staycation-movies

Labor Day Staycation: Escape to the Movies with $5 Films at Select Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres

staycation-movies

Labor Day is coming up and many families use the long weekend as an opportunity to have a mini vacation. Well how about a staycation and $5 movies? This Labor Day weekend, Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres is offering select $5 movies at participating locations in greater St. Louis – plus free popcorn for kids! Whether catching one of this summer’s hottest blockbusters or reliving the beloved classic that is “The Goonies,” a trip to the movies can provide the perfect escape, especially for those who aren’t headed out of town.

Summer Rewind: $5 Movies Friday, September 1 – Thursday, September 7
Now is the perfect time to catchup on the films you missed this summer. From family-friendly flicks to comedy to drama, the following movies will be offered for $5 at select Marcus Wehrenberg

Theatres locations:

  • · “Cars 3” — Lighting McQueen sets out to prove that he’s still the best race car in the world.
  • · “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” — Surly and his friends try to save their home from destruction.
  • · “The Big Sick” — Romantic comedy about love, death and the everyday humor of being a 21st century American.
  • · “Kidnap” — A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

“The Goonies” Retro Series: Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4
Whether you’re an eighties kid or introducing the next generation to the beloved classic, you can see “The Goonies” on the big screen for $5 at all Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations.

“Dunkirk” Military BOGO: Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4
Active duty military and veterans who see “Dunkirk” can enjoy a special buy-one-get
one admission at select Marcus Theatres locations. (Must present ID Card at box office.)

WHERE: All nine first-run Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations in Greater St. Louis: “The Goonies”

Select first-run Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations in Greater St. Louis: “Cars 3,” “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature,” “The Big Sick,” “Kidnap,” and “Dunkirk.”

Visit www.marcustheatres.com for a list of participating theatres, showtimes and to purchase tickets.

Read More

IMG_8833

To Nashville and Back

IMG_8833I am very late with this post as I have already been back from Nashville for a while now. Doesn’t matter though, still had fun. My brother-in-laws, some friends, and I went to Nashville for a few days to celebrate the end of bachelorhood for our newest brother-in-law. The trip was great and filled with a lot of great laughs and memories.

Heading downtown the first night was an experience. I personally have never been to Nashville so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I talked with some friends that had gone so I had an idea of some places to check out but what I got myself into was on a whole other level. We started out at the Hard Rock to get some food and drinks and then headed on down Broadway.

Broadway is a world of it’s own. There are so many bars and so much music your senses are on overload. We went to a few different bars and took in all that we could. Like myself I am pretty sure many were experiencing Nashville for their first time. So we leaned on those that had been before for ideas on the spots to check out. Bar after bar and band after band we finally got some Ubers and headed back to our rental house where the night continued.

IMG_8856The next morning was rough for a just about all of us. We were hungry and tired. A Yelp review led us to believe that a spot with some awesome breakfast food was just waiting for us down the road. Upon arrival though we find out that the only seating is a table for two in this hole in the wall restaurant. After much deliberation we split and got some pizza instead. Easy and fast.

After a nice nap it was time to get ready for another round of fun. We found a place in Midtown that was playing the Blues vs Predators game so we held up there while eating and drinking. The Blues claimed victory and the Preds fans that were there in the bar were nothing but nice. I am big on sportsmanship, so taking the loss so well was good to see. We ended up losing that series in the end but it was a great game to watch. Once the game wrapped up and we enjoyed a few more beverages it was time to Uber up and visit the club. The night got amped up to 11 at this point. Lots of drinks and fun. I will leave it at that for this particular night as to not incriminate and embarrass anyone.

IMG_8868Our last night got us back to Midtown but not without getting some Tennessee BBQ first. After dinner we started hitting up various bars and just having a blast. DJ’s and live music were scattered all about the area. In the late hours of the night we grabbed a couple Ubers and headed back to our rental.

I realize that I haven’t gone into too much details about this particular trip to Nashville. Leaving out names of people, places, and things. It’s intentional because I had too much fun and don’t remember the names of the bars. I remember the names of the people, but I don’t think this is the place to divulge that information. Bottom line is that Nashville is a whole lot of fun and I cannot wait to go back. Next time I am bringing my wife. She is my dancing partner and I think we both could really get down, go to town, boot scoot and boogie together.

Read More

The Script - Movie Poster

The Script – Short Film

The Script - Movie PosterSometimes I obsess about things. Most of the time it is an obsession with a T.V. show or movie. I will start watching a series and if I have to stop watching in the middle of a season then there’s a good chance that I just start thinking about that show constantly. Wondering what’s going to happen next. Analyzing all of the details, etc. Same thing with a movie. I will watch it and then think about it so much that it becomes this weird obsession.

There are times where this obsession extends beyond T.V. and film. Recently, my cousin and I have been working with a group of students so they can create a short film for this festival a few teachers and I are trying to put together. So as me and my cousin are talking with these kids and telling them that making a short film can be challenging but can also be somewhat easy.

It’s easy right? At least that’s what we’re telling these kids. Come up with a story and then start putting together your shots and you’ll do great. So why not show them how easy it actually is. So I started obsessing. I got home one night and spent 30 minutes trying to come up with an idea. Most of the those ideas were way to crazy. I wouldn’t be able to pull off over half of them. So I went simpler. That’s when the idea hit me. I spent the next 20 minutes writing a script and I fired it off over to my cousin and he took a look at it and gave me the thumbs up we needed to get started.

After a bit of back and forth to figure out logistics we had our plan in place to get this short off the ground. We planned to shoot everything in one day so the schedule was going to be pretty tight. I figured the majority of the work was going to be editing. So once the day of the shoot arrived we knocked out all of our shots four hours ahead of schedule. We could’ve maybe done some more, but we had what we needed and we didn’t want to over complicate things. Remember, we’re doing this to show teenagers how to make a movie.

20 hours was put into editing the footage, creating the animation, and editing all of the audio we had our short film. I created a poster and a little behind the scenes slideshow to show the students. We went over how we did some of our effects, practical and digital as well as where lighting was set, the acting process, and a few other neat tidbits about our process. The students seemed to really enjoy our short film and now I hope you do as well.

 

Read More

IMG_7190

Making Snowflakes and Singing Christmas Songs

IMG_7190Sometimes we try to pack as many things into one weekend as we can just so we prove how we are super parents. Not exactly, but sometimes that’s how it feels. This weekend was no different. We had a packed schedule and did not have any time to mess around. Friday and Sunday nights were probably the easiest of the bunch. We didn’t have much to do then but we were still busy. To kick off the weekend after work I went over to my brother’s house and got my brakes changed in my car. It didn’t take as long as other repairs so once we had that finished I headed off to grab some dinner and ice cream with my niece. I had not realized that the elementary’s Christmas concert had just finished and families were piling into the local Dairy Queen for a nice treat.

We waited for 20 minutes for our food. It was still delicious but 20 minutes was a long wait. Once we finally got out of there we headed home to play for a bit before it was time to go to bed because Saturday was a busiest day and we needed plenty of rest. I turned on Disney’s The Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey and all of the kids were out before Scrooge was visited by the ghost of Christmas past. I myself was dozing off so it was about time for me to go to sleep as well.

IMG_7169The next morning was busy. We all had to get ready to head downtown to the St. Louis Marriott Grand for the #DoYouWannaBuildaSnowflake event for the Children’s Miracle Network. The event was a lot of fun and the kids made a bunch of snowflakes. Anna and Elsa even stopped by and sat with the kids while they worked on there snowflakes. After making several designs Anna and Elsa got all of the children rounded up and played a few games with them. There were also snacks, music, and hot chocolate! You can stop by the Marriott Grand all through-out December to see all of the snowflakes that were made and even take a few minutes to make one of your own.

After making our snowflakes we headed back towards home but instead of getting back inside of our warm house we had to go to my daughter’s kindergarten Christmas concert. She had been practicing her songs for a few weeks now and was ready for her show.

I was a little worried about Abby IMG_7220getting up there with her class and singing in front of a large crowd of people, but she managed and did a fantastic job. We got some pictures and some video from her performance and our family was just so proud of that little girl. We almost had the entire crew there and seeing Abby’s smile up on stage was worth the busy day.

We kept our evening fairly light. Picked up some dinner for ourselves and the kids and spent the rest of the evening working on some projects and watching Christmas movies with the kids. Sunday morning was busy for me. I had a support call to go out on. I decided to take my son with me and we went out and were able to finish within an hours time. We stopped for some lunch and then headed back home. It was one of those weekends that you second guess yourself as to why you planned everything for a single day but after it’s over you look back and are happy you did it all anyway.

Read More