Sunday, May 11, 2008

Seat C19

I went to the movies today and saw Iron Man. Not perfect, but not bad at all. Some parts dragged a bit, but the action scenes were good and Robert Downey Jr. actually did a pretty good job. That was a surprise. I kind of expected him to suck. I figured he'd either just mail it in or he'd try to get all artsy with it. He ended up playing the character really well. Standard superhero with a bit of humor. I'd see a sequel, and I guess that means it was good enough.

The movie theater here was an interesting experience. The main difference from the US was the assigned seating. When you buy your ticket, they show you a screen with the seating chart, then you just tell them which of the open seats you want and it's yours. Seems a bit unnecessary to me, but if it's not over organized, it's not Singaporean.

Another difference was that you buy your ticket from the same counter that you buy the candy and drinks. Makes for a longer wait for tickets, but from a sales perspective, I guess it makes sense. If you force everyone through the food line, they're bound to make more impulse buys. My guess is it won't be long before that arrangement starts popping up in the US.

Lastly, I've finished the 1800 pages of books I brought with me. Between the Red Ring of Death and not having anything to read, I'm starting to go a little stir crazy. I'm so sick of television. Maybe I'll try to get a library card next weekend.


Liza said...

Iron Man totally kicked ass, Joe and I love love LOVED it. I am also so excited about The Dark Knight because we really dug Batman Begins. I like the tickets/food same line idea at the movie theater, I personally often see the food line am like "forget it". Maybe you could Fandango your snacks at the same time you Fandango your tickets ... that would so cool.

Melissa said...

I have to say the same ticket / food line is a bad idea for parents. I try my hardest to avoid the snack lines with Jack. Tickets cost so much that soon I might have to take out a small loan to see a movie.

Melissa said...

Oh I wanted to add that Jack and I saw Speed Racer and 21 this weekend at the drive-in. Speed Racer's story line was too jumbled and tried to be heartwarming. The colors were cool though.
21 (which Jack fell asleep before it started) I liked. The story was fast paced and interesting.

Jeff said...

holy smokes - what are you guys doing posting before 6 AM?

Jeff said...

oh wait. never mind. it must be on Singapore time. my bad.

as for movies, I haven't been in about 3 years. but I'm looking forward to the new Indiana Jones!

Melissa said...

Jeff- There was a long period of time, when Jack was little, that I didn't see a movie that was rated over G. Now I go to movies in the mid-morning when he's on school.