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Book Talk [Public] / Phony Content - stories told through text
« Last post by notthatamanda on September 20, 2022, 09:59:51 PM »
I watched a sample on their website. I can't put into words how much I hate it. They have a video on their website that shows you how you get a story. But I guess this is the future, or part of it.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on September 14, 2022, 02:50:22 AM »
Watched the second episode of Rings of Power. I particularly enjoyed the dwarves and Elrond.

👍Agree. Elrond's visit to Khazad-dum and scenes with the dwarves Durin and Disa are easily the best part of the series so far.
 
Visuals are great in the series.

The Harfoots are entertaining.

Arondir (not a lore character; created for the series -- in a drug-induced haze I suspect) is a blight on the series and all that's good and decent in the world.

Galadriel vacillates between being rather boring and a bit of a bitch. Maybe she'll improve as she spends more time in Middle Earth. Worried that her and Halbrand (not a lore character; made for the series) are going to start banging given some of their scenes. That'd end the series for me as by the time of the show -- midway through the second age -- Galadriel has been married to Celeborn (absent from the series so far) for more than 1500 years and she's still married to him thousands of years later in the third age in which LOTR occurs.

The pacing is a bit slow, largely owing to cameras lingering for effect on still, non-speaking faces time and time again (soap opera style melodrama? or brazenly trying to stretch running time? 🤷‍♂️)

Overall it's ok. If Galadriel lightens up and Arondir dies a horrible, agonizing death it'd improve to good. If they veer back a bit and stay in the lanes of Tolkien lore it might turn out great.

Galadriel is certainly not the etherial wise woman she was in LOTR. Yes, I thought she was married to Celeborn already. Since he played such a minor part in the LOTR movies, it might have been nice to expand his story in this series. Halbrand brings a bit of lightness to her dark side. He may be of use when she brings destruction to Numenor.

I think Arondir was put there for the action because he certainly doesn't have a personality, Elven or otherwise.

The first appearance of the Harfoot was cool. I like Burrows, but I think he could have been given a little more substance. He seems like merely a Keeper of the Book and not a wise man/elder. I've yet to see the purpose of The Stranger other than preventing Nori's family from being Left Behind. It seems like The Stranger's weight added to the cart was the cause of it being bogged down in the first place.

Elrond is also very different from the Elrond in LOTR. In those movies, you got a sense of power, tightly controlled. In this series, he's a wealthy Roman lolling around.  But it's just the beginning.

I'm reading the appendices again and so far, so good. I'll certainly read the prologue to LOTR as well as The Hobbit. I'm watching the Hobbit movies because I'm so desperate for some JRRT again. All I'm accomplishing is remembering why I was so disappointed in the first two movies. Maybe I should read The Silmarillion but my reading time is better spend catching up with the LOTR books.

Yes, The Rings of Power is OK but I have yet to be invested in any of the stories except for the dwarves. I'll keep watching.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Last post by Luke Everhart on September 13, 2022, 11:28:46 AM »
Watched the second episode of Rings of Power. I particularly enjoyed the dwarves and Elrond.

👍Agree. Elrond's visit to Khazad-dum and scenes with the dwarves Durin and Disa are easily the best part of the series so far.
 
Visuals are great in the series.

The Harfoots are entertaining.

Arondir (not a lore character; created for the series -- in a drug-induced haze I suspect) is a blight on the series and all that's good and decent in the world.

Galadriel vacillates between being rather boring and a bit of a bitch. Maybe she'll improve as she spends more time in Middle Earth. Worried that her and Halbrand (not a lore character; made for the series) are going to start banging given some of their scenes. That'd end the series for me as by the time of the show -- midway through the second age -- Galadriel has been married to Celeborn (absent from the series so far) for more than 1500 years and she's still married to him thousands of years later in the third age in which LOTR occurs.

The pacing is a bit slow, largely owing to cameras lingering for effect on still, non-speaking faces time and time again (soap opera style melodrama? or brazenly trying to stretch running time? 🤷‍♂️)

Overall it's ok. If Galadriel lightens up and Arondir dies a horrible, agonizing death it'd improve to good. If they veer back a bit and stay in the lanes of Tolkien lore it might turn out great.

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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Last post by Hopscotch on September 10, 2022, 08:33:21 AM »
Mark Rylance's The Outfit about an English tailor in mobbed-up 1950s Chicago.  The plot twists are exhausting but Rylance stitches it all together :littleclap.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on September 10, 2022, 03:45:13 AM »
Watched the second episode of Rings of Power. I particularly enjoyed the dwarves and Elrond.

Now I've got the trilogy and The Hobbit on Kindle. My mature eyes can't read paperbacks anymore. First, I'll read the Appendices and The Hobbit, then I'll go back and read the trilogy from the beginning. There were several chunks missing from the original trilogy. Not that I blame Peter Jackson, there's simply was not enough room for everything in the books to be included even in three 3-4 hour movies.

New episodes, out every Friday and episode three is available now. I'll watch it tonight.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on September 09, 2022, 05:17:40 AM »
Watched the first episode of LOTR: The Rings of Power. According to the trivia, the series is based on the Appendices A thru F and The Hobbit, both of which I read, but too long ago. I think I'm going to have to reread.

Galadriel seems to be the main focus of the story but Elrond made an appearance about halfway through. Of course, there are Orcs and Morgoth and Sauron and even the Harfoot, precursors to the Hobbits.

The first episode is mainly introductory to the people and the worlds, although there is some action including a battle with a snow troll. I think I'm going to enjoy it. At least I'm interested enough to watch the second episode.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on September 04, 2022, 01:28:47 AM »
I'm rewatching Lord of the Rings. I'm on The Two Towers. Forgot how long they were and I don't know how I sat through three hours in the theater.


The theatrical versions were significantly shorter than the extended versions.  I saw the movies in the theater, but I also have the DVDs, and I only watch the extended versions now.  Even though they're longer, they're better, so they don't feel long.

I would also add that the DVDs came with bonus discs that offer a wealth of behind-the-scenes info, and those bonus discs are amazing in their own right.


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I'll probably watch The Rings of Power.


Good luck.  Reviews have not been good so far.  Not surprising when you see the writers' practically nonexistent resumes.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4259881/?ref_=tt_ov_wr

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4260438/?ref_=tt_ov_wr

For the amount of money Amazon is spending on this, they should have had Milius and Spielberg collaborating on it.   :icon_rolleyes:

I'm watching LOTR on Amazon Prime. The Two Towers was three hours. I took a break last night and watched something else. I'll start Return of the King tonight.

I already know I'm going to be disappointed with Rings of Power but I'll be looking out for Easter Eggs. I was disappointed in the first two movies of the Hobbit.  Only the third movie lived up to the original trilogy for me.

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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on September 03, 2022, 08:14:54 AM »
I'm rewatching Lord of the Rings. I'm on The Two Towers. Forgot how long they were and I don't know how I sat through three hours in the theater.


The theatrical versions were significantly shorter than the extended versions.  I saw the movies in the theater, but I also have the DVDs, and I only watch the extended versions now.  Even though they're longer, they're better, so they don't feel long.

I would also add that the DVDs came with bonus discs that offer a wealth of behind-the-scenes info, and those bonus discs are amazing in their own right.


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I'll probably watch The Rings of Power.


Good luck.  Reviews have not been good so far.  Not surprising when you see the writers' practically nonexistent resumes.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4259881/?ref_=tt_ov_wr

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4260438/?ref_=tt_ov_wr

For the amount of money Amazon is spending on this, they should have had Milius and Spielberg collaborating on it.   :icon_rolleyes:
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on September 03, 2022, 07:54:50 AM »
I watched War Games (again) last night and the thing that most struck me as being outdated (apart from the modem) was the computer security. I found it unbelievable that he could log into Norad using just someone's first name, whereas I had to set up a new Google account not long ago because I couldn't get past the 2-factor authentication on the old one.
I still like the movie though.


Not as unbelievable as you might think.   :icon_eek:


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Ronald Reagan, a former Hollywood star, screened WarGames at Camp David the weekend it was released, and it freaked him out. As Slate’s Fred Kaplan described in his book Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, Reagan brought it up a few day later at a White House meeting that included the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and asked, “Could something like this really happen? Could someone break into our most sensitive computers?” The answer came back a week later: “Mr. President, the problem is much worse than you think.” That led not only to a significant revamp of how computer security was handled at the Defense Department, but also passage of an anti-hacking law that would eventually evolve into our current Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Clips of WarGames were shown during the congressional hearings where lawmakers debated the need for hacking legislation.


https://slate.com/technology/2018/10/reagan-wargames-star-wars-science-fiction-policy.html
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on September 02, 2022, 10:04:08 AM »
I watched War Games (again) last night and the thing that most struck me as being outdated (apart from the modem) was the computer security. I found it unbelievable that he could log into Norad using just someone's first name, whereas I had to set up a new Google account not long ago because I couldn't get past the 2-factor authentication on the old one.
I still like the movie though.

Me, too. I got it for my grandson who is an avid gamer and he loved it.

I'm rewatching Lord of the Rings. I'm on The Two Towers. Forgot how long they were and I don't know how I sat through three hours in the theater. I'll probably watch The Rings of Power.
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