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the tvdm team’s imax experience

Although we tend to focus more on the ‘TV’ part of our ‘TV Dinner and a Movie’ moniker, the TVDM team is still very much into movies. Whether it’s enjoying them on a couch or trekking to the theater for a midnight release, we’re avid fans of the overall movie experience. Suffice it to say that when given the opportunity by Everywhere to see a movie at an IMAX theater, we jumped at the chance. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably wondering if an IMAX ticket is really worth the cost. But rather than demand you spend your hard-earned dollars the way we tell you, we’ll instead fill you in on the general awesomeness of our own experience.

Before we begin, it’s important that you understand the good people at Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium 20 & IMAX in Dublin, CA, and Cinemark @ Seven Bridges & IMAX in Woodridge, IL, run very solid operations. We’re talking clean theaters and movies without delay. The perfect start to any movie-going experience. We ventured to Cloud Atlas at two different times, in two very different cities, but still found ourselves walking away from the movie with a similar sentiment: Definitely worth seeing it in IMAX!

“I have seen IMAX movies before, but only documentaries. As such, I was excited for the entire experience: the action, the plot, the HD, the much-louder sound effects, and so on.

While IMAX movies are more expensive than seeing regular movies, if you have the chance to see a movie in IMAX, it’s going to be an experience you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. I’d definitely go for a movie with a little action or special effects in it—there’s nothing better than seeing an HD movie with great sound effects at the movie theater. Now just imagine that times two or three. It’s as if you’re actually in the moment; the screen almost entirely surrounds you. The quality of the movie is definitely much better than seeing a regular movie, and while the screen is much larger, using your peripherals was not necessary. You can take in the entire movie without it being too overpowering.

I would definitely see another IMAX movie, especially if that movie’s got lots a great soundtrack and lots of action.” – Emily (emilymorita)

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“I’m one of those people who will become easily annoyed if there are ANY distractions on the screen. I don’t mean with the plot, but things like those annoying little rips in the screen or when the picture is at a little tilt because the projectionist can’t be bothered to set it straight. Fortunately, those occurrences are rare. Even better? Seeing Cloud Atlas in all its IMAX glory was nothing like that.

This movie was visually stunning and I doubt a smaller screen would have even done it justice. The score, which I highly recommend checking out, sounded mesmerizing. Yes, the sound was worthy of such adjectives as ‘mesmerizing’. It was necessary to move along the brilliance of the plot and had the sound not been so great, I doubt I would have recalled it so vividly hours after I left the theater.

If you’re going to truly invest yourself in a solid movie experience, why not go with the best? It’s essentially the difference between watching a championship game in HD versus the normal (and slightly more boring) way; sure, you can see everything the same, but the difference in quality is undeniable!” – Nicole (nicolewritenow)

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Disclaimer: Although compensated for this post, all opinions expressed here are TVDMs and TVDMs alone.

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90210 recapping: vegas, maybe?

These 90210 kids know how to live it up in Las Vegas! Thanks to hanging with “celeb” Liam, they get access to the hottest VIP pool party in what could pass as a backyard pool in the Valley. Yes, the gang—even Teddy—took a spontaneous trip to Vegas simply because Naomi wanted to follow her new boyfriend Austin. Apparently no one has any responsibilities like school or work, oh except for Silver who is somehow the most critical campaign staffer to politician Marissa (wow, that is not a good sign Brandy!). Fortunately for us, but unfortunately for the kiddos, their problems follow them to Sin City and lead to very fun moments!

  • Happy Birthday Mr. Austin! Naomi wants to be the best girlfriend ever to Austin, especially since he isn’t normally into the whole relationship thing. She even has her chef prepare breakfast, so that she can focus on the “in bed” part. Therefore, she is shocked when he blows town without her to spend his birthday in Vegas with his father. Naomi is not one to take a hint, so she immediately gathers her “sad and pathetic” crew to all head to Vegas so that she doesn’t have to go “sad and pathetically” alone. Turns out daddy is a total jerk “country singer super star” named Judd who constantly tells his son what a disappointment he is. This explains why Austin doesn’t want Naomi there—even he doesn’t want to be there. I often wonder if the writers pull costume ideas for Naomi out of a hat each week and then make it their creative writing challenge to build her story around it. This week my suspicion was confirmed, again, in that Naomi had to sneak into Judd’s party for his son and to do so she wrangled the Marilyn Monroe outfit off the impersonator—and ended up serenading Austin as the blonde bombshell. But Naomi did more than that for her boyfriend—she told Judd off for being so horrible to his son. Too bad that was the one birthday gift Austin didn’t want, because he got pissed that Naomi meddled into his business.
  • An escort in every city: Surprise, surprise. Raise your hand if you were surprised that Daddy Warbucks—ahem, Annie’s older rich dude Patrick—was hooking up with other ladies while out of town on “business.” Oh Annie, do you not recall how you met him? Hmm let’s see…while he was in town on “business” and he paid for you. However, the funniest part of this entire story was when Annie was casually laying by the pool and just happened to see a hotel staff person walk by with a sign for the so-called “Regional Asset Allocation Convention.”  That has to be the most fake-sounding uber-important vague convention name ever. Nonetheless, Annie knew this was the convention that Patrick was attending! So she took the opportunity to slut it up (hey, when in Vegas) and surprise her man. But first she took a moment to fawn over how gorgeous she and Naomi looked for “their men” and then tell single-gal Silver in the world’s most condescending voice: “Silver, you look really pretty.” How nice of her to throw a compliment bone over to Silver too! Her superior smile didn’t last for long when she watched Patrick make out with another woman. Annie isn’t quite ready to call it quits yet though—her rose-colored glasses may be broken but she still needs Patrick for his money.
  • She works hard for the money: Actually, is Silver even getting paid for her campaign work, or is she just the world’s most naïve intern? Basically, Marissa can barely function without her teenage videographer for 2 days, so Silver spends her entire Vegas vacation “working.” She does find time to help a friend in need when she proposes an interesting idea: proposing! You see, Teddy is on a break from his uncle’s campaign trail and Silver goes out of her way to not only get Teddy and his sort-of boyfriend Shane to come to Vegas, but she also proposes that Teddy and Shane have a fake wedding in Vegas so that Teddy can experience his fairytale. I am borderline on this one—kind of a sweet idea, kind of creepy in that it is Silver’s awkward intrusion. Anyways, this entire real-yet-fake wedding—captured on camera thanks to Silver—will come back to slap “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” in the face. Silver accidentally sends the marriage ceremony footage to Marissa, who is running against Teddy’s uncle. Not sure why this will be so terrible, given that Teddy’s uncle wants his gay nephew to score him cool points. But, I am sure we will find out!
  • Addicted to Vegas: A few of our boys grappled with addictions tonight—Dixon with his drugs and Liam with his abs. Actually, it was more that this random dude was addicted to Liam’s abs and invited Liam to an invite-only high stakes poker game. Awkward much? One-billboard wunderkind Liam was all about living the high life thanks to his modeling money, and for a while I thought we were going to have to endure the cliché of Liam losing all of his money. Fortunately, he rebounded to almost break even and called it quits. Dixon, on the other hand, struggled to keep his junkie nerves under wraps and desperately clung to his buddies in an effort to stay clean despite the temptations of Sin City. Before leaving Vegas he even brushed off Ade’s concerns by saying, “It’s not like the minute I get to Vegas I’m going to turn into a drug fiend…haha [nervous laughter and beady eyes].” Ade knew better thanks to her own tumultuous past and apparently flew to Vegas, got the hotel room key, and hooked up with Dixon to calm him down. Great, way to give Dixon a sex addiction now too. Annie was none too pleased to catch Ade and her bro together in the room, with a bag of drugs. But Dixon fessed up saying that Ade was actually the only one who saved him from going further down that drug-fueled road. The verdict is still out on which girl is more annoying for being holier-than-thou: Annie’s obnoxious relationship and addiction advice despite being a paid escort, or Ade’s portrayal of ‘Adrianna the Patron Saint of Troubled Young Men.’
  • Hot Purse-suit: Navid and his female cop buddy were on a hot trail to catch dear ole’ Uncle Felony in the act. On his way to Vegas, Uncle Amal gave Navid a special delivery hidden in a total man-purse to take to Vegas. Seriously, couldn’t he have put it in a backpack or something less awkward? Because Navid’s buddies certainly enjoyed giving him a hard time about the “murse,” especially when Navid looked like the weird kid at the pool who couldn’t part with his safety object. Navid lost the purse for a little while—shocker—but eventually found it and got wire-tapped before making the drop. Too bad for him that Silver walked in on the wire-tapping and the cop kissed Navid to cover their true actions. All of that great sleuthing was for nothing because this special delivery was just a test. But, the next time will be for fo’ real.

All in all, I found this Vegas episode to be highly entertaining. I think this gang has the most fun when they take crazy trips because it actually serves to bring everyone’s issues all together. Oh, except for poor Ivy, who continues to be sidelined out of grievance and support for Raj. Before I close, I just want to highlight how amusing it was that everyone kept thinking Dixon’s problem with Vegas was that he used to have a gambling addiction, but Dixon knows that problem is, like, so yesterday. Seriously, get with the times people—and get your problems straight before you go out confronting others!

Jeni is a valley girl at heart has always been an avid TV watcher and shown a passion for arts and entertainment. She enjoys offering her unique critique (and wit!) on pretty much everything in life, including her beloved shows, over at Show and Tell.

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90210 recapping: it’s the great masquerade, naomi clark

Here is a Halloween Paradox to consider as we begin tonight’s exploration of the 90210 Masquerade episode: why is it that the girls of this show routinely wear barely a scrap of clothing for a coffee run, yet on the one night of the year that a typical girl sluts it up with minimal attire, the 90210 girls wear very covered-up and non-trashy costumes? I mean, Annie was a Disney princess—not a slutty princess! And Silver was a wiener—but not a sexual one! Adrianna was a jailbird—not a ho-bag! What is happening?! Halloween brings out strange and creepy behaviors in 90210-land.

  • Confessions of a Teenage Party Queen: It seems like practically every week Naomi must throw some insane Greek party without concern for budget. Oh wait, that is because that actually does happen every week. Once again, Naomi is faced with the excruciating challenge of being a college student solely to coordinate lavish parties that would make Kim Kardashian’s wedding seem understated. This time around, Naomi cannot fail in planning the perfect soiree for the campus Halloween bash since apparently their school somehow competes with other schools for best party to earn legit prize money (say whaaaaat?). Rather than deal with Holly as a Greek Council enemy, Naomi reaches out to seek Holly’s help in planning the event. The duo works pretty well together, coming up with ideas that seemed novel about 10 years ago on The Real World (i.e. video confessional booth and texting funny notes to a party screen). But then we find out “what happens…when people stop being polite…and start getting real.” Holly actually used the situation to set Naomi up by having her record a private confession to Austin about her genuine feelings, which Holly broadcasted to the college world. Naomi’s party may have backfired on her when Holly got the Dean to shut it down, but in the end Naomi got the guy—cowboy Austin—when he watched her confession of love.
  •  A Wiener in Need of Buns—and Brains: Silver dresses as a giant hot dog for Halloween, proving that “parents” of teenagers will always find ways to be embarrassing. Unfortunately, Navid’s “buns” cannot attend the party because he is too busy sticking his real buns where they don’t belong. Yup, Navid is still going along with the young cop’s plans to frame his uncle, and that means Navid needs to play along and prove his allegiance to Uncle Amal. Silver is ready to trust Navid again, thanks to a pep talk from her boss Brandy (i.e. politician Marissa), but Navid makes a show of banishing Silver in front of his dear Uncle. Not only does Silver lose her faith in Navid, but she gets a double whammy when she learns that Marissa actually uses paid actors for her campaign videos—GASP! Oh Silver, please go to college and learn how the world works.
  • fABulous: Poor Liam, his abs are just so perfect that girls from miles around come to gawk at him and pet him and giggle at him…OK, so it is annoying. Liam’s abs are causing a stir, but you know our boy Liam—he just doesn’t want the attention, dude. Austin, on the other hand, does want it! Badly! Actually, it is a little disturbing just how badly Austin wants girls to touch his abs. Anyways, Ade continues to try to act like the good guardian angel and offers Liam the careful advice of…uhhh…sell out for mad money! But, oh, just don’t let the fame go to your head and F**k up your life like I did, but other than that, just have, like, a blast with it and pimp yourself! Awww thanks for the heartfelt advice, Ade! Liam goes ahead and reveals his face for the ad campaign. He doesn’t waste a single second putting his new money to use—he immediately buys a motorcycle and admires his beautiful billboard! Even Liam swoons over his own abs.
  • A Barrel of Creepiness: The Annie-Patrick “Pretty Woman” relationship continues to creep me out. Not only do we have the fact that it began as a paid escort situation, and the fact that there is a very significant age difference only made worse thanks to Annie’s immaturity, but now we are seeing some disturbing ownership-like behavior on Patrick’s part. He sends her clothing and arranges their plans while telling her exactly where to be and when. When she claims to have super important other plans—like researching celebrity bloggers for a class project and attending a masquerade party—he arranges to have Perez Hilton just stop by to help free up her schedule. I was quite proud of ‘Pretty Stupid Woman’ Annie for holding her ground and not just giving in to Patrick’s red-flag relationship behavior. But then I grew majorly concerned when he showed up the college party dressed in nothing but a barrel and texting her a public apology for treating her “like a princess.” Oh Annie, can you not see how this is going to end so badly for you? I guess not, because you leapt into his barrel with open arms. Watch out for those splinters.
  • Quality Bond(age) Time: I cannot imagine a crueler punishment than being handcuffed to Adrianna for 24 hours. If that didn’t scare Dixon straight into stopping his ADD pill addiction, I don’t know what will. As previously mentioned, Ade is still on a mission to make amends for her previous season grievances by offering concern and counsel to her boys—Liam and Dixon. In Dixon’s case, she seems to be the only one who recognizes signs of drug abuse. What’s a good friend to do? Why break into your friend’s house and wait to confront him in an after-school special moment, of course! And when that fails, handcuff yourself to him for 24 hours to make him prove he doesn’t have a problem. Then, to really torture him, insist that you go to a Halloween party in a couples costume of cop and robber. Dixon makes it through the 24 hours—just barely—and I am barely convinced that he wasn’t sweating and experiencing withdrawal symptoms simply from the trauma of being chained to Ade. Nevertheless, upon a few moments of freedom, he finds his math nerds at the party and scores more pills, while in his cop uniform which is nice irony.
  • Ivy was there: Ivy still doesn’t have anything to do other than pretend like she matters. That and take photos of her own friends to insert Raj into the pictures. We all know that they are saving Ivy’s acting juices for when Raj hits the end. And who will be there to pick up the pieces of Ivy? Why cutie photographer Nick! Just one question: what was Ivy’s costume supposed to be?

I continue to enjoy the show’s absurd and amusing story lines. Before signing off for the night, I do want to give a shout out to my favorite moment. I loved when the random guy at the bar got Adrianna as his waitress and asked to try a new drink: a Has-been Pop Star! Ha, this just proves that the show can take itself lightly and have fun with itself.

Jeni is a valley girl at heart has always been an avid TV watcher and shown a passion for arts and entertainment. She enjoys offering her unique critique (and wit!) on pretty much everything in life, including her beloved shows, over at Show and Tell.

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vampire diaries recapping: ghost world

Have lingering feelings for Anna cost Jeremy his relationship with Bonnie?

Just in time for Halloween, “Ghost World” is a rather “spirited” edition of The Vampire Diaries as deceased loved ones haunt the Mystic Falls gang after Bonnie breaches the doorway between the living and the dead. Damon regains consciousness to find himself chained to a chair and tortured by the ghost of Mason Lockwood in the exact fashion that he killed Mason last season. Although Mason enjoys sticking it to Damon – literally – he’s popped up for a more noble reason. He wants to protect his nephew Tyler from a life of servitude under Klaus and knows of an old Lockwood family legend – that family history has a million of ‘em – regarding a weapon that can be used to kill an Original Vampire. Mason toys with Damon, leading him to the cellar on the Lockwood family grounds and letting him get impaled by a booby trap set up to protect the secret weapon. While Mason pulls Damon’s strings, the other residents of Mystic Falls receive ghostly visits that stir up old emotions. Anna is acting like she and Jeremy can make a go of it as a couple even though she’s, well, dead. What’s worse is that Jeremy admits to Elena that he still loves Anna. Elena’s not pleased by this turn of events, but she enlists his help in conjuring the presence of Stefan’s bestie Lexi in hopes of pulling him out of the darkness of his Ripper persona. Lexi’s in rare form, overpowering Stefan and strapping him to a chair in the Salvatore dungeon — everyone in town seems to have one of these — while she tortures him to make him feel again and reclaim his humanity. While Jeremy is off kissing Anna, Bonnie’s magic brings forth the spirit of her witch grandmother – played by Jasmine Guy of the ‘80s sitcom It’s a Different World— who demands she correct the imbalance she caused in the natural order of things by resurrecting Jeremy.  The Original Witch’s talisman must be destroyed! But where the hell is that damned thing? At the Founder’s Day celebration, a band of vengeful vampire ghosts settle some old scores with the descendants of the Mystic Falls founding families – targeting Tyler’s mom Carol among them – but Caroline leaps to the rescue.

Mason paid Damon back from beyond the grave.

Jeremy discovers that Anna, who doesn’t want to be sent back to her lonely place on the other side, has the necklace. Luckily, Elena manages to guilt her into giving it up.  Jeremy returns it to an angry Bonnie, who tosses it in a fireplace, sending all the spirits back to Ghost World. Grandma Jasmine is proud of the Bonster. Lexi runs out of time in her intervention with Stefan but urges Elena not to lose hope. Anna is reunited with her mother as a reward for returning the talisman. Mason fades away just as he discovers the key to finding the weapon to use against Klaus. Damon, who can’t enter the space in the cave without being invited, summons Alaric. Ric is amazed to find a wall covered with ancient hieroglyphics that tell the story of the Original Vampires – Klaus’ Viking family. This is the point where we learn more about what led to Klaus being such a crummy dude. That’s great and all, but I still want to know what happened to Katherine when Michael bit her! Any ideas?

TVTeaser is the author of Night Bites, a fan blog about the mysterious happenings in the sleepy town of Mystic Falls. Follow him on Twitter @TVTeaser.

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the vampire diaries recapping: smells like teen spirit

Stefan is frighteningly good at pretending not to care for Elena. Or is he not pretending anymore?

A number of cat-and-mouse games play out on the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries “Smells Like Teen Spirit” but it’s hard to tell who are the cats and who are the mice. Stefan and Rebecca, left behind by Klaus to watch over Elena and Tyler, respectively, are making nuisances of themselves in the lives of our Mystic Falls gang. Stefan bullies the students at the school track and Rebecca makes moves to take over Caroline’s place as the resident golden girl, perhaps even in Tyler’s heart. Alaric gives Elena self-defense classes to toughen her up. Spooked by Stefan’s coldness – he compels young women into playing a twisted round of Twister while he feeds on them – Elena concocts a plot to put him out of commission. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one plotting in Mystic Falls. Vicki convinces Matt to perform a ritual that brings her over to the world of the living. The catch is that she is on orders from the Original Witch to kill Elena so that Klaus can’t make any more hybrids. When Matt tries to stop Vicki from carrying out the witch’s orders, she clocks him with a wrench. She intends to stay among the living at any cost! Anna warns Jeremy that Vicki is up to no good but a jealous Bonnie turns to Matt to find a way to zap Vicki back to the land of the dead and lonely. Vicki stalks Elena at a bonfire where Elena is setting a trap for Stefan. Damon arouses Elena’s jealousy by flirting with Rebecca, who sees right through the ruse. Elena succeeds in luring Stefan into the path of Alaric’s crossbow filled with vervane-tipped darts. Just when they pack his unconscious body into Ric’s truck, however, Vicki traps Elena inside and sets it ablaze. Bonnie once again comes to the rescue and casts a spell that whisks Vicki to the site where she and Matt banish her back to the land of the dead. Despite his fear of being alone, Matt won’t allow his sister to hurt others. Judging from the growing online chatter about a possible hookup between him and Bonnie, I suspect he may not have to deal with loneliness much longer.  Jeremy, meanwhile, is growing closer to Anna, with whom he manages to connect physically after sharing that they can’t stop thinking about each other. Is this the beginning of the end for Jeremy and Bonnie?

Tyler and Caroline make up after having an argument over his new allegiance to Klaus. He’s been sired by the Original Vampire and is having trouble resisting his new urges, especially the young woman Rebecca serves up as his first human feeding. Damon gently tends to Elena’s bruises, his face temptingly close to hers as he assures her this flirtation with Rebecca was just an act. It’s obvious his display with the bloodsucking blonde got under Elena’s skin and it’s just as evident that he’s thrilled by this realization. Team Damon scores! The same can’t be said for Stefan, who cruelly taunts Elena for holding out hope that he will return to the side of the good guys. Exercising her new-found girl power, Elena stabs him in the gut as payback! Katherine, who’s been trying to rouse Michael the undead vampire hunter with human blood, gets a surprise of her own when she discovers that he prefers the blood of his own kind as he abruptly pulls her close to feed on her! Just as I thought I couldn’t be more shocked, Damon is attacked by a resurrected – and thirsting for revenge — Mason Lockwood!  Has Klaus succeeded in creating another hybrid?

TVTeaser is the author of Night Bites, a fan blog about the mysterious happenings in the sleepy town of Mystic Falls. Follow him on Twitter @TVTeaser.

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