Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Celebrating My Birthday Around the World

So, my birthday is coming up. Yup. Turning 29. As in ... the one before 30. As in ... the last one in your 20s. As in ... ()U*#%H:OF(*#%JOINMF)*S&#$*(_@_(@QPI(JVEU(GVSE*()#%J.

Because I just got back from such an awesome and wallet-busting trip, I can't take my normal big 4th of July/birthday vacation this year. Sad. I am still going for a long weekend hiking up at Lake Superior ... but it's not the Cook Islands or Japan or that.

So, I decided to take a walk down memory lane to my last few birthday's abroad ...

2013 
Singapore & Japan


2012
Cook Island ... and the flight from the Cook Islands ... and In-n-Out in LA
 


2011
Switzerland

2010
Chicago

2009
Portugal 


2008
Rome ... as part of my amazing 3 month Grand Tour of Europe

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What's your number?

I'm talking about the number of movies you've seen! Why ... what did you think I meant?

Tonight I went to see 22 Jump Street (for the second time) and with that ticket purchase I reached another $10 Reward. So I checked my totals on my handy-dandy AMC app and found that over the past 6 years since I became an AMC Stubs member, I have raked in $240 worth of Rewards. How do you earn those? Let me tell you. You get $10 in Rewards for every $100 you spend at AMC.

So, with that, let's do some movie math ...

$242 in Rewards 
24 rewards at $10 each 
24 times I have spent $100 to earn my reward 
=
$2,400 spent on movies (at AMC theaters) over the last 6 years 

Wow, that's a lot of movie money!

Now, let's figure what the means in number of movies seen.

Ticket prices obviously vary. Going rate today at AMC is:

  • $8 weekend before 4PM
  • $10.75 weekend after 4PM
  • Add another $2 for 3D and/or another $2 for IMAX
So, depending on time and type of movie, you are looking at $8-$15 per movie. Clearly that has gone up over the years. Given inflation in prices over the 6 year period and probably a 50/50 split between afternoon and evening movies as well as the fact that I don't go to cheap theaters, let's say $8.50 average per movie over those years. 

So ... back to our math ...

$2,400 spent on movies at AMC theaters over 6 movies
/
$8.50 average ticket price per movie
=
282 movies seen and paid for AMC theaters in the last 6 years

WOW!!!

But wait ... I'm not done yet. 

Let's assume I go home to my parent's house 3 times per year and go the (non-AMC) theater there on each of those trips. That adds another 18 movies

New total = 300 movies seen in theaters 

BUT ... we are still not done! Why? Because I go to screenings ... a lot of screenings. I started going to screenings in summer of 2011, so I have been doing this 3 years now. On the site that *most* screening passes get issued through, it has a record of me attending ...

110 movie screenings 

New total = 400 movies seen in theaters

BUT ... still not done yet! I would say that 65% of my screenings go through the Gofobo site that tracks them, but not all! So if we assume 35% are not, that's another (roughly) ...


40 movie screenings

New total = 440 movies seen in theaters 

So, there you go. I am sure I am missing some movies in there for some reason or another. But roughly 440 movies in about 6 years.

52 weeks per year .... minus the roughly 3 weeks each year I am out of the country ... that makes 294 weeks in 6 years.

440 movies in the last 6 years
/
294 possible movie-viewing weeks over those 6 years 
=
1.5 movies per week

On average, I have seen 1.5 movies per week for the past 6 years.

BOOM!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My Favorite Mr Darcy Movies ... I Mean, Colin Firth Movies ...

I love movie trailers. Seriously. Don't you dare make me be late for the previews! They are sometimes as exciting as the movie itself! Especially when it's a brand new preview for something you haven't see before. Yipee!

The other day I saw a preview for this amazing movie that I am uber excited to now see. Yup ... October cannot come soon enough! 


Umm, yeah. Are you as excited as I am? You should be! It looks really good ... and Colin Firth is in it! Playing such a debonair gentleman! Ahhh! 

This of course got me to thinking how much I love Colin Firth. And that got me to thinking, "what are my favorite Colin Firth movies?". I mean ... obviously I love them all, but I do have my favorites.

So, here they are. NOTE: these are not really in order (I don't think I could really ever pick!), but these are my top 10.

My Top 10 Favorite Colin First Movies

King's Speech
Single Man
Bridget Jones (both of them)
Love Actually
Shakespeare in Love
Pride & Prejudice
Mama Mia
Importance of Being Earnest
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Kingsman: The Secret Service* 
(*yes, I am going to go ahead and include this one because I KNOW this will become a favorite)





Friday, June 6, 2014

Walk a mile in my shoes ... you'll enjoy it!

I miss vacation so much already. I miss the sights and sounds and foods and views. The comfy shoes and the photo taking. I miss the easy conversation and the stress-free me that comes out. I miss the freedom. I miss the me I become on vacation. I miss it all. And it was only three days ago. Sigh. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Movie Review Catch Up | X-Men - Godzilla - Spider-Man 2 - Neighbors - Belle - Million Ways to Diet in the West - Million Dollar Arm

Well, things have been a bit crazy lately. Yeah ... definitely.

Finishing up the semester with projects, finals, write-ups, etc. Lots going on at work with our planning season. And a big vacation and all the prep needed for that in order to feel good leaving. 

But in the midst of all that, I still found time to go to the movies! But, I didn't find time to blog about my review. Hey ... somethings gotta give.

So, before I move on to new movies, I thought I would jot down some quick thoughts on the seven I saw in the two weeks before my vacation. 


X-Men Days of Future Past 
So good!!! Like ... amazingly good! I loved it and definitely recommend it! I saw this on Thursday at midnight (right before flying to Europe the next day) because there was NO WAY I was leaving the country for two weeks without seeing this movie first! I proceeded to watch all the other X-Men movies that night when I got home straight through. Wow!!! Good story, great acting. Everything was great about it. And ... hello! Michael Fassbender! James McAvoy! Ahhhh!

Godzilla
I enjoyed it and am glad I saw it on the big screen. It worked, mostly. But it didn't really do it for me that much. It was just OK, I guess. I don't know much about the Godzilla of past, but I guess I didn't really know what to expect. I definitely didn't think Godzilla would be the good guy. 
Spider-Man 2
So good! I really like the new Spider-May series (I was never a huge fan of the old one). I really like Andrew Garfield and the fact that he and Emma Stone are a couple in real life is just so cute and makes this even better! But (SPOILER) I am really said about the ending! I mean, I knew that is what happened, but I was still hopping somehow it wouldn't happen!!!! Ahhhh!!!
P.S. Love the SNL skit these two did together about the kiss. Hahaha. Watch here. 
Neighbors
It was definitely good. Definitely. But, I expected it to be better. But it was good. Definitely good. 
Belle
I enjoyed this as I really like period pieces. And the story was beautiful and one I had not hear before. But, that being said, it is not for everyone. Could wait for rental. 

A Million Ways to Die in the West
Good, but gross. To be sure. Crude humor. 
Million Dollar Arm
Family friend. Looooong. Ok. 



And, a few movies I have recently seen on DVD or in-flight ...

Enders Game
Didn't really do it for me. I hadn't read the books and I didn't really enjoy this. 

The Book Thief 
Emotional, to be sure. Good, for the most part. But ran way too long for me. 

Veronica Mars
Never seen the TV show, but the intro of the movie does a semi-good job of filling in enough blanks to watch the movie and understand it. I like Kristen Bell a lot, and I enjoyed the movie. Also, because of all the voice overs I kept thinking "I should watch Gossip Girl again". Also, love the cameo from real-life husband Dax Shepard. Ha.

Gambit
Oh Colin Firth. I love you. I really really really love you. Ever since P&P and Mr Darcy. And through all your amazing performances in The King's Speech and A Single Man. But this movie just doesn't work. At all. It was bad. Sorry. 

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