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Happy Holidays! What movies did you all watch this weekend? And how many viewings of The Hobbit are you all on?
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Tol Eressea

Dec 24 2012, 1:29am

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Happy Holidays! What movies did you all watch this weekend? And how many viewings of The Hobbit are you all on? Can't Post

Me, just 2 - was hoping to squeeze in a 48 fps showing this weekend, but it didn't work out. But soon!

And wishing you all a safe and peaceful holiday. Heart

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Dec 24 2012, 1:53am

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My tally is two. [In reply to] Can't Post

I plan to take it to at least three before its run ends in the cinema.

Last night I watched the Norwegian film Troll Hunter - lots of fun. Their trolls are scarier than The Hobbit's trolls, although TH's trolls are funnier.

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Dec 24 2012, 2:56am

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Disney's Christmas Carol and The Muppets [In reply to] Can't Post

Mixed feelings about the CGI Christmas Carol. The Ghosts were spectacular, particularly the Ghost of Christmas Past - which I think is the best I've ever seen. However, the same thing that worked for the Ghosts made many of the human characters seem stiff and a little disturbingly unrealistic. This version also included the darker elements of the original short story which, we should remember, is a Ghost story which isn't necessarily child oriented.

Then, I finally caught an airing of The Muppets, which I've wanted to see for nostalgia purposes as well as due to good reviews. It's a cute kids movie, of course, but as an adult who grew up with the franchise and is aware of what it's been through, I can't help but read a moving allegory into it of the studio pulling itself up again after the devastating double knock-out blows it suffered with the tragic deaths of Jim Henson (Kermit, Rowlf, Dr. Teeth) and Richard Hunt (Scooter, Janice, Beaker) - and I'm pretty certain that was intended. Yes, I'll freely admit I teared up when the first notes of The Rainbow Connection started, as it's had a whole new significance since those events.

Sidelined with a cold, so I haven't gotten to The Hobbit yet.

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Dec 24 2012, 4:01am

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Recently got back from #2. [In reply to] Can't Post

Second time in 2D, I'm not really ready for 3D viewing! First time was last weekend with Geeky Son and hubby, this time with the entire family, as my girls are home for the holiday, and we tend to all be rather geeky. Cool

And yes - the second time, it's even better. Heart

I did see Lincoln last weekend, excellent performance by Daniel Day-Lewis (hubby, who's a Civil War buff, says Lincoln did indeed have a higher-pitched voice), but we agreed it was overall just a step above a PBS presentation, don't know how it's getting 4-star ratings.


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Dec 24 2012, 4:04am

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but we have tickets for an 11:45 am Christmas Day showing of Real 3D HFR.

Haven't watched much else except for a movie I watched on Amazon Prime: The Giant Mechanical Man.

This is one of those quirky indie movies distributed by Tribeca Films. Last week I watched another quirky film, Safety Not Guaranteed, and really didn't like it much. I did like this one, however. I can't explain why one and not the other, but I empathized with the characters in this and even though Topher Grace played a giant tool (he is not the giant mechanical man, however), I even understood him a little at the end and forgave him his faults.

For everyone who's ever felt like they just didn't fit in ... this film's for you.

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Grey Havens

Dec 24 2012, 4:13am

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one Hobbit, [In reply to] Can't Post

and will go again next weekend with daughter. May try for three... not certain. I love the big screen experience but my tightwad heritage cringes at ticket prices when I know I'll buy the video and be able to watch it at home repeatedly.

Mostly doing lots of Christmas movies.... Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th St, Grinch, Rudolph....

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Tol Eressea

Dec 24 2012, 4:42am

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Four viewings... [In reply to] Can't Post

Saw it on the Thursday opening ... Saturday ... Wednesday as a spur-of-the-moment ... and then on this past Thursday. So I guess I'm already clocking in about half a day's worth of Hobbit-viewing. Tongue Were it any other movie that was nearly 3 hours long, I probably wouldn't see it so many times in so little time.

In the meanwhile I've been busying myself with Christmas movies/specials - Home Alone 2 and The Year Without a Santa Claus in particular. I'll likely be sitting down for It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story tomorrow, that is, after some last minute shopping.

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Tol Eressea

Dec 24 2012, 9:38am

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Just two for me [In reply to] Can't Post

Though we may fit in a third over the holidays.

We also finally watched Toy Story 3 this weekend, (yes, I'm a little behind!), which I really enjoyed. Thought it was very well done. Hoping to rent the latest Muppets movie to watch later.

(Yes, I still rent movies from our local Blockbuster. Online streaming has passed me by, thus far!)


Dec 24 2012, 12:31pm

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Happy Holidays, deej :D [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope you have a awesome Christmas and an awesomer New Year... the best one EVER! *massive hug*

I've been 9 times now... one of them in 3D IMAX which I want to do again BIG TIME!!

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Dec 24 2012, 1:11pm

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How did you ever manage [In reply to] Can't Post

to watch the Goblin Town scene in IMAX 3D without falling out of your seat? I have a hard enough time in 2D with that one! Laugh


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Dec 24 2012, 2:25pm

Post #11 of 45 (253 views)
2 viewings [In reply to] Can't Post

Took my wife opening day to see the Hobbit in 2d 24fps. Then last Friday I went by myself to see it in 3d 48 fps. Enjoyed it in 24 fps, enjoyed it at 48fps but found the 3d to be a distraction.

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Dec 24 2012, 4:29pm

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This Saturday, though!

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Dec 24 2012, 8:15pm

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Happy Holidays to all! [In reply to] Can't Post

Only one Hobbit viewing so far, but there will be more. :)

Apart from that, just DVDs at home lately:
- we recently bought the entire "West Wing" series as a boxed set, and are hugely enjoying re-watching.
- watched the Downton Abbey Christmas Special (last season's, not the brand-new one) last night
- tonight will be our annual viewing of "Love Actually". I never tire of it.

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Dec 24 2012, 8:22pm

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Brave (two viewings of AUJ - the third got postponed and the forth didn't work out) [In reply to] Can't Post

But I am probably not destined to spend that extra money, I am guessing.

Concerning Brave:
It was short and it wasn't predictable. I felt so sure that I knew what the ending would be halfway through but I was totally off. I cried at part of it. I really liked the "moral of the story". It was nice to see a movie where there really was only one truly evil person (and plenty of questionable folks who try in their own way).


Dec 25 2012, 12:17am

Post #15 of 45 (242 views)
Happy Holidays! [In reply to] Can't Post

I didn't had time to see any movies this weekend but I will go and see The Hobbit for the 3rd time on Christmas Day :)

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Dec 25 2012, 1:45am

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One so far. [In reply to] Can't Post

We haven't really watched any movies this week, but I have been keeping current on the Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

"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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Tol Eressea

Dec 25 2012, 1:55am

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The Hobbit and Joan of Arc [In reply to] Can't Post

Love the costumes in both. Third time for TH. I watched a 1999 film about Joan of Arc after hearing about Weta Workshop's deal with Freemantle Media to film a tv series next year in Wellington based on the book "The Maid" about her life. Here's a 17-minute video with Richard Taylor describing it.

Have a very happy week, everyone!


Dec 25 2012, 2:01am

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Yesterday deej i discovered and watched on TNT [In reply to] Can't Post

all 3 LOTR's movies and then saw with mrs. sil, master sil and friend the IMAX 3-D TH at 10:30PM. It was just the crowning moment of a grand Tolkien day. TH is was on the stellar side of awesome. It was a joy to meet the dwarves 'in the rough' and all the cast from the LOTR's. I am truly thankful that Peter decided on all that he did and we have yet 2 movies on the 'enthrallment' plan.
I MUST experience the 48fps very soon for a true perspective.


Dec 25 2012, 12:26pm

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Going to see second viewing today. [In reply to] Can't Post

I discovered that the same theater at which I saw it in 2D last week is also showing it in HFR 3D, so that will be my experience today.

And I, too, watched the LotR Trilogy on TNT this past Sunday.

Happy Hobbit Da--er, Holidays, everyone!

wendy woo

Dec 25 2012, 3:52pm

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The Shop Around the Corner and Iron Man along with various kids Xmas videos [In reply to] Can't Post

My sister got stuck at my house for a night due to inclement weather, so we made a movie night of it. She had never seen The Shop Around The Corner or Iron Man, so we watched them one after the other. Well, she did. I fell asleep towards the end of Iron Man.

Spent Christmas Eve watching Christmas episodes of old television shows and a disc of Disney Christmas cartoons with husband and youngest son. Husband fell asleep this time.

My sister took my boys to see AUJ again while my husband and I were Christmas shopping, so I've only seen it once. But I plan on going in the next couple of days to see it again (I hope).

wendy woo

Dec 25 2012, 3:54pm

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Love West Wing!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I missed it when it was over Frown


Dec 25 2012, 6:42pm

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Twice [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm off for a 3-week long vacation abroad on the 28th, so I'm hoping to squeeze in a third hobbity visit to the cinema before that. Preferably in 3-D.

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.


Dec 25 2012, 6:44pm

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Oh, and finally watched... [In reply to] Can't Post

Lawrence of Arabia just now on Christmas Day on TV. Heard so many things about it and I knew it was a grand (and LONG) epic from the early 1960's. Surprisingly, it didn't look dated at all compared to other 50-something-year-old films and it was visually stunning all the way. 4/5.

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.

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Tol Eressea

Dec 25 2012, 10:24pm

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2! but no others! [In reply to] Can't Post

2nd viewing of The Hobbit was this past Saturday, with my oldest son. 2D this time (for sure, my preference!). Felt I was much more able to settle back and get in to the story this go round! If it's still playing in one of the nearby theaters when my youngest son gets in for a visit in a couple of weeks, I will go for a 3rd time.

The Shire

Dec 26 2012, 2:56am

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Two Hobbits [In reply to] Can't Post

I saw TH in Imax 3D at the 12:01 am opening night. Saw it again last week in 2D (which I preferred), and I will see it again for third time as soon as TH is eligible for one of my free movie passes.

Today we saw Django Unchained, which was a hoot and a half. We have a group of 7-10 friends who always get together on Christmas day to see a movie and eat Chinese. Django was this year's xmas flick, and it's one of QT's best efforts. Tarantino fans will love it, others not so much.

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