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Helping Underage Teens Get Into the Movie

Movie #81 of the year, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.
Paranormal Activity Ghost DimensionGrowing up in Michigan the movie theaters really didn’t care if you were under the suggested age limits for movies. I remember seeing plenty of R-rated movies without nice being asked for ID or having to wave at my mom in the car to come in and give her consent. Of course teens these days are annoying with their cell phones that they have to check every five minutes, so I actually don’t mind that they check IDs… except when they keep asking me for mine.
PA6Anyway, we arrived early to see the last Paranormal Activity movie and three teen girls asked if we could help them buy tickets. I had already bought ours ahead of time, and we had time so Jeremy said sure. Of course Jeremy was black and they were white, possibly Jewish, girls so the cashier said no bueno because the adult with them had to be a guardian. Jeremy persisted, talking to a manager and eventually they relented and the three girls all got their tickets. For safety we went up to the ticket taker with them and they got in no problem. And best of all they didn’t check their cellphones the entire time… something the stupid teen girl in front of me didn’t do.

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Funny Old Man

Movie #73 of the year, 99 Homes.
99 HomesI arrived fifteen minutes early for the movie, and found the middle four rows to be mostly empty, despite when purchasing my ticket those four rows were all filled. And of course, the end of the row seat that I took had people already there in the seats next to it, an older couple. As I sat down the old man tried to play a joke saying, “This seat is taken,” referring to my seat. I joked back, “Yeah, by me,” but I don’t think either of them heard, because a few seconds later his wife said, “Yeah, it’s taken by him,” (referring to me.) I smiled and laughed back and then the old man tried another joke saying, “They don’t turn off those lights” pointing to the lights above me. I smiled and replied, “Good, because I’m scared of the dark.”

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First Movie Since the Shooting

Movie #49 of the year, The Queen of Versailles.
Technically it’s the second movie since the Aurora shooting that I’ve seen, as the other night I went to the Arclight Hollywood’s 12:15 AM showing of The Dark Knight Rises, but we “only” heard about the tragic shooting when the credits started rolling. The Arclight was as crowded as it had ever been, and I actually was a little disappointed or surprised that there weren’t that many people dressed up or in costumes. Most simply chose a basic black T-shirt with the Batman logo on it. Not as many crazies out tonight, I thought. Our auditorium was enormous and full to capacity with eager fans. Our seats were in the third middle row and to the right, not perfect, but not bad either. After a rousing introduction by the usher the movie began, and over two and a half hours later, it ended.
Upon learning that there was a shooting, it was saddening and uncomfortable. Uncomfortable in the sense that the attack was so random and unpredictable. So senseless, and yet it’ll be one the news for days with talking heads trying to make sense out of illogical. What would have stopped something like that happening here? Naturally rather than show those feelings, I masked it with my dry Canadian humor, wondering if an attack  like this  were to happen, why during a Batman movie and not a maddening Twilight movie? But I guess the Twilight movies kind of do that on their own. Later reading and hearing the accounts of what happened — how the attacker came into the theater as a regular patron, propped the emergency exit door open, returned and caused hell — made me recount so many times when I’ve been at a theater and witnessed someone head out the hallway that lead to outside and not the lobby. Idiot, I would think, how hard is it to remember which way you came in? I know if I were at that Colorado theater the same thought would have crossed my mind, but now if I see someone start to head out the emergency exit, I’m sure a tiny bit of me will wonder — what is this person up to?
Cut to: Saturday morning, and the movie theater had a different feeling running through it from the previous night. When the usher introduced the film, there was an added line following the part saying how long the film ran for. “Thank you. Thank you for coming out and supporting the theaters.”  Then the movie began, about a billionaire family riding high until the recession hit, and seeing how unaware they are of just how lucky they were.

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Bollywood Dance Performance Before the Movie

Movie #20 of the year, The Cabin in the Woods. Whenever I go to the Arclight Hollywood to see a movie with someone, unless I’m going with the person, I usually wind up getting to the theater early and waiting for whatever friend I’m seeing the movie with. Mostly it’s because I am coming from the west side, and regardless of what the traffic looks like when I  check it online, I always play it safe and overestimate how long it’ll take me to get there. Also, the friend I’m seeing the movie with is usually Bruce, who likes to arrive seconds before the showtime, so unless I’m risking showing up at the last minute, I’m waiting on him. I typically spend my time waiting browsing through the lobby store or standing out of the way in the lobby and occupy myself with my cellphone. But this weekend there was the tenth annual Indian Film Festival taking place and outside the theater a music village of sorts was set up. When I arrived there was a singer finishing up her last two songs, which despite the horrible acoustics outside, sounded pretty good. This was followed by a lively dance routine from an Bollywood-fusion dance team from UCLA, Nashaa. Although there were lampposts in the middle of their performing area they still managed to nail their choreographed routine.  As our showtime neared, I found myself checking the clock — and at the parking structure entrance for Bruce — actually hoping that Bruce would only show up until after they finished their impressive number.  And after the ten minute or so performance Bruce did show up, right on time, a couple minutes before the movie was supposed to start, completely unaware of the show before the show that he missed.

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