Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving Thrills

It's that time of year again, which means it's time for another 4seating Thanksgiving movie list!  Last year, we presented a list of comedies to help lighten the mood with friends and family around the dinner table.  This year, we look at the oft-overlooked Thanksgiving drama, where the potential for anger, hurt, and redemption when estranged family members are forced together for the holidays, leads to acting fireworks.  These movies may be heavier, and not necessarily recommended for extended family viewing with children--but they resonate long after viewing and are great not just for Thanksgiving, but for any time of year. 

The following is a shortlist of five Thanksgiving dramas that are essential viewing: 

1. ROCKY (1976):  With the release of Creed next week, the Rocky saga moves on to its next chapter--but it's the original Oscar-winning classic that has one of its pivotal scenes revolve around the Thanksgiving holiday.  When Rocky's friend Paulie insists that his sister Adrian date Rocky by throwing her Thanksgiving turkey in the garbage, a legendary screen romance is born. The two go to an ice skating rink together and on that late November night, they bond in a  way that will provide the emotional bedrock for all of the boxing drama to come.  One wonders if the new film opening in a few days will also have a key Thanksgiving moment. 

2. THE ICE STORM, 1997.  Although it bombed at the box office on release, The Ice Storm has since been reappraised as an early indication of director Ang Lee's genius.  A strong ensemble cast including Kevin Kline, Cristina Ricci, and Elijah Wood help portray two upper class families navigating the tumultuous social climate of the early 70s.  There's liberal doses of drugs, sexual experimentation (including swapping of partners), and the aforementioned ice storm which brings with it nature's own commentary on the drama.  This riveting film is one of the best Thanksgiving tales ever told; its intensity is a stark contrast to most holiday fare.  Not suitable for young children, but adults may find it utterly engrossing. 

3. THE WAR AT HOME, 1996.  Emilio Estevez directed this film which also bombed on release, in spite of being praised in the years since as a tour-de-force for the underrated actor/director.  In it, he plays a returning Vietnam vet suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who decides to confront his father, who would not help him avoid the draft; he causes scene after scene at the Thanksgiving table until the whole thing boils over in a truly emotional climax.  Martin Sheen, who plays the father (and is Estevez's father in real life), also gives a bravura performance. The chemistry between the two is palpable and one wonders why they did not star in more films together.

4. THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS, 1997. Yet another mid-90s Thanksgiving flop given a retrospective critical reappraisal, this film stars Julianne Moore and Roy Scheider as part of a family whose reuniting for the holiday sends them into a tailspin.  A son who has been missing for three years shows up unexpectedly to the feast, as past childhood demons are dragged out of the closet and given an airing.  It's a touching and sensitive film that is still waiting to be discovered by the public at large.  

5. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS1995.  Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, and Claire Danes cause holiday ruckus when they reunite, with assorted family traumas leading to feigned enjoyment, argument, and reconciliation in the grand tradition of Thanksgiving dramas.  This film, however, adds in a light dose of comedy to keep things from lapsing into melodrama, and as a mix of the two styles it's ideal for most audiences.  As with the other films in this blog, it underwhelmed at the box office but is now included in most holiday compilation lists like this one.  Some movies make a big splash on release, but are forgotten within a year; others like the ones here, are ignored and then rediscovered for the excellent films that they are.  Do yourself a favor this Thanksgiving, and watch something daring and provocative, rather than the same repeat of Planes, Trains And Automobiles for the twentieth time.  Or, just do both!  

Happy Thanksgiving from 4seating.  Just remember to give thanks, and avoid doing any of the things you see happening in these movies!!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Power Adjustable Headrests

4seating has now added extensively to its line of home theater seating which highlights power adjustable headrests; our site now offers 14 different models in this category to choose from. Each chair, from the esteemed Seatcraft and Barcalounger brands, features an array of attractions including chaiselounger seating, lighted cup holders, ambient base lighting, and in-arm storage.  Added to these convenient features is a new evolution in theater seating, both hi-tech and eminently useful: the power adjustable headrest.

The power adjustable headrest works a lot like the power recline function--it allows you to move a section of the seat, at the simple press of a button.  This expedient power option allows for the greatest flexibility in positioning, as the headrest will gently stop at any place the individual feels is comfortable for their head, neck, and shoulder placement.  Rather than staying in the same position for hours, one can freely re-adjust their setting at will; such flexibility of movement will help to reduce neck and shoulder fatigue, allowing you to better focus on the screen action.  The power headrest is more than just a convenience; it's a necessity for anyone who spends a lot of time in their home theater. 

Of the recently added theater seats which feature the power headrest, the Sonoma is an elegant luxury model which comes in both leather 7000 and leather gel options.  Leather 7000 is a exclusive brand of leather that is carefully hand-picked from the top third of all hides, ensuring superior look, texture, and even aroma.  Leather gel is a new style of leather which replicates the soft feel of top grain leather, at an outstanding value.  Either choice will have you sinking into the Sonoma's rich folds in seconds.  Power adjustable headrests aren't its only attraction--a USB station allows one to charge cell phones and laptops for an expanded entertainment experience.  Lighted cupholders and ambient base lighting accent this chair handsomely, while providing the practical function of finding beverages and seats in a darkened theater.  

The Odyssey comes in 100% genuine bonded leather, which like leather gel, mimics much of the soft texture and swank appearance of full grain leather, at a superb value.   It highlights a unique, muscular back rest design which is topped by a padded headrest and comes with in-arm storage, lighted cup holders, and a wall-hugger feature that allows it to be placed just inches from any wall, even in full recline.  Chaiselounger seating allows one to stretch out the lower body, by providing a pampering buttress of support that eliminates the gap between the seat and footrest.  The Odyssey's sophisticated media room seating will become a powerful centerpiece to any home theater setup.  

The Overture boasts many of the same features as the Sonoma and Odyssey--chaiselounger footrests, in-arm storage, lighted cup holders--and adds a unique nailhead design to the armrests, for a classic touch of character.  This home theater seat's overstuffed headrests can be adjusted forward or back, in any desired position within that range.  Besides being one of the finest designs in this series, this chair is also one of the most outstanding values in our power adjustable line of theatre seating.  

Meanwhile, Barcalounger offers the Columbia, an incredibly plush, overstuffed seat that re-defines the meaning of the words "sink-in".  Its leather gel construction is richly textured yet soft to the touch, and will cradle your body in its bold, multi-sectional seat back design.  In addition, cool gel foam will ensure that the seat stays at a comfortable temperature, absorbing and then dissipating body heat.  This seat also features a USB station, included tray table, lighted cup holders and ambient base lighting for an all-in-one experience.  Your body will instantly crave the Columbia's addictive, enveloping touch as your neck and shoulders relax with its adjustable headrests.   

Each chair in the power headrest series comes with its own unique character, so it's simply a matter of choosing which one of these sumptuous designs will best meet your home theater needs.  One thing is certain, however--your head, neck, and shoulders will thank you!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Madison Refreshment Sofa

Your home theater is positively brimming with potential.  No longer is it simply a room where you sit and watch a screen; over the years, a number of exciting accessories have been introduced as available options in home theater seating, which have greatly expanded the entertainment capabilities at one's disposal.  Lighted cup holders, ambient base lighting, wine glass caddies, cigar hosts, tablet holders, in-arm storage, and tray tables can turn your seat into an all-in one experience: add tray tables and use your seat as a dining area, or use a tablet holder to tap into the power of the internet.  Wine glass caddies enhance an evening of romance, or perhaps a chance to unwind after a long day at the office. Now, Seatcraft is proud to introduce another transformational accessory, which comes with the Madison Refreshment Sofa--a refreshment console, which is designed to turn your theater into a full-fledged bar!

This stunning accessory is small enough to slot in as a wedge in-between seats, and yet packs a lot of use within that space.  This swanky addition to any row is crafted from Leather 7000, an exclusive brand of top-grain leather that is carefully hand-picked from the top third of all hides. Leather 7000 features a supreme texture and smooth luxury appearance, which is then buffed to a sleek, polished perfection.  This material will go especially well with seats that are also fashioned with Leather 7000, such as the Aston, Grenada, and Turino, and is offered as an upgrade for these items.  

The back section of this wedge console contains an upright storage unit with enough space to hold glasses, bottles, and other drinks.  It's gorgeously back lit from behind, which allows you to see in a darkened theater, all while providing an incredible bar ambience.  It's so easy to reach behind, grab what you need, and have enough drinks close at hand to satisfy the needs of a small party of friends or family.  Meanwhile, an in-arm storage compartment at the center of the wedge contains plenty of space to store more beverages--there's even enough space for ice, to keep everything cool and fresh.

The front of the this console contains lighted cup holders, whose gentle azure-violet glow matches the exciting marquee ambience of the lighting in the back section.  In this way, drinks are kept safe and secure in front of you--and with the bar within arm's reach, you never have to leave your seat for refills. In addition, a framed accent wraps around the entire wedge, enhancing the overall lighting so that when the lights are turned off, your new console will look simply awesome.  This console will instantly become the centerpiece of any party, or a romantic night spent in with a loved one.  

The Madison Refreshment sofa is also much more than its centerpiece console.  This sectional, similarly crafted from Leather 7000, also comes with a handy USB/power recline switch, from which you can charge cell phones or laptops, or lay back in seconds with a chaiselounger that provides a firm buttress of support to the lower body. Padded armrests add to the level of swank comfort, also provided by padded headrests. Meanwhile, included tray tables allow one to place food, remotes, reading materials or other items within easy arm's reach. The level of high class and craftsmanship here is a firm signature of the Seatcraft brand. 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Intelligent Summer Blockbuster

Summertime is now inevitably associated with the summer blockbuster film: usually a sci-fi/fantasy oriented plot (often part of a multi-film franchise) with plenty of action and big-budget special effects designed to provide escapist entertainment for the masses.  Star Wars, Star Trek, Superman, Spiderman, Harry Potter, Alien, Terminator, Iron Man, Transformers--the list goes on and on.  However, the blockbuster is frequently criticized for its dumbing-down of cinema: wooden acting, cliche dialogue, plot holes the size of the grand canyon, and a general sacrifice of character-driven nuance in favor of huge explosions and space battles.

There have, however, been a number of 'intelligent' blockbusters released in the past 40 years, that are worth revisiting.  These films blend in a healthy dose of cerebral plotlines and character development with all the sturm and drang, resulting in something even the critics were impressed by. Here follows five summer blockbusters that treat you like an adult, with an operating brain!

1) BACK TO THE FUTURE, PART II (1989): The first Back To The Future was a warm, lighthearted romp that became a pop-culture sensation, which now celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.  The second film in the series was a much darker, more challenging journey through multiple alternate timelines that had audiences scratching their heads--although hardcore fans were thrilled. The film's plot isn't actually that dense, but it does keep you on your toes, and the radical changes in character through each timeline are both startling and edgy.  The film's look at the year 2015 is especially interesting this year, as we compare what the film got right and wrong in its portrayal. Everyone will have a chance to relive the big screen experience again when the trilogy is re-released later this year, but if you want to get a head start on the hoopla, simply pop the DVD/Blu-Ray into your home theater setup, and enjoy! 

2) THE DARK KNIGHT (2008): Christopher Nolan immortalized himself as the auteur of the intelligent blockbuster with this film, which won Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar (summer blockbusters never win in any of the major acting categories).  His portrayal of The Joker--totally psychotic yet surprisingly nuanced, who loves to plot all kinds of difficult moral challenges for his victims--generates all of the drama in the film, so much so that his iconic performance is what sticks out over and above any of the car chases or explosions littered throughout.  

3) INCEPTION (2010): Yup--Nolan gets two entries in this list (and Interstellar would be a third, had it actually been released in the summer), this one for what is likely the most dizzyingly complex summer blockbuster of all time.  The dreamworld that Nolan created for his plot was filled with so many internal rules and regulations, that audiences had to go back two or three times to try and figure it all out--which they willingly did, thanks to the film's original idea, strong sense of mystique, and incredible art direction.  Indeed, the film was so complex that South Park ended up doing a hilarious parody of it, which was perhaps the sincerest form of flattery.  

4) DISTRICT 9 (2009): This gritty sci-fi film worked as an uncomfortable moral and political allegory, in the way that the best sci-fi can highlight social injustices.  In a novel twist on the traditional "aliens as evil conquerors" plot, the aliens here have arrived and--pointedly--been turned by humanity into second-class citizens, fighting for their rights.  That the film takes place in South Africa makes the allegory perhaps a bit too obvious, but the film's direction builds on this by avoiding the shiny polish of your typical blockbuster and going instead for an ugly, unwashed realism.  It's a gripping, cerebral work from start to finish.  

5) APOCALYPSE NOW (1979): back in the early days of the blockbuster, immediately post-Jaws and post-Star Wars, the dumbed-down template for the format had not quite been set in stone, and so any number of sophisticated late 70s/early 80s sci-fi films could be included here (Blade Runner, Alien, Close Encounters).  However, none encapsulates the true potential for a summer blockbuster quite like Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalpyse Now, which is not simply hailed as an intelligent summer film, but one of the greatest films ever made.  This film gets its scathing anti-war message across through a series of increasingly surreal vignettes, each one more compelling than the last.  The slow-moving end of the film--in which Marlon Brando's Kurtz reveals his quiet madness through demented poetry recital and rambling soliloquies--often puzzles audiences who had been swept away for the previous three hours, but it's exactly that sort of subversion of expectation that more films need to dare to exhibit today.  

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Why Build A Home Theater?

Building a home theater can be a daunting task.  The time, money, and effort invested can be considerable, if you want to do it just right.  Despite this, more and more people are now installing home theaters in their homes, for the simple reason that the return on the investment eventually far outweighs the initial cost.  As movie theaters become less and less attractive, ticket prices skyrocket, and home audiovisual technology quickly catches up to what is available in your average theater, the home theater option becomes an excellent alternative.  Some advantages to building a home theater are obvious, while others may take you by surprise.  Listed below are ten excellent, persuasive reasons given by many as to why they built their own home theater:

COST: The prices of many consumer goods are skyrocketing far past the rate of inflation, and movie tickets are no exception.  It is predicted that within five years, adult ticket prices will land at $20--and for movie buffs who like seeing a new movie a week on average, that's going to translate to a huge hole in their wallets. If you have a family, costs are going to be even higher.  Defenders of the theater experience often cite the large screen and superior sound systems that theaters provide: but just how close are home theaters now to matching this?  Answer: with jumbo flat screens and 5.1 surround systems, very close.

CONTROL: This is your home theater, and with the ease of pushing a remote button, you can control the brightness, audio, subtitles, sound, contrast, or anything else to your own individual requirements.  You can position just how close or far you sit, where to best place the 5.1 surround system, and much more.

NEVER MISS A FRAME: Have you ever had the urge to use the bathroom in the middle of a movie, but held it in for fear you would miss a key scene?  Not at home--the pause and rewind buttons are now at your fingertips.

NOISE: The communal experience of watching a film with a large group of people used to be one of the upsides of the theater experience, but audiences these days are more inconsiderate than ever before.  They talk and text on their cell phones, throw food around, and then shush the person next to them when they stop talking long enough to want to hear what’s going on.  Who needs it?  

INTIMACY: Getting intimate at the movies used to be another enjoyable facet of the theater experience, until everybody started to want to get in your business.  Never have to worry about uncomfortable stares when you and your loved one just want to feel the romance.

DÉCOR: This one is an obvious advantage to a home theater--you are completely in charge of how your theater will look, right down to the carpeting, wall panels, paintings, speaker placement, accents and more.  4seating offers an array of these decor elements on our website, and can even help you custom-design the theater of your dreams.

YOU SAVE ON COST, PART II: The last time this author bought a single candy bar at a movie theater concession stand, he paid $4.50.  Most movie theaters don't allow you to bring food from home, because they make most of their money not from showing the film, but by gouging your pockets at the stand.  Never have to feel guilty again about sneaking in food, just because you don’t want to pay $6 for a below-average hot dog.  Bring your own snacks to your home theater--or even eat dinner on a tray table attached to your seat--snacks that are way cheaper, to boot.

PRIME SEATING: Attend the screening of a popular movie on opening weekend and chances are, you will be sitting in the nosebleed aisles, straining your neck just to see what's going on.  Wait until it's out on DVD/Blu-Ray, and you can be front-and-center to the action every time, with a full theater setup at your disposal.  Even better, with the groundbreaking online premiere of The Interview, other movies may soon find their way to online premieres, which means that with a simple hookup of your tablet or laptop to your screen, you can be there for the premiere right at home!

KIDS: Those of you with families know how hard it is at times to bring children to a movie.  If they’re bored, they will want to get up, talk, and run around, bothering other audience members.  With a home theater, your children will have the freedom to do as they please.

HOME THEATER SEATS ARE BEST: At the risk of tooting our own horn--but it's very true, as anyone who has sat in one can attest--the kind of plush feel you get from a home theater seat is light years beyond even the best movie theater chairs.  You can relax, recline, and utilize any number of convenient accessories (wine glass caddiestablet holders) for an experience unlike any you will receive at an actual theater.

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