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Best of #MakeAMovieLazy

As always, MoiveGlu is looking to lighten the load a bit:)

Following on from our recent blog posts on the same theme, we thought
we’d bring you the best from the latest twitter inspired batch of
creative movie titles. This time the popular hashtag which emerged was
“#makeamovielazy”

Some of the more pithy ones are pure genius, so as a show of respect,
MovieGlu brings you our favourites:

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Sleepy in Seattle
Yawn of the Planet of Apes
Blade Walker
To chill a mockingbird
The Maze Walker
Forgetting Nemo
Can You Kill Bill For Me?
Sleepy in Seattle
I don’t care what you did last summer
5 Shades of Grey
Catch Me if You Can Be Bothered/td>
Harry Potter and the order from the takeaway
Sleepy in Seattle
The Breakfast In Bed Club
Road To Procrastination
So I Married a Lax Murderer
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Later

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Unfriended: A Skype horror story

When I worked at Skype a few years ago, none of us would ever have imagined that the software we worked so hard to design and build would one day feature in a horror movie.

Unfriended

The tech teams worked for months (probably years) to build and launch the feature we called “Multi-party-video”.  The idea that multiple people could be using video on the same Skype call was a game-changer for us.  Our teams were spread in locations around the world including Luxembourg, Estonia, Sweden, London, San Francisco – so to us it was a critical business tool.

But it was already something millions of people used to keep in touch with distant friends and families. The first time I saw my own nephew was on on a Skype call in 2006.  Skype even made a TV advert about about ‘Baby Laura’ being introduced to her grandparents.  All together now – Awwwww, how cute!

Fast forward to 2015 and Unfriended, a three-hour-long teen-horror-movie with a technological twist, goes on general release today (17th April) in the United States and on 1st May in the UK.

I love the way their trailer starts with that familiar “beep” of an incoming Skype message, followed by backing music reminiscent of Facebook’s “Look back” timeline videos that went viral in early 2014.

This movie unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.  I haven’t seen the movie myself yet (but will do as soon as it is released in the UK).  But here’s a sample of what the critics are saying:

What kind of a movie takes place entirely on one screwed-up teen’s computer screen? That would be Unfriended, a creep-you-out experiment in terror that damn near pulls off every trick up its cyber sleeve.

– Rolling Stone

More funny than scary, “Unfriended” is less about its putative subject of cyber-bullying than Hollywood finding ways to update supernatural horror film clichés to fit ever-changing American society.

– New York Post

In many ways, I’m proud to have played a small part in something that has become so main-stream. It’s not only “Unfriended”, but Skype has also appeared in other Hollywood movies such as “Think Like a Man” (2012), and “The Five Year Engagement” (2012).  Hollywood Actors are even auditioning over Skype (it’s not just us mere mortals who are asked to do job interviews over Skype).  It even appeared once in The Simpsons!

simpsonsWhat an interesting legacy.

We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Oh, and one more thing ….
Sleep well, and don’t have nightmares …

Derek Morgan, 17th April 2015

The MovieGlu guide to cheap cinema tickets

While the MovieGlu team was at ComicCon last in Birmingham last weekend, we spoke to hundreds of people about their cinema-going habits, and not surprisingly, discovered that price is one of the key factors when planning a trip to the cinema.

So to help all our loyal followers, here’s “the MovieGlu guide to cheap cinema tickets”.


Meerkat Movies

Meerkat Movies is the replacement for Orange Wednesdays, and they’ve even signed up Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • 2 for 1 tickets on Tuesday and Wednesdays
  • Starts 3rd April 2015
  • Available to customers of Compare the Market who purchase a qualifying ticket
  • Qualifying products include: Car, Bike, Van, Contents, Building, Contents and Building, Pet, Life, Landlord and Travel Insurance, Energy, Broadband, Home Phone, Digital TV, Credit Cards and Loans
  • Visit Compare the Market’s website for full details
  • Meerkat Movies FAQs.

odeon

Odeon – At time of writing, apart from participating in the Meerkat Movies offer (above), they don’t have any other offers.


Cineworld

Cineworld – Famous for its “Unlimited” membership card

  • Watch as many films as you like at Cineworld every month from just £16.40
  • 10% Discount off food and drink purchased in the cinema
  • Recommend the Unlimited card to a friend and get one month free
  • Visit Cineworld’s website for more details.

Vue

Vue cinemas – A range of offers for everyone

  • Family Pack – Up to 20% off for families, when upgraded to the offer
  • Teen Ticket – 20% off tickets if you’re aged between 13 – 18
  • Kids AM – Keep the kids amused from only £1.99* for adult and child tickets on selected movies every Saturday and Sunday morning and every day in school holidays
  • Vue Seniors Cinema Club – screenings for the over 60’s, ticket price includes free cup of tea and a biscuit. (at selected cinemas only).
  • Visit the Vue website for more details.

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Compare The Market launches new 2 for 1 cinema ticket offer called Meerkat Movies

A few weeks ago, MovieGlu reported rumours that Compare The Market were planning to replace the Orange Wednesday 2 for 1 offer.  Well, Compare The Market has today put more information on its website telling us a bit more about what’s happening – and is calling it Meerkat Movies.

Meerkat Movies logo

The new programme will be a 2 for 1 cinema ticket offer available every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3rd April.  If you buy a qualifying product from comparethemarket.com, you’ll be able to use the offer for a whole year.

Qualifying products include: Car, Bike, Van, Contents, Building, Contents and Building, Pet, Life, Landlord and Travel Insurance, Energy, Broadband, Home Phone, Digital TV, Credit Cards and Loans.

The final “Orange Wednesday” was on February 25th and was introduced in 2003 by the mobile phone company Orange which later merged with T-Mobile to become EE, Orange Wednesdays ran a campaign with selected UK cinemas where customers could claim a 2 for 1 ticket offer by sending a text message.


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Arnold Schwarzenegger with a Compare the Market MeerkatIn February, reports emerged that former “Terminator” star and California Governer, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be joining Compare the Market’s famous Meerkats in a new advertising campaign – this has yet to be confirmed.

Meerkats, Arnie and Orange Wednesdays

Orange WednesdaysYesterday was the UK’s final “Orange Wednesday”. If you don’t live in the UK, or have been living under a rock, here’s a bit of background. Introduced in 2003 by the mobile phone company Orange which later merged with T-Mobile to become EE, Orange Wednesdays ran a campaign with selected UK cinemas where customers could claim a 2 for 1 ticket offer by sending a text message.

EE announced in November 2014 that they would be ending their campaign saying, “After 10 great years our brand has changed and our customers’ viewing habits have also evolved so it’s time to move on. That’s why the final credits will roll for Orange Wednesdays at the end of February 2015.”

Pretty soon rumours started circulating that Compare the Market was in talks with the UK cinema industry, to which the company responded in a statement saying, “We can confirm that we are currently exploring a mutually beneficial partnership with the cinema industry.”


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Arnold Schwarzenegger with a Compare the Market MeerkatThen in February, reports emerged that former “Terminator” star and California Governer, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be joining Compare the Market’s famous Meerkats in a new advertising campaign – this has yet to be confirmed.

Then last night, on the very last Orange Wednesday, cinema goers on Twitter reported seeing a teaser during the adverts, by the now famous Meerkats, using the hashtag #MeerkatMovies.  Here are a couple we found today.

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Now that Orange Wednesdays are over, we’ll keep our ear to the ground, and let you know if we hear anything else about the replacement for the Orange 2 for 1 offer.  Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll bring you all the latest cinema news, plus we’ll automatically enter you into our competition to win cinema tickets! What have you got to lose?

Why searching for movie showtimes just got easier

It’s painful

All you want to do is see a movie. But then you find yourself going back and forth comparing all the choices of movies, theaters, and showtimes.

Movie theaters seem to have been left behind in the drive to make everything easier on the internet. You can book a taxi with a single click, you can get a book delivered with a single click, but when it comes to searching for movies, it’s a mess.

This is why we decided to build MovieGlu and take away the pain of comparing movie showtimes.

Today there are countless websites which provide showtime information.  Fandango, Movietickets.com, Moviefone, Flixster, IMDB, and even Google are now all major players in the industry.

IMDB - March 2014So, what’s the big problem?

Here’s why searching for movie showtimes is too hard:

  • Users spend around 15 minutes per outing researching suitable movies, locations and showtimes
  • There’s no easy way to compare showtimes – just lots of lists and text
  • Users are forced to use multiple websites / apps to find what they want
  • Many websites and apps provide a poor user experience
  • Websites are covered with too many distracting and annoying adverts.

To put it simply, users need a faster, simpler and more intuitive way to make their decisions.

The solution

Which brings me to MovieGlu.  Our team has been busy thinking about all of these problems, and how to solve them. This can all be summed up in one simple goal:

“Making movie showtimes easier to search”

MovieGlu is the only movie search engine that allows you to compare start and end times of movies using a TV guide style format.

MovieGlu showtimesEven if you’re not planning to go to the movies any time soon, try it out for yourself and see how easy it is.

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#MakeMoviesSmarter – An anthology

MakeAMovieSmarterDuring the past 24 hours following a spot on @Midnight from Comedy Central, a Twitter hashtag has been trending where tweets suggest alternatives to movie names that make them smarter.  So for example, instead of “The Maze Runner”, you get “The Maze Solver”.

Some of the smarter names are pure genius, so as a show of respect, MovieGlu brings you our favourites:

Taken 4 (where it’s explained why the audience should believe the same girl has been kidnapped three previous times)
The Fault in Our Quasars
The Maze Solver
Of Mice and Mensa
Spongebob Smartypants
Smarticus
Six First Class Degrees of Separation
Drop Dead Freud
Atoms Family Values
James and the Grant to Teach
Mission Impossible: Divide by Zero
The Girl Who Decided Against Getting A Dragon Tattoo And Spent Her Money On College Courses
Love, Actually, is a Series of Neuro-electrical and Chemical Responses Within the Brain That Stimulate Beneficial Biolog
Reality Bytes
The Theory of One Small Trick That Will Make You Millions!
Lord of the Rings, but this time they just use an eagle to deliver the ring to Mordor. It’s over in 30 minutes.
How To Train Your Dragon To Speak Mandarin
MIT with Mussolini
PhDeep Impact
Dr. Whom
Life of 3.141592653589793238462 64338327950288419716939
If One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at a Rate of 65 miles per hour, & one took a train at a rate of 117 mph
Not Knocked Up
Ferris Bueller’s Commitment to Education
The Fifth Element is Boron
What’s Up, Doctorate?
Hudson Hawking
Hermione Granger and the Sorcerer’s Stone
You’ve Got Yale
Harry Potter & the University of Phoenix Online
The King and Einstein
2001: An SAT Score
Sit Down and Talk It Out with Bill: Vol. 1
The Secret Life of Walter MIT
Look Who’s Hawking
Dude where’s my tesla
Black Stephen Hawking Down
The Muppets Take Calculus
The Text Book Chainsaw Massacre
Statistical Mean Girls
Star Wars: The Phantom Mensa
Fifty Grades of “A”
Conan the Librarian
Finding Nemo with GPS
Dial M for Math
The A+ Team
(500) Days of Summer School
The 40 Year Old Professor
Better Will Hunting
James and the Giant IQ
Life of Pi, Infinity, and the Pythagorean Theorem
Six Doctorates of Separation
Stop or my mom will solve for X
Guardians of the Library
The Empire writes back
The Square Root of 12 Monkeys
About a Boy Genius
Get Smarter
Pulp Non-Fiction
Fifty shades of Achromatic colors
Production room for Night at the Museum III: “Let’s not release this.”
Final Graduation
Indiana Jones and The Lecture on 3rd Millennium B.C. Irrigation Management in Southern Mesopotamia
Superman Revises
What if? Then
My Big Fat Greek Philosophy Book
Fifty Shades of Grey Matter
Love and other pharmaceuticals
The Land Before Space Time Continuum
How to get back to the future
Girlhood
Ocean’s Eleven Plus
Silence of the Syllabus
Thinker Tailor Scientist Spy
The Wolf of Wall Street Reform
The Hunger Games and other Brainteasers
American Pi
We can’t make movies smarter, but does make searching for showtimes smarter.

MovieGlu is a search engine for Movie Showtimes that allows you to compare times in a grid just like your TV guide. Genius!