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Cinetopia

Saturday, July 17, 2010
Usually I see a movie and I like to write a few brief paragraphs about it. In this case, however, I saw the movie "Predators" and my review wouldn't say much more than "skip it, it's bad". If I had to expand on that a little I might say, "It's no Alien vs. Predator, but it's still pretty bad. Predictable and afraid to be interesting, it's not a movie I can at all recommend." So there you have it.

What's interesting, however, is that I saw the movie at Cinetopia, in east Vancouver.

Cinetopia, by Cinetopia

Seeing a movie at Cinetopia is like buying a high-end Mercedes-Benz as a commuter car. It's overkill in every delightful way. It's viscerally luxurious yet frighteningly expensive. If you thought popcorn, soda, and an evening show was expensive, wait until you're sitting in a large, comfortable leather seats, being serenaded pre-movie by a live musician, eating a fine meal and drinking a bottle of decent wine. The cost is vastly higher, but the experience can't be topped.

The only problem I had with the experience of seeing Predators in one of their Living Room Theaters is that I saw Predators in one of their Living Room Theaters. The opportunity felt wasted; the main course was served on a shiny, silver platter... and it was, as they say, a steaming pile. No fault of Cinetopia, of course, but I would definitely choose more carefully what I saw there next.

So go to Cinetopia, I say. Support this fine establishment. I know I'll be going back... when I can afford to again.

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