Archive for April, 2010

30
Apr
10

Avatar on Blu-ray already? Suck it. Count me out …… for now.

Avatar on Blu-ray already? Suck it. Count me out …… for now.

04-23-10

Before I get into the recent release of Avatar on Blu-ray, which I have a problem with; I wanted to update you on my ongoing yearlong movie marathon experiment. April is winding down and I was able to get in a couple more movies in to beat March’s totals from last month.  Today is Friday and there was two movies just released that I wanted to get in today. Just a quick two-movie marathon was what I was in the mood for.

 The first movie I saw was The Losers. Another movie based on a comic series. The movie is about members of a CIA black ops team who root out those who targeted them for assassination after being betrayed and left for dead. I enjoyed the trailer for this film. After seeing it I was a little disappointed due to some plot holes. It had some fun action and humor. This move was rated PG-13. Do you ever see a movie and thought it could have been better if it was rated R instead? The look, feel and concept of the film should had and R rating. The movie feels like it was over cut (edited) to reach a younger PG-13 crowd. MY best example is, have you ever tried to watch a great R rated movie on regular TV broadcast and it is so heavily edited cause much of the adult dialog, sex or violence has been cut? You notice the original running time has been cut down so much due to the heavy editing to make it more family viewing friendly. This was the feeling I got watching The Losers. It could have been better, like I wanted it to be.

 The second movie I saw was The Back-up Plan starring Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer plays a woman who conceives through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her dreams on the very same day. This movie falls under the romantic comedy title. Jennifer starred in a romantic comedy back in 2002 called Maid in Manhattan that I liked. So I knew she could be charming in this genre. But I was interested in seeing her co-star Alex O’Loughlin. I became a fan of his when he starred in a short lived TV series called “Moonlight” where he played a vampire who lands work as a private investigator and falls for mortal woman. This show was great but only last 16 episodes I think. This TV show came out right before the vampire onslaught of the Twilight movies, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, etc. Alex played Jennifer Lopez’s love interest in The Back-up Plan. I think Alex is a good actor and I hope this movie will open more doors for him in the future. The movie was cute, entertaining and predictable.

Ok on to Avatar on DVD/Blu-ray. Avatar was released on video April 22, 2010, which was also Earth Day. As I’m writing this (April 29, 2010), according to an article on

http://www.hometheatermag.com/news/042910avatar/

Avatar is breaking Blu-ray records all over the place. I expected this when I was looking to own it on Blu-ray myself. But when I heard that a special edition extended version of Avatar was to be released in November 2010 I knew I had to change a habit. The bad habit of jumping on the buying the first release simple version of a movie only having to buy another version of the same movie later on cause it offers a special edition, directors cut, extended cut with features up the wahzoo copy. Then your stuck with the plain version you try to unload on ebay later. Agghhhhhhh!

The version of Avatar braking sales records right now has no special features whatsoever. I did something I haven’t done before. I went to Best Buy, walked to the Avatar video display picked up a Blu-ray copy and put it back down. I didn’t buy it; I walked out of the store with out one. And I still don’t have one. I refuse to buy a copy of this movie without any special features. The nerd in me was very proud. Please understand I need more in my Blu-ray purchase for a movie like this. Especially a groundbreaking movie that Avatar is. I need features like how it was made, behind the scenes, special effects secrets, blooper, gag reels etc. This is coming from someone who bought in to too many versions of the Star Wars movies, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and the list goes on and on.

When I went to Best Buy, right after I convinced myself not to buy a copy of this Avatar Blu-ray I noticed a couple next to me. The guy was looking at the Avatar Blu-ray copy with his girlfriend in tow waiting for him to make up his mind. I decided to step in and convince him not to do it. I explained to him about the upcoming extended version loaded with special features coming out later this year and that he will be tempted to buy that one as well. He chuckled at my suggestion cause he wanted to do what I suggested, but he couldn’t due to the fact that his girlfriend hadn’t seen Avatar yet and wanted to see it ASAP. My first thought was how long has she been your girlfriend dude? The movie is still playing at theaters, what the fuck? Either you just met her and wanted to get in her pants after she is wowed by the wonder of Avatar on Blu-ray or you went to see Avatar without her when you were going out, awkward. Oh wait, I know what’s that’s like. Been there before. Anyways, I saw this guy buy his Blu-ray copy. He fed the cash cow machine that I avoided. I’ll feed the machine later when the cow has more to offer bitches! Till then, I wont own this bare bones version of Avatar. Besides, if I need a copy of it, downloading it online is an option. According to the article I mentioned before, over 200,000 people (and growing) will beat me to it.

Before I forget, if you’re a first time reader of my blog, click on the link below and scroll down to the first blog entry to catch up on my yearlong movie marathon experimental plan and why I’m doing it.

https://spartanphoenix.wordpress.com/category/02-2010-movie-marathon-man/

Tell me what you think and share your thoughts. Thanks!  -Spartan Phoenix

Total Movies Seen to date since February 1st 2010:  42

  • February            2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March                  2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                     2010: Movies Seen: 16
20
Apr
10

11 Movies in 9 days

11 Movies in 9 days

It’s easy to lead off this blog entry saying that I saw 11 movies in 9 days, which is true. Maybe it sounds impressing, or maybe its grounds for me to be committed. But the true fact that I’ve been busy and lazy at the same time and haven’t updated my blog as quickly as I wanted. So I’ve got the rundown ready for the films I squeezed into just over a weeks time.

04-11-10

It was date day with Jane. She wanted to see The Runaways with me ever since she learned about this movie coming out. I’ve looked forward to this movie for a awhile now. The Runaways are about the real life all girl rock band that formed in the late 70’s with guitarist Joan Jett, Lita Ford and lead singer Cherie Curry. This band was supposed to take over the world at the time before they self-destructed. Joan Jett was played by Twilight star Kristen Stewart and fellow Twilight co-star and formerly huge kid star Dakota Fanning played Cherie Curry. This was a good movie. The soundtrack was awesome. The best part was the look of the movie and the chemistry between Kristen and Dakota. The Runaways were infamous for being very young (15 & 16 years old) while sharing in the debaucheries of their older and male counterparts at the same time.

            Most of us know that Joan Jett went on a very successful solo carreer. Even Lita Ford had a late 80’s, early 90’s successful solo stint. But what happened to lead singer Cherie Curry? Is she dead? I was wondering this towards the end of the movie. My question was answered when the movie listed “where are the now” just prior to the credits. Turns out that Cherie Curry has been a very successful chainsaw artist. WTF? I know right? Jane did some Google searching and found this out, check this link out :

http://www.chainsawchick.com/

She’s damn good. I’m glad to find out that she’s not dead.

04-13-10

A few days after my date with Jane I hit the theater with a multi movie marathon day. I wanted to get my yearlong experiment rolling again with 5 movies in today. I went to a different AMC theater I’ve only done a marathon once before. It’s a smaller theater so it makes me more nervous theater switching. But I had a good planned schedule with the movies I wanted to see without any of them running into each other and no long dead spots where I had to kill time with fake dumps or theater naps. The only problem was when I got to the theater each movie I wanted to see next, I had to travel pass the main lobby each time cause the next movie was always on the other side of the theater. Uggh. Well, that’s where no eye contact and fake cell phone calls come in handy:-)

            The first movie I saw was Date Night starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey. This movie was very funny and paced well. In my opinion Tina Fey is the funniest woman in entertainment. I think she’s hot too. She’s consistently on my TOP 5 List; do you know what I mean? You know, the fantasy list of top 5 celebrities you’re allowed to sleep with that you’re significant other has to give you a pass for. The TV show Friends had a very funny episode about this subject when Ross decided to laminate his list, and that posed a problem. I’ll share my Top 5 list in a future Movie Marathon Man blog post. Start thinking about your list:-)

            The second movie I went to was After.Life. This movie was about a young woman caught between life and death and a funeral director who appears to have the gift of transitioning the dead. It stars Christina Ricci and Liam Neeson. This movie sounded like a cool thriller horror combo. “Tcshhhhhhhhhhh, did you hear that sound”. That was the sound of a “can of suck” opening up. Oh my god did this movie suck. The concept seemed cool at first, but man this movie was bad. Being a guy, the only redeeming quality of this movie was “Boobie Alert”! For my fellow guys out there at least you get to see Christina Ricci and her boobies, a lot. Her boobies shared a lot of screen time :-)

            OK, back on track. The next three movies I saw were ones I’ve already seen before but wanted to see again. I’m not trying to pad the number of movies I seen just to increase my movie tally. I really like seeing some movies more than once. I saw How To Train Your Dragon in 3D again. I brought my own 3D glasses again. I really like this movie in 3D. Visually this movie is very cool. It’s cute too. Next I saw Hot Tub Time Machine. I had to see this again cause the first time I saw it with Jane on opening weekend it was so funny that many jokes were missed cause we couldn’t hear through the laughter from our fellow theatergoers from the previous jokes. The second time around this movie was just as funny if not funnier. The last movie I went to see (again) was Clash Of The Titans in 3D. In a previous blog post I said that this movie wasn’t worth paying for in 3D. After seeing it again I still believe this, but since I snuck in my own 3D glasses, I figured what the fuck? I’ll see it again in 3D.

04-17-10

            Tonight was date night with Jane. We went to dinner after I got off work. We went the Macaroni Grill. I love the food and atmosphere here. Jane looked beautiful tonight too. It was entertaining at the Macaroni Grill tonight. It was prom night for the high school kids. It was fun to check out the guys’ suites and the girls’ fancy dresses. In my mind it was fun to ponder which dates were couples and which ones were emergency last minute “for the love of god I don’t have a date, please be my prom date” dates :-) FYI, mine was the latter too. I went to my prom with a friend, cause two weeks prior to my prom my new girlfriend at the time dumped me for her ex-boyfriend, who she ended up going to the prom with.  Bitch, cunt! That’s right, I used the C word. She deserved it. Back too much better times:-)

            After the movie Jane and I went to see the move Death at a Funeral, which had an all-star cast of very funny performances. Chris Rock, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan and Danny Glover             were my favorites. I think Jane actually fell out of her seat cause this movie was so funny. This movie was well written and paced well. I recommend this movie, but make sure you piss before the movie starts or you will be leaking while you’re laughing.

04-19-10

            Today was a Monday and a day off from work. Perfect for a Movie Marathon! Before My stop at the theater I went by from friend and co-workers house to look in on his cat. I said I would take care of his cat while he was on vacation visiting his family out of state. He adopted this male cat from another co-worker who found him hanging around his front door starving for attention. This cat is cute, but was a little standoffish when I first met him last week to get his care instructions. Pets in general seem to like me. I don’t know what it is exactly but pets tend to trust me and let me handle them. After a few minutes this cat was putty in my hands.

            My movie marathon started at 11am at the large AMC Theater north of the perimeter, not the usual one I go to south of the Atlanta City perimeter. This was the theater I went to for the first time earlier this month to see How To Train Your Dragon in 3D for the first time. This theater is big and spacey, the way I like them. After I bought my ticket I bought my #1 large popcorn diet coke combo. I had a free small popcorn coupon with a purchase of a large drink. You can upgrade the small popcorn to a large for two extra bucks. Which means free refills on the large:-)

The first movie I saw was Kick-Ass. There are some movies I know I will see more than once even before I see it in the first place. This was one of them, so I planned for it today. I “sliced” this movie, more on that later. This movie was so much fun and funny too. It’s based on a very violent graphic novel. One, which I thumbed through just the other day at a Borders bookstore. I’m happy to say that the movie was deliciously violent as well. It’s another comic book made into a movie. But this is one of those done right. It’s about a comic book nerd kid who decides to become a superhero without superpowers, along the line of a vigilante. The movie is rated R for a reason. This movie wouldn’t have worked if it was PG-13. Kick-Ass, kicked ass baby!

The next movie I saw was The Joneses starring Demi Moore and David Duchovny. This movies concept peak my interest as soon as I heard about it. It’s about a fake family who is hired to move into a rich neighborhood and push their expensive clothes, cars, jewelry, golf clubs etc onto their rich new friends. It’s their job to mingle with the rich elite alpha males and females and to turn them onto the products given to them to sell. The kids take this to the schools and the parents take to their neighbors and golf and salon peers. Things of course don’t go as planned. Unforeseen relationships and other obstacles get in the way of their well paid for perfect lives. A very clever film I highly recommend. There is a “boobie” alert for the guys too. Heh, heh.

Next on my movie schedule was Kick-Ass again. But I decided to “slice” it. That’s when I see the first half of the movie, so I can see another movie on the schedule before I see the second half. Sometimes the movie’s cant all be scheduled back to back. So I will see part of one movie, leave, see another movie on my list all the way through, then come back and see the second half of the movie I saw the first of.

So I half way through Kick Ass I left to go see a movie called Chloe starring Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. I didn’t have high hopes for this movie, but it peaked my interest. I happy to say that I enjoyed it more than I thought it would. I would call it an “erotic drama”. It’s about a doctor who hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the family in danger. This move was kind of sexy and disturbing at the same time. There was some G.O.G action (girl on girl action) Yeah, yeah! That’s always good:-) Oh, and for the guys reading this, “boobie alert” for both Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore. Did I enjoy this movie more only because there was boobies? No, but it didn’t hurt. The erotic side of this movie was very good, so was the over style of the film. At the end of this movie I left to go see the first 30 minutes of Avatar in 3D to kill time. This is the only theater still showing Avatar in 3D in town I think. I was prepared I snuck in my own 3D glasses. By the way, this theater charges and extra $5.00 per ticket for 3D movies and an extra $7.00 per ticket for a converted IMAX ticket. Fuck me. Still think I’m ripping off the theater for what I do?

After the first 30 minutes of Avatar in 3D I left to go see the 2nd half of Kick Ass again in another theater. I enjoyed this movie just as much the second time around. This movie is a must see for my fellow nerds out there. I’m wondering how many Kick Ass costumes I will see this year at DragonCon in Atlanta (http://www.dragoncon.org/). I’ll be there, if you know me, you know I will:-)

– Spartan Phoenix

Total Movies Seen to date since February 1st 2010:  40

  • February            2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March                      2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                2010: Movies Seen: 14
07
Apr
10

Is your IMAX Theater a real IMAX Theater? Do I feel guilty for what I do?

April 7th 2019

Is your IMAX Theater a real IMAX Theater? Do I feel guilty for what I do?

Below is an article about the rising cost of Movie Theater tickets that I wanted to share. But I wanted to clarify a few things. Some people may think the movie marathons that I do is wrong. Some may think of it as a form of stealing. Technically it could be perceived as that I guess. Cause what I do is I pay for one movie, and then I sneak into several more after that.  The way I see it, a movie theater owner is more concerned about selling their overpriced snacks, candy and drinks.  A friend of mine told me something once that I will never forget. His theater owner friend told him once and quoted him when he said, “I’m not in the movie industry, I’m in the snack industry”. So there you go. Now I know he may not speak for all theatre owners.  But if you’re going to do what I do, support the theater and buy their snacks. So should I feel guilty for what I do? I answer that below.

 As for the higher ticket prices, which the article below is about, this is part of the reason I do what I do I guess. But the extra price you pay for your 3D or IMAX 3D ticket is a lot. For example, my favorite AMC Theater charges $3.00 extra per ticket for a regular 3D movie. They charge $4.00 extra per ticket for a non-3D IMAX and a 3D IMAX movie. And keep in mind this IMAX Theater is a “converted” IMAX theater, which is not a real IMAX theater. So if you ask me it’s a rip-off to charge this much more for a converted IMAX. But I’ll still pay for it; I’m a slave for my hobby. For the uneducated a converted IMAX is when a regular theater screen is swapped out for a larger size IMAX screen and IMAX sound system. A real IMAX theater has theater seats contoured to fit the curvature of a real IMAX screen. For those living in the Atlanta area the real IMAX Theater is located at the Mall of Georgia Regal Theater. The other two IMAX theaters in the Atlanta area are AMC converted IMAX theaters. This is only my opinion of course. I’m the only one I know who sees the amount of movies I’ve seen in actual theaters. Most movie reviewers see movies in their own homes with special DVD screener movies. I’m in the movie trenches man :-) I actually see the movies the way they are meant mostly to be first seen, in the theater. I can tell the difference between a fake IMAX and the real thing.

So with that said, let me be your guide to which movies you should see in 3D or IMAX this year. Like I said in my last blog entry some movies are worth seeing in the theater, but not worth seeing in 3D or IMAX, especially the amount of money being charged for them. So to answer the question I posed before, no, I don’t feel guilty for what I do; especially for the amount of money I spend at my local movies theater to support them. Although I do think theater owners should do some soul searching for what they’re charging for fake IMAX screens. By the way, the popcorn you’re buying in the theater is probably in the top three overly marked up items you can purchase via retail compared to what the popcorn and bag it comes in actually costs the theater itself. So there you go, you’re been schooled. I hope you find the article below interesting.

– Spartan Phoenix

Higher Prices Make Box-Office Debut

by Lauren A.E. Schuker and Ethan Smith

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Provided by

The Wall Street Journal

Tickets get costlier as movie chains seek to cash in on consumers’ willingness to pay more for 3-D

Major U.S. movie-theater chains, seeking to accelerate the surge in revenues fueled by such 3-D hits as “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland,” are imposing some of the steepest increases in ticket prices in at least a decade.

The new prices take effect Friday in many markets across the country in theaters owned by such major exhibitors as Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark Holdings Inc. and AMC Entertainment Inc.

The increases, in one case as much as 26%, vary from theater to theater, but many cinemas are raising prices most—or even solely—for 3-D showings, which accounted for the vast majority of last year’s 10% jump in domestic box-office sales. 3-D movies generated 11% of domestic ticket sales in 2009, up from just 2% in 2008.

At an AMC theater in Danvers, Mass., a Boston suburb, 3-D ticket prices are jumping more than 20% to $17.50 from $14.50, while the adult admission price for a conventional film will remain at $10.50. At one Seattle multiplex, adult admission is rising to $11 from $10 for a conventional film, to $15 from $13.50 for a regular 3-D showing and to $17 from $15 for Imax 3-D.

A 3-D Imax movie at New York City’s AMC Loews Kips Bay will cost $19.50, up from $16.50.

The increases weren’t announced by the theater operators, but were reflected in prices posted Wednesday on movie-ticketing Web sites, such as Fandango.com.

AMC and Cinemark declined to comment. Comment from Regal wasn’t immediately available.

The industry’s move comes on the heels of a record-setting year at the domestic box office, with revenue surpassing $10 billion for the first time. Movie attendance in the U.S. and Canada grew 5.5% in 2009, with 1.42 billion tickets sold, the most since 2004. Ticket sales so far this year are running 10% higher.

Movie theaters typically charged $2 to $3 extra for 3-D movies. But the brisk demand for the premium-priced tickets led many exhibitors to conclude they were still under priced. About 83% of the record $2.6 billion in ticket sales for “Avatar” came from 3-D and Imax screens. And Walt Disney Co.’s “Alice in Wonderland” also set records when it hit 3-D screens earlier this month.

While the new prices could boost theater owners’ already buoyant revenues, some industry watchers think they could also spark a consumer backlash. Studios, theater operators, and trade groups have long touted films as a bargain, compared with other forms of entertainment. A decade ago, the average ticket at a multiplex was $5.39, but prices have edged up between 2.7% and 6.1% a year since then, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

“The U.S. economy isn’t in the greatest shape, and there is definitely risk here in pushing price too far in a weak economy,” said Richard Greenfield, a media analyst at BTIG LLC, who issued a research report Wednesday on the price hikes.

Mr. Greenfield said the next month will serve as a test of the strategy. “We’ll have a sense if there is any pushback” from moviegoers, he said.

Some movie-studio executives expressed concern that the price increases might be too much too soon. “The risk we run is that we will no longer be the value proposition that we as an industry have prided ourselves on,” said a distribution executive at one major studio.

Other studio executives agreed that the move was risky, but some, like Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros., expressed support. “The exhibitors are trying to push the needle on ticket prices and see where it ends up,” Mr. Fellman said. “So far charging a $3 or $4 premium has had no effect on consumers whatsoever, so I’m in favor of this experiment to raise prices even more. There may be additional revenue to earn here.”

Studios are also in a bind. While many are wary of appearing to gouge consumers, they are also facing higher costs as they produce more movies in the technology-heavy 3-D format. Though ticket prices are set by theater operators, the proceeds are split roughly 50-50 with movie studios.

Five major 3-D films are opening in theaters over the next three months, starting this weekend with DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.’s “How to Train Your Dragon.” That rich selection is one reason theater owners chose to raise 3-D ticket prices now. It may also help set consumers’ expectations for future 3- films.

Imax 3-D tickets to “Dragon” are expected to cost an average $1, or 7%, more than Imax tickets to Disney’s “A Christmas Carol,” the last children’s film to open in the format, just a few months ago.

In his report, Mr. Greenfield said one of the biggest price increases was at an AMC theater in Boston, where a child’s 3-D Imax ticket will cost $14.50, up from $11.50. In the 10 markets he surveyed, adult tickets to conventional 2-D films were set to rise by an average of 4%, beginning this weekend.

Price increases on 3-D movies are at least twice as steep, he said, with average adult admission prices rising 8% for 3-D movies and nearly 10% for movies on Imax screens.

End.

04
Apr
10

My Man Card Is Suspended.

Friday April 2nd, 2010

My Man Card Is Suspended.

I had another Friday off. Which means its opening movie weekend. As I said before I’m not a fan of doing movie marathons on opening weekends, instead I prefer during the week. However an opportunity presented itself. I had made plans to spend the night at Jane’s house the night before. I also had plans to do the marathon at the AMC Theater I went to the last time, which was the first time I had been at this theater. It was closer to Jane’s house to. However when I started to plan the movie marathon schedule, I noticed that this AMC wasn’t playing Clash of the Titans on this opening weekend. What the hell? How does a 24-screen movie theater not play a major movie release? Whatever, I’ll figure that out later. Jane suggested that I go to a Regal Multiplex near the AMC instead. We went over the movie listings for this theater and found a three movie marathon schedule I liked which included seeing Clash of the Titans in 3D

Normally I like to scout a theater by seeing only one movie there first. But I decided to just go for it. If I had too, I would pay for all three movies to get this marathon in instead of sneaking into the last two. When I got there I paid to see Clash of the Titans in 3D. Although I got a pair of 3D glasses for my ticket I did bring my 3D IMAX glasses I got at the midnight Premiere of Avatar last December 2009. The lenses were a larger size than the regular 3D glasses, so I thought they would be better to use. After I bought my #1 large popcorn diet coke free refill combo I strolled around the theater to get the lay of the land. It was your typical theaters on the left and right with your concession stand in the middle. The hallways down the theater isles were much smaller, but the theater had a cozy feeling for a multiplex.

After the non-3D previews for Clash of the Titans the move screen instructed everyone to don their 3D glasses. I instead put my 3D IMAX glasses on. Well guess what? They didn’t work. I thought the lenses were the same, but I guess I was wrong. Another thing I should have Googled first. As for the movie itself, I enjoyed it; it was a lot of fun. It was paced well and had a great cast. They even had time to poke fun at the 1981 campy Clash of the Titans. Here’s my only issue with this movie. With all of the 3D movies coming out nowadays I figure there will be some not worth paying to see in 3D, especially the high extra charge for 3D tickets. Some movies are worth seeing in 3D like Avatar and most recently How To Train Your Dragon. But some are not and Clash Of The Titans is not worth your 3D ticket, but is worth a regular 2D price. Don’t get me wrong; visually it was cool, but not good enough for 3D. I guess I’m getting spoiled with all of the movies I’ve seen lately:-). 

The 2nd movie I went to see was Remember Me starring Robert Pattinson now better known as the star from the Twilight movies and Harry Potter. I’ve been trying to squeeze this movie into previous movie marathons but didn’t get around to it. It wasn’t playing at my regular AMC Theater so I thought I lost my chance to see it so I was happy to still see it playing at this theater. I wasn’t expecting much from this film at all. I was only curious to see Robert Pattinson play something other than a vampire or a wizard. I wanted to know if this guy could act. Turns out, he can. He played the early 20’s brooding guy well. I liked the story, it was a little depressing, but the performances were very good. I was wondering how this movie was going to end. I thought it was going to have a predictable ending. I thought I had the ending figured out. Boy was I wrong. This ending had an “Oh fuck” ending. Didn’t see that coming. It wasn’t a The Crying Game type of ending, but it did surprise me. I’m not gonna spoil it, but I do want to know what you think of the ending. So I guess I recommend this movie. It tugged a strong emotional cord with me.

The last movie on my three-movie marathon was The Last Song. Jane and I decided we wanted to see this movie so we made plans for her to meet me at the theater to see it together. It looked to be a good date movie and she surprised me at the theater by inviting me out to dinner afterwards. How sweet is that? She rocks. We had seen trailers for this movie where the star Miley Cyrus had a “who farted” look down that we thought that was very funny, curiosity got the better of us. So since the movie stars Miley Cyrus I had my “Man Card” checked in and I’m now temporarily suspended from it. The movie was written by Nicholas Sparks who penned books, which were made into chick flick movies like Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. I thought this guy might be a girly man with a vagina as well has a penis but I found out that not only is he well educated but also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. So since he can kick my ass and has a career I wish I could have, I’ll let him have a pass. Miley Cyrus was OK in the flick but her father in the movie played by Greg Kinnear was what impressed me. Greg’s performance hit home with me and this PG chick flick actually brought a few tears to my eyes. Man card revoked! Ahh well. I’ll get it back some how:-) With that said, I have been known to shed a tear from time to time at an occasional romantic comedy or action dude flick with a bromance moment. So suck it! I’m not afraid to admit it. Excuse me, I’ve gotta go, I’ve got something in my eye.

 – spartan phoenix

 Total Movies Seen to date since February 1st 2010:  29

  • February            2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 3
01
Apr
10

Long Distance Pee’ers

Monday March 29th 2010

Long Distance Pee’ers

            Today I wanted to get in a quick two-movie marathon in. March was winding down and I wanted to beat my February full movie tally. Currently February and March were tied at 12 movies apiece. I’m not counting the partial movies I saw to kill time between the scheduled movies I saw in full. I had the day off today. Later tonight my band was playing a gig at a restaurant. My girlfriend Jane was planning on meeting me later at my place before we head over to the gig. So I had enough time to squeeze in a couple of movies and get home in time to prep for the gig. But my entry today isn’t really about the movies this time. It’s about a big pet peeve I have with my fellow dudes. More on that later.

            I went the Regal multiplex movie theater closest to my place this time around. It’s a good place to get a quick two-movie marathon in. The first movie I saw was She’s Out of My League again. I wanted to see this movie cause I loved the dialog between the four guy buddies in this movie, and the family scene when he brings the hot girl home for the first time is just hilarious. A movie worth seeing twice. The second movie I saw was Diary of a Wimpy Kid . This movie is based on a successful series of kids books, which I haven’t read by the way. The trailers I saw for the film looked very funny. It’s about an awkward wimpy kid starting Middle School for the first time. Its weird, where I come from we call it Junior High, which is grades 7-8. I guess Middle School is 6-8 in some places. Anyways, the movie was fun. The lead kid actor was great, good choice in casting. The movie brought back some uncomfortable memories from my Junior High years. My mom always referred to Junior High as the “armpit of educational experience”. I would have to agree with this.

            Ok now on to my pet peeve I have with my fellow dudes. In many public bathrooms there are ones that have multiple urinals to piss in. In a movie theater its like this as well, usually there are about 4 to 6 urinals with about 4 shitter stalls which are the ones with the actual toilets. A woman’s bathroom is much nicer in these theaters. They have the nice couch and or chairs and just the toilet stalls. Yes I have been into a woman’s bathroom on more than on occasion J My problem with the mens urinals are when they don’t have the dividers in between them. When you walk into a men’s bathroom and turn the corner, the urinals are almost always right in the line of site when you turn that corner in a straight line. So when you walk in you see dudes peeing you got the guys leaning into the urinals taking a pee and keeping their junk out of sight. Or you got the “Long Distance Pee’ers” holding their dick in their hands away from the urinal and trying to arch a piss stream into their targets. Geesh dudes. I don’t need to see your dicks when I walk into the bathroom. Lean it to it and keep your meat out of site. While I’m on the peeing pet peeve, I’ve got one more. When you piss into the toilet in the stalls, would it kill you to lift up the seat man? Do you wanna take a shit on a toilet with piss all over it? I don’t care how good your aim is; it’s never good enough.

I’m out, April’s next. That’s means its one month away till the summer movie season starts. Booyahh!

– Spartan Phoenix

Total Movies Seen to date since February 1st 2010:  26

  • February            2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14