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  1. Christian says:

    I’m watching the “American Idol” finale because I’m all about Peak TV. As always, I’m rooting for a contestant who’s destined to lose. (Just Sam, if that name means anything to anyone.

    OK, go back to talking about movies.

  2. Sam E says:

    Anyone find anything interesting/new that they might have missed in the past? I watched the first season of Rectify this week. Didn’t have any preconception but thought it was pretty great. Also, since it seems to be be the only thing happening in movies right now did anyone rent Scoob!? If so what did your family think and are you interested in continuing to pay $20 bucks one or twice a month to stream a movie?

  3. Stella's Boy says:

    Rectify is one of the best TV shows ever made.

    My family of four paid $20 to rent Scoob. Yes we will absolutely continue to pay twenty bucks to rent movies. The last time the four of us went to a movie tickets alone were more than $50. Snacks another $30 or so. That’s just bonkers. Kids don’t always behave in a theater. Don’t worry about that at home. Can stop and start movie at home. Watch it again the next day if they like it. There is a ton of upside to a $20 rental for a kids movie.

  4. Christian says:

    Following up on a weeks-old post about streaming options and how/whether theaters would ever advertise which streams might be *ending* each week as well as opening, here’s an email from a local theater that I just received. I believe this format is new. I like knowing which films will soon be unavailable to stream via the theater:

    Closing Thu, 5/21:
    SPACESHIP EARTH
    AMERICAN TRIAL: THE ERIC GARNER STORY

    Opening Fri, 5/22:
    MR. JONES
    *DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY – Q&A 5/23
    LIFE ITSELF (Magnolia Favorite Docs) – Q&A 5/27

    Holding:
    *UP FROM THE STREETS – Q&A 5/26
    RBG (Magnolia Favorite Docs) – Q&A 5/20
    DRIVEWAYS
    THE BOOKSELLERS
    SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE French Cinémathèque

    Opening Fri, 5/29:
    *BLACKFISH (Magnolia Favorite Docs) – Q&A 6/3

    Opening Fri, 6/5:
    *HAIL SATAN? (Magnolia Favorite Docs) – Q&A 6/10

  5. Hcat says:

    So Greyhound is going to Apple+. What could they have paid for that? I can see Uni dropping smaller things to VOD. But sending a tent pole to the smallest streamer doesn’t seem like a huge vote of confidence in the project. Wouldn’t it make more as a rental?

  6. Stella's Boy says:

    Premium VOD seems like a better way to go. Just read that variety story about poll claiming 70% of people would prefer to watch new movies at home. And I also saw something that said Warner Bros would need 80% of theaters worldwide to be open in order for Tenet to be released in July. Not sure if that’s true or not. I know reopening is picking up speed but is there any way that happens?

  7. Ray Pride says:

    Loss leader like cheap milk at the store.

  8. Hcat says:

    Your analogy gave me a quick shudder Mr. Pride. Of all our industries, dairy is probably in the worst shape and has been there for years. A more talented person than myself could make a long post comparison between milk and theatrical, a previous staple now obsolete to a significant portion of the population, expansion happening to meet foreign demand that dried up but production has continued at a record pace because the infrastructure was already invested in so all the producers operate at a loss while the distributors refuse to raise prices because people expect a certain price point.

    And given the breadth of their content, isn’t Apple more of a bodega than a store?

  9. Ray Pride says:

    A count this week estimated 30 series or films on Apple. My corner bodega has more pipes than that.

  10. Hcat says:

    I stand corrected, they are a roadside fruit stand.

  11. Hcat says:

    Christian, I am pretty sure that is the usual pricepoint for IFC when they go day and date. Trolls will go for twenty since they were expecting to drop into theaters, but the price of a rental was already baked into Greece’s business model. If the virus had been contained it would have likely been released in the exact same way.

  12. Christian says:

    Thanks, HCat.

  13. Hcat says:

    Let me know how it is, I’ve not gotten to the third installment yet but I thoroughly enjoyed the first two.

    Unrelated but I got around to seeing Emma. last night Decent sit but nothing exceptional. I have liked Taylor Joy in everything else I have seen her in but she felt out of place here. The last half hour redeemed the film but I had some decent expectations for this. Will have to find a copy of Sense and Sensibility to cleanse the palate.

  14. Christian says:

    I was a big fan of “The Trip to Spain” – the Mick Jagger impressions killed me – but found “Greece” too light in the laughs department – although my wife, who was in the other room, reports that I laughed more than I thought I did. Maybe she’s right? She usually is.

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