Double Feature: Studio Movie Grill VIP Night and Murder On the Orient Express

I was invited to attend the Studio Movie Grill VIP Night in Seminole, Florida last night and I have to tell you, I had an absolute blast.

Check out my photoset on the Studio Movie Grill VIP Night on my photography portfolio.

I am really looking forward to spending some time in this new restaurant/theater combo. We were given a tour through the kitchen and it seemed well staffed. For an opening night, they did an awesome job with the food.

The waitstaff definitely had a much harder time covering their backs as far as their nervousness goes. As we were ordering drinks, a waiter dropped a very large tray of champagne glasses. Luckily, they were plastic. Also, luckily, my camera didn't get soaked in champagne.

There are first night jitters for everyone. I think I have done similar things in similar situations when there wasn't a gigantic movie theater attached to the restaurant I was working in. So, it is what it is.

Let's talk about this movie theater, by the way. The seats are set up in a way that a pivotable tray can be swung in or away from the patron. On the tray are a cup holder and a shiny red button, that I had to press several times because, yes, if you must know. I AM a very tall child (well, not very tall but you get where I'm going with this).

The button tells the server you need something or that you are ready to order, so as not to disturb the other movie watchers around you. GENIUS!

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE FOOD Now listen, I love movie theater popcorn, candy, and soda as much as the next person. But holy hell, I'm not 16 anymore and this shit is starting to hurt my teeth!

What we ordered:

  • Starter: potato skins
  • My Meal: Classic American Burger (because it's hard to screw up a burger and the thing looked AMAZING in the press photos)
    • Choice of protein. American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Sweet Red Onions Served with French Fries. (I still don't like onions or cheese so those came off my order)
  • My Wifes Meal: Macaroni + Cheese
    • Three-cheese Cream Sauce, Cavatappi Pasta, Bacon, Green Onions. Served with Toasted Sourdough Bread.

I cannot complain about either of our meals. The one "complaint" we have is the waitress either didn't submit the potato skins order or gave them to another group of diners. It was not on our bill so we did not complain about not getting them. But it would have been nice to try them out.

I will certainly be back to SMG Seminole.

I have been a member of the "Kenneth Branagh Can Do No Wrong" club since Joe Bruton got my attention in 11th grade Lit class by telling me that Branagh's Hamlet was better than Mel Gibson's Hamlet.

"BULLSHIT!" I believe I yelled out in the middle of class. (Side note, yes, this is the same teacher that told me I was the spawn of Satan and that I was a pushy broad - all teaching styles that would get him fired and would not have created a writer like myself... sooooo oh well)

So listen, just because he was right doesn't mean anything.


Moving on.

Murder On the Orient Express is a clever remake that literally, somehow, got me to forget the twist in the story. I've read so much Agatha Christie over the years and I used to watch the original film with my grandmother.

You guys, I loved the original. It would end up on one of the older movie channels and I would sit there on the floor, eating sauce and bread like a good Italian child after school. I'd watch Lauren freaking Becall and Ingrid Bergman. Sean Connery. And Albert Finney was the Detective.

It was awesome.

So I really need to understand how I forgot who was guilty of the Whodunit mystery in Murder On the Orient Express!

Either way, it was an expertly made remake. I loved the nuances of the characters and how closely (or, not so closely, in some cases) the new actors followed suit to the original.

Branagh shines as a director and actor, once again. And I guess I how Mr. Bruton another $5 wherever he is hahaha.

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