Monday, April 18, 2016

CinemaCon Edition

So went to the yearly convention in Las Vegas, CinemaCon (still not a great name at all, ShoWest is much cooler and unique).  It was a quick trip, was literally there for 24 hours.  Arrived Tuesday night after 9PM and then left just after 9PM on Wednesday.  Not a big fan of Vegas unless with a certain person but it was good seeing old friends for a short minute.  Watched a movie, met some folks, ate some food ... even though it was a quick trip, it was still a good trip.  Oh, even had a chance to squeeze in an impromptu meeting!  How was that!  But was glad to get home, go to sleep in my bed and since I took the following day off, slept in.  By sleeping in I mean by 8AM which is nice for me these.  What is funny is people were texting me on Thursday asking if I was at this event or that event.  I had to write back, already home!  Enjoy the rest of the con!

Weekly Update:
Watched the new "Captain America: Civil War" feature and it was long and felt long.  But, it was also good so I would see it again.  To me that is the bench mark of a good movie if you want to see it again on the big screen or willing to if it comes up.  Also saw the first 27 minutes of "Finding Dora" which was all finished and very fun to see.  Lot of other clips from the Disney line-up and it looks good.  Mostly from Pixar and Marvel along with some Lucas Film so kind of makes you wonder if Disney is making anything themselves worth seeing.  But the highlight of the convention for me was the Lionsgate cocktail reception which they always do a great job.  The food was great (Gordon Ramsey's location in Caesars) and they brought folks to meet ...

*Eugenio Derbez - big name in Latin America and a very humbling guy.  Some US films include "Jack and Jill" and "Instructions not Included."
*John Chu - director for "Now You See Me 2" and very nice guy.
*Jesse Eisenberg - "The Social Network" and really nice guy too.
*Keanu Reeves - so many movies but such a great guy.  He took the time to meet everyone and made sure they got a picture with him.

After that, the rest of the con was over for me and headed home that evening after the Pioneer dinner.

At the movies:

BIG surprise weekend as The Jungle Book breaks the 100 mil cume in this sluggish time of year with 103.6 million in its debut.  Great numbers for this live-action remake and appears word-of-mouth is good as well.  New at #2 is Barbershop" The Next Cut with a solid debut of 20.2 mil, almost close to the original which is great.  Big drop to #3 is "The Boss" with 10.2 mil and this particular comedy did not seem to have the steam.  Still holding on is "Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice" with another 9 mil this week and now just over the 300 mil cume barrier.  Probably will not see it go that much further.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Zootopia" with another 8.2 mil and also just over the 300 mil cume mark which is great for an animated feature!

New movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one this week as Criminal comes in at #6 with 5.9 mil, and also around expectations for this one.

Quote of the week:
"The degree of loving is measured by the degree of giving." - Edwin Louis Cole

Facts & Tips:
The first traffic light was in use in London in 1868, before the advent of cars.

"That's seriously demented." - Randy Couture as Toll Road in "The Expendables."

Monday, April 11, 2016

Starting to get warm and no rain!  The weather reports said there would be like 4 days of it but not a single drop??  What the heck!!  So the 4-days of no rain kept moving to another day and another.  It was pretty sad but the clouds help keep it cool.  But where is my rain!!!  These clouds are a big tease really, they give the hope of rain but then laugh at you while they go else where and dump their loads of water in other cities and regions.  I wish there was a way to harness them and make them drop the water.  I guess that is what the old rain maker guys use to promise in older days.  Who knows but I want some rain please!  Just like an hour of heavy rain would be awesome ... seriously.

Weekly Update:
So I went to Disneyland for work today for about 3 to 4 hours ... that was nice!  Went with our small team to spend time together and it was nice.  The lines were a bit nutty so only did two attractions but it was just nice getting out of the office and be paid to be at the park.  Can not complain about that really.  We did go on one my favorite rides, Storybook Land.  I love this little ride because of the miniature lands they portray.  Miniatures fascinate me and I can look at them all day.  The funny part of this ride is all the ducks on them and how they are giants among the castles and streets.  Saw one by a ship and it was almost the same size, pretty funny and cute.

At the movies:
A new #1 surfaces as The Boss takes top honors opening to a decent 23.5 million.  This is right at expectations and word-of-mouth is fair on this film.  Another big drop and down to #2 is "Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice" with another 23.4 mil and just shy of 300 mil.  Holding on to #3 is "Zootopia" with 14.4 mil and also just shy of 300 mil.  Both of these films should reach that in the next day or two.  Down to #4 is "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" with 6.4 mil and quickly burning out.  Rounding off the top 5 is Hardcore Henry with only 5.1 mil and close to expectations.

Quote of the week:

"To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts." - Henry David Thoreau

Facts & Tips:

Only female mosquitoes bite.

"Sacrebleu! What is this? / How on earth could I miss / Such a sweet, little succulent crab / Quel dommage, what a loss! / Here we go, in the sauce / Now some flour, I think just a dab / Now I'll stuff you with bread! / It don't hurt, 'cause you're dead / And you're certainly lucky you are / 'Cause it's gonna be hot in my big silver pot / Toodle-oo, mon poisson, au revoir!" - Rene Auberjonois as Louis in "The Little Mermaid."

Monday, April 04, 2016

It is nice a cool again, they said rain but they lied yet again.  I mean I think I saw the ground wet for 20 minutes but never saw any water coming from the sky.  I hope as we begin the month of April we do get that old saying, April Showers.  We do get some rain during this month, not a lot but something.  Is it a kind of a Spring cleaning to wash everything away?  Who knows but we could use 2 years of non-stop rains, not heavy mind you but just rain, to bring us out of the drought.  BUT, it would only get us out of a drought but what about long term and sustainability ... that is the big question and I think we are still importing our water from up north through the pipelines and aqueducts.  We just need water, any water please.

Weekly Update:
Not much went on this week that I can even remember ... did anything happen?  I did some of my taxes but I don't think I will have them ready in time but I will get what I can done.  I will probably get another extension again.  I am not sure why it is so difficult to get it done or at least turned in on time for me.  I suppose just your typical procrastination and you realize you need to do them when you are within 2 to 3 weeks of them being due.  Extensions give you like 6 more months but I hope it will be a lot sooner than that because already waited 4 months to get this far!  Oh well, it will be worth the wait if I do not need to pay and get even a dollar back.

At the movies:
With what came out this weekend, no surprises at the box office in terms of what would be in the top 5.  Also no big surprise at the drop "Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice" took with almost 70% from the previous week.  That gives it is a 52.4 million and now past 250 mil cume but still far from goal.  This film will be a much quicker burn than other superhero films, they may want to rethink the rest of the DC Universe.  Holding strong at #2 is "Zootopia" with another 20 mil and closing in at the 300 mil mark.  Also hanging on to the #3 spot is "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" with 11.1 mil.  New at #4 is God's Not Dead 2 with 8.1 mil and right about expectations.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Miracles from Heaven" with another 7.6 mil and overall did well for a faith based film.

New films that did not make the top 5:
Just one wide release as Meet the Blacks comes in at #8 with only 4.1 mil and about expectations as well.

Quote of the week:
"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water." - Rabindranath Tagore

Facts & Tips:
New York City has over 800 miles of subway track.

"I learn plenty, yeah, I learned how to sand your decks maybe. I washed your car, paint your house, paint your fence.  I learn plenty!" - Ralph Macchio as Daniel Larusso in "The Karate Kid."

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Edition

Sunday was Easter Sunday ... no rabbits were harmed in the making of this blog.  That is actually a valid statement.  I read recently that rabbits have very brittle bones and they are also big and hallow so that is why they are so light and big.  So they would actually make a terrible pet for a child especially if mishandled because they can easily be hurt!  They have an average life span of around 10 years.  So some interesting rabbit facts for your Easter ... and also they do not lay eggs.  If they did, we would have both rabbit and chicken farms ... I mean I guess we do have both of those but for two different reasons.


Weekly Update:
Apparently it got really warm this week but since I was indoors, my chest, nose and fingers were freezing!  I thought most thermostats gauge the temperature inside the building and not based on the outside temp!  This felt it like it was taking the outside temps (almost 90) and made it freezing inside!  I mean it was pretty warm that the water in the bathroom was room temperature which is usually cold!  I don't even know where the thermostat is in the building and I have to assume there are at least two for different sides of the floor ... maybe?  Oh well, who knows but at least this coming week is suppose to be cooler with some possible rain (right, the weather man scenario again).  Well, hopefully some rain will come, as always we need it!!

At the movies:
Big weekend to kick off the Spring Break season and a little Summer.  #1 at the box office, no big surprise either is Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice with 170.1 million.  Above expectations and the 2nd weekend will be a big tell if the fans and critics are behind this new franchise to battle against Marvel.  Holding ground at #2 is "Zootopia" with another 23.1 mil and on its way to the 300 mil domestic cume mark but may fall short of it.  New at #3 is My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 with 18.1 mil and around expectations.  Dropping down to #4 is "The Divergent Series: Allegiant" with 9.5 mil and a quick burn to this franchise.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Miracles from Heaven" with another 9.5 mil as well which is fitting for this weekend.

Quote of the week:
"Lord, make me an instrument of they peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love." - Francis of Assisi

Facts & Tips:
Children grow faster during springtime.

"You couldn't leave well enough alone, could you, little twerp? No, you had to push it. Well, now you're gonna pay!" - William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence in "The Karate Kid."

Monday, March 21, 2016

I just realized I have not played a game on the computer in several weeks, maybe even months.  Just no time these days and a little lack of interest too.  I have been keeping some updated like the Blizzard games which can be done from one icon link but haven't jumped in to play anything.  Not sure why but seems like games have changed so much they are not as fun as they use to be.  Maybe there will be something to get back into but for now ... games are on hold for no particular reason.  I still play some app games but even those are starting to lose some luster and reducing some time on those as well.  This is sad ...

Weekly Update:
Been clearing out a lot of old stuff in the garage and boxes in the house ... you come across a lot of things you forgot you had but I guess that is the point of de-cluttering, getting rid of stuff you do not even realize you have.  It is kind of sad though because you kept something for some reason and I guess that reason has changed or the priority is different.  Although these things are all worth keeping (I think) but then what do you do with it?  At the time you received or bought something, it was the coolest thing ever so you kept it to display or maybe it was something handy to use and then stored for some reason or another.  Some things are worth keeping around I guess like certain books for reference or they have a personal connection.  But most of it, I guess can go and either sell them off or give them to people who you know has an interest in a special subject ... they will give it a good home after yours.

At the movies:
Big surprise at the box office, "Zootopia" stays on top for the 3rd week in a row with another 38 million and now breaking the 200 mil mark!  On track to hit 300 mil domestic when it is said and done.  New at #2 is The Divergent Series: Allegiant with a disappointing 29 mil.  Well below all expectations as most thought over 40, however I did see it doing below that but not by that much.  Also new at #3, Miracles From Heaven with 18.6 mil and around expectations.  Holding on to #4 is "10 Cloverfield Lane" with another 12.5 mil.  Rounding off the top 5 is "Deadpool" with 8 mil and now 340 domestic cume.

Quote of the week:
"The miracle on earth are the laws of heaven." - Jean Paul

Facts & Tips:
Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa.

"Look, Tony, I've never asked the time of day from a clock but I'm asking you, come to the dance tonight. I already told the gang you'd be there. If you don't show I'll be marked lousy." - Russ Tamblyn as Riff in "West Side Story."