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#875: Cold as Ice

January 6, 2014

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #874: The Spirit of the Season

Probably one more strip in this chapter, unless I change my mind about something! Which happens.

As for this strip, I wanted to have Norma slip in a comment about how the customer really only wanted free passes anyway, but there wasn’t any room. Speaking from experience, if you complain about something, it’s pretty easy to get free passes.

With me, when I complain about something, it’s almost always a presentation thing, and I really just want them to fix the problem and/or never let it happen again. Yet almost every multiplex I’ve been to in Chicago or Minneapolis, I’ve had to complain about the presentation: either too-dark screens (old bulbs), focus issues, 3D ghosting/crosstalk, or sound problems.

Most recently, a small two-screen theater in Minneapolis had focus issues and a too-dark screen when I saw Frozen. I fired off a (polite) complaint to the management, and along with an apology and an explanation that it was improperly cleaned porthole glass that caused the issues — the first I’ve heard of that issue. I also got a couple of passes mailed to me that I’m a little nervous about ever using. (“Sorry our movie presentation sucked; here’s passes so you can see more movies here!” Hmm…)

Anyway. How about you guys? Have you ever complained about something to management at a theater? How did they respond?


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Leonard Nimoy (1931–2015)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I was never a huge Star Trek fan, exactly. I love some of the early episodes, and I think Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. I enjoyed Star Trek III and IV, too, for what they were. I read a bunch of the DC Comics Star Trek stuff at that time, because my brother bought them. And I watched a bit of the Next Generation and then fell off the wagon. Kirk and Spock were my Star Trek, and the Star Trek 2–4 “era” was its peak for me, warts and all, because that’s the “era” that really hooked me. And really, for me, it was all about Wrath of Khan.

In addition to playing Mr. Spock, of course, Leonard Nimoy did a lot of other things. He was on Mission: Impossible. He directed a few movies (Three Men and a Baby!). He was a photographer. He was the voice of Civilization IV. But one thing I really loved of his was Standby: Lights, Camera, Action, on Nickelodeon from 1982–1987, which provided a behind the scenes look at movies like Star Trek III, Return of the Jedi, 2010, and more. Nimoy hosted and occasionally interviewed guests like George Lucas. As a budding film nerd in the pre-Internet Dark Ages, behind the scenes specials like Standby: Lights, Camera, Action were hard to come by. I ate that show up.

Anyway, as you’re undoubtedly aware by now, Leonard Nimoy passed away on the 27th. As cartoonists do when they’re sad about these kinds of things, I drew a picture:

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