04/22/14 8:50am
netflix price increase

If you only want to pay $7.99/month to see Fargo and Lilo & Stitch back-to-back, sign up today

Have you been dawdling on getting a Netflix subscription because you’re mooching off your girlfriend or you want to be the modern version of one of those “don’t own a television” people? Well, there’s no hope for you if you’re the latter, but if you’re the former, you better prepare for the day you need to carry your own Netflix weight, and you better do it soon, because any day now, new members are gonna be paying more for a streaming subscription. And things just aren’t satisfying when you have to pay $9.99, which is basically $10 per month. (more…)

02/13/14 11:19am
big fan

If you haven’t seen Patton Oswalt in Big Fan yet, a snowstorm is as good a time as any.

So, you’re snowed in during Winter Storm Pax, which for the record, is not related to the more favorable Pax. Well, once you’re done posting on social media as if you’ve never seen snow in winter before, here are some cozy movies to cuddle up with, provided the icy tempest doesn’t down your internet signal. I chose a list of 3 films each from 3 different stream platforms, a bit of comfort, a bit of moody-broody, and a few of my personal favorites that rise above the muck.  (more…)

01/03/14 12:30pm
annie remake will smith

That’s you, somewhere in that parade

It’s a snow day, and you might be thinking you just want to spend the whole time sledding and drinking hot chocolate. Those are great things to do of course, but why not also use the day to jumpstart that Hollywood career you’ve always wanted but could never find? The eagle-eyed fame seekers at the New York Observer spotted an ad on Craigslist seeking extras for the Annie remake being produced by the Daddy Warbucks-rich Jay-Z and Will Smith. Befitting men of such means, extras are very well compensated, but you need to get there today. (more…)

11/14/13 11:45am
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“Do it, kid, you’ll make enough money buy your own ship.”

Despite the Star Wars prequels taking some of the joy out of the whole series, there’s still plenty of fun to be had with the series (plus, the pod race scene was pretty cool). And now of course, we’re getting Star Wars sequels, which is giving nerds everywhere agita. But even the most die-hard hater of the prequels and the idea of the sequels wouldn’t pass this up: you, yes you there, can potentially be the star of the Star Wars 7. Provided that you can play either a 17-18 year-old girl or a 19-23 year-old man. (more…)

11/08/13 9:21am
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Comic book interns Kat Dennings and Jonathan Howard, looking up and waiting for a payday that will never come

When I went to a screening of Thor: The Dark World on Wednesday night, I expected the golden-locked Norse god to be moving the Avengers franchise along through so many John Henry-like swings of his giant hammer. And somehow, halfway through the movie, I realized what I was really seeing was a an inadvertent, canny allegory on the intern economy, and the perfect movie for a frustrated intern to watch (if they can even afford to see a movie) to see themselves onscreen playing hero but never getting the credit, or the payment, they so richly deserve.

Of course, the existence of paid interns could very well have been too outlandish for even the Marvel universe. I was talking about this as I left the theatre, and someone turned and said Norse gods, OK, nine different realms existing at the same time, sure. But I wouldn’t believe paid interns.” Here is how this unworldly intern metaphor disguised as a blockbuster movie breaks down: (more…)

07/17/13 11:21am
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Yeppppp

If you exist on Twitter, or really any social media, you know all about Sharknado. How it’s a movie that’s about sharks that get caught in a tornado and then get thrown around the city of Los Angeles. How it’s Tara Reid’s most important work since she appeared in The Big Lebowski. How there was a scene with a man chainsawing his way out of a shark that looked eerily like a human birth. Well now you can know something else about it: a Sharknado sequel has been greenlit, and this time, the eye of the storm is passing over New York City. (more…)

06/27/13 9:46am
JUST HOOK IT TO MY VEINS. via Facebook

JUST HOOK IT TO MY VEINS. via Facebook

Are you guys excited about White House Down? You know, the movie where terrorists take over the White House and then eventually President Jamie Foxx is firing a ROCKET LAUNCHER? Yeah, we are too. We’re not too excited about paying full price for a movie though. So this Living Social deal good for three different movie theaters in Brooklyn will not only help you see Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in a buddy comedy/presidential action hero flick, but you’ll save cash doing it. Pass the popcorn. (more…)

05/17/13 11:14am
You're gonna disappointed by Superman anyway, may as well do it cheap. via Facebook

You’re gonna disappointed by Man of Steel anyway, may as well be on the cheap. via Facebook

We’re not sure when this was decided, but movies are for rich people. This innocent pastime which once welcomed all tax brackets into its chilly, air conditioned arms seems to have slipped away, and for many of us, the days of seeing cinematic wonders unfold before us on a screen larger than a laptop screen are naught but a memory.

Well, we don’t know how to fight that, but we do know that doing something that doesn’t include the overconsumption of alcohol and subsequent high bar tab shouldn’t lead to regret and an empty checking account. So, we’ve rounded up this list of Brooklyn theaters where you can go to the movies for cheap(er). (more…)

04/22/13 12:45pm
Do you have a man inside you? What about $8?

Do you have a man inside you? What about $8?

Confession time: I, like so many of you, am a Netflix moocher. I have used, loved, binge-watched and abused a Netflix account for nearly three years now, but I’ve been leeching off an old roommate’s account, which she was fine with, even if my viewing habits mix in a lot of Justice League Unlimited to throw off her heavily mumblecore-centric viewing recommendations.

These heady days of unlimited Netflix sharing, however, may be coming to an end. Bloomberg reports today the service that is changing the way we watch TV wants to actually charge you for the way you watch TV. It may soon start cracking down on the number of devices you can stream the service on, which means no more mooching off of mom and dad’s account and no more one Netflix for the whole apartment [UPDATE: Netflix has just released its "moocher plan" price: $12 for four streams!]. It’s cool, I was going to get my own account soon anyway. In fact, this is actually a pretty great sign of things to come. Here’s why: (more…)

"Why don't you get out of the hero game and open a cafe in Park Slope with me?"

“Why don’t you get out of the hero game and open a cafe in Park Slope with me?”

In the world of unnecessary remakes, The Amazing Spider-Man just may top the list. After all, the first movie came out barely ten years ago, so the idea that we needed to start all the way from the beginning seems a little silly. But, we’ll take off our nerd glasses here and just get to how this affects your life: if you’ve got nothing to do tomorrow, you can go try and catch a glimpse of the sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for those who aren’t quite awake yet, being filmed down in Windsor Terrace. (more…)