A Movie Room Birthday

My wife is celebrating my 50th birthday all month. She has alphabetized her gifts, giving me one each day. Here are the first five editions – some pictured before my beloved granddaughter shredded the boxes.

Alien

 

A is for Alien

Cornelius

 

C is for Cornelius

F is for Finn

 

F is for Finn

Gru

 

G is for Gru

Hulk

 

H is for Hulk.

Regal’s Summer Movie Express 2014

Every summer, various theater chains offer cheap or FREE movies in the mornings to entice the little ones. Regal Cinemas (which also includes Edwards Cinema and UA) offers their movies Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Sadly my other local chains, Carolina and Epic, are not having programs this year.

Regal Cinemas

When their summer season begins varies by location but the same films will be shown in the same order. Our local theaters, the Biltmore Grande and Beaucatcher begin their films on June 17th. Other locations can be found here. Films are only $1.

Week/Day

1/T Hotel Transylvania

1/W The Smurfs 2

2/T Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

2/W The Pirates: Band of Misfits

3/T Arthur Christmas

Despicable Me 2

3/W Despicable Me 2

The Lego Movie

4/T Lego

4/W Free Birds

5/T Adventures of Tintin

5/W Rise of the Guardians

6/T Kung Fu Panda 2

6/W Madagascar 3

7/T The Croods

7/W Epic

8/T Turbo

8/W Walking with Dinosaurs

9/T Mr. Peabody & Sherman

9/W Rio 2

The Summer of Meh

I love summer blockbuster season. I am marginally a film critic and I do enjoy good, prestige movies. I watch innumerable independent films as well but I love a big action movie and summer is the season for those. I had high hopes this year but it has not panned out very well.

Iron Man 3: The Disneyfication of Marvel. Forget Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan, the Black Widow, and War Machine, let’s give Tony Stark a cute kid sidekick. Can we call him Short Round?

The Great Gatsby: A film adaptation of a book where the director honestly didn’t understand what the book was about.

Star Trek: Into Darkness: The plot is utter nonsense but this was a lot of fun just the same. I mean really just the same.

Fast & Furious 6: The World’s Longest Runway. I’m just saying.

Epic: Generic

After Earth: Hmm I already used Afterbirth for Asylum’s take on this film so maybe Crash & Burn. Sorry Will – people like you but are apparently not so keen on your forcing your son on us. Another nail in Shyamalan’s career.

Man of Steel: The Anti-Superman movie – way to Kryptonite the franchise yet many people enjoyed it and the sequel will feature a non-Bale Batman.

World War Z: IF you can forgive it for not having anything to do with the book (hope you enjoyed the payout Mr. Brooks) and don’t mind a PG-13 zombie movie, it was pretty intense and intelligent.

Monsters University

Monsters University: Fun but not the classic that Monsters, Inc was.

White House Down: White House Dumb, Olympus Has Fallen part Deux

The Lone Ranger: Actually Tonto – the movie would have been a lot shorter if Tonto had let him die.

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2: Fun but not as good as the first PLUS I had to endure innumerable McDonald’s Happy Meals to get the toys for umm my granddaughter – yes my granddaughter wanted them.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim: Godzilla Meets Transformers but I still love monster movies. This could have been a lot better but was a bright spot this summer.

Red 2: More nonsense from folks who did not really understand what made the first one kind of, sort of, work. Still I love watching Helen Mirren kick butt.

R.I.P.D.: Men in Black 4, only supernatural instead of science fiction and poor CGI.

Turbo: Generic Cartoon 2: Electric Boogaloo

The Wolverine:X-Men 6 minus all the X-Men save two, and one of those is dead for the whole movie. The saving grace is the post-credits scene.

This was pretty much a summer with no new ideas. Of course the twelve-year-old boy inside of me enjoyed going to all of these movies even if the half-century old man knew most of them were duds.

Despicable Me 2 and the Minions

Despicable MeA month or so ago I bought Despicable Me at Target to watch with my granddaughter (it was cheap and had a FREE ticket to Despicable Me 2). She loved it and calls it the Minion movie. We then had to collect the McDonald’s kids meal toys (the tiny one was a Target freebie).

MinionsNot to be outdone, my ever creative wife made a Minion shirt for our darling.

Dorothy MinionWe finally went to see Despicable Me 2 last weekend (Jenny, my daughter Els, my granddaughter Dorothy, and I). A fun time was had by all. Despicable Me 2 was not as good as the first but we all enjoyed it – Dorothy was rapt!

E & DSadly the Biltmore Grande had gotten rid of their awesome promotional display: a whack-a-mole with minions! I really wanted to buy it from them and put it in the movie room, even if it was cardboard. The Regal Biltmore gets the best displays.

Despicable Me 2

FREE Movie Tickets from Target

Normally Best Buy rules in the world of FREE movie tickets but Target has jumped in with both feet in their latest ad. Please note: all promotions require a sticker on the front of the movie – don’t buy if the sticker isn’t present.

Despicable Me

* Buy Hop, The Lorax, ParaNorman, or Despicable Me on DVD and get a FREE 2″ Minion figurine as well as $7.50 movie cash for Despicable Me 2

Madagascar 3

* Buy Madagascar 3 or other DreamWorks animation (Shrek, Kung Fu Panda) and get $7.50 movie cash for Turbo

MI: Ghost Protocol

* Buy Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Top Gun and get $7.50 in movie cash for World War Z

* Buy Columbiana, Black Hawk Down, The Patriot, District 9 and others and get $10 in movie cash for White House Down

* Buy The Bourne series, Jurassic Park series, Battleship, Savages, End of Watch and receive $8 in movie cash for R.I.P.D. or Kick-Ass 2. Note: This is Fandango cash so you must be able to use Fandango for this one.

* (Not in ad but seen at Target) Percy Jackson: Lightning Thief, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Night at the Museum, Eragon have $8 movie cash for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

* (Not in ad but seen at Target) X-Men ($10-15) and Wolverine ($10) Blu-Rays have $10 movie cash to go see The Wolverine.

* (Not in ad but seen at Target) Braveheart, Gladiator, 300, Clash of the Titans, Troy, The Matrix have $8 movie cash ($5 for DVDs) for Pacific Rim, The Conjuring, and We’re the Millers

 

 

Iron Man 3 and Best. Display. Ever.

Iron Man Marathon

I went to the Iron Man marathon yesterday (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers in 3D, and Iron Man 3 in 3D) and, of course, had a thoroughly relaxing time. I had never seen The Avengers in 3D. The 3D was nice, stunning in some scenes as when Nick Fury is hovering in midair via the glass floor on the helicarrier. Unfortunately for every stunning sequence of depth, there would be a moment of action that was blurry/blurrier from the 3D.

I had the special $5 combo and upgraded my drink to a large bucket of Coke (with a FREE refill) for $0.50. In the evening I had my usual marathon flight of hot dogs (four mini-dogs in a plastic tray for $0.75 more than their price for a single dog). Naturally. we were treated to previews of The Wolverine and Thor: The Dark World.

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 is a lot of fun but is definitely a mess. The trailers are misleading as this Iron Man is very light and fluffy. There are too many instances of placing Tony or Pepper in the unnecessarily slow dipping mechanism and the overall plot makes almost no sense but there are a couple of great action sequences and a lot of comedy. Don’t forget to stay through the credits for the bonus scene.

Comic fans may or may not enjoy seeing the Extremis storyline integrated into Iron Man 3. I write integrated because adapted is too strong. They take many ideas from Extremis but miss the whole point of that story arc.

And now for the best movie display ever. I saw this in the lobby of the Biltmore Grande 14 advertising Despicable Me 2.

Despicable Me 2It’s Whack-A-Mole with six of the Despicable Me minions. There is a mallet attached to the right side of the display.