Regal Owner Cineworld wrongly believes, “There is no argument that the big screen is the best way to watch a movie”

Bloodshot is showing as part of the “Theater At Home” VOD (or PVOD, if you want to call it that)

Ah, but there is.

Confidence in business is good. However, speaking in absolutes in a world of people can be fraught with perils.

I’m still siding with Universal on the ongoing brouhaha over Trolls World Tour not showing in theaters. The truth of the matter is if the theaters had been open, Universal would have screened Trolls in theaters as expected. It’s not Universal’s fault that the theaters had to close.

Instead, the pandemic hit and Universal had existing advertising and promotion $$$ spent and chose to go the VOD route, They keep calling it PVOD which I guess stands for Premium Video On Demand. Whatever, it’s still a movie being streamed at home for paid rental. Let’s just keep it simple. VOD/PVOD = the same thing.

Cineworld/Regal, there is an argument to your statement.

The theatrical window does not make sense for every movie. Why is it so difficult for movie theaters to understand this?

In fairness, Cineworld is responding to the whole Trolls World Tour dustup a little more carefully, but I emphatically disagree with the bolded sentence at the end (emphasis is mine)

Cineworld’s policy with respect to the window is clear, well known in the industry and is part of our commercial deal with our movie suppliers. We invest heavily in our cinemas across the globe and this allows the movie studios to provide customers all around the world to watch the movies in the best experience. There is no argument that the big screen is the best way to watch a movie.

Regal Owner Cineworld Chimes In On ‘Trolls World Tour’ Controversy – Deadline

Sorry, Cineworld/Regal, but you’re bolded statement above is wrong.

There are several very logical, reasonable, practical arguments that the big screen is not the best way to watch a movie. There are some movies that people would rather watch at home and that is the “best” way for them.

The most successful businesses change with the times. This is 2020. A lot more people have very high end 4K UHD or better big TVs at home. Some have full on Dolby Cinema surround sound theaters in their dens, living rooms, man/woman caves and the like. Some have super luxurious recliners setup. Tell any of these people that their experience is inferior to watching a movie on “the big screen” and they’ll laugh in your face.

But I’ll agree not everybody has this kind of technology setup at home. I’ll also admit that I prefer to watch new movies in the theater over watching them at home. So, for me personally, I agree that the movie theater experience is superior. Just because I think it’s better for me, doesn’t mean it’s better for everybody reading this.

Still, the theaters should not continue to perpetuate the myth that it is undeniably a better experience. I cringe whenever I see theater chains and NATO perpetuating this myth. It’s not a fact that watching movies in a theater is the “best” way to watch movies in 2020. It is the best for a percentage of the population, but not everybody (see: Where Do You MOST Watch Movies? (Theater, TV, Computer, Tablet, Phone))

Is this statement false? Yes, I can prove it with just one situation for us.

Example. Taking our grandchildren to the movie theater is a hassle. They aren’t old enough — nor patient enough — to appreciate the movie theater experience. We also have to worry about them being kids, which means they are loud and can be disruptive to others trying to enjoy the film. We would like them to enjoy the wonder and splendor of watching the movie on the “big screen” but the truth is they don’t care that much about it. They get just as much, if not more, enjoyment watching this type of movie at home on their big screen TV.

Not good times arguing with 3-5 year olds.

A movie like Trolls World Tour is better seen at home for some young children. Just saying that’s a fact.

Do we as grandparents want to encourage them to explore the movie theater experience? Absolutely, we do, but Universal made the right decision to release the movie the way they did. All this BS talk about underhanded tactics is just garbage drama talk. They didn’t do anything underhanded getting a movie released to an audience that wanted to see it.

NATO and these movie theater chains fiercely holding onto their stranglehold on new movie distribution via the 90 day theatrical window (see: Collapsing Theatrical Windows Are Not The End Of Cinema Life As We Know It) need to remember this is 2020 and it’s us — the moviegoers — that ultimately get to decide what is “best.” A little more humility would be the best medicine right now.

Hunker down, reopen your movie theaters when it is safe to do so.

(seems like they might be targeting July 2020)

We’ll let you know what’s best by when and where we spend our hard-earned money. A lot of moviegoers really like watching movies at home. It makes more sense trying to find out how to entice them to come to your theaters over staying at home. Just saying there is no argument when there is, doesn’t work.

Delayed Screenings – Only 9 of 39 (23%) Wide Release Movies Coming to Movie Theaters (if they reopen) Through August 1, 2020

April 2020 movie releases … only Trolls World Tour on VOD and at scattered drive-in theaters

We all know the vast majority of movie theaters are currently closed. I took some time this morning to research and update the COMING SOON TO THEATERS in 2020 post and, yes, it’s a bummer reviewing the delayed screenings list.

Not trying to bum anyone out by sharing this, but it does show just how few theater movie wide releases remain over roughly the next 120 days. You can count them on your fingers.

If you look at the screenshots above and below by month all movie titles with a strikethru have been delayed and moved by the studios. There are notes afterwards if a new date is known.

If theaters open in May, there will only be *2* new wide movies as of this writing (4/11/2020) that open: The High Note (May 8) and Irresistible (May 29).

If theaters open in June, there will also be only *2* new wide release movies both scheduled to open on June 19: Soul the animated movie (moved to Nov 20, 2020) Fatale and King of Staten Island

But if somehow theaters don’t open until July 2020, then there will be *4* movies opening: The Forever Purge Movie (July 10), Tenet (July 17), Mulan (July 24, that was moved from March) and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run (July 31 that was also moved from a previous date).

Here are the detailed screenshots by month, starting with May 2020:

June 2020 movie theater releases getting any better? No.

July is the heart of summer, surely that will be better, yes? No.

I stopped at August 1st, wanting to wait to let more time pass (and see if the theaters start opening in May), but rescheduled from July is Wonder Woman 1984 (August 24, 2020), so maybe there will be more titles dropping back in if theaters are open and re-established by then. If not, we can expect to see WW1984 pushed back again, as well as most if not everything mentioned above.

Some titles mentioned from April until the end of July 2020 might get picked up for streaming services over the next few months assuming the theaters remain closed.

Not sure what to do about the coming soon lists by month (May would already have been posted if theaters were open and June would be posted around this time) here until the theaters reopen. Doesn’t seem like a whole lot of value in posting a list of movies NOT coming soon to theaters when the theaters remain closed.

Bottom line: it’s Easter tomorrow and movie theaters will not be reopening the rest of this month, at least in Washington State where we’re at. We have a stay at home order in effect until May 4, 2020.

Thank goodness we have plenty of movie and TV watching options on streaming. And next month HBO Max will launch providing even more movies and TV shows.

If you’re a Comcast/Xfinity broadband subscriber (we are!), Peacock will be soft launching on April 15 (just around the corner from this post!). July 15 everybody else can subscribe to Peacock.

20+ Joker Movie Reviews + Joker Delivers Record Opening Weekend

the largest October domestic opening weekend of all-time and the fourth largest opening ever for an R-rated feature. The film was the #1 movie domestically and overseas, kicking things off with a $234 million global launch.

‘Joker’ Delivers Largest October Opening Ever with $93.5 Million – Box Office Mojo

Congratulations go out to Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ for setting an October record, seizing #1 R-Rated Venom from 2018.

Here are 20+ recent Joker Reviews from around the Blogosphere. Did my best to separate into recommended and not recommended based on the review rating. If there wasn’t a rating of any kind or it was unclear whether the reviewer recommended or not, then put under “unrated.”

WARNING: some of these reviews contain spoilers, just in case you haven’t seen the movie yet, you may want to wait until after seeing to click through and read the details of what/how/why others thought (as we normally do ourselves).

RECOMMENDED

  • Knapp on the Go: “…. a character study on an interesting man that just needed help from society. ” 9/10
  • Keith At The Movies: “…. an audacious film that isn’t cavalier towards its violence nor numb to its effects. I saw it as a terrifying warning and an indictment of a society that not only creates monsters but lifts them up” 4.5/5
  • Long Time Geek: “… Joker is the most important movie of the fall, if not of the year.”
  • Mark Gorman: “… you don’t get a 9.1 rating on IMDB without reason.”
  • Think Outside The Box Office: “This is my new favorite movie of the year.”
  • LittleMovieReviews: “…a brilliant and fresh take on the villain, and is definitely the darkest film that we’ve seen related to the DC Universe ” B+
  • MovieBuffStuffSite: “… will not be for everybody, and that’s OK – while not perfect, it still offers a compelling portrait of a monster created by the society he lives in,” 8/10
  • At The Foothills of Madness: “A mesmerizing performance from Joaqin Phoenix charts the rise of a villain, not an anti-hero” 4/5
  • Inside Out – ” It’s also a narrative to the economic divide, extremist nationalism and uprising we see in so many societies today ” 4/5
  • thefilmera.com: “…provides a wretched, revolting, and terrifying villain at its core…” 3.5/5
  • cultfaction: “… Phillip and Phoenix have combined to produce a stark portrait of what society can do to someone who is stuck on its wrong side ” 7.5/10
  • matthewliedkeonfilm.com: “… It can hold a person’s attention with its thrills and because the character study lends enough interest, plus Phoenix is great.” 3/5

NOT RECOMMENDED

  • TheLostHighwayHotel: “… There’s nothing to get worked up about here. Despite the best efforts of everyone, Joker is thoroughly – perhaps even fatally – so-so.” 2.5/5
  • Bib’s Corner: “…if you are interested in the Joker’s origins, if you don’t mind some graphic violence, and you don’t care about the larger extended DC Universe it’s a great movie. I am the opposite of all three and that is why Joker didn’t do anything for me. “
  • thelegionnaire.net: “…what makes a good movie for me is one that attempts to elevate my spirit to a higher plane.  There is none of that here, and thus my recommendation is to steer clear of this one “

UNRATED

  • Kendall Lacey: “…. Great cinematography, perfect performances, this really is special.”
  • hellogines: “… This move was dark. There was no one to root for. It was a clash of fantasy versus reality.”
  • Dr.Alderman: “…this type of renditions happen once in a blue moon, great work, great actor, great aesthetic experience.”
  • localbibliofile: “…a beautifully shot film that gets under your skin, making you shiver with thrills as it exposes and condemns Gotham City and the world we live in “
  • sickflickreviews: “…causing the viewer to ask herself what about the film is really happening and what is merely a delusion.”
  • dsfilmreviews: “…showcases a society that had become too complacent with a harsher way of thinking, and lack of empathy for those sitting on the edges with nowhere else to go. “
  • 9takes: “…follows a fairly known path, but Joaquin makes the journey tolerable in spite of some bumps along the way, “

Will You Use Your Phone To Pay For Movies and Concessions? Amazon GO Votes Yes

Use your cell phone as a payment option, via Google images search

There is an option to reserve movies on the Regal Unlimited app. I haven’t used it yet for any movie. I prefer to go to the box office in person or concessions area and buy the ticket right then and there.

There has also been (several) ways to use my cell phone as a payment option — haven’t used that either. I’m not a luddite, I just don’t like using my phone as a virtual payment option. Swipe the phone and voila! It charges your account … or something like that.

Mind you, I’m a Generation X, a little young for a baby boomer. My children, all grown adults (known as Millennials), don’t use their phones to pay either. They have debit cards from banks. They pay the same ways we do.

But that is just our family. There are many, mostly younger, people (those born after 1996) who do use their phones to pay these days. They probably love the convenience of reserving their tickets for movies before they go to the movies.

Why don’t I? First of all, the time we go to movies — mostly matinees and non-peak times, we don’t see many other people in the theaters. Reserving seating ahead of time just isn’t a concern. There has been one movie in the last two months where we wish we had a terrible seat in the very first row (who can watch movies in those seats anyway?) because the theater was packed.

Amazon has 16 stores where you scan your phone at the register and then pick out what you want in the store, and walk out and a receipt is sent to your phone. You never go through a register. I actually think this is pretty cool. Would I like to check this out? Yes!

According to this CNBC article, Amazon has been talking with Regal Cinema, among others:

The company has been in talks to bring Go equipment into OTG’s CIBO Express stores at airports and Cineworld’s Regal theaters, one of the people said

Would YOU want to use this type of payment in a movie theater? Interesting question. I probably would if it meant I could get my popcorn with butter and soda faster. The problem we usually encounter in the theater is one or two attendants working the concession stand and a line of people waiting. The movie theater should have more people working to fulfill orders in the concession area, especially considering the profits involved.