Just got back from another trip to AMC Studio 30 over on Dunvale Rd here in Houston. I saw the action, thriller Repo Men, but I’ll save my comments about the film for my review. The whole “theatrical experience” bit is slightly different this time.
It was raining pretty steadily when I got there, then the temperature had dropped about ten degrees by the time I came out and the wind had picked up. Pretty crazy weather for around these parts this time of year. I managed to see Repo Men for free since I had finally saved up enough points as part of the AMC MovieWatcher network to do that, so that was pretty cool. Even if I hated the film, at least it was free.
So as I mentioned awhile back, I had filmed a commercial that would be shown in the Houston area before the actual movies at the theater. It was supposed to start in the middle of March and the commercials have started. I’m getting ahead of myself a bit. At the beginning of March, an email was sent out discussing the Oscars. At the bottom of the email was a list of the examiners that took part in the filming and whose commercials we could expect to see. My name wasn’t listed. I’ve emailed just about every contact we’ve been given and haven’t heard anything about why. So back to the now, other movie examiners have gotten copies of their commercial and they’re being shown in the town they’re from. Mine isn’t. The commercial for the national examiners (featuring Nicole Finkbiner, Matthew Razak, Stan Robinson, and Tom Santilli) was shown here in Houston instead. I have nothing against the commercial itself or anything as I managed to meet everyone in the commercial that was shown and they are all incredibly awesome individuals who are knowledgeable about films in their own way, but my first impression that my commercial was canned without a reason known to myself has pretty much been cemented and that’s incredibly upsetting. Has anyone else that filmed a commercial seen theirs in the theater yet? I was going to hit up the Regal theater (Edwards Marq*E on Katy Freeway) when Clash of the Titans comes out and see if it’s playing there since I heard Examiner partnered with Regal theaters. However, considering the silence I’ve received and the fact that someone else’s commercial was shown instead, I’m pretty much convinced mine was pulled. Not too happy about that, but there’s not much I can do about it. At least I managed to have an amazing experience in Colorado and meet some pretty awesome individuals while I was there.
Trailers weren’t too bad. They played in the following order:
I’m not quite sure what to think of MacGruber. It’s like my opinion changes about the film every time I see the trailer. I’ll probably wait to rent it or something.
Finally saw the new full-length trailer for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. This looks pretty amazing, to tell the truth. I’m a fan of Scott’s work anyway and this looks like my type of film.
I’ve pretty much said my full opinion when it comes to the new A Nightmare on Elm Street trailer. The only thing I noticed this time that I hadn’t before was that the first scene where the kid falls asleep in the diner was that the song “Dream a Little Dream of Me” was playing in the background. Not sure how I feel about that. It’s kind of a cool connection to the film on one hand while being incredibly cheesy on the other. Possibly more suitable for one of the older ANOES sequels and not this remake that’s supposed to be “super serious” or whatever.
I wrote an article containing the excellent new trailer for Predators and it’s even more amazing on the big screen. This and Inception are my two most anticipated of the year. Be sure and check out the behind the scenes clip and new trailer if you haven’t already.
Kick Ass is either going to be incredibly awesome or fall incredibly short of my expectations. Nic Cage is really the only thing that has me worried at this point. Also, while seeing these batch of trailers, I noticed Mark Strong is in a ton of films lately. Sherlock Holmes, Kick Ass, Robin Hood, the upcoming Green Lantern film. That guy is all over the place.
This movie theater visit wasn’t necessarily one of the best. My jacket smells like burnt popcorn since they burnt it as I was walking out of theater and the projector was projecting the film too far down during the trailers and first half of the film. So there was a huge black bar across the top of the screen (like when you watch a widescreen film on a fullscreen TV. It was like the black bar on the bottom was removed, but the one on top was still there). I was pretty bummed over my commercial not being shown. But anyway, I’m trying not go into a full blown rant here in case I’m mistaken.
Be sure to check out my full review of Repo Men right here.
Local theater listings and showtimes can be seen below. I’ve also included the newest trailer for Robin Hood.
Sources: imdb.com, comingsoon.net, youtube.com