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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

I don’t know why everyone hasn’t subscribed to Movie Cheat Sheet

I’m starting to add little notices like this below new reviews


in the hopes that this will encourage you all to see what you’re missing in my Movie Cheat Sheet email newsletters.

Basically: early in the week you get an email with a quick rundown of what’s new on DVD and VOD, with a traffic-light rating, a quick blurb, and — if I’ve written a full review — a link to more on the film. Late in the week, you get another email running down new releases in multiplexes and arthouses. There’s one featured new movie in each edition, and then the rest looks kinda like this:


There are editions for both U.S./Canada and for the U.K. (which also includes the Republic of Ireland). And this is new: you can now chose to receive only the DVD/VOD or only the multiplex editions. (You can take all four if you want, too, at no extra charge.)

Check out a whole sample issue here.

The idea is, you get all in one place and at-a-glance my take on almost everything that’s new in the movie realm that you could be putting your eyeballs on.

More newness: the individual movie pages at TheMovieCheatSheet.com — which will be linked in those notices above, and to which the “more” links in the email newsletter take you — are no longer behind a paywall. An exchange I had with a confused subscriber today convinced me that the paywall for those pages is overkill: the cool useful worth-paying-for thing is the service that reminds you, via email, what’s worth seeing and what’s worth skipping.

I’m making all this stuff up as I go. I apologize for any confusion and all the to-ing and fro-ing.

FlickFilosopher.com subscribers can get Movie Cheat Sheet for free, as a bonus for subscribing. Or you can subscribe to Movie Cheat Sheet separately.

If you’re already getting the Cheat Sheets and have any feedback, feel free to post it here. If something’s stopping you from subscribing, I’d like to hear that, too.

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  • OnceJolly

    I don’t have much use for the cheat sheet…I read the reviews as they’re posted and note anything that I might be interested in seeing as a result.

  • David C-D

    FWIW, I just realized recently how useful the “What to Stream” weekly feature is. Netflix keeps changing what is on instant and I have trouble correlating that with the list of movies I want to watch. The historical issues are also useful (at least for the several months that things stay on instant).

    From my limited exposure to the Cheat Sheet, I feel like it was less useful as it did not correlate to the streaming choices. I may be misremembering though.

  • David C-D

    Sorry, I should have said “less useful to me”… I wasn’t intending to comment on the general usefulness of the Cheat Sheet.

  • There are some streaming choices in the Cheat Sheets.

  • Karl Morton IV

    I’m silly. Somehow I formed the impression that the Cheat Sheet was a UK-only thing – which makes no sense whatsoever, seeing how successfully you’re managing to straddle the Atlantic.


    Signing up now….

  • althea

    This is me too. I rarely go out to movies, and don’t care about enough of them to get involved with streaming. I make a mental note what MaryAnn recommended, and when the DVDs are available at the public library I’ll get on the waiting list. And of course stay away from the ones MaryAnn red-lights.

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