How I Watch Movies

Disclaimer: I’m only going to talk about legal ways of doing this and the information is probably only valid for the United Kingdom. I’m not being paid by any of the companies I mention.

So you want to watch a movie and you’re probably spoilt for choice about how to go about this. Here are my favourite methods:

1. The Cinema.

Fairly obvious, huh? However this is becoming increasingly expensive and that’s without buying a tonne of crap from the concession stand.

I am in possession of a Cineworld Unlimited card. I have fallen out of love with the Cineworld franchise ever since they introduced allocated seating, in particular star seating (a con, in my opinion).

It’s a shame that they’re the only UK chain to have a scheme like this, otherwise I’d be so gone.

This is a marriage of convenience so I continue to watch at least two movies a month this way so that I get my money’s worth.

2. The Art House

If you live in an urban area, you’re likely to have at least one. This is a great way to watch non mainstream movies and it’s usually cheaper than most cinemas if you’re willing to wait to watch the new releases.

3. Television

I don’t watch much TV (I only have Freeview myself) but Film4 is a channel to keep an eye on. However, as a commercial channel you also have to put up with adverts. This is why the BBC is my main source of TV movie watching.

4. BBC iPlayer

On that note, their online service is bloody brilliant for this purpose. Films have their own section and you can watch these at your own convenience. Downside is that titles are usually only up for about seven days at a time.

5. Lovefilm

Or whatever Amazon’s calling it these days. This is how I rent movies. The format’s increasingly becoming obsolete but I’m likely to continue as long as it’s available.

6. Amazon Instant Video

Why do I subscribe to this instead of Netflix I hear you cry? Quite simply because I continued with the service when Amazon absorbed Lovefilm. It serves me well enough for now. Maybe I’ll switch in the future.

7. YouTube

This is a great resource for watching public domain movies. You can also watch original material if you’re up for that.

8. Snagfilms

A website that specialises in independent movies. The movies do have commercial breaks but not as much as you’d find on a commercial TV channel. It can be temperamental getting it to stream.

I’ve missed out other services such as Blinkbox, Mubi, BFI player and iTunes. This is because I haven’t made use of them yet, although I do have a small library on Blinkbox.

So, this is it really. Let me know if I’ve missed out on any services and I hope this has helped.

New Movie Challenge 2015

So I’ve stumbled upon this challenge and I think it’s meant to be completed within the space of a year. In addition to the 1001 movies challenge I’ve set myself. I’m unsure how I’ll do this but for now, here’s the list:

A movie that’s 3 hours or longer.
A classic romantic comedy.
A remake.
A movie released this year.
A movie with a number in the title.
A movie made by a director under the age of 30.
A movie with non-human characters.
A comedy.
A movie directed by a woman.
A thriller.
A one word title movie.
A movie composed of short stories.
A movie set in another country.
A documentary.
The first movie by a well known director.
A movie starring a favourite actor or actress that you haven’t seen yet.
A movie recommended by a friend.
A best picture Oscar winner.
A movie based on true events.
A movie from your watchlist.
A movie your mum loves.
A movie that scares you.
A silent movie.
A movie with a horrible poster.
A movie you say you’ve seen but haven’t.
A movies based on a diary or journal.
A movie under 80 minutes.
A movie with antonyms in the title.
A movie set somewhere you want to visit.
A movie set in the town or area you were born.
A critically panned movie.
A trilogy.
A movie released the year you were born.
A movie with a love triangle.
A movie set in the future.
A high school movie.
A movie with a colour in its title.
A movie that made you cry.
A musical.
A movie based on a graphic novel.
A movie by a director whose work you haven’t seen before.
A movie you own but haven’t seen yet.
A movie you saw at the cinema as a child.
A movie in a language you don’t speak.
A Christmas movie.
A movie with a character with your name.
A movie set in one room or space.
A movie that’s censored in your country.
A movie based on a TV series.
A movie you started and never finished.

Weekend Round Up #19

Normal service has resumed! A proper weekend of movie watching occurred:

Charade, Divergent, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Lawrence of Arabia, Pawn, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, The Fast and the Furious, The Lunchbox, The Producers