There are only four (4) days to go on the Girl Genius Kickstarter (http://kck.st/U5IzHH). I was hoping to make all of the goals, but even if we don't, it'll be a heck of a game.
It actually snowed here, which is a rarity in this part of the Northwest. Experiment # 2 was thrilled.She became significantly less thrilled when she realized that there was not enough snow to cancel school. Ah, the bitter disappointments of youth.
Speaking of which; The Hobbet. (Warning. Yes, I'm going to give my opinions about the Hobbet now. No, I will not respond to your comments. Just sayin') First of all, we saw it in the new 48 frames a second 3–D version. My advice? Don't bother. As other people had said, it looks like it was filmed on a cheap video camera. Now, this the Curse of the Early Adapter. I'm convinced that future filmmakers will learn from this, and that advances in lighting and processing will correct these problems, and that ten years from now, people will look back at this film and find it as weird as we find the early silent black and whites. I also found the 3–D aspect of it to be pointless. No, I take that back, it was actually annoying, because periodically, something would awkwardly swim into the extreme foreground, a rock shelf, the back of someone's head– and it was obvious that the only reason this thing was there was to increase the depth of field for the 3–D effect. Amateur hour in Dixie.
In fact, we walked out and Kaja turned to me and declared, "What a crappy directing job." Strong language from the Professaressa. Part of her annoyance comes from the fact that she is an immense Tolkien goob, and Jackson & Co. apparently felt free to re-write stuff, apparently for no reason at all. I am not familiar enough with the canon to catch everything, but I assumed that every time I felt fingernails dig into my arm, something egregious had been added or cut (The bandages come off Thursday). There were also long, long stretches where they talked. And talked. And talked. About stuff! The Hobbet is a charming little stand–alone story, that– incidentally– sets the Lord of the Rings story into motion. Jackson feels compelled to hammer home that every god damn thing that takes place is leading up to the return of Sauron.
Oh wait, not everything. He throws in a bullshit elves vs. dwarves story line, and Thorin Oakenshield gains his own arch–enemy, an albino uber–orc witrh a steel hand–just like a real comic book villain! (because Smaug, and his own fucktardedness won't appear for another year or two) I was astonished he didn't have a goddamn German/Russian accent and a white cat. Oh, and everybody is mean to Bilbo, but at the end, we're assured that the enemy will be defeated by the Power of Friendship. I expected Gandalf to throw off his robes and reveal that he was really Captain Planet.
Now from all this carping, you'd assume that I didn't enjoy myself. Au contraire. I enjoy carping. However there were things about the movie that I really liked; Martin Freeman as Bilbo is amazing. I loved him from the first 2 minutes. The special effects were beautiful. The Kingdom of the dwarves, and the goblin's city were wonderful. Radagast was annoying as hell, but everything around him, his house, his sled, was a delight to see. I liked Gollum, but they spent too much time on him (of course, they spent too much time on EVERYTHING).
I'm hoping that when the DVD comes out, there will be a "Okay, I got that out of my system" Director's cut that will whittle it down to less than two hours. Now that would be a great movie.