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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13575 on: January 06, 2014, 05:55:38 AM »
I watched FROZEN with my Mom a few days ago. We both liked it. I think the musical numbers felt shoehorned in (even if a few of them were very nice in and of themselves). And given that the second half of the movie is entirely song free and you don't miss it, it's very obvious this movie did not need to be a musical. I liked the characters. Even Olof the snowman, who from the trailers looked like he could easily have been annoying.
Kudos to them for going against the asinine "love at first sight" idea that we permeate impressionable young girls with.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13576 on: January 06, 2014, 07:14:35 AM »
Hopefully the Hobbit soon. I was a little disappointed in the first one, but TLOTR is one of my favorite series of all time.

People who have seen the new Hobbit, did you like it more than the first one?   


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13577 on: January 06, 2014, 08:26:47 AM »
I love 'em both, but I think people who thought the first one dragged on a little too much will be a lot happier with the pacing in the second.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13578 on: January 06, 2014, 08:37:25 AM »
People who have seen the new Hobbit, did you like it more than the first one?

Yes, it is much better.

Although now that I think about it, a lot of stuff happens, but as far as actual story goes not that much, so it's a lot of interesting padding.  As opposed to the first one that had too much uninteresting padding.  ;D


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13579 on: January 06, 2014, 09:53:50 AM »
Yeah, I liked the second one a lot more than the first. But it still felt too long. And the addition of Tauriel just doesn't feel like it fits.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13580 on: January 06, 2014, 10:11:49 AM »
I feel like I'm one of the few who enjoyed the first Hobbit more than the second. I like them both, sure, but I actually quite liked all the "slower" bits in the first. It just seemed more interesting to me to have these characters all sitting around and talking, rather than hopping through whatever action setpiece has been devised for them (however entertaining said setpieces are).

So, yes, I'm the guy who liked that the first movie took nearly an hour to leave Bilbo's house.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13581 on: January 06, 2014, 12:17:42 PM »
Yeah, I liked the second one a lot more than the first. But it still felt too long. And the addition of Tauriel just doesn't feel like it fits.

It certainly did feel too long, just shows that you can have lots of action and still make the audience check their watches. 

I thought Tauriel played a good counterpart to Thranduil and his isolationist views, and the battle scenes with her were great, but the romantic triangle stuff certainly felt shoehorned in.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13582 on: January 06, 2014, 01:11:58 PM »
From what I understand the second one uses the least amount of source materiel from the novel. It mostly consist of Jackson's own cannon slash fic to tie the story together. I have mixed feelings about it because I respect Jacksons vision but I also respect Tolkiens  'The Hobbit' as a very well done stand alone story. 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13583 on: January 06, 2014, 02:04:20 PM »
From what I understand the second one uses the least amount of source materiel from the novel. It mostly consist of Jackson's own cannon slash fic to tie the story together. I have mixed feelings about it because I respect Jacksons vision but I also respect Tolkiens  'The Hobbit' as a very well done stand alone story.

Thing is, the idea of the movie being stand alone has long since passed. Now it seems like the trilogy is a mixture of The Hobbit and The Bridge Between The Hobbit And The Lord Of The Rings. As to the ratio of said mixture, I couldn't say, because I'm the uncultured sort who hasn't read any of the books yet.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13584 on: January 06, 2014, 06:52:10 PM »
I may or may not be getting some FYC screeners from a friend...


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13585 on: January 06, 2014, 11:57:59 PM »
From what I understand the second one uses the least amount of source materiel from the novel. It mostly consist of Jackson's own cannon slash fic to tie the story together. I have mixed feelings about it because I respect Jacksons vision but I also respect Tolkiens  'The Hobbit' as a very well done stand alone story.

Thing is, the idea of the movie being stand alone has long since passed. Now it seems like the trilogy is a mixture of The Hobbit and The Bridge Between The Hobbit And The Lord Of The Rings. As to the ratio of said mixture, I couldn't say, because I'm the uncultured sort who hasn't read any of the books yet.

This kind of gets to the heart of my ambivalence about the Hobbit movies. I cant shake the feeling that the the whole thing would have been far superior if it was a single movie that followed the single book like the LOTR trilogy was. I get the sense that Jackson really spread this phenomenal story too thin across three long features based on studio financial pressures.

The Hobbit was my favorite Tolkien book, but when I saw the first one I just didn't get the same feeling I got from The Fellowship of the Ring. The whole thing felt like they were trying to improve/lengthen something that is already a masterpiece of fiction as opposed to loyally representing the source material.

I'm holding out hope it will all come together in the end and I will be proven wrong.       


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13586 on: January 07, 2014, 07:44:19 AM »
I saw Jack Reacher.  I've read a few of the books, but I'm not especially tied to the lore of the books, so I thought it was decent.  Tom Cruise is fine (although almost the opposite in terms of appearance) and the action scenes were neatly choreographed.  The fight scenes seem realistic - a person gets hit once, and they're basically down.  Werner Herzog is the best thing in it though, but criminally underused.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13587 on: January 08, 2014, 03:26:34 PM »
Werner Herzog on his role in Jack Reacher.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13588 on: January 08, 2014, 05:54:17 PM »
Not listening to it.  I'm very slowly catching up on the CBB podcasts, and Paul F Tompkins is always a highlight.  Except when he does Cake Boss.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13589 on: January 08, 2014, 07:00:54 PM »
Jack the Giant Slayer - Damn was this movie bad. Stupid, and not even in a fun way. Had a little bit of humor, but otherwise took itself WAY too seriously. Had it been an out and out comedy, it would have been much better. Ewan McGregor was easily the only thing good about this, and it would have been improved if he had been the main character (although at least the movie was wise enough to keep him in it the whole time). But by far the worst thing is that the giants were CGI. Bad CGI, to boot. They are just giant humans! There is NO reason they couldn't have been done with people in makeup and greenscreened in! It's embarrassing that this is the same Bryan Singer I used to like. What the hell happened to him?!