Would You Watch it for Free?


November 11, 2013 by ryanglaspell

If there’s one word in the entire human language that sparks a college kid’s attention, it’s “free”. Free t-shirts and frisbees in the Mountainlair? We’re there. Free food? We’re definitely there. Free movies? Well, free is good, but if it’s worth our time. Unlike free WVU gear and nachos, movies require something a little bit more sacred for college students: time.

Almost every weekend WVUp All Night hosts a selection of free movies in the Gluck Theatre at the Mountainlair. Movies are often a mixture of new releases and old classics. The average college student probably has a to-do list that is close to never ending. The average college student also is probably devoted to procrastinating most of their time away. With that in mind, are these free movies worth procrastinating over?

This image was originally a movie poster for a theatre showing the trilogy. Original image here.

This image was originally a movie poster for a theatre showing the trilogy. Original image can be found here.

This week, the WVUp All Night folks are going British. The three movies being shown this weekend are all wacky, ridiculous British comedies directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Shaun of the DeadHot Fuzz and The World’s End, are gracing the silver screen of Gluck Theatre for the weekend of November 14th-17th.

Are they worth the time?

Normally, evaluating each movie separately would be the logical thing to do, but this week is an exception. This trilogy of zany sci/fi comedies can simply be answered with a collective yes.

Rotten Tomatoes and MetaCritic, both movie review sites that serve as an aggregate of critic and user reviews, have greatly favored these three movies as quality films.

The below graph compares the critic reviews for each of the movies from the two sites.

User reviews reflect a near identical approval rating. In a world full of “haters”, this week’s selection has naysayers far and few between.

Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz have been regarded as cult classics with their geeky comedic style. The World’s End is a new release, but contains the same goofy elements of laughter-inhibiting jokes and plot twists.

If you’re stressed out from year-end projects in the making, or maybe it was a week full of daunting tests and you just want to unwind, there’s no better way to do that than by giving your time to any or all of three highly regarded comedies.

Would I watch it for free? Absolutely.

Many crazily plotted comedies may never be regarded as “must-sees”, but if the critics, professional and user alike, know anything, Shaun of the DeadHot Fuzz and The World’s End are more than worthy to assist you in your procrastination.

Check below for the days and times of the showings.

Visit WVUp All Night's website for more details.

All of this weekend’s movie times. Visit WVUp All Night’s website for more movie details.


6 thoughts on “Would You Watch it for Free?

  1. I think the title to this post was really effective, it made me click on it, even though I had no idea what your post was about. I think you make a good point in saying that college students time is sacred, because it is. I like that you used the graph to help compare, but I do think you should give some credit to the makers of the graph or explain it in the caption it would really add to the explanation and understanding of the graph.

  2. ebuchman5 says:

    My group did a similar post a while back, but I think yours is also extremely effective! Like Whitney, I definitely think you should add a caption to your graph just for clarity, but it’s a really nice addition to the post, because it makes it go beyond “here’s what the Mountainlair does.” I’m not a big fan of any of these movies (okay, or movies in general, really), but you did a nice job comparing them and informing the reader about what their time is worth. Nice job!

  3. iamoore says:

    I was immediately drawn into this post by the image that displayed on my reader of the awesome picture of all three Simon Pegg characters. I’m a huge fan of Edgar wright and especially love when he uses his old stand-by actors. I really liked the graphics your incorporated into this post, and thought that the addition of the movie schedule in your post was a nice touch.
    Ps: if you liked these movies you should check out the tv show spaced on netflix. It was the first project all these guys worked together on, and It’s fantastic.

  4. cricha18 says:

    I think WVUp All Night does a great job with providing free movies to students, and they are pretty good movies as well. I thought your post would include more movies for a broader topic but this was still a good post.

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