Have you ever been to a really suspenseful movie, and you just have to pee, but you don’t want to miss anything? We all have. When Scream 2 came out, I thought there was a lull in the action and it was safe to pee. [SPOILER ALERT] It wasn’t safe to pee – I missed Dewey’s “death” and spent the next ten minutes wondering where he went.
Now you don’t have to wonder when is the best time to pee during a movie. Before you go, visit RunPee.com. RunPee gives you an approximate elapsed time and scene cues and even tells you how much time you have to get back to your seat. There’s even a summary of the action you’ll miss. It looks like the site is frequently updated as all the recent movies – Up, Terminator: Salvation and Drag Me to Hell, for example – are available.
RunPee was found on Lifehacker. If only it were available as an iPhone application…
The other really useful site – also found on Lifehacker – is MovieStinger.com. MovieStinger answers the pesky question that plagues every hardcore movie fan – to stay or not to stay? Sometimes movies have post-credits scenes (like Iron Man and the recent 3 endings on X-Men Origins: Wolverine), but it’s hard to guess if a movie will have an extra scene or not.
MovieStinger is kept up-to-date and lists movies and if they have scenes after the credits, extras during the credits, or nothing. Now you don’t have to sit in your seat and look for funny names in the credits waiting for a cut scene that will never come.
There’s no denying that Pixar is the leader in movie animations. If anyone tries to argue that point with you, they’ve obviously not gone to the movies at any point in their recent life. Not only is Pixar the best at making animation look realistic and beautiful, but they’re also pretty good at writing stories that both parents and children alike can love.
That’s the case with their newest film, Up, as well. Before heading into the theater to see it this morning, I’d heard from many trustworthy sources that this was Pixar’s best yet. While I did enjoy it quite a bit, it wasn’t their best, at least not to me. Monsters, Inc and Wall-E are still my two favorite. Though Up has cemented its place as third in my list of Pixar favorites.
The story that gets told in Up is a valuable one. While the beginning may cause some tears to flow (not only in kids, but adults as well), the ending will have you smiling ear to ear.
As I said, I can’t say this is my favorite of Pixar’s films, but it certainly was worth seeing on the big screen. At times, the animation was so good that it seemed like actual film footage and not animation. The colors are so vivid and realistic that you think there really is a house floating through the sky, being held up by balloons.
The kids in the theater seemed to love it, shouting out in glee at some points. Well, that’s not to say the kids were the only ones shouting out in glee. Parents seemed to have liked it just as much as kids did, which says a lot about an animated movie.
The bottom line is that you should absolutely see Up on the big screen, the way it’s intended to be seen. It’s aesthetically beautiful, and emotionally moving. You’ll find yourself crying, then laughing, then laughing more, then smiling at the end. Well worth the price of admission, and imaginably one of the better looking Blu-ray movies once it comes out later this year. (Assuming sometime before Christmas time.)
I’m not sure, but it seems as though they’re implying that this will be the last of these movies. While they’re cheesey films, it certainly is fun to watch all the clever ways people die in these things.
It’s nice to see Steve Zahn playing it straight, and not being the bumbling idiot in a film. And it’s nice to see Milla Jovovich. You know.. in general. Check out the trailer for The Perfect Getaway below:
The highlight of going to see Terminator: Salvation this weekend was sadly not Christian Bale, but the trailer for 9.
The trailer is available on Apple Trailers in HD, and I highly recommend that you watch it. Better yet, sneak into the trailers for Terminator before going to see another movie. It’s worth seeing on the big screen.
The movie is an animated film but is by no means a children’s movie. The IMDb synopsis says it’s,
A post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened.
The movie follows 9, an inanimate rag doll come to life (and voiced by Elijah Wood), as he finds others of his kind surviving after an apocalyptic event that wipes out the human race.
The movie will be released on 9/9/09 and also features the voices of Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly and Crispin Glover.