We’re planning to start up some community events here at The Bonus View. First up will be a Bad Movie Night. The only problem is that we have two ways we can go about this, and we need some help deciding.
The Oscar night live-blog was a tremendous success thanks to the hard work of High-Def Digest staff and the witty, insightful and hilarious readers who showed up to pitch in. This has inspired us to do more live events, starting with an idea that we fell in love with: Bad Movie Night.
The idea surrounding Bad Movie Night is simple. We’ll pick a movie, arrange a time, and then everyone jumps into a live chat (yes, we’re looking at a new chat system) to rag on the movie and share the pain. It’s an online extension of sitting on a couch with your friends while making fun of a B-grade monster flick. Except this is even better, because we’ll throw in some contests where you can win free Blu-ray discs!
The big question isn’t what or why, but how. We have two different ideas for how to run this, and we want your input on which you think is the best. I’ve detailed the options below, but if you have another idea, then by all means write it up in the Comments section.
We pick a movie that’s available through Netflix via disc or streaming, Redbox, or maybe even free On Demand. By sticking with these inexpensive rental methods, we can make sure that no one has to pay much for the awful movie they’re about to see.
The big plus side to this option is that it allows us a great deal of freedom in both movie selection and scheduling. We could hold Bad Movie Night whenever we wanted and could pick from a huge range of crappy movies.
The down side is twofold. The first is that Bad Movie Night would require a bit of forward planning and expense for everyone attending. It’s not much expense, but you’d have to add the movie to your queue or go out and rent it. The second is getting everyone to sync up the movie at the exact same time. Those joining after the movie has started would have to chapter skip to catch up.
We find a movie that’s airing on TV and schedule Bad Movie Night around it. There are plenty of awful movies on television, and it shouldn’t be too hard to find one a month that’s worth tearing apart in a group setting.
One of the biggest advantages to this is that anyone can come in at any time. Just flick on over to the right channel and join the chat. So long as you have the channel that the movie’s on, it’ll be essentially free.
On the other hand, we’ll be limited in our selections and we’ll have no freedom in scheduling. Bad Movie Night will have to happen right when the movie comes on. There’s also a potential issue of time zones and channel availability. If there’s a ‘Gamera’ movie on G4 and you don’t have the channel, you’re out of luck.
As you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Rather than us trying to figure out what you’d prefer, just tell us what you want and we’ll accommodate. We’ll keep the poll open for a few days, and whatever wins will be what we go with.
We’re planning to hold the first Bad Movie Night later this month. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in doing, make sure you vote!