Jan. 2nd, 2008

nightchrome: (silly)
So as I mentioned, I've been working over the New Year's holidays (known as 正月 shougatsu in Japan, direct translation "right month"). It's peculiar that they consider the less-than-a-week surrounding the new year to be a month in and of itself. Not on the calendar, mind you, just in how they refer to it. Like I said, it's a bit of a big deal here.

On an unrelated tangent, a coworker and I skipped out of the nearly-deserted office a bit early yesterday and met up with another friend to head to a theater and catch an evening movie. I haven't been to a theater in over a year, and in fact I believe it was with the exact same people last time. I agree that there's a lot to be said for the full theater experience, but these days I get my film and television online and enjoy it in the comfort of my own home. Not to mention, unless you go on specific days or at specific times, you wind up paying full price here which tends to be anywhere between $15 and $20 just for a ticket. I'm by no means poor, but I object to the ridiculous markup these days.

Anyway, we went to see AVP2, which for those not in the loop is "Alien vs Predator 2". Hardly life-altering fare, but the whole reason to enjoy the "theater experience" is for action and special effects. It was what you'd expect from a sequel to a minor spinoff of another franchise. One thing I found somewhat amusing was that these two franchises have "signature scenes" which get replayed in the film. The alien swimming after someone, alien face getting close to frightened human face, little alien inner-head popping out, alien acid blood dissolving someone, predator heat vision seeking out prey, cloaked predator dropping down from a height with a thump, cloaked predator impaling unsuspecting person, etc. All of them get done again and again in both this and the previous AvP movie. Predictable, but fulfilling in their familiarity.

I'm not sure if it was this particular theater, a new trend, or if I am just getting old...but the audio was EXTREMELY loud. There were no real "gotcha" jump moments in the movie, but every change of scenery made you jump due to the sheer power of the volume.

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