RIP In Peace.
Movie Pass was such a fascinating era in pop culture. It felt like there was no news of the company when it started but all the news in the world when it started to fail. Had I known earlier of its existence there’s no telling what kinda damage I would’ve done to that company. For the maybe year I had it, I was running quite the racket and definitely contributed to its down fall. Anybody who knows me knows I love a good value scheme and Movie Pass was my favorite one. Sure I saw every movie release that came out. I tried seeing movies a few times because I would fall asleep the first time around. At one point I tried watching the Death of Stalin 5 days in a row because A.) I felt like I was too dumb at the time for foreign political humor and 2.) I would keep on falling asleep during it. None of it mattered because I would get all the tickets for the low price of 9.99 a month. But it wasn’t just about watching movies I haven’t seen or really liked. It was about the Value when it came to Regal Points. No lie I should be treated like a king at my local Regal because of how much I would stop in. Back when it first started I had maybe like 50 points….Now?
Went from like 0 to over half a million all because i would just rack the shit out of points from tickets. There use to be this girl every Sunday working the ticket counter who was just hung over as shit constantly. I would roll through every Sunday while I was out getting lunch. This poor girl wanted nothing to do with waking life to the point where I would buy a ticket, stroll in, check in, get some candy and just walk out and on certain days when she caught me walking out she would freak out thinking she just napped through a 90 minute to 2 hour movie because who on earth would just buy a ticket just to walk out at any point through. Those were the Glory days. It was suppose to be a goal of mine to accumulate enough points to where i could buy out one of the smaller theaters all on free points that earned free tickets. Alas those dreams are long gone.
Sinemia was a small blip that died out officially before MoviePass even did. Fuck them though, they cancelled my account because i watched a movie 3 times. That shit would never have happened with Movie Pass. Sinemia made you financially commit a year and then would hide those facts up front and tell you to go fuck your self and cancel your service with out warning. They wanted you to fail while they flash their smile that says “1 movie a day” and smirk knowing they had more stipulations than the bible has words.
And now its to the point where Regal offers a subscription service. Sure i can see a movie once a day or at least get a ticket once a day, but the value engine just isn’t the same. Moviepass would pay for the full cost of the ticket so I was getting like the full value of points from a ticket. Now it just gives you a free ticket a day. I’m not accruing any points. Feels like i have a basic child’s credit card now. Sure i could make purchases but I’ll never rack up enough sky miles from spending cash on pop corn and soda. Sure it was a failing service. Sure the premise made no sense what so ever from a business stand point. But that didn’t matter. In the Marvel era of movies and in an age where its almost impossible to make a horrible movie, MoviePass was gods gift to man. And while i love the movie, Ill never forget it was Mission Impossible Fallout that pretty much was the first cut that was like taking a broad sword to the throat of an aging dying body that was the financially unstable MoviePass Subscription Service.