Monday, February 02, 2009

Couch Potato Report: How to Create a Free Movie Night


Home alone is a great title for a movie but the concept can be a challenge when you're doing it on a Saturday night. Due to fatigue and illness, my 13-year-old son and I were housebound during a recent weekend. But we created a frugal movie night with several stay-at-home options. Here's a rundown:

Oscar preview: I spent quality time with Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Anne Hathaway and other high-profile stars thanks to a free video package offered by Newsweek.com. The online version of the magazine offers the 2009 Oscar Roundtable video series. This multipart series features engaging conversation with various actors, who provide insights about their craft and the cinema business.

AOL video: From A to Z, AOL offers a free catalog of classic and recent television hits. My son and I checked out an episode from the original Addams Family sitcom, featuring Carolyn Jones and John Astin. We also found a few documentaries from MTV, with programs from other broadcasters.

Major networks: From news to reality television hits, most networks and cable stations post free episodes online. The schedule includes daytime dramas, evening news shows and popular sitcoms.

Podcasts: Armed with his iPod gadget, my son gave me an online tour of the video programs that are available from Apple's iTunes. New releases can be rented and downloaded for $3.99 and older titles are $2.99

Home movies: With a cellphone, digital camera or standard video camera, you can direct a movie. It's a creative option that enables you to write, direct and star on small screen productions.

Personal collections: An inventory of our home video collection uncovered titles we had overlooked. From our own stock, we created a movie marathon that featured Guess Who, The Pink Panther and Whale Rider.
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3 comments:

Millionaire Maker said...

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Craig said...

Youtube may start offering full movies soon. You can also DL a full movie on itunes. If you have a Netflix subscription, they also have streaming movies, so even if your movie didn't come yet, you can stream many titles for free.

Captain Count-the-Change said...

Hi Sharon! Hulu.com has an awesome collection of old movies as well as recent TV shows that can be watched for free.