Justice League Double Feature Film
I’ve had my radar on this for a while
When I saw this listing on one of my local theatre’s listing, I experimented with ATOM Ticketing, and was given an online message “Sorry, we’re excited too, but tickets are not available yet.” There was a day and a half, in between receiving this message and when I could *actually* ticket the event.
I was very happy, as were other online peoples, when I ticketed successfully early one morning, while riding TheBus to my first destination of the day. At first, when selecting seats via Web browser on my Android phone, I thought the seats were moving around on the screen. Please bear in mind that I was ticketing inside of a 400-plus seat theatre, and there were other JLMovieFans, who were also ticketing alongside me, to get their seat-of-choice. It was great!
This is very similar to reserving your Airline tickets in advance, so you can have your preferred seat for your air flight. Except in this case, the Double Feature was a shorter time span than a one-way air flight.
ATOM Ticketing is Mobile software technology that works well at taking your money.
- After plunking down $29.76 for the RPX Double Feature at the Dole Cannery 18, I’ll be one of the first to see Justice League on Oahu, Hawaii! If you want to watch the PreShow, it begins at 240pm, with the DF event officially beginning at 3pm, and knowing the Cannery, their timing system is about four minutes later than Universal time (aka Cellphone time), so the first film (Wonder Woman) starts (no trailers).
- After a running time of 141 minutes, the first film ends. There’s a short intermission, with trailer playout beginning at 540pm, the “Welcome” bumper starting precisely at 604pm, then the second Feature (Justice League) begins. So, you keep the same seat for both films!
Because 4 hours and 22 minutes of straight film needs a restroom break, and possibly a Gelato break, too.
TrueFact: in today’s high-paced world, the Paypal commercial comes to mind. You remember the one where the young gentleman is on the bus, and sees something he wants to buy (and so do everyone else on the bus), so he punches in his Paypal privatized information, so no one has to see his digits.
This is my second Regal Double Feature of the Year (so far)
My first Regal Double Feature in 2017 was Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049. Two words for that one: Truly awesome.
Justice League was my 2nd Regal double feature event, as all 7 versions of the trailers look really good, like you can’t tell the digital compositing is happening, when the bullet passes by Wonder Woman in her action scene. Most exceptional is the IMAX trailer. I was expecting an IMAX 3D version of this film, but that is not the case. Only a 2D version was produced.
What would have been my 3rd Regal double feature of the year is not going to happen, as Star Wars: The Last Jedi is playing at Kapolei Commons, which is located on the other side of Oahu. None of my friends have Thursday’s Premiere Night available, so that’s a “no go” at this West End location (and that’s no play on “West End Girls” by Pet Shop Boys). For Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I’m going to MYODF at another theatre location, where it’s “Reserved” for two different auditoriums on Premiere Night, December 14, 2017. Unless, I have to work the event on Premiere Night at Dole Cannery or Ward Cinemas, then I’ll have to be issued a refund via ATOM Ticketing.
And, you thought you had problems fitting in film time with your friends? It doesn’t get any easier, when you’re in the business. Time management is very important, if you are wanting to get work done. So, when Brian Grazer says he has 10 minutes for an interview, literally, he has that time allotted for the interview. Then, he has to go onto the next item on his list. That’s the reason for having an Assistant, or contacting another department, whose responsibility it is (or becomes).
- If you don’t see your preferred film choices listed on the Marquee, you can make my own Double Features (MYODF). This is what I did for Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, and Thor: Ragnarok (since there was not a Triple Feature scheduled on Oahu). The last scheduled Regal Triple Feature was Planet of the Apes, whereby the MovieViewer was able to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, with an early showing of War for the Planet of the Apes (Apes #3). That’s a lot of film in one night!
- I usually see the Standard Digital version, which strangely enough, is labeled as “2D standard,” but it’s actually 4K digital. Another film making trend is using Red! to shoot the digital video (Freeman, Personal Interview with Lawrence Lau at Thor: Ragnarok’s Premiere Night event, November 2, 2017). Lawrence uses an 8K system to shoot the UH Football Games, which is broadcasted inside Consolidated Theatres and local TV stations on Saturday mornings.
Sistah, why do you go to Double Features?
It’s the Gelato!
Actually, that’s a tertiary reason for attending the Cannery. And, it doesn’t have anything to do with my appreciation of seeing Pineapples. Which, there is a lot of Pineapple History everytime I visit this location. Remember, to see the Pineapple Awards and Pineapple Slideshow links.
- My first reason is I like Good Film. which means that I like Good storytelling. Whether there’s action, adventure, or a compelling story, if it’s good, I like it. Because the MovieFans know that Visual effects are not going to save a not-so-good film. And, the unhappy ones will go on Social Media channels and boo the heck out of it.
Gone are the days of throwing your popcorn and soda at the Theatre Screen, because we all like our Movie Seeing Privileges, and to be banned from a theatre is like the death curse (and, no that’s no punchline on the soon-to-be-released Maze Runner film).
- The second reason is I like seeing films in various locations, as I like seeing what each theatre location provides. Don’t forget to see the Pineapple Theatres Rating Link, as like the industry itself, it changes weekly.
- A fourth reason is I personally know some of the Filmmakers, who are busy making the films that they rarely go and see the Theatrical release themselves. So, a Film Journalist and Philanthropist like myself, provides a necessary service to them, as well as to my Loyal Readership.
Sistah, is there a reason for not seeing a Movie?
A reason I don’t attend movies is the Movie Mania factor, if that’s even a phrase to be assigned to what was waiting outside of my RPX Double Feature event! Oh boy, now I know how Hollywood Peoples feel when they’re in the middle of a Gala event. Or, caught unawares by Media or Fans. I believe that is what Security and Publicity Managers are for: the buffer between the Person and the Outside World.
Upon exiting the 6pm early showing of Justice League, I was blinded by multiple camera phones, where MovieFans were snapping with big flashes, like bright lights in the night. There was a Black Ticker Line setup outside of the RPX auditorium, to allow the 825pm showtime customers a direct line into the screen number.
- My initial “Movie Mania” feeling was akin to being on-stage for the first time. One of my Mainland actor friends said that the feeling fades after a while, but after 17 years as a part-time Theatre Actor, he still experiences that feeling, if the *other* person makes a big deal out of it. It was kind of cute, when he blushes, when a Fan asks for his autograph. And that’s why I’m more comfortable being behind the camera, organizing Behind The Scene.
- It’s kind of a freaky feeling, like a “Deer caught in the Headlight.” Which, I’ve actually driven in several Western States, so I know that scared, glazed look that the wildlife get! I discovered that the wildlife’s eye system doesn’t perceive nighttime headlights in the same way as humans perceive bright light. Literally, the wildlife is momentarily blinded, and by the time they have processed the light, they are usually roadkill.
- Upon exiting the RPX theatre, I spotted one of the nice Theatre Managers, standing guard at the beginning of the Black Ticker Line, so I knew everything was for Crowd Control. Thank you Tyler for being the safety net for me. Much appreciated. Even one of the off-duty Managers Justin avoided the Mania.
Having survived those few seconds, caught unaware, and assuring y’all that I am not roadkill. Okay, I’m not telling you who I’m dating, as he’s pretty good-looking, and we’ve been made in public as either a Celebrity couple, being photographed (unawares), by not-so-good media reporters.
One of my goals before Fall 2017 HIFF ends
One of my goals is to try every Gelato flavor, from November 2nd to 12th, when the Honolulu International Film Festival occurs on Oahu. The Thai Coffee is interesting: strong thai coffee flavor to wake you (and your taste buds) up. Mixing flavors is allowed, so Lychee and Lemon Pucker are two complimentary flavors, as are Double Chocolate and Peanut Butter. Or, you could be totally inventive and go with “Pumpkin Cheesecake and Butterscotch.”
I usually go with a double scoop of Blueberry Cheesecake, Green Tea or Rocky Road, depending what flavors are in the case.
The Gelato is provided by Il Gelato, the purveyors of very fine Gelato on the island.
TrueFact: the Gelato tubs are brought out to the Display case about 2pm at the Regal Cinemas 18 at the Dole Cannery. So, if you like your Gelato “firm,” then be sure to stand in line at this time.
You too can make your own Double Features (MYODF)
Okay, being the one gal who gets to wear multiple hats to the party, I’ve been making my own Double Features for a while now, courtesy of the MoviePass program.
What? How can I do this?
1. Sign up for the MoviePass program. See my other Hub for specifics on this.
2. Yes, this program really works.
3. After arriving at the Theatre of the Day, ensure that your first Feature is playing.
4. Add-on your second Feature, such as a 7pm show, such as during Horror Fest 2017.
For example, I knew Jaws was playing at 7pm on Value Tuesdays, so I decided to see my first film earlier in the day. E-ticketing with Only the Brave using the MoviePass app, and purchasing my Jaws ticket at the Box Office at the same time. This saves time, in case the Box Office line gets busier later in the day. Because on Value Tuesdays, nothing is ever certain. And, you receive Crown Club points for both films.
Incidentally, MoviePass app allowed Jaws to be ticketed on this day. Be sure to not void your terms and conditions Subscriber Agreement, which limits your viewing to one 2D standard movie per calendar day. I developed a MovieNotez filing system, to keep track of which films, at which location, I see, and for what purpose (MoviePass eligible, Out-of-pocket for Premium formats, or Comp’d).
If I knew my Producer’s Schedule for 100% certainty, I would have ATOM Ticketed the Jaws feature, and this would have locked in the sale for the theatre. But, I decided against this, as the previous night’s Thunderstorm had taken its toll on the Cannery. On the Food Court side of the street, the double-platformed sandbags were lined up against the entire entrance. The day after a major rainstorm, I like to personally visit the theatre, to make sure they are open for business, so no advance ticketing during inclement weather.
Another example of a MYODF
Traveling to different theatre locations, I make time in my weekly schedule, to PDF the showtimes for all Oahu theatre locations.
- I also double-check the times for the Theatre of the Day, as their listing might be updating between 6 and 7am, before the start of the business day. It’s nice that the Mobile App for the Theatre of the Day works well in showing current listings, as these may have changed from the previous week’s 2-hour PDF session. A good time to check the Theatre’s listing for the day is anytime after 7am. Normally, I’ll be launching my Web browser via Mobile phone at this hour.
- A triple check is my arrival at the Theatre of the Day, as I check the Box Office listed times against the Mobile App information. With any Regal Theatres location, there has been no discrepancy. However, with Consolidated Theatres, the Marquee’s times are accurate, but with the upscale locations (at Olino and Ward), the theatre inventory is locked out with the “Recliners Only” seating. As of this Hub publishing, this makes Consolidated Theatres’ Ward and Olino locations, non-MoviePass eligible. If you try purchasing a ticket for a “Reserved Seating” screen, their POS system will not allow the Cashier to complete the purchase. Even if the “Reserved Seating” is a 2D movie (Freeman, Weekly Movie Outing: My Little Pony: The Movie, 10-16-2017).
From within the MoviePass app, the eligible movie titles for the day appear on-screen. While you’re in the theatre’s outside lobby, E-ticket as normal. With the discounted price from the first film, you now have several consumerism choices:
1. Spend the savings at the Concession Stand. Which is what MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe would like all MoviePass subscribers to do.
2. Spend the savings and go watch another film. Ta da! MYODF. Which is what the Theatre of the Day would like you to do.
a. If you’re present at the Theatre of the Day on a Value Day, then you would pay the Value Price for your second ticket. Which at the moment of this Hub’s publishing, is $5.73 plus tax at Regal Cinemas 10 at Windward Mall, the lowest price on Oahu.
b. Unless you are buying a Special Feature ticket, such as Horror Fest at Regal Cinemas 18 at Dole Cannery, where the ticket price is $5.24, at Kiosk, Box Office or ATOM Ticketed.
3. Pocket the savings for yourself. For the extremely budget-conscious movie viewer.
TrueFact: In true SmartGeekGirl fashion, I electronically queried Consolidated Theatres’ Ward 16 Cinemas by readying the MoviePass app at Ward Avenue and Auahi Street intersection’s stoplight. While TheBus was traveling on Auahi Street, I was in front of the theatre, and the app worked with snapshotting live data for the day!
And if Transporter technology existed, I’d be the first customer!
Yes, in true SciFi fashion, if transporter technology existed, I’d be the guinea pig and volunteer to have my molecules scrambled and reassembled in another location. According to The Star Trek Book: Strange New Worlds Boldly Explained, transporter technology is defined as:
Technology that can instantaneously relocate persons or objects across space by converting matter to energy, beaming that energy to another location, then reassembling the subject.
Sometimes, it would be nice to be able to be in two different locations. Refer to “The Law of Raspberry Jam.”
TrueDef: The Law of Raspberry Jam means that the quality diminishes, because the thinner you spread it, the less you get.
Why was this film released on November 17, 2017?
It’s no coincidence that this film was released on this date.
Initially, I thought it was to increase the Box Office competition against Marvel Studios, since Justice League replaced Thor: Ragnarok in all Premium format slots (Freeman, Weekly Movie Assignments, November 2017). Upon additional research, Justice League is being released on the 25th anniversary of The Death of Superman comic, released on the same day in 1992. November 17th also marks the 16th anniversary of Justice League TV series.
Other film happenings include:
- Writer-Director Zack Snyder and Producer Deborah Snyder leaving the project, before completion, as the Snyder’s daughter’s suicide occurred.
- Fellow screenwriter Josh Whedon took over directing the remainder of the film, adding additional scenes (and increasing Warner Bros. film production costs).
Okay, what about the film?
It was really good, for a price tag of $300MM. Yup, that’s Multi-Millions. And, not Molly Millions. Or any Minion.
In fact, I felt it to be better than Thor: Ragnarok, because it had action, adventure, great acting (chemistry), story and plot delivery, and a non-reliance on Visual or Special Effects to carry the film story along. There are 2 Bonus scenes that will lead into other DC Comics related film storylines. In order for the upcoming Man of Steel 2 film story to be told, there is the Fulcrum of the Justice League story that needs to occur, in order for MoS2 to happen.
A trend occurring in the “SuperHero” genre, is to have Bonus Scenes cut in with the Ending Credit Roll. See, Marvel Studios you have trained the audiences into expecting this from the genre.
- Upon Opening Day’s PreFilmDs (Friday, November 17, 2017), other MovieFans echoed my sentiments, about having been slightly disappointed with Thor: Ragnarok. They were hoping that JL would be better; I assured them it was to be.
- During the JL Double Feature’s Fulcrum scene, an enthusiastic Female Fan in the rafters yelled a big “Yeah!” and I thought a fight was going to ensue between her and another female who said (equally out loud during *the* most crucial scene):
o “Do you have to be so loud?”
o “I can be as loud as I want. I paid money to be here.”
o “So did I. Whatever, keep it down…”
o <and where do you think those Dark Comedies get their screenplay material from?>, Which off-duty Manager Justin Garay and I had a laugh about this Drama scene unfolding while trying to watch the Fulcrum Scene, in our PostFilmD.
- Another Opening Day PostFilmD comment from an older Aunty: she would pay to see any of the actors with their shirts off, meaning either Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill or Jason Momoa, or maybe I misread that to mean all 3 actors. We jokingly agreed: “It’s their SuperHero suits that you love.” She said she probably wouldn’t have time this holiday season to see Justice League, and begged me to tell her the story, amid the Juicy stuff. Which is the Fulcrum Scene, where “the story turns from what it was supposed to be into what it will become” (Rabkin, Introduction to Screenwriting, 2016).
Some JL film database research indicates:
- The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons; and three Oscar nominees: Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Jesse Eisenberg.
- Extensive reshoots in London and Los Angeles in mid-2017 added a cost of approximately $25 million to the film's budget. Henry Cavill worked on the reshoots and M:I 6 - Mission Impossible at the same time. He had to sport a mustache for his role in the latter project, however Paramount refused to let the actor shave it off for the time he played Superman again. This meant that Cavill's facial hair had to be digitally removed in post-production.
- Ciarán Hinds portrays Steppenwolf in motion-capture. Hinds was unfamiliar with using the technology and got advice from his friend Liam Neeson, who had earlier done motion-capture acting in A Monster Calls.
If you’ve been keeping up with Movie World, trailer playouts for most of November’s films (to date) include Liam’s upcoming film, The Commuter. This film was delayed for a theatrical release from January 5th, 2018, and is set for a Premiere Night the following week, on Thursday, January 11, 2018, with a Friday Open.
- Also opening the same day is Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which I’m looking forward to seeing Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks headlining this political drama.
- Proud Mary is another film being released, with Taraji P. Henson in the role of Mary; you might remember Tina Turner’s musical track from the Trailer.
- Paddington 2 will also be released in the “Family Friendly Film” category. Most of these films were supposed to be released on January 5, 2018, but with New Year’s Day and Insidious: The Last Key being released on January 5th, it was a wise decision to start the New Year off on the week of January 12th, for the serious-themed films.
Liam is a big inspiration (and international actor), that Will Ferrell and Mark Walhberg make fun of him in Daddy’s Home 2. Plot-wise, the families find themselves stranded inside a local theatre, during a major snowstorm, with a full auditorium watching Liam Neeson’s latest film called Missile Tow, complete with a Standee movie display in the Lobby, and background dialogue inside the Auditorium. The movie participants are shown, watching Liam and his daughter about to have their climatic moment, when the theatre’s power goes out. So, no one knows how Missile Tow ends.
Not only will Justice League fans not be disappointed, neither will any Graphic Novel Movie Fan. Thank you to Josh Whedon for taking the helm, due to unforeseen production circumstances. I was not disappointed with this film in any way.
What’s next in the DC World?
There is a great film resource from Fandex, called Fandex Family Field Guides: DC Comics Super Heroes and Villains – 75 Icons from the DC Universe!
- This flip style guide is die-cut to show various superheroes and villains inside this universe.
- Secured by a plastic pin, the die-cut characters spin in 360-degrees, for endless hours of fun.
Another cool resource is Comic Book Trivia – 2018 Daily Calendar from Sellers Publishing, Inc. With a website URL of www.makefun.com, I didn’t think that it was bad calendar, by any means. The hand-drawn Man of Steel caught my eye on the outside packaging. At first, I thought it was only DC characters, but reading the back of the outside packaging indicates that it contains all Comic Book characters, hero or non-hero. With one quotable per day, and different colored header boxes “Significant Comic Book Issues,” (red) “Comic Book Trivia,” (yellow) and “Comic Book Quotes” (purple), you can catch up with Comic Book mania.
There is an untitled DC Comics film, due to be released in theatres on July 27, 2018. I’ll let you know what this one is about, as I receive more production details.
Have a safe holiday season
Upcoming Thanksgiving week film titles include: Coco, Call Me by Your Name, Roman J. Israel, Esq., The Man who Invented Christmas. Delayed titles include: Darkest Hour (which debuted at HIFF 37 with two separate showtimes on different days) and Let It Snow.
Until the next film hub, take care and enjoy Txgiving weekend, Pam