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The Lord of the Rings:the Return of the King re-watched

Okay, this movie is long. The credits are nearly ten minutes. However the ending always gets to me. Or perhaps the endings get to me (the movie has a few points that seem like good endings).

The quest ends. The final battles are fought. Choices are made and some people die. Evil is defeated. The world is saved.

Okay that last paragraph was a bit glib. In this movie, Frodo continues his quest to destroy the one ring and the rest of the fellowship tries to fight off the evil lord Sauron  and his hordes.  At times things seem hopeless.

This was a good end to the series. The performances are good, as always, and even some of the minor characters are likeable and interesting.  Seeing the four Hobbits re-united at the end was nice.

Yes, this triology is better, much better, than the later Hobbit series. I liked the Hobbit movies but that series was bloated and should have been two movies, not three. (I don’t think I will re-watch the Hobbit series again for a while, if ever.)

This film, and the whole series, benefits from the musical score composed by Howard Shore. The score for this film is reallly good, maybe even a classic.  He returned for the Hobbit series and did a good job in that series too.

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Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers re-watched

I’ve re-watched Lord of the Rings the Two Towers and have a few thoughts. One thought is the movie holds up. Another thought is that the Hobbit films aren’t as good as the Lord of the Rings series. (I don’t hate the Hobbit films but I think maybe they could have been better as two films, not three.)

Viggo Mortensen could have done more major films after this trilogy. I am not sure why he didn’t.  I think he done some smaller films. It is hard to believe that he was a last minute replacement for another actor.

I like the battle of helmsdeep. It is epic but doesn’t go on too long. The characters don’t seem overwhelmed or lost in the scope of the battle. I think it might be better than the later large scale battle in the Hobbit the Battle of the Five Armies.

I think the cast was really good.  Maybe there is so much spectacle and special effects that the main cast might get a bit overlooked at times. Elijah Wood is very good as Frodo, the hobbit who must destroy the one ring and Sean Austin provides solid support as Sam.

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Catalyst a Rogue One story

I liked Rogue One but didn’t love it. I am currently listening to the audio book of Catalyst a Rogue One story.  It is by James Luceno and performed by Jonathan Davis.  Both are veterans of previous Star Wars audio books.

It It is set towards the end of the clone wars and involves the building of the Death Star. So far it has the parents of the female hero from Rogue One trying to stay out of the war. One of the villains from Rogue One is making his way up the ranks. That is kind of interesting.

I am enjoying it. Davis is giving a good voice performance and the story so far is pretty interesting.  I think I’ve listen a few audiobooks by Luceno over the years. He is pretty good.

I am glad I bought it. I don’t think you need to read this book or listen to the audio book to enjoy the movie but it might enhance your enjoyment of the movie.

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Paper Towns re-watched

Paper Towns is based on the novel by John Greene. Natt Wolff stars Quintin, a senior in high school who lives next door to the glamorous Margo Ross Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne). They were friends until the 6th grade but one night Margo asks for Quentin’s help. They have an adventure.

Margo then disappeared and Quintin decides to find her.  With his friends (Ben and Radar)and one of Margo’s friends (Lacey), he goes to find Margo. A paper town is a fake town that map makers used to check if people copied their maps. The road trip is fun.

The cast is good. Wolff has been acting for a while and he seems a bit like a young John Cuzack. Delevingne is a model turned actress and I thought she was pretty good in her first role. It is a good movie and since I never read the book, when I first saw the movie I thought the ending was going to be a lot sadder for a moment.




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Movie thoughts 12-10-2016

Less than a week to Rogue One. I wonder if it will be good. Previews have looked good but that doesn’t mean much. Sometimes movies with good previews are bad. Reviews should start coming in by Wednesday.

The big movie that opens this week is Office Christmas Party. It doesn’t look good and reviews are mostly bad. Is this the best that Olivia Munn gets offered? Maybe she needs a new agent.

There are seven superhero movies coming out next year. Wow. Maybe that is too many. It seems like too many.

Good news is I didn’t really hate any of the movies I saw in theaters this year. I didn’t hate Jason Bourne. Independence Day Resurgence was bad but not so bad that I will refer to it as one of the worst films I’ve ever seen.

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The Daily Show the Audiobook

This is pretty good. However if you liked Craig Kilborn’s version of the show, you might be disappointed with this book. His time is covered pretty quickly. Of course Jon Stewart’s name is in the title.

It is an interesting book. I didn’t know about some people who worked on the show before Stewart’s tenure. Also I didn’t know about some resentment that happens when Stewart started to reshape the show. One of the creators left the show a few years in Jon’s tenure.

The most surprising thing in the book is that comedian/corespondent Wyatt Cenac knew about Amos and Andy (he compared a skit about Herman Caine to the show). I think the TV show had not been seen in about 50 years and I don’t think anyone plays the old radio show. (Amos and Andy was a radio show and later a TV show about two black men but the radio show was created and written by white men and they voiced the characters. Black actors played the parts on the TV show.)

It is an interesting book.

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Movie Thoughts 11-24-2016

Bad Santa 2 got bad reviews. I am not surprised, the previews were not good. Bad Santa did not need a sequel or if it did, critics seem to feel this is not that sequel. Not every film needs to be a franchise. I won’t see it. Also there have been a fair amount of bad comedy sequels in the last four years or so.

Edge of Seventeen is a good movie about a girl in high school. Her father died four years ago and she is estranged from her mother and her older brother. Haliee Steinfeld stars and so does Blake Jenner as her older brother. Both are really good. Woody Harrelson is her teacher, it is always nice to see him. Hayden Szeto plays Steinfeld’s love interest and his character is Asian American but that is not a big deal.

There is a another boxing film coming out this month, Bleed For This. This movie stars Miles Teller and he is usually good. I don’t feel too interested in it. There have been a fair number of boxing movies in the last few years. Boxing however seems less vital in the sports landscape than it was even 20 years ago.