Random Factoid #578

28 07 2015

Scorsese iphoneOf course I can’t find any pictures through Google Image searches to prove my point here, but I have a gripe that I need to get off my chest.

I absolutely CANNOT STAND when movies show characters using iPhones incorrectly.

Surely you’ve noticed that often times, when a character takes a call on their iPhone, they are very clearly NOT taking a call.  I can see the light on the screen, and I can tell when the phone is clearly on the main menu.  Getting the phone screen would not be hard to fake – just take a screenshot and open it up in the Photos app.  Or just leave a white screen up or something!

When I can tell that the character is not on a call, it highlights the artifice of the scene and disrupts the illusion.  I’m instantly taken out of the scene.

So, please, filmmakers.  This is not a hard thing to get right.  I’m not saying you should actually endure the hassle of making a call to the phone in the shot.  Just don’t presume the audience watching is stupid enough not to notice that the phone is clearly not making a call.

Random Factoid #407

8 09 2010

Today’s entry is mainly for the fellow bloggers, but any movie aficionados are welcome to chime in as well.

I love randomly surfing the App Store on my iPhone for movie-related apps.  The other day, I downloaded a freebie in the top 25 called “Movie Quizzle.”  It sounded like something totally up my alley, so I decided to download it and give it a try.

After quizzing myself for five minutes, I had to delete the app because it was so patronizingly easy.  As an obsessive moviegoer, the questions were an insult to my intelligence.  But sometimes an insult to intelligence is good because it reminds you that you have a brain and are intelligent in the first place.

Movie Quizzle isn’t the only thing I’ve sworn off, too.  I don’t play Scene It! anymore because it’s just no fun to play with friends when I know so much and they so little.  I don’t like to gloat, and it’s all too easy to get a big ego for me playing that game.

Anyone else feel like their cinematic knowledge is so far superior to the average bear that any sort of trivia thrown at us just seems too easy?

Random Factoid #351

14 07 2010

I have a new addiction courtesy of iPhone 4 (which works FINE with a case, all you Apple haters).

Thanks to multitasking, I have begun to love listening to the arts & life segments from NPR.  Thanks to Apple’s innovations, I can listen to NPR while checking Facebook, writing an email, sending a text message, or blogging.  A lot of times I will leave it on while cleaning my room or just casually walking around the house.

I’ve heard some really fascinating segments recently.  I’ve listened to plenty of movie reviews, and some very interesting editorials, including one on the declining impact of box office draws.  But what I’ve enjoyed most are the interviews.  I heard a great one with Steve Carell, and I have a 25-minute interview with “The Kids Are All Right” director Lisa Cholodenko saved in my queue.  I plan on listening to it now that I’ve seen the movie.

By far the most fascinating was an interview with Mark Ruffalo around the release of the aforementioned movie.  I don’t know how to embed the audio, but click here to be taken to the article and listen.  You will find out a whole lot you didn’t know.

Random Factoid #333

26 06 2010

Back during the Winter Olympics (Random Factoid #209), I talked about my good ear for picking up familiar sounds even when they aren’t where I normally recognize them.

A little while ago, I was watching “Shrek 2” just for comparison’s sake with “Shrek Forever After.”  Finally, the climactic end came about and the clock rang.

Suddenly, I realized that the clock ring sounded very familiar.  It’s the exact same noise that I wake up to every morning.  It’s the “Bell Tower” ring from the iPhone.

Random Factoid #331

24 06 2010

After 17 months, my wait is over.  Back in February 2009, I cracked my four-month-old iPhone.  I’ve been living with my flawed screen ever since, waiting for a model worthy of my money to be released.  A few weeks ago, that phone was announced.

I waited two hours in line today outside the Apple Store in the Houston Galleria this morning to get my hands on the iPhone 4.

What’s the first thing I did – that is, after I slapped the only available case on it?  Added 4 movies to it – “Knocked Up,” “The Hangover,” “Superbad,” and “Inglourious Basterds.”   Finally, I will be able to watch movies on my phone again!

In case you were curious, here’s what my old phone looked like.  I can almost guarantee you’ll be as shocked at the Geniuses at the Apple Store.

Like my crack?

Random Factoid #238

23 03 2010

This is seriously not a joke.

I was texting someone yesterday tehehehe to imply a more mischievous giggle than the normal hahahaha.  But when I tried to type it, my iPhone auto-corrected tehehehe to thehurtlocker.

Could it be from all the texting I was doing during the Oscars?  Either way, it’s pretty amazing that even my phone knows how obsessed I am.

Random Factoid #224

9 03 2010

I have been playing an Oscars “game,” if you will, on the iPhone app The Envelope for several weeks now.

And now that the Oscars have come to an end, the results have come out.

Be proud of your friendly neighborhood blogger, who managed to come in eighth out of over two thousand players – and better than all of the professional pundits!

Random Factoid #194

7 02 2010

The Los Angeles Times, you are simply amazing!  Literally, you are taking fanning the flames of my obsession to a whole new level and I love it!

It’s like the stock market, except you put your money on Oscar candidates!  It’s so much fun to play the strategy game, especially knowing that you aren’t losing any real money.  I’m putting big money on potential underdogs (such as “Inglourious Basterds” in Best Picture and “The Hurt Locker” in Best Screenplay) and significantly less on the locked winners (such as Mo’Nique).

I just downloaded this today, and it is already the most fun app I have on my iPhone.  Search “The Envelope” and download the one from the Los Angeles Times.  Even if you aren’t as obsessed as I am, it’s still a good time.

Random Factoid #179

23 01 2010

Incredible frustration is occurring with the Fandango app on my iPhone.

I have a very specific order for my favorite theaters.  The two Edwards theaters come first, then the AMC theater, then the two art house theaters, and then the two theaters farther away from my house that some of my friends attend.

You can add or remove a theater from your favorites by gently rubbing a finger across a lovely heart-shaped button in the top right corner.  This button, however, is incredibly sensitive, and it often erases theaters from my favorites without my knowledge.  To correct the situation, I have to delete my favorites entirely and rebuild the list again in the correct order.  This has happened almost 10 times now, but I will never erase the app.  It’s the best movie ticket app out there, even though I will never use Fandango to buy them.

Random Factoid #32

29 08 2009

My moviegoing pet peeve is crying babies.  Most people know by now that talking on your cell phone during a movie is like urinating in your front lawn – that is, something that you just know not to do.  With the dawn of the iPhone and other touch screen cell phones, the annoying clicking of texters has been significantly minimized.  And I talk a lot during movies, so for me to say that is my pet peeve would be extremely hypocritical.

But whenever some couple brings their infant to the movie with them because they were too lazy to get a babysitter, I want to go punch a wall.  The majority of the time, they start whining and crying.  Unfortunately, most parents are too busy serving their selfish desire to watch a movie to take their disruptive child into the lobby, thus ruining the movie for the rest of the audience who has paid good money to see the movie.

I do have a specific worst crying baby moment.  I was at “Funny People,” and I was jammed next to a woman and her baby.  I knew that it would be bad news before the movie started when her daughter wouldn’t stop whining during the pre-show entertainment.  She managed to keep it together for the beginning of the movie, but I knew she was a ticking time bomb.  During a poignant and emotional scene between Adam Sandler and Leslie Mann, the baby starts screaming at a level so loud that it blocked out the sound from the movie.  And if the audience was staring bullets at her mother, she must have been wearing a Kevlar body suit.  She let her daughter scream and cry for over 2 minutes before taking her out, just in time to ruin the scene for the entire theater.