Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

  • I got a chance to see Adaptation and Nicholas Nickleby this weekend. Both were definitely worth seeing.

  • So what’s going on at Macworld right now? Boy it’d be nice to be in San Francisco right now.

  • I give up on the Giants. Hey, the NFL admitted that there was an officiating screw-up on the last play, though. Can we just play the game over next week? Can we? Huh?


Two Towers stuff:

Gollum vs. Dobby and a few other questions.

Q: So, who would win a fight between Gollum and Dobby?

Elijah Wood (aka Frodo): Definitely Gollum, because he’s bigger. He is wretched. He is heartless. He’ll do anything to win.

Jackson: Gollum would take Dobby out, no problem at all. Dobby would be flat on his back in three seconds. He’s not as conflicted as Gollum.

Andy Serkis (the voice of Gollum): Gollum. From what I’ve heard Dobby is the comic relief. Dobby is like Jar Jar Binks — a celebration of technical wizardry rather than a real character.

A review I almost completely agree with — particularly the comment on Faramir.

Two Towers

My old MP3 player sold already! That was quick. Now I need to get rid of my old camera, my old monitor, etc, etc… Maybe someday I’ll have enough room to more around in here again!

Took the day off today and went to see Two Towers. Just as good as Fellowship. Some beautiful panoramas, decent acting, and it sticks close enough to the book not to piss me off (too much). I do think some of the dialog diminishes the characters a bit. I won’t start a big essay with all the details, but suffice it to say that some of the characters don’t show as much, um, character as they do it the books. I understand they’re trying to create some dramatic tension, and that probably makes sense. And they have to simplify centain events and relationships.

Merry Christmas!

Dang, I just wrote a long blog entry, only to have it obliterated when I hit “post”. Well, I’m going to try to recreate it now. Hopefully, it won’t get swallowed up by the web monster this time.

Merry Christmas!

I’m spending Christmas Eve home alone, and going over to my parent’s house tomorrow for Christmas. Having little better to do, I have decided to share my thoughts on a few subjects here.

Lord of the Rings

Good movie. Given all the competing pressures on him, Mr. Jackson made the best movie he could reasonably be expected to make. It won’t alienate any but the most ardent LoTR fanatics, and it does remain accessible to the general public. It’s interesting to think about the decisions he made about what to take out, what to leave in, what to change, and what to add. I didn’t have a problem with any of the actors. They were all good, and a few were great.

The Sneaker Bomber

Is it just me, or does this sound like something out of an old episode of Get Smart?


Despite the layoffs, the terrorism, the crappy economy, and the uncertain future, I have still managed to work myself into a very Christmas kinda mood over the last week. I’ve been listening to Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas a lot. (I downloaded it from EMusic.) I also enjoyed Bill Plympton’s Twelve Tiny Christmas Tales on Cartoon Network last night. Fun stuff.


Alright, I know a lot people would probably consider this a cardinal sin, but I’ve been paying money to download MP3’s from the web. Call me crazy, but I think it’s worth $10 or $15 a month to be able to download complete albums easily, and to have that warm glow that comes with the knowledge that the people who made the music I’m listening to are getting a little money when I download their stuff.

Well, that’s just about everything I had in the entry that got eaten by the web monster. Hopefully, this one will survive.

Lord of the Rings

Went to see a Lord of the Rings presentation at Lincoln Center last night. Very cool, even if I didn’t get home until 2am! You can find a bunch of write-ups on it at TheOneRing.net. The Cave Troll rules! I can’t help being a bit geeky about this. It really looks like the LotR movies aren’t going to suck! Of course, now I’m going to have to re-read all the books, too. Where am I going to find time for that?