keeping your cues and synopsis separate

A few users pointed out to me that there was a problem with the way copy/print was handled at RunPee.com. Because the cue and the synopsis were together, people would sometimes read details that they didn’t want to know about.

I believe there is a simple solution to that. I have made two buttons for copying the data. One gives you only the cue, when it starts and how long the peetime lasts. Now you can copy/print that info on one piece of paper and then copy/print the complete cue and synopsis info on another sheet. You can use just the cue info to figure out when to RunPee and then the cue/synopsis together to read what’s going on while you’re . . . you know.

And think of this: if the restroom is out of toilet paper you’ll have 2 sheets of paper to use. 🙂 Yeah, I know, ewwwww. 🙂

I also added a little extra so that peetimes that start, say, 71 minutes into the movie will read: 1 hour and 21 minutes. I know it’s hard to do math when you have to pee.

I would like to point out that this was only brought to my attention a few hours ago. And the update is already implemented and online. Because here at RunPee world headquarters we really care about our users. That’s why our new motto is: Don’t be like Apple.

Note: in case you were unaware Apple doesn’t care how much users want to have the Flash Player on their iPod or iPad. They are not going to give it to you.

Movie review : The Tooth Fairy

Tooth Fairy
Tooth Fairy
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It’s no secret: I love kids movies. To be more precise I love kids movies that have good humor, good acting and deliver a message without being silly about it. That being said, “I loved Tooth Fairy.”

There are a lot of comedies that aren’t funny. Take for instance Funny People which had funny people in the movie but they didn’t do much that was funny. The Tooth has lots of hilarious scenes. I mean throwing your head back and laughing out loud scenes. And that was the reaction from most of the audience which was predominantly adults. I’m sure that kids would find it even more hilarious.

Dwayne Johnson – The Rock – is great. I’ve seen a lot of his movies and some of them suck. Take the remake of Escape From Witch Mountain. Huge suckage but that wasn’t necessarily his fault. It was just a lame story and had pathetic production values. There’s none of that in Tooth Fairy.

Probably the most important skill that Dwayne Johnson has is his ability to act with kids. He had a lot of one-on-one time with the two kids – Lily and Randy – in this movie and did very well. And they weren’t easy scenes either. They required both parties to perform well, which is something that many adult actors can’t pull off when working with kids. My theory is that the adult has to make the kid feel comfortable. Which is something that Johnson must be adept at.

Of course the core of any good movie is in the telling of a good story. Yes, the story is predictable. It’s a kids movie. What else would you expect? However the story doesn’t go exactly in the direction that you might expect. What I liked most was that when the characters decided to really work at something they didn’t succeed right away. There were failures to overcome. In many stories once the characters become determined to accomplish something they do so. Which is simplistic because life just isn’t that way. I think this shows kids a valuable lesson in that they must continue to believe in themselves and not be afraid to change tactics when trying to accomplish something.

As someone who grew up watching Billy Crystal movies it was so nice to see him back at his best. He doesn’t work much anymore but he still has the gift. His role here is reminiscent of his role in Princess Bride but as a happier character. If you like Billy then by all means see this movie.

And it cannot go unmentioned that Ashley Judd does a good job with her part even though she doesn’t have much of a role. I didn’t even know that she was in the movie until she was introduced. Putting talented actors in minor roles really helps bring the grade up for this film. The same can be said for the ageless Julie Andrews and Stephen Merchant – The Office. Both are perfect for their roles.

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

Movie review : The Book of Eli

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If you’re a Denzel Washington fan then worst case scenario is you’ll just barely enjoy this film. More than likely you’ll enjoy it a lot. Maybe even love it.

What will probably be the determining factor in what most people think of this film is how well they take to the style that it is filmed in. The lighting is always stark and washed out. It’s almost looks like it was filmed in black and white. The lighting isn’t just for some stylistic impression. It’s that way because this takes place after a nuclear war.

I personally loved the style and cinematography that was used. Very dramatic, and it sets the mood well for the story that is being told.

As for the story: immediately after the film I would have given it a solid 8-out-of-10. But after thinking about it more and more, I find myself liking the movie more. Usually it’s the other way around. So good work on putting together something that gave us a nice revelation at the end that hardly anyone will see coming. Yeah, you’re going to want to steer clear of any spoilers for this film. If someone starts to tell you how it ends, then just stick a knife through their throat. That’s what Eli would do. 🙂 That being said – now that I know what’s what – I’m looking forward to seeing this movie again on DVD.

What did you think about The Book of Eli? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

Movie review : The Spy Next Door

The Spy Next Door
The Spy Next Door

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[ No spoilers ]

This movie is exactly what you would expect of it. Classic Jackie Chan action and humor. If you’ve seen any of Jackie’s work before then you know what to expect.

Unfortunately there were no children in the theater when I saw the movie so it’s hard to tell how well they might like it. The older crowd did laugh quite a few times at the physical humor. Besides that there isn’t much going on.

What did you think about The Spy Next Door? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

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Go Bengals

Here at RunPee headquarters – a hidden location in the Arizona desert – we are all pulling for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL playoffs.Ochocinco iPhone app That’s because Jordan Palmer is one of the partners at RockSoftware – the company that developed the iPhone app.

RockSoftware also developed the official iPhone app for Chad Ochocinco and is working on apps for Terrell Owens, Jared Allen, and appropriately The Rock.

So GO BENGALS!!! – unless you make it to the Superbowl and play against the Cowboys.

Movie review : The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

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You’ll certainly enjoy this movie if you’re a fan of Terry Gilliam’s visual style – which I am. I’m pretty sure this is Gilliam’s first major foray into CGI which is worth seeing regardless of the storyline. Even though there aren’t too many scenes that involve CGI. We do get plenty of Gilliam’s dirty, cluttered environments that are his signature.

The main plot in this movie is what happened during the filming. Heath Ledger passed away during principle filming leaving many scenes unfinished. Fortunately Gilliam found a very creative way to finish telling the story without Ledger by using three substitutes – Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell – who all in many ways play homage to Ledger. It seems that the only scenes left to film were those that took place inside the Imaginarium. Since Ledger’s character enters three different times they use a different substitute in each scene. And it works out fine.

What I don’t know is what scenes are missing from outside the Imaginarium. It certainly seems like there are at least a few missing scenes because the story doesn’t quite make sense. After watching the movie I’m left wondering why Ledger’s character is even in the film. I’m not sure if I’m missing something or if the film is missing something. Probably a combination of the two.

Wired Magazine has an interview with Terry Gilliam that is worth reading if you’re still on the fence about seeing the movie.

What did you think about Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

Movie review : It’s Complicated

It’s Complicated
It's Complicated
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This is easily the funniest movie of the year. If you exclude The Hangover from the list then It’s Complicated is funnier than all the other comedies that came out in 2009 combined. It’s that funny. The middle third of the movie was almost non-stop laughing. Sometimes it was even a raucous laughter.

I felt that the cast worked very well together. Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin make up an almost unbeatable trio. They played very well together and seemed to have great chemistry. Many people feel that Streep will get an Oscar nod for her work here. I feel that Alec Baldwin is just as deserving.

And don’t forget that John Krasinski – Harley the son-in-law – is in here. He provided his fair share of laughs despite limited screen time. No question that he did a lot with a little.

Nancy Meyers – writer/director – deserves 10-fold more kudos than all the actors are getting. She provided the cast with a great vehicle and gave them excellent directions. For all the crap that Hollywood produces it’s refreshing to be reminded that there are talented people there who can entertain us with a funny and real life story.

What did you think about It’s Complicated? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

RunPee.com website upgraded for multilingual and regional use

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Revamped RunPee.com to display Peetimes for movies in 21 languages

Subject of press release: Major upgrade to the bladder-relieving movie website RunPee.com, adding support for many different languages and regions with exciting new design and visuals.

Concept and website
Contact: Dan Florio
Company: RunPee.com
Address: Los Angeles, California
Phone: 330-353-9338
Email: polyGeek@RunPee.com
Mobile Application Development: RockSoftware.com
URL: http://blog.runpee.com/news [links for the phenomenal media coverage on RunPee.com]

Los Angeles, California – RunPee.com, the next best thing to a pause button at the movies, was until now all in English. But RunPee fans are spread across the globe. An update to the website offers users the ability to quickly switch between languages and independently switch the region that they are in so that they may see movie listings for their location.

The RunPee Mobile Upgrade Includes:

  • Currently the ability to display Peetimes and synopsis in Spanish, French, German and English. Soon there will be support for many other languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Indonesian
  • Currently showing options to view movies as they are released in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, United States. Soon the region list will include China, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Argentina, Spain, Japan, Sweden, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Romania, Finland, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Switzerland, Austria, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico.

A Basic Mobile Version

Because RunPee.com is built with Adobe Flash many people with mobile phones cannot visit the site. Therefore a simple mobile version of the site was created at: m.RunPee.com. It displays all the same data – only in English for now. Movies that have been in the theater for more than 31 days are free to view. To view movies as they are released is a $1/year registration.

Screen shots are free to use.

Peetimes in English.
Peetimes in English


Peetimes in Spanish
Peetimes in Spanish


Peetimes in German
Peetimes in German


Peetimes in French
Peetimes in French


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RunPee logo


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RunPee logo

RunPee.com : coming soon to a phone near you

By far the most requested feature I get is, “When will there be a RunPee app for my ???? phone?” Currently there are only apps for iPhone and Android phones. There is also m.RunPee.com which is a very simple HTML version of the website that should work on practically any mobile browser. It costs $1/year to get access to movies that have been out for less than 31 days. Everything else is free.

But that’s going to change soon. As you know the RunPee.com website is done in Flash. ( To be precise it’s done with the Flex framework 4.0 beta 2 and Flash Builder beta 2.) The reason it’s done in Flash is that I’m a Flash developer and that’s what I do. There are no plans to ever make RunPee.com an HTML based website.

The good news is that Flash is coming to your mobile phone. Yes, you Blackberry, Palm Pre, Nokia, etc. users will soon have phones that will display Flash content. That’s because Adobe is working very hard to make the next version of the Flash Player work across devices. Currently the Flash Player uses up too many resources for a mobile phone to handle. But the new player will be optimized for mobile phones. My understanding is that when the player is ready – sometime in the first half of 2010 – then it will be pushed out to existing phones. For some I’m sure you will have to download it. Others will just magically have the Flash player.

That will help a great deal but the current RunPee.com website still wouldn’t work very well on a mobile phone. That’s because the app is far too wide to fit on a mobile phone screen. But I promise not to leave you hanging. I’m going to make a version of the app that will fit nicely on smaller screens. When you visit RunPee.com the app will check to see what your screen size is and then display the appropriate layout.

The mobile version of the site will have all the features that you would expect of a mobile app. It will store data locally in case you need to use the app in a theater without reception – provided you viewed the Peetimes before losing reception. It will also have a Timer and will vibrate your phone before each Peetime – provided your phone supports that functionality.

The big question will be about the price. Initially it will be free and I hope to keep it that way if the advertising makes enough money. If not then I will probably use something similar to the m.RunPee.com model and charge people $1/year to access movies that have been out for less than 31 days.

I’m on the list at Adobe to get access to all of the beta-bits necessary to create the mobile version before it’s released to the public. I’m certain that I will have the mobile version of RunPee ready the day the updated Flash Player is released to the public. Hopefully in time for the summer blockbusters.

Movie review : Avatar

Avatar
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As soon as this movie was over I knew that it was in my top 10 all time favorites. After some careful consideration I’d put it in the top 3 – with Return of the King and The Matrix.

A word about 3D
I get motion sick fairly easy. So I was a bit apprehensive going in to see this in 3D. I usually avoid 3D screens, and on the occasions that I have experienced them it was bad. Usually 3D movies show a few scenes here and there in 3D, but the majority of the time you’re wearing those funky glasses for nothing.

Well that’s not the case here. Cameron waited 10 years to make this movie because he wanted to do it right – which means he wanted to do it his way. The movie is 3D from beginning to end. And not just that, but it’s good 3D. Cameron doesn’t go for cheap gimmicks by randomly throwing things at the audience. Oh, sure there are a few, very few, times that something might make you flinch, but for the most part the 3D experience just brings you deeper into the scene.

And I completely forgot that I was wearing the glasses and watching a 3D movie after about the first 30 minutes. The movie is that good. So see it in 3D or don’t even bother seeing it.

Stunningly beautiful
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that there has never been a more beautiful movie ever made. Pandora is breathtaking. You get that from the previews but you see so much more in the movie.

Pacing and story
Cameron is a master at pacing. No, he is the master at pacing. You’ll get pulled into the story and forget that you’re sitting in a movie theater even though the movie is 2 hours and 40 minutes long. The movie seamlessly switches back and forth between the avatar and non-avatar world. You’re never in a scene too long that it begins to drag. The action scenes are just long enough. Cameron never interjects additional action just to show off. He’s here to tell a story that he has worked and re-worked for years. That makes it tight.

Acting
Nothing more to say than it was perfect.

Bottom line
Cameron has secured himself in the director pantheon. In my opinion, he and Spielberg sit alone at the pinnacle of Mt. Director. Cameron put everything on the line and risked a great deal of money and his reputation. Both are going to get a huge boost from Avatar.

Oh, and Mr. George Lucas: You need to attend any workshops on directing that Cameron might offer. You could learn a thing or two from this man.

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