What is #WatchWinceRT?
Most Monday nights (unless one of us has a conflict), I live-tweet movies with my agent-mate and fellow YA author M.G. Buehrlen. #WatchWinceRT always starts at 9/8CST. If you want to participate, simply follow the hashtag and be sure to add it to your tweets. If you don’t want to see it, you can mute the hashtag until it’s over. Most movies are under 2 hours long.
I don’t get the name.
#WatchWinceRT (watch, wince, retweet) is a play on the phrase “wash, rinse, repeat.” “Watch” is obvious. (Movies, duh. You absorb them with your eyeholes.) “Wince” is because most of our tweets are of the snarky variety. And “RT” because it’s Twitter and hopefully we’re providing at least a modicum of entertainment to people outside the two of us.
Oh, okay. How did #WatchWinceRT start?
M.G. and I are kindred spirits in many ways, not the least of which is our love of movies. Sadly, we live nowhere near each other, so watching movies in the same room isn’t an option for us, but we refused to be thwarted so easily. After weeks of texting about the movies we both love, and joking about how we should just start live-tweeting movies together, we decided to go ahead and do it. Our first movie was David Tennant’s The Decoy Bride in the fall of 2014, and we’ve been #WatchWinceRT-ing semi-regularly ever since.
But you make fun of the movies you watch. Does that mean you don’t like them?
On the contrary; we only watch movies that at least one of us has seen and loved. But just because you love something doesn’t mean you can’t have a sense of humor about it. Even the best movies are full of moments and lines that, if you examine them closely, are just kinda unexpectedly funny. #WatchWinceRT is like a spirited movie night with friends, complete with snark, laughter, and unrepentant gushing about all the best parts.
Who can participate?
Anyone! All you need is access to the movie (most movies we pick are streaming on Netflix, although some are from Amazon Prime, or are movies that most people own), a sense of humor, and a Twitter account. We have some delightful regular participants who try to join us most weeks, but if you enjoy movies and snark, we’d love to have you!
Can I suggest a movie?
Absolutely! Just tweet your suggestions at @LaurenTHCW or @mgbuehrlen, or just include the hashtag #WatchWinceRT and we’ll see it. Just make sure what you suggest is available on either Netflix or Prime, and that we haven’t already done it (see list below). We can’t promise that we’ll do your movie right away, but we’ll add it to our list of possibilities.
How do I know what this week’s movie is?
M.G. and I try to pick the movie either over the weekend or early on Monday, and we’ll both tweet our choice (as well as where it’s streaming) throughout the day on the hashtag #WatchWinceRT. If you follow either of us, or are checking the hashtag, you’ll know what we’ve picked and where to find it.
I want to join in, but I’m not free until after you’ve already started! Does that mean I’m out?
Nope! Most of our movies are at least several years old, which means there’s a good chance you’ve already seen it, so hopefully if you have to skip the beginning, you won’t be lost. We try to always start promptly at 9/8c, and since most of our movies are streaming, it’s easy to jump in wherever we are. So if, for example, you can’t join us until 8:20 CST, then you’d start the movie 20 minutes in.
What movies have you already done?
(Clicking on a linked title will take you to the Storified tweets for that movie.)
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Romeo + Juliet
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
The Decoy Bride
The Fifth Element
The Karate Kid
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Princess Bride
The Santa Clause
While You Were Sleeping