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Old 12-17-2001, 05:38 PM   #1
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Anyone going to see Lord of the Rings at midnight tomorrow? also Peter Jackson

Anyone else gonna be crazy like me and my friends going to see Lord of the Rings at the first midnight showing tomorrow? Ack! I can't believe I'm doing that. 3 hour movie starting at midnight with work the next day. Well I waited in the GA line for 15 hours, so this is merely another step in my journey to the loony bin.

Also, anyone seen any of Peter Jackson's earlier films? I saw Bad Taste and Dead Alive over the weekend. My gawd. Dead Alive has got to be the goriest movie I have ever seen in my life. But I found it absolutely hilarious! If that had been an actual horror movie instead of a comedy, I'd probably be barfing all over the place.

Peter Jackson is definitely a strange twisted little genius of a man.
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I am lost with this Lord of the Rings stuff...I have never heard of Lord of the Rings until I saw the glasses being advertised at Burger King.

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LOTR is probably the most influential fantasy novel of the last century, if not all time. Although literary minds dismiss it as "infantile escapism", they really are great books, and what is wrong with escapism anyway?
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I'd love to go to the midnight showing...but I can't find any of my friends that is willing to do so and that's half the fun of an experience like that. So I will probably go Wednesday evening.

Great books...I finally sat down and read them last year at Christmas.

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Change of plans. I now am the proud owner of 2 tix to the midnight showing at a kick-ass brand-new theatre...stadium seating, digital sound, huge screen, etc. Now, to see if I can find someone crazy enough to go with me....
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foray is going to hide from fresh air until the crowds get smaller at the cinemas and the hype simmers down and the trailers stop showing on tv. Then I'll go watch it.
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My god, I would love to go with you. LOTR is coming to Croatia january 17th, and I can't wait. The critics are crazy about the movie.
Peter Jackson is awsome director - bad taste is hilarious, and did you see that puppet movie - meet the feebles - it's almost pornographic puppet movie... And beautifull creatures are just that beautifull (and like always a little bit sick)...
I read the book for the first time some 13-14 yrs ago, and no other book influenced me that way - I have to see the movie...
critics are even talking about oscars? and that travers fellow from the rolling stone calls it the best movie of the year - it should be interesting

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I just got back from seeing LotR - AMAZING! I love the books dearly, and have been *really* excited about the films since I first heard they were making them. Absolutely *gorgeous* movie, the baddies are *really* creepy, the acting is *so* passionate! The hobbits are *so* cute and lovable but still portrayed as very brave and purehearted - in the final scene of the film, Frodo and Sam had me on the very verge of tears! Elijah Wood is amazing - I was just hypnotized by his eyes. Wow. The film can never replace the book, but it's the perfect companion. I can't wait for the next two.

I apologize for my babbling, but when I love something, I *really* love it .
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I'm going tomorow.

I've seen MEET THE FEEBLES, a must see for any other sick minds out there.
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Ah, but the crowds will be small at the midnight showings since it's just one movie for the entire theater. There aren't all those other pesky people going to see other films.

And since you would have seen the very very first showing, no one can spoil it for you.

And I'm happy you got tickets sula. Hope you find someone to go with.
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And I'm happy you got tickets sula. Hope you find someone to go with.
so far no luck. My friends who are still in college have finals and the ones who are out of it have work. lol. I'll go by myself if need be, but hmph.
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Amaaaazing movie! Lived up to and surpassed my expectations by far. You're transported into another world. Great cast, superb effects, blah blah blaahhhh, I'm on 4 hours of sleep and incoherent. Can't wait to see it again next week with the family.

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Wow. Such a gorgeous movie to look at! And Elijah Wood has got to have the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen. I did think the battle scenes could have been edited a little better. Too many fast a chaotic cuts, though it'll probably be better on repeat viewings. Also, Galadriel went a bit over the top when she was resisting the ring. Going to see it again tonight though.

I haven't read the last two books yet, though I'll probably try to before the next movie comes out. I really want to know what happened!


Haven't seen Meet the Feebles yet, though I know of a video store where I can get my hands on it. From what I've heard about it, it should be...interesting.

Bad Taste is incredibly impressive for a movie that was essentially made on weekends with a home movie camera. Derek and his brains...so gross but so funny too. I love the line "I'm a Derek. And Dereks don't run!"

BTW, anyone spot Peter Jackson's customary cameo in FOTR? I saw him!
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AAAAAARGGHHH
I have to wait another month to see it...

to damn long

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Ok, I went to bed and got 2 more hours of sleep and am downing a vat of coffee so I feel a bit more up to the task of talking about this movie. Here's more of my thoughts...I'm thinking of writing an actual review. (Used to be the A&E editor of my college newspaper )

From start to finish, LOTR pulls you in and makes you feel like you've left "reality" for Middle Earth. The scenery is lush and gorgeous, every little detail has been seen to. The hobbit houses look exactly what I would have imagined them to, the RingWraiths are truly terrifying with their black capes and hoods with nothing beneath them and their awful inhuman screams and shrieks.

I have to commend Jackson on his casting choices. There was not a sour note or any character that did not ring true. In particular Elijah Woods as Frodo is captivating. His earnest blue eyes and frightened but determined air makes him a hero to admire. He is thrust into a situation that he never asked for but handles himself with courage and fortitude. Another standout performance is delivered by Ian McKellen. As Gandalf, he is the backbone of this film. Alternately witty and stern, austere and personal, his presence is the unifying force. He 'makes' the fellowship.

Avid readers of the trilogy will likely find some minor details to quabble over, but there is no doubt that Jackson has lovingly captured the spirit of this tale. Even the much-talked-of changes to Arwen's role did not disrupt the flow of the narrative and only served to add more depth to her character.

At a 3 hour running time, one would think that the audience would grow bored and restless but the pacing is impeccable. You're drawn into the story and as it twists and turns and the fellowship overcomes obstacles, enemies, and perils, you find yourself on the edge of your seat.

Definitely a triumph of a movie and one that I have no doubt will be watched and loved again and again. It fulfills the promise of what good cinema should be all about - an engrossing story and an experience that allows the audience to transcend themselves for a moment in time.
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