Tag: movies

Upselling Run Amok

My mom and I saw Divergent this afternoon (but more on that in a minute).

I always accompany my mom to the concession stand when we go to the movies, both to help carry her purchases and to make sure that I get what I want. This shouldn’t be difficult, but it is. Because heaven forbid the kid working the concession stand at the AMC Theatre actually sell me a fucking small soda.

I literally have trouble carrying any of their sodas bigger than a small and even the small is ginormous. But no, they don’t want to sell me a small soda; I must upgrade it. And it’s even worse because my mom is a member of the AMC Stubs program, which provides free upgrades for popcorn and sodas. So I end up practically having to yell at these kids that I understand I could get a larger soda for the same price, I just don’t want one. I literally told the girl today to stop trying to upsell me. (This was after her second attempt to coerce me into upgrading my soda.)

I understand that your manager has drilled into your head that you must always upsell, but at some point you should respect the customer as a human being who knows her own fucking mind. I mean, when I worked at the record store we were always supposed to try to get the customer to buy more than one item. And I’d suggest one of the dumb things we had at the register (disc repair kits and whatnot) if somebody came up with one CD. But if the customer was already buying multiple things I’d keep my mouth shut; I was getting my multi-sale so why harass the customer.

Hiccups at the concession stand aside, it was a lovely trip to the movies. Here’s a thing I hadn’t known going in, though: Divergent is a long-ass movie. And it felt even longer. I don’t know how they took such a well-paced page-turner of a book and turned it into a plodding movie, but they did. I think my mom liked it more than I did. (I think it helped that it wasn’t Hunger Games-level violent.) There were parts I really loved, even during the boring parts of the movie (most of them involved Four, because duh). But then there were things where I thought, “that’s not how it happened” (most of them involved Jeanine Matthews – I guess if you get Kate Winslet for your movie, you use her as much as possible). And there were things that I expected to see because they come up in the other books that weren’t in Divergent at all. So I don’t know how that’s going to be resolved in the other movies.

One thing that really bothered me was that I couldn’t tell Will and Al apart. This is not a problem I had reading the book. And the more I think about it, the more I wonder why they bothered including Al; they could’ve saved a few minutes without him and the film wouldn’t have been materially different.

I know I’m mostly complaining about the movie, but I really did like it. I just think they could’ve done better. And I have no idea if my opinion matches the Internet’s general opinion because I haven’t bothered to see what people thought. At the very least it’s good to know that it was one of the nine films this year that passed the Bechdel test.

One last thing about Divergent: my mom kinda didn’t believe me when I told her that Four was played by the same actor who played Downton Abbey‘s ill-fated Mr. Pamuk 🙂

Until tomorrow.

Calming And Not Calming

Today was kind of strange. I woke up anxious about something I knew I was going to be forced to do. And then my mom took me to the Minute Clinic at CVS and forced me to get a booster shot. Apparently they’re recommending that anyone who will have contact with a newborn should get the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine. But, man, I Did Not Want to do that.

(Let me be clear: my reluctance to get that vaccine was not the result of some anti-science view, but was the direct byproduct of my all-consuming fear of needles. I am pro-vaccination and I got all my shots 20 years ago. I thought I was done.)

The reward for getting jabbed in the arm with a needle was supposed to be a trip to see Veronica Mars. But we ended up having to wait at the (poorly-named) Minute Clinic for 90 minutes. And then it took another 15 minutes to give me the stupid shot. And I was a big, whiny baby about the whole thing.

But my mom took pity on me and took me to the next showing of Veronica Mars 🙂 I loved it; my mom (who never saw the show) thought it was too violent.

So yeah, today was kind of strange. More good than bad, all things considered, but definitely strange.

Until tomorrow.

Taste Is A Funny Thing

What does it say about me that the four movies I was excited to find on TV today were You’ve Got Mail, Walk, Don’t Run, It Happened One Night, and The Princess Diaries? (Incidentally, if you’ve never seen Walk, Don’t Run, I highly recommend it. It’s adorable and Cary Grant is charming in that special Cary Grant way.) Actually, I’m not sure I really care what it says about me because I’m tired of apologizing for liking what I like, but it is kind of interesting to think about what those movies have in common. They’re all kind of romantic comedies (though The Princess Diaries is the least rom-com-y of the bunch).

Anyway, if you’ll excuse me, it’s almost time for the Genovian Independence Day Ball.

Until tomorrow.

Productive Saturday Night

I watched It Happened One Night on TCM this evening because my life is better than yours. I kid, I kid. But not about the movie. It’s one of my all-time favorites and you should totally watch it if you’ve never seen it

I also watched so much Emergency! (yes, the 70s TV show) this afternoon that I’ve had the theme song stuck in my head for hours. Good times.

Until tomorrow.

We Used To Be Friends

In the awesome-news-six-years-in-the-making category, Rob Thomas (no, the other one) and Kristen Bell are making a Veronica Mars movie! I’m so stoked about their insanely successful Kickstarter campaign. I knew they were gonna reach their goal, too. And not just because by the time I found out about the Kickstarter and pledged my support they had already received more than a million dollars in pledges.

Have I mentioned that I love Veronica Mars? Because I do.

You know what’s funny? I started rearranging my bookshelves last weekend. Thus far, it has entailed moving my CDs, my TV on DVD box sets, and my books from one bookcase to another. And as I was moving my TV box sets, there was Veronica Mars staring at me reproachfully. I thought about how long it had been since I’d watched it and promised myself that I’d get around to watching an episode or two sometime. And then, just a couple of days later, there was a Kickstarter campaign. So now I really need to go back and re-watch the series.

I watched the first eight episodes over the last two days, but I doubt I’ll be able to keep that pace up. Especially since my new job will take up a lot of time. And then I’ll have to watch baseball when I get home. But I have time to get reacquainted with the goings on in Neptune, CA; they’re not even going to film the movie until this summer.

I know there’s been backlash about the Kickstarter and some people have said that those of us who pledged are dupes. But here’s the thing: I don’t care. Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell have been talking about doing a movie since the show was cancelled. I have long wanted to see a Veronica Mars movie. But it was never going to happen. I would imagine that if the powers that be in Hollywood learned one thing from Serenity, it’s that cancelled TV shows do not become successful movies. (Don’t misread, I love Serenity. But it wasn’t what you’d call a hit.) So crowd-sourced funding from the show’s fans was pretty much the only way they were ever going to be able to make a movie. So they put together a Kickstarter and got their funding and now they’re gonna make a Veronica Mars movie. That’s a win as far as I’m concerned.

Until tomorrow.


I saw two different commercials for The Host while watching crappy movies on ABC Family today. This was notable to me because it was the first time I saw a commercial for it. I’m pretty sure I’d already seen all of the footage in the trailers, though.

I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the first commercial because I was so shocked at seeing one. I can’t even say with certainty that it was different from the second commercial, but I think it was. The second commercial seemed to focus on the Jared-Melanie relationship. I was just glad it didn’t have the action movie vibe I got from the third trailer, even if it did feature Melanie jumping through a window on the fifth or so floor.

I’m slightly concerned that I saw commercials for The Host today because I’ve long believed that if they start advertising a movie on TV a month before it comes out, then it isn’t a very good movie. Of course, I’m still going to see The Host, but I was never the person they have to advertise this movie to.

It’s weird, I knew I loved The Host from the first time I read it, but this level of obsession I have over the movie and my fear that they destroyed the novel is completely unexpected. I guess I love The Host more than I thought I did.

Until tomorrow.


For reasons that I don’t really understand, my mom asked me if Beautiful Creatures was the movie based on the Stephenie Meyer novel that I wanted to see. I told her that, no, The Host is the non-Twilight Stephenie Meyer novel-turned-movie. Which reminded me that IMDB said there was a new trailer, so I watched it.

And now I’m back to thinking that the movie is gonna make me mad. There are way too many action movie shenanigans in that trailer. And it’s not that I don’t like action movies, but I don’t think that The Host should’ve been turned into one.

Don’t misread, I’m still totally going to see The Host (and probably in the theater), but I’m not expecting much from it. Maybe, if I’m really lucky, it’ll surprise me. One can only hope.

Until tomorrow.