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RunPee news coverage has been frankly phenomenal. I am grateful and appreciative for all the props, and would like to say thank you to everyone who called RunPee genius. And brilliant. 🙂

Check out the video review of the RunPee iPhone app by TapCritic – 4:28 minutes long. He shows you how to use the RunPee application in each step. I couldn’t have done it better. 🙂

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VanityFair magazine had an interview with Rashida Jones who confessed that RunPee was her favorite app! RashidaJones_VanityFair

Did a 3 1/2 minute audio review of the app, again.  NPR

 

 

 

Entrepreneur MagazineEntrepreneur Magazine – When Nature Calls RunPee.com lets you, well, you know, during movies.

This article does a great job of recounting how the idea of RunPee.com evolved from a desperate need to pee to an international media sensation.


CTVTake A Bathroom Break Like James Bond With The RunPee App

Yes, you to can be James Bond cool with the iPhone app. I love it! 🙂

TV News Spots about RunPee

RunPee.com on the MSNBC Today ShowRunPee was on the Today Show! Hoda and Cathy Lee had good things to say about RunPee.com and the app on live on television, posted at the MSNBC Today Show.The clip is about 10 minutes and 50 seconds into the video, and they discuss the new Harry Potter movie and how to find your PeeTimes on the website. They are pretty cute about RunPee in this clip, and it was wonderful to see the Today Show giving us a plug. People saw this over their morning coffee, and Tweeted about it to alert me about what was going on. I was even able to catch the end of it live. How neat is that?

ReelzChannel TV interviewThe Los Angeles ABC News ReelzChannel did an interview with me in person! Filmed in the appropriate confines of a men’s room at a movie theater. The spot is 2:20 minutes long and is nicely edited with scenes from King Kong – the movie that started it all – and Star Trek. The news spot does a great job of showing off the site and pimping the soon to be available [ed note – NOW AVAILABLE] RunPee iPhone app.

HBO Hard KnocksJordan Palmer, backup quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals and one of the partners at RockSoftware, talks about RunPee during an episode of HBOs Hard Knocks. Jordan is younger brother Carson Palmer – shown in the image to the left. There’s also a short bit from the Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.I partnered with RockSoftware to create the iPhone and Android app for RunPee.

Molly Woods reports on RunPee.com, et al.I totally come across as a tech geek on TV. Which is okay. I mean, I am one, right? Molly Woods, a CNET Editor, reviews RunPee.com on the Daily BUZZ report– it’s up at the very end of a 4 minute video.I just want to point out that Molly slams Microsoft/Zune, AT&T, Apple, Martha Stewart, Nokia/OVI, and Circuit City before calling RunPee.com “The most helpful website on earth.” What makes that so perfect is that I worked for the Microsoft XBox team back when we were creating the first Zune player. BooYah, take that Microsoft!

Orlando WKMGChannel WKMG in Orlando invited me down to the studios to film an interview. Check out the results. Not bad! Too bad they didn’t have a makeup artist around to make me look a little better.

Who Wants To Be A MillionaireDo you want to be a millionaire? If so then it helps to know what the RunPee iPhone app is for. At least on this particular contest of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. I let the contestant know that, if it had been me, I wouldn’t have believed Tom DeLay either. 🙂

  • Fox2News.com in St. Louis did a nice 1:43 minute piece on RunPee.com. Thanks for talking about the iPhone app! It’s now out!
  • Here is the Seattle Fox news clip that was picked up by news stations across the entire USA. Click on the photo to watch their take – it’s an awesome piece! Seattle Fox News on RunPee. Thanks, guys!

Radio Podcasts about RunPee

net@nightI was invited to talk about RunPee.com on the net@night show with Amber MacArthur, and Leo Laporte. I’m on at around the 25 minute mark and talk for about 10 minutes. Of course I pimp Flex bigtime during the interview. I’m not sure if Leo knows exactly what Flex is. Maybe they’ll have me back on there someday just to talk about Flex. :)I love what Leo says at the very end after I had gotten off the phone, “This is how the web was, originally.”So Leo was my very first RunPee Interview and he got the total scoop.

NPRNPR followed fast on his heels with me on All Things Considered. RunPee has been talked up on NPR a few times, including being made into a limerick on their Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me show – here is the RunPee Limerick(about a minute into the radio show)NPR did a 4 minute interview with me on All Things Considered. I suggest reading the comments. Quite a dichotomy going on between the NPR listeners.

Reviews of the iPhone RunPee Application

  • Wired (UK) – We LOVE Wired! RunPee got Wired!!! My favorite line is, “Quite frankly, this is genius.” I couldn’t agree more 🙂
  • Mobile Magazine – Timed Offline Alerts with RunPee Movie App Update
  • Gizmodo – Top 50 must have iPhone apps. Liking the Giz love!
  • LifehackerWe are on the COVER! “The creators are also working on more features that will be rolling out “every few weeks,” including a friendly vibrate reminder to alert you a few minutes before a RunPee time”
  • Mashable – WOW! On the FRONT PAGE! They say, “It’s a rare find: an iPhone app that’s both useful and hilarious. RunPee, an existing website that launched its iPhone app today, checks both those boxes”
  • Gizmodo – “RunPee, that great website that tells you precisely the best time to run and pee during a movie so you don’t miss anything good, has taken the next step and released an iPhone app for quick reference”
  • ABC News – “Approved by Apple’s App store earlier this week, RunPee (yes, really) promises to be the small-bladdered moviegoer’s best friend”
  • 148apps.com – The RunPee is golden!
  • Washington DC Examiner – “There are useful websites. There are REALLY useful websites. And then there’s the pinnacle. The apex. The veritable apogee of all that’s good and wonderful on the interwebs – RunPee.com”
  • Killer Startups – “I find this a very novel and convenient app. …a fresh idea and concept if I ever saw one…an original concept that deserves to gain traction”
  • The Detroit News – “…the iPhone app is well-thought. Its yellow and off-white text on a black background isn’t likely to get you tossed (or to get popcorn tossed at you)”
  • FindMySoft.com – “From the “useful web services for the moviegoer” section in our filling cabinet we have an interesting update to report about RunPee… the site has released a dedicated iPhone app, just as you have asked”
  • BellaOnline.com Entertainment News – “Florio received tons of inquiries from iPhone users at RunPee.com who wanted this very tool, something seemingly small that makes a big difference”
  • Reformed Chicks Blabbing (BeliefNet.com)- “…And it’s only $0.99! How cool is that?”
  • The Dirty – “It has all the big movies in the theatres. You can just search for ‘RunPee’ at the AppStore”
  • Terry White’s Tech Blog Iphone app of the Week: “Sometimes I run across an app or someone shows me an app that like a train crash, I just can’t look away from”
  • iPhone Tips and Tricks – “RunPee…has taken the next step and released an iPhone app for quick reference”
  • SpillaGlassofWater.com – iPhone App of the Week: “…it’s a goofy, fun, but actually useful app that is pretty apt for movie-goers who have impossible bladders”
  • TimTech’s News – “After the tens of thousands of apps that have gone through Apple’s iTunes store, we didn’t think we could find one that would surprise us this much”
  • SmartPlanet – “…an Internet sensation…pure genius” – make sure to check out this humorous interview all about Dan Florio, his nude modeling, and RunPee
  • AllMyFaves.com – Their tagline is, “This is what you will find on this blog, only the Creme de La Creme of the Internet”
  • ShakTronics – “This is definitely an idea whose time has come, and this guy deserves to make a fortune for this brilliant app”
  • CNET News – “it is clear that in a world of so many iPhone apps of questionable use, RunPee surely defines indispensibility”
  • MacNewsWorld – “For moviegoers touting extra-large sodas, intelligence on when the best time to step out for a minute or two is a valuable commodity. Yes, there’s an app for it”
  • TechNewsLine
  • DigiDose.com – “…the Run Pee app – either something extremely absurd or the best thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone”
  • iPhoneNewsWeb
  • CNET Australia – Calls RunPee Mobile an “essential iPhone app for moviegoers” ..and they call us “cheeky,” which we like a lot
  • InfinityTricks – “an ingenious iPhone /iPod touch app”
  • Technology Expert – “RunPee Mobile also also tells you which movies have extra scenes after the credits (so you don’t have to hang around after every movie just in case)”
  • MacTalk.com.au – Sounds like these guys have a lot of fun hanging around and reviewing apps together. ( podcast review )

Reviews of the Android RunPee Application

Vlogs and YouTube Videos Reviewing RunPee

RunPee.com on Cool ClicksThe Click Report, WSIL TV, Southern Illinois

RunPee.com on AwesomeologyAwesomeology – “My new favorite site, RunPee.com…I had an idea for this a while back, but these guys stepped up and knocked it out of the park”

T-spotT Spot Video 2: When You Have to Go (You have to go)
T Spot has fun reviewing the disgusting, yet essential, service that RunPee provides.

  • Channel Flip – These guys had a whole lot of fun with the whole RunPee idea, plus did a great job explaining how to use the service. We love it! More, please.
  • Tap Critic – This video about the RunPee App made the front page of Digg. The FRONT PAGE. We were thrilled. Never been there before, but we hope to see it again. [Note: you don’t have to scroll the app as much as this guy does. We think he’s a little scroll-crazy]

Newspapers and Magazines

Pregnancy MagazinePregnancy MagazineCan there be a more appropriate magazine than Pregnancy & Newborn to talk about RunPee.com? I don’t think so!

Chicago Tributne[ Chicago Tribune]

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RunPee in United Airlines in flight magazineUnited Airlines in flight magazine

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Health Magazine

News and Blog Posts about RunPee

There are way too many blog/news posts for me to list. I’ll probably never even see a tenth of them. But here is a list of a few I’ve read:

Oreilly, best appiPhoneApps.Oreilly.com named the RunPee iPhone app a top pick! Thanks guys.


YummyMummyYummyMummyClub.ca – Amber Mac tells a nice story about how RunPee helped make watching Avatar a more enjoyable experience. It is 2 hours and 40 minutes long. Most people are going to need RunPee.com for such a long movie.


AntHill newsAntHill was nice enough to write about RunPee.com and even mention the mobile version of the site – something most people overlook. Thanks guys.


NYDailyNews.comNYDailyNews.com has some nice works to say about RunPee: an app our female friends fawn over . . . Very cool. RunPee is fawnable! Maybe soon someone will write that women swoon over RunPee. 🙂


MightBrandBlog
MightyBrandBlog.com has a wonderful interview with me about how we manage social media here at RunPee.com.


How Stuff WorksHow to de-squirm a movie. Only HowStuffWorks.com could come up with that angle. I love it. 🙂


NETTED, by the WebbysRunPee.com got NETTED by the Webbys: The Best User-Generated Strategic Guide To Optimal Movie Pee-Break Moments Ever.


RunPee Radio Interviews (with no podcasts)

I do radio interviews pretty much every day – sometimes three a day! I know I’ve forgotten to write most of these down, but I do appreciate every single one of these stations and their hosts for helping spread the good word about RunPee:

RunPee International

We enjoy finding RunPee reviews posted in languages other than English. Here are a few we’ve found, with some translated by Google. By late Fall 2009 we plan to have our web redesign readable in all languages around the world for our wonderful international RunPee fans.

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Where did this genius idea come from?

Where did the idea for RunPee come from?

RunPee.com was the idea of Dan Florio, AKA polyGeek.

Here’s the Tale…

Please feel free to contact me: polyGeek [ at ] thisSite.com – if you have anything non-public to ask me. Otherwise just comment below. I’ll read and respond.

It came to me after watching the movie King Kong, which was 3ish hours long. My wife and I were thinking how nice it would be to have a website that listed movie times we could easily miss and run to the bathroom to empty our poor bladders, and not miss any crucial scenes.

I sat on the idea for about 2 years while working at XBox in Seattle. I am a Flash Platform developer and as my skills set grew, I started to learn to make Flash/database driven website – Spring ’08. The RunPee idea seemed like a good project to practice, on so I started building it. By August of ’08 it was up and running. RunPee.com debuted at the 360Flex conference in San Jose to much fanfare – watch the video at youTube.

And then promptly everyone forgot about it. 🙁

Then on May 9th @LeoLaporte mentioned RunPee on his weekend show. Before that the traffic to RunPee.com was in the 10-15 visitors/day. After Leo it went to about 350/day. Then Leo and Amber invited me to join them via phone on their net@night show. A few people here and there heard about it. Like Dave Barry. A producer from NPRs All Things Considered found out about RunPee from Dave’s mention, and invited me to be on the show. With all that, the site traffic has climbed over 30,000 uniques a day! Thanks everyone.

Lots of other people have also mentioned RunPee – the media attention has been phenomenal. I think this is that viral Internet thing that I’ve heard of before. 😉 I just never thought it would happen to me. All the traffic crashed the shared server that RunPee was on so it had to be moved to a dedicated server.

Thanks everyone for your compliments about RunPee. Hopefully my next project will be even better.

About the Creator/Developer – polyGeek

I’ve had many media requests for interviews to talk about myself and RunPee.com. Here are a few tidbits, in no particular order, about myself. And FYI – my wife took this photo of me, on a stormy Oregon beach, after we skipped rocks into the ocean for hours. That was a damn nice day.

Dan Florio, aka polyGeek

Born
1967 in Bisbee, Arizona

Education
Mastered in Philosophy and History at Northern Arizona University (did not graduate. See note below about Swansea, Wales )

Places I’ve lived
la’Aquila, Italy; Swansea, Wales; London, England; Seattle, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Crestline, New York, Orlando, Los Angeles and many, many others.

Additional schooling
Massage Therapist with a degree from the Desert Institute for the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona.

Studied mathematics, physics and astronomy at the University of Arizona from 1985-1988.

Jobs
Mission Director at the United Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama: mostly I taught kids how to run mission control during a Space Shuttle launch. Also did lectures on celestial mechanics, astronomy and planetary science.

Research Assistant for Steward Observatory and Kitt Peak at the university of Arizona: did a lot of photocopying and data entry but also got to hang out with some of the best known astronomers in the world.

Flash Prototyper for XBox: built prototypes for the XBox and Zune for user testing. Also developed the media sales app for the Zune which was used to present the device to potential retail outlets and partners. ( I only did the development. Others did the design.) I was told that Bill Gates thought it was outstanding, which coming from him means a lot, since it was all in Flash.

Trivial stuff
I didn’t graduate from college because I did my last year abroad in Swansea, Wales. Upon returning to the US I didn’t have enough money to return to NAU where I had to present my work from Swansea – as a formallity. Instead I got a job doing HTML design/development in Greensboro, North Carolina.

I was in Manhattan, on my way to work, on the Upper East Side on 9/11. I worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery in the IT department doing video and web design/development. Here is a bit that I wrote about my experience shortly afterward.

I have taken first semester calculus three times and made an A+ every time. The first time was in my freshman year of college. Then a year later I took the class again in a different format because a friend was teaching it and wanted to get my feedback on how the different formats compared. I was then out of school for a few years – working at the Space Academy. When I returned to my mathematics studies I started again with calculus because I was rusty.

During my first semester at NAU I lived in a tent near campus. The reason I lived in a tent was because I spent all my extra money on a Dell laptop. That’s just how I roll.

I did nude modeling for the art department at NAU.

I lived in the back of my 1995 Nissan Pathfinder for 3 months after I moved to Seattle. During part of that time I was working for Microsoft XBox. I parked the car in the parking lot of the downtown Belleview library.

I was a professional photographer for a short period. You can see my work at XanaduWest.com – of course, I also designed and developed the site. Watch the sun set over the buttes; I think it’s an elegant design.

I created an open source project called videoMaru. It allows people who don’t know much about writing Actionscript code to create custom video interfaces without writing any code themselves. videoMaru has received high marks from the community and I am quite proud of this project. It was a nice way to give back to the Actionscript community and devs in general.

My wife and I like to travel in our RV, Serenity, for long periods of time. Since we work out of the home, we can pretty much do what we want, wherever we are. Isn’t that cool?

About Jill Florio – HippyGeek

Dan Florio met his wife online. Of course. It was love at first click. jill florio picture

He was pretty fortunate in meeting a cute woman who enjoys science and science fiction as much as he does. While Dan was working for Space Camp, she was working at Astro Camp. No joke. Their wedding march was the Throne Room Theme Song from Star Wars. It really doesn’t get much more geeky than that.

As the Woman Behind RunPee, Jill Florio writes the RunPee Blog, is the press manager and social media promoter for the enterprise, and also takes out the dogs on a regular basis.

Jill, a print journalist for The Prescott Daily Courier, Flagstaff Live!, Sweat Magazine and other offline endeavors back in the day, now devotes herself to online writing exclusively.

She’s been Community Manager for BellaOnline.com (the world’s largest independently-owned women’s website); Site-wide Unit Manager and Science/Adventure Travel Section Editor for Suite101.com; Dean of Health and Dean of Entertainment at SuiteUniversity; Editor-in-Chief for Mused Literary Magazine, edits the Blogs & Social Media topic at BellaOnline.com, is a Vine Reviewer for Amazon.com and really, truly loves backpacking in the Grand Canyon.

You can read more about Jill Florio and her works at JillFlorio.com. If you want to. She can also be followed on Twitter at Hippygeek.

But she’d really rather you just read the RunPee Blog, since that is what she eats, sleeps and “pees” these days.

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Analysis of Inception

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Warning: This is analysis is full of spoilers. This is meant for people read after they have seen the movie.

If you would like to read my movie review of Inception – no spoilers – then go here.

As soon as the movie is over you’re left wondering:

  • Is Cobb -Leonardo DiCaprio – awake at the end?
  • Or was this all a dream?
  • Whose dream?

It is brilliant writing to not only leave these and other questions open for interpretation, but to also include support for varying, even contradictory, interpretations. In this analysis, I’m favoring the idea that the entire movie takes place inside of different levels of Cobb’s dream. Although there is an intriguing possibility that we’re in Mal’s dream, throughout the movie.

I have watched the movie three times now. I’ll review some of the key points that I have noticed that warrant further thought.

  • We never see Mal (Cobb’s wife) jump. There are two scenes where we see her stand up and move to jump. Each time the scene quickly cuts to Mal falling.
  • Cobb walks up to his father-in-law’s (Miles) classroom and looks in through windows in the door. Then cut to Cobb sitting down inside the classroom – without Miles hearing him.
  • Miles asks Cobb why he doesn’t design the architecture of the dream himself. Cobb replies, “Mal won’t let me.” At that point Miles leans forward and says, “Come back to reality.”
  • There are numerous scenes in the movie where Cobb is supposed to be awake yet everything seems very dreamy. Such as when he squeezes between the buildings in Mombasa as he is running from Kobol security forces.
  • The old man who is overseeing the dreaming men says to Cobb, “They come here to be woken up. The dream has become their reality. Who are you to say otherwise?”

Dreamy Names
The character Ariadne is the architect who is tasked with designing the dream. The terms maze and labyrinth are used repeatedly to describe her role in the story. Writers oftentimes pick the names of their characters to subtly describe their characters. It turns out that the name Ariadne comes from Greek mythology. She is the daughter of the King Minos of Crete. She helped Theseus overcome the Minotaur. If you recall that myth involved a labyrinth as well. Karl Kerenyi observes that her name is merely an epithet and claims that she was originally the “Mistress of the Labyrinth.” ( Wikipedia reference )

The character Yusuf is the dream doctor in the story. This name also has a dreamy reference by way of the Quran: The story – of Yusuf – begins with a dream and ends with its interpretation ( Wikipedia reference ).

If Ariadne and Yusuf are real in the movie, i.e. Cobb is awake, then Christopher Nolan (writer/director) is being hackishly heavy handed in using such a blatant references – which I don’t believe to be the case. But if Cobb is dreaming throughout the movie, then it is Cobb who is writing the story and his subconscious chose the names for these projections from his memory of Greek mythology and Islam.

That argument comes down to this: Christopher Nolan is either writing a story about a man who can share dreams and is trying to get back home, or he is writing a story about a man who is writing the story subconsciously about trying to get back home? If you were a brilliant writer – which Nolan is – which would you choose?

The Inception of Totems
At the very beginning of the movie Cobb is explaining to Saito:

What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? Virus? Intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient and highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold in the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed, fully understood, that sticks. [Pointing to his forehead.] Right in there somewhere.

Later, back in reality, while in the helicopter, Saito asks, “Inception. Is it possible?Arthur says that true inspiration is impossible. But Cobb interrupts and says, “That’s not true. ”

At the very end of the movie when Cobb and Ariadne are in Fischer’s subconscious Cobb gives her the An idea is like a virus speech and adds, “The smallest seed of an idea can grow to define, or even destroy you.”

It’s at that point that we discover that Cobb implanted the idea in Mal that she had to kill herself to wake up to reality. And he feels guilt over that.

However, Cobb also mentions earlier in the movie that the idea for a totem came from Mal. She implanted into him the idea that a physical object could be used to determine if you were awake or dreaming. And we know that the spinning top that Cobb uses was originally Mal’s totem. Cobb picked up her totem in the hotel room before she carried out his inception and jumped. In a sense, they exchanged inceptions right then.

At this point I’m unsure about the effectiveness of the totems. I don’t see how that could actually be used as a concrete test to determine if one is awake or dreaming. Which might be the point: you can’t tell.

The Kicker
And here’s the kicker that Cobb is dreaming throughout the movie: he is the only one who resists waking up from someone’s dream when they awake. At the very end – I’m pretty sure – Cobb and Ariadne are in Fischer’s subconscious, trying to dig him out. But Fischer wakes up when the defibrillator revives him. And Ariadne wakes as well. So how can Cobb remain in Fischer’s subconscious when Fischer is no longer there? I’m either missing something, or that’s one of those unaccounted plot holes or it’s an indication that we’re in Cobb’s dream throughout the movie. I’d wager that it’s not the middle thing.

This generation’s Blade Runner
Blade Runner asked us to question: if we had the memories, and even dreams, of someone, would that makes us that person? (That’s the simplistic version.) As a good friend said immediately after the movie, “Inception is this generation’s Blade Runner.”

The dreams in Inception aren’t your regular dreams. We don’t have the ability to share our dreams. We are alone with our own projections and subconscious. But what if we could share our dreams? How would that be different than reality? For reality is a shared interpretation of what our senses perceive. (Yes, I’m guilty of majoring in philosophy, with an emphasis in epistemology.)

Just like we don’t yet have androids that count electric sheep, we also don’t have the ability to share dreams or enter shared virtual realities. But even now, we can already seriously debate what is real. When, and if, we do have shared virtual realities, these issues won’t be philosophical anymore. They will be practical everyday questions. And how we answer and deal with these questions will reshape everything we know.

Are we in a simulation right now?
If you were a software developer with god-like computing power, you could create a virtual reality that is indistinguishable from reality. If you did so, what would it look like? A universe composed of myriad copies of identical objects – check. We have protons, photons, electrons, etc. Quantized space and time – seems likely. Objects only exist if they are perceived – exactly as Quantum Mechanics dictates.

Yes, if you look at the Universe through the eyes of a software developer, it looks like we are inside a simulation right now. Check out Morgan Freeman’s Through The Wormhole episode 1, Is There a Creator? if you would like to see more about that possibility.

What do you think? What have I missed? Anyone else looking forward to watching this again, and again, and . . . How do you think the sequel will start? With an alarm clock waking up Cobb? 🙂

Movie review : Inception

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Right down the line from acting to directing to writing to musical score to effects, this movie is top notch. In some cases brilliant. There’s not a weak link to be found.

There are very few movies that twist and turn between action and drama with Gatling gun speed yet remain mostly comprehensible. I said mostly because everyone in the theater is going to walk out asking, “What just happened?”

Where most movies that try to mix a complex plot with action fail is that characters do things for unknown reasons. Or they do things and we don’t understand what it is that they are doing. With Inception it’s always clear what they are doing and why they are doing it. But what it means is always a debatable.

A friend that I saw this movie with summed it up perfectly, saying “This movie will be this generations Blade Runner.” This coming from a huge Blade Runner fan. I couldn’t agree more. Based on reviews and all the positive things that people are saying in the social media sphere, Inception will have a hugely successful theater run. And you will very likely want to see it again on DVD because it needs multiple viewings to get your head wrapped around it.

There is no doubt that Inception will garner a cultist following. The only downside I see from this is the inevitable copies it will spawn that will, for the most part, suck. Such is the price of a ground breaking movie. (Don’t worry: you don’t have to see these movies. I do.)

You can read a full review of Inception at MovieMikes.com.

What did you think about Inception? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

Movie review : The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is like watching the Dallas Cowboys play the Washington Redskins. You know the Redskins are going to make a game of it for a while but in the end you know the Cowboys are going to win. Even so it’s still fun watching the game, unless your a Redskins fan. Which in this analogy would be equivalent to you being an evil sorcerer. 🙂

( Sorry, there are a lot of RunPee/Redskins fans and I just love having fun with them. )

Here’s how you can tell if you should see this movie. There is a scene that recreates the scene in Fantasia where Micky uses magic to clean the house. If you think, “Oh God, not this again,” then maybe you should skip this movie. But if instead you think, “Oh cool. They’re redoing the classic scene from Fantasia,” then you might just enjoy this movie.

What Sorcerer’s Apprentice really has going for it is a fast pace. After the first 20 minutes or so of the movie the scenes come quick and there’s plenty of action and chuckles – which makes it real hard to get PeeTimes. They don’t dwell on one story line for very long. Nor do they waste time developing unimportant characters. Each scene serves its purpose and then they move on.

And I really liked Nickolas Cage in this role. Very good choice. Of course Alfred Molina is an excellent bad guy. He should be. He’s had enough practice.

MovieMikes.com gives Sorcerer’s Apprentice 3/4 stars. Jump over there if you would like to read their review.

What did you think about The Sorcerer’s Apprentice? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

Movie review : Predators

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If you’re a fan of the original Predators movie – and who isn’t – then you’ll enjoy this movie. The original is a A+ iconic movie. That would make this installment a solid B+ at worst.

There was nothing cheesy about this movie which is so often the case with squeals. It was very real to the Predator universe.

Jump over to MovieMikes.com if you would like to read more about Predators.

What did you think about Predators? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

Movie review : Jonah Hex

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What can I say? Jonah Hex isn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen – that would be Ultra Violate. The production values didn’t suck. The acting was okay for a comic book based movie . . . I’m trying to think of all the good things I can. Oh, most importantly we get to see a sweaty, scantily clad, Megan Fox in a few scenes. That’s got to be worth at least . . . well, I’ll let you decide.

So this movie wasn’t the complete suck-fest that I was expecting. But it wasn’t very good either. The story telling is very heavy handed. The action scenes are rather ordinary. Fortunately the movie is very short. It’s only 80 minutes long and if you take out the 8 or 9 minutes that the credits run then you’re looking at a movie that is just over an hour long. If they had gone on and on it might have been worse. That said I’m sure some people might like this movie.

One big disappointment is how little they used John Malkovich. I think the director probably told him, “Hey, don’t shower for a week and then show up for an afternoon’s worth of shooting. That’s about all we need you for.” Crap, one of Malkovich’s henchmen had just as much screen time as he did.

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Movie review : The A-Team

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Our Score: 3 out of 4 stars

As I head towards the half-century mark (Septmeber 16 of this year if you’re thinking of getting me a present) I’m often asked what my favorite television shows are. Of course, it’s hard to pick one favorite. On the comedy side I like “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and the variety show Carol Burnett used to do. On the drama side, I could watch every episode of “NYPD Blue” and “Law and Order” over and over again. And thanks to TNT I’m sure I have with “Law and Order.” Another favorite, more for escape it provided then it’s pedigree, was “The A-Team.” Of course, when I heard there was going to be a feature film made my mind immediately hit on “Bewitched.” But I needn’t have worried. Thanks to a top notch cast and a skilled director, “The A-Team” is back!

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Movie review : Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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Prince of Persia was a so-so movie. Very formulaic: two parts The Mummy and one part Pirates of the Caribbean. Only it wasn’t as good as either of those. Okay, it was a looooong way from being as good as Pirates. But it’s probably neck and neck with The Mummy.

The action scenes are pretty cool. I think young kids will enjoy it just for those scenes. There is a lot of killing with sword chops and stabs plus some bow-n-arrow kills. So if you don’t want your kid to see something like that then don’t see this movie.

What this movie really lacked was humor. The only funny lines in the movie revolve around Sheik Amar played by Alfred Molina. It was great to see Alfred in a non-evil role. I hardly recognized him.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton were just fine in their roles. I think that had the writers given them some good humor to work with this movie could have been surprisingly good instead of predictably average.

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Movie review : Iron Man 2

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Was Iron Man 2 as good as the first? Overall I’d say no but some bits were better. For instance the fighting / action scenes in IM2 were better and there were more of them. Certainly no letdown there.

The main ingredient that is missing in IM2 is the feeling of discovery that the first one had. You really can’t recreate that. Although it’s possible we could get that magic back in a future sequel that brings members of Avengers together.

There’s only one little thing that I didn’t like about the movie: the story doesn’t always stay internally consistent with their universe. We saw in the first movie that the Iron Man suit is insanely heavy. When he first lands on the roof of his house the weight of the suit brings him crashing through every floor until he reaches the basement. In IM2 they need to have Stark get into his suit while at a remote location. So they invent the suitcase that morphs into his suit. The problem is that Pepper is carrying it around and throws it to Stark. Are you telling me that the suitcase version of the suit – which seems to be exactly the same suit that he puts on in his basement – weighs only 10 pounds? Or that the shape of the suit makes a difference in its weight?

I know, it’s very nit-picky. I don’t care if movies warp physics to suit their needs – like warp drive – but once you set the rules, please don’t break them.

And don’t forget to stick around until after the end credits. There is an extra scene that you won’t want to miss.

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