Currently Showing in the Redwood City Century 20: Indicators

Self thinks this is ridiculous, but there was a time she refused to watch anything showing in the downtown Century 20, as a matter of principle.

Eventually, however, self’s resolve weakened.   The movie that served as her initiation to the wonders of the Cineplex was either a) Blood Diamond; b) The Illusionist; or c) Apocalypto

Since then, she’s become quite the regular.

Self now has plenty of time on her hands (now that she has decided to be less impulsive and travel less).  As a consequence, she can spends hours in useless contemplation of the schedule of movies currently showing.

And she has formulated a theory, which goes:

If the number of screens a movie is showing on is small, then that movie will soon be gone.

Exhibit A:  Argo.  Today, when self looks up showtimes, she discovers that Argo is down to just four screenings.

Things do not bode well, either, for Gerard Butler’s new movie, Chasing Mavericks, which, despite the fact that it has just opened, is showing on just five screens.  (Contrast that with The Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn, Part 2, which is showing on 17 screens)

Looper is still showing, which is WOW!  AMAZING!  Seeing as it opened sometime September or October.

Taken 2 is also still showing, which shows it is possible to survive abysmal reviews.  Or maybe it just means that Liam Neeson is a Box Office Draw.

Self told The Man when she was still in Bacolod that Argo was a movie she definitely wanted to see.  And it looks like she’ll have to watch it tomorrow, as it may be gone by next weekend.  Self is quite amazed about this because even in Bacolod it sounded like such a winner.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


  1. November 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Most Americans do not like movies which show American foreign policy errors.

    That must be it.

    It’s a pity as Argo is an excellent movie.

    Thanks for your analysis of screenings.


  2. November 19, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Kyi, I saw Argo today, and even though it was in a small theatre, the screening was full. I really enjoyed the movie. Even though I knew how it would end, I was still on the edge of my seat, the last half hour. Great job, Ben Affleck! The performances were all-around great. Nothing overly-actorly that took you out of the moment. That said, I did really love Alan Arkin and John Goodman. Did you notice a WEE cameo by Jack Nicholson at the end???

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