December 20th, 2003

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Talented Client

I just completed some updates on a web site I created, and now maintain, for my friend & neighbor Tom Haney. This guy is a modern-day folk artist who does amazing work creating "automata," which are like folk robots or artful marionettes that use "keys" or motors or weights to run. Anyway, check out the site -- especially neat are the movies showing what all these things look like in action. Also, site is done all in his "style" since he actually did the artwork for all the section titles and stuff, which I then scanned in. Tom loves his site and his artist friends are jealous :)

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Living Up to Hype: LotR

I was just looking through some reviews of RotK, which I may see this weekend (either that or I wait 'til I'm in Massachusetts), and one thing occured to me: You know, LotR has gotten a lot of hype, but what sets the hype apart is that to me, the movies live UP to that hype. Unlike say with the recent Star Wars or The Matrix (sequels) or so many other "big" movies or movie series, LotR really DELIVERS the promises. When you see a trailer for it, you can't figure it all out in five minutes... it's a surprise with amazing stuff packed into every frame. And another big thing, and one of the many reasons the series really is "lives up" to the hype, is that here we have movies that have not been "dumbed down" for the general audience. Sure, they are dumbed down from the source material, but it's not cut down to the bone and totally re-imagined like so many movies are. The movie industry suffers from a serious lack of faith in the audience and pretty much overcompensate by trying to remove any risk of misunderstanding or making a star look "bad" or whatever. LotR just plunges ahead and says "This is the spectacular vision on a plate, dig in."
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Jittery Thoughts Post RotK

Just got back from seeing The Movie. Saw it with Enrique and Caleb over at The Plaza, a small dingy 1930s movie theater but hey, I *saw* it, so to hell with bitching over sound or squeaky seats!

Really can't say I was disappointed. About the only thing disappointed me was really towards the end, a bit too heavy on those twee moments, plus HELL, it was so tragic for Frodo and Sam not to have ended up together, at least briefly, even if they had to part. *Sniff*

I love Sam and he is really my favorite character through everything because I think he's the strongest and the bravest and, yes, the most "normal," thus stand in for mere mortals in the audience. Sam had so many great moments; think probably my favorite was him going after the spider... Oooooooh!

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Guess that's it for now, as other thoughts all disappated, although I'm sure to be awake awhile, as my snack during the movie was 1 1/2 bags of chocolate covered espresso beans.
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