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  1. Gilly Maddison

    An excellent summing up of the Big Brother manipulation box on the wall. Kind of made me think of Gil Scott Heron’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised for some reason. But $50 to see a movie at the cinema? Is that how much it costs? Wow.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      For two people the cost of tickets, popcorn, and drinks can easily run as much as $50, so it’s not surprising that my neighbour has been known to hide a cheeseburger in his pocket. Oh, and that doesn’t include the cost of parking which increasingly is something that has to be paid for separately.

  2. Allison Everett

    I remember going to the movies with a Ukrainian friend. The movie was rated R for partial nudity and language. As he lights went down, he said, “I am looking very forward to the partial nudity!” I still laugh.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      That’s great. And obviously he had a great grasp of the language.

  3. Arionis

    I’ll chime in on the nudity (big shocker there right?). There is a noticeable decrease in gratuitous nudity in movies today. Even if there is partial nudity, it is now usually man butt.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      The move from cheesecake to beefcake is a rather curious one and I suspect has a lot to do with more women behind the cameras. But what I always wonder is, when is nudity gratuitous and when is it not? And if it’s gratuitous does that make it a gratuity, like a tip, and, if so, shouldn’t there be at least 20%?

      1. Arionis

        The more women behind the camera could very well be the answer. But I am guessing the women in front of the screen want more than just 20% of the tip. 🙂

  4. Ann Koplow

    The following comment is inspired by actual persons and events. Names have been changed. Thanks for great post, Kris.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I always enjoy your comments based on real events so that any resemblance to actual persons is intentional and never coincidental.


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