Dare I say it…MoviePass

I swear I have a legitimate reason for the delay and it is MoviePass. Instead of feverishly writing my first post, I have been, for lack of a better word, stalking MoviePass.

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A giant Peruvian hello to 30 minute media followers! I know it’s been a “minute” (Ha. Dad joke) since I was introduced.

I swear I have a legitimate reason for the delay and it is MoviePass. Instead of feverishly writing my first post, I have been, for lack of a better word, stalking MoviePass. I made the mistake of signing up for MoviePass at the height of its popularity. For those of you who don’t know what MoviePass is, let me fill you in. MoviePass is a 10 dollar/month subscription that lets you watch unlimited 2D movies in theaters. “Talk about a cheap date night!” is what I thought when I signed up. Flash forward to…..

I ordered my card in August. I waited an appropriate amount of time for my card without a peep to customer service.

1 month passes by, no card. Then I get a joyful ping to my phone. An email from MoviePass! My utter enjoyment turned to frustration as they told me to be patient, their service centers had been overwhelmed by the demand. BUT there was some hope at the end of the tunnel, the email also set a deadline. I’m a type A personality and can definitely get behind a deadline but, alas, the deadline came and went and my mailbox and heart were movieless.

I miss mediocre remakes of It and Blade Runner and was unable to get my “JLaw being artsy” on.

MoviePass taunted me by posting on FB “Who went to see Blade Runner this weekend?” I contacted MoviePass through legitimate means by going through their customer service app and sending an email through their website. No response. I tried again. Nothing. Then I went full blown “I know we are meant to be together. Why can’t you see it?” I found every social media account MoviePass has made. I contacted them through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I would have done MySpace had I remembered my account info. Unfortunately, I misplaced that right around the same time I lost my AIM password.

“I got this icebox where my heart used to be.” Who knew when Omarion sang this song he was referring to precisely this moment in my live.

When MoviePass responded to all my posts with a stinging silence I had two options: I could give up all hope and pay for my movies or I could dig my heels in and demand my card. Like Martha Stewart, I’ve never been a quitter. So I decided to post on all their social media account plus their customer service options every day until I got a response. Dare I say it (Ha. Title in the blog post), I went almost 3 weeks. I was generally nice about it until Thor:Ragnarok came out. Don’t mess with a girl and her Marvel.

Thor+The Hulk+witty banter=me paying full price for a movie ticket.

But MoviePass wasn’t done with me yet. Then the emails started. They said:

“It looks like you should have received your MoviePass card. We will start charging you tomorrow.”

Believe me!

Had I gotten my MoviePass, I wouldn’t be on social media. I’d be enjoying a nice and buttery popcorn from a showing of Bad Mom’s Christmas. I kept pressing the link “I haven’t received my card yet.” which just meant they would continue to taunt me with emails about my card.

Finally, after 3 months of being jerked around this angel appeared from the light.

I finally got a message from MoviePass on Instagram! It felt like the skies had cleared and finally the MoviePass gods had answered. They (whoever they are) said my card would arrive in 10-14 business day. Lucky them, it came after 5 business days. I wasn’t counting my “French hens” just yet (Christmas shoutout). Now it was time to test if it worked. I didn’t want the stakes too high so I wasn’t gonna try and go to Justice League. I decided on Bad Mom’s Christmas. Tension was high as the movie attendent swiped my MoviePass Card. Would I be thrown back into the dysfunctional relationship I had already established with MoviePass or would I finally taste that delicious, buttery popcorn?

Drum roll, please……it worked!

After all this drama, would I do it again? Hell yes! Like any bad break up, I learned a lot about myself. Persistence really is key and sometimes you gotta work for what you want. If you’re looking for me, just stop by our local movie theater. I’ll be the one with a bucket of popcorn in the front.

If you are interested in your own soul searching adventure feel free to use this code:

Moviepass Referral code

Remember you can find me at @adorabell on Twitter

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A warm welcome to our new writers

I am excited to announce that two new writers are joining our team, please join me in welcoming Budzoog3 and Adorabelle!!

Today I have some very exciting news!!

The 30minutemedia family is getting bigger and I am thrilled to announce that two new writers are joining our team, please join me in welcoming Budzoog3 and Adorabelle!!!

Budzoog3:

A sports fanatic and retro gaming efficanoto, he brings a wealth of knowledge that won’t be found elsewhere. A recent convert into the movie going scene, I am sure that we can expect a nugget of truth on cinematic masterpieces as well as picture perfect flops. A secret Christmas tune enthusiast, from Crosby to Charlie Brown, Budzood3 has so much to share when it comes to this yearly tradition. I looking forward to reading about when it’s time to “push the button” for optimal Christmas tunes enjoyment and the perfect drink to partake in as well.

Adorabelle:

All about TV and celebrity gossip, bringing what seems like a never ending pool of bar trivia level insight on the latest and greatest surrounding those two topics. Adorabelle is not only your go to source for the inside scoop, she will deliver us a double scoop about the happenings in regards to her DIY projects that she has been working on. She will also keep you up to date with some of the cutest animal videos, but don’t let me be the judge of that, come and find out for yourself!

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Get up! Get up! I came down with the Sickness

An update about my return to blogging on a regular basis after recovering from a nasty summer cold.

Loyal Readers,

Shortly after setting up this site and getting things off the ground with a couple of posts that I thought were just delightful; I came down with the nastiest summer cold I have had in recent memories.

I will be returning to regular posting and like in just a few short days. A little more rest and catching up on the other parts of my life and I will be in a great spot for blogging again.

Thanks for your patience and understanding!

Anthony — 30minutemedia

A trip down memory lane: Bonanza Bros

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Let’s get right into the meat and potatoes of this classic game.

Bonanza Bros. is a 2D shooter, platformer where player(s) take the role of one or both of the brothers, Robo the tall brother in red and Mobo the shorter brother in blue.

A Chicago tie in and fun fact is that the Bonanza Bros. were modeled after The Blues Brothers.

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The objective of the game is for the player(s) to stealthily move throughout the level stunning/hiding/avoiding guards, retrieving a growing number of objects and move to the roof where a blimp is waiting to whisk the players and loot off to the next location. The players must gather and bring all of the objects to the roof on the same life, otherwise the blimp won’t take off. Another wrinkle to this is that there is a ticking clock before the police show up and the Bros. are taken off to jail.

The player(s) can walk, jump, shoot, distract and move behind a column or large furniture. Guards and workers can’t be killed or wiped from the level, only stunned for a few seconds using the gun or slamming a door in their faces. They are alerted by sounds or when the Bonanza Bros. come into their line of sight, and then either hide, call for help or fire against the player. If the player is hit, The player drops all objects and loses a life.

The game takes place in several locations which include a bank, a mansion, a casino, a mint, an art gallery and a treasury.  The locations get bigger and the locations of the loot are placed in more and more difficult spots as the player progresses through the game. Although an early level in the game the Casino is one of my favorite maps. The music is jamming while the enemy and loot placement is just right, the combination of the three keeps this level moving and grooving.

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Ahhh Bonanza Bros… where to begin? The countless tales I can tell involving this simple yet engaging game.

The year was 2005 when this game came into existence for me. My cousin sent me a C.D. with a bunch of roms and the Sega Genesis emulator: Fusion on it. Don’t worry for those of you concerned with the legality of all this, I already owned a Genesis and went out and bought the games that I hadn’t owned after this C.D. came into my possession.

My brother and I would play this game for hours on end, many a late night trying to rush through the game or screw each other over by getting one another caught by the guards. The two of us have see the screen below enough times that we could probably draw it from memory…

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One of my favorite times embarking on a Bonanza Bros. playthrough involved one of the wackiest deaths possible in the game.

We were SUPPOSED to simply zipline from one building to the other, in order to reach the blimp. Things started of right but when we got about halfway down the line, my brother reached over and slapped the controller out of my hand. At this point my character, Mobo, jumps from the zip line and falls three stories to the ground. Mobo lands and is stunned dropping all of the loot that we had collected and the guard dog that was roaming that part of the level starts barking, causing the one worker who was carrying large stack of plates to drop all of them and pull out his gun.

Mobo was stuck in the spot that he fell and the flashing buffer that prevents harm had run out. I quickly try and get my controller and still can’t get him to move, meanwhile, the dog and guard are closing in fast… The dog pounces on me first and then the guard shoots the gun at just the right time that by the time that buffer is gone again the bullet hits me and takes up the last life that we have and I am out of the game. The two of us had such a laugh at that turn of events and till this day that story will always bring a smile to our faces.

I have a list of things to do this weekend:
  1. Find a copy of this game
  2. Grab some cold beer
  3. Enlist someone I trust not to slap a controller from my hands
  4. Enjoy playing through this game again

Whenever you have a free weekend I encourage you to do the same! The game should only take 30 minutes 😉 to beat but is packed with hours of fun.

 

A Chicago Handshake

My first experience with a Chicago Handshake

Yesterday my girlfriend and I were out celebrating a mutual friend’s birthday in the only way that we truly know how: Karaoke.

After screeching out a rendition of The Killers “When You Were Young”, I am not nearly the singer that I know I am in the shower, the bartender offered me a handshake of sorts and said that I was going to enjoy this one….

What I thought was just a friendly gesture in the Windy City turned out to be the perfect pairing of liquid courage and regret.

A Chicago Handshake is Tall boy (16 oz) Old Style and a shot of Jeppson’s Malört.  Now for those of you have not had the pleasure of experiencing that unique combo let me sum it up for you:  a sucker punch to the face followed up by a bag of peas to ease the swelling.

I recommend anyone who is of legal age to find a buddy and have yourselves a Chicago Handshake, at least once in your life. The blending of the two flavors are unlike any other that I have experience in my brief journey into tasting vastly different pairing of this nature. Just be prepared for your next song at karaoke to make the crowd to go wild as that sour look on your face is definitely going to have your fans up and cheering.

Cheers!