People are already not coming to the theaters to watch movies, so what do theaters do to entice more moviegoers? Run more ads on top of the 15-20 minutes of trailers being shown before the movie starts.

Here's how you get people in seats: Make going to the movies as enjoyable as sitting on the couch at home while streaming a movie.

hollywoodreporter.com/news/mov

A decent list. The only one that I disagree with is Affleck and Bale's position. Though the writer does make a good case for Affleck being above Bale.

usatoday.com/picture-gallery/e

I saw Ad Astra (2019) today and I am completely torn about the film. On the one hand, it is nearly perfection with science and gorgeous with visuals. On the other hand, the story line of the film is rather weak.

We do need more hard science fiction films like Ad Astra though. Films that take place in the near future rather than the past or the far future.

I wrote more thoughts here:

ultramookie.com/2019/2019-09-2

I just came back from watching Brittany Runs a Marathon. I really enjoyed this film a lot because it resonates with me because I am a runner who started running to lose weight and get healthy.

The movie is fantastic because it is grounded in reality, the humor works because it all comes naturally from the situation. The pain and sadness also work for the same reason..

Jillian Bell really shines in this film because the script allows her to flex her talent.

themoviedb.org/movie/529862-br

In all of Warner Bros. Monsterverse films, the miltary continues to use small arms and rifles on the monsters. Sigh. Seriously?

TIL They remade one of my favorite films, Jacob's Ladder. From the looks of it though, it isn't a very good movie.

rottentomatoes.com/m/jacobs_la

A well thought out piece comparing the Captain America a trilogy to Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. I am a lifelong Batman fan, but this piece makes a great argument that Batman is not one to aspire to, rather it is Captain America.

collider.com/captain-america-t

"Charlie, there are two kinds of thieves in this world: The ones who steal to enrich their lives, and those who steal to define their lives. Don't be the latter." -The Italian Job

Thanks Samir for this one! Super neat and useful for us movie watchers.

runpee.com/

Tonight's movie was Overlord (2018). I don't know what to make of this film, but there's one thing that I know, it was surprisingly entertaining. The story feels like it came out of a videogame -- Wolfenstein anyone? The mashup of two genres that I usually don't watch, WWII plus Horror, was what got me curious about the movie. It turns out the mashup was enough to let the filmmakers go wild with the premise -- which led to such an entertaining film.

themoviedb.org/movie/438799-ov

Tonight's movie was Mortal Engines (2018). Imagine if all that existed was Return of the Jedi. That's what Mortal Engines is, it's the third film of a trilogy that never had the first two films made.

But, more than that, the film moves along at its own pace and the characters are just pieces that the action is moving around. I made no connection with any of the characters onscreen. The film was cold and lifeless.

themoviedb.org/movie/428078-mo

TIL Better Luck Tomorrow is connected with Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. And for some considered Fast and Furious canon.

Better Luck Tomorrow is considered by Justin Lin (director of both films) and Sung Kang (who plays Han in both films) as Han's origin story.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Better_L

Tonight's movie is Time Freak (2018). Found this while looking for movies on Hulu. It looks like light fluffy entertainment with some sci-fi thrown in.

themoviedb.org/movie/451925-ti

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