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Written by Jack Hopkins on 14th August 2018

I think we’ll all agree that prices for the cinema can be a bit on steep side sometimes, especially in London. But, there’s nothing quite like going to the cinema, with many cinemas launching new incentives to entice new and existing customers to watch new blockbusters and art house movies. This week we’re going to look at the competition coming up against cinemas, how cinemas are reacting and how the cinematic experience is changing to keep things fresh. 

The growing popularity of the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime and their ability to churn out content at an impressive rate means that it’s becoming a lot easier and cheaper to watching films on demand, instead of paying more that what a month’s subscription would be to go to the cinema and watch it.

In an attempt to thwart the power shift towards VOD, some franchises are beginning to offer subscription services themselves. Cineworld offer an Unlimited Cinema subscription for £17.90 a month, which has been largely successful. It allows you can see any film at any time, get 10% off refreshments and get exclusive previews screening of upcoming releases. Recent advances in Moviepass’s exploits in America has provided a bit of negative press for cinematic subscription services however. They have delayed the availability of the biggest movies and narrowed the selection down to two films, which has been met with severe online backlash.

Indie cinemas have also felt the brunt of VOD but have reacted positively to the advancements. No.6 Cinema in Portsmouth boasts the largest screen on the south coast, and offer tickets to Under 25s for £5.00. Cinemas in London such as; Ritzy, Peckhamplex and Genesis all provide screenings that are cheaper than most of the bigger theatres in London, often providing more exclusive and less mainstream films compared to the usual commercial blockbuster.

Experiences like Secret Cinema and screenings at Christmas markets and fairs such as Winter Wonderland and Winterville have also grown in popularity, allowing the audience to go a bit further than watching the film and truly immersing themselves in the cinematic experience. This helps justify paying out for an individual experience, purely as it’s something that can’t be replicated at home to a similar standard.

In our eyes, the magical experience of the cinema will always be worth it, and it’s be coming increasingly cheaper as franchises beginning to lower their prices to get people through the door. We’re curious though, have you stopped going to the cinema as much with the likes of Netflix and other VOD services being so accessible?

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Written by Jack Hopkins on 3rd August 2018

It’s something that’s nearly always called for when a hit TV-show is at its peak or is ended pretty abruptly, but is switching to the big screen a positive move for the lasting legacy on a popular franchise? We’re going to look at the best and the worst of films inspired by TV shows and what HBO’s Deadwood might look like on the big screen after it was dramatically cut after only 3 seasons.

One of the best recent TV shows to give a big-screen spectacle was The Simpsons, which they did with great avail. It was always going to be difficult to transform at 30-minute odd episode into a feature length movie. The ease of watching The Simpsons on the small-screen and the ability to dip in and out of episodes of its charm as a show. The one factor of the show that stands out as a major contributory to the film’s success is the stationary narrative of the entire franchise, in which anything can happen in the world without having an effect on the family or future episodes, thus allowing the family to explore a different avenue in the film and return back to normal when they revert back to the small-screen.

One notable example of a small screen attempt at a feature length film that didn’t really work out is Michael Mann’s 2006 film Miami Vice. Although it boasts a box office taking of over $160 million and a genuinely great trailer, it cost $136 million to make and isn‘t really held in high regard amongst critics – which could be damaging to the legacy of the entire franchise but I’m sure some purist may disagree.

The one we’re most excited about is the long-awaited return of the cutthroat series that is Deadwood. It originally aired in 2004 and was cut in 2006, with the film due to come out next year which promises to tie up all the loose ends. Deadwood always struggled with viewers and it’s storyline of a lawless America encampment doesn’t ultimately appeal to the masses. Those of us who have watched it will be excited to see how everything is concluded, and what happens to the characters that sparked the imagination of all those who watched it back in the day.   

What TV shows would you like to be made into a movie? Would they be any good on the big screen?

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