A Year of Moviepass

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A year of Moviepass and a whole lot of movies. Living in New York City is no doubt very expensive which means that going to the movie theater in New York City is expensive. 

An average movie theater ticket, at least from my experience, is around $16-$19 with very little room for discounts or matinees. That is why, when Moviepass came out with their lower priced plan, about a year ago, I jumped on the opportunity. 

It was even cheaper to get the annual plan, so that’s what I did. And when I first got my Moviepass card, it was a great deal. 

I could see one movie a day at any theater and any time. And then it started getting more restrictive. No seeing the same movie twice, having to verify your ticket stub through the app, only being allowed to see three movies a month instead of a movie a day, and eventually being rolled over onto the monthly plan, many months before my prepaid annual plan had finished. The number of movies you could see was substantially restricted, the theater and movie selection was restricted and you were lucky if you could even buy a ticket for a movie on the day before the cap was reached.

Moviepass has had a rough year. It took off and became so big and is now a basically useless service. But, it had a good run and I got to see so many movies this year because of it. I think it will be the first time that I will actually have an idea of what is going on at the Oscar’s because I have viewed so many movies this year. 

The List of Movies I’ve Seen This Year in Theaters

  • A Bad Mom’s Christmas
  • Coco
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • Jumanji
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Fifty Shades Freed
  • Game Night
  • Molly’s Game
  • Early Man
  • Red Sparrow
  • The Post
  • The Darkest Hour
  • Love, Simon
  • Black Panther
  • Acrimony
  • The Senator (origianlly named Chappaquiddick)
  • Ready Player One
  • Super Troopers 2
  • I Feel Pretty
  • Overboard
  • Book Club
  • Life of the Party
  • Deadpool 2
  • Ocean’s 8
  • American Animals 
  • Incredibles 2
  • Hotel Transylvania 3
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout 
  • The Hate U Give
  • Suspiria
  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again*
  • BlacKkKlansman*
  • A Star Is Born*
  • First Man*
  • Hocus Pocus*
  • Bohemian Rhapsody*
  • Creed II*

*These movies I did not see with Moviepass because there were either no movies available that day on Moviepass or I didn’t like the very limited selection Moviepass had.

Forty-one movies in the past year. That is a lot of movies. I know many people who had Moviepass but didn’t fully take advantage of it like this. Forty-one movies is a lot movies to see during a year of Moviepass.

It never would have happened without Moviepass. With the price of a movie theater ticket being at least $16 every time that I saw a movie, seeing forty-one movies in the last year would have cost at least $656. That is a lot of money to spend annually on entertainment. I think this is part of the reason why Moviepass became so big. 

The Best of a Year of Moviepass

There were good movies, there were bad movies, there were shocking and downright horrifying movies and then there were absolutely amazing movies. These are the best movies that I saw this during this year of Moviepass.

  • Crazy Rich Asians-I loved this movie. So much that I saw it twice. I thought it was beautifully shot in a beautiful setting. I loved the glamour of it but I also thought it did a great job of honing in on a storyline about the difficulties of navigating culture, family expectations and different family dynamics. It also didn’t hurt that it came out right before I was about to go to Singapore.
  •  Lady Bird– I’m so glad that I saw this movie in theaters because in a movie theater, there are no distractions, like scrolling through Instagram on your phone. I thought this movie captured teenage angst, what it was like to go high school as a female in the late 2000’s and the mother-daughter relationship during the teenage years perfectly. If I had been distracted while watching this, I would have missed the angst and so much more that made this movie special. 
  • Coco-This movie is beautifully animated and displays Mexico culture beautifully. Even though it is an animated film, it will make you want to take a trip to Mexico. The storyline is interesting, captivating and it also has a great soundtrack. 
  • Call Me By Your Name-This is another coming-of-age story and one that is filmed beautifully. The movie has an amazing soundtrack and captures so much of what it means to be a teenager and fall in love. 
  • Bohemian Rhapsody-A masterpiece of a movie. It explores the rise of Queen and Freddie Mercury. It delves into how Queen created their music, why their performances were legendary and how they rose to the top. It also chronicles Freddie Mercury’s life and death.
  • A Star is Born-Not knowing what to expect at all with this movie, it devastated me. It is such an emotional, heart-wrenching movie, which if you know the storyline is not surprising. The music is incredible and the movie is very effective at taking you through an emotional journey. 
  • Love, Simon-Another coming-of-age story that is based off a book. This is a feel-good movie about a teenage boy hiding his sexuality from his family and friends. I love the way this movie plays out with Simon writing anonymous letters to someone else at his school who is also gay. It goes through Simon trying to figure out who he is developing a relationship with through the letters.
  • Jumanji-I was not really a fan of the first Jumanji because it scared me when I was younger. This remake of Jumanji was incredible though. Jack Black is absolutely hysterical and the other characters are just as funny. This is a great comedy. 

The Worst of a Year of Moviepass

  • Suspiria-I hate horror  movies and anything that is graphic so this was a poor choice of a movie for me. This film is a physical horror movie and I had to walk out because I couldn’t stand what I was watching. If you like horror, you might like it though.
  • Red Sparrow-Red Sparrow was a huge disappointment. I was so looking forward to seeing this movie, it looked really fascinating and it was hyped up a lot. The reality of it was different though. It was graphic in so many ways and the story was not there to support it. I wish I had not seen this movie.
  • Sorry to Bother You-This was another film that I was really excited to see and had been hyped up a lot. The trailer looked interesting and it seemed like the movie would be culturally relevant. The beginning of this movie was fine and in line with what the trailers showed but about halfway through things got so unbelievably weird. It was the weirdest movie I saw this year.
  • The Senator (Chappaquiddick)-This movie was just slow-moving and boring. There is not really much else to say about it. Maybe if you are a big Kennedy family history buff, you might like it, but otherwise, it was not my cup of tea. 

Closing Thoughts on A Year of Moviepass

It was lovely to have Moviepass for the past year. I loved being able to see so many movies and to be able to see such a variety of movies. Moviepass has been strugling for some time and they keep trying new models to try to create a sustainable business. At this point, there are other movie subscriptions services that seem to have better models and more customer support. And there is their biggest competition, AMC Stubs A-List, which if you live near AMC theaters is a great deal. It seems like Moviepass has succeeded in getting people to the movies again, but it seems like other companies will push them out of this space eventually. It was great while it lasted.

What are your favorite movies? Were you ever a Moviepass subscriber? Do you still have a Moviepass subscription?

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Elyse is a Road Twenty author focused on writing about New York City, local and international travel guides & food and cocktail recipes as well as other lifestyle topics. She is based in New York City and has a love for cheesy Christmas movies, tacos and the sunshine.
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Elyse is a Road Twenty author focused on writing about New York City, local and international travel guides & food and cocktail recipes as well as other lifestyle topics. She is based in New York City and has a love for cheesy Christmas movies, tacos and the sunshine.
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