2019 VUDU- Thanksgiving and Black Friday 4K UHD 50% Off BUY – LIMITED TIME OFFER

Vudu – Thanksgiving Sale

For those of you not out and about this morning in the United States, braving the Black Friday crowds, there are some online Black Friday deals worth mentioning. These are, of course, very time sensitive, so if you’re viewing this post after Black Friday 11/29/2019, no idea how many of these prices, if any, will hold up. Also, all prices in $USD.

If you are planning on buying movies and have a 4K-capable TV, there are some good deals at Vudu for Black Friday. Look for the orange header on the movie titles to find scattered other HDX format movies on sale as well, but didn’t see any that were 50% off. There were a few sales that stuck out to me. The movies below are all to buy price (streaming), not rent for HDX format:

  • IT (2017) $7.99
  • Alita: Batle Angel $9.99
  • Deadpool $6.99
  • Deadpool 2 $7.99
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming $5.96
  • Minions $6.99
  • Diehard $7.99
  • Despicable Me 2 $6.92
  • Long Shot $7.99
  • Hellboy $6.99
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1) $5.00
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $5.99
  • The Peanuts Movie: $4.99
  • The Martian $4.99
  • Wonder Woman $7.99
  • How To Train Your Dragon $6.99
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2 $6.99
  • Pitch Perfect $6.99
  • Kong Skull Island $6.99
  • Olympus Has Fallen $4.99

Again, this list is incomplete, just some titles I surfed around and noticed were decent deals, $5 is a pretty good price point to buy a movie these days. Although there are places selling physical media (Blu-ray and DVD) for $5 or less, so keep that in mind.

You might also want to check out Amazon Prime Video. They are having sales on buying movies too. They have some channels on sale with prices slashed for the next three months (none of the main premium ones yet, maybe those will be saved for Cyber Monday deals?): CBS All Access, Epix, britbox, Bet+, Nickhits and more.

See any good deals to buy channel streaming subscriptions (especially premium channels like HBO, Showtime, etc), movies and/or TV seasons on streaming or physical media? Use the comments, let us know.

Real or Fake Christmas Tree?

Every year around Thanksgiving, the tradition is to put up the tree.

For years, we always went with a real tree, sometimes one that we cut down ourselves. And then, perhaps, because of the mess and/or upkeep and the fact that the kids had grown up, we went with fake.

In movies, which type of Christmas tree do you prefer to see? Real ones are my choice. It might seem like what difference does it make, but there is a look to real tree vs. fake tree. When I see characters in movies using fake trees in their homes I think it says something interesting about the character. It’s an easy way for a director to show something in a film without having to say anything.

I learned something about which tree is better for the environment. Good trivia, I guess.

“So if you have an artificial tree at home you would need to reuse it for at least 10 Christmases to keep its environmental impact lower than that of a real tree,” Kazer told the BBC.

Is A Real Or Fake Christmas Tree Better For The Environment?

Let’s check in on this blog’s Holiday Movie Viewing Challenge …

2019 Holiday Movie Viewing Challenge – progress update

Goal is to watch 25+ holiday movies from November 1 – December 25, 2019. Films marked with asterisk are on my annual rewatchable list.

  1. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. *The Christmas Chronicles ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 
  3. Klaus ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. A Country Christmas Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. Bad Santa ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Let It Snow ⭐️⭐️½
  8. Christmas Inheritance ⭐️⭐️½
  9. The Knight Before Christmas ⭐️⭐️½
  10. A Holiday Engagement ⭐️⭐️
  11. A Christmas Kiss ⭐️⭐️
  12. Jack Frost ⭐️⭐️
  13. Christmas Break-In ⭐️½

Movietopia Experience Opens in Houston’s Candytopia Space 11-2-19 to 1-26-2020

Taking pictures with props from famous movies and sharing on social media? Yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like is happening at Movietopia.com in Houston.

Billed as an interactive movie experience … is it more than just pictures with famous props?

Candytopia has partnered with Planet Hollywood to bring a new experience called Movietopia to Houston. Described as an “interactive destination filled with immersive imagery,” Movietopia will allow attendees to “place themselves into iconic movie scenes and interact with the iconic objects from those films,”

Interactive movie experience opens in Houston’s Candytopia space | abc13.com

Further down the homepage there is a better description of what is going on in Movietopia:

Slide down the hull of a shipwreck? A joyride in the original Ferrari from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Yeah, that could be cool. Are there any actual movies being shown in this 20,000 square feet building in Houston? Or is it only like a traveling interactive movie exhibition?

Also, who picked out the movie props? Wouldn’t a ride in a tricked out Delorean from Back to the Future be more cool than the Ferrari in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? (can’t say I even remember the Ferrari, but everybody remembers the Delorean)

It’s very much an adult playground, although movie-savvy kids will likely get a kick out of it, even of they don’t get all the references. With the Disney and Marvel stuff all stored in other paying locations, patrons are more likely to see such things as the live-action “Flintstones” movie and Indiana Jones flicks. These are definitely what makes Movietopia an adult playground. There are monkey bars and swings and pits full of rubber snakes for you to roll around in. The idea is to be ridiculous and without shame, and that is a lot of fun.

Review: Movietopia an attraction made for the selfie generation
HoustonChronicle.com

Not putting this interactive experience down because I haven’t experienced it for myself, am just curious if anybody reading has tried this out and/or knows or has read somebody who has reviewed this experience. Somebody in/near the Houston area? Any bloggers there that have attended yet?

Only opened a week or so ago. What I do know does not make me want to jump on a plane to Houston to check it out for myself. If this would come within 250 miles of us, I’d probably go check it out. Heck, I enjoyed the King Tut Museum exhibition and I never got to touch anything. It was all behind multiple layers of glass and security. I wanted to see the Titanic wreckage exhibit when that came in to Seattle, but missed that.

I’ll keep searching for anybody that has paid for a ticket to Movietopia and shared his/her/their experience. All I’m finding are articles from news organizations in the Houston area, which is alright, but not the same as paid attendees reviews.

Drop me a link if you find one in the comments, please, and/or if you’ve gone yourself of course. Tell us what it was like.

Rod Serling Forever Yearned To Be Young Again and Remembered as a Writer

Kara and I now have tickets to see this Thursday November 14, 2019 — excited, too!

Rod Serling is legendary. His words will not only be remembered, but by some of us, they’ll be treasured moments captured on television.

Have stated here before, and will probably do it many more times: Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone is my favorite ever television show. Nothing before it and nothing after has had — and continues to have — the single greatest impact on what I enjoy watching .

It wasn’t only the visuals, acting and sound, however, it was the amazing foundation, the timeless writing by Rod Serling. The singular magical feeling so many of the episodes generated.

“Every writer … has certain special loves, certain special hangups,” said Sterling. “In my case, it’s a hunger to be young again. A desperate hunger to go back to where it all began. I think you’ll see this as a running thread through all the things that I write.”

‘Twilight Zone’ Creator Rod Serling Feared He’d Be Forgotten | Hollywood Reporter

Just bought tickets to the Twilight Zone 60th Anniversary Fathom Events for both Kara and I next Thursday night. On 11/9, five days before the screening the theater is filling up:

Those first two row of seats are the least popular, aren’t they?

We don’t like the first two rows of seats either. Your neck gets all jacked up and you have to sit at an uncomfortable angle. 47 of 73 (64.3%) available seats remained for the Twilight Zone 60th Anniversary on 11/14 when we signed up on 11/9.

The Twilight Zone TV show episode reviews are coming in 2020

The plan is to start reviewing every single one of those classic episodes beginning soon, probably in January 2020. My problem is that there aren’t enough of episodes to keep me going forever. I’ve seen all of them at least once and some of them many, many times. Reviewing all 156 episodes even at an intentionally slowed pace of one per month would mean I could burn through every episode in 13 years. Isn’t ironic that the superstitious number of 13 comes up when divided out all episodes?

To say this blog will exist for 13 years is probably a bigger question mark than whether or not I’ll need something else to review in 2033. Also, there is the matter if I’ll still be alive in 13 years? My relations tend to live a long time, so outside of accident or future disease, I see no reason that I won’t be here in 2033.

(cue eerie Zone theme music)

There is always Rod Serling’s Night Gallery TV series to review after The Twilight Zone. That’s the series where a young filmmaker named Steven Spielberg worked on one of his first teleplays “Eyes”. There were 44 episodes of Night Gallery. So there is another four years. Could also review all the reboot episodes of Twilight Zone, including the one with Forest Whitaker as the narrator. Serling had involvement in some films and other teleplays, so I might have to dig deep, should I be lucky enough to make it 20+ years in the future here, still reviewing his awesome work. I suppose that’s plenty of time into the future. Who knows if something better will come along to share reviews by then?

Another huge influence of mine is Stephen King. I could maybe alternate a Stephen King adaptation movie or TV adaptation review with a TV review each month. That would stretch out the months. There has been no shortage of King movies. Plenty of options.

Is anybody else reading attending this Twilight Zone Fathom Events? 60 year anniversary is a special one. That is older than me. Not too much older, but older. I’m sure if Serling is able to read these words and tons by others, he would not have worried about being remembered.

Join Our Holiday 2019 Viewing Challenge

There are a ton of holiday-themed movies to watch every Christmas season

Everybody knows Christmas is on December 25th each year.

The October 2019 Horror Movie Challenge went so well that we wanted to try something for November and December. This is the holiday time of year, so it only makes sense to make the challenge involving holiday-oriented movies.

For the final two months of the year, I’d like to try and watch/rewatch and review 25+ Christmas/Holiday-themed movies. Any genre is acceptable, and the movies don’t have to be based only around Christmas/Santa/etc, they can be a movie that happens on/around Christmas with at least one pivotal scene or time during Christmas. The Family Man starring Tea Leoni and Nicolas Cage is a good example of a movie that isn’t about Christmas, but happens during Christmas.

How YOU Can Join The Challenge

Would you like to join us in this challenge? It’s easy and the reward is the satisfaction of watching good movies and if you make it, I’ll be sure and link to you in the post.

If you successfully complete the 2019 Holiday Movie Challenge by watching or rewatching at least 25 holiday-themed movies and then comment here with a link to your successful list. You can also write about entering this challenge on your blog and link with trackback ping (some blogging software like WordPress automatically do this).

All those who are successful in the challenge will be linked in the blog post I do at some point after December 25, 2019. It’s a free link to your website/blog/YouTube/etc as a bonus for watching at least 25+ holiday-oriented movies in almost two months.

It’s like 3-4 movies a week for 8 weeks, so it’s not some insane pace or anything.

Lists of Holiday-themed Movies

Need some ideas for holiday-themed movies to watch? Here’s a few lists that I Googled to help you get started with your watchlist:

This is all on the honor system, all you have to do is list 25+ movies that you watched/rewatched starting November 1, 2019. This isn’t a list of movies you’ve watched in the past, you need to actually watch new ones and/or rewatch movies you’ve already seen from November 1 – December 25, 2019 (until midnight).

We use Letterboxd to keep track of holiday movies we’ve watched in a list. You can see an example of the list we did for the October 2019 Horror Movie Challenge. We’ll have one for the Holiday 2019 challenge setup soon.

Fathom Events: Thursday November 14, 2019 at 7pm – The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration

Fathom Events: The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration November 14, 2019

I’ve never attended a Fathom Event before and this one bullseyes my zone.

The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration will combine digitally restored versions of six quintessential episodes with an all-new documentary short titled “Remembering Rod Serling” about the life, imagination and creativity of creator Serling, whose thought-provoking anthology series continues to mesmerize fans. 

Fathom Events | The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration

The 60th Anniversary of my favorite TV show of all time.

Yes, I’ve seen all six episodes they’ll be showing, but never on the big screen. I have not seen the Rod Serling documentary short they are adding:

Trailer for The Twilight Zone 60th Anniversary Fathom Events on Thursday November 14, 2019 @ 7pm

Fathom Events has live concerts and sports events too on the big screen. Might like to take part in one of those someday too. Anybody attended a Fathom Events at the theater before? What was your experience like?

Be the First to See Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep 8 Days Early – Wednesday 10-30-2019 – Through Fandango (LIMITED TIME OFFER — HURRY!)

Wednesday Oct 30 Doctor Sleep is having advanced screenings (November 8 is the opening date) in various theaters. Luckily, I found a local theater participating and reserved a seat (the theater was about half full at the time I ordered about a half hour before making this post).

All you have to do to ensure you see the movie nine days before anyone else is purchase your tickets through Fandango here.

Be the First to See Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep this Wednesday << Rotten Tomatoes – Movie and TV News

This will be my first ever advanced screening and it was accessed through an advertisement on Rotten Tomatoes (thank you!). Sure, it cost me $14.11 when if I waited until it came out it would be at no additional charge. The early access price for a movie I want to see (and am reading the book right now) is worth it.

Hurry, if you are interested in seeing Doctor Sleep early, then click the link and reserve your ticket. I don’t know how long this offer will last and seats will be available. Good luck to you!

(Note: I am not making any affiliate revenue from this post, am just passing along an offer I’m personally excited about and purchased myself)