Apparently, I'm on the "which seat is best" beat today, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the best seats in a movie theater are two-thirds away from the screen and in the center. It's because of the acoustics, but also because you're not craning your necks like you would if you sat in the front.
Max Brooks's World War Z is going to be screened in advance tomorrow for moviegoers who buy a $48 "mega-ticket," which includes a digital copy of the movie when it becomes available, a movie poster, and a small popcorn (seriously, they couldn't spring for a large?).
Do you have a tradition of watching Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas every Halloween? Did you watch Home Alone on Thanksgiving when it came out 22 years ago, or have a Lord of the Rings movie marathon with your family when you celebrate whatever you're celebrating in December? We asked some of our contributors to share some of their most memorable holiday movie-watching experiences. What, nobody has a Human Centipede tradition?
The film is ostensibly about finding the true spirit of the season amid a hellish, slapstick descent into suburban holiday dysfunction, but the film's "fun, old-fashioned Christmas" is remarkably steeped in wealth's economic markers, which I'll discuss in 2013 dollars.
Mike: This week, I listened to an interview that Jesse Thorn did with American writer Fran Leibowitz, who has been described as a "modern Dorothy Parker." And she talked a lot about some of the difficulties she faced just doing her job, and some of her thoughts about money. So I thought it might be something interesting to talk about!
January is absolutely the best time of year for movies. Nothing good comes out until spring, but all of a sudden we have this mountain of intel on last year's best movies, courtesy of awards voters and best-of-2012 lists.