Archive for September 30, 2014

Movie Etiquette

People do not seem to know how to behave in movies. As a fan of the cinematic experience, I don’t want my time ruined by bad behavior. So here are my tips (requirements) for basic etiquette on the part of kids and adults alike (I’m not sure who is worse!)

  • First and foremost, keep your mouth closed (unless eating, if you must). We don’t want to hear what you think of the film.
  • Keep your hands off women. That would be your date unless you are a bit perverse, but try to hold off until you get home.
  • Keep your hands and feet off the seat in front of you. There is nothing more annoying and your shoes probably smell.
  • Do not kick the seat in front of you. I don’t care if you have super long legs.
  • Kids, don’t throw popcorn or candy in the air or at anyone. If you need to practice your aim by tossing some in your mouth, you better be agile or risk some dirty looks.
  • Shut off that darn mobile phone. You don’t have to show stills or videos of the movie as people can get them on line. You don’t have to text anything. Go outside if you are a stubborn mule.
  • It is best to go to the toilet before the movie. It is disruptive if you have to walk in front of people when leaving your seat. Think ahead! If you can’t control yourself, don’t buy a drink until after the show.
  • Self-control is good advice. Your behavior is a reflection of your maturity. Don’t let bad actions give you away.
  • Don’t talk about other people in the theater. Some guys can be mean and defend themselves or their viewing mate with anger and a few swift blows to the chin.
  • Gum chewing is just plain disgusting. Don’t smack your lips or leave your mouth gaping while you do it. Try to be courteous and quiet if you must indulge. Never crack the gum unless you want serious repercussions.
  • Try to get to the movie on time so as not to disturb others. Do not step on the feet of those who did make an effort to get to their seats before the start of the movie.
  • Do not spill food, put gum under the seat, or leave used tissues on the floor. Yes, there is a janitor to clean it up, but why not help out and toss these things in the trash as you leave. Be a good sport!
  • Do not take a small child to an adult film. They squirm when bored or worse yet will run around the theater in circles screaming for attention. Babies are just as bad unless you have drugged yours.
  • If you are at a kids’ movie, let the little ones visit the toilet beforehand so as not to miss a precious moment. They get hung up playing with things in the bathroom like fancy bidet toilets fitted in some movie theaters or shopping centers or talking to other children. This makes those tykes late as a result.

There are probably a few more things I could add, but you get the picture. Try these tips out and find how a better quality movie experience is a welcome relief for you and all those around you in the theater.

The Finest Fire Pokemon

The dragon-like Charizard evokes reverie in Pokemon fans like me. He is a fire-flying monster supreme. Of all the numerous Japanese anime characters, I go for him, the awesome final form of Charmander. For those not in the know, Charizard has evolved from this early creature at level 36 (with Chamelon along the way at level 16). Got it! Charmander appeared early on in Pokemon—I Choose You! Charizard is more powerful and is the mascot of the Red and Fire Red versions. Have a look at those colossal wings, tough claws, and mighty countenance. Fire spews from his tail. So cool.

Imagine warming your room with this being – turning him on and off like a portable pellet stove to keep the cold at bay. Of course he would be tamed. Kids fabricate all kinds of fantasies about these characters, making them come alive in their own private environments. They take care of emotional and psychological needs. I know one child who took a small heating stove and placed a large image of Charizard on top. How clever is that! (Don’t worry. It was fireproof and parent approved.)

Many Pokemon beings populate my mental world. I single this one out for his unique nature and appearance. Of course they are all very special and I have other favorites. You can see this orange animated phenomenon in Pokémon Ranger, Pokémon Stadium, and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky boxarts. The tail and mouth flames are his hallmark and creates his identity as a fire entity. What else do I see? There are those fearsome blue eyes, that cream contrasting underbelly, and a super long neck. There are flaring nostrils and a rectangular head from which project two blunt horns (that kind of parallel the appendages that jut out from each teal wing). Some animator went to town on this one. The colors are magical and the flame attributes are magnificent.

I have been known to draw him from memory in varying positions of active attack. This is every little boy’s dream. In fact, they do see him in their sleep along with other assorted Pokemon images. Then when you grow up, they have all been indelibly etched in one’s brain. Don’t miss the fangs by the way. They are among the best features. Also, don’t let those skinny arms fool you or the thick stocky legs. Charizard can be a formidable foe. Don’t cross his path or raise his ire. (Let’s not even talk about Mega Charizard X! He is even more fit and fabulous.) This monster is always looking for a good fight, ready to blow fire and venom at the drop of a hat. He can melt a glacier if provoked or start a major forest fire.

So get on board with me as a fan of Charivard, the flame Pokemon character, and enjoy some great creative anime expression. Discover the wonders of this wonderful Japanese art form as many others have done. You will be glad you did!