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December 16th, 2012, 04:40
I'm going to be seeing the Hobbit in 3D tomorrow night - really looking forward to it! I'm also planning a 2D viewing at some point.

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but I must say the constant over-use of 'deus ex machina' mechanic everytime things come down to the wire starts to be a bit off-putting after a while.
Sounds like it's true to the source material then - the book was full of deus ex machina, if I recall. Or have they meddled with the plot and added even more?
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December 16th, 2012, 08:44
Originally Posted by Myrkrel View Post
Sounds like it's true to the source material then - the book was full of deus ex machina, if I recall. Or have they meddled with the plot and added even more?
Of course, there are certain changes that they did, which are different in the book.
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What I can't remember from the book is, does Gollum have any other role to play in the other movies? (did he get captured in Mirkwood or something?) I can't remember. But if he did, I hope they explore all of that in part 2 or 3.
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December 17th, 2012, 11:22
Just came back from the Hobbit and thought it was great! Did not disappoint at all. The changes / additions generally worked well. I'll definitely be going to see it again in 2D.

Some spoilery comments:
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What I can't remember from the book is, does Gollum have any other role to play in the other movies? (did he get captured in Mirkwood or something?) I can't remember. But if he did, I hope they explore all of that in part 2 or 3.
It's been a while since I read they book but I don't remember Gollum appearing later on in the story (until LOTR). I could be wrong though.
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December 17th, 2012, 19:02
While everyone is excited about Wellington landscape and I've puked on more than enough of it in the first trilogy with fake name so I'll completely skip this one…

I've browsed imdb to see what new sci fi movies 2013 brings and now I got excited. Found three titles I can't wait to watch:
After Earth - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1815862/
Pacific Rim - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663662
Oblivion - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483013/

No, Oblivion is not Jackson's massacring a video game story, utterly destroying premises, removing key characters with the name Tom, no mentioning of weapons needed to kill something and filming it anywhere as long as it's outside of Auckland.
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December 17th, 2012, 21:05
Saw the Hobbit with my 11 y.o. son. Overall I enjoyed it, son seemed to really enjoy it. I liked how they explored some LotR lore in the film and especially liked how they gave the background for Erebor.

However, some of the fight scenes were a little over the top, not in terms of gore, but just the action was at times cheesier than the dreaded shield surf at Helm's Deep. Andrew Sirkus did an especially good job with Gollum in this one— he's much creepier imo than the LotR films.

However, I did not care for the way Thorin is portrayed. Maybe I'm stuck in the Rankin-Bass approach, but he seemed too young and was too heroic. It has been close to 25 years since I read the book, so maybe Jackson's is a more accurate one, I don't know. I think I may need to pick up the novel as well as the LotR trilogy and reread them.

Definitely worth seeing. If you are a stern Tolkien purist, set that aside and enjoy it for what it is.
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December 17th, 2012, 21:51
Originally Posted by EvilManagedCare View Post
However, I did not care for the way Thorin is portrayed. Maybe I'm stuck in the Rankin-Bass approach, but he seemed too young and was too heroic. It has been close to 25 years since I read the book, so maybe Jackson's is a more accurate one, I don't know. I think I may need to pick up the novel as well as the LotR trilogy and reread them.
Yeah I agree about Thorin - I always pictured him much older, and with a much longer beard! I'm also a big fan of the way the dwarves look in the Rankin & Bass version. I think this is my only nitpick about the film - but it's not enough detract from enjoying it as a whole.
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December 17th, 2012, 21:59
The images of the dwarves don't even come close to Tolkien's descriptions. Is Jackson trying to make his dwarves more attractive to chicks? This is a turnoff for me. But I'll go see it over the holidays.
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December 18th, 2012, 00:21
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Is Jackson trying to make his dwarves more attractive to chicks?
In the case of Thorin (and maybe also Fili and Kili) I believe that is probably true. It's unfortunate but who knows - it might have been pressure from on high (whoever funded the thing) rather than an artistic decision on Jackson's part. Such is the drawback of big-budget productions.
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December 18th, 2012, 20:07
Mass Effect

No, it ain't offtopic. There is an animated movie, to be released in 10 days according to imdb:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2140141/

Reviews don't speak badly about it:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/57058…t-anime-movie/
http://horrornews.net/63248/film-rev…gon-lost-2012/
http://www.mediamikes.com/2012/12/dv…-paragon-lost/

Can't say I'm hyped, especially when I think it's milking the franchise by releasing some irrelevant crap, but then again, I'd give 10 times more money for this crap that doesn't try to hide the fact it's crap instead of giving a dime to "Jackson overrated Inc".
So cya at the cinema in about 10 days.
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December 18th, 2012, 20:26
Yuck, Vega? The most annoying obnoxious character from ME3 gets center stage… There are so many more interesting NPCs.
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December 18th, 2012, 20:34
Yea, my thoughs exactly…
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December 18th, 2012, 21:14
Ha ha. What we really want to see is live action actors wearing some of those outfits, like Miranda's. Is it even possible? Inquiring minds need to know.
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December 18th, 2012, 22:49
Originally Posted by Thrasher View Post
Ha ha. What we really want to see is live action actors wearing some of those outfits, like Miranda's. Is it even possible? Inquiring minds need to know.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2088803/

That's Miranda
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December 18th, 2012, 22:56
She looks like her too. But we need a shot in a ME3 Miranda vacuum sealed package.
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December 28th, 2012, 20:32
Saw two movies at the theater in two days:

Last night, I went with hubby, his sis and two of her kids (15 and 12) to see the Hobbit.
In short: What EvilManagedCare said, though the dwarves came rather close to how I imagined them after reading the book all the way back, Thorin included. But I'm a chick myself, so perhaps I tend to imagine more handsome book characters than a guy would … who knows?
Anyway, Thorin was the 2009 Robin Hood TV series Gisborne, and Azog was Spartacus' Crixus … hehehe. When Azog appeared, I expected him to shout 'Capua! Shall I begin?"

So much for the movie I rather liked. Now for the movie I really loved:
I went with Sonny to see Wreck-it Ralph this afternoon. My, that was so retro. And so sweet (heh)! And Turbo was really scary. And all those game characters from way back made me want to play all those games again. And all those virtual sweets of 'Sugar Rush' made me want to play Zool again … ah, the memories. Sonny enjoyed it, too, by the way .

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December 30th, 2012, 21:43
I've watched The dark knight rises - the third of the new Batman movies. And I must say this: I don't know why it got so very fine reviews. To me, it was as if the movie writer and the director couldn't seem to get their acts together. The plot was inconsistant, the story was confusing aka it seemed like the writer etc. couldn't figure out whuch story they were going to focus on, Batman's, the one of Catwoman's, or the overall plot. As for the villain, Bane, I didn't quite get why he was supposed to be the villain? for the love of ? And I do think Christoper Nolan etc. has totally misunderstood what happened during the French revolution; during the French revolution it was mainly the aristocray that lost their heads - not members of the upper classes who owned factories etc.

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January 2nd, 2013, 22:54
The Hobbit

4/10

What a travesty - and I didn't even expect much from it. One redundant and overblown action scene after the other, interspersed with corny dialogue, burpy Jackson "humor" and stupid straying from the material. I liked the Lonely Mountain song - despite it being used and repeated as a theme about 20 times during the film - but the rest were surprisingly inferior to the songs from the old animated version of The Hobbit.

It felt like watching a Star Wars prequel spliced with the bad parts of LotR.
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January 3rd, 2013, 11:59
Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
stupid straying from the material.
Easy, the audience and critics were thrilled with that in his LotR so he just gave everyone (who'll go watch Hobbit - I won't) more of it.
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January 3rd, 2013, 13:28
Originally Posted by joxer View Post
Easy, the audience and critics were thrilled with that in his LotR so he just gave everyone (who'll go watch Hobbit - I won't) more of it.
It was mostly crap when he did it in LotR - and it's even more crappy here, where he does it a LOT.

I have no interest in what the audience and critics think - as they're not holding my opinion for me.
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January 3rd, 2013, 13:53
Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
It was mostly crap when he did it in LotR - and it's even more crappy here, where he does it a LOT.

I have no interest in what the audience and critics think - as they're not holding my opinion for me.
He had to make the shortest of the books into a trilogy somehow, right? Actually, it was that move that sent the movie from 'theater' to 'digital rental' for me … I knew it would be loaded with ponderous exposition and crap filler.

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