The Road Passes Through Harrisburg

Of all the theaters to pick up The Road — the movie I’ve been babbling on about since last spring — Regal was the last one I’d expect.  Given the film’s quasi-arty, low-impact release, I was expecting Midtown to pick it up.  Or even Cinema Center — they usually pick up the non-blockbuster and/or lesser-known films.  Regal traditionally limits itself to doing things like showing “Twilight: OMG MOON” on 11 screens and “Old Dogs” on the remaining three.

But I’m not complaining.  I want to see the shots of the abandoned turnpike in all their glory, and Regal does have the best picture quality in the area (which is disappointing, because their service is abysmal and a small popcorn & drink will cost you $35). 

If you haven’t read the book, you owe it to yourself to do so.  I’m not one to jump on the “the movie sucked compared to the book” bandwagon, but the nature of the book (see: no dialogue) means it will be impossible to do a direct translation to a movie.  And from watching the trailers, I see they’ve already bent the movie a little more towards an action flick and less towards the post-apocalyptic non-survival story of the book.

I’m going to go see it.  I’m going to see it today.  And I’m going to chow down three Quarter Pounders topped with 12 pats of butter.  I’ll let you know.

Star Trek Tweetup?

I casually threw out the idea on Twitter that an impromptu Central PA tweetup for the Star Trek movie permiere would be fun.  A handful of people replied back that they’d be into it, so I decided to throw out some words and see what sticks.

Although the “official” premiere is May 8th, a handful of theaters — AMC, Cinema Center, Great Escape, and Regal — are all opening the  movie on Thursday.  I’m thinking the 7pm Thursday (5/7) showing at Great Escape would be ideal.  As much as I prefer Cinema Center, their sound & optics just aren’t up to the task for action movies.  The only catch is that given the obliterating hype surrounding this movie, there’s likely to be a long line and tickets are pretty much guaranteed to sell out.  Anyone coming along should buy their tickets as early as possible, and should plan on a long line getting into the theater.

So what do y’all think?  Meet at Fuddruckers at 5:30 for the 7pm showing at GE?

Only Sexists Don’t Like Sex And The City

At least, according to Newsweek.  Apparently, when men talk about the movie, we are hateful and angry.  We are vengeful over the fact that the movie is competing with the “good old boys of summer”.  We are poor sports because we hated the movie before it opened.  Men are the only reason the movie has gotten mediocre reviews on IMDB.  Movie critics only gave the movie poor reviews because they’re men.  And yes, the article manages to work in a full paragraph about parallels to Hillary Clinton vs “the Obamaniacs”.

Yeah, I think Sex And The City looks really awful.

There.  I am now sexist.

Showdown: Cinema Center v Regal

Cate Blanchett as Irina Spalko, from IMDBSaw Indiana Jones on Friday. Saw it again on Saturday. Saw it again on Sunday and again on Monday. Four times total. I’ll be honest here — the repeat viewing was largely because of Cate Blanchett’s character. She is unbelievably … wow. But it became an observation of the differences between Regal, which is closer, and Cinema Center, which is usually better. Unfortunately, the outcome wasn’t what I was expecting.

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