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Happy ROTK Eve

Here we are on the eve of the opening of the final installment of the Lord of the Rings movies. I am fresh of last nights (in theater) viewing of the Two Towers extended edition. I am impressed with how well the 3 hour and 40 minute movie flows. Peter Jackson should get the Best Director nod for the culmination of his 7 years of work on this series.

I can’t help but get a twinge of sadness that the movies will be ending soon. What will I have to post about? There’s always The Hobbit and speculation on when the pressure will be too much for Peter Jackson to withstand. I get the same feeling of loss when I complete a book series I have really enjoyed.

In other movie related news:

The New York Film Critic Circle has announced its award winners for 2003 and the Return of the King gets Best Film. The AFI has posted its 2003 Movie of the Year candidates as well.

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Almost lost in translation

I expected to really like Lost in Translation with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. And while both Murray and Johansson were excellent I just felt like something was…well, lost. Maybe the film could have been buoyed with a better soundtrack as I kept expecting it to have – the right music could have carried this film much the same way soundtracks have in films such as Rushmore, Magnolia, and to a certain extent Run Lola Run.

The film is a comedy, though it doesn’t feel that way at times – it’s humor is so very subtle. I think it will grow on me. I think I still like this movie and I think I will like it more as time goes on – I just can’t figure out why it missed the mark I am sure it was going to hit.

TiVo tantrums

For the sake of its customers, TiVo should discontinue production of it’s 35 hours unit. This is most prevalent now in the DirecTV/TiVo combo units – which is what we have at home.

My wife and I actually get in TiVo arguments. They typically go something like this:

Me: Why do you need to get a season pass to that [insert reality tv program here] show?
Jena: I want to see what its like, maybe it will be good.
Me: Reality TV isn’t good. I am embarrassed to let TiVo know we watch it.
Jena: You watch The OC!
Me: [to which no response can be made]
Jena: Besides, if you don’t want your shows erased before you watch them you should set them to save until you delete them.
Me: If we did that on all our shows TiVo wouldn’t be able to record anything else.
Jena: I think it would. Its stupid if it couldn’t OR I don’t think that is right, TiVo should be smarter.
Me: [Internal dialogue] I better get the new 120 hour TiVo to save our marriage.

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This has got to stop

I am not sure when this was deemed acceptable, but the practice of every promo for TV shows and preview for movies telling us that there is a “mind-blowing twist you’ve got to see to believe” is pissing me off.

The act of announcing a surprise or twist (and even going so far as to say its in the last 2 minutes) ruins the effect of the surprise. Half of what makes twists and surprises cool is that they are unexpected.

Movie and TV producers take note: I am announcing a boycott of any such program or movie that stoops to these sensationalist tactics. Also take note that just because you fool everyone in the last five minutes doesn’t mean you are good at your craft. Try making a good product all the way through – yeah that means you too, M. Night Shyamalan.

Public take note: expand your attention span, demand more of yourself and your entertainment – don’t just sit on the couch and watch whatever sappy reality TV show American networks can crappify from abroad.