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Mar. 9th, 2010

08:42 pm - At the movies: Alice in Wonderland

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Today I saw Disney's Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland". It looks great and the effects are marvelous, but it is a bit strange to see characters like the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat having an actual plot instead of making total nonsense. The Red Queen has taken over and lain waste to Wonderland (actually called Underland), and Alice must defeat her by slaying the Jabberwock (or Jabberwocky as they keep calling it).

Trailers I saw:
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" - I haven't read the book it's based on and don't really know anything about it.
"The Karate Kid" - I didn't know this was a remake at first, and I thought, "Damn, this is just like Karate Kid." When the Chinese guy tells the kid to take his jacket off, hang it up, then put it back on, over and over, I said, "Now show me... wax on, wax off!" Then the title came up. "Oh, it *is* Karate kid." But wait, he's in China, learning kung fu, not karate...
"How to Train Your Dragon"/"Toy Story 3" - It's so nice to see new trailers for these movies after I got sick of the first ones while seeing "The Princess and the Frog" over and over again! I'm looking forward to these, especially TS3.
"Legend of the Guardians" - some sort of epic fantasy story... with owls. Animated by the same company as "Happy Feet". Can owls in fact be epic? They just might!
"TRON" - Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Experiment 1: An experiment was carried out to determine the feasibility of bringing my own melted butter to the theatre rather than using the fake stuff they have there. I put a big gob of butter in a Ziploc bag, punched a small hole near one corner, sealed it up inside another bag, put it inside a Thermos with the punched corner at the top, and filled the Thermos with hot tap water. By the time I got to the theatre, the butter was melted. I bought a small popcorn, opened the Thermos, fished out the bag with bamboo toast tongs, took out the inner bag, and carefully squeezed the butter out through the holes at the corner.
Problems: The outer bag was wet and messy to deal with. The butter squirted out through the two holes in opposite directions, and I had to be very gentle to avoid squirting it out sideways onto the table (which happened once). Finally, the same problem as with fake butter: it doesn't trickle down. It all ends up on the popcorn at the top, while the rest of the bag ends up dry. Further research is needed. Write that down in your copybook now.

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From:michaelmink
Date:March 10th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
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There are the small squeeze plastic bottles that are sold for travel kits (TSA compliant). Not only is there a nozzle, which you don't have to use, but you can pour, and it's probably fit inside the Thermos of hot water as well. Essentially, miniature versions of the squeeze ketchup and mustard bottles you see at many hamburger stands.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 10th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
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Hmm, that could work. Especially if the nozzle is sufficiently thin and long, it might help to "inject" the butter down to lower levels in the bag.

I dunno if it would fit in my Thermos, which is pretty small, but I could experiment with packing it into that mini cooler you gave me, or an insulated case I got at another con, wrapped in Ziploc bags full of hot water.
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From:wolflahti
Date:March 10th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
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I bring in my own buttered popcorn from home. They of course don't approve of that, but I've never been found out yet.

And one can fit a lot of popcorn in a daypack.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 10th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
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I don't mind buying theatre popcorn (which, after all, is what the theatres make most of their money on: concessions, not ticket sales); I'd just rather not eat their fake butter topping.
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From:kero9x
Date:March 10th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
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"Do you know what we are looking for? Yes, the answer is "buttered popcorn."

(I'm assuming you were making a reference to the show "Look Around You" with the last sentence in your post : 3 )
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 10th, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)

Have you worked out what we're looking for? Correct. The answer is... SULFUR.

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Correct. Also the beginning of the last paragraph ("Experiment 1: An experiment was carried out...")
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From:klepsydra
Date:March 10th, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)

Re: Have you worked out what we're looking for? Correct. The answer is... SULFUR.

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Thanks, KayTee. Thaytee.
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From:orv
Date:March 10th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Birds like popcorn. But what are birds? We just don't know.
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From:gedrean
Date:March 10th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
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I >3 your icon!

Err, <3.

I think.
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From:typographer
Date:March 10th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
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I'm just being stunned that anyone would see a movie trailer with Jackie Chan in a leading role and refer to him later as "the chinese guy" instead of by name.

But then, just because I think that everyone should be a fan of Jackie doesn't mean they actually are...
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 11th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
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That was Jackie Chan? I didn't recognize him!
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From:orv
Date:March 10th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
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My favorite food solution is to go to the drive-in theater, and stop at the drive-in burger joint on the way there. But that's not always practical, and the projection quality is somewhat lacking compared to a normal theater.
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From:gedrean
Date:March 10th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Do you see what we're looking for? Movies.

Wait, there was a TRON preview at yours? FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU I didn't get one.

Karate Kid looks to be the most promising. Train your Dragon... I dunno, another kid's movie, but looks cute. Lots of movies based on kids books lately.

Toy Story 3 - Bazoom. Gotta see it.

Guardians - Go Owls! Epic Owls. Orly?

Finally, Alice - Is it just me or was Johnny Depp COMPLETELY distracting from the actual film? Like, it felt like it was just Alice in Wonderland and oh by the way Johnny Depp, the mad hatter is not appearing in this film, just Johnny Depp.
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From:darksasami
Date:March 11th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
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Interesting popcorn and trailer review, but I'd love to know what you actually thought of the movie!

(If they called it "the Jabberwocky", that hints to me of the kind of uncaring "artistic" license Peter Jackson took with LOTR. I suspect that it may be in my best interest to stay far, far away...)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 11th, 2010 09:16 am (UTC)
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It's hard for me to say, because I had read a negative review just before I went, and I was sitting there trying to decide whether I agreed with it or not. (For the most part, not.)

Although when I reread the review later, it seemed the reviewer hadn't really been paying attention, because he got stuff wrong (for instance, Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter didn't say *everything* in a Scottish accent; only when he was angry.)

I think I'd have to see it again.
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From:akktri
Date:May 7th, 2010 09:12 am (UTC)

Popcorn

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Sneaking that into a theater is way too much work. It's entertaining to read about. Keep experimenting and tell us what you do!
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