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10 best movies I’ve seen this year and you have actually seen

10 Jan
The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I would just like to point out that I’m not made of money so I have not seen movies like beasts of a southern wild and Armour. Those movies tend to play in Boston which is a 45 minute drive and then parking  is$20 so it ends up being a $40 trip.  I tend to stay at a theater near me that is also a very nice theater but only plays mainstream movies. I have seen some not all of the Oscar contenders like most people.

10. Moonrise Kingdom- The movie is Wes Anderson at his most quirky.The movie’s adult characters are all played by excellent actors and all are sort of idiotic but, are still likeable characters.  There is also a heartwarming romance between two young and troubled kids.

9. Ted- Hands down the funniest movie of the year and features one of Mark Wahlberg’s most charismatic  performances of his career.

8. The Avengers- The years biggest blockbuster is also the most entertaining movie of the year.

7. Django Unchained- If I was Ranking Tarantino movies. This would be the 2nd worst behind only Jackie Brown. The good news is that I’ve never given a Tarantino movie less than ***1/2 stars.

6. The Cabin in the Woods- A funny movie that hilariously and lovingly mocks horror movie cliches.

5. Silver Linings playbook- I went into this skeptical that this would be a Weinstein oscar manipulation movie but instead it’s a funny movie with a charismatic performance by Bradley Cooper who gets annoyingly overshadowed in the praise for this movie. He is in every scene of this movie. The reason he gets overshadowed in praise is his starring in a certain film franchise where a naked Asian guy jumps on him from the trunk of a car which is a damn shame.

4.  Skyfall- I’m loving mainstream movies making the change from tongue in cheek cheesiness to dark, serious, character focused movies. I know the dark knight trilogy started this trend but Skyfall used this form of dark blockbuster storytelling to better results.

3.  Looper- I remember reading an article declaring us in the golden age of genre movies. I agree completely with this years science fiction time travel movie Looper and last years Drive. This movie also includes my favorite line of the year. “I don’t want to talk about time travel or we’re going to be here all day making diagrams out of straws.” This line hilariously addresses the main flaw with most movies and TV shows (Lost) that use time travel. They take way too much time using exposition to explain the rules of time travel.

2. Argo- Ben Affelck not nominated for best director is a joke. Funny, thrilling, and a tad just a tad educational.

Movies I wished I placed at #1 but disappointed- The Hobbit or The dark Knight Rises

The real #1:

1. Lincoln- This movie is getting criticized for being too talky, why are people criticizing a movie that features one of best acted movies I’ve ever seen. I also think Spielberg found the perfect balance of historical accuracy and his patented majesty. I’m glad he didn’t go all out majestic since the movie is about a person Spielberg could have went all out majestic with. Thanks to a more grounded script Spielberg was able to add majestic moments in between more historically accurate depictions of the abolition of slavery.

Movies I’m ashamed I haven’t seen yet: Life of PI, Zero Dark Thirty, The Artist (from last year),

Movies I can’t believe I’ve seen instead of those movies: Snow White and the Huntsman, Taken 2, Men in Black 3,

Most Disappointing movies of the year: 1. The Hobbit (Make this one movie and it probably is a classic), 2. The Dark Knight Rises(Way too many plot holes), 3. Prometheus (Damon Lindelof should be asked to write only the beginning of a movie or TV show and bring in someone who will actually answer the questions he asks.)

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My Collections

27 Nov


The person with the closed eyes is me, Tom Atkinson. I do consider myself both a box office nerd and movie nerd in general.  I love watching movies, going to the movies, and talking about movies. I feel like over the course of this blog I’ve explained my love for movies. I feel that I should now show you my love for movies by showing some movie items that are special to me.

Here is a ticket stub from the Steven Spielberg film I saw this weekend, Lincoln. Most people, once they get the ripped stub, throw it away. I do something different.

I collect them. In 2006 I had just seen Click, not a great movie but significant in my creation of the stub wall. After seeing the movie, I  put the  annoying to carry around ticket stub by  my window in my room.  After the ticket stub staying there awhile, the sun had degraded it. I found the look of the stub to be cool so I decided to just keep it.

At the time I wasn’t aware of the possible future sentimental reasons for keeping the stub. I realized that these stubs could have symbolic and sentimental meaning. These ticket stubs could become the equivalent of taking a picture. These ticket stubs could essentially freeze a moment in time: instead of it just being used to gain entrance into a theater, the stub could offer memories of an experience had while attending the movie.

I’ve seen a lot of movies including some I’m not proud of. If you can see, despite the bad picture quality, I have a Year One ticket stub. That was a horrendous movie that I saw with my brothers. When I went, the theater was packed and no one laughed except my brothers. Everyone began to stare at us because their laughing was distracting and shocking due to the terrible movie quality.

This a great example of me taking a memory along with me from just a ticket stub. In my opinion objects only gain importance when we give them a certain value. So it doesn’t matter what the object is–if it’s important to you, it’s valuable.

Not every ticket stub has a fun story, but it’s important that every movie I see I keep the stub. My thought process is that in the future I’ll likely forget seeing the more forgettable movies on the wall, but I still might take enjoyment out of remembering what the hell some of these movies were I went to see.

I’ve seen so many movies that I ended up running out of room and had to get another bulletin board. For some reason it’s only a half bulletin board and I’m going to need another bulletin board. If there’s anybody reading this who has a spare bulletin board, let me know.

This is my TV at home; it’s kind of hard to see, but there’s a blu ray player under my cable box. Next to my blu ray player are a pile of blu rays and DVDs. That leads me to my other collection of:

A lot of DVDs. My DVD collection contains different types of movies and TV shows. I used to always love buying a new movie, bringing it home and watching it once and then never watching the DVD again. Clearly watching a DVD only once after buying it at a store for $20 is a waste of money. That’s why my collection has failed to grow exponentially over the last year. I’ve slowly started to just watch a movie I want to see “on demand” instead of spending my money.However, if there’s a movie I feel I have to own and I will watch repeatedly, then I feel it’s worth joining my DVD collection.

I feel that I have shown you all my passion for movies with my collection of movie stubs and DVDs. I would like to hear now about anything of sentimental value that you collect.

Why so Expensive?

28 Sep

Ever wonder why you’re spending almost thirty dollars on just yourself when you go to the movies? That is the current state of moviegoing, as it seems moviegoing is evolving into the equivalent of a pricey sporting event.  The moviegoing experience has changed; everything is expensive when you go to the movies.

Starting at the ticket booth, the price of an adult movie ticket for a non-3D movie is $11 and kids are $8.50. This is for non-3D and as everyone knows every movie is in 3D. Most 3D movies cost $15 for an adult and $11-12 for kids. This is the movie studio hiding reality from the public. The reality they’re hiding is if you wait six months before seeing the 80th Ice Age movie, you’ll save $20 dollars per person.

Most have caught on to this reality, which has culminated in movie attendance hitting all time lows. To hide this from people, they convert almost every movie into 3D, usually after it’s done filming, which often creates a bad effect that annoys the viewer instead of inspires.  This gives the movie studio an excuse to raise the price and inflate the box office numbers.

Since every movie is in 3D and most of them are lazily put together, viewers now demand non-3D versions of movies be offered and usually 60% of viewers choose this version over the more annoying expensive 3D version.

After buying your $10-15 ticket, you decide you want to get some food before you go in. Say you buy a medium popcorn and medium coke. That’s $10 at least; half of what those products would cost anywhere else. This isn’t the movie theater trying to screw you: it’s the movie theater trying to pay its bills.

Most believe the combination of movie tickets and concession pay for everything. However, the movie theater doesn’t own the movie they’re showing. The movie studios that paid for the movie do. So they take a majority of the box office sales that the movie made at the theater. On opening weekend alone, movies studios take 100% of the box office and then the percentage lowers after each subsequent weekend.

In the movie box office world, most movie studios only care about opening weekend because on average 25-30% of a movie’s total box office revenue comes from opening weekend.

There are ways to improve the theater going experience to make it at least worth spending all this money. First, if the movie is 3D, don’t sloppily convert into 3D film the movie in 3D. Films such as Avatar did this and Avatar is now the highest grossing movie of all time.

Second, make original movies.  How many Ice Age movies do you think people want to see? After a while people will get sick of it. So it’s obvious the movie studios are the ones who can improve the moviegoing experience that we all love so much.