Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Going to The Movies, Theatre, Sports Events? Try Buying Tickets Online!

Do you like to know ahead of time that you have tickets for your movie? Try buying tickets online. I tried this feature when I won a free movie. The offer had to be redeemed online so I gave it a try. While it still didn't stop me from being in line I had the assurance of a seat. This comes in handy for special first run attractions. It makes planning a breeze since the seat is guaranteed. Some theaters even have kiosks where online tickets can be redeemed, eliminating line standing.

Want to think of a way to gift someone across the country? How about a hard working college student who deserves a reward? Buying tickets online and sending to them by email provides the ticket right away! What a surprise to find in the inbox. Grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many others are not likely to frown at movie tickets. It is a winning situation!

Are you into other events? How about buying event tickets online? This can also make for some great gifting.
Enjoy your entertainment, whichever venue you choose!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My Name is Khan - An Absolutely Awesome Movie

Amazon Review 4 and 5 of 5 Stars

IMDB Page and Rating 6.9 of 10 Stars

Rizwan Khan, a Muslim has Asperger's syndrome but this is not known until he is an adult and moves to America to be with his brother. This is a love story about Khan and his Hindu love interest Mandira. Khan does all he can to get Mandira to marry him. After 9/11 breaks out everything changes. The tradedy, challenges, determinations and ultimate love is displayed. 

This book was the basis for the marriage relationship between the main characters of the movie. While the movie seems to be based on a true story there doesn't seem to be any documentation to show this. There was much controversy about the movie because of the airport scene. Screenplay writer Shibani Bathija based the character's treatment much on his own experience and that of others who have faced discrimination post 9/11

I found this movie to be one of the best movies I have ever seen. I am interested in reading the above book, so that I can learn more of the struggles others endure. And I want to learn about triumph over struggles.
It is about more than Asperger Syndrome. It is about dealing with an already difficult situation because of a last name. Hopefully more people will see this and realize that there is no need for prejudice. There was not a large following, it seems, in my area but I suspect it was seen more in larger cities.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Movie Review for 'An Education' - Rated PG13

Synopsis from IMDB: 

"Jenny (Carey Mulligan) a very bright girl on the cusp of her 17th birthday, finds herself in a whirlwind romance with the much older David (Peter Sarsgaard). Prior to meeting him, Jenny was working hard at secondary school to ensure getting to Oxford University. When she sees the lifestyle David can provide, one she never imagined could be hers, she's hooked and thoughts of Oxford are forgotten. Then, when things are looking pretty good for Jenny with the dashing (yet a little too smooth) David, the truth hits her like a ton of bricks. Jenny goes from being a bright eyed school girl and a sophisticated young lady, all the way back to questioning if she really knows who she is at all. 'An Education' won the Audience Choice award and the Cinematography award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival."

Other Reviews/Ratings:


Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking.

'An Education' is set in the early 1960's when women were establishing their roles in society, despite many obstacles. What struck me as the most interesting part if this film is the regard for women. No matter what, it seemed that the main character, Jenny, was highly intellectual and a prized student. Her father stressed an education at Oxford. When a man who appeared able to care for her came along everything changed. Jenny's father, in my opinion, sold his daughter short. He also sold his wife short in the process. 

The older man, younger woman relationship was only lightly displayed. Keeping things safe, not portraying any real passion, seemed the mode to take. Since the actors were of age, it seems that a little more on screen passion would have been fitting. This doesn't mean taking extreme measures to make this happen. There was not really a true kiss or any public displays of affection. Of course, there are reasons for this-to be found out later. 

I liked this movie. There were a couple of people who left the theatre but I don't know why. The ending was rather drifting, leaving some mystery best solved. While I would not buy the DVD I would watch it again.

Final results: Repeater YES Buyer NO

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