Coming up this morning at 8:40 movie reviewer Bill Bregoli will review the new Hobbit movie and the new one from Tom Hanks out this weekend. The week or two before Christmas and New Year's is the biggest box office period of the year.
I talked with Bill recently about film critics put up with a lot: the moviegoing experience that, comes with a long list of irritants.
--Baby bringers: When parents have kids, maybe they have to suck it up for awhile and put moviegoing on hold. Hey, there's always NetFlix.
--Dog bringers: Don't see this too much actually, but I guess it happens.
--Perfume/Cologne: Hey, lighten up on the stuff OK? Plus anybody who smells like cigarettes or alcohol lacks common hygiene basics. Farts? That requires a special talent.
--Litterbugs: Would it kill people to clean up after themselves when the movie is done? It's common courtesy.
--Refuse-to-Movers: People who show how annoyed they are when you ask to find a seat in their aisle. And they always sit on the end. if you don't like moving for others, you should sit in the middle!
--Seat Kickers: Once or twice I can live with. Anything more than that, I'm moving. Wait a minute...maybe you should move and annoy somebody else.
--Texters: Plus how bad is it that we have to be reminded to turn off cellphones too. Shouldn't that be a given?
--Tour Guides:They talk through the entire movie. I don't think anybody asked for subtitles.
Finding a decent seat in a moviehouse and being able to enjoy the film without the annoyances is harder than picking the winning Powerball numbers!
When you have lived in Syracuse long enough there is one event that we all share, getting our car stuck in the snow. They also get a lot of snow in Russia, but there is a reason they lost the Cold War...
Seriously, how does that even happen?
Oh boy, Barry is in the dog house -- Look at Michelle! Yesterday number 44 got busted taking a selfie of himself, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela's funeral! Twitter was ablaze yesterday with people continuing to offer their condolences to the late former President of South Africa. Another gem was this picture which shows the three leaders looking watching some kind of video and the Brit saying something which the Dane thought to be in bad taste, oops!
In honor of the word "selfie" being added to the latest edition on the Merriam-Webster Dictionary earlier this year -- here is a selfie of me and Big Jim... not taken at a funeral.
We don't get too many cards at home anymore. Maybe the cost of stamps is too much, or why mail a card when you can "tweet" your greeting?
But what Christmas cards are out there, are they getting more impersonal and self-serving? Seems more cards today are about the sender. Pictures of kids, pets, etc. with very little ink and no original message. Now it's a made-to-order card with a standard greeting.
And how about the 2-page letter letting us know everything their kids did during the year, and the kids are 30 and 35 years old!
But I guess it beats getting a card that's addressed to "Current Resident".
--"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
--"Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas"
--"Saving Mr Banks" (with Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Paul Giamatti)
With technology (and sound) playing a big part of movies now, and stadium seating in a lot of movie houses, you can pretty much get a good view from just about anywhere. So how do you pick where to sit?
This is what people "in the know" say....You make your decision based on sound. The best seat? In the middle of a row about 2/3rds of the way back. Because audio engineers sit there when they balance sound in a theatre. In the middle, the sound is "neutral". If you want more dynamic sound, move a few seats to the left or right. Personally I look for a seat on the aisle so I can easily go to the men's room quickly without having to trample over anybody on the way there.
They also should determine what to do with the group of idiots that ruin the movie-going experience for everybody else. In that case, the best seats are usually on the couch in my house. More on that tomorrow.