The A-Team, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, Marathon Record Broken

The A-Team, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, Marathon Record Broken

Thursday June 10th, 2010

My Spartan Phoenix Year Long Movie Marathon Man Experiment continues on a June high when I had an opportunity to break my own Movie Marathon Record today. Last month on May 6th 2010 I broke a previous record of mine. Here is the link to that blog:


On that day I did a seven-movie marathon, which included a midnight premiere of Iron Man 2. Today’s record attempt will include a midnight premiere of The A-Team. Before I get a head of myself, lets start from the beginning. I searched the multiplex theaters that I could get the most out of a full day & night at the movies. One, which would conclude, with the midnight premiere I was looking for. The AMC near my girlfriends house Jane, would serve perfectly, cause then I would have my sleepover at Jane’s. There were some movies playing at this AMC that no one else was playing. My eight-movie marathon attempt would only include one movie I’d seen before. Lets get this shit started!

Ok, the first movie started at 10am. The first movie I saw was Babies aka Bébé(s) (2010). This movie is a documentary that takes a look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo. It’s an interesting look at how babies are raised differently around the world and how the parents get it done. The most entertaining part of this film is the interaction between the babies and the pets and farm animals. Some of the other entertaining parts of the film is the Mongolian baby tethered to a bed post, the Japanese baby that has an epic tantrum and the Namibia baby girl discovering baby boy parts.

The second movie I saw was a “Bollywood” India produced International movie called Kites (2010) starring Bárbara Mori, Hrithik Roshan. Now I must first say that this particular AMC movie has been playing International Movies on a regular basis. It’s a program that AMC has been promoting throughout the country. For those of you who haven’t seen a “Bollywood” India produced International movie, there are some cliché’s that always come into play when you see one. Like more than one cheesy love song montage’s, a dance sequence, barely any kissing and dramatic facial lighting that seems like a lighting grip is shining a flashlight in the actors face. With all of these clichés at hand, I still really enjoyed this film. It was a little weird regarding the dialog, which these films seem to do. The dialog will switch between English, and Hindi and in this case some Spanish. When the dialog is spoken in Hindi and Spanish, English subtitles pop up for reading. This movie is about a guy named J, who is a dance teacher and does other odd jobs in Las Vegas for money including marring illegal immigrant woman so they can get their green cards. J gets involved with a Vegas Casino owner who is also the head of a mob family. J falls for The Casino owner’s son’s fiancé who also falls for him. This movie was a cross between Vegas mob movies, Bonny and Clyde revenge flick with a love story tied around it. This movie had some action and was funny too. It didn’t hurt that the lead actress Bárbara Mori was easy on the eyes. The lead actor Hrithik Roshan who played J was a good-looking guy who couldn’t seem to keep his shirt on at times. It seems they needed to show off how good-looking this guy is. He had a “Blue Steel” look that would make Derek Zoolander (2001) jealous. I liked this movie, it had some cool car chases, which included some A-Team car flips and gunplay, and it even had a giant hot air balloon escape. Oh and the film even had an intermission break half way through the film. It was only for a few seconds, but in India I’m sure it was longer :-)

The third movie in my movie marathon was Killers (2010) starring Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara. This movie is about a vacationing woman who meets her ideal man, leading to a swift marriage. Back at home, however, their idyllic life is upset when they discover their neighbors could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple. This movie was a little predictable but still fun. It wasn’t great but worth a see. Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl were good in their roles; the scene-stealer for me was Tom Selleck who played Katherine Heigl’s character’s father. He was very funny. I also thought Katherine Heigl outshined Ashton Kutcher, her star is on the rise and then some, his, not so sure yet.

The forth film I saw was Splice (2009) starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. Its about two young rebellious scientists, who defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new creature which rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators which turn deadly. This movie was wasn’t very good, but it did keep my attention to “see what happens next”. It was predictable with the exception of what the creature I thought would look like. There was a sex scene that made me uncomfortable to watch. The human animal hybrid was played well by Delphine Chanéac, and actress with an exotic look that translated well for the creature’s expressions. There’s a “Boobie Alert” for the guys. Although it’s during the uncomfortable sex scene I just mentioned.

The 5th film in my movie marathon record attempt is Get Him to the Greek (2010) starring Russell Brand, Jonah Hill and Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs. This was a very funny film about a record company intern who is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.’s Greek Theater. I laughed very hard during this film. I recommend it, its one of the funniest I’ve seen since I started this marathon experiment back in February. Jonah Hill was very funny and I was impressed with how funny Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs was during his scene-stealers. This movie was one of those flicks that didn’t include some of the scenes shown in movie and TV trailers. In this case it was a good thing. The scenes in question were shown allot during the pre-opening commercials and trailers. However this movie has so many funnier scenes not given away during these promotions of the film. Check this movie out; it’s a fun time! On a side note I had to “slice” this film. That’s where I watch part of the film in one theater and see the rest in another. The movie Splice went longer than I anticipated and so I missed the first 10 minutes of the film. Not to worry I saw the missing 10 minutes later between my 6th and 7th films :-)

The 6th film I saw was Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010) It comes to you from the directors Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen who also did Iron  Maiden: Flight 666 (2009). This movie was only playing once, at 8pm. It fit perfectly in my schedule. AMC theaters like this one will show concerts or plays on the big screen. This movie was not a concert but a documentary about the band Rush. Now, I feel I must say I’m not a Rush fan, like I’m a Guns n’ Roses fan. But I do like a few of their songs and really respect them as musicians due to the fact that I’m a musician myself. However this trio from Canada and their longevity has always intrigued me.

I visited the bathroom right across the theater first. I was running late by 5 minutes or so. As I was washing my hands I heard a sound of jingling keys. When I hear this I know that those keys are attached to a theater manager staff of some sort. The managers at my store all have key rings that jingle. Since my hobby is sneaking from theater to theater, I got a little nervous. I took a peak outside the door and sure enough, a female manager just walked into the theater. I decided to wait for her to leave the theater by listening for the key jingle. 30 seconds later I heard the key ring jingle walk past the bathroom door, I then walked into the theater to see this Rush documentary.

            I was honestly thinking there would be about 10-15 people watching this thing. Boy was I wrong. The theater was packed, about 90% full I would say.  I was lucky to find a seat right in the middle of the theater behind the metal railing in front of the main isle. I was very impressed with this documentary. I was glued to my seat with all of the fascinating interviews with all members of the band, family members, fans and other famous musicians. This doc was very thorough visually by diving into this bands past with great concert footage and rare pictures. The crowd was very much into this film, it was fun to look back over my shoulder and read the expressions on people’s faces. Even if you’re not a Rush fan I would recommend seeing it, you might walk away more of a Rush fan like I did.

            After I left the theater showing the Rush doc, I went to the concession stand to get a refill on my #1 large combo. It was a few minutes after 10pm. I just realized that I had been in this same theater for 12 hours straight. At least 4 hours remained, as I would be bringing in a new day in the wee hours of tomorrow, in the same theater. Do you think I’m crazy? After my concession refill I saw my 7th film of the day, which was The Losers (2010). I’ve already had seen this film and it would be the only movie in this marathon visit I had already seen. I saw this movie again cause it was only 90 minutes or so and I wanted to see some of the action scenes again. Its not a great film, but is still fun to see. Like I said before in my first review of the film it should had been a rated R film, not PG-13 like it was.

            Next up was my 8th and final movie of my own personal record movie marathon man visit. That movie is the midnight premiere of the big screen version of The A-Team (2010) starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Sharlto Copley. This movie is based on the very popular 1980’s TV show of the same name. I was a big fan of the show at the time. I loved the iconic A-Team black van at the time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:A-TeamVan.jpg I remember visiting Universal Studios in Hollywood when I was a kid and getting a chance to see this van close up. In that same visit I also got to visit K.I.T.T., the Knight Rider car, which would talk back to you cause they hired the TV voice actor who voiced the actual K.I.T.T. car on the show. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Knightlogo.png Very cool. OK, back to the A-Team. I did buy a ticket for this movie when I purchased my first and only other ticket for the first 10am movie I saw earlier that day. For those who don’t know, this movie is about a group of four Iraq War veterans who look to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed. This was a great “popcorn movie”. I really enjoyed this film. The casting was great. It was very funny and had a good plot too. Overall, this movie was very fun. My favorite casting was the character Murdock played by Sharlto Copley who recently shot to fame by starring in last years critical acclaimed hit District 9. My other favorite was Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck played by the new male “it” star Bradley Cooper whose big hit last year was The Hangover. As the credits started to roll I was about to leave when I realized that what if there was a “secret” after the credits scene? I noticed that most of the theater patrons were leaving but a few stayed behind. I’m glad I did cause there was a secret scene at the end. Most of the Super Hero or pop culture nerd films are doing this now. SPOILER: The secret scene included two scenes that included cameos from the original actors who played the original Murdock and Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck in the 1980’s, Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict. Awesome. After I left the theater I walked through the lobby, on my way I saw a group of 20 something guys and girls talking about the movie. As I passed them I mentioned they missed the after credits secret scene, they seemed disappointed that they missed it. I didn’t give away the scene details but did mention who the cameos were. I had a tiny geeky power trip at that moment. I love those! After the movie I headed to Jane’s house to stay the rest of the night. Sleepover baby!

            So that’s it, I beat my movie marathon record of 8 straight movies at the same theater in one visit. I don’t know if I can do more than 8 but I will try :-) Stay tuned!

– Spartan Phoenix

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  70

  • February        2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                  2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                 2010: Movies Seen: 10

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