Movie Mayhem

Saturday, July 18, 2009
Sorry for the lack of posts and, even more sadly, the lack of commenting on your blogs my friends. I have been reading, never fear, just have not been able to summon up even a small amount of energy to type a line or two. And there have been some great posts that I will, fingers crossed, get around to commenting on - health updates for some of you, job updates for others, family happenings, vacations, police visits and a plethora of other interesting items. Work has been busy once again, a number of significant staff changes in the higher echelons has resulted in some confusion about process and procedure. Combined with the heat wave that has descended upon Alberta the last few days, I have like doing little more than sitting still and sweating.

That's how I ended up in a dark, air conditioned theatre this afternoon. Ms. Poopypants, a coworker/friend, and I got together and decided to take in a picture show. Isn't summer supposed to be filled with so-called blockbusters? Hmmm, let's see... Harry Potter (no, her husband wanted to see it), The Hangover (no thank you), Transformers (nope), Ice Age (, Bruno (do you even need to ask?). That left Public Enemies. I wasn't stoked to see it but it starred Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and a ton of other faces you'd recognize (including a surprising appearance by Don Harvey as a pushy customer who gets the crap kicked out of him by Dillinger...yay!), so I figured how bad could it be? To be fair, it wasn't too bad although it seemed far too long and a bit slow in more than one spot. I'm not going to do a full review but I will say this: plenty of guns, lots of male eye-candy, and great clothes. However, it was set in the depression and nothing in the movie made it look as though the US was in the middle of some of the toughest economic times in their history. Odd.

Anyways, we made it through about 3/4 of the movie when the fire alarm, conveniently located a few feet from my left ear, started going off. Intermittent bongs of the bell continued for 5 minutes and no one came to tell us to leave. The lights stayed down and the movie continued. Other than being extremely loud and distracting, we tried to ignore it as did the other movie goers. Another 5 minutes passed before a teenaged employee popped in to tell us that it was a false alarm and we'd all get movie passes. Sweet. I can put up with a few more bongs for a free movie.

The big final shootout came and went, I developed a headached but we waited in anticipation for the final scenes. With approximately 2 minutes left of the film, just as we were about to hear Dillinger's final words to his love, another idiotic employee decided to pop in and repeat the announcement. Ms. Poopypants (along with a couple of others) shouted at him to go away and that we already had been told this. As he tried to explain himself again, shouting louder to be heard over our protestations and the dialogue on screen, he managed to drown out the big, climatic line of the movie. Holy Mother FU%#ER!!!! We yelled at him for wasting the last two hours of our lives. When we exited our theatre, three employees, including a manager who couldn't be more than 19 or 20 at the most, handed us passes and apologized for the "inconvenience" of the false alarm. We proceeded to chew the idiot who ruined the movie a new excrement evacuation hole.

Don't get me wrong. I understand that you have to inform your customers about the situation and put them at ease that their lives are not in danger. In the past when things like this have happened, both Ms. Poopypants and I remembered the movie stopping, the lights coming on and then an employee explaining the situation to us - an interesting coincedence, she and I had both worked (at different times) at this very theatre. They did not do this today. My problem with the whole situation? Firstly, have your employees communicate with one another. The 2nd interrupter claimed he didn't know someone had already spoken to us. Secondly, stop the movie rather than try to talk over guns, explosions, and screaming. Thirdly, you know how long the movie is. Look at the running time and if there are mere moments left in the film, chances are pretty good that something important is going to happen...wait a few friggin' minutes before making an announcement. Dear god who trains these morons????


Wandering Coyote said...

That's pretty poor on the theatre's part, though, woo-hoo for a free pass. I'd be totally annoyed if I were you, though, pass or no.

This heat is the shits, isn't it?

Milla said...

Haven't been near a cinema in 5 or 6 years, and thank the gods I never found myself in your situation, fire alarm an all.

You Canadian girls are never happy with the weather: it's either too cold, or too snowy or too hot or too rainy!

Wandering Coyote said...

Milla: Well, part of being Canadian involves complaining about the weather whether it's good weather or not! ALL Canadians do this - trust me!

tweetey30 said...

That one was filmed here in Oskosh WI or part of it was to be honest with you. They had to redo some of the buildings to make it look like the era that they were filming in. Just awsome film shots. I never got to see but they still have the buildings as they were in the movie shots. And the sidewalks are still in the same time frame.

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