On Our Way To Alternate AMC Movie Theater, Other Is “SOLD OUT” for Film We Want To See

The War With Grandpa on Sunday sold out all 4 screenings at the closest AMC to us

It’s reopening weekend at AMC in the greater Seattle/Tacoma Washington area and we had planned to see The War With Grandpa as our second movie this weekend, but the theater where we watched Honest Thief is already sold out (pictured above).

It’s OK, we have several other reopened AMC locations to choose from that have available seats and we already reserved seats at another theater. It’s interesting to note on this reopening weekend because Honest Thief is on its first weekend opening and we’re not seeing the same amount of “SOLD OUT” for that.

This is a very small sampling of data, completely unscientific I’m certain, but curious to note since The War With Grandpa, according to box office sales projections is #2 behind Honest Thief.

The other thing to mention is now that we’re both signed up for AMC A-List passes, we took advantage of their Entourage option to easily reserve tickets for both of us online. It can be done through the application as well and the best part is there are none of those onerous convenience fees like Regal charges.

A review will be forthcoming.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #42 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Peacock, Shudder

Netflix: Oct 16

Weekend #42 of 53 (10/15 – 10/18/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

A encouraging weekend coming up for both theater releases (see: Opening 10-16-2020 in Theaters: Honest Thief, 2 Hearts) and streaming.

The Trial of The Chicago 7, originally intended as a theatrical release, was picked up by Netflix. Blumhouse continues their horror movies Q&A with directors watch party this Saturday, but you can see the movies on Amazon already: Evil Eye and Nocturne. Also on the horror front, Shudder will premiere The Mortuary Collection.

KEY

*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *The Trial of The Chicago 7
  2. *A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting – Original
  3. *Love Like The Falling Rain – Original
  4. Rooting for Roona

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Social Distance – Season 1 – 8 episodes
    Technology, COVID-19, Anthology
  2. Half & Half – Seasons 1-4
  3. One on One – Seasons 1-5
  4. Power Rangers: Beast Morphers – Season 2, Part 1
  5. Someone Has To Die – Season 1 – 3 episodes (Oct 16)
    Crime, Thriller Miniseries
  6. Grand Army – Season 1

HBO Max Movies

  1. *The Perfect Weapon (2020) – Documentary

HBO Max TV

  1. Detention Adventures – Season 2
  2. David Byrne’s American Utopia
    Concert, Music
  3. *Lovecraft Country – Season 1, Episode 10 “Full Circle”
    Horror, season final episode (Oct 18)

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Evil Eye – Original
  2. *Nocturne – Original
  3. *Time – Original
  4. A Most Beautiful Thing
  5. Playing With Fire

Hulu Movies

  1. *Playing With Fire (also on Amazon Prime Video)
  2. The Painted Bird (2019)
  3. Life After Basketball (2019)
  4. The Escort (2016)
  5. Friend Request (2016)

Hulu TV

  1. *Helstrom – Season 1
  2. *The Purge – Season 2
    Horror
  3. Treadstone – Season 2

Peacock TV

  1. *Mr. Mercedes – Season 1 – 2, 20 total episodes (Oct 15)
    Stephen King adaptation

Shudder Movies

  1. *Mohawk (Oct 12)
  2. *The Mortuary Collection – Original

Let’s Get Crazy on Halloween 2020 – Apply to be paid $1,000 to watch 24 hours of horror movies

I “applied” and so can you — Halloween is a Saturday and watching 24 hours of horror movies is right up my alley, I should pay them just to be able to participate!

I’ve done blogathons in the past. Can honestly say I’ve never done a 24 hour straight watchathon.

Was looking at the Star Wars movie marathon in the theaters when Rise of Skywalker came out and was intrigued and interested. This particular challenge doesn’t require leaving my house, not sure if that’s a pro or con.

In a blogathon for 24 hours you write and posts blog posts. Seemed easier to me than it actually was, particularly toward the final six hours when the tank gets beyond empty and your brain goes into mush mode.

The dream teams at CableTV.com and HighSpeedInternet.com are partnering up to pay one lucky horror flick aficionado $1,000 to watch a nonstop, 24-hour movie marathon on a streaming service of their choice. If a night of #nosleep, coffee, and gallons of fake blood sounds like more of a dream than a nightmare, this job is right up your (dark, abandoned) alley. 

Get Paid $1,000 to Watch 24 Hours of Horror Movies This Halloween

This horror watching on Halloween movie challenge, however, is a bloody sharp opportunity to choose 13+ horror movies on various streaming channels and tweet and blog the fun. I mean, think about the run times, about 1.5 hours per movie .. it’s just about perfect for 13+ movies. With the right pre-planning exactly 13 movies could be chosen for a perfectly superstitious movie count.

24 hours x 60 minutes = 1440 minutes
divided by 90 minutes (average estimated movie)
= 16 movies!

What 13 movies would I choose? That I have to think more about for certain, but I just surfed around Shudder’s Newly Added List and quickly picked out 13 horror movies I’d like to watch or rewatch (in no particular order):

  1. 91 minutes – Mohawk (2018)
  2. 94 minutes – The Cleansing Hour (2020)
  3. 96 minutes – The Deeper You Dig (2020)
  4. 89 minutes – The Masque of Red Death (1964)
  5. 85 minutes – From Beyond (1986)
  6. 100 minutes – Rabbit (2018)
  7. 100 minutes – Starfish (2018)
  8. 102 minutes – Fade To Black (1980)
  9. 83 minutes – 30 Miles From Nowhere (2020)
  10. 89 minutes – The Evil (1978)
  11. 94 minutes – Mortuary (1983)
  12. 89 minutes – One Dark Night (1983)
  13. 81 minutes – Random Acts of Violence (2020)

= 1193 minute

Bonus movies to round out 1,440 minutes

14. 92 minutes – Hellmaster (1992)
15. 108 minutes – Uncaged (2016)

= 1,393 minutes

This would leave like 40+ minutes for bathroom pause and breaks throughout the day. Again, these aren’t necessarily the movies I’d watch if chosen, but maybe they would be, who knows?

Want to apply?

Yes, you can apply, too. It’s not about the money to me, but if they pick me and want to pay, I’m not going to turn down a thousand bones for doing something I love doing anyway. It’s about watching and enjoying horror movies.

You get 100 words for them to decide why you should be the one they choose. I made sure my precisely 100 words were exactly 666 characters.

Muhaahahahahaha!

LIMITED TIME OFFER – Amazon Prime Streaming Channel $0.99/month for 2 Months: Showtime, Starz, Epix, Lifetime, more!

Amazon Prime Day is held annually. There are also Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. It’s a great chance to do some shopping on a wide variety of items including premium add-on streaming channels.

Currently you can find a bunch of streaming channels available for $0.99/month for two months including: Showtime, Starz, Epix, Lifetime Movies and many more. You can cancel them after two months before they go back to full price, unless you decide to keep them.

We’ve pointed out these deals in the past, just keep an eye on the site search: LIMITED TIME. This post does not contain any affiliate links and we’re not compensated by Amazon for making it, this is us sharing a good deal with our reader friends. Hope you found some add-on channels to check out for a month or two.

Times are tough and any money that can be saved through special sales is appreciated, so thank you Amazon. If you have wanted to check out any of these channels, here you go. We picked up three of them so far, might subscribe to more.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #41 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Shudder

Netflix: Oct 7

Weekend #41 of 53 (10/8 – 10/11/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

Halloween and October in general is Christmas for horror fans. Since the movie theater landscape is ravaged, we continue to turn to streaming for the bulk of new movies to watch. Thank you to the various streaming channels for stepping up and giving us new content to watch.

Watch parties! We’ve attended a few virtual watch parties and they are fun. There are several coming up this weekend and next.

A Blumhouse watch party event in association with Fangoria and for those with Amazon Prime Video on Saturday and Sunday including a Q&A with directors following the viewing.

Saturday October 10 @ 5:30pm PT – The Lie
Sunday October 11 @ 5:3pm PT – Black Box

Amazon Prime Video: Oct 8

Welcome to the Blumhouse which is an upcoming collection of new original horror films, hailing from Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television. The watch party event is scheduled to begin this Saturday, October 10 which will also include an after Q&A session with each of the films’ directors.

Welcome to the Blumhouse: Fantastic Fest & Fangoria Set Watch Parties For Amazon Prime Films

KEY

*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *Hubie Halloween ⭐️⭐️ – Adam Sandler (Oct 7)
  2. *Ginny Weds Sunny
  3. *Deaf U
  4. The 40 Year Old Version

NETFLIX TV

  1. *The Haunting of Bly Manor – Season 1 – 9 episodes (Oct 9)
    Horror, loosely based on Turning of the Screw
  2. *Fast and Furious Spy Racers Season 2: Rio
From Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan comes this new Netflix TV Series on October 9

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Charm City Kings – Original

Not recommended, except if you truly want to see how incredibly awful it is: Cats will be available Oct 10 on HBO Max. They should have offered a director’s cut, something to see if they could improve this abomination. It’s one of those slow down and watch an accident mentality watches and mentioned only for that moment.

HBO Max TV

  1. *The Lovecraft Country – Season 1, Episode 9: “Rewind 1921” (Oct 11)
    Lovecraftian Horror
  2. The Fungies: Season 1B

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Black Box
  2. *The Lie
  3. *Archive
  4. Terminator: Dark Fate (also on Hulu – Oct 9)
  5. Chasing The Crown: Dreamers to Streamers

Amazon Prime Video TV

  1. Mr. Robot – Season 4

Hulu Movies

  1. *Books of Blood
  2. *Terminator: Dark Fate ⭐️⭐️½  (Oct 9)

Hulu TV

  1. Next: Series Premiere

Shudder Movies

  1. *The Cleansing Hour

Fall 2020 Viewing Challenge + Summer 2020 Viewing Challenge COMPLETE

Movies watched and reviewed tagged #summer2020viewing

We always have a viewing challenge happening and you’re welcome to join in!

Here’s your chance as a reader and movie lover to get interactive. No blog or website of your own is required. However, if you have a blog, even better, then blog your movies watched and reviewed and let us know.

Before getting to the newest challenge, here’s a recap on the most recent completed viewing challenge.

Summer 2020 Viewing Challenge

100+ Any Movie or TV Episode Viewed June 1 – September 30, 2020

Here are the ranked by review rating results of movies and TV episodes (marked by “TV”) watched during this viewing challenge:

NOTE: bolded titles watched in theater and full text reviews posted on this website

  1. Gone With The Wind ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. TV – Scooby Doo Where Are You? – S1:E11 – “A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. TV – Stargirl – S1:E10 – “Brainwave Jr.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Fantastic Planet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Glengarry Glen Ross ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. United 93 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. TV – Scooby Doo Where Are You? – S1:E6 -“What The Hex Going On?” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  8. TV – Stargirl – S1:E13 – “Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E Part Two” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  9. Presumed Innocent ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
  10. B️onnie and Clyde (1967) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
  11. Mrs. Doubtfire ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
  12. TV – Scooby Doo Where Are You? – S1:E4 – “Mine Your Own Business” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  13. TV – Scooby Doo Where Are You? – S1:E10 – “Bedlam in the Big Top” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  14. T️V – Scooby Doo Where Are You? – S1:E2 – “A Clue For Scooby Doo” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  15. TV – Scooby Doo Where Are You? – S1:E13 – “Which Witch is Which?” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  16. Mad Max ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  17. Black Sunday ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  18. True Lies ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  19. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  20. The Wedding Singer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  21. TV – Stargirl – S1:E12 – “Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E Part One” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  22. TV – Stargirl – S1:E6 – “The Justice Society” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  23. Clash of the Titans (1981) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  24. Cronos ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  25. Tread ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  26. Greyhound ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  27. 61* ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  28. Da 5 Bloods ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  29. Rocketman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  30. The Song Remains The Same ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  31. Andre The Giant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  32. Long Shot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
  33. The Social Dilemma ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
  34. Tenet ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  35. Athlete A ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  36. Adventures in Babysitting ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  37. Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  38. The Blob (1958) ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  39. Color Out Of Space ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  40. Barbarella ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  41. TV – Scooby Doo Where Are You? – S1:E1 – “What A Night For A Knight” ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  42. TV – Scooby Doo Where Are You? – S1:E12 – “Scooby Doo and a Mummy, Too” ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  43. TV – Scooby Doo Where Are You? – S1:E5 – “Decoy For A Dognapper” ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  44. Horrible Bosses ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  45. Unhinged ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  46. The Broken Hearts Gallery ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  47. Enola Holmes ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  48. Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  49. Dick Tracy ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  50. TV – Stargirl – S1:E7 – “Shiv Part One” ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  51. TV – Stargirl – S1:E8 – “Shiv Part Two” ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  52. The Old Guard ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  53. American Pickle ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  54. School of Rock ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  55. The Big Boss ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  56. Cold Pursuit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  57. The Beach House ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  58. Justice League ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  59. A Star is Born ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  60. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Gone With The Wind ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  61. Mayhem ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  62. Houdini (1953) ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  63. Spotlight ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  64. The Fast and the Furious ⭐️⭐️⭐
  65. TV – Scooby Doo Where Are You? – S1:E3 – “Hassle In The Castle” ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  66. TV – Scooby Doo Where Are You? – S1:E8 – “Foul Play in Funland” ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  67. TV – Scooby Doo Where ARe You? – S1:E7 – “Never Ape an Apeman” ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  68. Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash ⭐️⭐️⭐
  69. RBG ⭐️⭐️⭐
  70. Bill and Ted Face The Music ⭐️⭐️⭐
  71. Snakes on a Plane ⭐️⭐️⭐
  72. Crawl ⭐️⭐️⭐
  73. Demolition Man ⭐️⭐️⭐
  74. Mr. Deeds ⭐️⭐️⭐
  75. Pooka! ⭐️⭐️⭐
  76. Along Came Polly ⭐️⭐️⭐
  77. Reindeer Games ⭐️⭐️⭐
  78. Real Steel ⭐️⭐️⭐
  79. Project Power ⭐️⭐️⭐
  80. The Dirt ⭐️⭐️⭐
  81. The Mask ⭐️⭐️⭐
  82. H️ell Comes To Frogtown ⭐️⭐️⭐
  83. TV – Star Trek Lower Decks – S1:E1 – Second Contact ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  84. TV – Star Trek Lower Decks – S1:E3 – Temporal Edict ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  85. Cut Throat City ⭐️⭐️⭐
  86. Superman: Red Son ⭐️⭐️⭐
  87. Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street ⭐️⭐️⭐
  88. Paycheck ⭐️⭐️½
  89. TV – Scooby Doo Where Are You? – S1:E9 – “The Backstage Rage” ⭐️⭐️½
  90. It Came from the Desert ⭐️⭐️½
  91. Daylight ⭐️⭐️½
  92. I Still Believe ⭐️⭐️½
  93. Unpregnant ⭐️⭐️½
  94. The Fan ⭐️⭐️½
  95. Love, Guaranteed ⭐️⭐️½
  96. Pilgrim ⭐️⭐️½
  97. Rememory ⭐️⭐️½
  98. The Late Shift ⭐️⭐️½
  99. My Spy ⭐️⭐️½
  100. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird …The Movie ⭐️⭐️½
  101. TV – Stargirl – S1:E4 – “Wildcat” ⭐️⭐️½
  102. I’ll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours of Lynyrd Skynyrd ⭐️⭐️½
  103. Lost Bullet ⭐️⭐️½
  104. Down ⭐️⭐️½
  105. The Hungover Games ⭐️⭐️½
  106. TV – Star Trek Lower Decks – S1:E6 – Terminal Provocations⭐️⭐️½
  107. The Kissing Booth 2 ⭐️⭐️½
  108. Bedazzled ⭐️⭐️
  109. Judge Dredd (1995) ⭐️⭐️
  110. The Show ⭐️⭐️
  111. Palm Springs ⭐️⭐️
  112. The Cable Guy ⭐️⭐
  113. Escape from L.A ⭐️⭐
  114. Knuckleball! ⭐️⭐
  115. Radioactive ⭐️⭐
  116. Man of the Year ⭐️⭐
  117. TV – Stargirl – S1:E5 – “Hourman and Doctor Mid-Nite” ⭐️⭐️
  118. TV – Stargirl – S1:E11 – “Shining Knight” ⭐️⭐️
  119. The New Mutants ⭐️⭐
  120. Rudy: The Rudy Giullani Story ⭐️⭐
  121. Magic Camp ⭐️⭐
  122. Infinity Chamber ⭐️⭐
  123. Aeon Flux ⭐️½
  124. The Circle ⭐️½
  125. Words on Bathroom Walls ⭐️½
  126. H️ome Sweet Hell ⭐️½
  127. The Assistant ⭐️½
  128. The Personal History of David Copperfield ⭐️½
  129. TV – Star Trek Lower Decks – S1:E2 – Envoys ⭐️½
  130. TV – Star Trek Lower Decks – S1:E4 – Moist Vessel ⭐️½
  131. Verotika ⭐️½
  132. 1BR ⭐️½
  133. The Change-Up ⭐️½
  134. The Paramedic ⭐️½
  135. TV – Stargirl – S1:E9 – “Brainwave” ⭐️½
  136. Coneheads ⭐️½
  137. Infidel ⭐️½
  138. The F**k-It List ⭐️½
  139. Artemis Fowl ⭐️½
  140. Imagine That ⭐️½
  141. Killing Hasselhoff ⭐️½
  142. Down To Earth ⭐️½
  143. The Binge ⭐️
  144. 2012: Ice Age ⭐️
  145. 365 Days ⭐️
  146. TV – Star Trek Lower Decks – S1:E5 – Cupid’s Errant Arrow ½
  147. The Last Shift ½

Past Viewing Challenges

Fall 2020 (October 1 – November 30, 2020) will be interactive movie viewing challenge #7. Here are the past challenges:

  1. 2019 October Viewing Challenge: 66+ Horror Movies Viewed In October (completed74 movies watched, rated & reviewed)
  2. 2019 Holiday Viewing Challenge: 25+ Christmas Movies Viewed 11/1-12/25/19 (completed25 movies watched, rated & reviewed)
  3. 2020 January Viewing Challenge: 21+ New/Unseen Movies
    (completed30 movies watched, rated & reviewed)
  4. 2020 February Viewing Challenge: 14+ Romance Movies
    (completed: 14 movies watched, rated & reviewed)
  5. 2020 Spring Viewing Challenge: 30+ Action/Thriller/Suspense Movies Viewed March 1 – May 30, 2020
    (completed: 54 movies watched, rated & reviewed)
  6. 2020 Summer+ Viewing Challenge: 100+ Any Movie or TV Episode Viewed June 1 – September 30, 2020
    (completed: 147 movies and/or TV episodes watched, rated & reviewed)
  7. 2020 Fall Viewing Challenge: 33+ Horror/Thriller/Suspense/True Crime Movie or TV Viewed October 1 – November 30, 2020

2020 Fall Viewing Challenge: Watch/Rewatch 33+ Horror/Thriller/Suspense/True Crime Movies or TV Episodes Oct 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020

You can watch any horror, thriller, suspense or true crime movies or TV show episodes to meet this viewing challenge. Last year’s challenge was 66+ movies in just October, so this is half the goal.

Can you complete this viewing challenge? TV series binge-watchers rejoice for a second time, this should give you a chance to participate as well.

What are viewing challenges?

It’s where we try and watch a minimum number of movies — or in this challenge case, TV show episodes count, too — of certain type(s). They are usually themed based on the month(s) or seasonal. For example, around Halloween, horror movies and holiday movies during the holidays.

Anybody is welcome to participate. You do not need a blog or website, but do need some way to track what you’ve watched during the challenge. Fortunately, there are several free services available including Letterboxd (movies only), Google Docs Spreadsheet (FREE) and others.

How To Participate

Just keep track of all movies and TV episodes, regardless of genre, you’ve watched or rewatched from October 1, 2020 until midnight November 30, 2020. Sites like Letterboxd make it easy to do.

Tag movies watched with #fall2020challenge. EXAMPLE. here are movies tagged #feb2020challenge. You do not need to write reviews or rate any movies to use the Letterboxd service, you can simply use to mark as watched.

It’s free and fun to participate. Be sure to comment below if you’re in the challenge and/or those with movie/TV blogs link in so I get pinged and can add you to the participation list. Hope to see others joining in too!

If you have a movie/TV-related blog

Again, this is optional to participate, but for those who do have a blog or movie/TV review site, here’s an additional recommendation.

Having something to write about on your blog can be a challenge sometimes. This gives you something you can write about with updates on your progress over the next four months. Tie your updates into monthly recaps about the progress and encourage your readers to get involved, if you want. You might even schedule live viewing events with your subscribers.

Social movie and TV watching in 2020, good luck to all taking the challenge!

LIMITED OFFER: Google Offering “Free” Chromecast + TV to New YouTubeTV Subscribers

A new Chromecast just launched from Google officially on September 30. They are going after Roku competitively by including a remote and a menu a la Android TV. The device offers 4K and is priced at $49.99 USD.

A limited promotion is being offered for those interested in paying for at least one month of YouTubeTV ($64.99 USD).

Google is giving away a free Chromecast with Google TV device to everyone that signs up for YouTube TV before the end of the year. As the terms of the deal explain, you need to be a first-time subscriber to the streaming TV service to take advantage of the offer, and at least one monthly payment has to be processed between October 15th and December 31st, 2020. This offer is only available to US residents.

Google is giving away free Chromecasts – here’s how you can get one – BGR

We haven’t tried YouTubeTV but with the election coverage, NFL sports in action and the end nearing of the baseball season, this is a good time to have a month of live TV. We’re probably going to go in on this deal.

On Thursday we went around to a few local stores (Walmart, Best Buy, Target) and nobody had the new Chromecast + TV in stock yet. We already own the Chromecast Ultra (see: Tired of Waiting For Roku, 7+ Year Customer Buys Chromecast Ultra to Stream HBO Max to TV) but the downside to that is having to use your phone. Kara has never liked it and I’ve had a hard time getting used to the phone as a remote. It’s a good idea in theory, but it’s just not as handy as having a remote and using a Roku-style menu on the TV.

Glad to see this new version of Chromecast. Are you interested? Happy with Roku? Or using something else?

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #40 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock, Hulu, Shudder

#1 on Netflix Top List; as of 10/1 – American Murder: The Family Next Door (RECOMMENDED)

Weekend #40 of 53 (10/1 – 10/4/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

We all know these are unprecedented times right now. Earlier in the comments area we were having a discussion about the theatrical window. It’s such a polarizing topic with the big three theater chains and it’s stupid.

You can just click on the tag theatrical window and see all kinds of past posts on the topic. I’ve been heavily in favor of reducing the theatrical window and in some cases eliminating it altogether. Not for the big budget movies like Tenet, but for independent films, smaller to medium-sized budget films and streaming tie-in films. Keep reading what I mean by streaming tie-ins.

Hulu (TV): October 2

Meanwhile, we have Netflix chugging along during the pandemic releasing more new movies, more content than these mega million, er billion, dollar theater chains every single week. In some cases every few days. Netflix looks absolutely genius for investing so heavily in new content. They have been doing it not because they predicted the pandemic, but because they feared the day when there were no movies from studios they could license any more because the studios have their own competing streaming services. Here we are in 2020 and a lot of them have.

Back to the anemic number of movies by comparison being released theatrically right now. Sure, it might not make sense for some movies to release domestically with only 70% of theaters reopened and moviegoer confidence shaken over safety in some (many?) areas, but having a screen that can show movies that only/primarily shows classic movies isn’t going to drive moviegoers to the theater. They need more new movies.

How can they get them?

The answer is obvious. We write about and share new movies coming out every Thursday here. There are plenty to choose from to show in theaters. Plenty. Why aren’t theaters interested?

Is it ego? They think if they show a bunch of non-theatrical release movies in their theaters it will diminish the overall theater experience? That if they break their long standing rules about day and date releases, it will forever tarnish the business cycle?

We’re in a pandemic. There are no established movie theater rules that apply to this new situation. So, make up the rules that benefit your customers — moviegoers, us — and when the pandemic is over, you can go back to some pre-pandemic rules. Maybe you won’t want to? Maybe the new rules you create will be even better for your business.

Your product is movies. It’s like a hamburger stand that doesn’t sell hamburgers. You need new movies coming into your theaters every week.

Why haven’t the theater chains gone to studios and Netflix and other streamers and asked to screen their new movies until this pandemic is over? Let people see these movies in theaters that want to see them on the big screen. Maybe it doesn’t work for every single movie, but certainly this is better than showing a bunch of classic movies for $5, yes/no? Why is the stupid “respect for the theatrical window” the battle cry for the big three theaters?

They won’t listen to me. I’m just a spec of dust somewhere in a vast internet desert, but business survival 101 means being open to other creative visions, plans and ideas. Since these are unprecedented times, the movie theaters need to treat them accordingly and do things differently.

Maybe just possibly someday some movie theater owner will read this and say, “you know what, we should have tried something like this.”

We can always dream

Since we won’t be seeing any of the movies and TV shows below on the big screen (at least in the near future), we’ll have to continue to enjoy from the comfort of our homes, offices, computers, etc. My oh my, it’s quite the selection of new and classic content to watch.

As a final incidental note, October is my favorite entertainment

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *American Murder: Family Next Door (9/30)
  2. *The Outpost
  3. *We Have Always Lived In The Castle
  4. *You’ve Got This
  5. *The Binding
  6. *Dick Johnson Is Dead
  7. *All Because of You
  8. Human Nature (2019)
This movie dropped on Netflix and, while very predictable, has a fresh presentation style for true crime

A lot of interest is around Welcome To Sudden Death (FIRST LOOK), but have seen it and it’s not worth watching (nope, mini-spoiler: no Penguin battle in the kitchen battle) Yes, it’s available on Netflix.

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Oktoberfest – Beer & Blood – Season 1
  2. Bakugan: Armored Alliance: Season 2? (Oct 1)
  3. Carmen Sandiego Season 3 (Netflix Family)
  4. Code Lyoko Seasons 1-4
  5. Evil Season 1
  6. Familiar Wife Season 1
  7. The Parkers Seasons 1-5
  8. The Unicorn: Season 1
  9. The Worst Witch Season 4
  10. You Cannot Hide Season 1

Movies rotating into NETFLIX as of October 1

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
All Because of You 
(Netflix Original)
Along Came a Spider
A.M.I.
Basic Instinct
Black ’47
Cape Fear
Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
Employee of the Month
Enemy at the Gates
Fargo
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate
Free State of Jones
Ghost Rider
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Good Morning, Verônica
 (Netflix Original)
Gran Torino
Her
House of 1,000 Corpses
Human Nature
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
I’m Leaving Now
The Longest Yard 
(1974)
Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood (Netflix Original)
The Outpost
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Poseidon (2006)
The Prince & Me
Stranger than Fiction
Superman Returns
Sword Art Online: Alicization
Troy
WarGames
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Yogi Bear

HBO Max Movies

  1. Beavis & Butthead Do America
  2. *Downhill ⭐️½

HBO is starting out the month with their weekly new theatrical release movie with two horrible films. Since October is a notoriously spooky month, this seems timely. Sometimes it’s worth watching these films to see if they’re so bad, they’re good. Downhill is a lifeless, cold comedy with Will Ferrell and next week the worst film we’ve seen in quite time, Cats. Neither is recommended viewing, but maybe one or both work for you.

HBO Max TV

  1. *The Lovecraft Country – Season 1, Episode 8: “Jig-a-Bobo” (Oct 4)
    Lovecraftian Horror

Movies rotated into HBO MAX on October 1

Bolded titles recommend quick picks we recommend:

A World of Calm: Documentary Series Premiere
Akeelah And The Bee (HBO)
All-Star Superman
American Dynasties: The Kennedys
American Reunion (HBO)
Analyze That
Analyze This
The Angriest Man In Brooklyn (HBO)
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Ball of Fire
Beavis And Butt-Head Do America (HBO)
Beef
Beginners
Best in Show
BLOW
Bombshell
Boogie Nights
Boomerang
The Bush Years: Family. Duty. Power.
The Butterfly Effect
Cats & Dogs
Catwoman
Cellular
Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke
The Chronicles Of Riddick (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold
Clean and Sober
The Client
Collateral Beauty
The Color Purple
Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (HBO)
Constantine
Cradle 2 the Grave
Critters 2
Critters 4
The Curse of Frankenstein
Day Of The Dead (HBO)
Death Sentence (Extended Version) (HBO)
Deerskin (HBO)
Dirty Dancing (HBO)
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (HBO)
Deliverance
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
Dreamcatcher
Edge of Darkness
Empire of the Sun
The End: Inside The Last Days of the Obama White House
Endings, Beginnings (HBO)
Enter The Dragon
Eraser
Firewall
Frantic
Frequency (HBO)
Friday
The Friday After Next
Galaxy Quest
The Golden Compass
Gothika
Grudge Match (HBO)
Hairspray
Hairspray (Musical Remake)
Harina (aka Flour) (HBO)
The Haunting
The Hills Have Eyes (Extended Version) (HBO)
The Hills Have Eyes II (Extended Version) (HBO)
Horror of Dracula
The Hunting Ground
I Am Sam
Infamous
The Informer
The Invisible War
Jonah Hex
The Last Kiss (HBO)
The Last Mimzy
Laws of Attraction
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
Libeled Lady
Life as We Know It
Little Baby Bum
Little Big League
Madea’s Big Happy Family
Malcolm X
Man of Steel
Marie: A True Story
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Matrix
Million Dollar Baby
Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
Mister Roberts
Monsters Vs. Aliens
The Mummy
Mutiny on the Bounty
Next Friday
Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always (HBO)
Nothing Sacred
Open Water (HBO)
Open Water 2: Adrift (HBO)
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
The Pelican Brief
A Perfect Murder
The Perfect Storm
The Phantom of the Opera
Presumed Innocent
Race for the White House: Season 1
Raised By Wolves: Season 1 Finale
Revolutionary Road (HBO)
Roger & Me
Sands of Iwo Jima
Scanners (HBO)
Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
Se7en
Semi-Pro
Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird
Shame (HBO)
Sherlock Holmes
Sleight (HBO)
Son of Batman
South Park: The Pandemic Special
Steel
Superman vs. the Elite
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3
They Were Expendable
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
The Thin Man
The Thing (HBO)
A Time to Kill
Tin Cup
TMNT
Training Day
Tricky Dick
Turistas (Extended Version) (HBO)
U.S. Marshals
Us (HBO)
Vampire in Brooklyn
A Very Brady Sequel
We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World
What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?
When Harry Met Sally
Where the Wild Things Are
The Whole Ten Yards (HBO)
The Wings of Eagles
You’ve Got Mail

Amazon Prime TV

  1. *Sons of the Soil – Season 1
  2. Bug Diaries Halloween Special (Oct 2)
  3. Savage X. Fentry Show (Oct 2)

Movies rotating into AMAZON PRIME VIDEO as of October 1

30 Days Of Night
A Knight’s Tale
Battlefield Earth
Blood Ties
Drugstore Cowboy
Eight Millimeter
Funny Girl
Girl, Interrupted
Guess Who
Joe
John Carpenter’s Vampires
Killers
Kindred Spirits
La Sucursal
Madea’s Big Happy Family
Mud
National Security
Next Level
Noose For A Gunman
Nurse
Quantum Of Solace
Raging Bull
Señorita Justice
Southside With You
Spaceballs
Species
Thanks For Sharing
The Big Hit
The Da Vinci Code
The Departed
The Gambler Wore A Gun
The Grudge 3
The Mask Of Zorro
The Pianist
The Wedding Planner
Triumph Of The Spirit
The Mothman Prophecies

Peacock TV

  1. Saturday Night Live – all 45 seasons!
    Comedy, Live, Improv

Hulu TV

  1. *Monsterland – Original
    Anthology, Horror

Hulu is going all out for Halloween with their focus on Huluween.

Movies rotating into HULU as of October 1

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A Beautiful Mind
Across The Line
After Life
Anti-Trust (Tech geek guilty pleasure!)
Blade
Blade 2
Blade: Trinity
Blood Ties
Blue City
The Curse Of Downers Grove
Deep Blue Sea
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
Drugstore Cowboy
The Executioners
The Express
The Eye
Fallen
Girls Against Boys
Good Hair
Guess Who
Hostel
Hostel: Part II
House Of 1000 Corpses
The Hurt Locker
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Interview With the Vampire
Joe
Judy & Punch
Kicking & Screaming
Killers
Lady in a Cage
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Martyrs
Mud
Nurse 3D
The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
The Portrait of a Lady
The Quiet Ones
Raging Bull
The Sandman
Senorita Justice
Sk8 Dawg
The Skull
Snakes On A Plane
Spaceballs
Species
Superbad
Thanks for Sharing
Tooth Fairy
Triumph of the Spirit
Vampire
Wayne’s World 2
When A Stranger Calls
William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard

Shudder Movies

  1. *Scare Me – Original

Amazon Sales Up 40% During Pandemic, Prime Day Oct 13 and 14 – How Much Shopping Do You Do Online?

It seems odd to talk about some businesses doing better during the pandemic, but the reality is that some are. Amazon is one of them.

Amazon has thrived during the pandemic as consumers buy more goods online and limit their visits to stores. Amazon reported $88.9 billion in sales during its latest quarter ending June 30, up 40% from the same period a year earlier. Net income doubled during the quarter to $5.2 billion.

Amazon Prime Day set for October 13 and 14 – CNN

Those that like to shop online for deals, October 13 and 14 will be this year’s latest Amazon Prime Day. They are a little late with their Prime Day.

Other retailers are talking about moving up Black Friday sales and offering additional Cyber Monday type deals to try and entice customers that aren’t going to physical stores as much to buy.

Am not sure how this year’s holiday season is going to go sales-wise. There are more people back working now, but until we get back to pre-COVID employment numbers, I’m not sure the holiday season will be any kind of historic normal.

We still shop locally for most things. Groceries we don’t buy online, although I do admit some interest in that, my wife is less interested. She likes to pick out what she’s buying by looking at it and pictures on a website — particularly for fresh foods — just isn’t the same. The last TV we bought, and it’s been years, was online. It really just depends on what it is.

An Amazon Prime membership for us was attractive for free shipping, yes, but we sped more time with Amazon Prime Video, which is included as part of the service. I remarked in another article that Walmart+, their new service might have benefitted from keeping Vudu, instead of selling that off to Fandango (see: Walmart Plus launches September 15, maybe they should have kept Vudu)

Of course we do a lot of business online, particularly with entertainment websites, but we still are what some might refer to as “old-fashioned” with the rest. We still enjoy going out somewhere. Outside. The movie theater experience is part of that. Sure, we like watching movies and TV shows at home, too, but getting out of the house is part of our regular interest and flow.

How much shopping do you do online vs. offline?

Beach Shadow – Birthday #2 Celebrating Rewatching: Cobra, Being Evel, Heavy Metal

On our birthday it’s one day we should get to do whatever we want (within reason, of course) every year. Me? I like rewatching movies.

Before getting to what I’m rewatching for this birthday (which isn’t my second ever birthday, of course, but it does have a “2” in it, anyway lol), I learned on Sunday that another Libra, Gwyneth Paltrow shared a pic in her birthday suit on Instagram.

Sorry, my shadowy beach pic is going to have to do so as not to scare off readers. My pic wasn’t taken on my birthday either, but rather from our most recent Lincoln City, Oregon beach trip. Took some other pictures of the ocean tide hitting rocks.

Lincoln City, Oregon – near the Chinook Winds Casino

I’ve had this killer anthology story series idea in my head for years involving the ocean — something I haven’t seen done before — maybe before I exit this plane of existence, I’ll write it down. Unless some other creative type thinks of it first 😉

Survivor has a song called “Oceans’ that I took a few minutes and re-listened to. It’s on Spotify, Youtube, etc. Look it up and give it a listen. How that song never became a hit like “High on You” is a shame, but Survivor had pretty much come and gone with the Rocky movies being their high point. Fantastic lyrics, epic singing from Jimi Jamion (R.I.P).

Oceans surround us
stand and watch as they disappear
to challenge the rising tide
or drown in a sea of tears

lyrics from “Oceans” by Survivor album When Seconds Count

Anyway, movies. That’s what we’re here for, right? What am I rewatching on my birthday?

Some movies I enjoy rewatching are not amazing cinematic achievements, some aren’t even reviewed highly by me, but all chosen to rewatch have a special place in my heart. They bring back fond memories and, in the end, what else matters?

Did this last year, in case you want to catch the inaugural episode here: 3 Movies Reviews For My Birthday: Ready Player One, JFK, Westworld

Cobra ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (1986) – owned digitally

There’s something catchy about this 80s movie that was universally panned on release. Maybe it’s Stallone starring opposite a jean clad Bridget Nielson, or driving around in the 1950 Mercury running down scumbags, or maybe it’s that toothpick in the side of his mouth. Some great lines like, “You’re the disease, I’m the cure.”

Psycho grocery thug: “I’ve got a bomb! I’m going to blow this place up!”
Cobra, “Go ahead, I don’t shop here.”

Am not saying this is some great cinematic achievement, but it’s pure 80s cheese and I love it. Will there ever be a Cobra sequel? Time has been kind, and there have been calls for a sequel from fans, so never know.

Let’s not forget Stallone’s love for Robert Tepper music and the title song, “Angel of the City”

Tepper’s music most famously was used in Rocky IV with “No Easy Way Out”
see: Rocky 4 Director’s Cut Will Not Have Paulie’s Funky Robot

In the 80s Stallone favored the music of Survivor and Robert Tepper in several films.

Being Evel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – available on Peacock and Roku channel as of this writing

As far as badass daredevils go, Evel Knievel is the one who started it all. He survived some epic crashes like when he failed to clear the Caesar’s Palace fountains. Just rewatching that footage is epic.

Johnny Knoxville, “It’s a crazy ass story. It’s just fast, faster and disaster.”

The story is tragic and will make you actually dislike Evel Knievel and yet you’ll be fascinated by his epic rise and fall, as well as how he defied death with some truly crazy stunts.

Heavy Metal ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ – owned digitally

This was the first adult animated movie I remember seeing. 1981, the start of the 80s, too, based on a magazine that still exists today. The bizarre opening scene of a car that comes out of the bottom of a spaceship and descends to earth, with an astronaut delivering a glowing green orb of horror, the loc-nar to earth.

Gaze upon the loc-nar and … be sorry forever

A series of stories, some are very good, but the loc-nar runs through all of them. I hadn’t seen this movie in 35+ years until last year when Harley Quinn reminded me of the world of adult animated films. I had to track this down and rewatch and it’s a perfect rewatch for this special day.

An awesome collection of hard rocking tunes … check this out for the music, too!

As for the music. 80s hard rock fans will be challenged to find any other animated film with a soundtrack as good. My favorite track is probably Blue Oyster Cult’s “Veteran of the Psychic Wars” That is featured in the very first story. Took me down an entire BOC trek musically.