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[Dec. 24th, 2012|09:07 pm]
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For those who observe, i hope you are having a lovely Christmas, as busy or as quiet as you prefer.

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The day:

We had a peculiar day where i woke at 3 am, coughing. I was terrified i was worse, and then realized i was actually feeling quite better. But i was quite awake.

Christine woke at 4, and when we realized we were both awake we decided to go to Denny's at 5 am. I was actually hungry, which was a delightful change from the previous days of The Cold.

Denny's is doing cross promotion with The Hobbit, with countless bizarre breakfast combinations like Radagast’s Red Velvet Pancake Puppies. It did set The Hobbit in our mind.

After breakfast, a grocery store run, and then home before 7 am, to wait for the 8 am appointed phone call with my sister's family to "give" the kids their Kiva cards and select loans with them. We dabbled a bit, and then i pondered when a matinee of The Hobbit would be showing. It was 9:47 and the early viewing in 3D with the new frame rate was at 10. Given the state of trailers today, we had plenty of time to make the movie. We enjoyed it.

Home, naps, attempts to call my brother's family.... and then a sense of wistfulness, wishing i'd done more with this Yule holiday, celebrated more, observed more... but, The Cold! And an overwhelming sense that 2012 has slipped by me.

We made pumpkin corn flour waffles -- delicious -- for dinner, and are now turning in.

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[User Picture]From: bobby1933
2012-12-25 04:21 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas, Judith.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2012-12-25 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and to you and Dianne!
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[User Picture]From: bobby1933
2012-12-25 10:53 pm (UTC)
And blessings to Christine and the cats as well.
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[User Picture]From: westwardho
2012-12-27 01:08 am (UTC)
Just saw it today with my brother. It was certainly interesting. They added a lot, but left the Gollum scene almost intact, which warmed the cockles of my cold, cold heart.

I spent the ride home filling my brother in on all the history from the appendices that they threw in there.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2012-12-27 03:20 pm (UTC)
I had to buy a copy of the book because there were slight wording changes and little twists that nagged at me. What did you think of the speech Bilbo gives Thorin towards the end regarding why he's still with them? It seems that in the book Bilbo is more caught up and pushed along (whether by Gandalf, as at the beginning, or just events as time goes on) and in the movie he has more choices and becomes a bit more heroic.

I did appreciate the additions, though!
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[User Picture]From: westwardho
2012-12-30 08:43 pm (UTC)
Well, the speech Bilbo gives Thorin at the end is made up out of whole cloth, as is the whole Azog thing (since in the books, Azog was dead by then).

I mostly dislike those kinds of additions because the language is so plain and dull. Tolkien's dialog was old-timey and lyrical. That said, they had to give the first 1/3 of the book some dramatic heft, and this was an acceptable if not-particularly-stellar way to do it. Martin Freeman (and Andy Serkis) could sell reading the phone book, but the mediocre writing really made Richard Armitage, who could not, look pretty bad, IMO. He spent a lot of time trying to look brooding, and came across as looking blank or dazed. (The high frame rate was also not kind to him.)

I thought they found a good way to have all the other characters come for a council -- that flowed pretty nicely. (And of course they needed to have an excuse to use Cate Blanchett and Christopher Lee in person.)
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