Movie Mania: Summer Highlights
By Chantel Elder
Summer is typically a time for blockbusters, and there are a number of Hollywood hits on the big screen this summer, but this post isn’t about a list of the must watch movies or a review of Harry Potter (it was fantastic btw). Instead it’s a jumble of personal finds, ways to watch movies besides the large chain theatres and…. a few personal pet peeves to keep it real.
When I am feeling lazy or it is too hot to leave the house these are some of my favorite ways to watch movies from Home.
Best At Home Links:
Netflix – Ahhh Netflix, I love you so, the “watch it now” feature is awesome and perfect for a lazy movie day at home. www.netflix.com
Top Documentary Films.com – This site has it all if you are a documentary junky! The documentaries are broken into categories and offer more choices then time would ever allow me to watch. It is awesome and epic…epically awesome? http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/watch-online/
Fun Flicks – Throw your own movie screening in your back yard and rent all the stuff yourself. I have never actually done this but I am looking for the perfect excuse to. http://www.funflicks.com/products-backyard.html
Here are some upcoming movie events on the Grid that are a little different than the same old same old movie viewing in the traditional theater setting.
Local Movie Happenings:
Sacramento Film and Music Festival at The Crest Theatre – August 17-21st 2011 http://www.sacfilm.com
Screens on the Green – movies in the park, every Saturday in August, at different local parks. Movies are free. Brings lawn chairs and enjoy! http://sacscreenonthegreen.com/
Crocker Art Museum – Thursdays ‘til 9:Film Frame– Every first Thursday the Crocker Art Museum Presents film screenings that include commentary by filmmakers, enthusiasts, scholars, and artists.
Movie Night at Fairy Tale Town: Disney’s Mary Poppins http://www.fairytaletown.org/going-on/calendar#August
11th Anniversary Trash Film Orgy – The Crest Theatre – http://trashfilmorgy.com
Film Metro – This site offers ways to get free tickets to screenings, so that you could be the first to see a film, judge it, write a review and maybe get your own show reviewing films? Just like Mr. Ebert did. Oh yeah! http://www.filmmetro.com/ –
Best Movie Nosh:
A bucket of hot popcorn (the bigger the better) with milk duds poured over the top so they melt, creating a salty, caramel, chocolate, stomachache that is perfectly worth it.
Best Local Theatres:
Worst Movie Types: This is my list of must avoids
Natural Disaster movies
Movies that have non-animated animals that talk
Any of the “Final Destination” movies
Spoof movies (Another Scary Movie)
Feel good movies with bad endings (The Break Up)
Really cheesy comedies
Movie Pet Peeves: A few gripes about going to the theatre
- Clapping after a movie that isn’t a premiere with the live actors/directors present
- Chair kickers
- Having to sit in the front row
- No Wine/Beer sales in most theatres (at least in Sacramento)
- People that sit right next to you that don’t need to sit right next to you
- People that say “The Book Was Better” (duh!?)
Are you a movie buff with thoughts to add to this?! We welcome any and all contributions, discussions, recommendations or…pet peeves!