Fantastic movie. There was never a dull moment. The movie was 2 hours and 13 minutes — without the credits — and you’ll wish it was an hour longer. Joss Whedon managed to pack in a great deal of character development with all the action, without making it seem forced.
The action was as good as it gets. Best of all, there was plenty of humor throughout the movie with lots of chuckles, a few good laughs, and one TYHBARWL moment (Throw Your Head Back And Roar With Laughter ).
You will not be disappointed.
About The Peetimes:I would recommend the second peetime at 56 minutes in. It’s an important plot scene but is fairly easy to sum up. The last peetime isn’t great but it is the very last opportunity you’ll have. Non-stop action after that.
Finally, a movie exceeded my expectations. Dredd was much better than anticipated. Actually, it was better than that because I expected it to suck. It was genuinely enjoyable.
Carl Urban is a great Dredd. I like the vision they had for the character. Nothing at all like the Stallone version.
The biggest surprise in the movie is Anderson, played by Olivia Thirlby. In the previews I thought her character would be stupid but they actually did a great job of creating a “weak link character”. There’s some twists here that you wouldn’t expect and aren’t hinted at in the previews.
Nothing should surprise you about the action. You’ve seen all of the super-slow-mo effects already.
The plot is solid and creates a believable situation for the characters. I didn’t notice any holes or inconsistencies. At every point the decisions each character makes seems believable.
I’m tempted to give this move a B+ based on how much better it was than the other late summer and early fall movies. But I think it deserves a solid B, at least.
2011 was a big year for RunPee. I’ll give you a quick synopsis of RunPee history for those of you who aren’t current. I developed the site back in Summer 2008. The site was left for dead until it got some media attention during Spring 2009. At that point I partnered with RockSoftware to build an iPhone app. They built and maintained the app while me and my family continued to see all the movies to get peetimes.
This past Spring my agreement with RockSoftware ended and control of all of the apps reverted to me. I rebuilt the app from scratch and launched the Android version on June 27th and iPhone version on July 20th.
Since then the Android app has over 29,000 installs and the iPhone app over 45,000.
If you’re curious here’s a list of the top 10 movies visited on the RunPee apps – both Android and iOS.
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows-2
Twilight: Breaking Dawn-Part 1
Captain America: The First Avenger
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Cowboys & Aliens
I think the two big movie surprises this year had to be Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Help. They did well here on RunPee finishing at #4 and #6 and according to box office numbers they finished the year at #9 and #11 respectively.
Lots of movies to see
Obviously it was a busy year for me and the family seeing movies. Everyone should give RunPee Sis a big thanks. She saw 51 movies this year. I chipped in with 41 movies, RunPee Mom saw 23.
The good news for those who like to see movies on opening day. RunPee Mom and I will be moving from the West Coast to the East Coast – Florida – in a few months so we’ll all be able to see movies earlier on opening day.
With the next update to the mobile app I’m going to ad a little feature that might help those of you who like to see movies on opening day: the ability for me to leave a custom message for each movie letting people know what time we plan to have the peetimes available.
Plus I’m working on adding a movie trivia game to the app so you’ll have something to do while waiting for your movie to start.
Next year should be bigger and better for RunPee. Right now the app really doesn’t make a dime so my goal for next year is to find a way to make enough money to at least pay for the movie tickets I purchase – without charging for the app.
So keep spreading the good word about RunPee. Remember, a bladder is a terrible thing to hold. 🙂
The app is just about complete and it would be very helpful if you could take the beta for a test drive and report back any issues that you find that I can fix before the public launch next week. If you would like to test the app then just visit: http://polyGeek.com/runpee on your mobile phone. There will be an image there that you can click on to download the beta to your phone and install it.
Note: You must edit your settings to be able to install apps from outside of the marketplace. Just go to Settings -> Applications -> Check “Allow Unknown Sources”.
When you click the icon it will begin downloading the RunPee.apk file. If you pull down the Android Notification Bar – the bar across the top of your screen where the time is displayed – you will see the download progress. Once it is complete you can click on that file and it will ask you if you want to install the RunPee application.
New features and changes to this version:
Vibration for the Timer – The Timer will now vibrate the phone at 2 minutes and 1 minute before a peetime. For this to work the phone must be awake so there is a new lock screen for the timer. Please let me know what you think of the user experience for using these new features.
Filmstrip navigation – The navigation is completely changed with a filmstrip of icons along the bottom over each screen. And the up-arrow on the filmstrip-nav will open the navigation up into a vertical view that is more descriptive. What do you think? Is it understandable? Do you have any suggestions for improvements?
Facebook integration – There is a new screen to quickly let you post a movie review to your Facebook wall without the need to type anything, unless you want to.
Ratings – When you post a review to Facebook your ratings are also saved to the RunPee database so that users can see an average of how users have rated different movies.
Sorting icons for movie list – on the startup screen there are now icons, instead of text, to sort the movies by either release date, or title. Do you Think that is clear enough? There is also an icon to limit the movie list to only the classic movies. New movies will be added periodically.
Kindle ad – I’ve added an add for the Amazon Kindle. What do you think? Do you think it will annoy people? Will anyone use it?
Flashlight – fairly explanatory.
Sounds – This is really added just for the fun of it although a few people may actually use it. I’m still working on the interface on this screen to add the ability to delete a sound file after downloading it. This bit is not quite complete. It works but I’ll update the UX before updating.
If you have any feedback the please feel free to comment here or on Facebook or if you like you can email me directly at polyGeek@RunPee.com.
If you have an Android phone with version 2.2+ of the OS ( that supports Adobe AIR ) you can download and install a beta version of the update to the RunPee app – version 1.1.0.
It is very easy to install the app. First, on your phone, you need to go into your settings and enable applications from unknown sources: settings -> applications -> unknown sources ( Allow installation of non-Market applications. ) Note: the menus names may be slightly different on your phone.
Now simply download the RunPee.apk file to your phone by browsing to: polygeek.com/air/runpee.apk <- This is my developer blog. For some reason I can’t download .apk files from the server that hosts RunPee.com.
When the download starts you can simply pull your notification bar down from the top and see the download progress. When the download is complete simply press it and you will be asked if you would like to install this application. Say yes and you’re off and running. At this point you may want to go back into your settings and turn off the Allow unknown sources for security reasons.
The main thing that I’ve added to this version is access to the RottenTomatoes.com data. But this is only for the latest movies. Just select one of the recent releases from the startup screen and at the bottom of the “peetime” screen you’ll see a “Movie Info” button with icons above it. If there is a RottenTomato icon there then when you click on the button you’ll go to a screen that gives you the option to see all the extra info for the movie – youTube videos, RottenTomato ratings, Twitter comments about the movie.
I have also made a few cosmetic changes here and there – yes I know it’s still not very slick but I’m not a designer so it’s the best I can do. 🙂
Hopefully I fixed more bugs than I created. But if you notice anything please let me know in the comments. I’m going to take your feedback and make any needed changes and then on Monday I’ll submit the update to Android/Apple.
Note: this is not an update to the existing RunPee iPhone app. This is a totally new app built by me, not RockSoftware – now named RockLive. The agreement between myself/RunPee.com and RockLive has ended and now I’m able to create my own apps. Unfortunately due to a technical snafu by Apple the old app can’t be updated. But don’t worry, this app is free.
However, the most important thing – the peetimes – were always done by me and my family so that much remains the same. For the time being you can use either app you want. But later this year the old RunPee app will be discontinued and the peetimes will no longer be available through that app.
What’s new with the RunPee app?
There are a few features that I’ve added. First off we now write a synopsis of the first 5 minutes of the movie for those who are running late. So if you’re late to the theater or caught in the concessions line you’ll know what you missed. We also have a short message from the person who harvested the peetimes letting you know which one we would recommend using and how difficult it was to get peetimes for that movie.
Also, you can see from the image – upper-right – that movies are divided out by month, or first letter, so that it should be much easier to find the movie you’re looking for. In the next update – by the end of July – I’ll add the ability to do a text search for any movie in the database.
The biggest change comes in the Timer. Instead of just showing you how long the timer has been running you can now see a progress bar with the peetimes marked off. I also show you how many minutes you need to wait until the next peetime so that you can see at a glance how long you need to wait. In addition the cue for the upcoming peetime is displayed so that you never have to leave the timer.
Unfortunately at this time there is no vibration alert built into the timer. But that will be coming in an update probably in September/October. ( This app is built using Adobe AIR which currently does not have the ability to vibrate the phone. However AIR 3.0 due in a few months will have that ability and I’ll update the app pronto when it does. )
First, I have been a Flash/Actionscript developer for over a decade so using Adobe AIR is very easy for me to pick up and work with.
Second, and most importantly, the Android and iPhone apps use one code base. If I were to build the apps using the native languages and tools for both Android and iPhone then I would have two entirely different code bases to work on. They wouldn’t share a single line of code between them. That would effectively double the work.
Plus it simplifies testing to have just one code base. I only need to do rigorous testing on one platform and then do a quick check on the other to make sure something funky isn’t going on with AIR – which rarely happens. In fact I don’t even have an iPhone. I do all the testing on my two Android phones and then ask users/family to do a quick run through on their iPhones.
It goes without saying that every update to the apps that I make would also have to be done twice. In the end that becomes overwhelming to keep up with. I’m not a team or a company. I’m just one guy working with the time limitations of personal projects like RunPee and client work that pays the bills.
Thirdly, I would have to learn both Java – for Android – and Objective C – for iPhone – to be able to write native apps. There are many developers who can work in both languages, plus ActionScript. And I salute them. But I’m really not interested in putting for all that effort to write apps that only work on one platform. And it would be a huge effort. I’m not even sure it’s possible to write iPhone apps on a PC and there is a zero percent chance I would ever use Mac. To put it quite bluntly I’d give up using computers altogether if my only option were Mac.
So there you have it. If it weren’t for Adobe AIR there would be no RunPee app.
Not every movie star only has good lucks and a low IQ. In fact, most are incredibly smart, and those we hear of frequently enough to dub “celebrities” have learned to properly manage themselves and their careers to stay on top. The study of business has proven to be incredibly beneficial to many actors and actresses, and although many obtained these degrees decades ago, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few up-and-comings pursuing business through the University of Phoenix online. Even if you want to pursue acting, you should consider also getting an online mba. Learning the ins and outs of business never hurt anyone, and it definitely benefited the following actors:
Eastwood’s education in business could be a partial cause for his mogul status. In addition to acting, Eastwood has written, directed, and produced numerous films which have allowed him to become one of the most recognized names in Hollywood. Million Dollar Baby and Dirty Harry are just a couple of his renowned films, and although he may not have completed his business degree, we can definitely say that the little education he did receive definitely paid off.
Tin Cup, WaterWorld, Dances with Wolves, what excellent movie hasn’t Kevin Costner been in? Not only has Kevin Costner had many great successes throughout his career, but he has also had a long one which may be in part to him being more business oriented. Costner holds a degree in business from California State Univeristy and even spent a few weeks as a marketing director.
Even actors from across the Pacific have chosen to pursue more business minded endeavors in conjunction with their acting studies. Cate Blanchett who has starred in movies such as Notes on a Scandal and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, first became acquainted with acting at the Methodist Ladies’ College; however chose to pursue Economics while she attended the University of Melbourne. It wasn’t until after she graduated, that Cate decided to attend the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.
Benicio del Toro
Pursuing higher education definitely paid off for this actor. Benicio del Toro has won multiple awards including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and has landed rolls in cult classics such as The Usual Suspects and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Originally he enrolled in the University of California San Diego as a business student only later to pursue acting courses.
This may come as a surprise, but Mr. Schwarzenegger holds a degree in Business and International Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. In addition to rocking out rolls in high action movies such as Terminator, Schwarzenegger’s business side has actually paid off co-opening Planet Hollywood with Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, and Sylvester Stallone, and using it to help him run California as Governor.
There’s nothing funnier than talking animals. I see that Zookeeper is being panned to death but they’re wrong, very very wrong……Talking animals AND Kevin James made for a hysterical movie. The kids in the theater were having a great time watching it and the parents, despite their efforts not laugh, had to give a big chuckle to the monkey. The plot was transparent, but who cares, great acting and dialog was worth the price of admission.
Horrible Bosses has something in it that everyone can relate to. People you hate to work with. In this case each of the characters have extremely horrible bosses keeping them down in one way or another. Over drinks Nick, Dale and Kurt hatch a plan to kill their bosses. Once they have their plan in motion, anything that can go wrong, does. This movie is a non-stop laugh riot. Funny lines delivered by even funnier people. The casting was an amazing job, right down to the ever pouncing cat at Mr. Harkins house. I saw the first show of the day and the theater was full. I noticed that not one person got up to leave. The laughter keeps you glued to your seat. It is a short movie that doesn’t come up short on LOLs