20% off sale to honour Andy Griffith (1926-2012)

andy-griffithTo honour the indelible marks Andy Griffith has left on the pop culture world via The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock, Waitress and everything in between, come in to My Movie Store between now and July 11 and take 20% off all Andy Griffith titles – in store or by special order.

 

Check out his incredible body of work and remarkable life here:

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/07/03/andy-griffith-dies/

 

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We’re Renting!!

Yes, you read that right.  Now, everyone who has popped in the store looking to find the second coming of Blockbuster can rest a little easier!  All rentals are $3.99 and we are starting out very New Release-centric.  Over the next little while, we will be increasing our selection (and our rent-out durations) but for now, you can get the latest New Releases…and for cheaper than the other guys ever were!

What are you waiting for?!

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Our EXCLUSIVE Archive Catalogues are here!

HUGE news!!!

To all our cinephiles, film buffs, afficionados, geeks, hoarders, completists and organizational elitists, My Movie Store is thrilled (and quite exhausted from the continuous process) to be bringing you full-fledged catalogues of our bestselling Archive Collections.

What does this mean?

Well, as of November 16, we have A-Z listings of all available MGM, Columbia and Warner Archive (manufactured-on-demand) titles.  Yes, this means we have actually compiled comprehensive entries for approximately 2000 individual titles.  These have been catalogued A-Z, and include full cover art, the stars of each film, the date it was released to DVD and a synopsis of each and every title.

Yes, there are about 2000 titles altogether and the list keeps growing. Don't say we don't love you.

The things we do for our customers!

This means rather than stock every single title (which is impossible in more ways than one) you can order titles at your leisure and create your wishlists with the handy notepads in each book!  Grab a catalogue and take a seat on our comfy couch and lose yourself for an hour!  And remember, none of our regular special orders are prepaid – including Archive titles!

So what’s in these Archives?  Well, it does skew heavily on Classics – everything from westerns, dramas, comedies, musicals, even silent films from the 20s – but also resurrects forgotten television, sci-fi, cult films and mini-series and made for TV movies from throughout the past 60 or so years.  The Archive Collections are truly a treasure trove for film buffs.

Now get up and get in here – our customers are special ordering titles like never before (we had record numbers last week) and not just with the Archives – you can special order ANYTHING!

 

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This is my dream theatre (theater, I guess)

Don't effing do this in a theatre with me!

So I just read this fantastic little blog post from the Alamo Drafthouse blog and I want to spend all my pennies to go all the way to Austin, Texas and revel in the viewing experience I have tried so desperately to achieve in any GTA theatre I go to.

If you’re not familiar with the Alamo Drafthouse, it’s a Texas-based theatre chain that truly understands the moviegoing experience as it should be.  It’s put all of its efforts in ensuring its patrons get what they pay for (and that does not include sitting anywhere near neighbouring texters or talkers.)

For me, the single biggest annoyance I have (and I’m including the gratuitous price I now pay to see a movie) when going to the theatre is the large number of fellow moviegoers who use the time to chat with their friends either out loud or via text message on their extremely bright iPhones and Blackberrys.  Seriously though, why can’t so many people suspend their need for connectivity for less than 120 minutes?  (That’s a whole undergraduate thesis in itself.  I digress.)

I have come to the point, over the past three months or so, where I take absolutely no qualms about singling out the offender at any time during the screening and sternly telling them (as though they’re a three-year-old)  to Turn Off.  Your Phone.  And I will say it works.  Likely due to the lack of enforcement from theatre staff and policy and from moviegoers somehow able to let it be, every single one of these offenders I have encountered is completely thrown off, surprised and, in my best situation, dumbfounded that they were involved in this sudden position.

Some will say it’s a snobbish thing to do to interrupt them to tell them to turn off their phone.  True, they’re not directly interrupting the film with annoying ringtones, and no, they’re not talking out loud to anyone, but I will say the annoying flashing of lights, switching of menus and obvious blue header of the Facebook app is somehow worse.

It's like riding a motion simulator for 90 minutes.

Not only this, but how can anyone, in good faith, pay upwards of $21 – yes, that is the price one premium D-Box ticket can cost at a theatre near me, though most hover around the 12 dollar mark – and spend that time – and money – on chatting with someone else about something else.

And since the Alamo Drafthouse is a theatre chain – from what I gather they have about 5 theatres in the Austin area – it can’t be impossible to enact and enforce a policy (with consequences!) across multiple theatres.

In fact, dare I say, that is something I would pay a premium on my admission to allow for.

- Jason

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Attention Horror Fans!!! We’re teaming up with Rue Morgue and the Bloor Cinema!

It’s an exciting day here at My Movie Store!  We’re teaming up with Rue Morgue, a monthly magazine devoted to the Horror genre for their monthly CineMacabre movie screenings at Toronto’s Bloor Cinema, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

This month, the guys at Rue Morgue are putting on a screening of the Troma classic Mother’s Day with a live Skype chat with director Charles Kaufman to follow.  We’ll be there with a full booth, uprooting our horror and cult sections for the night.  We’ve already put a whole bunch of titles on order for the event that we don’t normally carry (including a TON of Troma stuff) so you need to come out to the event to take advantage of that.  We’re also planning on having an out of print classic horror title available to buy at a price you wouldn’t believe.

And maybe even a giveaway or two.

This news literally arrived less than 4 hours ago and we wanted to waste no time announcing it to you!  You can get your tickets through the Rue Morgue website or by clicking the link below, and likely at the door, though no guarantees: they’re expecting a big turnout this month.

And while we’d love to sell everyone copies of Mother’s Day on the night, the release date was pushed back to June so we won’t have them until then BUT we will be taking pre-orders at an EXCLUSIVE price that NO ONE will have come June.

It’s enough to make your head explode.

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Coming Soon!

Audie Murphy Westerns Collection - Exclusive! Available June 6th

The most decorated American soldier of World War II, Audie Murphy parlayed his heroic exploits on the battlefield into a successful film career in Hollywood. His handsome, boyish appearance and shy, soft-spoken manner made him an appealing and uniquely different kind of action hero which provided an intriguing contrast to his athletic skill and quiet intensity. While Murphy was lauded for his fine performances in John Huston’s The Red Badge of Courage (1951) and his own film autobiography To Hell and Back (1955), the actor’s real claim to fame was his convincing embodiment as a movie archetype – the strong, resilient man of the West. Of the 44 films that he made, more than half of them were westerns. The Audie Murphy Westerns Collection presents four of his best entries in this popular genre, each digitally remastered: Sierra, Ride Clear of Diablo, Drums Across the River and Ride a Crooked Trail.

Coming May 31st “Once Upon a Time in the West” Blu-ray

Once Upon a Time in the West

A recently married woman arrives to her ranch out west to find her husband has been killed by a band of outlaws who want the railroad-valuable land. A brooding, young cowboy steps in to stop them.

Marlowe (1969)
Five-hundred bucks doesn’t come easily for private eye Philip Marlowe (James Garner). But when it comes by way of a bribe, it might as well be five cents. He rejects Winslow Wong (Bruce Lee) and his offer of cash…and Wong promptly karates the detective’s office into a junkpile. In a colorful whodunit based on Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister, Garner’s easygoing style contrasts agreeably with the grim task of sleuthing a case of missing persons, blackmail and ice-pick murders. Carroll O’Connor, Rita Moreno, William Daniels, Sharon Farrell and Jackie Coogan are among the cast of characters living in a sprawling ’60s L.A. so hard-boiled somebody’s got to crack. And when that happens, it’s Marlowe’s job to put the pieces together.

Mister Buddwing (1966)
A man awakes on a Central Park bench, not knowing his name or how he got there. Adrift in the city, he sees a beer truck pass by. Then an airplane flies overhead. Piecing the two events together, the man chooses Buddwing as his name…and continues his desperate sidewalk quest to discover his true identity. James Garner portrays lost, disoriented Buddwing in this compelling mystery drama directed by Delbert Mann (Marty) and featuring a cast that includes Angela Lansbury, Suzanne Pleshette, Katharine Ross and Jean Simmons. There’s another player, too: enveloping, challenging, intriguing New York City. Look for Nichelle Nichols, who became Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura that same year.

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TCM Classic Film Festival

The 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival begins April 28 to May 1st in Hollywood, California and focuses on programming that celebrates Music and the Movies. Festival programming also includes a number of discoveries, significant restorations and special events.

From April 28 to May 1st An event of Epic proportions celebrating the golden age of Hollywood and featuring a number of personal appearances like Peter O’Toole, Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Leslie Caron to name a few.

Screenings, Panels, signings and special events galore…a sure treat for the fans of Classic Cinema.

Special screenings of the 50th anniversary screening of 70mm print of WEST SIDE STORY (1961)

World premiere digital restoration celebrating the 50th anniversary of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961)

Actor Peter O’Toole will be present for a screening of his Oscar-nominated performance in BECKET (1964)

Unseen since it was pulled from circulation in 1942, the all-star aerial drama NIGHT FLIGHT (1933), starring John Barrymore, Clark Gable and Helen Hayes

Actor Kirk Douglas will host a screening of SPARTACUS (1960)

…all and all we had to be represented there so Michael volunteered (poor guy huh?) and promised some exclusive material to share with you all!

Visit the official website here.

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