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Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:34 am

CP Maverick wrote:I have to say, the amount of positive reviews this movie was getting, left me expecting more out of it. Not to say it was bad, but there's a bit I wish I didn't expect (as was my experience with TFA). With that in mind, they could have trimmed some of the fat. It didn't need to be a full 2.5 hours long.

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I can't really go into more details, but I agree on the length. I know this one was technically only 15-20 minutes longer than Force Awakens, but it felt considerably longer because of the movie's pacing.

Having said that, I really did like the movie. I still prefer Force Awakens, but it was a very high quality film and I'd definitely see it again in theaters. Rian definitely introduced some new elements into the movie. I also thought this was the funniest Star Wars movie by far.
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Postby CoasterAuditor » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:51 pm

Saw it last night my god is it intense.
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:26 pm

We saw The Last Jedi this morning (9:30 AM show while kids were at school) and it is SO GOOD. I loved every minute of it. Whereas Force Awakens felt very much like a remake of A New Hope, The Last Jedi had lots of suprises. It might just be the best one yet.

On another note, this was our first opportunity to go to the new Alamo Drafthouse that just opened in Springfield. It's a San Antonio-based chain of movie theatres that have as their hook that they serve a full meal while in the theatre. It was a great experience, and I recommend it to all Texans or those who live close enough to Texas to have one of these around. My wife had a BLT and I had a buffalo bleu cheese poutine, and both were awesome. Plus they have a full bar, which we didn't participate in since the movie was in the morning, but really cool. We did have the Mudhouse Coffee, which is a local independent coffeehouse. I love that Alamo tries to partner with local suppliers whenever possible. Great experience!

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Postby bert425 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:56 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:On another note, this was our first opportunity to go to the new Alamo Drafthouse that just opened in Springfield. It's a San Antonio-based chain of movie theatres that have as their hook that they serve a full meal while in the theatre. It was a great experience, and I recommend it to all Texans or those who live close enough to Texas to have one of these around. My wife had a BLT and I had a buffalo bleu cheese poutine, and both were awesome. Plus they have a full bar, which we didn't participate in since the movie was in the morning, but really cool. We did have the Mudhouse Coffee, which is a local independent coffeehouse. I love that Alamo tries to partner with local suppliers whenever possible. Great experience!


one correction.. Alamo Drafthouse originated right here in Austin :)

yeah, it's named after the Alamo (about an hour away in San Antonio), but i saw many, many shows at the original Alamo Drafthouse, upstairs near the 4th/Colorado "Warehouse" district in Austin.

that Original location is long gone (it's been several nightclubs at this point), but there are several around town, and the newest locations (with choose your seat online while buying tickets, and the mini-tables shared by every two seats (instead of the long bar table infront of the whole row)) are absolutely amazing.

hint on my fave snack there. . the Buffalo Cauliflower is incredible, but order it with the sauce on the side (and then dip as you eat). The cauliflower will stay crisp the whole way thru, instead of getting soggy quickly.

oh, and hint 2: show up 1/2 hour before your showing. That's when the theaters open, and you can go in, order, and enjoy the 1/2 hour pre-show. . which is clips, commericals, and just weird crap, that's typically themed to what's showing:

(for example, for Justice League, the whole pre-show was old superhero clips, and commercials, and for "It" the whole preshow was about clowns (yes, including McDonald's commercials)
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:09 pm

Ok, cool. Austin-based chain then.

Yeah, ours is designed just like that. Mini table for two seats, which we picked out when purchasing tickets. Such a relaxing experience. No worries about getting a good seat, just show up and have a good time. We got there early, and I enjoyed the preshow. They had weird Christmas specials. Nothing classic like Rudolph, no, these were all weird as shit saved from the dustbin of history types. It was surreal and fun.

This just opened, and already it's my new favourite movie place. Not like we get a lot of opportunities for movies. We gave up a long time ago on trying to get a sitter. People just don't want to watch a kid with autism. It sucks, but whatever. So we went in the morning while our free public education system that can't say no to us watched the kids.

Wow, that got dark. Back to fun stuff. When we do have an opportunity for a movie in the theatre (probably Black Panther), it'll be at Alamo Drafthouse. I'll have to check out the cauliflower when we do.

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Postby bert425 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:26 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Ok, cool. Austin-based chain then.

Yeah, ours is designed just like that. Mini table for two seats, which we picked out when purchasing tickets. Such a relaxing experience. No worries about getting a good seat, just show up and have a good time. We got there early, and I enjoyed the preshow. They had weird Christmas specials. Nothing classic like Rudolph, no, these were all weird as shit saved from the dustbin of history types. It was surreal and fun.

This just opened, and already it's my new favourite movie place. Not like we get a lot of opportunities for movies. We gave up a long time ago on trying to get a sitter. People just don't want to watch a kid with autism. It sucks, but whatever. So we went in the morning while our free public education system that can't say no to us watched the kids.

Wow, that got dark. Back to fun stuff. When we do have an opportunity for a movie in the theatre (probably Black Panther), it'll be at Alamo Drafthouse. I'll have to check out the cauliflower when we do.


check your local Alamo for special screenings!. . absolutely ask them.

not sure how old your kiddo is, but the Alamo here, offer special "kids" screenings, as well as "autism" screenings (the lights are not quite as low in the theater, and the sound isn't quite as intense), so you could enjoy a screening as a family, surrounded by others who have a similar situation with an autistic child.
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Postby jray21 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:17 am

The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin is one of the biggest things I miss about living there. There food was so good, and they always had something to match the movie. When they played Snakes on a Plane, they had a snake appetizer, and it was pretty good!
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Postby RCT3Bross » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:55 pm

After all the negativity around TLJ I had to watch it again. Was I blinded the first time with the Star Wars brand or did I really love it for the right reason. The verdict I still love it, Not because it's a Star Wars movie but because it made me rethink what I knew. I had the trilogy dotted out in my head then I watched TLJ and it started by flipping the bird to me. I was like: "oh, alright." And thought it would soon get launched back on my vision many because that was what the trailers showed me. Then there was a moment I thought: "Okay it's obvious this is going to happen, they not going to that." but that did happen. At that time my whole concept of 9 was gone, and I loved it and still love it.
Heck these days I think franchises always go on the predictable route. TLJ I thought I had spelled out together with 9 but I was never so wrong while it felt so right. Right now I feel as bumped for 9 as I did before TFA before a trailer was out. Hell I have some idea's but it feels open.
Having said that there are things I raised an eyebrow at. Two scenes I was like: "come on" about but this isn't the first time that happened in Star Wars in my opinion. There was one story arc I felt like it was there and it was fine just not necessary. It was fine how they executed it but really it just did not help this movie.
It's not my favorite Star Wars Movie and it never will be, but it broke something I in hindsight was needing this movie to break.
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:41 pm

bert425 wrote:
ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Ok, cool. Austin-based chain then.

Yeah, ours is designed just like that. Mini table for two seats, which we picked out when purchasing tickets. Such a relaxing experience. No worries about getting a good seat, just show up and have a good time. We got there early, and I enjoyed the preshow. They had weird Christmas specials. Nothing classic like Rudolph, no, these were all weird as shit saved from the dustbin of history types. It was surreal and fun.

This just opened, and already it's my new favourite movie place. Not like we get a lot of opportunities for movies. We gave up a long time ago on trying to get a sitter. People just don't want to watch a kid with autism. It sucks, but whatever. So we went in the morning while our free public education system that can't say no to us watched the kids.

Wow, that got dark. Back to fun stuff. When we do have an opportunity for a movie in the theatre (probably Black Panther), it'll be at Alamo Drafthouse. I'll have to check out the cauliflower when we do.


check your local Alamo for special screenings!. . absolutely ask them.

not sure how old your kiddo is, but the Alamo here, offer special "kids" screenings, as well as "autism" screenings (the lights are not quite as low in the theater, and the sound isn't quite as intense), so you could enjoy a screening as a family, surrounded by others who have a similar situation with an autistic child.

Awesome! We used to have an independent theatre that did that, but it closed suddenly last summer when the building was bought by a church. We got to watch Sing and Moana and several other films just because of the autism friendly showing. Would be very glad to have that kind of thing back.

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Postby jray21 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:03 pm

I forgot to mention that I got the MoviePass about 5 months ago and it's been AMAZING! For those that don't know, it $9.99 per month, or $89 per year, and you can see up to one 2d movie a day (No 3d, Imax, or special screenings). In the past 5 months, I have seen 29 movies, and only paid $50! Our movies average about $10, so I've saved approximately $240! I rarely get popcorn and drinks, so I still save a ton. Costco has(had?) a special where if you pre-paid for the year, you got access to some online movie website that I never heard of. However, the only warning I have about the MoviePass is that their customer service is absolutely horrendous. Luckily, I've never had to contact them and everything has worked great, but some of my friends had issues and MoviePass was horrendous to deal with. It's been amazing, and it does work at our theaters for the Flashback movies they show, and even for the DFX ATMOS special sound theaters that are a little more money (as long as they're not 3D or IMAX). Anyway, here are some movies I've seen the past month.

Greatest Showman - I loved it! Great soundtrack, great movie!

Shape of Water- Top 5 for WORST movie I've ever seen. So many people like it, but it was so terrible. I couldn't wait for it to end.

Jumanji - It was entertaining. Nothing great, but a nice modern update to the movie.

Paddington 2 - It really liked this one. I didn't see the first one until I was on Netflix and I was pleasantly surprised. The second one was good and pretty funny. There were a few times when I laughed out loud a little.

Darkest Hour - I love historical movies and this one was pretty good. It was a good look at a part of history I never really knew. I know the Winston Churchill during and after the war, but didn't know much about him leading up to the war.

Star Wars - It was good! Yeah, there were some things that could have been better, but it was much better than Episodes 1-3, and it was still a fun movie. I don't understand all the hate it got.
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