Movie review : The Ugly Truth

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The Ugly Truth

If you want a good evening out, then I’d suggest seeing The Ugly Truth with a group of friends, and then heading out to dinner for some lively conversation afterward. Not only can you talk about the merits of the movie, but also the points that Mike makes on his show: everything from ‘can men be changed,’ to the merits of masturbation.

The movie itself is good. Solid performances all around. And I found that I really believed the romance developing between the two characters. It isn’t in the same league as say When Harry Met Sally, but then what is?However, it does have a scene that comes very close… I’ll say no more.

If you like romantic comedies you’ll enjoy this.

What did you think about The Ugly Truth? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

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Movie review : G-Force

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G-Force

In case you didn’t know, G-Force is 3-D movier for young kids. There were many kids in the audience in the 4-7 age ranges. The main reason I say it’s a young kids movie is that there are a lot of short scenes and every 3rd scene – at least – involves some sort of action. Something to keep the kids from losing focus.

I did notice that the kids in the theater laughed quite a few times. And I saw the 3D version which seemed very appealing to them. A handful of times you could hear them gasp as something seemed to leap out of the screen.

So it’s a safe bet that most young children will enjoy this. I wouldn’t push this off on children getting into their early teens, though.

As for adults, well… it didn’t suck. But what many good writers are able to do is intersperse adult humor into a kids film that the kids won’t be able to get. Usually by quoting something in past/pop culture, or paying homage to other movies. There was just a tiny bit of that here and it just wasn’t that well done.

What did you think about G-Force? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

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Buy a Pee Shirt – RunPee Logos on Organic Cotton Tees

Want to announce that your bladder is happy? Buy a RunPee Pee-shirt with the “half-full” logo and the phrase, “Because a Bladder is a Terrible Thing to Hold”…and wear it to the movies!soft cotton organic Pee Shirt from RunPee

  • Organic Cotton Tees – These are very comfortable. I’m wearing one right now. In fact, I have two so that I can wear one every day while I’m working. And I am REALLY picky about my tee shirts. They have to feel nice and soft and have a ‘flow’ to them. Many sizes in black, blue and cinder grey. ———————–>
  • The Maternity RunPee Tee Shirt is perfect. Who needs to RunPee more than expecting mothers? A great gift for those expecting little bundles of peeing joy. May as well proudly announce why you keep heading out of the screening room during movies! Many sizes in black, white and light pink.
  • The RunPee Mug – it’s a hefty ceramic mug that you can put your whole hand through as you hold your favorite beverages. You can drink things from it but also…well…may we suggest NOT using it instead of a PeeTime? 😉
  • We’ve also got everything else a happy bladder could wish for from RunPee at CafePress – hoodies, jerseys, tank tops, less expensive non-organic tees and even a RunPee track suit (in case the RUN part of RunPee is more your style).

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Movie review : Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Let me start by saying that I’m not a big Harry Potter fan. I’ve seen all of the movies and thought they were okay. But I haven’t read any of the books. And I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan – both of the books and movies.

I must confess that I didn’t like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at all. I’m not saying it was a bad movie. It just lacked anything to get over the hump of being average.

The most notible failing is the acting/directing. There are very few scenes where the actors have any expression other than a dower expression of impending doom or feeling dejected over their inability to form a relationship with the ones they really love. And there’s hardly ever a smile, or quirky expresson of playfulness. In only a few scenes during the movie did the audience laugh out loud.

Since impending doom is the flavor of the day, throughout the movie they should have worked with it by getting more closeups of the actors in anquish. But the camera seems to always be far enough away that we don’t feel the actors. We only see them. I never felt any connection to any character at all.

The first hour-and-a-half or so of the movie is also filled with many short choppy scenes, with hardly any connection from one to another. It’s as if they decided to film a few pages of the book here and there without aluding to what was skipped over. But I’ve found all of the movies, except the first one in this series, to have a similar flow. If it didn’t bother you then then it won’t bother you now.

Lastly, the music was completely underwhelming. Where’s Hans Zimmer when you need him? 🙂

Ultimately, this movie seemed like it was put together from scenes from a great movie that fell on the cutting room floor.

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

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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire


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Movie review : I Love You, Beth Cooper

I love you, Beth Cooper is certainly meant for a teenage audience, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a quality movie. Is it predictable? Certainly. Is it a movie about broken stereotypes? Of course.

Nonetheless, it is still a quality story. The main characters are likable from the beginning and become even more likable as the story unfolds.

The movie has lots of funny scenes but only a few times did the audience laugh out loud.

Beth, Hayden Panettiere from HEROES, gives an excellent performance. She can say a lot with her expressions.

Denis, Paul Rust, who played the neardy kid, did quite well. He doesn’t have the awkward physical humor as well as Jim Cary, but then who does?

I really thought that Rich, Jack Carpenter, did the best job of all. I never got the sense that he was acting a role or putting on a performance. He is either very much like the character he plays or he is a fantastic actor. We’ll have to see him in some various roles to know which is which.

What did you think about I Love You, Beth Cooper? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

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RunPee Movie Posters – Terminated, Transported and Transformed

I was having a little fun with the RunPee concept. Yeah, I am a geek; please accept that as an axiom.

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I have a vague idea for an ad involving Wolverine and trying to pee with his claws extended. I’ll get to that when I have a few extra minutes.

Do you have any suggestions for other ads? Just let me know. Or even create some yourself if you want and tell me about it in the comments below.

Movie review : Public Enemies

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Guess what: Johnny Depp is a fantastic actor. Once again, he plays his roll with aplomb. I think that Depp and Mann – the director – play well together. Depp is able to commanded the scenes he was in without overdoing it, which is a tribute to their team work.

It’s hard to say if Christian Bale did a good job because his character is so unassuming. In a way, I wish he hadn’t been in this movie. There are many actors that could have done a fine job of playing FBI agent Melvin Purvis leaving Bale to shine in something more demanding of his talents.

The only other character to get enough screen time to be recognized is Dillinger’s girlfriend played by Marion Cotillard. The only problem I had with the entire movie is that there didn’t seem to be any magic between her and Depp that would justify the attraction and sacrifices that the characters made for each other.

Michael Mann, the director, does a nice job of making a modern 1930s movie. The colors are muted throughout the film and occasionally he fades to a sepia tone to give it that news real footage.

From reading back over this much of my review I see the failing of this movie: there is nothing magical about it.

Everything in the movie seems to be slightly muted, just like the colors. There isn’t much to cheer for or against. And because it’s based on a true story there is little, or no, suspense. Of course Depp creates a likable but not lovable Dillinger. Bale’s character is no different. And the one thing that probably could have made the movie much better would be to create a real love story between Dillinger and Billie. But that doesn’t quite get off the ground either.

So there wasn’t anything wrong with this movie but there also wasn’t anything right about it either. If I didn’t have to see it professionally – to get the PeeTimes – then I wouldn’t have missed seeing this one. But then again it wasn’t a total waste of time either.

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

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Become a Pee-On with Perks at RunPee.com

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I am pretty much entering the pee times myself, and hand moderating all PeeTime submissions. That means I see a lot of movies.

Eventually, I will select a group of people who will have special privileges to enter PeeTimes, those I can count on to take “charge” of seeing a movie and selecting moderator-status PeeTimes.

The bulk of the content will come from these Pee-Ons. These elite Pee-ons will get

  • a bio page and website link on this blog,
  • free RunPee Staff T-shirts and sweatshirts ( that cannot be purchased by the public), and
  • maybe even a special glow in the dark pen, like the kind we managers use to make PeeTimes.
  • And I’m sure there will be other forms of compensation we have not thought of yet, besides knowing you’ve made a difference in the comfort of bladders everywhere. We’d like to be able to offer premier movie tickets at some point and other hard-to-get perks in the industry.
  • If you are extraordinary in your Pee-On task, you might be the first person we hire for pay. We can’t keep doing this ourselves forever. If you can prove you lovelovelove movies and can find the best PeeTimes bar none, expect to see an offer trickle down your way.

I’m still discussing the details with people and so far I’ve only invited one person outside my family to be a Pee-On. It will take a while to grow this team, but eventually they will be providing everyone with the quality RunPeeTimes that you should expect from a classy website like RunPee.com.

As always I’m interested in hearing what the RunPee.com users think. If you have an idea that would make the site better – aside from redoing it in HTML (which – update – is now done!) – then please let me know.

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Finding PeeTimes – EXACTLY how I find those movie breaks

A few people have asked how I find those movie break Peetimes for Runpee.com. Well, let me tell you: it isn’t easy, or fun.

What I do to make a Peetime

  • For each movie I try and sit off away from the rest of the audience. That is oftentimes impossible since I see movies on opening day so that peetimes will be available ASAP.
  • I have my phone – ringer off – that I can check the time with. I use a basic timer application on my Android phone to keep track of the time.
  • Of course I can’t RunPee during a movie so I make sure that I don’t drink much beforehand and I use the men’s room right before the show starts.
  • The first thing I watch for is the beginning of the movie. We can’t time peetimes from when the movie is listed to start because commercials and previews can run anywhere from 10-20 minutes. Since the iPhone app will vibrate in your pocket just a few minutes before the upcoming peetime I need to make sure that the start time for each peetime isn’t off by more than a minute or so.
  • As soon as the movie begins – after the previews – I start my timer running. And then I can sit back and relax for the first 30 minutes because peetimes must be at least 30 minutes into the show – you can hold it at least that long, right?
  • Now for the hard part. I watch the movie for scenes that I can easily sum up without missing in critical details to the movie. Many people think that peetimes are just the boring scenes in movies, but that isn’t necessarily true. Some peetimes might take part during a car chase or some other action scene. It just has to be something you can miss and still follow the plot when you return. Take the first peetime for Star Trek. That’s during the scene where they sky dive down to the drilling platform. You’ll be missing some nice action but most of that scene was shown during the previews that everyone saw. The rest of the scene is easy to sum up so that when you do get back in the theater you can slip back into the story.
  • When I see something happening in the movie that looks like it might make a good peetime I write down the current time on my notepad and the cue.
  • The peetime cue is hugely important. It’s nice to have very distinct scenes or lines of dialog to start a peetime with. Users can read through the cue – usually very short – before the movie starts so that they know what to look for during the movie – the timer doesn’t always work. So take for instance the movie Thor. One of the cues for a peetimes reads: Thor carries Erik – the scientist – back to Jane’s trailer after drinking at the bar. That should be very easy for someone to remember – oh, now’s a good time to run and pee.
  • Then I start jotting down notes like who’s talking and the gist of the conversation. If the scene keeps going for a at least 3 minutes – preferably 4-5 minutes – and nothing has happened that makes me say, “Crap, you can’t miss this scene,” then I have a good peetime candidate. Then as soon as this scene ends I write down the time again so that I know how long this peetime stretches.
  • Rinse-and-repeat.

Peetimes are of course subjective but here are a few tips I would offer that would make a bad Peetime:

  • Did something happen that a few people in the theater laughed at?
  • Was there some character interaction that was purely visual and would be difficult/impossible to accurately describe?
  • Say you’re watching an action movie with lots of fighting: was there some amazing scene that might be the best move, or special effect, in the movie. People probably don’t want to miss that.
  • If shortly after your peetime something hugely important happens then really consider not using this peetime unless the person has at least 5 minutes to get back. For example if the movie goes for 3 minutes of watching a clothes dryer spin and then right after that Darth Vader walks up to Luke and says, “Luke, I am your father.” then you don’t want to use this peetime. Someone might not make it back in time.

And here are a few examples that I think make for good peetimes:

  • Music montages that just show a character(s) training or doing whatever it is they do. This is usually very easy to sum up like, “Rocky goes out jogging around the city and eventually fans start following. He ends by running up the steps in front of a big building and then jumping around like a champion.” Now I won’t argue with you that that scene is iconic. But suppose you’re in the theater and you really have to pee and you know you can’t wait until the movie is over. Guess what, missing that music montage would be a whole lot better than missing the fight with Apollo Creed now wouldn’t it?
  • Suppose you’re watching an action movie that has lots of gun fights. A few of the gun fights might be really good but there’s usually one of them that’s just sort of average. That sounds like a good Peetime to me. I would even mention in the description that this gun fight isn’t as good as the other gun fights – or whatever the action is.
  • Something really gross in an otherwise not so gross movie. Take for instance King Kong – the movie that started the whole idea for RunPee – there’s the scene with those huge bugs that eat people. The rest of the movie isn’t that gross and disgusting. There are a lot of people who don’t like scenes like that and so they would gladly miss that part.

Sometimes it happens that I have a good Peetime candidate and then just a few minutes later a much better one comes up. I try not to group the peetimes to closely together so I’ll pick the best one. Or if the are different types of scenes, say one is an action scene and the other is a love scene, then I’ll leave them both so that the user can pick what to miss.

I like to have 2-3 peetimes per movie and I try to group them starting around the 30 minute mark. I usually stop looking for them with about 20-30 minutes remaining in the movie. It is very rare that a good peetime happens near the end of a movie, but there might be exceptions. One that comes to mind is Heat – I’m sure you know what I’m talking about if you remember the end of the movie.

Of course I have to sit in the theater until the credits end to check for those post credit scenes. Then I can RunPee myself before adding the peetimes to the website!

I would love to hear your comments if you have any suggestions for improving this process.

State of the RunPee – Will RunPee.com make it big?

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of RunPee. RunPee has gotten lots of press coverage. Google Analytics informs me that incoming traffic is coming from almost 3,000 different sources. That’s pretty good. This coming week I have a handful of radio interviews to do in locations around the world. And there should be one TV spot on the ReelzChannel. So the word continues to spread although not at the pace of a few weeks ago.

When the iPhone app is released – hopefully within a week or two – it will generate another round of buzz and hopefully lots of downloads.

Eventually the press coverage for RunPee will die down. I’m curious to see how traffic at the website will respond at that point. There is no doubt that RunPee is a viral idea but it isn’t viral in the same way as, for instance, a funny video on YouTube. Once you see the video you tell your friends – making it viral – but very few come back to see video again.

RunPee is different. It’s a curious and funny website to check out. But there is a good reason for some of the people to return. At its core RunPee is a tool: a tool to help you enjoy your movie going experience.

In truth almost everyone who goes to the movies can benefit from using it. You’ll not only find out when the best times are to RunPee but also if there is an extra scene at the end of the movie. Plus for some movies you’ll find the times that are definitely not good to RunPee – see Star Trek, Kirk on the ice planet at the 1:10 mark. And the PeeTimes can of course be used to make runs to the concession stand as well. Our RunPee FAQs say it all.

Over time I expect that people will tell their friends and family about RunPee, spreading the news via word of mouth, thus growing the user base. At the same time others that already use the site will simply forget about it for whatever reason. Hopefully the influx is greater than the outflow.

What do you think? Will RunPee simply continue to grow as more people make it a part of their movie going experience or will it suffer from user attrition and fade away? I’ll be seeing movies and adding PeeTimes either way.