I went today, and found it horribly disappointing. In true Star Wars fashion, it largely abandoned what made the original movies so great.
I went into it thinking the reviews were probably overly harsh because of the cash grab feeling of them drawing it out into 3 films, but after seeing it, I'm afraid I have to agree with a lot of the criticisms.
The first act is mostly ok, if drawn out, but the second is almost non stop terrible and groan inducing. For some reason they decided they had to come up with a main villain, and what they came up with looks like a video game character... I don't get it when Gollum is so well done. The other CG characters don't seem realistic in comparison, with this villain character being the most glaring. The wargs and other animals just don't look believable or like they are part of the same world that they made with the LOTR films.
However, even beyond that, it seems that they have done away with actors in makeup and gone to CG monsters all over the damn place, and it doesn't look nearly as good... having a character with bird shit all over his head who flies around the countryside on a bobsled pulled by *bunnies* is getting up to Jar Jar Binks levels of unforgivableness.
The third act, aside from yet another weak CGI character, actually goes a long way towards saving the movie - and proves that the closer it sticks to the source material, the better. The stuff with Gollum is spot on, and I like the casting for Bilbo. The third act took me from 'do I even want to keep watching this one, let alone two more of these' to 'ok, I'll watch the next one'.
I don't mind that they are including stuff from other books, appendices, etc., but it seems like they are screwing up some basics. The rock giants could not have been done more poorly... they had a chance to do what they do with the eagles there, but instead they turned it into some Jerry Bruckheimer BS... Radagast being an eccentric hippy is fine, but so much of what they do with him is just too ridiculous... Galadriel getting beamed up or whatever the hell they do with her... there are just a lot of little things that are too much, or too far, or too over the top, and too far away from what they had done before. The atmosphere was severely lacking.
I'm NOT a hard sell when it comes to a movie like this... but I was really, really let down. I don't know how this was made by the same people - it should've been a guaranteed home run. The summer blockbuster dreck they were rolling previews for seemed to have more in common with this than the original movies did.
Side note: I thought there was a lot of Boromir in the voice and mannerisms of Thorin... which I think is brilliant if it's intentional.
I upgraded to Windows 8 from Windows 7, using the upgrade, not a fresh install, and everything mostly is going swimmingly.
However, I've got a weird issue in Chrome where maybe 50% of the time when I open a link, it says it can't be found with an error (generally: This webpage is not available. Error 137 (net::ERR_NAME_RESOLUTION_FAILED): Unknown error.)
If I then refresh the page or hit the link again, it loads right up.
I went this afternoon... good movie. I also had a row full of idiots behind me talking loudly and kicking my seat, tapping their feet, etc. the entire time. WTF, people, have you never been to a movie before? Repeated dirty looks accomplished nothing. Totally oblivious.
When I went to Argo a couple weeks ago the larger lady behind me ripped a tremendous fart after talking for about 3/4ths of the movie (they also came in after me and sat RIGHT behind me in a theater in which they were the 5th and 6th people).
That new Sword is okay... it doesn't have any outright stinkers like Warp Riders did, but it doesn't have any really great songs either... I agree that the songs are sort of indistinct on it and sitting here right now, I can only think of how one song goes... that's not a good sign. The first two records are still so, so good though... I dunno, this might grow on me. I got the picture disc vinyl, and it certainly *looks* cool.
This Beastwars band actually has some potential... I don't hear Mastodon in there though. Some Sword, for sure... some Neurosis... with some Sisters of Mercy on top.
Well... that's where it all gets interesting, though. Wherever old Seth was, he would be affected by what happened to young Seth, as long as they didn't kill him... but yes, then he never would have come back, so it gets... Loopy.
Same thing with Joe, if he kills himself, then he never can have come back, so young Joe would never have had to kill himself... which would the result in it looping back the way it did loop back. Maybe the explanation is just that in this loop, both of those things happen. I dunno... the paradox is what makes it so interesting. It's not as cut and dried as you state... and it is as cut and dried as you state.
It's an infinite loop in which he's a sort of Schrodinger's cat...
It's like beating my head against a wall. I just don't have time.
I'm in the first area after leaving the prison or whatever that place is... if I go one way, I run into skeletons which I literally cannot kill. If I go the other way I end up in this city of the undead or something... I go along fine for a while, but then I have to fight through a bunch of guys only to get to the top of a wall and hit a boss, which I've made it to ONCE, and he destroyed me in seconds, which is fine for a boss the first time, I guess... except that I then have to go back through all of those other dudes again to get to him, there is no save point near the boss, which is idiotic... so I'm reduced to just grinding away at the same enemies over, and over, and over, and over again so I can try to slowly level up enough to make it to the boss... on what planet is that fun?
I had an Otterbox Defender, and it was freakin' enormous, and also the rubber part got all stretched out after like... 4 months? I bought an Otterbox commuter, which is better on size, and is easier to get in and out of my pocket, but the plastic part is breaking around all of the corners, and a piece fell off today... I think I got maybe 6 months out of it, so maybe I should buy another one, but...
Anything better out there?
Wants: can survive biking, running, etc. and small amounts of moisture better than no case, and slips in and out of my pants pocket easily.
Not looking for an e-reader (I have a Kindle), I'm looking for an effective tablet for normal tablet stuff, and some light work related stuff (taking notes in meetings, calling up google docs in meetings sort of stuff).