Archive for February, 2010

15
Feb
10

Valentines Day

February 12th, 2010

Valentines Day

            Today Friday, February 12th, 2010 my girlfriend and I are celebrating Valentines Day. We decided to celebrate two days earlier to avoid the crowds and rush of the actually Valentines Day. Our plan was to see a movie and have dinner. But first we exchanged gifts before we hit the town. One of the gifts I received from her was totally unexpected but a wonderful surprise. Before the movie and dinner date she made a reservation for us both to get pedicures. I know right? I’m a dude. Guys don’t get pedicures. Yeah well I was wrong.

My wonderful girlfriend knew that I’ve been struggling with sore feet and a bruised heel at work the last month. So she thought a pedicure and a massage would help. And how! You take your feet for granted when they are 100% healthy. When they’re not healthy it makes a person grumpy. The pedicure and massage was awesome. The massage was the best part. I don’t know what its was called but I also got a procedure that dipped my feet in a warm wax sock. It felt really good man. My feet felt great after that visit.

During the pedicure visit snow started to drop heavy, well heavy for a non-snow metropolitan town that doesn’t expect it on a regular basis. Only several inches, but it was perfect for tonight’s Valentines date. It was a wonderful addition to our great night. The next stop was the movie.

            Opening today nationally was the star studded movie Valentine’s Day. Directed by Hollywood heavy weight Gary Marshall. It was nice to share a movie like this with my girlfriend on the actually Valentines Day weekend. The movie has a great cast young and old of many of Hollywood’s biggest stars. It takes place in L.A. and covers a day in the life of many people on Valentines Day, and how their lives intertwine with one another. Parts were predictable, and parts were not. The movie was very entertaining and a lot of fun.

            After a quick stop at Toy’s R Us where my girlfriend picked up some gifts for her daughter, we went to dinner for a wonderful meal of Italian food at the Macaroni Grill. There is a great selection of food here. The ambiance and restaurant staff is a lot of fun. The snow had continued to drop. Afterwards we had a little fun outside the restaurant and threw some snowballs around. We took some lectures and I made a tiny snowman outside the restaurant.

            It’s nice to know that after all of this time on earth, I can honestly say this was the best Valentines Day to date. Thank you Jane Davis. Love you.

– Spartan Phoenix, your movie marathon man.

Movie count thus far:

February            2010: Movies Seen: 7             Partial Movies Seen: 1

                        Total Movies Seen To date: 7

Total Partial Movies Seen To date: 1

Total Movies Seen more than once: 1

List of total movies seen:

Avatar,

Edge of Darkness

When In Rome

From Paris With Love

The Lovely Bones

From Paris With Love

Valentines Day

List of partial movies seen:

Tooth Fairy

List of movies seen more than once:

From Paris With Love

10
Feb
10

The Lovely Bones Vs Travolta’s Body Count

February 8th, 2010

The Lovely Bones Vs Travolta’s Body Count

            My yearlong experiment continued on this day. On today’s movie platter were From Paris With Love, Lovely Bones and maybe Sherlock Homes. I went to my favorite AMC Theater. When I got to the theater parking lot I crammed my extra snacks into my bag. The usual suspects of gummy candies trail mix, peanut butter cups, and orange and a banana.

I paid to see “From Paris With Love”. In my previous blog post I mentioned that I wasn’t sure if I liked this movie or not and I needed a final body count. I was about to come to that conclusion. I used my movie watcher club card when I purchased my ticket. I was rewarded with a coupon that I got to choose to get a free movies ticket or a large snack combo. I chose the latter. I wanted my large popcorn and diet coke. This option was worth more to me, since the AM before noon movie ticket prices are only five bucks and a regular #1 snack combo costs over eleven bucks.

While watching “From Paris With Love” I was determined to get a final body count of all of the people that John Travolta’s character Charlie Wax kill in the movie. I also wanted to see if the plot points I had a problem with were valid. After seeing this movie again it turns out I missed some very important plot points. The things I missed the first time around pieced the storyline together much better. This got me thinking. How many times does this happen with famous critics that we listen and read from every week? If I can fuck up it up, I’m sure they can from time to time.

            Back to the body count. The first time I saw this movie I was pleasantly surprise by the high body count and all of the action that backed up the gun fights in this movie. Like I said it reminded me a little of some great John Woo films. During my second run at watching this film I was very diligent about keeping track of the body count given to us courtesy of John Travolta’s character Charlie Wax. My final count that Charlie Wax puts down is 47. I use the words “put down” cause there were some guys that went down to possible non-lethal blows. But I never saw them get back up. Could you survive a gun slide plunged into your throat? You tell me. I say 47, but give or take one or two to movie editing too. My final decision on this movie was that I really liked it after seeing it for the second time. I found myself wanting to see a sequel. This is a good thing in my book.

After a refill on my number one snack combo, the next movie on my movie marathon as “The Lovely Bones”. I really wanted to see this movie cause it was directed by Peter Jackson and produced by Steven Spielberg. I liked this movie, great drama and suspense. I know it was based on yet another book I haven’t read. Yeah, I’m one of those; give me the movie not the book. One main exception to that rule is Harry Potter. I want both. The best part of The Lovely Bones was the acting from its stars Saoirse Ronan and Stanley Tucci. Saoirse Ronan is a great actress. I see her doing very well. I look forward to seeing her again in more movies. If you get a chance do yourself a favor and see a movie she starred in 2009 called City of Ember. This overlooked movie was a lot of fun. I wont kid you here The Lovely Bones is not a happy go luck film. It tugs on your emotional cords.

After seeing The Lovely Bones I was drained a little emotionally and was ready to end my short two-movie marathon. I passed on seeing Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey JR. I saw this movie-opening day, which landed on Christmas Day 2009. I really liked it. But I had some errands I wanted to get to like getting new socks and washing and vacuuming my car.

Till next time! – your movie marathon man, Spartan Phoenix

Movie count thus far:

February            2010: Movies Seen: 6             Partial Movies Seen: 1

                        Total Movies Seen To date: 6

Total Partial Movies Seen To date: 1

Total Movies Seen more than once: 1

List of total movies seen:

Avatar,

Edge of Darkness

When In Rome

From Paris With Love

The Lovely Bones

From Paris With Love

List of partial movies seen:

Tooth Fairy

List of movies seen more than once:

From Paris With Love

08
Feb
10

From Paris with Love from your Movie Marathon Man

Feb 7th. 2010             

From Paris with Love from your Movie Marathon Man

            So last Friday, the premiere day for most movies. I had the day off today and my band was playing that night. (Unfortunately we had to cancel the show later when my drummer’s basement flooded due to the major rainfall as of late. A bassist needs his drummer baby!)  I also have a midday date with my girlfriend Jane Davis. I was really looking forward to hanging with her and doing the movie thing I love. We went to see the movie “From Paris with Love” starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I enjoyed the trailer for this movie so I was looking forward to seeing this movie. We had plans to meet at theater cause we were coming from different errands we had planned before. The plan was to hit the 2:35 show which I bought tickets for. But due to heavy rain and traffic my lovely Jane was running late. So I exchanged the tickets for the next show at 3:10. Problem solved. We got a popcorn and diet soda combo and cought the trailers. I love trailers. This is the reason I like to be at the movies a little early.

Here’s the deal. I’m mot sure I liked this movie….. yet. I think I did. Has this ever happen to you? You walk out of the theater and you’re not quite sure? I’m leaning to yes. Here is what I did like: It was filmed in Paris. I liked John Travolta’s character Charlie Wax. It had good action scenes, most of which included Charlie Wax killing almost every single bad guy in the film, which was a lot. The death count reminded me of a John Woo film, which is a good thing. What I didn’t like was some plot holes and parts of the character played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I don’t know, I’m leaning towards liking the film. But I have questions that I need to roll around in my head like Pac-Man after a hunger strike.

But my main question I have to ask myself is how many people did John Travolta’s character actually kill? Its going to kill me, if I don’t know. I liked the movie enough to plan to see it again and to see if I liked it or not. Weird, I know. Would I recommend it? I’ll let you know when I’m ready to let you know.  Which may be this next Monday on my day off. Movie Marathon baby!

–         Spartan Phoenix out!

PS. The Saints just won the super bowl as I’m writing this. Go Saints! I was pulling for ya!

PSS. Please check out my previous blogs for more of my Movie Marathon yearlong experiment.

Movie count thus far:

February            2010: Movies Seen: 4             Partial Movies Seen: 1 

List of total movies seen:

Avatar,

Edge of Darkness

When In Rome

From Paris With Love

List of partial movies seen:

Tooth Fairy

03
Feb
10

New addition to the Movie Marathon year long blog

 

         So I’m looking at my Fender Custom Shop 2010 calendar. Today is February 3rd. According to my calendar on this date in 1959 it was “The Day The Music Died”. R.I.P Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP “The Big Bopper”. But lets not forget the pilot Roger Peterson.

            I’m not doing a movie marathon today but I did want to mention a trailer I saw at yesterdays marathon, and a new addition to my movies marathon project.

So I killed about 45 min yesterday between two of my sheduled movies to see the beging of the bad movie Tooth Fairy starring Dwayne Johnson. Thank god I didn’t have to stay through the rest of this movie. However I did see an interesting trailer before the movie. The trailer I saw was for the remake of The Karate Kid scheduled to release in June of 2010. Here is the IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1155076/

When I first heard about a remake of the classic I was skeptical. I become less skeptical that it was a reboot and that Jackie Chan is playing Mr. Han the “Mr. Miyagi” type of character. The main character originally played by Ralph Macchio is now being played by Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son). Jaden’s characters name is Dre Parker. What intrigues me about this film is that it takes place in China and is filmed in China. I like the new take. Can’t wait to see it. Wax on! Wax off!

By the way if you need answers for any movie or TV knowledge or trivia go to IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base). It will be your best friend. Here is the main link: http://www.imdb.com/

Also I’m going to keep a running tally of how many movies I actually see in the theater during my yearlong movie marathon experiment here. I will count movies I see more than once too. I will also let you know how many “partial movies” I see to kill time or peak in on out of curiosity. This tally of course does not count movies I see at home or outside movie theaters. However I will count movies events put on outside, drive in movies etc. I will update it monthly. So here I go.

– Spartan Phoenix

Movie count to date:

February            2010: Movies Seen: 3             Partial Movies Seen: 1 

List of total movies seen:

Avatar,

Edge of Darkness

When In Rome

List of partial movies seen:

Tooth Fairy

03
Feb
10

Feb 2nd, 2010. My first movie marathon for this blog.

Feb 2nd, 2010.

Spartan Phoenix’s Movie Marathon Man Blog

            It’s my mom’s birthday today. She will get a call from me around midnight my time, with the time difference it will still be 9 her time. Its also Groundhogs day and Punxsutawney Phil says its 6 more weeks of winter. Fine by me. My addiction to awesome jackets and many more indoor movie marathons planed, six more weeks of winter suites me just fine. My Spartan Phoenix year long Movie Marathon Man Blog starts today. So giddy up!

            My scheduled movies for the day are playing at my favorite AMC multiplex. The movies on my list are in this order: Avatar, Edge of Darkness, When In Rome and Lovely Bones.

First on my list is Avatar on IMAX 3-D. I pay to see this movie first, and then I casually walk into the rest on my list. This is the third time I’ve seen Avatar. It’s the 2nd time in IMAX. This theater is a “converted” IMAX theater, not a true IMAX. But it’s still very cool. Before Avatar I get my number one combo of a large diet coke and large popcorn. I had an email coupon for free small popcorn with the purchase of a large drink. But I can upgrade the small popcorn to a large for a dollar or two more, so I save money on the combo. Avatar is great, even the third time around. I kept thinking during the movie I can’t wait for the blu-ray special features and I love the cute little blue boobies on Neytiri. I tried to keep my IMAX 3D glasses, but they had theater staff making sure you deposited them in the recycle bin just outside the theater door. I got a refill on my soda and went to the men’s room to kill some time.  Its Texas Hold’em on the cell phone. Boo yah!

Next up was Edge of Darkness starring Mel Gibson. I’ve been looking forward to seeing Mel on the big screen again going rogue. To date one of my favorite Mel Gibson movies of all time is Payback. Edge of Darkness is based on a 1985 mini series. I liked Edge of Darkness. Good intrigue and supporting cast. Ray Winstone shines in his supporting roll. Before the movie I was excited to see the trailer for Wall Street 2. Gordon Gekko is back baby! Afterwards I refilled my #1 combo and took a leak.

Up next was the romantic comedy When In Rome starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel. However I had about 45 minutes to kill before it started. I decided to kill this time by checking out the start of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s movie Tooth Fairy. Fuck. I like Dwayne Johnson. But I can’t stand the fact he’s doing these family kiddy flicks. He needs to do more “man up” kick ass action flicks. I hate this trend of former bass ass’s doing kid flicks. Tooth Fairy sucked; at least I got a chance to fart out loud a few times, no one was in this theater anyways. When In Rome was cute. I like Kristen “Veronica Mars” Bell. I can see her doing well with the romantic comedies. However I would like to see here do a kick ass Michelle Rodriguez type role with guns or nun chucks. Kristen Bell is a tiny little thing so that would be entertaining. During the middle of When In Rome I decided not to see Lovely Bones. I didn’t want to spend another two hours and fifteen minutes in the theater. I was done. Besides my girl friend and I had been trading texts. She was having a bad day. I wanted to call her and cheer her up. She supports my movie marathons and I love her for that.

Next week I’m targeting John Travolta’s From Paris With Love and District 13: Ultimatum. Maybe I’ll be up for see Lovely Bones this time around. Its looks depressing but it’s a Peter Jackson film. Should be good right?

– Spartan phoenix

03
Feb
10

Welcome to my Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man Blog!

Spartan Phoenix’s Movie Marathon Man Blog

Feb 1st, 2010.

            The idea struck me while I was stocking boxes of crackers at work. I’m employed at a well-known grocery store chain. I love movies, plain and simple. I love movies. Everyone that knows me knows I love movies. What can I do with that? I’m not making money with my pop culture and movie knowledge. Mostly I entertain or annoy people with my movie knowledge. But I have to do something more constructive with it.

            So I start my “Movie Marathon Man Manifesto”. I’m going to log in a years worth of my movie marathon knowledge and adventure. Starting tomorrow February 2nd 2010 through January 31st or 2011. I will blog about all of my movie marathons and the movies, trailers and people I see during them. Why start February 1st and not last month at the 1st of the year? Cause it didn’t come to me then. Plus it’s the short month, Groundhogs day (which is also my moms birthday), black history month, Valentines Day, blah, blah, blah. But before I talk about the movies themselves and the adventures that will come, lets cover the subject of and actual movie marathon.

            Ok so what the fuck is a movie marathon? For most people it’s a weekend night or day watching movies back to back on video usually with a same theme. You got your Star Wars, Star Trek, Horror, Matrix, and my favorite, The Lord of the Rings Extended version movie marathons. You break out the junk food and kick back, and check off two of the Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth and Gluttony. Awesome, the simple pleasures rock.

            Well my type of movie marathon involves going to a many multiplex movie theater in the morning or as soon as the first movie I want to see starts for the first time of the day. I do this on my day off of work. Here’s how it works. I go to a 16 to 24-screen movie theater multiplex. I pay for the first movie, and only the first movie. Once my ticket is torn in half, I buy a large diet cola and large popcorn (both of which get free re-fills). I want to support the theater by giving them money for concessions I buy, since they get little money from the actually movie ticket. Then I head to my “first” movie. During the course of the day I then go from movie to movie till I cross all of the movies on my list off, get tired, get sick or get cabin fever and leave the theater. During this time, in addition to my purchased concession food, I also partake in snacks I smuggle in my messenger bag. My motley crew of snacks may include a triple-decker peanut butter sandwich, peanut butter cups, some time of gummy candy and a bottle of water.

To kill time between movies I will visit the men’s bathroom and take a “fake dump” in the stall while I play Texas Hold’em poker on my cell phone or browse through my Star Trek, Star Wars or Highlander Collectible Card Game decks. The “fake dump” is a great way to stay out of the watchful eyes of the theater staff. Rule number one of movie marathons is “Don’t bring attention to yourself”. Don’t wear loud clothing, hats, and anything that may bring extra attention to you. And try not to look the staff in the eye. Don’t talk to them if you don’t have too. Don’t worry about the concession staff; most of them are stuck behind the counter. Another good trick to be ignored is to the fake cell phone call in between your movie theater stroll, while you’re walking from theater to theater. The fake cell phone call is a great way to avoid eye contact. Also if you can avoid it, stay out of the main theater lobby and don’t loiter for too long in one place. The best place to hide is the bathrooms or in a theater itself.

My movie marathon starts the day or sometimes days before I actually go. I plan my movie marathon through Yahoo movies online. I copy and past the theater movie schedule onto a word document once it’s made available on line. Then I find out which of the three to five movies (some times less sometimes more) I want to see. Figuring out which order to see the movies depends on the start times and the frequency the movies are played during the day and night. Once I figure out an order, I highlight the start times of each movie in red, and print out the schedule. I take note of the movie length times to adjust which movies I squeeze in. It’s a challenge at times because some movies I want to see aren’t scheduled frequently enough for me to squeeze in. I don’t mind missing the previews or leaving during the start of credits, but I hate missing the beginning of a movie.

So there you go. That’s my world. Enjoy. Strap in and get ready to ride along. There’s more to come, so let’s rock! – Spartan Phoenix.