Happy List! – April 17, 2011

Things that make me happy… RIGHT NOW!

Scream 4

I know, I know. 4?! Hey, it’s been a while since we’ve all taken a trip to Woodsboro and been terrorized by Ghostface. Call it nostalgia… after all, at the risk of dating myself, I spent my Senior Skip Day at the theater seeing the original… but I HAD to go. (Incidentally, my friend and I almost walked out of the original ten minutes in because we were just about peeing our pants scared. Thank God we stuck around for the fun!) Nothing can top the original, as it introduced us to the horror/comedy mashup as it were, but #4 does trump the other less than worthy sequels. It was funny to note the advances in technology… facebook, twitter, texting, apps… and think back to carrying a “box car phone” in my own car senior year. (YIKES!)

Regardless, I did get carded upon entry. Thank you flirty ticket sales boy.

Perhaps the greatest part of this movie-going experience was witnessing a 65+ year old woman take her seat a few rows in front of me. I just KNEW she had stumbled into the wrong theatre. I assumed her husband was out getting popcorn and that they were supposed to be in Atlas Shrugged or Rio or maybe even Arthur but that she had accidentally transposed numbers in her theater search. Fifteen minutes in to the movie… with quite a few gory killings under our belts… and there she remained. My bladder was busting by the time the movie was over and luck have it, she had gone to the bathroom. I just had to ask.

“How did you like the movie?”

“Oh, the screams get less and less as they go on. Kind of like Nightmare on Elm Street.”



Our local theater is an AMC. We didn’t have them in Florida, but the one on 42nd and 8th was my friendly neighborhood moviehouse when I lived in NYC. Shortly after moving here, my sister and I took Alexa to see Ramona and Beezus. The final installment of Harry Potter (And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1) was fast approaching; while looking up movie times, I ran across a posting for A.M.Cinema. Apparently all AMC theaters have special pricing before noon. We’re not talking the lame supposed matinee discounts of today… oh no… any movie shown before 12pm is $6. SIX. DOLLARS. I can’t remember the last time I paid $6 to see a movie. (Note, IMAX and 3D options do have tacked on fees, but even still, I saw Harry in IMAX for $11… the price of a normal movie ticket.)

What might just be the best part is that the theaters showing at the AM times are practically EMPTY. Even Harry, on OPENING WEEKEND, had plenty of open seats. When I left, the line for the afternoon IMAX showing wrapped around the outside of the building.

Totally worth getting up a little earlier.

Be an early bird, and keep thinking about the things that make YOU smile! 🙂


~ by sillyauntjen on April 17, 2011.

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