SIT DOWN ! You’re blocking my Scarlett Johansson trailer.

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Have you ever decided to go see a blockbuster film on it’s opening night? You went to the theatre an hour before the film, having to wait in the huge line up that waits in front of your theatre. You show up early enough to get a good spot, and as you look behind, you see the line growing and growing. You are aloud to go in, and you see people in the front of the line, running for a seat, and you follow and get a seat in the middle of the theatre. It’s 7:00 and you movie starts. Theatre is almost sold out. There’s nowhere to sit but the front section. People start rolling in mid previews, walking up those stairs trying to look for seats in the dark, and they just stand there, looking for a seat for a good 2 minutes. Distracting much? You tell me.

A little bit of advice: If you are going to see a movie like The Dark Knight on a Saturday evening, and decide to show up 10 minutes after the trailers start, expecting to get good seats, you might as well just stay home. Your head is a big one, and is evidently in my way.  We’ve all had these moments. I work at a movie theatre, and when a movie is close to being sold out, we announce it on a PA system. Refunds just slow down the lines even more and we try to avoid them at all cost, but it lets you know it’s “front section” only or “sold out”.

AVX and I MAX offer reserved seating, which is quite beautiful. It doesn’t hurt paying an extra $3 to get reserved seating, wall to wall screen, crystal clear picture, surround sound…it’s just worth it. It also makes me less annoyed to know that you are aware of where you are going to seat, so you’re not standing there looking for a seat while I try to watch a beautiful Scarlett Johansson movie trailer for 2:30 minutes.

This isn’t a big problem. I’m just trying to help you realize that you won’t always get the best seat in the house. You get an A for effort, but come on ! It’s Scarlett Johansson. I’m pretty sure the guys get my point.

Why I hate seeing movies in theatres

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It’s was a cool Thursday evening when my buddy and I decided to go see ‘Insidious: Chapter 2. Him and I usually go see Horror movies together. The late night showings are usually the best, as we walk home at midnight, talking about what just transpired on screen, while jumping at the littlest things such as a cat walking across the street. I remember muttering to him while walking to the theatre before the film about how much I hate seeing Horror movies.

There’s always someone to ruin it for you. Someone who laughs at a scene to make themselves feel a little less scared, or someone who makes a snarky remark, just to act cool around his friends, or his girlfriend, or even someone who gets so scared that they jump up and yell something completely evident like “Oh my God ! he has a knife !.” I made sure to play it safe while watching Insidious 2…or so I thought.

It was 15 minutes before the film, and we were the first ones to enter the theatre. While I usually sit in the middle of the theatre, which is ultimately the best seats in the house, I chose to sit about 4 or 5 rows from the bottom to avoid the crowd that would probably either sit around me or close to the top.

5 minutes before the film started, it was getting a little bit busier, but there was still no one around us. I was happy to know that my movie experience wasn’t going to be altered by a big group of obnoxious people, commenting on every scary scene and talking, not whispering, during the film. Well, I seemed to have maybe jinxed myself. A group of maybe 6 or 7 walked in and sat right behind us. The commercial/trailers started, and they were talking out loud. I asked my buddy if he wanted to move, but he said “no”, which is understandable considering it was just the commercials/trailers.

The movie started, and one of the guys behind me started explaining the first film to the girl right next to him, as she had no idea what was going on. I was getting a little peeved, as the opening scene was the beginning of an interesting story, and hearing this guys soundtrack was just the most annoying thing ever.

They stopped until the scary scenes started to commence, which also commenced laughing and commenting on how scary the particular scene was. The talking continued throughout the whole movie, as the guys were doing their all to impress the girls they brought.

I tried, with every ounce of me, to enjoy the film. I succeeded as I took my girlfriends advice that she always would give me every time this happens during a film we watch. “Just tune them out”, she says to me as I comment about how much I really just want to tell these people to shut up.

It’s the end of the movie, and as we are walking out, I tell my buddy that I enjoyed the movie, in which he replies “yeah, but these people behind me would not shut up. I just wanted to turn around and say go outside and have a conversation”. My buddy and I, who I’ve seen many Horror movies with, have had fears of this happening before a movie, but thankfully, we avoid the obnoxious and the noisy very well.

We saw ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ back in February, which was my poor judgement after deciding to not see Django Unchained for the 2nd time with him, which he hadn’t seen yet. We were having a good time, smiling while the crowd would laugh, who found the movie just as terrible as we did. They weren’t laughing cause we were trying to defuse the tension, they were laughing cause it was so terrible, it was hilarious. That was maybe the only time I could think of where the crowd was obnoxious.

We pay the $12.00 to see Horror movies because some of us love the tension horror movies bring. We sit there and we just love to get scared. Obviously, people aren’t always going to think like me, which is why the bigger suspense is if someone’s going to ruin the Horror movie for you rather than the Horror movie itself. This is why I hate seeing movies, particularly horror movies, in theatres.

Being a movie lover gives you the gift of losing yourself in the films that you are watching. We go into an alternate reality as soon as the lights dim. I don’t want you to be in my reality, but in reality, it’s not my reality for me to make that decision. Just please, have some courtesy and be quiet while we share this reality together for the low price of $12.00, and for whatever we paid for concessions.

For the record, I’m not bitter. I just love my movies.

Disney shuffles release dates.

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Due to productions trouble for Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’, Disney had no choice but to shuffle some release dates around. ‘The Good Dinosaur’ was slated for a May 2014 release, but they haven’t find a director to replace Bob Peterson, who was let go of the project.

‘The Good Dinosaur will now be released November 24th, 2015, which was previously the release date for Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory’, which is the sequel to ‘Finding Nemo’. We will have to wait a little bit longer for ‘Finding Dory’ as the release date has been changed to June 17th, 2016.

‘The Good Dinosaur’ will be released the same year as Pixar’s ‘Inside out’, which is slated for a June 19th, 2015 release. This marks the first time Pixar has released two films in one year. 2014 will also be the first year since 2005 that Pixar hasn’t released a film.

Disney’s ‘Maleficent’, which stars Angelina Jolie, will take ‘The Good Dinosaurs’ slot from it’s July 2nd, 2014 release to May 30th, 2014.

It’ll feel weird not having a Pixar movie out for 2014. I have seen every Pixar movie, except for ‘Brave’, and it’ll feel odd not having some good computer animated fun. Although, Pixar hasn’t made a great film since ‘Toy Story 3’, and I feel spending a little bit longer on an original production may do well for the films creative process.

Review: Insidious: Chapter 2

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Staring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey, Steve Coulter, Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell.

Directed by: James Wan

Insidious: Chapter 2 takes place a short time after the incidents in the first film. Josh Lambert gets his son back from “The Further”, a world full of ghosts and dark forces. Josh, however, starts acting weird and evil forces start to terrorize the family again. This time, there are a lot more twists and turns.

The opening scene explains some more information of Josh’s origins with the afterlife when he was a child, and things start to make more sense as the film goes along. The origins of the black veld bride are explained and you start to feel that the family is in danger as they try to solve the mystery to stop the haunting.

The films scares are effective. The film has a “haunted house” feel to it, which is an aspect I love about horror movies. There are a few cheap jump scares, but the scares are mostly due to the intensity of the story. The tone of Insidious 2 is different from the first Insidious. The first insidious, while suspenseful, took time to ease you into the story, while Insidious 2 got right in your face from the get-go. The first Insidious was more about the family and the quest to get their son back, Insidious 2 is more about the afterlife and the origins behind the reasoning of the hauntings. As things start to unravel, you feel more on the edge of your seat. You really start to feel that everybody is in danger.

The whole movie plays out very well, but I felt the final act to be somewhat disappointing, and at points, comical. It had a bit of a “Shining” feel to it. I won’t give it away, as the ending is the most important part of the film. Although, the twists were very well done. As you watch the film, you can’t help but give a “oh, that makes sense” reaction.

Patrick Wilson plays a more “sinister” Josh Lambert. I’m starting to become a fan of Patrick Wilson, who was also in James Wan’s ‘The Conjuring’. I enjoy his calming presence to the roles he’s played in James Wan’s films. He abandons his calming roots, and goes into a more angry character. He brought a lot of suspense to his scenes and, at times, made you hate him a little. I enjoyed the choice to give the afterlife more of a back story, and while some may find the origins a little comical, I find it to be quite haunting. Although, at times, the film seems a little too busy, jumping from story to story, making you feel a little lost as to what is happening.

This is said to be James Wan’s last horror film, which gives me a very bittersweet feeling. The guy is a great horror director, but it’s great that he wants to branch out and do more things. To me, Insidious 2 is my least favourite from him, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. It was a great continuation from the original, but after seeing The Conjuring, I know the man is capable of doing more than this. The film, sometimes, relies on cheap jump scares, which takes the affect away from the story being told. I’ve never felt that was the way James Wan wanted his horror movies to be portrayed. He is a great story telling, and doesn’t need to rely on jump scares to be scary. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more from him in different genres.

Grade: B

Arnold Schwarzenegger to play villain in Avatar 2?

Rumor has it Arnold Schwarzenegger will be reteaming with True Lies and Terminator 2 director James Cameron to play the villain in Avatar 2.  I’m praying this news isn’t true. Do you remember Batman and Robin? He plays an awful Mr.Freeze. We have 3 years until we will see another Avatar as the release date for the film is December 2016, so there’s still a lot of time for things to change. The film brings back Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver. Arnold Schwarzenner will be returning as Terminator and Conan in Terminator 5 and The Legend of Conan, with Terminator being released July 1st, 2015 and a release date for Conan not yet released.

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Actor comes back to the Fast And Furious franchise

Lucas Black, who played Sean in Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, has been cast to reprise his role in Fast and Furious 7, 8 and 9. It was announced that Fast and Furious 7 is the first in a trilogy. Do you think it’s getting a little overdone? I don’t really care. The films are very fun to watch. Lucas Black join Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson and new cast members Kurt Russell and Djimon Housou. The film is directed by James Wan and will be released July 11th, 2014. Production is currently underway.

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Great day for Harry Potter fans !

J.K. Rowling has announced that she’s writing her first ever screenplay for a movie based on her Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film will be the first of a new series of wizardry magic. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them follows the fictitious author of the book, Newt Scamander. The book and film is said by Rowling to be an extension to the wizarding world, and shouldn’t be treated like a sequel or prequel to Harry Potter. Who’s excited for some more wizardry magic? I am !

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