Wizard World Cleveland 2016: Day Two (Photo Gallery)

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Wizard World Cleveland 2016: Day One (Photo Gallery)

Just a little disclaimer here:  if you want to use a photo, feel free to do so but I have two conditions- 1. Please do not alter my pictures in any way or remove the watermark.  I put a lot of work into my photography and post-processing and since I don’t get paid for my photography yet, I would like to maintain some control of my work.  2. Please give me credit for the photographs and link back to the original source.  Thank you

 

Box Office Blues: The Downward Spiral of Movie Theaters

Earlier this evening after getting back from seeing The Phantom Menace 3D at the movie theater, I saw a brief story on CNN about how people are going to see movies in the theaters less these days.  This is even true in my own life.  What is causing this trend?  In my opinion, I believe it has to do with the rising cost of tickets and the lack of manners of people.

These days to see a movie in a theater it will cost you around $8.00 to just see a movie.  That doesn’t even account for how much that will be spent at the snack bar, which is super expensive as well.  If that wasn’t enough, theaters tack on an extra fee for 3D movies (for me, the extra cost was $4), so you are paying extra for a pair of plastic glasses that the theater wants you to recycle after the movie is over with.  Some people like myself decide to keep the glasses since we pay for them.  You would think that the theaters would give you a discount if you brought your own 3D glasses but that isn’t the case.  It is another example of the greed of movie studios and theaters.

Another reason, in my opinion, viewership at movie theaters is down is because of the lack of manners that people have.  Many times I have been to a theater to see a film that was family friendly only to hear little kids constantly talking during the movie.  Parents need to have a talk with their children before they go into a movie about not talking.  It is rude!!  Small children aren’t the only offenders though.  Teenagers are the other ill-mannered group, especially if there are a bunch of teenagers.  How self-centered are people not to realize that there other people in the theater that want to enjoy the movie without hearing the mindless chit-chat of teenagers or nonstop questions little kids ask their parents.  Common courtesy seems to go out the window with people sometimes.

While the Hollywood machine continues to churn out the movies, the amount of people going to the theater has decreased.  There may be more reasons than just the rising costs and the lack of manners but those are my gripes.  I would love to hear what you think of going to the movies.  Do you agree with my points or are there other reasons that keep you from going?

Star Wars Episode I in 3D or Another Reason for Jar Jar Binks Haters to Complain

Movie Poster for Star Wars- Episode I: The Phantom Menace

On Friday, almost 13 years after its initial release, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace returns to movie theatres only this time in 3D.  If you listen closely, you can hear the collective groans and gripes of Star Wars purists worldwide.  The reason for this sense of dread varies among the fans that you ask.  Some claim the addition of the character, Jar Jar Binks made the film unbearable to watch, while others claim that then nine year-old Jake Lloyd’s portrayal of the boy who would be Darth Vader as wooden, thus nicknaming him Mannequin Skywalker.

Whatever the reason, there are sure to be complaints about the first Star Wars film is rereleased into theaters on Friday.  That will not stop people who happen to enjoy the film or those who are wanting to see it for the first time the way it’s meant to be seen, in a theater.

Super Bowl XLVI Commercials: Movies and Pop Culture

Today is the time-honored tradition of the Super Bowl.  For some, it means watching the game and cheering for your favorite team.  Then there are those of us who watch to see the latest advertisements that movie studios trot out for the upcoming months and any commercial that is bound to become a part of pop culture.  Here is a rundown of the ads airing today during the Super Bowl:

This year we see the second coming of Ferris Bueller, sort of.  In this commercial, Matthew Broderick calls in sick to his agent.  What ensues is a series of adventures akin to Broderick’s hit film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  All the while, the product that the commercial is selling is the Honda 2012 CR-V.

The next video, titled “The Bark Side”, comes from Volkswagen.  The commercial has a group of dogs barking “The Imperial March” from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.  Among the motley crew of dogs, you can see dogs dressed like Chewbacca, an Ewok, C3PO, Princess Leia and Darth Vader.  At the end of the commercial, a greyhound comes across the screen dressed like an AT-AT from the Battle of Hoth.

In the Super Bowl spot for the superhero team film, Marvel’s The Avengers, the term “less is more” couldn’t ring more true.  While the commercial is only ten seconds long, we are treated to our first peek at the Hulk in the upcoming film.

Finally, capitalizing on the 2012 end of the world nonsense, Chevy gives a commercial where a group of men are driving through the post-apocalyptic world to meet up.  One of the guys asks where their friend Dave is and the one of the other guys says that Dave didn’t make it because he drove a Ford truck.

Raiders of the Lost Ark: 30 Years Later

Sunday marked the 30th anniversary of the classic, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the movie that introduced us to the iconic hero, Indiana Jones.  Without realizing it the previous night, I watched Raiders and was amazed how well it still holds up today.  The iconic character, Indiana Jones, was first introduced in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  George Lucas thought of the character around the same time as Star Wars, and drew upon aspects of old 1940s movies to create the adventurous archeologist.  In the scene shown below, originally Harrison Ford was supposed to use the whip to remove the sword from the guy’s hand, but Harrison was feeling sick and was told to just shoot the guy.