Prettiest Live Action Movies

Working on a post of “prettiest” ever live action movies. Fun topic. They have to be gorgeous on their own merits, must stand out as really lovely simply in the viewing, plot aside.

 You’ll notice that most of the following are in sci-fi and fantasy genres, which is a viewing bias some of us have. Help me out in the comments so I may add more.
  • LOTR and The Hobbit
  • GotG (one and Two)
  • Avatar (and we assume the next 5 will be, too)
  • The Thor movies (Asgard scenes)
  • Harry Potter movies (1 – 4 i think are the prettiest. They kind of get dark and gritty after that.)
  • The Force Awakens
  • Titanic
  • 2001
  • Star Trek, The Motion Picture
  • Gladiator
 Well, there’s our short list. What are we missing? Where do you disagree?
Thoughts:
Willow? Ladyhawke? Pirates (and which ones?).

Terminator Genisys – movie review

terminator-henisysGrade: B+

I’ve always been a big Terminator fan. It was the first movie that I went to see over and over again in the theater – and I had to drive 40 miles each way to see it. I’ve seen all the movies a dozen plus times, and watched the TV series twice. So, I know my Terminators.

I didn’t have super high expectations going in, because I know these things can go either way, but I enjoyed the movie more than I thought I would. What’s really surprising to me is that the story, and character development, was better than the action – not that the action was bad by any means.

Terminator movies are rife with tangled plot holes, such is the nature of time travel plots, but I think they did a great job of cutting through that and getting to the meat of the story. (I would have enjoyed the movie a whole lot more if the previews hadn’t spoiled just about every bleeping surprise in the movie.)

There wasn’t anything hilariously funny in the movie, but there were a number of well placed laughs and they weren’t forced at all. The way they mashed together the scenes from the original Terminator was enjoyable.

The dialog was very well done. When there was exposition they blew right through it without making it feel like a lecture. Best of all there were a number of really touching moments in the movie.

Perhaps the best part of the movie was the character development of the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Arnold gets to act in this movie, not in any long, drawn out, scenes, but in a few short scenes that he acts with only his expressions.

In case you didn’t know this movie is just the first of a three part series of Terminator movies. The next two are being filmed back-to-back and will be released in 2017 and 2018. Plus there is going to be another Terminator TV series that will inhabit the same timeline as the movies – like how “Agents of Shield” does with the Avengers movies.

This movie tells a complete story and can stand on its own, but there are definitely threads that can be detected that will be played out as the story evolves to a complete resolution in the third movie. I can honestly say that I’m very excited to see how they proceed based on the introduction the first installment provided.

Peetimes for THE APOCALYPSE

No one wants to get caught with their pants down in the middle of an apocalypse. Here is a region-by-region breakdown of the disaster you can expect and best times to take care of important biological necessities. For most of you it will be your last Peetime. Make it count!

New Zealand
If you live on the North Island you should RunPee between 6:00 and 6:30 PM, right before Smaug awakens. After that you should find the nearest deep dark hole and crawl in. The problem is that all the deep dark holes will be filled with orcs and balrogs. It’s going to be a long night. Or more likely a short one for most of you Kiwis.

If you’re on the South Island you have a few extra hours to enjoy life until Smaug makes his way to you.

United States – Los Angeles
The Space Shuttle Endeavor, now located at the California Science Center downtown, is scheduled to fly a select few celebrities to the International Space Station at 11:00 AM.  If you are one of the privileged few please be sure to run and pee before 10:00 AM, as peeing is its own “endeavor” in space. ( Reminder to Lindsay Lohan, you are NOT on the list, please stop insisting you are. )

Nearby, at the Staples Center, the Lakers, Clippers and Sparks can safely pee between noon and 3:00 PM, as zombies will be devouring numerous Dodger-dogs along with the actual Dodger players during this time. If you are being chased by Dwight Howard Zombie then you should seek shelter at the nearest free-throw line because even as a zombie DH12 will be too frightened to come near that area.

The zombie outbreak will begin at LAX in the early morning hours and proceed to spread up and down the coast. Those in the San Fernando Valley should be safe from the zombie outbreak because anyone from the coastal areas of LA who is turned into a zombie would consider it extremely poor taste to eat people in the Inland Empire.

The zombie hoard will be in full force by mid day. If you need to pee afterward you should wait until 4:00 – 6:00 PM as most zombies will be caught in traffic on the 405.

[ Special thanks to Shanee Edwards, freelance screenwriter and movie reviewer for SheKnows.com ]

Fox TV Studios, Century City, Los Angeles ( You have to be a *Firefly* fan to get this. )
All the CEOs at Fox TV Studios should barricade themselves in the executive restrooms. It won’t do any good but at least you’ll have a place to pee until the Reavers break through and rape you to death, eat your flesh, and sew your skins into their clothing. And if you’re very, very, lucky, they’ll do it in that order.

United States – Washington DC
At 2:15 PM Eastern Time every lobbyist will spontaneously shed their external human appearance and you will be able to see their true form: large slimy creatures oozing a fetid smelling green puss from every orifice. The good news is that the aliens will be recalled to their home planet immediately after revealing their true form. Every politician should make sure they run and pee before the reveal because once the lobbyist/aliens are gone you won’t be left with a pot to piss in.

United States – Middle America
The Yellowstone super-volcano will erupt at 9:19 AM local time. Everyone in middle America should seek shelter in a sturdy building and wait for the shock-wave to pass. Once that happens you’ll have plenty of time to run and pee before you’re under 20 feet of ash and unable to open the front door.

Australia
You know all those amazingly poisonous snakes and spiders in Australia? Sorry to be the one to tell you this but Friday afternoon around 4:30 PM ( Sydney time ) they will all suddenly mutate and become about 100-times bigger. You should make sure you run and pee before 4:30 because after that the running part won’t be a problem but stopping to pee will be.

Japan
Godzilla will emerge from Tokyo Bay around 3:15 PM local time. You probably already know the drill. Make sure you run and pee before he arrives in your area. Remember to avoid skyscrapers, power plants and especially elevated trains. Apparently a train full of people is like a cream filled Twinkie to Godzilla.

Western Europe
The Large Hadron Collider collapses into a singularity taking all of Western Europe with it at 9:41 AM. There’s no point in bothering to run and pee beforehand. You’re bladder is going to be infinitely small and infinitely dense either way.

Mexico
Rival drug gangs will ravish the cities and countryside. In other words it’s another average day. You should already know the typical schedule of gunfights in your area so make use of that knowledge to find your own best peetimes.

Africa
You’ve suffered enough. You don’t get the apocalypse.

There are no extra scenes at the end of the apocalypse.

What a difference a TODAY makes

Yesterday ( December 19th, 2012 ) on the morning news TODAY Show Jenna Wolfe ( @JennaWolf ) had a short 3 minute segment talking about the trend for very long movies. You can see the video below. At the end of the segment Jenna mentions the RunPee app as a solution to the problem of needing to pee during the movie.

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What does that sort of publicity do for the RunPee app? Of course it’s difficult to say precisely but there’s no doubt that it provided a huge spike in downloads.

Here’s what the downloads on iOS looked like before the segment.

Before the TODAY Show

Before the TODAY Show

And here’s what the downloads looked like after the show.

After the TODAY Show

After the TODAY Show

It’s hard to read but that’s a 914% increase over the previous Wednesday. To be fair that can’t all be attributed to the TODAY Show. Since The Hobbit has come out app downloads have been running a bit higher than normal. But I think it’s safe to say that the publicity added at least 1,000 downloads to the norm.

Android downloads run consistently at about 10% of iOS downloads. Why? I have no idea. There are more Android devices out there so you would think that Android downloads would be higher. Apparently Androidians are reluctant to download apps. If that every equalizes then I stand to see a huge push in download numbers.

At any rate I made over $1,000 from the RunPee app yesterday – after Apple and Google get their 30%. Not bad for a day that I spend sitting in a theater re-watching The Hobbit in IMAX 3D.

Oh, and if Peter Jackson is reading this: Please keep making LONG movies! It really helps my app download numbers. 🙂

A Conversation with RunPee Fans

You know what I love about RunPee fans? They are so nuts about my wacky app. I think everyone can agree that it’s about the most bizarre, some say genius, idea to come along in a long time. And some fans, some call them fanatics, just love to hoot and holler about it. And to you fans I am eternally grateful. The app is free and is basically a money losing business when you consider all of the money I spend on movie tickets. But it’s a labor of love to be able to give something to so many people. And who knows, maybe some day RunPee will earn its keep.

Speaking of fanatics. Here’s an example of a conversation I had with a couple of young ladies who discovered the RunPee app this weekend.

Acting All-Stars with Business Backgrounds

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:

Clint Eastwood

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.

Kevin Costner

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.

Cate Blanchett

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.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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.

New and improved timer for the RunPee app

Now that I’m building the RunPee app – instead of RockSoftware – I’ll be able to add features that I’ve wanted for ages. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the work I’m doing. Probably the thing that will change the most is the timer. Currently the timer just gives you a count of how much time has elapsed in the movie.

Now at a glance you will be able to see:

  • Time elapsed
  • Progress-bar of time elapsed
  • Where the peetimes occur in the movie shown over the progress-bar
  • A countdown for how many minutes until the next peetime
  • A display of the cue for the next peetime that you can press to see the synopsis

So you can see that with this timer you can start it and then at a glance see where the peetimes are in the movie and how much time is left until the next one. What could be better?

Well, there is one little thing that’s left out. The phone won’t vibrate when the timer is getting close to a peetime. I’m sorry but that’s just not currently possible with Adobe AIR for mobile. But it will be an option later this summer that I can add. For now you’ll just have to peak at it.

Before the app is launched I’ll add some controls to let you adjust the time on the timer – in case you forget to start the timer when the movie starts. So you’ll be able to increment the time or have it synch up with the current cue. So for instance if you forget to start the timer you can just wait for the first peetime, hit a button, and the timer will jump to that peetime so that you’ll be set for the remaining peetimes.

This app will be coming to Android at the end of the month – June. I’ll have it out in time for Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon which is OVER 2 1/2 hours long! I’m uncertain when it will be available for the iPhone. That depends on the transfer of the app from RockSoftware to myself.

I’m adding a lot of other new features to this app as well. Stay tuned for updates.

Awards

There’s not exactly a lot of awards out there for the best mobile application to help someone pee. But we’ve done fairly well for ourselves by winning an award or two.

RunPee.com got NETTED by the Webbys: The Best User-Generated Strategic Guide To Optimal Movie Pee-Break Moments Ever.
iPhoneApps.Oreilly.com named the RunPee iPhone app a top pick! Thanks guys.

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.