A Bad Movie-Going Experience

Bad Movie Going Experience

So as a mom, now I don’t get to go to the movies as often as I’d like to. Matter of fact, most of the movies I’ve seen in the last 4 years have been cartoon or animated movies. No complaint, I’m just sayin’.

When I do get to go to the movies, I get excited. Especially when it’s a movie my son is really excited about seeing.

This particular day, I wanted to take my 4 year old son to the movies and since I was going to be in the area of South Kansas City, MO, we chose to go to Ward Parkway to see Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

My son had seen the other two Transylvania movies as well, and was super excited when I told him we were going to go to the movies. We purchased our tickets online prior to so we could just go and not have to worry about getting the seat we wanted. I prefer to sit in the middle of the row, not to close to the screen but not in the back. My son and I by the way both wear glasses and want to be able see good.

We were running a few minutes late, and when we got into the theater and I found the row and seats we had purchased, a lady and her daughter were in our seats.

At first, I thought that I had walked into the wrong theater, so I walked back out to check the theater number and found the row again.

I politely approached the lady who was in our seats and said, “Hi, my son and I have these seats.”

She looked at me and just shrugged and pretended I wasn’t even there. Like I was invisible.

Now here’s where I could have gotten a nasty attitude, but I didn’t.

While I was standing there another woman came in with her son and looked at me, like what’s goin’ on. She said she had seats 3 and 4. I whispered to this lady and motioned to the who was in our seats.

Because this woman who was in the wrong seats with her daughter she had messed up the whole seating for the row. if the lady and her son were to sit down they were going to be in the wrong too.

I was mad!!!

I quickly exited seeing that this woman was obviously being obstinate, ignorant and didn’t care. I went to little bar area and told the guy working there someone was in the seats, my son and I had. He told me to hold on and he would get someone.

He spoke on the radio in his ear and another lady appeared and I told her what was going on.  Just then the other lady who was supposed to be in my row, approached to back up my story.

The other lady with the son and I presided to the theater following the AMC employee. She approached the lady who was in our seats and words were had. The lady barely acknowledged the employee. The AMC employee came back over to my son and I, who by the way was so confused as to why we hadn’t sat down yet to see his movie. We had taken a seat at the back of theater in the handicapped seating where we were waiting for an answer as to how this was going to solved.

The AMC employee came back over to me and informed me that the lady wasn’t going to move, but hold on and she would be back she was going to check to see what seats were un-purchased and see if we could move somewhere else.

By this time the movie had started.

The lady with the son who was supposed to be in our row, asked me if me and my son wanted to just take her seats, she said she felt so bad about what was happening. I told her no, that was ok.

When the AMC employee came back, she handed me to comp tickets and said she was sorry she couldn’t do anything else, but we could move to the end seats that were open a row ahead of where we were supposed to sit.

I was so mad at this point my whole entire face was just red hot.

I grabbed my son’s hand and walked him down to the seats and the end of the row ahead.

They sucked!

Who wants to sit at end and be at a weird angle?

I told this story to many of my family members who asked if I had called AMC’s corporate headquarters, which I did and I was told by two different customer service reps that the lady and her daughter should have been removed from the theater, and that’s why you pay for tickets online so you can choose the seating that you want and not have to worry about getting there on time and worrying about getting a good seat. One rep asked if security was called. They weren’t.

The comp tickets were a nice gesture, but I just wanted my son and I to have a good movie going experience.

I’m a fairly quiet person, but when it comes to my child’s happiness I get very touchy. He still enjoyed the movie.

When I did get a response from corporate on my complaint, they basically just said they were sorry that it happened.

My thing is, why pay for movie tickets and assigned seating if you’re not going to get the seats you want? Why have the policy if it isn’t going to be enforced?

This has left such a bitter taste in my mouth about AMC theaters in general. I’ve been going to this particular theater for such along time.

What do you guys think?

Should I just avoid AMC theaters, period?

Avoid Ward Parkway AMC?

What’s the crappiest movie going experience you’ve had?

Has this happened to you before?

Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

Nicole Alicia sig

 

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HBO’s “King In The Wilderness” Review

HBO's _King In The Wilderness_ Review

 

I have always been into African American history as long as I can remember.

My grandmother and Great Aunt who was a school teacher, was really big into educating the youth in the family and making sure we knew our history.

I remember sitting down and watching documentaries on PBS with my Dad as a child and teen. They weren’t as interesting to me then as they are now, but I definitely found it interesting. My mom exposed me to different African American films she had watched coming up like “Watermelon Man”, “Carmen Jones” and “Raisin In The Sun”.

Growing up in the suburbs or Kansas City, Missouri in a predominately white school district African American history, was skimmed over.

Sure we did book reports on black historical figures (I distinctly remember having to do one on Zora Neale Hurston, how ironic is that, since she’s one of my favorite writers now) and usually doing it in the month of February was a usual occurrence, and then left alone the rest of the school year.

Since my maiden name is King, I was often asked if Dr. King was a relative of mine. To which as a child I contemplated momentarily and then replied “I don’t think so?!”

I went home and asked and my parents had a good, good laugh about the question their 2nd grade daughter posed.

In general I knew everything on the surface about this man, everyone put on a pedestal as a great civil rights leader, in fact THE civil rights leader of the 60’s.

In 2006 however, I had a chance to visit The King Center in Atlanta, GA and was blown away!

It gave so much more depth and perspective for me, a young lady who had only really learned on the surface about the civil rights movement and listened to the stories of my mom and dad who lived through the time in history.

Last week on April 4th was the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination.

I just watched this HBO documentary last night and WOW!

It was so emotional. So heavy!

I literally couldn’t go to sleep for awhile I was so wound up.

The documentary gave such a unique prospective of what he was like, what his likes and dislikes were. It was so personal. There was a lot of interviews from his friends and unseen footage.

It really made me feel, empathize and learn what stress, what sadness, what anger, what strength it took to do this work and all the other different emotions that this great man would have been going through.

He was a man, with feelings and aspirations, a wife, kids, a mom, a dad, siblings just like anybody else. He smoked cigarettes, wasn’t perfect, liked to laugh and liked to joke around with friends.

This documentary definitely was one I had been looking forward to seeing for awhile. Like I said last week in another documentary review, I love love looking in to other peoples lives. It gives me motivation and a different perspective.

Also, in this day in time it’s just nice to be reminded of such a powerful person that many of course know about but to hear it told in a different way is so valuable!

So in short this was EXCELLENT!

If you haven’t seen this documentary, definitely find a way to watch it!

 

Until next time…

Nicole Alicia sig

Netflix “Rapture” Series Review

Netflix _Rapture_ Series Review

I don’t get to binge on Netflix very often, but this weekend I able to.

I love watching bio’s and docuseries.

Specifically musicians, really. This one was a great series, because it was done on some of my favorite rap artists.

Not only that I was also enlighten on some artists I was familiar with their story like Dave East and Nas. But, then they also told so wasn’t very familiar with like A Boogie with the Hoodie, G-Easy and Logic.

I guess the reason I find artists lives so interesting, is that I am an artist myself.

Looking into someone else’s life and seeing how they do things and what they’re work ethic is make me want to pick up what I’m doing and take it even further.

The consistent line throughout this entire series with every artist is “love”,  “passion”,”ambition”, “drive” and their mothers and/or parents.

Speaking from experience, when you’ve lived in poverty, it’s something in you that tells you, you can do whatever you want if you just work hard.

It’s really something to see someone who came from such unfavorable circumstances,  be able to pursue their dreams.

Have you watched any of the series? What did you think?

Until next time…

Nicole Alicia sig

 

 

Grown-ish Review: College Then vs. Now

Grown-ish Review_ College Then vs. Now

I am an avid watcher of the show Black-ish. When I found out there was going to be a spin-off, I admit I was a bit skeptical at first.

I mean spin-off’s lets face it usually don’t have a positive rep. But, then I remembered my favorite spin-off of all time “A Different World”. A sitcom in the late 80’s that was a spin-off of Cosby Show right? It was a pivotal show…important for the culture then and now!

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Once I saw the preview and the actors I thought, ooh this might be pretty cute!

If you’ve been following the show, Black-ish on ABC you know that Zoey (Yara Shahidi) is the oldest of the 5 children and she is starting college in California. This season they had an episode where she goes on a campus tour and meets a cutie named Aaron (Trevor Jackson) for the first time.

So far, the first three episodes were very, very accurate and comical.

Zoey realizes in the Late Registration-Ep.1  after everyone gives their account of why they are in Professor Doctor Charles class (apparently because they missed registering for the good classes), that is from midnight to 2 a.m. that maybe she made a really crappy decision that later backfires heavily on her when the girl she ditches at a party ends up becoming her roomie.

B*itch Don’t Kill My Vibe- Ep.2 was about Zoey trying to figure out how to balance her social an academic life (so relateable, because every college student struggles with this) so she ends up reluctantly popping Adderal (her new found friend-pill dealer to stay up and finish a 25 page paper that is due that day. The first attempt ended in a online shopping spree where she ends up maxing out her credit card.

If Your Reading This, It’s Too Late- Ep.3 Ms. Zoey finally gets to spend a little time with the Sophomore she’s been feelin’ Aaron. Soon after the party he texts her, “U Up?” She doesn’t know how to respond so she calls in her cavalry of girls to try and help her decide which ends up backfiring in her face when she sees Aaron with another chick. So instead, she goes out with Luca. Another friend, from the midnight class whom we were introduced to the first episode. They go out and have a great time.

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But then…Aaron messages her…and Zoey answers but gets caught up when Luca comes on her computer on facetime while on the phone with Aaron on facetime. BUSTED!

Hint: DO NOT be too aggressive when first meeting a guy! They will RUN! Zoey had planned out they whole entire life and then some in that text thread, and we see what happened….LOL!!!!

Now let’s do a College then and Now comparison…

Zoey is going through typical college stuff.

Then: Now, just like the main character Melody in novel, “Drama University” I started my freshman year of College in August of 2002. Times were so much different than they are now. I mean my cell phone back then had a green back-lit screen and now photo taking capability. I think web cams were a thing but definitely not on your phone could you see someone’s face while talking to them. As I’m writing this I’m making myself feel ancient, so let me stop…

Let’s just say in 2002, it was A LOT easier to get away with things, than it is now! I mean see how Zoey got caught up…didn’t happen like that back then. Good luck to all you playa types out there!

Now: Y’all can look at your boyfriends timeline on Facebook, Instagram, Snap and spy on them…lucky you!

Then: Most of the kids that did stuff either smoked either weed (purp) or popped X.

Now: Vivek had a whole case of pills? He didn’t even know he was a drug dealer ’til the crew told him, LOL! This is a new one for me...when did this come about…someone help me understand this?

Then: The infamous, “U Up?” phone call or text at 2 a.m. meant…

Now: EXACTLY THE SAME as it did back in 2002, when I was in school. My College-aged ladies, guys don’t call or excuse me text that late (my little cousin who is in college told me no one actually talks on the phone now) at night just to know your thoughts on something (I am cracking up as I type this)!!!

PS. I like that Zoey has friends to call on…

This show has my attention so far…

Great job Kenya Barris and the rest of the Grown-ish cast!

Until next time…

Nicole Alicia sig