Since Day 30's afternoon screening was Get Him to the Greek, a comedy about living like a rock star, I figured, why not watch a movie like a rock star? Ladies and gentlemen, if you have the means, make a reservation asap for Gold Class Cinemas. (video tour here)
After experiencing possibly the worst theater conditions known to man only a few days ago at the Culver Plaza - no air conditioning and half-full, days-old popcorn boxes in the aisles - and the worst film of the summer less than a day ago at the far-from-killer Killers, my sunny summer Saturday matinee at Gold Class (for a comedy that was quite funny) on the other side of town was the proverbial breath of fresh, albeit hot, Pasadena air.
I've spent a lot of my life in movie theaters, but today was a truly unique experience. Part first class airline experience, part ritzy lounge-bar-restaurant, and part private screening room, the Gold Class was an excellent time at the flicks, from the service (friendly wait staff that escorted me to lounge, bar, and auditorium and had no problem shifting my tabs) to the company (my friend Jim Bartoo just back from his movie shoot of upcoming indie horror Creep Van - watch for it!) to the movie itself (a rollicking journey alongside Forgetting Sarah Marshall's rock god character Aldous Snow and put-upon record company aide Aaron Green).
The kicker: you do pay for what you get. Tix are $29, but, if you're a member (and membership is free), they're only $22, and for that extra $7 - $10 per ticket, you will notice a huge difference. During the movie, you sit in recliners that are body-engulfing, remote-control recline all the way back, and have pockets in the armrests for your purses, wallets and iPhones. There are only 32 seats in the entire auditorium, and each two-pair includes a table in between for food and drinks, a small light so you can see, and a call button for waiter service.
Watching Greek's high-living decadence onscreen while eating gourmet pizzas and M&Ms and twizzlers in fancy glass bowls, I kept thinking, this is the ultimate living it up for a movie buff...but is too much? My final verdict: nah.
If you love movies, every half year or so, you deserve to splurge on your passion. You'll spend a good $100 - $150 on you and whoever you take (there are 6 locations right now in California/Illinois/Texas/Washington), but how is that different than dinner, drinks and a movie night out? What these guys have done is distill those elements into one singular good time.
That's not me and my friend Jim...but these folks looked like they needed a picture taken...Chocolate strawberries, yummy...
Jonah Hill, Get Him to the Greek, Russell Brand
A little too much raunch with Jackie Q for me,but Brand and Diddy make it worthwhile.When will Hill expand his talents??? Oh,maybe he can't !
Going to have to reply to myself here,,,in contrition! Just saw hill in Cyrus. He didn't necessarily 'expand',but he reallly convinced me he was a hateful little narcisist! (sp?)
Btw the theater sounds amazing! When are they opening one in NYC?
The Diddy heads was hysterical! But the comedic center was the rug wall.
"Get him to the greek" was funny, man. I love Apatow flicks. They made a funny spoof movie called "41 year old virgin," that is on demand right now, and that thing comedy. I got a few laugh out loud moments. Keep making these kind of Judd Apatow movies hollywood. Here is a link to 41 year old virgin trailer: [BLOCKED WEBSITE]
The P Diddy heads was THE highlight. Who knew the guy was so ******* funny??
Loved it! Bring on the Jackie Q spin-off!
great closing bit after the end credits with Diddy's floating head saying, "go home, people - the movie's over!"
Although a bit disjointed in parts, this movie was hilarious. Diddy's floating/eating head sequence is worth the price of admission in itself. "Wheeeeee!"
So is this the best Apatow comedy so far? I saw Funny People, and that was just stupidly sad, so I really don't want to see a sentimental movie at this point. I'm hoping for a hilarious, no-holds-barred comedy, but is it anything different?
Hey citymoviebuff182, I think you'll really dig Get Him to the Greek. Unlike Funny People, the balance here tends towards the comedy. They do go sentimental at the end, but nothing too much to distract from the pretty crazy humor. Especially with the scenes in Vegas, the filmmakers really do go for broke and are willing to throw up anything that could be funny. Another surprise - P. Diddy is a strong comic force in this movie and is just as funny as Russell Brand, and I thought he was funnier than Jonah Hill. So, for me, this one's highly recommended. I don't know if its funnier than The 40-Year-Old Virgin or Superbad, but it's crazier than Knocked Up and just as funny as Forgetting Sarah Marshall. And much funnier than Funny People.
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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