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deej
Tol Eressea


Dec 17 2012, 1:34pm

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What movies did you watch this weekend? Can't Post

Tell us about them here!

"The Hobbits bowed low. 'Most gracious host', said Frodo, 'It was said to me by Elrond Half-Elven that I should find friendship upon the way, secret and unlooked for. Certainly I have found no such friendship as you have shown. To have found it turns evil to great good."


burrahobbit
Rohan


Dec 17 2012, 4:11pm

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Life of Pi- beautiful! [In reply to] Can't Post

Aside from the big film release of course, I went to see Life of Pi. It was really wonderful, visually stunning, funny, moving, quirky. It must have been such a hard book to adapt, and Ang Lee does a really imaginative and vivid job.

I also found there was a bit of a Tolkien connection in the film to, as the plot is really about the lead character inventing a magical fable to deal with personal trauma and tragedy. This is just like the healing power of fairy tales that Tolkien described in his essays.


Magpie
Immortal


Dec 17 2012, 4:28pm

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Safety Not Guaranteed / Jiro Dreams of Sushi [In reply to] Can't Post

As is my style, I checked out Safety Not Guaranteed knowing almost nothing about it. I can't say I liked it. I can sometimes like these sort of quirky wandering sorts of stories but this one just made me go 'hun?' and package it up for the mail immediately. My husband didn't like it either.

I watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi on streaming Amazon Prime. This is a documentary about follows Jiro Ono, "an 85 year-old sushi master and owner of Michelin 3-Star restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro, on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi."

It's comparable to Kings of Pastry ("follows a group of world-class French pastry chefs as they compete for France's most prestigious craftsmen award: Meilleur Ouvrier de France") and Between the Folds (documentary about origami). Of the three, Between the Folds remains my favorite. But Jiro was interesting in a very understated way.


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Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Dec 17 2012, 5:02pm

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey HFR 3D--naturally. [In reply to] Can't Post

Tayna and I went Friday night (Dec. 14) with the two pairs of "Dwarvish" 3D glasses that I purchased in advance. No motion sickness. No eyestrain. We both enjoyed the movie (my wife liked it even better than I expected and is looking forward to DoS and TaBA). If we do see the film in the theater again, it will probably be in 2D, for comparison.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


Annael
Half-elven


Dec 17 2012, 5:24pm

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more silly Hallmark movies on TV [In reply to] Can't Post

earlier in the month they were all about two unhappy people finding love by Christmas, but this last week the trend was for movies where Santa finds/loses/reconnects with Mrs. Claus, or the son/daughter/elf of Santa Claus comes to the big city to find themselves/help out and finds love with an ordinary mortal.

I especially liked "Christmas with Holly" which was supposedly set in a town on one of our San Juan islands (but actually filmed in Nova Scotia). It was very sweet. Even if they replaced the 200-car ferry that serves the route with one of those little ones that takes about six cars at a time and said the ferry went to Bellingham instead of Anacortes, plus assorted other little mistakes that made it fun for a local to laugh at, they did capture the feel of the town.

Seeing "The Hobbit" tomorrow night

The way we imagine our lives is the way we are going to go on living our lives.

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Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Dec 17 2012, 5:34pm

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RED. [In reply to] Can't Post

I revisted this film about retired CIA agents who come together when two are targeted for death. It has Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Karl Urban, and is so much fun - as good to watch as a repeat as it was the first time around. :)

I also watched a little New Zealand action fantasy film that I think has been sold overseas...

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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AlassŽa Eruvande
Valinor


Dec 17 2012, 6:14pm

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The Hobbit, in 2D. Tiny spoilers, and I do say whether or not I liked it, so Magpie may not want to open this post. ;-) [In reply to] Can't Post

Our local theater had plenty of empty seats, but the entire back row (stadium seating) was filled with high school students on a giant group date. I was a little worried, as they chattered and carried on for much of time before the previews started, but they were well behaved for the previews and movie.

Well. The Hobbit. I'm still trying to process it. (It's 3 hours long. I did not know this.) I think, deep down, in my heart of hearts,

*whispers*

I'm a Tolkien purist.

There. I said it. I'm not on board with all the changes.

But there are flashes of what a great movie this could have been. The unexpected party, for one. There is also evidence that this movie needs some serious editing. White Council for one.

Love Fili and Kili, and not just for their looks.
Trying hard to love Thorin. I'm at "kinda like".
Trying to like the Goblin King. His voice is wrong.
Hate Azog.

Love, love, love the Misty Mountains song, and the way it is used for the Dwarves' theme. The version of the song at the credits reminded me of RenFaire music.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie, but it's not The Hobbit. I don't know if it was ever promoted as such, with all the additions, but put me in the "Disappointed Tolkien Purist" camp. Unsure Who knew.



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silneldor
Half-elven


Dec 17 2012, 7:22pm

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The wife and i enjoy watching quite a few of these together. [In reply to] Can't Post

We are content to get out of the main stream mindset of 'tv usual'.

Come to think of it, it just seems saner than just about anything else on the boob tube these days.















silneldor
Half-elven


Dec 17 2012, 7:30pm

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We have this fair beauty marked down [In reply to] Can't Post

for New Years Eve. I hope it will still be around. Movies sometimes disappear quickly















Elberbeth
Tol Eressea


Dec 17 2012, 9:06pm

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We saw that one too [In reply to] Can't Post

and I kept thinking it looked more like the East coast than the West. Now I know why. Enjoyed it too.

"There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark."


Hamfast
Rohan


Dec 17 2012, 10:55pm

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The Hobbit [In reply to] Can't Post

I gave my very spoiler filled review on the home page banner thingy....so here it is if you are interested in my thoughts

My review of The Hobbit


Ettelewen
Lorien

Dec 18 2012, 12:50am

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RED is one of my guilty pleasures. [In reply to] Can't Post

I just love John Malkovich in this one. And Helen Mirren. You can't possibly take it seriously, it cracks me up every time.


wendy woo
Rivendell


Dec 18 2012, 1:09am

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The Hobbit, of course. [In reply to] Can't Post

What will I watch this coming weekend? The Hobbit, of course. Laugh Loved it!!


Ataahua
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Dec 18 2012, 1:18am

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"Next time, your girlfriend can wear the dress!" [In reply to] Can't Post

Malkovich as a drug-damaged paranoid goofball is wonderful. Cool

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Dec 18 2012, 3:39am

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Pixie Hollow: The Secret of Wings, and The Hobbit (no spoilers) [In reply to] Can't Post

Uncle Baggins wanted to rent the latest Tinkerbell movie; he's a big fan of fairies. We enjoyed it a lot, given what it was, a movie aimed at little girls. The story was pretty thin and not that logical, but the animation and details were wonderful. And the fairies were cute.

Our kids came up and we watched The Hobbit in 2D. I was glad we did that first, so I could focus on the movie and not the effects. We all enjoyed it a lot. I wore my dwarf beard, and a bearded man sitting next to us complimented me on it. :-)


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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Dec 18 2012, 3:41am

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We saw that a week or two ago and really loved it. [In reply to] Can't Post

When I read the book, I loved it but didn't quite get the theme. The movie made it clearer. And it was so beautifully done.


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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Starling
Half-elven


Dec 18 2012, 6:43am

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I am really looking forward to this one [In reply to] Can't Post

We have to wait until January for it though. Ang Lee is a favourite of mine - The Ice Storm is definitely in my Top 5 favourite films of all time.


burrahobbit
Rohan


Dec 18 2012, 11:48am

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He's such a versatile director [In reply to] Can't Post

Seems like he can take on any genre and give it his own humanity. Life of Pi is technically bold in its use of CGI, but he makes the special effects suit the story very well.

I wouldn't be surprise if this film picks up some oscar nominations next year.


entmaiden
Forum Admin / Moderator


Dec 18 2012, 3:22pm

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My siblings and I [In reply to] Can't Post

have started a spreadsheet of all the Hallmark/Lifetime Christmas movies. There are so many common themes, and we have a lot of fun trying to guess the outcome as qoon as we can. There's always the crusty mentor - male or female - who advises the young man/woman who is in distress. There's always an actor or actress in a minor role - Sean Astin was the sheriff in one version. There's always a young kid who is trying to bring together the adults, and it all happens just in time for Christmas.

But we love all of them.


Annael
Half-elven


Dec 18 2012, 3:57pm

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I'd love to see that spreadsheet!

Some others:

Cookie baking/Christmas decorating brings people together.

It starts snowing at the climactic moment. Even in southern California.

There's usually a dog.

The way we imagine our lives is the way we are going to go on living our lives.

- James Hillman, Healing Fiction

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967

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entmaiden
Forum Admin / Moderator


Dec 19 2012, 12:36am

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Oh, yes. [In reply to] Can't Post

And the single parent is ALWAYS widowed, never divorced. We have noticed a difference in the sleazy factor between Hallmark and Lifetime movies. Lifetime movies will show a little skin that you never see in the Hallmark movies. One night we were puzzling over finding the right channel for one movie, and we decided that it had to be Lifetime because of all the cleavage. We were right Wink.


Donry
Tol Eressea


Dec 19 2012, 4:39am

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The Hobbit.... [In reply to] Can't Post

And I'm pretty sure I liked it....there were definitely some parts I really liked.....buuuuut there were a couple parts that I am not to crazy about.....I will not spoil it for anyone here so don't worry......Bilbo finds a ring.

AHAAHAHAHAHA.....is that a spoiler? Anyway, I think it gets a single thumb up for me....seeing it again should give me a better idea.

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zarabia
Tol Eressea


Dec 19 2012, 4:52am

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Dr. Who (Spoilers for most recent season) [In reply to] Can't Post

The first half of series 6 (7?, the most recent, anyway) where we say goodbye to Amy and Rory Frown Most episodes were good, but, to me anyway, not as good as previous series (seasons). The first one with the Daleks was interesting and quite moving at the end. The Western was fun, and so was the one with the little cubes; I loved that they brought in Lethbridge Stewart's daughter as head of UNIT. However, I really didn't like the "dinosaurs on the spaceship" though the triceratops that likes to fetch golf balls was pretty cute.Laugh And Mr. Weasley from HP as Rory's dad was great.Smile But otherwise, meh. As for the Weeping Angels Take Manhattan - it was, as always, wonderful to have River Song back in the mix; she really livens things up. It was a good story, and they found a way to make the fact that the angels send their victims back in time more frightening, but... I had heard that the ending was more emotional than the final with Donna, and I was prepared with my tissues. However, in my opinion, there's no way it was sadder than Donna's fate. I still get chocked up thinking about that. Frown

Overall, it seemed that Moffitt's heart was divided between DW and Sherlock; DW didn't seem to be the labor of love it usually is.

"The question isn't where, Constable, but when." - Inspector Spacetime


imin
Valinor


Dec 19 2012, 5:02am

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The hobbit, Seven Psychopaths and TV series - that mitchell and webb look [In reply to] Can't Post

The hobbit - not allowed to say anything til Magpie has seen it Tongue Looking forward to what you think of it when you can get to see it :)

Seven Psychopaths - Made by the same team who did In Bruges which is a great film. This isnt quite as good overall but i felt it was much more funny. In parts it had me literally crying with laughter as were my friends who i went to see it with.

Mitchell and Webb look - love these two guys in pretty much everything they do, Peepshow is amazing! As for this show, this particular clip made me laugh so hard, especially being medically trained myself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om7O0MFkmpw

Hope anyone who watches the clip gets a laugh out of it Smile


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Dec 20 2012, 12:18am

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Uhhh.. ummmm... errrr... [In reply to] Can't Post

You're kidding, right? ;)

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