Monday, April 30, 2018

The Evolution of Movies

The Beginnings of Cinema

Films as we know them today began in the early 19th century. It all started with the earliest known photograph taken around 1826, which led to the combination of multiple images to create the illusion of motion.

Edison’s Kinetoscope (1891)


While pulling up virtually any movie at the touch of a button is the norm today, films have come a long way to get to this point. In 1891, Thomas Edison and his assistant introduced the kinetoscope, a cabinet with a window where viewers could see moving images that simulated motion. When the kinetoscope gained popularity, they began popping up in hotel lobbies, at amusement parks, and other popular locations. For a few cents, viewers could see the makings of what soon expanded into the film industry we know today.

Since he didn’t internationally patent his technology, Europe began producing their own kinetoscopes in mass and were even attempting to project the images onto a screen. In 1895, two French brothers patented the cinematographe (the origins of the word cinema), a lightweight film projector. Over the next few years, the brothers produced over 1,000 short films, mainly capturing everyday life.



Trick Films (1902)
Up to this point, film had only been used to capture everyday occurrences. Eventually this novelty wore off, and producers began to wonder what else they could explore with film.

In 1902, a former magician, Georges Melies, released A Trip to the Moon. His new visual representations became known as ‘trick films,’ which showed images such as the moon with a face, flowers transforming into women, and men disappearing in a puff of smoke.

Melies created these trick films for over a decade, but his simple technique eventually lost the audience’s interest. More developed and sophisticated techniques took over the industry and drew an even larger crowd.

The Nickelodeons (1903-1908)
The Great Train Robbery (1903) is known as the first big box office hit. Filmmaker Edwin S. Porter broke from the stage-like, unmoving style of Melies and created a narrative with his groundbreaking film. After this great success, permanent movie theaters began popping up across the country.

The working class was the primary audience for these nickelodeons, named after the 5 cent admission price. It was a cheaper alternative to live theater. In this period alone, over 9,000 nickelodeons hit the screen in the United States.

Longer Films (1912)
The average motion picture was around 16 minutes, a single-reel, at the time of the nickelodeons. In 1907, filmmakers began importing multi-reels from Europe, but they didn’t see popularity until 1912.

Queen Elizabeth (1912) sparked this popularity as a three-and-a-half-reel film. Audiences viewed these multi-reel films as special events and were therefore willing to pay more to see them. This drew in middle-class viewers who saw the longer film style as more ‘respectable’ entertainment.

Hollywood (1915)


As longer films gained popularity, movie theaters recognized that they needed to make theaters more comfortable for longer seatings. Marble embellishments, comfy seats, and cut glass became the new normal in theaters across the United States. As theaters became more comfortable, movie goers demanded year round entertainment, which was unheard of at the time.

Since films were primarily shot outdoors in New York and Chicago, weather determined when and where movies could be filmed. Many filmmakers tried warmer climates such as Florida and Texas but only found real success in one, small suburb in Los Angeles called Hollywood.

Hollywood was sunny and temperate year round, land was cheap, and the location offered close proximity to mountains, lakes, desert, forest, and the coast. By 1915, over 60 percent of films were being produced in Hollywood.

Silent Films (1891-1927)


The art of the silent film drew crowds to movie theaters. Live bands would play in the theater to accompany the motion on the screen. Actors would develop over characterization techniques and use their movement to communicate with audiences.

D.W. Griffith emerged as an actor turned director, who transformed silent films with different angles and editing that heightened the intensity of his scenes. Griffith experienced great controversy with the release of Birth of a Nation, however his general filming technique is considered to have shaped the silent film industry.

The End of Silent Films (1927)
In 1925 in Hollywood, a small motion picture company called Warner Bros. purchased the rights to a technology that allowed sound in films. In 1926, they released Don Juan, which contained music accompaniment by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. It was instantly popular, especially in small theaters that could not have an in-house orchestra.

In 1927, The Jazz Singer became the first ‘talkie’ film. Actor Al Jolson speaks a few lines and sings six songs and audiences were hooked. They were absolutely mesmerized by seeing an actor speak on screen. This was the beginning of the end for silent films.

Movie goers returned to theaters in droves to see their favorite actors perform. Silent films held on for a few more years, but by 1930, they were completely obscure. ‘Talkies’ had taken over the industry.

Color Films (1930s)
Filmmakers had the ability to add color to films for years before, but it never gained popularity. Films in the 1920s featured only two colors and were therefore perceived to be unrealistic. It wasn’t until the 1930s that color films saw some popularity, but not without difficulty.

Disney’s Three Little Pigs (1933) and MGM’s Wizard of Oz (1939) used a new and improved color system and saw much more of a following in theaters. However, these films and others like it suffered with the effects of the Great Depression. Movies were not a luxury most could afford, and therefore color films didn’t really see widespread success until the 1940s.

Films Today


Movies have come a long way. Hollywood has seen its share of ups and downs. Wars, depressions, and youth culture have vastly influenced the way movies were made over the last century. Today, the biggest threat to Hollywood is the introduction of streaming, such as Netflix and Hulu. There is one big question on everyone’s mind: Will these eventually make Hollywood and movie theater obsolete?

The Future of Cinema
The nostalgia of movie theaters is still a big draw for movie lovers everywhere. Even if you enjoy the comfort of your Seatcraft chair in your own home theater, going to the movies is still a favorite pastime, and Hollywood isn’t likely to stay down for long.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Top Classic Movies Every Home Theater Should Have

We have all experienced that shocking moment where a friend confesses they’ve never seen one of your favorite movies. Instead of teasing them (okay, maybe you can still do that), stock your home theater room with some classics! Impress your guests with your luxurious Seatcraft chairs and give them a movie education with these classic films.

War


Gone with the Wind (1939)
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” -Rhett Butler

Released in 1939, Gone with the Wind swept the movie industry with stunning performances by Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and Leslie Howard. Set during the American Civil War, this classic film follows Scarlett O’Hara (Leigh), the headstrong daughter of a plantation owner in the South, as she experiences happiness and turmoil with her love interests (Gable and Howard) throughout the many hardships and losses of the war.

The film won eight categories during the 12th Academy Awards, setting a record at the time. Though it received criticism for historical accuracy and the portrayal of African Americans, there is little dispute that the film changed the movie industry.

Casablanca (1942)
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” -Rick Blaine

This romantic, period drama stars Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine, an American expatriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during World War II. Rick’s old flame Isla shows up to his ‘gin joint’ seeking help to flee from the Nazis. Isla knows Rick can help her and her rebel husband escape the country, but not without its difficulties.

Casablanca received widely positive reviews and won three Academy Awards. It has become one of the most widely known films in America and is still enjoyed by movie buffs today.

Horror


Psycho (1960)
“A boy’s best friend is his mother.” -Norman Bates

Horror lovers will not want to miss this timeless Alfred Hitchcock film. Marion Crane is on the run after stealing from her employer when she gets caught in a rainstorm. Exhausted and looking for safe shelter, she checks into the Bates Motel. She meets the friendly but strange owner, Norman Bates, who has an affinity for taxidermy and a complicated relationship with his mother. Cue the slasher music.

Psycho received mixed reviews upon its release in 1960. Many criticized the film for oversexualization and gore, but it was widely loved by movie goers and has become one of the most recognized films in the horror genre.

Carrie (1976)
“They’re all gonna laugh at you!” -Margaret White

Carrie White is a shy, high school student who is sheltered by her extremely religious mother. Carrie hides her telekinetic powers but is nonetheless ridiculed by her classmates. Feeling guilty for their bullying, one of the most popular boys in school takes Carrie to the prom as an apology. Soon, though, Carrie’s other tormentors play a humiliating prank on her. Realizing she is still an outcast, Carrie unleashes her full power as revenge.

This angsty teenage drama quickly turns to a bloody horror film that movie critics instantly loved. It became one of the few horror movies to be nominated for an Academy Award.

The Omen (1976)
“When the Jews return to Zion, and a comet fills the sky, and the holy Roman Empire rises, then you and I must die.” -Father Brennan

After the death of their child, American diplomat, Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck), agrees to adopt an orphan, Damien, from the hospital. As the child grows up, the family beings to experience many violent events they soon attribute to their adopted son. As more and more people begin to die, Robert investigates Damien and makes a startling, demonic discovery.

Comedy


Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
“Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries.” -French Soldier

In 932 AD, King Arthur travels the kingdom looking for men to join the Knights of the Round Table. Arthur soon encounters many goofy, unqualified men and quickly abandons his search. Instead, he is directed to go on a quest for the Holy Grail. Arthur and his men encounter ridiculous scenarios, mock historical events, engage in laughable fights, and spew some classic lines in one of the most famous slapstick comedies in the industry.

Young Frankenstein (1974)
“It’s pronounced Fronkensteen.” -Dr. Frankenstein

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns he has inherited the estate of his infamous grandfather, Victor Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein has been quick to dismiss the relation, but he inevitably finds himself repeating his grandfather’s work. After creating his own monster, Dr. Frankenstein, with the help of some familiar sidekicks, has to deal with the consequences of his legacy.

This parody of a horror classic was an instant box office success. With its affectionate tribute to the original, Young Frankenstein was instant comedy gold.

Crime Drama


The Godfather (1972)
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” -Don Vito Corleone

This mob drama stars Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone, the father of a powerful, Italian-American crime family. When Vito’s youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), returns from the war, he is reluctant to embrace the family business. Eventually, pressures and events beyond his control force Michael to join the Mafia, where he is sucked into a life of crime and betrayal.

The Godfather is considered to be one of the best films ever released. It was the highest grossing film of 1972 and challenged all previous depictions of gangsters in Hollywood. The film is still popular today and has produced two sequels.

Dirty Harry (1971)
“You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” -Harry Callahan

Clint Eastwood takes on the role of San Francisco Police Department Inspector, Harry Callahan, in this crime drama. After a girl is shot and killed by an unknown man, Harry takes on the case to find the mysterious killer. The killer demands money or he will continue to leave bodies across San Francisco.

At the time of its release, the film received a lot of criticism. Many argued it glorified police brutality and feminists protested at the Academy Awards. Decades later, it is now considered one of Clint Eastwood’s best films and still tops charts of the best movies of all time.


So whether you are a comedy or drama fan, there is a classic movie that should have a place in your collection. Be your own critic and show off your movie knowledge with these must-haves. So snuggle up on that Seatcraft and enjoy some classic cinema from the comfort of your own home theater.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

What's New: Seatcraft Apex Home Theater Seat

Looking to upgrade and furnish your home theater room? Or maybe you’re looking for a place to start? Look no further! Seatcraft has released a top-of-the-line seating option that is perfect for any space.

Seatcraft Apex

Unrivaled, the new Seatcraft Apex home theater seats are just the newest line of luxury available through Seatcraft. Thanks to this new line, you can now own the very best the home theater industry has to offer. Apex offers flawless stitching across the seats that will impress your guests with expert craftsmanship.


Features

Made from top grain leather 7000, the Apex seats are available in red, black, or brown to fit any color scheme. Seatcraft only uses the highest quality material so less maintenance is required and your seats will be show ready at all times.

The Apex offers power headrests, lumbar, and recline for the ultimate comfort. Add in a chaise-style padded footrest, and you have some of the most comfortable theater seats available.

One unique feature of the the Apex seating are the built-in Soundshaker transducers. Now you’re only an accessory away from a fully-immersive movie experience! You and your guests can enjoy the full movie experience with this unique feature!

The seats connect together in a straight row style. This way, you can have the traditional theater experience right in your own home!


LED lights are featured throughout the seats, both in the armrests and cup holders for easy visibility.

No matter your space, the Apex seat can work for you! The wallhugger feature allows these seats to be placed within 6 inches of a wall and still recline fully.

Accessories

Just like all Seatcraft chairs, the Apex is easily customizable!


Add a wine caddy for spill-free relaxation. This aluminum finished feature offers 360 degree rotation and a sturdy base that will help keep your seats spot free. The beveled edges and stainless steel finish will only add to the aesthetic appeal in your home theater.

Consider the adjustable tablet and phone holder for easy access to your favorite mobile devices. Like the wine caddy, this holder has a stainless steel finish and 360 degree rotation, but it also features a jointed elbow for easier vertical adjustment. The holder has a sturdy base that sits next to the cup holder for comfortable use of your tablet of phone.

If your home theater has turned into your quiet space for reading, add an LED reading light to your Apex chair. The LED light makes it easy to read your favorite book or magazine right in the comfort of your Seatcraft chair.


Now is the best time to upgrade, or get started on that dream home theater room! The Apex chair by Seatcraft is everything and more that you could expect from a theater seat. So don’t hesitate, make the upgrade today!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Binge-Worthy Movie Series

Sometimes you’ve had a long week and despite the fact that it may be 70 degrees outside and summer, you just need a good binge-watching session. Just a date with you, your couch, and some snacks! There are many fantastic movie series out there, but we have pulled together a list of some of the most binge-worthy series to explore. So, sit back and relax in your Seatcraft and enjoy these loveable movie series.

Star Wars

The Star Wars franchise first began in 1977 with the release of Episode IV. Director George Lucas introduced well-known characters such as Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. The series is set in ‘a galaxy far, far away’ and follows the Rebel’s uprising against the Empire, which is controlled by Darth Vader.



The series has been traditionally released in groups of three films. First, Episodes IV, V, and VI were released in the late 70s, early 80s. George Lucas then returned at the turn of the century and release three prequel films that received mixed reviews from critics. In just the past few years, a new mini-trilogy has been released with new characters that have seen widespread success. The last of this series is scheduled to be released in 2019.

List of Star Wars films:
Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
Episode IX: Untitled (2019)

Marvel

In recent years, there has been a surge in the release of superhero films based on the Marvel comics. Some of the most popular series include X-Men and The Avengers.

X-Men

The X-Men series first introduced this team of superheroes in 2000. Each member, with superhuman abilities, is labelled a ‘mutant’ for having the extra ‘X Gene’ that triggers their powers. Professor X, a mutant himself, creates a School for Gifted Youngsters that recruits and trains mutants from around the world, while also protecting them from the scrutiny of the general public.

The X-Men franchise has had a long run, releasing films every few years and projecting to release another in 2019. Each of the films has received varying reviews from raving adoration to extreme disappointment, but for the comic lover, this is a series that should definitely have a presence in your home theater.

List of X-Men films:
X-Men (2000)
X2: X-Men United (2003)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
The Wolverine (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Logan (2017)
X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

The Avengers

In The Avengers series, all your favorite Marvel super heroes join forces to protect the world from some familiar villains. In the first Avengers film, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow to defend the Earth against Loki, Thor’s brother.

This film series has seen great success over the years and has generated a lot of hype around the upcoming Infinity War to be release April 2019. The first film grossed over $1 billion dollars in 2012 and promises to keep fans happy with a fourth and final film to be released in 2019.

List of Avengers films:
The Avengers (2012)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Untitled Avengers (2019)

Captain America
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man 3 (2013)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Pirates of the Caribbean

The Pirates of the Caribbean movies are an absolute must see on the binge-worthy list. This fun, adventurous series boasts comically brilliant performances by Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom.



In The Curse of the Black Pearl, pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) and blacksmith Will Turner (Bloom) form an unlikely team to rescue Will’s love, Elizabeth (Knightley), from pirates who have kidnapped her, believing she is the key to breaking their curse. All five films have a unique, darker tone than what viewers had previously seen from Disney, but the movies still maintain entertaining action and quotable one-liners.

List of Pirates of the Caribbean films:
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Harry Potter

You can’t have a binge-worthy movie series list without mentioning Harry Potter. Adapted from J.K. Rowlings popular children’s novels, the Harry Potter movies series immediately gathered a following in 2001 with the introduction of The Sorcerer’s Stone.

On his eleventh birthday, Harry Potter learns he is the orphaned son of two famous wizards and that he has powers of his own. He receives an invitation to Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards learning to harness their abilities. Harry’s past is slowly revealed to him as he learns there are dark forces at work in the world.

List of Harry Potter films:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

So get the family and your loved ones together on the cuddle couch, and binge these movie favorites.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Top Shows and Movies to Stream in April

Every month, our favorite streaming giants introduce even more shows and movies for us to binge-watch and love. Unfortunately, some of our best watches are also taken down each month to make room for the new. So kick back in that Seatcraft chair and enjoy some of the newest April 2018 releases from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video or watch those leaving before the go at the end of the month!

NETFLIX
April 1 
A Sort of Family
Along Came Polly
Bad Boys
Battlefield Earth
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
Big Time
Body of Lies
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
Cats & Dogs
Cold Mountain
Dare to Be Wild
Deep Blue Sea
Fish People
Friday Night Lights
Jackass 2.5
Life Is Beautiful
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Mortal Kombat
Nancy Drew
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Scarface
Seven
Sin City
Speed Racer
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
The Duchess
The Family Man
The Flintstones
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
The Iron Giant
The Lost Boys
The Queen of the Damned
The Spy Next Door
Wakfu (Season 3)
April 2
La Piloto (Season 1)
April 3
Fary Is the New Black
April 5
Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall
Despicable Me 3
April 6
6 Balloons
Amateur
Fastest Car (Season 1)
Money Heist (Part 2)
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: Jay-Z
Orbiter 9
Ram Dass, Going Home
Sun Dogs
The 4th Company
The Boss Baby: Back in Business (Season 1)
Todo lo que sería de Lucas Lauriente
Troy: Fall of a City (Season 1)
Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity
April 7
24 Hours to Live
April 9
AMO (Season 1)
April 10
Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast
April 12
Pickpockets
April 13
Chef’s Table: Pastry
Come Sunday
I Am Not An Easy Man
Lost in Space (Season 1)
The Magic School Bus Rides Again (Season 2)
April 15
Lakeview Terrace
Seven Pounds
April 17
The Chalet (Season 1)
The Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Collection
April 18
Friend Request
Pelé
April 19
Charité (Season 1)
Chasing The Dragon
April 20
Aggretsuko (Season 1)
Dope (Season 2)
Dude
Kodachrome
Mercury 13
Spy Kids: Mission Critical (Season 1)
April 21
The Letdown (Season 1)
April 24
Call the Midwife (Series 6)
Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up
April 25
Bill Nye: Science Guy
Psychokinesis
April 27
3% (Season 2)
Bobby Kennedy for President
Candy Jar
Holy Goalie
The Man Who Knew Infinity
The New Legends of Monkey (Season 1)
The Week Of

HULU
April 1
30 Beats
5 Days of War
50/50
52 Pick-Up
60 Days In (Season 3)
A Simple Plan
Accepted
American Pickers (Seasons 15 and 16)
Ancient Aliens (Season 12)
Barbie A Fashion Fairytale
Barbie And The Diamond Castle
Basic Instinct
Carrie
Counting Cars (Season 6B)
Con Air
Cool Runnings
Danny Roane: First Time Director
Death Becomes Her
Desperately Seeking Susan
Drugstore Cowboy
Eagle Vs Shark
Eight Millimeter
Eye For An Eye
Fathers And Daughters
Fixer Upper (Season 4)
Flashback
Flea Market Flip (Season 4)
Flip Or Flop (Season 6)
For A Few Dollars More
Fred: The Movie
Fred: Night of the Living Fred
Fred 3: Camp Fred
Friday The 13th
Funny About Love
Gamer
Gangland Undercover (Season 1)
Hellbenders 3D
Honey
Honey 2
House Hunters (Season 108)
House Hunter’s Renovation (Season 8)
I Am A Teacher
Intervention (Seasons 15 and 16)
Internal Affairs
Jane Eyre
K2
Ladybugs
Land Before Time IV: Journey Through The Mists
Land Before Time Sing Along
Land Before Time Sing Along 2
Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island
Land Before Time VI: The Secret Of Saurus Rock
Land Before Time VII: The Stone Of Cold Fire
Lawrence Of Arabia
Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath (Season 2)
Leftovers
Life Stinks
Man In The Moon
Map Of The Human Heart
Marathon Man
Married To The Mob
Miami Blues
Mystery Team
Paranormal Activity
Prancer
Project Nim
Project Runway (Season 15)
Property Brothers (Season 9)
Property Brothers: Buying & Selling (Seasons 1 and 4)
Quigley Down Under
Red State
Roxanne
Salsa
Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
Shanghai Surprise
She’s Having A Baby
Small Soldiers
Snake Eyes
Spaceballs
Stand Up Guys
Standing In The Shadows Of Motown
Stories We Tell
Superstar
Taxi Driver
Tenderness
Texas Chainsaw Massacre II
Texas Killing Fields
The Beaver
The Big Wedding
The Conspirator
The Dogs Of War
The Flowers Of War
The Foot Fist Way
The Giant King
The Inbetweeners
The Jackal
The Marc Pease Experience
The Men Who Stare At Goats
The Phantom
The Rage: Carrie 2
The Switch
The Thomas Crown Affair
The Winning Season
Throw Momma from the Train
Thunder Soul
Trading Mom
Tumbledown
Up In Smoke
Uptown Girls
U-571
Warpath
Wayne’s World 2
Wishmaster
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies
Wishmaster 3: Beyond The Gates Of Hell
Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled
Worst Cooks In America (Season 8)
You Don’t Mess With The Zohan
April 2
Black Sails (Season 4)
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Life Partners
April 3
The Crossing (Series Premiere)
April 4
National Treasure: Kiri (Season 2 Premiere)
So B It
April 6
Dina
April 7
My Hero Academia (Season 3 Premiere)
April 9
Take My Nose… Please
April 10
Preacher (Season 2)
Hours
April 11
New Girl (Season 7 Premiere)
Augie
April 12
I Can Do Bad All By Myself
April 14
Dealt
April 15
A Teacher
American Gangster
Boys And Girls
Fame
Hollow In The Land
Howl
In The Bedroom
Life Is Beautiful
Master Of Disguise
Off Label
Shut Up And Play The Hits
Slumber
The Importance Of Being Earnest
The Messenger
April 16
The Relationtrip
April 18
Tragedy Girls
April 19
Love Island (Seasons 1 and 2)
Loving Vincent
The Only Way Is Essex (Season 21)
April 20
Z For Zachariah
April 24
Vikings (Season 5)
April 25
The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 2 Premiere)
April 26
Into The Night: Portraits Of Life And Death
April 27
Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie
April 28
78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene
April 29
Permanent
April 30 
A Thousand Junkies
The Carmichael Show (Season 3)
Unsolved Mysteries (Seasons 9-14)

AMAZON PRIME
April 1
30 Beats
52 Pick-Up
A Simple Plan
A Suitable Girl
Basic Instinct
Brooklyn’s Finest
Carrie
Danny Roane: First Time Director
Desperately Seeking Susan
Drugstore Cowboy
Escape from New York
Eye for An Eye
Flashback
For a Few Dollars More
Fred 3: Camp Fred
Fred: Night of the Living Fred
Fred: The Movie
Friday the 13th
Funny About Love
Gamer
Hangman
Hellbenders 3D
Hitler’s Bodyguard (Season 1)
Ice Mother
Internal Affairs
Kickboxer
Ladybugs
Life Stinks
Man In The Moon
Marathon Man
Married To The Mob
Meatballs
Merlin (Seasons 1-5)
Miami Blues
My Art
Mystery Team
Mystic River
Paranormal Activity
Philadelphia
Prancer
Project Nim
Quigley Down Under
Red State
Salsa
Shanghai Surprise
She’s Having A Baby
Sleepers
Small Soldiers
Snake Eyes
Spaceballs
Stand Up Guys
Standing In The Shadows of Motown
Steel Magnolias
Storage Wars: Northern Treasures (Season 1)
Superstar
Tenderness
Texas Chainsaw Massacre II
The Big Wedding
The Conspirator
The Departure
The Dogs Of War
The Foot Fist Way
The Karate Kid
The King Of Comedy
The Marc Pease Experience
The Phantom
The Rage: Carrie 2
The Replacements
The Thomas Crown Affair
The Winning Season
Thirst Street
Throw Momma From The Train
Trading Mom
Troy
Up In Smoke
Uptown Girls
Warpath
Wayne’s World 2
World’s Craziest Foods (Season 1)
April 2
The Missing (Season 2)
Chavela
Psychopaths
April 5
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
April 6
Blame
The Florida Project
April 10
Hours
April 12
I Can Do Bad All by Myself
Saturday Church
April 13
Bosch (Season 4)
April 15
Fame
April 18
Aida’s Secrets
April 23
Red Rock (Season 3)
April 24
Vikings (Season 5)
April 25
April 27
All Or Nothing: Dallas Cowboys (Season 3)
Little Big Awesome (Season 1A)

LEAVING NETFLIX
April 130 Days of Night
88 Minutes
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
American Pie
American Pie 2
Apollo 13
Batman
Batman & Robin
Batman Forever
Batman Returns
Caddyshack
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Cool Runnings
Death Sentence
Dolphin Tale
The Dukes of Hazzard
Eagle vs. Shark
John Mulaney: New in Town
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Never Let Me Go
The Pursuit of Happyness
Set Up
The Shawshank Redemption
Small Soldiers
The Whole Nine Yards
Wild Wild West
April 3
Starry Eyes
April 5The Hallow
The Nightingale
April 12The Emperor’s New Clothes
April 15Happy Tree Friends
Leap Year
April 16Son of God
April 17Z Storm
April 20The Exorcism of Molly Hartley
April 21The Prestige
April 22Exit Through the Gift Shop
April 26Kung Fu Panda 3
April 27Begin Again

LEAVING HULU
April 30
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
Amelie (2001)
American Idiots (2013)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre (2002)
Avenging Force (1986)
Bolero (1984)
Capote (2005)
Coming Soon (1999)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Depraved Decadence (2007)
Excess Baggage (1997)
Fire with Fire (2012)
For A Few Dollars More (1967)
Hamlet (1990)
Harsh Times (2006)
He Said, She Said (1991)
Hoodlum (1997)
Intersection (1994)
Keeping Up With the Steins (2006)
Kung Fu Hustle (2005)
Larger Than Life (1996)
Look Who’s Talking (1989)
Look Who’s Talking Now (1993)
Look Who’s Talking Too (1990)
Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Red State (2012)
Redline (2009)
Running Scared (1986)
Sabrina (1995)
Show of Force (1990)
Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (1999)
Traitor (2008)
Two Family House (2000)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

3D Home Theater Mock-Ups

You’ve made the final decision. It’s finally time! New home theater is in the works and the planning has begun! 4Seating.com now offers a helpful tool that will show you home theater products in your room and take all of the guesswork out of planning. Images online can be deceiving or may not even apply to the space you have to work with. 4Seating.com’s new tool is a game changer for those who want to create the perfect theater right at home.


3D Home Theater Mock-Up

The new 3D Home Theater Mock-Up tool is designed with your home theater in mind. We recognize the reservations you may have about your purchases, so we have constructed this tool to help you make the right decision the first time around.

What is the 3D Home Theater Mock-Up?

This mock-up tool gives you the chance to see all your top picks in your own space. You send in photos of your future home theater room, and our designer creates the home theater of your dreams!

4Seating.com’s designers take 6 images of your space and use the dimension to insert color schemes and products. Then, we generate a materials list along with quotes based on the render. When you complete your order of Seatcraft products, the cost of the render is applied towards your purchase.

How much does it cost?

Other companies can charge upwards of $1,000 for tool such as this. Here at 4Seating.com, we charge a reasonable $399.00, plus this amount is taken off of your total when you complete your purchase of home theater seating and accessories.

What does the mock-up look like?

Here we have provided one example of rendered images using the 3D Home Theater Mock-Up. From these you can see how 4Seating.com experts take an image of an unfinished, blank space and turn it into your ideal home theater.

How do I place an order?

To take advantage of this valuable tool, or for more information, contact 4Seating.com in any of the following ways:

By phone: 1-800-407-8665
By fax: 1-562-231-1097
By email: renders@4seating.com

What paperwork do I need?

Print or download the PDF Render Order Sheet and write in all of your info. From here, a 4Seating.com expert will talk you through your design, layout, blueprints, and drawings to generate images and products that are best for your space.

So if you are hesitant about creating a home theater, the 3D Home Theater Mock-Up tool is a great place to start. Simply talk with our designers here at 4Seating.com and soon you will be on your way to enjoying your very own home theater.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Transforming Your Home Theater

Feel like your home theater is falling short of your expectations? It may be time for an upgrade and complete refresh! But does that mean throwing out everything and starting over? Of course not! We have many tips and tricks on what to replace, how often, and with what. Follow this guide and you will enjoy a revitalized theater experience!

Lighting

The first upgrade to evaluate is the lighting. Consider swapping regular bulbs out for LED ones to save energy and money in the long run. Another trick for an upgraded look is installing lights behind crown molding around the room. It’s easier on the eyes and adds to the theater ambiance. Looking for a simple update? Try installing a dimmer. Relatively inexpensive, a dimmer instantly takes your theater to the next level.


Screen

If you use a television in your theater, it may be time to raise the bar and install a screen and projector. There are options available for any size and budget. If you upgrade, be sure to get both the screen AND projector. If you try to use a projector with a painted wall, all the imperfections will be obvious and be distracting to you and your guests. If a screen isn’t your cup of tea, consider a LED TV for a better picture. TVs are more inexpensive now than they ever been with such amazing picture and sound so you can’t go wrong. Need more TV suggestions? We have you covered here.

Seating Accessories

There is always an accessory available to refresh your Seatcraft chairs. For the all around experience, look into a SoundShaker vibration kit. It’s easy to install and will impress your guests with an added 4-D experience. If popcorn and snacks are staples in your theater, consider a swivel tray that’s easily added to any Seatcraft chair. If your theater is designed for winding down, a wine caddy is the best way to enjoy a glass and a movie! The sleek, beveled design prevents spills so you can enjoy your wine and relax with your favorite flick.


Sound

Sound is the biggest feature that should be checked regularly for upgrades. Most home theater fanatics agree that sound is crucial to your movie viewing experience. Amplifiers should be changed out when the sound comes out distorted, which can be frequently. Speakers don’t need to be upgraded as often, and if you like the sound, why change it? If you do decide to find new speakers, be aware that purchasing a new speaker doesn’t always mean it’s better than what you currently have installed.

If you think your sound is lacking bass, try adding a second subwoofer instead of replacing your current one. However, be careful not to over do it and drown out your other speakers with bass. Make sure to maintain a balance of sound between all of your speakers.

Cables rarely need to be replaced, unless you are hearing a buzzing or humming sound. However, if cables are an eyesore in your room, look into cable sleeves and cable ties. You can even run the cables behind baseboards for a cleaner look.

Theme

If your sound, seating, and screening are already up to your expectations, but you’re still itching to make a few improvements to your home theater, think about introducing a fun theme to your beloved space!

Rock Music: Bust out your old guitar and hang it from the walls for a rock-and-roll themed home theater. If you’re a painter, scrawl some musical notes or sheet music on the walls. Hang up records across one of the walls for a retro look.

Superhero: Transform your space into a batcave by using dim lighting, bat symbols, and city building silhouettes. Hang comic books around the room and decorate with other superhero decor! Whether you’re into DC Comics or Marvel, release your inner nerd and have fun with this super theme!



50’s Movie Theater: An old school popcorn machine can bring a classic vibe to your home theater experience. Stock up on Charleston Chews and Neccos for a retro candy display! Hang up paintings of 50’s cars or set up a model car display to add to the theme.

The Oscars: If you are a movie fanatic, an Academy Awards theme is a great way to spice up your home theater! You can purchase your own Oscars relatively cheap online and set up display cases around the room. Pick your top, award-winning movies and hang the posters on the walls. This theme is slightly more subtle but is guaranteed to give your room a major upgrade.

Modern: If you’re going for a modern look, utilize a black, gray, and white color scheme in your space. Dark woods, straight lines, and geometric patterns all create a sleek, new look. A Heavenly Modular Sofa, available in black or white, is the ideal couch upgrade if you want a contemporary style theater room.

Disney: If your theater room has become the new family room, look into a Disney theme! Go for a classic Disney look with a red, black, and white color scheme and plenty of Mickey Mouse memorabilia. Embrace your favorite animation with a theme all your own: Under the Sea, Toy Story, Princesses, or any number of combinations! Snuggle up on your Cuddle Couch and enjoy the next big Disney flick!


Sports: Transform you home theater into your own, personal man cave with a sports theme! Stick to your favorite game or make a mix of your favorite pastimes. Attach a basketball hoop to the wall, hang up your replica jerseys, and display footballs around the room. When it’s game time, you’ll definitely want a Seatcraft Sectional to provide enough seating for all the fans in your life.

Whether you need to replace some vital parts or just give your theater a new look, this guide will put you on the right path to upgrade your space. You don’t need a total renovation for a fresh, new look. Follow these tips and tricks and your home theater will transform before your eyes.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Are Amazon Video and Netflix Taking Over Hollywood?

It’s no secret that Amazon Video and Netflix streaming have become increasingly popular with movie lovers and binge watchers. But how are these streaming giants affecting the movie industry? Could your favorite subscription be influencing the way Hollywood makes movies?



Amazon Video

When Amazon bought Manchester by the Sea for almost $10 million, they changed game significantly for the streaming industry. The movie went on to win Oscars, Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, New York Film Critics Awards, and more. Streaming was always second choice to Hollywood blockbusters, especially when it came to movie awards. Once Manchester by the Sea became available in homes across the world, it opened the door for Amazon originals to compete with the big guns.

However, Amazon Video is facing some struggles. Many argue the streaming service is merely a bonus, since you must be subscribed to Amazon Prime, the two-day shipping option, in order to enjoy Amazon Video. How popular would it be if it was not included with in Amazon Prime?

Despite this, Amazon is making waves in the movie world. They produce many movies and series in house such as Goliath, The Big Sick, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. They are also unique because they allow theater releases for some of their films before making them available online. That way, producers and actors can enjoy screen time before the streaming release.



Netflix

With 110 million subscribers, Netflix has pushed the streaming industry into the new age. They base their business off of an “immediately to web” model. They purchase many films and series for their site, but also create a lot of original content. People used to scoff at the idea that streamers could create their own content. Then, Netflix dominated the original releases with popular shows like Narcos, Stranger Things, and Orange is the New Black. In 2016, Netflix decided to spend a staggering $6 billion in content.



Hollywood

So, with successful giants like Amazon Video and Netflix, should Hollywood be running away with their tail between their legs? Mostly likely not, but the it’s undeniable that the industry is changing.

Going to the movies has become an incredibly expensive pastime. With tickets at around $12 each and concessions almost as much, a family of four can easily spend $60 on a movie outing. That’s a whopping $720 a year if the family visits once a month.

As a result, people are cutting out the movies and even traditional cable. Sundance and indie films were cautious to sell to streamers because they would miss out on the crowds and nostalgic draw of theater. In recent years, though, poor attendance at theaters has changed their minds. Last summer was the worst reported movie attendance in 25 years. Selling movies to Netflix or Amazon has become far more attractive as a result.

Will Amazon Video and Netflix make Hollywood obsolete? So far, it doesn’t look like it, at least not completely. Movie theaters still draw a crowd, even if it’s a less significant crowd. Amazon Video and Netflix cannot compete with the experience theaters have to offer. Movie buffs love the excitement of a premiere, the experience of getting concessions, and the comradery of sitting with fellow movie lovers. Yet, there is an undeniable shift in the medium of movie watching. Not to mention you can enhance your at-home movie night with a luxurious Seatcraft chair. It will be interesting to see how Hollywood reacts and if they can get their blockbusters back on top.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Inspired Snacks and What Movies to Watch

Who needs to wear green, drink beer from green cans, and spend the evening at the local pub to enjoy this good Irish holiday? If you’re looking for the luck of the Irish, try a relaxing night in the comfort of your own home! Whip up a few delicious Irish recipes and stream a classic Irish film!

Main Dishes

Ham & Potato Casserole
A mixture of potatoes, onions, ham, and cheese, this delicious dish is sure to get you in the Irish spirit. This recipe is so simple yet so delicious!
Find the recipe here.


Potato Soup
If you’re St. Patrick’s is going to be chilly, consider a warm bowl of thick and hearty potato soup. Make this recipe a little spicy by adding cayenne pepper, or thicken it up with extra parmesan cheese.
Find the recipe here.

Potato Croquettes
Add an Irish twist to the traditional fried croquette. Coated in your favorite bread crumbs, these cheesy potato treats can be fried in a pan or deep fryer.
Find the recipe here.

Main Course Movie Selections


While you’re relaxing in your Seatcraft chair with your St. Patrick’s Day dinner, consider an Irish flick. Michael Collins and In the Name of the Father are just a few biopic films that offer cinematic entertainment as well as a history of significant figures in Irish history.

Michael Collins follows the story of an Irish soldier, portrayed by Liam Neeson, who is fighting for Irish freedom in the early 20th century. He provided information to the Irish Republican Army that led to Ireland’s liberation from the UK. The movie also explores the turmoil and civil war that followed. Julia Roberts and the late Alan Rickman make an appearance in this cinematic masterpiece.

In the Name of the Father retells the story of Gerry Conlon, one of four men falsely arrested for bombing the Guildford pub in 1974. The explosion killed five and injured sixty-five others. Conlon and three others, dubbed the Guildford Four, were tortured and held until they confessed to masterminding the attack. While serving his life sentence, Conlon meets the real perpetrator and begins his fight to free himself and clear the names of the Guildford Four.

Drinks

Green Punch
What’s St. Patrick’s Day without a little green? This kid-friendly punch combines sweet sherbet and your favorite carbonated soda, typically lemon lime. Think of this one as an Irish float!
Find the recipe here.


Frozen Grasshoppers
For the adults in your home, this holiday there is the delicious frozen grasshopper. This thick beverage has the consistency of a milk shake with the kick of a white Creme de Cacao, a chocolate flavored liqueur. Add a sprig of mint for a minty chocolate concoction.
Find the recipe here.

Refreshment Movie Selections

Whether you are sipping green beer or trying one of these new recipes, you will need an entertaining movie. Gangs of New York and The Boondock Saints are cult classics that are easy to watch and enjoy, especially if you have a darker sense of humor.

Gangs of New York (streaming now on Netflix) is drama directed by Martin Scorsese starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz. DiCaprio portrays Amsterdam, a young Irishman looking to avenge his father’s death. After growing up in an orphanage, Amsterdam goes to New York where he confronts powerful gang leaders with a strong prejudice against the Irish. While this is not known as a historically accurate film, it is action packed, full of Irish pride, and did we mention Leonardo DiCaprio is in it?

The Boondock Saints tells the story of two Irish immigrant brothers who are sucked into the life of gangs and crime in Boston. Director Troy Duffy’s dark humor did not draw a crowd to theaters in 1999 but gained a large cult following when the movie was released to DVD. If Pulp Fiction is your sense of humor, The Boondock Saints should be your go-to movie this St. Patrick’s Day.

Desserts

Irish Cream Cupcakes
If you’re searching for the pot-o-gold, you’ll find them in these boozy cupcakes! Add Irish cream and a little green food coloring to these tasty cupcakes for a classic St. Patrick’s Day dessert.
Find the recipe here.


Chocolate Mint Dream Cookies
If you love a minty chocolate combination, prepare to fall in love with these dream cookies! Creamy mint frosting is drizzled over a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cookie in this homemade recipe. Add mint to the cookie as well for an extra minty treat.
Find the recipe here.

Shamrock Cookies
Shamrock shaped cookies are fun to make with the kids or just as a guilty pleasure dessert this holiday. These cookies give a green twist to the classic sugar cookie. Add dye to the batter or coat with green sprinkles for a festive snack!
Find the recipe here.

Dessert Movie Selections

Snuggle up with your sweetheart on the Seatcraft cuddle couch this St. Patrick’s Day and take pleasure in a mushy, Irish romance flick. Leap Year and Far and Away are sure to satisfy your rom-com craving while also indulging in the Irish spirit.

Leap Year (streaming on Netflix) is a modern romance set in the Irish countryside. Anne, played by Amy Adams, travels to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, an old Irish tradition. In the typical rom-com fashion, fate throws a few complications her way and she soon finds herself dependant on the help of a handsome Irishman, Declan, portrayed by Matthew Goode. This feel good love story is perfect for spending St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish dessert and a loved one.

Far and Away is a late 19th century romance starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Their characters, Joseph and Shannon, are Irish immigrants coming to America in the 1890s. They begin to raise money to start a new life, but Joseph loses most of their savings after a boxing match. The two then fall in love as they struggle through poverty and try to find their way in this strange new world.

Break the regular traditions this St. Patrick’s Day and start your own! Stay home and create some fantastically green treats and relax in your choice Seatcraft chairs. Get in the Irish spirit with these recipes and movie pairings and make this a holiday to remember.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How to Clean and Maintain Your Home Theater

You’ve put in blood, sweat, tears, and hours to create the perfect home theater including your favorite Seatcraft chairs so now it’s time to take note on how to keep up appearances. Cleaning and maintaining your home theater can make all the difference when it comes to your movie viewing experience.

Running Audio Cables


Managing your audio cables improves sound as well as tidies up the space. Try to keep your cable runs as short as possible. Metal connectors are a more beneficial option over bare-wire ends. To avoid clutter, consider purchasing a sleeve to bundle cables together for a cleaner look. Another tactic is to run the wires behind baseboards to obscure them almost completely. Need more cable clutter fixes? We’ve got you covered here.

Speaker Cleaning
If your speakers are in a wood cabinet, know what type of wood you are working with to choose the proper cleaner. Knowing the finish will help you pick a solution that isn’t too harsh and might damage the wood. Do not use glass, bathroom, or kitchen cleaners. Oils are ideal for real wood while varnishes are used for vinyl or plywood.

When cleaning, use a soft cloth or cotton t-shirt instead of a paper towel that will leave behind white particles. If you’re cleaning away dust, a dry cloth will suffice. But if you are using an oil or varnish, have a wet cloth as well as a dry cloth. Use the cloth with solution first and then dry the area with the second, clean cloth.

A/V Cleaning
Dust, dirt, and pet hair can do long lasting damage to your A/V equipment so it’s important to keep up on maintenance. Make sure everything is ‘off’ before you begin cleaning. Only use spray cleaners meant for electronics. Switches should be cleaned with soft brushes as opposed to feather dusters. Do not use cleaners with harsh alcohols as they can damage your A/V equipment.

Projector Cleaning


If you have a television in your home theater, there are a few tips to keep the screen clean. Sprays can be harsh and leave behind streaks so stick to light dusting.

Most likely, you have a projector in your theater. It’s a good idea to clean your projector every time you change the light bulb or clean the air filter. Before cleaning, make sure the projector is unplugged and has cooled off completely. Before replacing the bulb or air filter, clean the vents of dust and pet hair. Much like with A/V cleaning, use a soft or microfiber cloth to clean the lens on the projector. A wet eyeglass wipe is another viable option for the lens. If you have used cleaning products, be sure to allow the projector to dry for at least 30 minutes.

Don’t forget about the screen! If the picture still isn’t clear after you have cleaned out your projector, you may have an issue with the screen. Check with the manufacturer for specific cleaning instructions, but it’s typically safe to use a dry cloth or warm water to wipe down the screen.

Seat Cleaning


Cleaning your favorite Seatcraft chair is not difficult, but it’s vital for longevity in your home theater. If you’ve chosen leather chairs, be sure to avoid placing them in direct sunlight, which can fade and damage the material. Use a moist cloth to wipe down the seats regularly for dirt and dust. Do not use harsh chemicals, which can cause the leather to fade. Read here for more tips and tricks to keep your Seatcraft chairs looking like new!

Don’t let all of your efforts go to waste. Cleaning and maintaining your theater can make all the difference in your movie experience. Follow these tips we have assembled and you will be sure to enjoy your Seatcraft chairs and home theater for years to come.