviePass.

Arnie Carvalho is co-host of Now Playing Podcast.  You can read his movie reviews in the upcoming book Underrated Movies We Recommend, available for pre-order now.

 

Corrections: This article was updated at 4pm EST for the following items:

  • The “Premium” ticket is no longer offered by MoviePass–they only have the $9.99 2D option now. That information, added after initial publication, was removed
  • They have removed the “watch each movie only once” restriction. That information was removed from the article

August 17, 2017 Posted by | Movies, News | , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

New Podcast – Books & Nachos: The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film by Daniel Wallace

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho

Gunslinger Roland Deschain had a long quest in his search for The Dark Tower. So too did filmmakers toil long to transform Stephen King’s eight-novel series to the big screen. This journey is chronicled in pictures and prose in the book The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film.

Join Arnie on this episode of Books & Nachos as he reviews this work. Then he is joined by Daniel Wallace, author of The Art of the Film, to discuss the process of producing this type of book!
Source: Books and Nachos

 

August 16, 2017 Posted by | Podcasts | | Comments Off on New Podcast – Books & Nachos: The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film by Daniel Wallace

New Podcast – Now Playing: Annabelle: Creation

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson and Marjorie Carvalho

Annabelle was a prequel to The Conjuring. Now we go even further back in time with Annabelle: Creation–the story of the doll’s manufacture and first possession. These films hit big at the box office, but can this demonic doll break the curse of getting no recommends from the Now Playing hosts? Listen to find out!

August 15, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Annabelle: Creation

New Podcast – Star Wars Action News Episode 495: Summer ’17 Cons: D23 & SDCC

Hosted by Marjorie Carvalho, Arnie Carvalho, Justin Kozisek, and Daryl Whitlow

Force Friday is a few short weeks away and (aside from a few leaks) Star Wars fans have little idea what to expect. But some news was had at the two big Star Wars events in July — D23 and SDCC!

On this new Star Wars Action News podcast Daryl joins Arnie and Marjorie to bring first-hand accounts from both conventions. Find out about the exclusives, the reveals, and more!
Source: Star Wars Action News

 

August 14, 2017 Posted by | Conventions, Movies & Television, Podcasts, Star Wars Action News | | Comments Off on New Podcast – Star Wars Action News Episode 495: Summer ’17 Cons: D23 & SDCC

New Podcast – Now Playing: Atomic Blonde

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Justin Kozisek

John Wick co-director David Leitch is already best known as the director of next year’s Deadpool sequel. But before taking on the Merc with a Mouth Leitch directed a different comic book adaptation: Atomic Blonde, based on the graphic novel The Coldest City. Starring Charlize Theron, Blonde looked to be a female John Wick. Does this ’80s period-piece pack the punch of the Wick films? Listen to this bonus episode of Now Playing to find out!

Become a Now Playing patron and you can hear this exclusive bonus review!

August 11, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Atomic Blonde

New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 43: What story is that, Charlie?

 

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Many lives have changed in the last 25 years in Twin Peaks, WA. Sarah Palmer, now widowed and alone, watches boxing on a loop while getting drunk. Norma has franchised the RR diner, but is the pie as good? And Nadine has been given a new lease on life thanks to Dr. Amp, doing for her online what he seemed unable to do as in-person psychiatrist Dr. Jakoby. But what does this all portend for the approaching end of the series? And will Agent Cooper ever be found? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in a chorus of “Just You and I” and listen to this damn fine podcast to find out!

August 11, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 43: What story is that, Charlie?

New Podcast – Now Playing: The Dark Tower

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Over the span of 34 years Stephen King wrote his Dark Tower saga of books, amassing more than 4,000 pages of lore. The story features the last legendary Gunslinger on a quest to ward off evil forces and reach The Dark Tower. The story has often been called “unfilmable” but, after nearly two decades of trying, the story has come to the screen. Is it an epic fit for King, or another dark tale that didn’t survive the leap from page to screen? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie on their quest to unravel the mystery and find out!

August 8, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: The Dark Tower

New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 42: Let’s Rock

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Twenty-five years (give or take) after the Little Man from Another Place said “Let’s Rock” the town of Twin Peaks hasn’t stopped rockin’. Perhaps it’s because a certain key to the Great Northern hotel has returned to the town. Or perhaps it’s because Billy is still missing, and no one is more invested in the search than Audrey Horne. Or perhaps because the thorny Blue Rose case investigated by Gordon Cole will lead to that town’s wooded area. But to find out, prepare to Rock and Roll with the Now Peaking hosts as they get rocked by the twelfth episode of Twin Peaks: The Return!

August 4, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Peaking: Episode 42: Let’s Rock

New Podcast – Now Playing: Dunkirk

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Jakob Conkling and Stuart Atkinson

Christopher Nolan’s latest film tells of the English army’s rescue from German assault at Dunkirk. The director is relying on visual spectacle over star power, choosing mostly unknown actors for many of the lead roles. But what can Nolan’s unique film-making and storytelling style add to distinguish Dunkirk from other World War II films? Jump on the boat with Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

August 1, 2017 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts | Comments Off on New Podcast – Now Playing: Dunkirk