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Public Service Message in Movie

I watched Super 8 at AMC in GSP, Paramus today, which is a good movie. I am not going to talk about the movie here, but about a public service message which was embedded beautifully in the movie.

In one of the scenes towards the end, Joe, one the boys from lead cast, is driving someone else’s car, who is stoned and so can’t drive. As they were reaching home, they see that military has started an attack in the town on nothing in particular, but the guns are firing, tanks are throwing shells. Joe parks the car at his home, and all his friends get out to run away to some place safe. They try to wake up the guy, who was stoned, but he is not waking up. At this point, one of the boy says “Drugs are so bad

I was impressed by the beauty with which the message was embedded in the plot. It was subtle. The sequence had attention of everyone, as it was towards the climax of the movie.

Appreciate the movie for that!

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The Ordeal

I had to return the rental back at the airport today, as otherwise I would have ad to pay 100 bucks more for dropping it at an alternate location. This was supposed to be a normal task, and I estimated that I should be back to the hotel in around 3 – 3.5 hours.

Nevertheless, I was to learn an important lesson, another hard way.

First, I decided to depend heavily on GPS and forgot to take a look at directions from Google maps, before leaving. Stupid GPS took me to some really confusing route and I took a wrong turn, and that was it, I spent half an hour to cover a distance of 2 miles. Thanks to the traffic.

What happened afterwards was, the exit for JFK was flooded due to rain, which caused some crashes, which caused mile long bumper to bumper. I ended up spending close to 2 hours for a stretch of 5 miles. I could not have avoided that, and this was not due to that GPS thing.

Second, never rent a car from airport location unless you’re a tourist at some tourist location. If you are on work, take a cab to your hotel and then rent a car from some nearby location. It will always be cheap and will be easier for you.

Public Transportation sucks outside cities and that’s a truth. While coming back, I had to take the shortline and the bus stop was almost 2 miles from my hotel. Even though the hotel was on the highway, and right on way to that bus stop, the driver did not stop the bus there! Turned out, a walk of 2 miles, and no, it was not on a footpath. I don’t avoid walking, but I do avoid walking on curb alongside highway!

Bad, really bad day. Too much frustration and irritation.

Movie Outing

Went for I hate luv storys on Friday night with some friends here. We went to Big Cinemas in North Bergen, 10 PM show.

First a small and brief review of the theater. The theater kind of sucks big time. Looks like after Big Cinemas purchased this┬áproperty, they decided to go on a cost cutting spree, overlooking everything. Let’s start from the ticket counter. Even though there were 6 counters, only one was being operated and there were at least 30 people in queue. After 15 minutes or so, one more and then 5 more more minutes and one more counter was functional. Once we get inside, there’s nothing really good to eat. I am sure they outsourced this snack joint to some Gujju family (no offence guys) who are more concerned with minting money. The quality of food and drinks (especially tea) sucks big time.

Once we actually entered the theater and took our seats, the real frustration began for me (at least). The ystarted showing ads for Sony Television in a repeated loop. They showed Sony’s serials and all stuff for (am sure) at least 15 minutes. After that, they ran an adv for some medical college in Antigua 4 times! WTF. And not to forget, 4 or more times, a caption for contacting someone for buying space for advertisement! Dude, you are supposed to show trailers of upcoming movies (this is not asking much) and not start advertising some crap , and that also 4-5 times.

I know, I am not going to go to that theater again!