I’m starting to get pretty sick of 3D movies. Ya, it worked well with Avatar and the 3D experiences at Disney Land are pretty cool, but 3D in movies is starting to piss me off.
For example, yesterday I took the kids to see Journey 2: The Mysterious Island using my free movie passes. I had to pay an extra $9 in fees for the 3D “upgrade” and the in the end the 3D was a joke (not in a good way). I suppose it didn’t help that the movie was mostly forgettable, but it really highlighted how pointless 3D is, other than a dirty cash grab.
Really, there shouldn’t be an extra charge for 3D. If a studio wants to add 3D, it should be an extra something to bring people to your movie. At the moment, it’s mostly added as an afterthought to try and bring in more money.
When I go to see Ghost Rider 2 this week I will again have to pay an extra $3 and I can guarantee that the 3D will be completely unnecessary and a waste of $3.
Last night I decided to try to use one of my free movie codes to see what the new process is like.
I didn’t want to plan ahead or read up on what all would be involved. I simply cut out the code from one of my cereal boxes and headed out to the theatre.
Before getting to the theatre, I knew I would somehow have to redeem the code online, but that was it.
After getting there, I first tried the Cineplex Mobile app on my Android powered Sony Xperia Play. The Cineplex app already allows you to purchase tickets, so it seemed like the easiest solution.
In the app, I found the theatre and movie I wanted to watch. Entered the time and then entered the coupon code in the “promotion code” field located at the bottom of the page where you choose how many tickets you want.
Unfortunately, I received a message that although the code was valid, it had to be entered on the full non-mobile Cineplex web page. By this point, the movie had just started.
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It seems like some douche bag decided to try and scam my credit card number and score some free crap off of the Internets.
It’s possible the scumbag who obtained my credit card number sat on the info for some time, so it will be impossible to determine how they got it or when. Luckily, my bank caught it before any transactions were approved. Actually, I’m extremely impressed that they were able to catch it. I shop online almost exclusively, so a bunch of random online purchases shouldn’t set off any red flags.
Either way, I have to give them proper respect for catching it. They have since cancelled that card and sent me a new one.
Well, today marks the first day of the General Mills Cineplex Odeon 2012 Free Movie Promotion.
They are doing things a little differently this year. Unlike the cut out movie coupons of yore, this year, each box of participating cereal includes a code for use with an online purchase of a ticket. The good news is that instead of a free popcorn or drink in March and May, you get Buy One Get One free coupons for each of March, April and May. As in the past, February is the free movie month.
You can check out the promotion page here….