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No Spoilers Microreview - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
July 31st, 2007
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No Spoilers Microreview
I would have liked to have seen The Simpsons Movie last Thursday in a "evening before general release" event, but my local theater seemed to have canceled their plans. I don't know if they weren't able to get the t-shirts they were going to give away, or if the studios had a problem with these advance screenings or what.

So, I ended up seeing it at the other theater - the one closer in to civilization (which, paradoxically, makes you butter your own popcorn). My neighbor across the street and an excoworker and I all got together and got into the theater just as the usher cleaning up from the previous show left, so we got my favorite seats. By the time the annoying pre-trailer entertainment was over, the place was comfortably full, which I thought was impressive for a Monday night.

Again, no spoilers.

Plenty of good "you're watching this in a movie theater" gags. Some marginally better animation. Several moments earning the PG-13 rating. Seattle mentioned by name a couple times, and onscreen for almost a second. Monorail!

I laughed out loud frequently throughout the movie - some at the dialog, some at the throwaway little stuff in the scene. The stuff you'd expect in a Simpsons movie.

One of the guys I saw the film with said that "they made it suitably epic", which I agree with.

Bottom Line: thumbs up. See it at least once if you enjoy the Simpsons. I might see it again - I don't know that there'd be jokes I missed the first time, but there could be.


This morning, I woke up from a dream that involved waltzing with Mary-Louise Parker. Possibly in a dentist's waiting room. Odd.

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From:ginsu
Date:July 31st, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
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I woke up from a dream that involved waltzing with Mary-Louise Parker. Possibly in a dentist's waiting room.

Interpretation: Even when you find the dream woman, you know there's significant pain looming ahead.
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From:cailleanlarkin
Date:July 31st, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
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I was reading this post, got to the end and saw mention of MLP and knew that the comment behind the link was going to be yours. ;)

Not related to the Ginsu Knife, I love the butter your own popcorn trend! I don't look at it so much that the theatre makes you do it but instead that I *get* to do it, thus ensuring absolutely perfect buttering technique, and no one to blame if it's bad but myself.
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From:tsmaster
Date:July 31st, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
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I love the butter your own popcorn trend! I don't look at it so much that the theatre makes you do it but instead that I *get* to do it, thus ensuring absolutely perfect buttering technique, and no one to blame if it's bad but myself.

Here's the way I like my movie theater popcorn:
- in a bucket, not a bag.
- buttered at least twice, once half way up, once all the way up.

The AMC theater that we went to doesn't have buckets. Oh, well. I can see that bags might be cheaper, and they fit more easily into the trash can. I'll excuse that for the sake of practicality.

However, I'm less sanguine about losing the butter in the middle. By making me butter my own popcorn, I only get the bag at the end of the process, and therefore, only able to butter the top. I could ask for 10% less popcorn, so I could have room to stir the popcorn around, but I'm sure that'd end in tears.

It wasn't very long ago that I didn't have to do anything special, just ordering a medium popcorn with butter would get me the popcorn the way I like it.

Also, I'd rather that the butter machine sprayed the minimum wage theater employees and not me.
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