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10 Things You Hate At Movie Theaters
1. Wrappers/Slurping/Eating PLEASE OPEN YOUR CANDY BAR BEFORE THE MOVIE. You know exactly what I'm talking about as if hearing your popcorn crunch in your mouth wasn't enough. It's always the same person throughout the entire movie constantly rustling their fingers through a bag of plastic to get one last Skittle. They're so immersed in the movie that they forget that plastic makes noise. Also, slurping that $6 small slushy is just as obnoxious as you think it is. You can hold on to your manners and still enjoy your movie. 2. Awkward Couple Making Out In Back Row Just ew. There are hundreds of thousands of places to be intimate with your partner. However, for some reason, movie theaters seem to be a hotbed for this kind of activity. You always know who the couple is too because they don't scan the audience when they walk in or stop on their way to the top debating as to where they should sit. They go directly to the top preferably in the corner where the step safety lights seem not to reach. They wait patiently until the movie begins and then before you know it, they might as well be having full on sex. Please keep the thrill of making out with your significant other somewhere else. 3. Children They kick the seats. The bounce between chairs. They get scared and snuggle up to their mom. They laugh at all the wrong times. They drop their candy everywhere and talk the entire movie. They're kids. It's easy to say we were the perfect children in this kind of situation even though we know that we were in the same position once upon a time. However, bringing your child to a PG-13 movie or above is completely off limits. Kids get a free pass at G-rated movies, completely understandable. However, once children begin to infringe on teenager and adult viewing activity, there's an issue. 4. The Middle-Aged Lady Who Cries Next To You Every sad movie always results with some middle-aged lady two seats down from you bawling over some minor upset in the movie. It begins with a slight tear completely unnoticeable but then grows into a full flowing waterfall. She keeps sniffling, you then see her make her move to find tissues in her purse, and she just sits there in complete misery. You feel awful and you can feel her rain cloud spreading to you. Pro tip, if you know you're at a chick-flic or sad movie, find the most masculine guy there and sit near him. One, you'll avoid tears. And two, if he starts crying, it's karma for going off of gender norms. 5. Movie Previews God forbid you arrive to the movie on time. The movie previews are always at least 15-30 mins long. I feel like I need an intermission after them because they extend far longer than need be. It's genius marketing really regardless if I'm a fan or not. I will admit some movie previews are enticing and make me more inclined to go see a movie however most of the time you're watching a preview for a movie that won't debut for another year and a half. No thanks. 6. Irrational Fears (Yet So Rational) Is. There. A. Shooter. Among. Us. 7. Bad Seats You decided to go to the premiere which you knew was stupid but also extremely fun at the same time. You've waited in line to get a ticket for twenty minutes and you still arrive in the theater a half hour before they even begin previews. Yet, the theater is packed. Of course there's plenty of single seats scattered throughout but no one is kind enough to scoot down one. So you and your friends have to go to the front section which might as well be labeled as IMAX seats because you have to look up the entire time. Bad seats ruin movie theaters. You can't be too close but too far away. Railings are a gift from God. Also, don't steal my cupholder. 8. That random guy that screams right before something jumps out... I HATE YOU. 9. People Who Talk Is it really necessary to talk about what happened during your day while the movie is playing? NO. There's this really cool concept called going to dinner AND a movie, emphasizing on the dinner part here. Save conversations for everywhere outside of the four walls that make up the movie theater. Also, stop giving a play by play. You don't need to give your opinion or ask questions DURING the movie. You can do that all after; I promise it won't kill you. 10. Cell Phones Putting your phone to the lowest brightness does not make you a secret ninja. Turn it off.
2016 Oscar Nominations List : Did Leonardo DiCaprio Make It?
It's that time of year again! The 2016 Oscar Nominations were announced this morning at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hillsfor for the 88th Annual Academy Awards. The audience sat patiently and dead silent as the President of the Academy Guillermo Del Toro and actor John Krasinski took the stage to announce the nominations. After a long anticipated wait, the following nominations as listed below were announced in each category. What you need to know about The Oscars : When? Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood Highland Center Where? ABC 7 p.m. ET. Red Carpet? Depends on Network. Will be broadcasted to over 225 countries & territories worldwide. Host? Chris Rock Should you watch? YES. Best Picture -The Big Short, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner -Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger -Brooklyn, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey -Mad Max: Fury Road, Doug Mitchell and George Miller -The Martian, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam -The Revenant, Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon -Room, Ed Guiney -Spotlight, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust Best Actor -Bryan Cranston, Trumbo -Matt Damon, The Martian -Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant -Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs -Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl Best Actress -Cate Blanchett, Carol -Brie Larson, Room -Jennifer Lawrence, Joy -Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years -Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn Best Supporting Actor -Christian Bale, The Big Short -Tom Hardy, The Revenant -Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight -Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies -Sylvester Stallone, Creed Best Supporting Actress -Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight -Rooney Mara, Carol -Rachel McAdams, Spotlight -Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl -Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs Best Directing -Adam McKay, The Big Short -George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road -Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant -Lenny Abrahamson, Room -Tom McCarthy, Spotlight Best Film Editing -The Big Short, Hank Corwin -Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel -The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione -Spotlight, Tom McArdle -Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey Best Foreign Language Film -Colombia, Embrace of the Serpent -France, Mustang -Hungary, Son of Saul -Jordan, Theeb -Denmark, A War Best Original Score -Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies -Carter Burwell, Carol -Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight -Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario -John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens Best Production Design -Bridge of Spies, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich -The Danish Girl, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish -Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson -The Martian, Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak -The Revenant, Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy Best Visual Effects -Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett -Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams -The Martian, Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner -The Revenant, Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer -Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould Best Adapted Screenplay -The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay -Brooklyn, Nick Hornby -Carol, Phyllis Nagy -The Martian, Drew Goddard -Room, Emma Donoghue Best Original Screenplay -Bridge of Spies, Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen -Ex Machina, Alex Garland -Inside Out, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen -Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy -Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff Best Animated Feature Film -Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran -Boy and the World, Alê Abreu -Inside Out, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera -Shaun the Sheep Movie, Mark Burton and Richard Starzak -When Marnie Was There, Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura Best Cinematography -Carol, Ed Lachman -The Hateful Eight, Robert Richardson -Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale -The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki -Sicario, Roger Deakins Best Costume Design -Carol, Sandy Powell -Cinderella, Sandy Powell -The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado -Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan -The Revenant, Jacqueline West Best Documentary – Feature -Amy, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees -Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin -The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen -What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes -Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor Best Documentary – Short Subject -Body Team 12, David Darg and Bryn Mooser -Chau, Beyond the Lines, Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck -Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam Benzine -A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy -Last Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman Best Makeup and Hairstyling -Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin -The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr -The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini Best Original Song -"Earned It," Fifty Shades of Grey, Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio -"Manta Ray," Racing Extinction, J. Ralph and Antony Hegarty -"Simple Song #3," Youth, David Lang -"'Til It Happens to You," The Haunting Ground, Diane Warren and Lady Gaga -"Writings on the Wall," Spectre, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith Best Animated Short Film -Bear Story, Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala -Prologue, Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton -Sanjay's Super Team, Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle -We Can't Live Without Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit -World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt Best Live Action Short Film -Ave Maria, Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont -Day One, Henry Hughes -Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut), Patrick Vollrath -Shok, Jamie Donoughue -Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage Best Sound Editing -Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White -The Martian, Oliver Tarney -The Revenant, Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender -Sicario, Alan Robert Murray -Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood and David Acord Best Sound Mixing -Bridge of Spies, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin -Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo -The Martian, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth -The Revenant, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek -Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
How Many Bottles of Wine Did They Drink in: The Dreamers
I recently saw a post about movies that are infinitely sexier than 50 Shades of Grey (which no, I have not seen) and The Dreamers was at the top of the list. I had seen this movie a few years ago and it didn't leave much of an impression on me so I decided to revisit it in case I missed some big plot point that made the movie spectacular. I liked the story much more than I did when I first watched it but it still is not anything close to a favorite film. The Characters We only really get to meet a handful of characters in this story, with nearly the entire film taking place in one house with the three main characters. Obviously I liked Matthew from the very moment he said "I'm from San Diego." An exchange student in Paris who is obsessed with film, he was anti-war pro-art and just a genuinely innocent, level-headed kid. Then he met the quirky yet charming Isabelle who is a fellow film buff. She is known to imitate scenes from movies and demand that you guess the film or face her wrath. Then we have Theo, Isabelle's fraternal twin brother who is a total pill and didn't win me over even after the second watch. Throughout the film I was waiting for someone to call the three of them out on the fact that they do nothing. Seriously, nothing. They sit around, drink a lot of wine, talk about movies, and then when the money runs out they call their parents to wire them more money. They were only consuming art, never trying to give anything back. Luckily though, near the end of the film, Matthew calls out Theo on the fact that he is all theory without any action. The self-described Maoist is actually just a bored rich kid. I didn't fall in love with any of the characters, but Matthew's random words of wisdom helped save the film. The Story You know, I'm not really all that sure what happens in this story. The back drop is the 1968 Paris riots, when students took to the streets to demand a political and social reevaluation of French society with the use of riots and propaganda. BUT all we really saw was three kids lounging around or occasionally, running around (see below), having sex, and talking about old films. The more I think about it though, the more I think that the point was actually not to tell a story, but to capture a mood. And that, Bertolucci did perfectly. Everything Else The soundtrack is fantastic, as are the film references. It made me was to watch black and white films, drink wine, and move to (not 1968) Paris. Overall, it is worth a watch but only on a day when you're feeling really lethargic.