A few months ago, my co-worker tells me about MoviePass, a service with a monthly fee of $35 that lets you see one movie per day at almost any theater.
As you can imagine, seeing 4-8 movies every month for this wonderful podcast had me jumping at the opportunity to save loads of money and see loads more movies.
So, I go to www.moviepass.com, brght-eyed and bushy-tailed of course, and it turns out the only way to purchase tickets with MoviePass is to use the Android or iPhone app.
The problem? I have a Blackberry. A Blackberry Passport, to be more specific, so named because of its relative size and dimensions to an actual passport. It's a wonderful monstrosity of a phone with a square display and a beautiful physical keyboard.
But enough about Blackberries. This is a movie blog, after all.
Without going into the particulars, I side-loaded onto my Blackberry an app called Snap, which is made for installing Android apps on Blackberry, and voila: I installed MoviePass and tested it out for Judd Apatow's "Trainwreck," (soon to be reviewed on Talking During the Movie).
Despite the app's assurance that it could not access my Blackberry's location service (don't believe this warning), I was able to check in at the Regal Barkley and purchase the ticket with the prepaid card provided by MovePass.
Still in the free-trial period (I had to make sure I could use the service before paying for it), I felt like I was getting away with a crime - seeing a movie without paying for it? "I must act nonchalant to avoid attracting the attention of relevant authorities," I thought.
But it worked. Everything worked swimmingly, and, much like Liam Neeson in "Ted 2," I was not followed on my way home.
The point of this is not to shill for MoviePass - you can make your own decisions - but, as people who host a film podcast, we're about to output a lot more content because of it.
Stay tuned with Talking During the Movie, and, as always, thank you for reading.