It’s Not Just Playstation 5 – Three New Movies Screening That We Can’t See … Yet

Here’s an odd one that businesses usually try to avoid: demand without supply.

The opposite, supply without demand, is also undesirable.

The former is happening in the videogame sector due to extreme demand for the new Playstation 5 and Xbox consoles. Online scalping bots have added to the pain and scooped up available units only to resell at a profit.

There is no secondary legal scalping market for new movies. Supply isn’t really an issue — and yet kind of is, since the studios want to release these movies in theaters only, but with a limited number of theaters open it is creating areas where tickets can’t conveniently be bought. Where does this show up on the financial spreadsheet for studio revenue? Lost ticket sales due to unopened theaters, I guess, would be the data column.

A few times in 2020 new movies have been released in theaters open in some areas of the United States. The closest theater open near us is almost 250 miles away. Despite our love for the cinematic experience watching new movies that far away means we’ll have to wait. We need to see movies locally or if we’re on vacation within say a 50 mile radius to be practical.

Last week, Sony released the videogame movie Monster Hunter, this week on Christmas day, two new movies were released that are only available in theaters: Promising Young Woman and Tom Hanks in his first western called News of The World.

Since VOD isn’t an option — and even if it was — we’d probably only pay $20 to watch one of these three (I’d opt for Monster Hunter, but Kara probably would opt for Promising Young Woman), we’re not going to be watching and reviewing any of these until, at the earliest possibly, January 4, 2020 when theater reopen if these movies are still showing theatrically.

No reason to think they won’t be, but also no reason to believe our local government won’t push back the reopening date for movie theaters again, as they were supposed to be reopen on December 14, which would have allowed us to see all of these movies in theaters.

Demon Hunter is killing it in Japan and not screening in America yet. Bonus #4 movie!

There’s actually a fourth new movie in theaters we’d like to see that we did preview (see: FIRST LOOK: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) That anime film based on a popular series is only showing outside the United States and it’s doing really well financially. I’m sure someday it will be made available to watch in America, but no date has been announced as of this writing.

It’s good to have new movies waiting, but it seems a little silly that there are moviegoers who want to see movies and they are not conveniently available. In the past I’ve complained about LIMITED releases this way. They show up in a few theaters, either independent, arthouse, or large cities only. This might be a way for a movie to test audiences in various areas around the country, in a world where there are a bunch of different ways to screen new movies conveniently, it is an archaic distribution procedure.

Meanwhile, Wonder Woman 1984 and Soul are two other new movies that were meant to be released in theaters originally. Wonder Woman 1984 of course controversially was made day and date available also on HBO Max and Disney chose to release Soul directly to Disney+. We have watched and reviewed both of those movies.

Of the four movies mentioned above, can you see any at theaters nearby in your area? Do you have any interest in seeing any of them? Or are you waiting for these movies to come to VOD or streaming?

Disney+ or Hulu might be receiving more movies than Artemis Fowl skipping a theater release

Disney’s Bob Iger (didn’t he just step down as CEO?) is doubling down on Artemis Fowl going straight to Disney+.

Yes, the plot thickens

(see: Disney Pleases Movie Fans, Flexes in Front of National Theater Owners (NATO): Artemis Fowl will be Summer Disney+ Release)

Iger teases that there might be more movies doing the same thing.

“In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots. In some cases, we’ve announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar,” Iger said in an interview with the publication.

Disney’s Bob Iger Says ‘A Few More’ Movies Might Be Going Directly To Disney+ – Deadline

The article mentions another possible title: The New Mutants. No future date is set, but that would be a good title to take directly to VOD and/or streaming.

An important point to remember is the captive, eager for new movies audience right now. If a studio can’t release it in the studios and the budget isn’t too large, why not release it as a reason to join your streaming service or go with a low price VOD ($19.99 is pushing it, see: Yes, Some Are Paying $20 to Rent New Movies – But Is This The Right Price Point?)?

Something else I haven’t mentioned as much is we don’t need weekends with 5 or more new movies to watch. The wide release films are going to jam up later this year and it makes more sense to compete against a couple of other wide release films vs. four or more.

Personally, I’m open to as many new movies as studios want to release in theaters.

Statistically, I’m an exception and aberration as a moviegoer. The average moviegoer sees like 3-4 movies a year, I usually see 3-4 per week (when theaters are open).

Studios should want to find the right wide release slot that isn’t crowded. I’d think when there are only 1-2 other wide releases would be ideal and those weeks will be more rare the longer the theaters remain closed. I don’t think even active movie theater fans like me want to see 5+ wide releases every week in the Fall and Winter when theaters reopen. It will lead to people missing out on good movies because there are too many new ones to see and for either budget, time or both, average and even slightly above average moviegoers will miss watching them in theaters.

This doesn’t help the experience when movies bomb at the box office. Sure, some movies bomb and go on to enjoy cult success in aftermarkets and streaming. There have been some great movies that were poorly timed as theatrical releases.

Some of that poor timing could be happening right now.

At this very unique moment in time movies have a golden opportunity to reach movie-hungry audiences at home, ready and willing to watch new movies. So give us more. They don’t have to be the big budget tentpoles, but there are plenty of other movies that should be released every week.

Netflix, Amazon, heck even Quibi is releasing new content during these times. I think Bob Iger — and some at Universal — understand that studios can’t put all their eggs in the theatrical basket. That studios don’t have to choose one over the other — they can do both!

Trolls World Tour skipped the theaters and is going straight to VOD this Friday, April 10. Support it, if you have any interest in the film. The first Trolls was a lot of fun and this one looks like it’s expanding that fun to other musical genres. We’re going to be so there.

Studios just waiting around for whatever future exists with every movie they have doesn’t make good business sense. The floodgates could be about to open.

Shudder November 2019 Movies Added Reviewed and Rated

14 movies added to Shudder in November 2019

Am still a proud paid subscriber to Shudder, working my way through both their existing mostly niche horror library and the newly added titles. Of the 14 movies newly added, here are the ones I watched, reviewed and rated:

  1. Tetsuo: The Iron Man ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Trick ‘R Treat ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. Session 9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. The Baby ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Nekrotronic ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Bride of Re-Animator ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Re:Born ⭐️⭐️½
  9. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight⭐️½
  10. Deep Murder⭐️½

Note: there are four movies listed in the screenshot (Audition, A Bluebird in my Heart, Cat O’Nine Tails, Season of the Witch) that I either didn’t watch or have watched, but not reviewed yet. My favorite movie added in November reviewed as of this writing was Tetsuo: The Iron Man – that was just all kinds of STNG Borg-like weirdness. Loved it!

Have backed off some of my horror watching in favor of more holiday-oriented films and enjoying the new streaming service, Disney+. Only so much to spread around, but I still consider Shudder to be worth it. Will probably take me many months, maybe even a year or more to get through the hundreds of horror movies in their library.

Here is what Shudder is adding in December 2019:

Lots of love for Wes Craven being added to Shudder in December 2019 + Joe Bob Briggs event!

There are five movies in theaters opening wide on December 13 (Uncut Gems [PREVIEW], Bombshell [PREVIEW], Jumanji: The Next Level [PREVIEW], Richard Jewell and Black Christmas), so am not sure I’ll make Joe Bob’s Red Christmas event when it debuts live (can’t be in two places at the same time, lol), but will at least catch the recording and see what the maestro of horror hosting, Joe Bob, has cooking.

Yesterday, to kick off December, I rewatched and reviewed Shocker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ and Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers ⭐️⭐️ (talk about a good intro to the movie, Cats, opening in theaters the end of this month!)

September 2019 – 14 New Movies Ranked Most to Least Entertaining

13 Films Watched In Regal Cinema in September 2019 (Not Pictured is JUDY, which was watched in an independent theater)

Here’s an entire month’s worth of new movies reviewed. Several are still showing in theaters at the time this is posted. If you missed them, then they will be available streaming everywhere soon.

Instead of best to worst, have changed to “Most to least entertaining” because that better fits our review criteria. Here is how September 2019 went:

September 2019 – Movie Theater Expenses
$160 – for movie theater snacks & food ($15 x 10, we got 4 movie popcorn and sodas using points, so no charge, + $10 for independent theater popcorn & soda)
$26 – for Cinnebar Palace Station lunch with movie when watching Ad Astra
$8 for independent movie ticket price
$44 for movie tickets (Regal Unlimited plans for both wife & I)
$16 for 4DX movie surcharge for seeing Rambo: Last Blood
$70 = $5 average gas expense x 14 movies
= $324 / 15 movies (+1 because saw Rambo twice!) = $21.60 for both of us movie theater entertainment expense per visit, even with the “free” unlimited movies. As mentioned in our August recap, you do spend real $$ unless you literally stay at the theater and watch movies back to back to back and buy nothing. Only movie seen more than once was Rambo.

September 2019 – 14 movies seen in theater ranked from Best to Worst
Click title to read a no-spoilers review

  2. The Art Of Racing In The Rain ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Rambo: Last Blood [4DX]⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 
  4. Overcomer ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Downton Abbey ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Villains ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Good Boys ⭐️⭐️½ 
  8. The Goldfinch ⭐️⭐️½ 
  9. IT: Chapter Two ⭐️⭐️½ 
  10. Spider-Man Far From Home ⭐️⭐
  11. A️bominable ⭐️⭐
  12. Brittany Runs A Marathon ⭐️½
  13. Hustlers⭐️½

JUDY was a standout thanks to an awesome acting performance by Renee Zellweger, as well as the adaption of Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. Rambo: Last Blood in 4DX was one of the most fun experiences we’ve ever had in a movie. Not because the movie was that great, but the 4DX experience itself certainly added and enhanced the experience. I saw it in 2D and would give it 3 stars. Still think next to First Blood, it’s among the best sequels in the series.

Met Expectations (based on hype and promotion)
JUDY – I sensed that Renee Zellweger would outshine the movie — and she did. Wish the movie itself was better, but Zellweger’s performance was so awesome that I was thoroughly entertained otherwise.
Rambo: Last Blood – I’ve always wanted to see what it would be like having John Rambo enjoy some peace at his home in Arizona. Yes, it doesn’t last, but then that’s part of the fun. I know this movie wasn’t for everybody, but Stallone knew what his hardcore fans wanted and delivered.

Ad Astra – I liked the story, thought this would be a lot of fun. Instead, it was an exercise in banality
Hustlers – another promising story, but unlikable characters and a bit of a rambling plotline
The Goldfinch – another story that seemed to have great promise based on award winning source material, but the adaption and execution was muddled and convoluted

Pleasant Surprises
The Art of Racing In The Rain – if you asked me if I’d like a dog narrating a story about living with a racer I’d have said “no thanks” but this won me over big time.
Downton Abbey – didn”t think I’d like a story about what goes on in a mansion, but was sucked into the drama surrounding the king and queen visiting
Overcomer – didn’t know this was a faith-based religious sports story, but both of us were entertained. Good ending, too!

Are you curious about our reviews the prior month at the theater?
AUGUST 2019 – 12 New Movies Ranked