The following is a list of all entries from the movies category.
I managed to get my hands on a free advance screening pass of “Now you see me” last night at Studio Movie Grill, formerly Mez.(Is it weird that I think it smells like MGM Grand up in there? Yes, yes it is weird). I had never been to see a movie there but I like the idea of combining my two favorite activities, dining and watching free movies. My first experience dining at a cinema was with my college roommate and “Wedding Date” and a chocolate dessert when I visited her in Wilmington, NC.
To reach my destination I had to spend $4 on a round trip light rail pass. In a few months, I’ll be able to walk to SMG from work. I opted for a quick dinner at Moe’s, even though I don’t like Moe’s because it’s not as good as Chipotle and with every bite I’m thinking about how much better Chipotle is. A $7 “personal trainer” salad. A personal trainer would never endorse this. There are no redeeming qualities about a salad that is served in a fried tortilla shell. Plus, you get a side of tortilla chips. Plus, you can request more dressing.
Next time, I’ll try something from SMG’s menu. The concept is convenient for people who queue in line as early as 6:30. Once seated, guests can request service at the simple press of a button. The menu provides more than just popcorn and soda. The servers dashing up and down the aisles are dishing out pizzas, quesadillas, chicken fingers, and slabs of chocolate cake. And booze, don’t forget the booze! With such commotion, it can be distracting at times, but it’s a great option for a one stop shop for a night out on the town. Just don’t make the mistake I made when trying to eat dinner while watching “Inglourious Basterds”. There are some movies that no one should ever eat in front of.
“Now you see me” was good, so good that I would have paid to see it. My only complaint is that Mélanie Laurent’s French accent was so thick at times I wished for subtitles.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt proves he’s no longer the child actor we fell in love with as Tommy Solomon on “3rd Rock from the Sun”. At 32, he’s an adult making adult themed movies. He’s written and directed his first film, “Don Jon”, due out in October.
Go here to view the trailer.
Sweet readers, in three months when the “Star Trek” DVD comes out, invite me over so I can watch the last thirty minutes of the film. You see, I just cannot possibly stay up past 10:30 p.m. for anything. Whether it’s Melissa McCarthy hosting SNL or seeing the new “Star Trek” before it hits theatres, I just cannot.do.it!
I scored an advanced screening for a 9:00 showtime last night but had to leave before the movie was over. It was a school night and I just had dinner on carbs at Whole Foods (jalapeno mac n’ cheese and chicken fried tofu if you must know) and I willingly admit that I love my bed more than anything in the world. So I went home to my bed to dream about touring with the Avett Brothers.
I would trek anywhere with those guys.
Bring 2 cans of food or other non-perishable items to Epicentre’s Studio Movie Grill this weekend and receive a free movie ticket.
On Saturday, IKEA is hosting a BYOF (Bring Your Own Friends) event. This means free breakfast, free blue tote bag, discounts at the Swedish Food Market, free seminars and other fun giveaways.
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Krispy Kreme is softening the blow of losing an hour of sleep to Daylight Savings Time with a free glazed doughnut on Sunday.
Ray LaMontagne’s seranade in the produce section of Publix as the snow fell on a Saturday morning. The ritual of selecting a bag of celery never sounded so good. Celery to serve as a vessel for the creative peanut butter I keep making. Currently, there are no less than 5 plastic containers of nut butter in my fridge. My latest concoction is banana peanut butter. Banana. Peanut butter.
Die Hard 5 aka A Good Day to Die Hard, the first time I’ve paid money to see a movie since June when I paid to see Magic Mike. Twice. Got a little Die Hard On for the actor who plays McClane’s son. My fascination with the Die Hard series cannot be explained.
Ray got into it with something with claws when I let him outside to the backyard.(When I called home for help, my dad suggested if it wasn’t a mean housecat, it was a raccoon or a bobcat. I had to explain to him that the only bobcats we have around here are those that don’t put up a fight. I’m talking to you, worst team in the NBA.) I did the best at being a nurse until the Nyquiltini kicked in and I was out cold by 10 pm.
Sam’s for two pounds of salmon. Who am I? A baby Grizzly bear.
Rented Celeste and Jesse Forever. I had such hopes for this movie with Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg.
An hour and a half until a staff meeting and I’m half tempted to still be sick just so I can get out of it.
Over the weekend at the gym I was watching “Mean Girls” while ellipticalling. And remembering how hilarious it is. Where are all the cute guys from the show now? Wonder no more. Buzzfeed.com has them all!
I watched the Fey comedy until I realized that it was too nice of a day to be stuck inside a gym. I left to walk the outdoor track for two reasons. One, to work on my tan. Two, to see if I could ask out the flasher. He failed to make an appearance while I was there.
I scored free passes to see “Gangster Squad” (or Gangsta Squad depending of what part of the country you live in) on Monday night so I asked my movie-loving gay boyfriend to join me. Taking advantage of Earth Fare’s new $5.99/lb salad bar, I created my dinner as best I could with the slim pickin’s available as 6:00 is apparently the wrong time to hit up the salad bar. I bought a kombucha to wash it down with. I can’t explain exactly what it is, but it’s fizzy and good for you and the “Do NOT Shake” warning label on the bottle needs to be WAY bigger. I soaked the interior of my car after shaking vigorously. Who doesn’t love a pre-movie kombucha shower? The movie was great and at first I was unsure about Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone reuniting after “Crazy Stupid Love”, but they were great together and I have to say that I’m looking forward to them working again.
Two days later, my movie-loving gay boyfriend scored free passes to see “Zero Dark Thirty”. He couldn’t go at such a last minute but I sure could. After an hour of inching along Rea Road to the Stonecrest shopping center, a generous spinach and goat cheeese salad served as my dinner from Smashburger (of all places) that was $4 because I serendipitiously got a $2 off coupon emailed to me earlier in the day. I didn’t bring anything to read so for 30 minutes I was consumed by my phone and looked like I was texting friends their whereabouts when in reality I was composing my grocery list. I saw a cute guy sitting alone in the row in front of me. I couldn’t bring myself to strike up a conversation because I would have to lie to our future grandkids about what movie we met in. Films about terrorism bringing couples together. The movie was spectacular and I have a feeling it’s going to one day be that movie that schoolchildren get shown in their history class after their parents sign waivers of course because if you don’t learn “mother fucker” and “ass rape” in school, then where can you?
Lunch today on a Bytes salad, a restaurant of sorts that resembles a college dining hall with a salad bar, made to order sandwiches, pizza and other lunch time bites suitable for the working stiffs. I participated in a long lunch break to work out for an hour and a half. An hour and a half?! Who am I? Just the other day I was at the gym twice in one day. What the what now?
Movies. Everyone loves them, but hates spending an arm and a leg to see them. I’ve kept my limbs in tact in the past month or so because I have seen 5 movies without paying a dime. Almost every Friday in the CLT insert of the Charlotte Observer will be a blurb about emailing the publication for a chance to win advance screening passes. If selected, you will be emailed a reservation code and asked to set up an account with gofobo.com. Print passes, arrive at appointed movie theatre at least 30 minutes early to ensure a good seat and enjoy the show! (Other screening passes opportunities involve actually going to the security desk at the Charlotte Observer to collect them. Not the most convenient way, but if you work close enough to uptown and can get there within the one hour window it’s doable.)
While not free, Moviepass.com is a subscription service that allows users unlimited movies in the theatre for as low as $34 a month. After three visits, it pays for itself.
If staying in to watch a flick is more your thing, you can hit up a RedBox kiosk for $1.29 nightly movie rentals. Sometimes you can find promo codes posted online for free/discounted rentals. Just yesterday, I enterted the promo code “BIRTHDAY” for a free rental.
The public library has $2 movie rentals with loan times that extend beyond 24 hours. The public library also has plenty of other movies to check out for free.
Netflix offers a free month trial before charging $8-15 a month for their delivery and instant streaming.
Make it a blockbuster night with frugal in the city!