Monday, June 29, 2009

Who's killing movie theaters?

I've been thinking of writing this for over a year. Our excursion to see Night at the Museum 2 was the straw that broke the camel's back.

A year ago, I read an article about Hollywood bitching and moaning about how piracy is destroying movie theaters and how because of piracy and internet people are not going to the movies anymore. While this was laughable then, now, it's absolutely hilarious.

Two weeks ago when we went to see night at the museum, we were charged a very "reasonable" price of $12.50 per ticket. For two people, that's $25. If you don't have a car, add another $8 for transportation which, starting this Sunday, is now $9. If you want popcorn, add at least $4.50. Your trip to the movies is now costing you at least $38.50.

Now, if you go to see the movie in it's first week, you'll see it on a nice big screen. If you go to see it in its third week, the screen is now half the size while the ticket price is surprisingly same.

What do you get for your $38.50? Well, the current movies are made up of mostly sequels, remakes and cliches, in most cases, bad ones. So, after spending time and money and you don't even enjoy the experience.

What is really killing movie theaters? The ever rising ticket prices which are not even scaled to the size of the screen. The 1000%+ markup for food. The lack of talented writers, enough with the remakes already! Not to mention the current trend of replacing plot, story and acting with special effects.

Going to a movie is now costing the price of one, if not two, brand new DVDs. Now, considering how cheap and convenient Netflix is, instead of buying the DVDs, you can save up the money for a big screen TV or even a projector. And don't forget, the bonus of watching movies at home is the pause button for bathroom breaks and the only people screaming at the screen are your idiot friends.

How much are you paying for movies? Two people, driving to the theater and not buying any food, once in two weeks, are spending $650 per year. Add public transportation, and/or food, and/or more frequent visits and you're looking at over $1,000 year. Cost of an HD projector? 720p start at around $600, plus a $100 for a good screen. 42" LCD, 720p, about same price.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Huggies, 92 to 192, for $30.50

Click on the link to the right. Select "Subscribe & Save" to get a 15% discount that brings your price down to $31.44. Use Amazon credit card to get another 3% back, which brings you to $30.50. The diapers are shipped from Pennsylvania and Kentucky and if you're in New York, you can get your diapers, shipped free, next day after the order is placed.

Depending on size, you get from 92 to 192 diapers per case for $30.50.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Trust issues?

Had an argument with someone about trusting your spouse with talking on facebook with someone of opposite sex. Vote, comment.

Poll results:

Mind husband talking 10 (31%)
Don't mind husband talking 6 (18%)
Mind wife talking 6 (18%)
Don't mind wife talking 10 (31%)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

American Fusion

Just saw American Fusion. If you liked My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you're gonna love this. While My Big Fat Greek Wedding was funny and entertaining, American Fusion is outright hilarious.

American Fusion is about Yvonne, a middle aged, divorced Chinese woman who works for a newspaper, meeting Jose, a Mexican dentist. The movie revolves around Yvonne's crazy family. The mean and racist mother. The wannabe gangsta son. The nephew with an interesting job. The ex-con, born again, brother and his wife who are trying to have a baby. The obsessive and controlling sister.

One of the most entertaining scenes is when Yvonne meets Jose's family. While the families are very similar in their situations, the way they interact within and outside is completely different.

This movie has everything, romance, humor, irony and even poetic justice. What this movie also has is Pat Morita in a very comedic, though short, role.

One of the aspects of this movie that I particularly enjoyed is how it's different from the average American romantic comedy. Nowadays, almost every romantic comedy is about late 20s, early 30s, getting together. American Fusion takes two middle aged people, one of whom is divorced and with a kid, and makes it work. Yes, you can have a very funny romantic comedy without resorting to several layers of makeup and supermodels.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tommy heavenly6 - Lollipop Candy BAD girl

Been hearing this song on kawaii radio for a while and finally decided to check it out on youtube. I prefer the glasses version, cuter.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

CafePress - Jury Duty

Jury duty, a great way for the government to save money. The only people who like it are those who are unemployed or retired.

Are you getting a jury of your peers? Nope, you're getting people who couldn't find a good excuse and are now pissed at you and the system.

Jury duty is unfair to both the jurors and to the defendant.

Show your disdain for the system with these buttons, t-shirts, tote bags, and now, water bottles.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Cafe Press - No English

Ever had a yenta annoy you in checkout line, on the bus, train, or anywhere else?  You make every attempt to shop these people you don't care about their medical condition or their pet's medical condition or their opinion on what you or someone else is buying or wearing, etc. ad nauseum?

I doubt it will help with the hardcore yenta, but, you never know until you try.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Aneela and Arash - Chori Chori

We were watching The Sex Guru Sunday.  Yes we liked.  No I don't care what you think.
Anyway, the end reminded me of Benny Lava, which in turn reminded me of Chori Chori.

The link is better quality but embedding was turned off so if you're not too lazy, watch it on youtube.

If you think you're hearing Informer, you're right.  I like this version better though.