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Old 12-14-2013, 06:48 AM   #12631
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I saw The Hobbit last night in the huge BTX 3D cinema with my buddy and his kids, who are 6 and 8.

I'm certainly something of a Tolkien Dork. How much? Well, I read The Hobbit my Sophomore year of high school. I wasn't much of a reader, and as such often struggled a bit in lit classes. I just couldn't read fast enough. And as such, often didn't like the classes, even though in retrospect reading and analysing is right in my wheel house. But I loved the book. That summer I discovered The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, and devoured the whole thing as summer reading. Four years later in college I had to take a second level lit course, and they offered a class called The Inklings, which was the name of a lit discussion group in Britain that included Tolkien, CS Lewis, and a bunch of other big time fantasy writers. Partly I took it because I thought I'd already read the books, so I could skate a bit. I wound up reading them again. Then when the movies were announced, I read the series a third time (and I rarely read a book more than once), and was one of those awesome guys at midnight showings. Although not in costume.

And with all that, I never got around to watching the first Hobbit movie. The reviews were iffy. The controversy over the FPS thing weirded me out. And as much as I read TLotR, I hadn't read The Hobbit in over 20 years, and I just wasn't that compelled.

Now all these years later, I'm up at my buddies house, Fellowship (which I think was the best one) comes on TNT one night, and catch a bunch of shit from his wife because I'm watching it with the kids and she thinks they won't sleep because of the Orcs and the Wring Wraiths, but instead they think it's awesome. They've since seen all of them, and now ask me questions about guys who are sons of other guys that I really can't remember in the moment.
The Hobbit comes out on cable, and they get totally into that, and now the commercials start for this second hobbit, and they want to got opening night dressed as Bilbo and Gandalf, which were their holloween costumes.

Not one to deny a kid a good time, I agree to take them, but again their mother thinks the 3D will be too much. What she didn't know was that by forbidding the 3D, she just made my pitch that it was cooler make more sense.

Overall the movie was good. Visually they continue to do really cool stuff. The long shots they do are some of the best in the business. I find some of the special effects to look too animated in all of the series, but I suppose they can't do a practical effect of a guy surfing a dead orc down an elephant trunk. It was a little connect the dott-ish, going from one harrowing spot on the trip to another. A lot of it seems designed to work in 3D, which makes it not work in more practical ways, meaning there's more lunging toward the camera and such than there should be in a well balanced visual story, but that's ok. I do feel I have to go back and watch the first one because I didn't remember as much of the story as I had hoped. But in spite of the rich language, it's not rocket science. We were all a little disappointed there wasn't more Gandalf in it. It's a little rediculous that they teased out a 250 page book into what will probably wind up being 8 hours of movie. But again, whatever, it was fun.

I'd give it a high 70s, maybe a low 80s just for a good 3D experience. And the kids gave it a "That was Awesome!!! Let's go get slices and chicken bones", which if I were a filmmaker doing The Hobbit, that would mean a hell of a lot more to me than what some jaded 35 year old thinks. I do wish they'd be thinking that when cutting together a 2 and a half hour movie though. We had to make piss runs twice.
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Old 12-14-2013, 02:37 PM   #12632
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A lot of it seems designed to work in 3D, which makes it not work in more practical ways, meaning there's more lunging toward the camera and such than there should be in a well balanced visual story, but that's ok.

Cool story Thorpe... But about that bit I quoted, nothing pisses me off more than choreographed and designed 3-d stuff. Holy shit it's cheesy. It's basically mugging for the camera to me, breaking the 4th wall, and flat out annoying.

There's nothing worse than watching a shot for 3-d bit when it's in 2-d on tv or in a different theater. My friend and I found two tickets for that shitty Brendan Frasier movie 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' a few years ago so we went. We saw it in 2-d and the theater was empty so every time one of those horrible choreographed bits happened we yelled, "3-D!"

Can't help it, I really don't like 3-d.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:07 PM   #12633
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Cool story Thorpe... But about that bit I quoted, nothing pisses me off more than choreographed and designed 3-d stuff. Holy shit it's cheesy. It's basically mugging for the camera to me, breaking the 4th wall, and flat out annoying.

There's nothing worse than watching a shot for 3-d bit when it's in 2-d on tv or in a different theater. My friend and I found two tickets for that shitty Brendan Frasier movie 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' a few years ago so we went. We saw it in 2-d and the theater was empty so every time one of those horrible choreographed bits happened we yelled, "3-D!"

Can't help it, I really don't like 3-d.

Generally I agree. But like most technology, it's just gonna take a while for the really creative people to put it to real use.

It basically won an Oscar for Last of the Mohican with blue guys. I liked it in Life of Pi. But Gravity to me has been the movie that's really used it to its greatest potential so far. I don't want it to be every movie. But there's been moments.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:47 PM   #12634
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3/5
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:42 AM   #12635
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The Raid: Redemption 8/10

GOAT action. I'd understand the plot even without subtitles (Indonesian movie) tho
But fight scenes are so damn good...
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:49 AM   #12636
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3rd season of The Sopranos has been my favorite so far. Already 2 classic episodes and I'm only four episodes in. Loving this
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Old 12-17-2013, 03:01 PM   #12637
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I agree with you. And I didn't in the moment. I was less happy with it week to week over the years as it went on, but after buying the whole series on DVD a few years back and rewatching it over the course of 6 weeks or so, I feel like it got better as it went along.

The first few seasons are great too. But season one is very much playing on the gimmick of Mob Boss / Dad, and you get a few too many episodes that feel like "what if a mob boss had a kid playing on the freshman football team", that don't really contribute to the larger story.

Season two I felt like was really starting to come together, but with the mother dieing (she lived near a friend of mine and was a old pain in the ass), it felt like they were regrouping.

After that the introduction of foils was done better than anyone else before or since to me. Ralphie, Richie April, etc. Every year the conflict felt natural without being on the nose wops and robbers stuff.

That's the great thing about the show- it has the best rewatchability (is that a word?) of any drama I've personally scene, by a huge margin. It wasn't a show that relied on any sort of gimmickry or plot for that matter. The writing was so dense and diverse (ranging from comedy and drama to undertones of the supernatural) that you miss a lot the first time around. The more you watch, the more you pick up that you overlook originally.

I felt that Season 3 and 4 were lacking as compared to 1&2 the first go through. But after rewatching the series I gained a new appreciation for them, even for 6A which I hated outside the first 3 or so episodes first time I saw it. 'Christopher' is a terrible episode though, doesn't even feel like the same show.

I just got through the bulk of principal photography on my first short film (wrote, produced, directed, and starred in) this past weekend. It's only 20 pages or so, shot it in 3 days, worked like 12-14 hrs per day. Had a skeleton crew who took weed breaks like every hour. Safe to say I have a new respect for anyone who tackles a 120 page monster script. Great learning experience, might do a ISH only screening some time early next year when it's done so you guys can rip into it
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Old 12-17-2013, 03:15 PM   #12638
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Cool story Thorpe... But about that bit I quoted, nothing pisses me off more than choreographed and designed 3-d stuff. Holy shit it's cheesy. It's basically mugging for the camera to me, breaking the 4th wall, and flat out annoying.

There's nothing worse than watching a shot for 3-d bit when it's in 2-d on tv or in a different theater. My friend and I found two tickets for that shitty Brendan Frasier movie 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' a few years ago so we went. We saw it in 2-d and the theater was empty so every time one of those horrible choreographed bits happened we yelled, "3-D!"

Can't help it, I really don't like 3-d.

I like it in the IMAX theater but it's annoying at home. I was watching the Disney/Jim Carrey Christmas Carol this weekend and it has a couple terribly "made for 3D but are awful at home scenes" that just really brought the movie down.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:17 PM   #12639
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Don Jon 7.5/10

The Place Beyond the Pines 8/10. End disappointed me after loving the rest of the movie.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:39 PM   #12640
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Don Jon 7.5/10

The Place Beyond the Pines 8/10. End disappointed me after loving the rest of the movie.
I have been told that the main character in that is based on me. Havent seen it yet, so no idea if its a compliment or insult.
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:00 PM   #12641
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9/10
Great movie, one of my new favorite films.
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Old 12-18-2013, 11:53 PM   #12642
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Don Jon 7.5/10

The Place Beyond the Pines 8/10. End disappointed me after loving the rest of the movie.
It's funny, the end of the 1st half or so disappointed me but I actually really liked the end of the movie. Either way it impressed me and was much better than I was expecting. 9/10'd it.

This isn't a movie but I just watched the most recent (4?) season of Luther on BBC. Why the **** can't they make a season last longer than 4 damn episodes. John Luther is awesome but it's always just a tease and it's over in a flash.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:01 AM   #12643
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Anchorman 2 - 8/10. It is strange trying to rate this movie. I laughed my ass off, yet at the same time I felt it was a disappointment that dragged on too long. The disappointment obviously comes from my love for the 1st one. I love the characters so much but the humor just felt like it was 80% as funny as the first one. If the original didn't exist, I might have liked it more. Part of me wants to give it an 8.5 or 9 based on how much I laughed, but the disappointment factor drags it down. For the record, the original in a top 3 comedy for me (along with The Jerk and Tommy Boy).
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:29 PM   #12644
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World War Z 7/10. Expected it to be a lot worse and was watching just for Brad but it was actually pretty entertaining and fun
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:49 AM   #12645
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4/5

entertaining, strong acting, plot could've been tighter though.
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