Stuber vs Uber – Welcome to the Ratings Game, in Real Life

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You WILL drive Drax the Destroyer anywhere he wants to go.

Well, it’s official. We’ve had an action movie about Uber driving. I suppose the next film will be a thriller about a couple in for trouble at an Air BnB. 🙂

It’s a sign of the times for sure. I’ve been using Uber almost exclusively to get to movies for RunPee every week for more than a year, and I think I know the system pretty well. However, there’s always new things to learn about being a good Uber passenger, and interesting ways drivers try to earn a coveted five star rating.

In Stuber, an Uber driver named Stu is essentially kidnapped by a policeman to drive him around to crime scenes and…ahem…learn to shoot at perps. I won’t give any more away, but it’s kind of a fun film, if a bit surreal. I mean, why doesn’t Stu just get out of there? It’s his (leased) car. And Stuber’s an action film…so do you think his nice electric Uber vehicle will get munched? You can answer this if you’ve ever seen an action flick. I think the police force owes him big time.

Furthermore, poor Stu has his precious rating held over his head if he won’t drive Dave Bautista to dangerous stakeouts. The police will owe him for his livelihood too, I think, by the end of the film.

I have to say, I really feel for these Uber drivers in real life. Did you know they get summarily FIRED if their rating drops below 4.5? I think that’s insane. Let me explain.

I used to review for Amazon Vine and reached the Top 250 Reviewer level. That takes some work.

My system for rating Amazon items was like this:

Five Stars: An outstanding product in almost every way

Four Stars: A great product I could recommend, with a few caveats

Three Stars: A good product, average

Two Stars: The item is fair, but isn’t awful, buy with caution

One Star: Poor Product, awful, don’t buy

By this system, roughly correlating to an A, B, C, D, and F, my readers could trust I was giving a thoughtful, critical review. However, in Uber-land, a 4 star rating is considered a fail. This doesn’t make any sense to me.

Rating Uber Drivers – why you should care that this sucks

Should I give an Uber driver 5 stars just because they didn’t kill me on the road? Apparently, the answer is yes. By my standards, I was getting people fired by rating them 4 stars. I only learned this recently. I find this astonishing.

Let’s look at movies. I review hundreds of movies for RunPee and use the same rating system I gave above for Amazon products. I’m not going to give an A to every film that made it to the end without being dreadful. Would you? I wouldn’t trust a reviewer who couldn’t critique freely.

But with the new economy, you’re a bad consumer if you don’t automatically give five stars to your Uber driver. And after talking to a lot of drivers, and after watching Stuber, I now understand what kind of pressure they’re under.

(BTW, to get another look at how terrible the tyranny of this rating system is, watch Black Mirror’s Nosedive episode. We’re on our way there now. If our “personal rating” falls under the four star level, we won’t even get basic human services…but that’s another article. Just watch Nosedive: trust. It’s on Amazon. And I’m not paid to tell you that.)

So how do drivers try to get a consistent 5 Star Rating?

In Stuber, Stu has a vanity plate reading FiveStar. He goes out of his way to provide the best level of service. He’s got free bottles of water and classy chocolates, offers musical choices, arranges the car temperatures, and tries to make pleasant conversation with every passenger. People crowd into his car, make him wait while they do errands, vomit on his seats when drunk, and say offensive things. Apparently, a lot of people are entitled jerks. I’ve talked to enough Uber drivers to get an idea about the reality they face.

And although I’ve been offered water bottles, gum, and lifesavers, I’ve never seen a driver with chocolates, or had anyone offer to change their music station. As a rational person, I don’t expect these things. (I did get some beads over mardi-gras season. Which was totally cool.)

These are the things I’ve learned being an Uber passenger:

  • Never fiddle with someone’s stereo/heat/mirror settings, or use their sockets to charge your phone without asking.
  • Don’t leave garbage.
  • Don’t eat or drink in their car.
  • If you want to chat with the driver, sit in the front. If you want to be silent and use your phone, sit in the back. (I’ll admit I sit in the front all the time and don’t want to talk. Somehow I can’t change this. I hate the back seat — to me that’s where children sit. But I don’t want to talk either. This is my problem, but now I know it exists. I’ve had some very interesting conversations sitting up front.)
  • If you’re at the airport, the ride is going to cost more (airports have fees). This sucks, but it’s still cheaper than a taxi. That said, be careful with your luggage. The drivers are using their own cars and you don’t want to scratch up their backseats or trunks.
  • The drivers will pick you up if you’re intoxicated, which is great for keeping drunks off the road. But. If you think you’re going to vomit, tell them to pull over. Please don’t ever puke in someone’s private car.
  • If you choose Uber Pool, that means others will get in the car with you, you might get dropped off last, and the ride might go far away from your destination to get you home. That’s why it’s the cheaper option.

The Most Important Advice

  • As Wil Wheaton says as his internet motto: Don’t Be A Dick. He used to be Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and he knows about dick behavior. Just be nice, or at least quiet, on your ride. Then go for a solid run or play a video game later to work off your frustrations. This is a good lesson for life.  🙂

The Tyranny of The Ratings Game

FYI: If you’re a bad passenger, you will get a bad ‘rider’ rating. Enough of these can get you turned down for pickups, but this doesn’t really equate to getting no rides, since if a driver turns down enough riders, they get censured. So, you’re going to get a ride almost no matter what. Really, the power is all in the hands of the rider, for better or worse.

I’ll freely admit I think this demand economy is problematic. It’s too easy to hold the fear of a bad rating over someone’s head to demand concessions and freebies, and get away with generally obnoxious behavior.

After ten years of running RunPee — a highly popular, world-renowned movie app — we’ve seen firsthand how personally frustrating it can be to get a knee-jerk one-star rating from someone who never bothered to learn how our app works, or send a support email to have a question answered. Are you confused? Do you not like your service? Reach out and explain. You might be surprised by the human kindness you receive on the other end of your maturely worded email. (BTW, our contact info is [email protected])

As for Uber, yes, sometimes things don’t go right. Your ride doesn’t show. You are too lost to explain where you are to the driver and the GPS is wonky. You miss your plane or get charged for a toll you didn’t plan for. I can tell you from experience that Uber will make it right and give you a little extra credit, if warranted. All you have to do is email customer service. They’re pretty responsive.

But what to do about Ratings?

Is the answer to give a 5 star rating to everything? No. I honestly think companies like Uber need to grow up and realize the equivalent of a B is a good grade, not a fail. Somehow, I’m supposed to give top marks to everyone who drives me from point A to point B without incident.

But, I don’t want to get Uber drivers fired, either. So the only kind thing is to give out all the stars, every time, unless a I have a damn good reason.

I’d love to tell Uber how unrealistic this all is, but this seems to be the way things are headed. In the meantime, I advise people to be considerate where they can, and follow customer service channels for complaints otherwise.

Rating Stuber, the Movie

And BTW: I have to give Stuber (the movie) a C+ rating…or maybe a B- if I’m feeling generous. And, yes I enjoyed it! It’s not a great film, but I smiled a few times and wasn’t bored. Does that mean it automatically gets an A grade?

Well, no. I don’t give out A ratings often. I save that for the likes of Titanic, Avatar, Jurassic Park, Into the Spider-Verse, or Avengers: Endgame. But in real life, it’s increasingly beholden on us to hand out the high scores for average service. I’ll be interested to see how this goes in the next decade.

What do you think? The comment section is below, and if you don’t give this article a 5 star rating, I promise I won’t be upset. 🙂

Movie Review – Stuber

FAQ – Peeple’s Poll

Your 20 big benefits to using the RunPee app

 

 

Godzilla MovieMeme

Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty darn proud of the #MovieMeme feature I added to the RunPee app in the previous update. It’s a work in progress that I would consider in beta for now, but you can still do an awful lot with it and have great fun sharing your work.

MovieMeme -- Godzilla

To access this feature in the RunPee app, just select any movie, which will take you to the Movie Info Screen. At the top of the screen you’ll see the movie poster. Just tap on that, and you can draw on the poster and/or add a text or meme to it.

The usability is still a little rough around the edges, but that will get ironed out in time. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear your feedback. Just email me: [email protected].

John Wick: Prince of Puppies

It’s also fun to just use your finger, or a stylus, to draw on the poster.

MovieMeme -- Aladdin

Or a combination of meme and drawing.

MovieMeme - Hellboy

MovieMeme

What’s New in the RunPee App Version 5.0 – Movie posters can can draw on, MCU Peetimes at a glance, and much more!

RunPee’s MovieMeme Designs – So easy, a “meme moron” like me can make one

Endgame Peetimes – RunPee vs the World

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One more thing to check off his list.

The 3+ hour run-time of Avengers: Endgame inspired numerous sites to publish their own Peetimes for the  massively long and greatly-anticipated movie. In a three hour span, most people will feel their bladders calling, and it’s better to know when to go, than sit there squirming,  unable to enjoy a great film.

Here’s my experienced analysis of their work, based on the experience we’ve gained after doing Peetimes at RunPee for 10 years now.

(It’s hard to believe that we’ve been around that long. That’s like 79 in Internet years.)

Here at RunPee we had four highly-qualified MCU-loving Family members submit Peetimes for Endgame,  just to get it perfect for the fans. There was a spread of suggestions…however, everyone agreed on two of the three Peetimes that were eventually added to the RunPee database.

Obviously, a website (as opposed to an app) is far from the ideal format for sharing Peetimes, because the Peetimes are useless if there’s no provided synopsis of what you might miss, and that involves spoilers for the movie — sometimes huge spoilers. A website just isn’t dynamic enough to handle this properly. We found this out in our early years, before moving our Peetimes from a website-based platform to a cell phone app.

The highly useful RunPee app is able to work around this, because you only see the synopsis for a Peetime if you choose to. Beyond that, the websites we list below gave vague, or sometimes zero “Cues” when their Peetime started. This is kind of important when your attention is focused on the movie, and not reading a web page on your brightly-lit phone. (Our app silently vibrates to let you know when to look for your Peetime Cue.)

The Peetimes in the RunPee app are accurate to within 30 seconds, and we have a built-in Timer to remind you when a Peetime Cue is coming up.

One last warning — major Avengers spoilers ahead. Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen Endgame yet.

Here are the websites that tried to make Endgame Peetimes, with our grades on their choices:

BuzzFeed
8 minutes into the movie, when Iron Man and Nebula get some help.

Analysis: we don’t start looking for Peetimes until about 30 minutes into a movie. There’s absolutely no point in having a Peetime only 8 minutes in. Plus, the scene that you’ll miss is crucial to the relationship between Iron Man and Cap. This gets a Peetime fail on all fronts.
Peetime Grade: F

BuzzFeed, Vulture
20 minutes into the movie, after the first scene with Thanos.

Analysis: Still, much too early in the movie for a Peetime, but otherwise it would have been decent. The group therapy scene with Cap and the civilians is necessary to set up Cap’s emotional tone five years after the Snap, but as Peetimes go it’s not a bad choice. The Peetime spills over into the scene where Ant-Man comes out of the quantum realm, but that’s easy enough to summarize.
Peetime Grade: C+

Vulture
22 minutes into the movie, when you see San Francisco on-screen.

Analysis: again, a bit too early, but otherwise not a bad Peetime. It’s pretty easy to describe what’s going on. But, if you’re going to miss this scene, then it would be better to start a few minutes earlier, as in the Peetime above, so that you’ll be back for the emotional reunion of Scott and his daughter.
Peetime Grade: D

RunPee
34 minutes into the movie, when *Someone* says, “It’s fine actually. Mom never wears anything I buy her.”

Analysis: This is our Emergency Peetime in the RunPee app. It’s not a horrible Peetime, but it’s only 3 minutes long, and is mostly exposition.
Peetime Grade: C+

Vulture
37 minutes into the movie, when you see Hulk at lunch.

Analysis: Yeahhh, this isn’t a scene that is good to miss. At least not for the first minute or so, where Bruce/Hulk goes into talking about his “unification”. The photo shoot with the kids is completely missable; unfortunately that part of the scene is far too short — just over one minute — to work as a Peetime, because what follows is another classic Iron Man moment you should not miss.
Peetime Grade: D+

BuzzFeed
40 minutes into the movie, after Tony figures out how an “impossible” theory comes true.

Analysis: I knew going in Iron Man died at the end, so I knew that every scene he was in would be precious — at least in retrospect, after you see the movie. The scenes during this Peetime are nothing but Tony and his family, and these scenes can’t be missed if you’ve been following the MCU for 11 years. Plus, this is when we hear, “I love you 3000.” These are the sort of building blocks in a story we consider essential to see, and not just read in a synopsis.
Peetime Grade: F

IGN.com, Vulture
54 minutes into the movie, when the setting changes to Japan.

Analysis: This is a great 2 minute Peetime, but it’s followed by an important scene between Hawkeye and Black Widow. And, due to what happens later with Nat, this is kind of important to see. If only Hawkeye’s fight had gone on for another 45 seconds, we’d have a pretty decent Peetime here.
Peetime Grade: C+

RunPee
1 hour and 1 minute into the movie when a young girl comes downstairs and says, “Dad?”

Analysis: This is our Recommended Peetime. It’s an hour into the movie, so hopefully our fans could use this as a “preemptive” Peetime, and then coast to the end. All the scenes in this Peetime have characters talking about the Infinity Stones, essentially summing up previous movies. Very easy to summarize if you’ve seen the previous films. There’s a tiny bit of humor, but nothing emotional.
Peetime Grade: A

IGN.com
1 hour and 3 minutes into the movie at Avengers HQ, when the team is talking about Infinity Stones.

Analysis: For my money, this is the very best Peetime in the movie, and the one we recommend to our users over the other two we offer. The only issue I have with it: they should have started it a few minutes earlier. Our Peetime starts at 1 hour and 1 minute, when a young girl comes downstairs and says, “Dad?”
Peetime Grade: B

IGN.com
1 hour and 10 minutes into the movie, when the setting switches to Asgard.

Analysis: Yes, good choice, except that it’s too short, and comes just a few minutes after a much better Peetime that IGN themselves chose. There’s no point in having Peetimes this close together. Too many options confuses people. It’s much better to just go with the best choice. Also, saying “Asgard” is kind of a spoiler.
Peetime Grade: C-

BuzzFeed
After it’s discovered there’s a glitch with Nebula’s cybernetic parts, in particular her memory projector.

Analysis: The following scene on Asgard is crucial to Thor’s character arc in the movie. It’s easy to sum up, but you just can’t get the depth of meaning necessary to see how the God of Thunder gets his act together. That said, we did consider using this Peetime, but we have a much better option coming up in about 17 minutes. So we went with that. We felt that giving users only a few really good options for Peetimes would be better than peppering the movie with a bunch of Peetimes that weren’t as good.
Peetime Grade: D

IGN.com
1 hour and 40 minutes into the movie, when the setting changes to New Jersey.

Analysis: This Peetime has potential. I even wrote it up to include in the RunPee database, but upon review decided against adding it, because there’s a better option coming up in 14 minutes. Also, this scene involves Tony Stark meeting his father, and again, we don’t want to miss any of these emotional moments with Iron Man.
Peetime Grade: B-

BuzzFeed
Somewhere around 1:45 into the movie, after Nebula does her little switcheroo.

Analysis: Seriously? Are you kidding me? This builds up to one of the big 6 Avengers — who has been around since Iron Man II — sacrificing herself. This is a good Peetime? Have you seen an MCU movie before?
Peetime Grade: D

Vulture
About an hour and a half into the movie, when War Machine and Nebula arrive on Morag.

Analysis: Please, this call back to the first Guardians movie is awesome sauce.
Peetime Grade: D

Vulture
When Hawkeye and Black Widow get to Vormir.

Analysis: Personally, if there were no other good options for much better Peetimes coming fairly soon, I would have used this one in the app. Sure, it’s crucial to what happens soon after with Black Widow, but they do spend a good long while figuring it out, so if you hustle, you’d be okay.
Peetime Grade: C+

RunPee
About 1 hour and 54 minutes into the movie when *Someone* wakes up alone in a pool of water.

Analysis: Boy, this was a hard choice. It’s a powerfully emotional scene, which usually exempts a scene from being used as a Peetime. However, we felt the emotional content was pretty obvious. You would normally want to see this scene, but if you miss it, then the synopsis will catch you up without any confusion when you return.
Peetime Grade: B-

Getting good pee breaks isn’t for amateurs!

I extend kudos to the people who attempted to get Peetimes for Endgame when they’ve never done it before. There’s no doubt this was one of the hardest movies we’ve ever had to do Peetimes for.

Here at RunPee we’ve done Peetimes for 10 years, and for literally over 1,500 movies. We have frequent conference calls to critique each other and offer feedback. When we sit down to watch a movie at home that another one of us did the Peetimes for (in the theaters), we make note of their choices and then give feedback, both positive and negative.

I always tell the RunPee Family, “We’re only as good as our last Peetime.” One of the things that pleases me most is the lack of negative comments we get on our choice of Peetimes. We’ve yet to get a complaint on our Peetimes for any movie this year, including Endgame. And believe me, when we make a mistake, we hear about it. Don’t bring up Frozen to RunPee Mom. 🙂

Movie Review – Avengers: Endgame

A Open Response to Kevin Feige (re: Using the Bathroom During Endgame)

Avengers Cameo – That random kid in Endgame is someone we’ve seen before

Avengers: Endgame – What was that hammer sound in the credits?

Warning – Avengers Endgame is not going to be Peetime friendly

Avengers: Endagem-Hold The Spoilers
Did we say no spoilers?

You might be surprised to learn that finding Peetimes in a movie isn’t the hardest part of the RunPee job. Ofttimes we find great Peetimes but get stuck on picking out the best Peetime Cue: a brief line of dialog — or description of some action — that stands out to signify the beginning of a Peetime.

A good Cue might be: When Jack says, “Can I have the extra-spicy onions on my burger?”

It’s short, distinctive, and non-spoilery.

An example of a bad Cue would be: When Jack chokes to death on spicy onions. 

I don’t think I have to explain why we could never, ever, use a Cue like that.

HULK NO LIKE SPOILERS

There’s a lot of middle ground we struggle with, and try to find ways to describe the important, almighty Cue, without giving something away.

How we avoid spoilers in our Peetime Cues

Like in Avengers: Infinity War, one of the Cues is: Thanos says to *someone*, “I like you,” then vanishes. That *someone* was Star Lord, but if we used his name, you would have seen the Cue and thought to yourself, “Well great; I guess I know that Star Lord and Thanos meet at some point. Thanks for spoiling that.”

Later in the movie there was a great Cue: Black Panther says, “And get this man a shield.”

That line was delivered time and time again in the movie trailer, so you knew it was coming. It’s a great character payoff, with a multi-film buildup.

Now, that brings us to Avengers: Endgame. Right off the bat we know none of the Cues can start with: Spiderman says…

Spiderman got Snapped. Everyone presumes he’s going to be un-Snapped, somehow. But we don’t know for sure, and we don’t know when. So we can take his name, and everyone else who got Snapped, off the Cue list.

For that matter, we don’t know if Thor, Iron Man, Banner/Hulk, Captain, et al., will survive. Using their names in a Peetime Cue — at least after the midpoint of the movie– is problematic. We hear time and again from fans, begging them not to spoil anything. As big fans ourselves, we get it.

Whose Name can be used in a Peetime Cue?

At least we can assume Captain Marvel has a big part to play in the upcoming MCU movies, so I think her name is fair game. Beyond that, expect a lot of Cues that read something like: *Someone* says, “Hurry — throw me the sonic screwdriver.” And *Someone else* replies, “I got it, but the battery’s dead.” 🙂

If that wasn’t a big enough challenge, I admit it — finding good Peetimes in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War was no picnic. It was undoubtedly the hardest MCU movie to do Peetimes for so far, mostly because there were so many simultaneous story-lines to juggle.

Music montages are a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow for Peetimes, but I think we can safely assume there will be no music montages in Endgame, unless Star Lord hatches a plan to distract Thanos via dance-off at some point…Oh wait, Star Lord got snapped. Well, there goes that.

We will have Movie Pee Breaks before the opening night of Endgame

Rest assured, we’re going to make our best effort to find good times for you to make a pee break. Shanee Edwards, our Hollywood film critic, will provide us with Peetimes days prior to the public opening. She doesn’t do Peetimes for many movies, and she’ll be working alone, but she knows her stuff and will give everyone going to see the movie opening night something to work with.

Then we have four People, myself (Dan), Jill, RunPee Mom, and Vera, all seeing the movie opening night so we can collaborate on choosing the very best Peetimes. Friday morning we’re going back see the movie again so we can come home and polish the Peetimes until they shine like an Infinity Stone. Plus we’ll get Peetime feedback from Dana and Shani over the weekend.

I tell everyone who does Peetimes for RunPee: we’re only as good as our last Peetimes. That’s never been more true than when the fate of the universe is at stake.

#WhatEverItTakes

Did YOU Survive The Snap? You may as well get this over with…

A Open Response to Kevin Feige (re: Using the Bathroom During Endgame)

Avengers Infinity War – Whose Fault is the Snap?

Your 20 big benefits to using the RunPee app

By now you’ve heard RunPee tells you when to hit the toilet during the movies so you don’t miss the most important scenes, but you probably haven’t sat down and thought about the wealth of benefits and treats RunPee gives you — the enthusiastic movie-goer. Here are all the goodies you should know to make the best use of the world’s most indispensable movie app:

  1. All the Peetimes to make certain you never miss a crucial movie moment, reveal, or best scene, ever again.
  2. Read the scene you’re missing as you take a Peetime. Our synopses are short and sweet and get you up to speed. You will never feel lost when you get back to your seat again.
  3. The Built In Timer vibrates quietly in your lap before your Cue to get up and go, so no one else in the theater ever gets disturbed.RunPee Timer
  4. Drink all the sodas, beers, wine, cocktails you like, and your bladder will thank you for it.
  5. You can run to the concession stand for lots of food during any Peetime, without waiting in annoying or long lines.
  6. Don’t sit through the credits for no reason if there’s nothing to see.  Go home with confidence with our Anything Extra section. On the other hand, never miss an extra scene, moment, dedication, or movie tidbit again, if there is one. RunPee will tell you when the Extra scene is, how long it lasts, and our advice on whether to wait for it or not…all without giving away spoilers.
  7. If you come in late to the film, our Running Late benefit will tell you what happened in the first three minutes. WHEW. Now you can breathe and relax.
  8. Our Peetime Meta details give you a choice of what kind of scenes to miss – a talking moment, a bit of non-crucial action, a musical montage of time passing, or a transition scene. You choose.
  9. We give you — depending on how long the film is — 2-4 Peetimes to choose from,  so there will always a Peetime you can tell your bladder to wait for. We try to have Peetimes spread out within half-hour increments.
  10. Our #MovieMeme play area lets you be creative with your favorite films. Make your own art on top of any movie poster in our gallery. Draw or say anything you like on it, using your own finger as a brush, and share your fun art with the world.MovieMeme
  11. Our Peeple’s Poll lets you rate a movie twice — on your expectations before the movie, and your thoughts after. You can also choose to compare other Peeples’s votes based on a similar age range and gender. There is no poll like this anywhere else.Peeple's Poll results for Captain Marvel
  12. Vote in the 3D Poll to let other Peeple know if it’s worth spending the extra cash on those 3D glasses. Or look to see if others think you should bother with it. This is a big money saver right there that can pay for the Infinity Peecoin right there.
    Located at the very bottom of the Movie Info screen.
  13. Speaking of the Infinity Peecoin, you can choose how to use your app — free by watching short video ads, for ten cents a movie to buy Peecoins, or make a one-time lifetime expense for the Infinity Peecoin.
  14. If you do watch the free ads, you can do it all at once and BANK your Peecoins away for later use. Never run out of Peecoins right before a feature film begins.
  15. Rate and share your movie grade with actual movie poster artwork, using your choice from a large assortment of icons. Is your movie worth 4 out of 5 Groots? 5 of 5 Deadpools? RunPee makes it easy to have fun sharing your opinion with your friends.
  16. Read our comprehensive, personable movie reviews, written in-house by the members of the RunPee Family after we see the film.
  17. Check out the (literally) thousands of movie and entertainment articles published, all created by us, on the RunPee blog. You could spend days in there, enjoying the posts written by and for the movie-lover.
  18. Enjoy our immense archive of movie Peetimes, with thousands of movies going back 10 years — along with some older classics — for your curiosity and enjoyment.
  19. Get Alert Peetimes in movies with unexpectedly graphic scenes of violence, animal abuse, torture, or over-the-top gore. alert peetime
  20. Get the BEST one on one customer service on the planet for your app. If you contact [email protected], we give you a speedy reply based on your actual needs, and not some form letter. Contact us anytime with any advice, critiques, comments, or questions. We want to do everything we can to make your RunPee app the best thing you’ve ever downloaded.

AND…here’s a bonus benefit:

21. Know you’re helping a small family-run business grow. This is RunPee’s 10th Anniversary as an app, and we thank YOU for being part of our extended RunPee Family. A lot of you have been with us from the beginning, and seen how we’ve adapted and improved over the years, largely through your suggestions. Thank you for telling everyone about us, and for all you newbies being willing to take on a new app movie-going phone app. We would not exist without you. (Many hugs!)RunPee Family

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RunPee’s MovieMeme Designs – So easy, a “meme moron” like me can make one

RunPee now offers MovieMemes on the app for you to play with! As the resident tech-moron within the RunPee Family, I wanted to proudly show off my new mad skillz in the movie poster graphics department.

movie meme pet sematary jill design
Frankly, the studio should have gone with my design. The colors, the gore, the tagline I cribbed from another movie: it’s all there…

I’ve even got some easy little hacks to make your exciting movie artwork look somewhat recognizable:

  • Try several times on other posters to get your feet wet. Or fingers. Although if you want to use your feet, we won’t jump through the app and stop you. Make big messes you hate and walk away. There’s a learning curve here, folks.
  • Adding text automatically looks clean, but the drawing effects are  simply too much fun to ignore.
  • After messing around the drawing option colors, sizes, widths, and a liberal use of the Erase button, you’ll get better,  I promise.
  • This is the best secret yet. It you have adult sized hands, your fingers make for a really thick brush, even using the “thin” width mode. So just use a phone Stylus. We all have them kicking around our junk drawers, and the Dollar Tree stores sell bags of them for a buck.
  • If you want to get the most eyeballs on your art, use the Share hashtag #MovieMeme on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or anywhere you normally Share. The #MovieMeme hashtag is already in use, so it’s not like you’ll be inventing the wheel to get yourself viewed.

Now go make your own MovieMeme (You have to send yourself a copy or share it, since they don’t auto-save in the app)

I made three (really dreadful) MovieMeme posters the night RunPee rolled this sweet new update out. It wasn’t until I grabbed my stylus in frustration that my awe-inspiring Pet Sematary re-do was revealed: a  #MovieMeme I’m happy enough to show others. Church (the cat) now looks so much more satisfied. Just imagine how much better I could do with a bit of honest practice?

MovieMeme - HellboyMaybe on an Avengers: Endgame poster, or three.

Excuse me. I have some drawing to do….

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[UPDATED…App Developer’s Note:
I just created a new #MovieMeme poster for Hellboy! I consider this drawing feature to be in beta mode right now. I’d love to get feedback on how I can make RunPee’s Movie Meme better for you.]

As always, email us at [email protected] if you need help finding or using the new Movie Meme feature in the RunPee app. 

MovieMeme

What’s New in the RunPee App Version 5.0 – Movie posters can can draw on, MCU Peetimes at a glance, and much more!

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What’s New in the RunPee App Version 5.0 – Movie posters can can draw on, MCU Peetimes at a glance, and much more!

We slaved a while over this one, but we’re proud to present the latest update to the RunPee app. This version has a way to be creative and make personalized movie designs using your finger as a brush; an exclusive MCU film hub where RunPee collected every Peetime for ALL the 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and counting); an improved Peeple’s Movie Poll; and the cleaner Movie Info Screen interface fans begged us for. The RunPee Family is super proud of this brand new update, and we hope you love it too.

Let’s start with the details of the RunPee app Version 5.0 BIGGIE. Presenting the New MovieMeme:

MovieMeme
RunPee Sis and her Grand Daughter Nanna Johnson collaborated on this one together: this is a fun way to bring the generations together meaningfully. Try it.
  • #MovieMeme  — This is the most exciting change to the RunPee app update. You get to be creative and directly play with movies to your spirit of fun or inspiration. This is pretty unique. Use your finger as a “paintbrush” to draw on a movie poster! (Or use a phone stylus – whichever you prefer.) Go ahead: add crazy designs —  mark it up to make it silly, inspirational, or meaningful —  stamp your own personality on it!  You can also add text at the top or bottom to add quotes, jokes, or insights (it’s an optional feature, but adds to the fun and makes it look really good).

So, you can design your own movie poster based off the original, and share your art to friends, family, and the world though social media, email, or text. RunPee makes this super easy to do.

(Note: make sure to send a copy to yourself every time to keep it, since you get a fresh new one to try with on each visit to the RunPee app. )

Anyone at any age can do these drawings, and we’ve had great responses from RunPee beta testers as young as 6 and as old as…well, great-grandma age. 😉

Experiment, and enjoy! We designed this feature in the app update purely for you to have fun.

Other Key New Benefits to the RunPee app update:

  • Caught up in the Avengers craze? Planning a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) rewatch ahead of Endgame? (And seriously, your plan start NOW.) We made it simple to see all the MCU movies’ details. Tap on the menu — top-right — and select “MCU Movies“. Tap next to Captain America’s iconic shield: you’ll find every Peetime for every Marvel Cinematic Universe vault, all in one place on the RunPee app. Whew! That’s a lot of movies. You’re welcome. 🙂

MCU Movies

  • Movie Info Screen — this part of the RunPee app has a new look that’s cleaner and easier to use. Scroll down and tell us if you like the new layout. We’ve made this change in response to fan requests for less screen clutter, without losing the features you already enjoy, especially the Peetimes, Extra Scene details, and our in-house Movie Reviews.
  •  Peeple’s Poll — The RunPee app now gives you the option to “hide” the movie poll results from others until after you voted. This way you can vote without being influenced by seeing the current results. You can do it either way with the tap of a button.

As always, let us know what you think of the changes in the update to the RunPee app – both good, bad, or constructive. Contact us at [email protected].

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Peetimes Coming for Avengers Endgame BEFORE OPENING NIGHT

Avengers: EndgameThe scheduled runtime for Avengers Endgame is 3:02. That’s three hours and two bladder cramping minutes. And you know there will be extra scenes, so don’t think you can skip out on the end credits.

[UPDATE 1: Surprisingly, there are no extra scenes, but there is an audio-only extra at the very end.]

The question everyone’s asking is: will we have Peetimes ready before the US public release of Endgame on Thursday night, April 25th ?

[UPDATE 2: Three Peetimes have been added already, a day before the movie even comes out! We merely used our Time Stone..]

Endgame – The short answer to having Peetimes before opening night

Absolutely! (That satisfied sound you just heard was your bladder relaxing.)

Endgame – The long answer on how RunPee can do this

We rely on Shanee Edwards, a Los Angeles-based movie critic, to get our Peetimes for the biggest blockbuster movies prior to their release. This comes at a high cost, but it’s worth it for RunPee fans. We know many of you will see Endgame — and other movies like it — on opening night with your friends. It’s on those occasions RunPee app downloads peak, because so many of you share the app with your friends, family, the stranger sitting next to you, et al. (And we thank you for every time you do it!)

We certainly don’t want to put you on the spot by raving about the awesomeness of the RunPee app, only to be disappointed when you try to show them Peetimes at the movies and be forced to say, “Well, they’ll probably have Peetimes for this film tomorrow.” That’s a lose-lose for everyone.

So, we go out of our way to get pre-release Peetimes for the blockbuster movies that we know will be packed on opening night.

For the vast majority of flicks, RunPee has Peetimes posted around 10:00-11:00 PM EST on opening night. We have to drive home and add the Peetimes, which usually takes an hour or two. We try to get a least one good Peetime up first, right after we add the details about any end credit scenes.

That said, the pre-release Peetimes we get from Shanee won’t be the final word. Consider those as placeholders until the RunPee Family can go see the movie on Thursday night and update them.

Pretty much the entire RunPee Family will see Endgame opening night, and will collaborate on making the Peetimes the absolute best they can be. Then on Friday we’ll go back and watch Endgame again, making sure everything about the Peetimes are spot-on.

The best Avengers: Endgame strategy

So, if you want the absolute best experience, I’d suggest waiting to see Avengers Endgame, or any blockbuster, on Friday evening (or later if you hate crowds, but not tooo much later that you get accidentally plot spoiled). But by Friday night we will have collaborated, triple-edited, and double-checked all the Peetimes.

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RunPee Guest Post Guidelines – Write for RunPee.com (and be as opinionated as you like)

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The RunPee Family

The RunPee Family is happy to publish posts from movie geeks with interesting entertainment opinions on RunPee.com. Or even non-geeks with thoughtful reviews of any movie category are welcome – we have a lot of film coverage blind spots. Here are our submission guidelines:

What you get from RunPee

  • Your own linked Byline to the RunPee blog, social media promotion on our sites, and links to your projects/emails choice in your bio. We’ll help promote your personal interests for free, as well. Any really timely articles will get Featured Content status on the RunPee app itself!
  • You get Author privileges on RunPee: an author photo of your choice, a bio blurb, a full biography page with any links you want to promote — which also automatically lists all the articles you post on RunPee.com.
  • A entry volunteer association in a fun, world-wide acknowledged app boasting millions of downloads. Plus professional article editing, experienced writer mentoring, and the possibility of learning to make Peetimes to see free movies, along with the rest of the RunPee Family.

What RunPee Wants from You

  • Just pitch us your topic ideas and potential titles, and we can see if we’d like to publish your piece. Send ideas to [email protected] (Editor in Chief) and post Guest Article in the subject heading.
  • Articles should be no shorter than 300 words, but can be as long as you like. No need to be brief if you’ve got a lot to say.
  • Your personally taken photos are welcome and will include your Byline, if we use them.
  • Tell us your favorite movie genres and mention a few possible titles you’d suggest as an idea on how your mind works.
  • Really, nothing about movies, actors, directors, or entertainment might be too out there to write about. This is your chance to be creative and show off.
  • We even accept reviews of movie theaters themselves, and  would love to blanket the world with details about the different cinemas near people. (Ask us for our Movie Theater review template.)

Interested? Re-read what I wrote above to be sure, and send your ideas to [email protected], or address your interest to Jill at [email protected].

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RunPee FAQs (about)

Writing an app review in the Apple App Store

 

 

 

Coming Soon – Peetimes for Captain Marvel

captain-marvel Shanee Edwards, LA film critic who writes for SheKnows.com, has verified that she is going to the premiere of Captain Marvel. We’ll have Peetimes for Captain Marvel on Tuesday afternoon! Well ahead of its public release around the world.

When you sing our praises, sing them loudly. 🙂
(Seriously, we’d love it if you shared this on social media.)

In addition, Dan Gardner (creator), Vera Tsien-Gardner (CEO RunPeeChina), and Jill Florio (co-creator) are also seeing the movie on Thursday night, March 7th. We will collaborate on the Peetimes to make them the best we can.

UPDATE: Three collaborated and triple-checked Peetimes for Captain Marvel are posted on the RunPee app. We’re pretty happy with them. A lot happens in this film that you won’t want to miss.

Overall all 3 Peetimes are pretty good. I would recommend the 1st Peetime over the others. It’s very easy to get caught up on what happened.

The 3rd Peetime is almost as good, but includes a little humor.

The 2nd Peetime is almost all dialog so it has a longer than average synopsis.

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