My first week with MoviePass

If I told you I had a way for you to catch every single new release, in the theater, for only $30 a month, what would you say? Does that sound too good to be true? Fortunately, the good folks over at MoviePass.com are making this seemingly impossible feat a reality. I’ve been using the service for just over a week now and it works beautifully...

Dreams, awareness, and the illusion of control within them

Every once in a while, I hear somebody claim that they can control their dreams, or that they've been able to do it before. Because experience is so hard to argue with, I've always just sort of taken them at their word and thought, "that's really interesting, I wonder what it would be like". Last night, however, I experienced it for myself. The amazing thing is, the experience didn't reinforce the stories I'd heard, it simply begged the question whether control within dreams is merely an illusion.

An alternate interpretation to the ending of Source Code

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the ending of Source Code. Since it’s release, I’ve listen to several different reviews of Source Code. Positive or negative, most reviewers seem to fixate on a specific aspect of the films’ ending. In the climactic scene Colleen Goodwin sends Colter Stevens back through the Source Code one last time, severs Stevens connection with the machine, and allows him to live out the rest of his life as Sean Fentress in the world in which he stops the bomb from ever exploding. In the last 2 minutes of the film, we then discover that in every trip Stevens took, an alternate reality was actually being created. What I’ve found is that most reviewers seem to share the common belief that Colter Stevens is killing Sean Fentress by taking his place in this alternate reality. I, however, see things a little bit differently...

Interpreting a godless Adjustment Bureau

In The Adjustment Bureau David Norris (Matt Damon) discovers an organization of people devoted to controlling the destinies of the human race. The film follows Norris as he tries to thwart the organization and write his own path through the world. Given the subject matter of free will vs determinism, it’s easy to understand why viewers might interpret The Bureau (and it’s Chairman) as representing God within the context of the film. Not only do I believe this interpretation to be incorrect, but I believe that if you hold this opinion, you’ve missed the entire point of the film...

Forget rising ticket prices, where have all the showtimes gone?

With the economy the way it is, everyone has been feeling the pinch. For the average consumer, and business owner alike, this means cutting costs and doing whatever they can to make an extra buck. If you’ve been to the movies any time in the last year, you’ve probably noticed a pretty drastic rise in the cost of a movie ticket. While this has had many people up in arms, I’ve caught on to an even worse trend. Theater owners everywhere have been cutting back on their operating hours and even dropping all of their morning showtimes...

Yes, I'm dieting. Why is this an issue?

I've been on a diet for close to 4 months now. In that time I've lost 32.7 pounds (dropping from 221 pounds down to 188.3). This post is a direct response to the general criticisms and misconceptions associated with the dietary choices I've been making. Ok, well I guess that isn't entirely true. I mean, I know the worst offenders will never read this post, so I guess it can't truly act as a direct response. I guess instead just consider it an expression of my frustration and a defense of what I've been doing for the last few months...

On the constant misuse and misappropriation of inside jokes

A well executed inside joke can be a beautiful thing, but I often find that most people don't really get the true purpose of the device. Inside jokes are meant to breed a sense of community, not celebrate the exclusion of those not "in the know". That is why I simply don't understand why people constantly use the term incorrectly or attempt to misappropriate the inside jokes of others. An inside joke is essentially one whose humor is only truly understood by those within the group the joke was intended for. To those outside of the group, which can range from a social clique to an occupation, the humor of the joke doesn't make any sense. Because of this, it's completely wasted on "outsiders". This means, that without the clique or community group, THERE IS NO INSIDE JOKE. You wouldn't believe how often I hear people spouting off inside jokes when they know full well that they're the only ones within the situation that get it. The simple futility of this behavior annoys me to no end. But this isn't even the worst infraction...

Living in a post-theft household

A person's home is sacred territory. At least that's the way I look at it. I mean just think about it. When everything is said and done, the home (or the room if you live with roommates) is a person's only real place that belongs just to them. The only place that they can exercise complete dominion over. We choose to believe our homes are safe because it's comforting, but it's not always the case. Sadly, a lesson one of my roommates and I had to learn the hard way...

My first time being protective of a film

I’ve known several people over the years who will discover something new and make the mistake of thinking they’re the first person in the world to do so. They latch on to it as if it is uniquely theirs and get very defensive when they hear others talk about liking the same thing. I’ve seen it done with bands, songs, television shows, and especially with film. I’ve always been annoyed by this behavior, but recently I experienced it from the other perspective. For probably the first time in my life, I felt protective over a film and had an adverse reaction to someone speaking positively about it...