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Making money at the movies

Posted on 02 March 2012 by sbogsmhs

By: Caitie Staff [Staff Writer]

For nearly one hundred years now, the weekend has had a special meaning for teenagers. In the beginning of the 1900s, it meant seeing Mickey Mouse and Buster Keaton in black and white. In the 21st century, it means watching Zac Efron or Kristen Stewart on the big screen in 3D. Weekend fun is bought for the price of tickets. For one student, though, these tickets equal a paycheck.

Isaac Frazier, junior, spends his weekends working at the Wehrenberg Galaxy 16. He usually cleans up after movies, picking up empty popcorn bowls and sweeping. The easier side of his job is collecting tickets when there are long lines for a new movie.

Isaac has stayed with his job for about six months, a millennium to restless teen guys, and an indication that he likes his work. “We get a free movie once a week and employee discounts on snacks,” he explained. The arrangement works well for him because he loves the popcorn.

Isaac hasn’t seen too many movies lately; the last one was “The Vow”. But the movie selection this month has improved greatly and he’s excited for at least one movie. “Project X. It’s gonna be good!” He briefly described the plot of a teen party that goes all wrong.

Every once in a while, Isaac sees his friend Bryan at the movies, but most people don’t come very often. “I think it’s kind of expensive,” he admitted. Teenagers don’t have the funds to spend $10.50 for a 3D ticket, or even $7.50 for normal showings. Twelve years ago, ticket prices were as low as $4.69, which is cheaper than a child’s ticket
today.

Despite the high cost of food and tickets, Isaac enjoys working at the Galaxy, and he plans to continue working there throughout the entire summer. Prices, actors, and special effects have changed over the last century, but the thrill of sitting before the big screen hasn’t changed, and teenagers will continue to have fun at the cinema for years to come.

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Losing sight of the target

Posted on 09 November 2011 by sbogsmhs

By: Sam Williams [Opinion Editor]

Getting into a rated-R movie can prove challenging when a film’s dialogue has the eloquence of flatulence. There must be a memo going around Hollywood enlightening directors that moviegoers can easily lose touch with reality. Apparently, if the actors cuss enough to make their grandmothers cry, we may forget that we’re watching a movie; the scene will become so real, so in touch with our every day lives that are undeniably filled to the brim with curses, that psychosis will compensate for the blatant lack of a decent plot. Or, the directors are just delusional.

The terrible practice of galvanizing films with an unbreakable layer of the F-word has spread wildly among film studios. When critics (and, most notably, angry mothers) claim that morality has been jeopardized for crude, cutting humor, one would assume that, under these vicious allegations, film studios would put meticulous effort into making sure their sacrifices gain them viewers. Sadly, this is not true. It’s become increasingly common for studios to utterly disregard their target audience when deciding whether to cut or add rating-changing material. Since the over-usage of swearing results in the slashing of potential consumers, directors should be more attentive to their language; a successful film requires a rating that suits the target audience.

Bill Condon is one of the few directors who has the sense to tuck his ego into his pocket in order to make a more profitable film. Breaking Dawn (the fourth Twilight installment) was originally rated-R, and, realizing that the majority of his consumers will be underage, he understood that he needed to conform to PG-13 standards. So he did, and while his changes were slightly different from the manipulation of dialogue (instead, he had the actors put a few clothes on during a scene) he used the power of common sense to allow the potential consumers to sky-rocket.

 The bottom line is directors have lost sight of their target audiences. Theaters are already corrupt and ridiculous; I don’t need my movie-going experience to be destroyed by having my options slaughtered by a director’s poor choice.

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