Movie treats to remember


It had been ages since my husband and I went on a movie date, and since we were both on leave last week, AND Ethan was obviously having fun with his friends at daycare, we decided to check out a movie at the local cinema here.  We ended up watching TWO movies on two consecutive days, simply because we could! Hehe.

The two movies we watched were Valkyrie (starring Tom Cruise) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett). 

Valkyrie was quite a disappointment to me, because although it had some exciting parts, there were some parts of the movie that were left unanswered.  Watch this only if you are an ardent Tom Cruise fan. 

Benjamin Button, on the other hand, was a humorous yet touching take on the life of a man who aged backwards.  Although it stretched on for close to three hours, we didn’t really feel the lengthiness of it, probably because we were caught up in the soul of the movie.  Watch this for a generally feelgood movie, for its special effects (which I am sure are Academy Award material) and of course, just to see how young and good-looking (or how old and haggard) Brad Pitt can be.

Apart from watching the movies proper, I had some observations at the cinema too.

  • Popcorn in the US is of the salty kind.  Good thing I asked before I bought it because I do prefer the caramel sweetness of popcorn.  My husband did point out a caramel/honey dispenser at the side of the cineplex, which we *think* is for the popcorn, but we didn’t try.
  • Theatrical trailers shown before the movie starts are all in theme with the movie you are watching.  Unlike in Malaysia where you might see a horror movie trailer right before they screen a kids’ movie like Madagascar, we had trailers in the thriller genre when we watched Valkyrie, and comedy/drama trailers when we caught Benjamin Button.  I thought that was very apt indeed.
  • It’s free seating in the cineplexes.  Not sure why, but it wasn’t packed, so we managed to get quite good seats. 
  • Cineplexes here are not as cold as in Malaysia, even though it is winter here.  Maybe they figured out a way to regulate the temperature accordingly.
  • I did not experience a SINGLE incident of some cellphone ringing right in the middle of the movie, or the gleaming light of someone texting an SMS.
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7 Responses to Movie treats to remember

  1. Pink Cotton says:

    dono wat is wrong with the people here…watch movies also wanto answer phone and sms! better don come to the cinema lar!

    hehe…as for me,i prefer salty popcorns more!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Oh really…salty popcorn has never done it for me!

  2. michelle says:

    Wow 2 movies in a day. Yeah I prefer salty popcorn with hot melting butter…yummy. I find the popcorn here too sweet.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Actually it was 2 movies on TWO consecutive days. One movie per day. And boy do I miss the caramel popcorn in GSC.

  3. Paik Ling says:

    It’s such a treat, isn’t it? I love the caramelised popcore too! They are crunchier as well 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: oooh….if only I could taste a few caramelized popcorn now…

  4. mott says:

    aiyo..i loved curious case. I watched that too… with Mr.T, the last night he was around.

    not a good movie to watch when ur hubs has to travel out the next day…sigh…

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yup, ’twas a good show… loved it.

  5. rinnah says:

    I want to watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button! 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hopefully you will get to do so soon!

  6. ehon says:

    its the same here too. lol. pretty much the same.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hehe…good to know.

  7. Susan says:

    Actually Dear, me n hubby have encounter 0 phone ringing incident in the cinema for years already.

    Perhaps, the reminder in the form of funny adverts shown before each shows helps….or perhaps our cinema-goers here finally got the cue liao : )

    The Giddy Tigress says: Really? Well, maybe …. and hopefully it stays that way! We haven’t been to the Malaysian cinemas for ages!

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