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Greetings, LJ friends! I just thought I'd pop in to warn you:

Do not go to see Goblet of Fire (or any "regular" film) at an Omnimax theatre without checking what sort it is first.


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We watched the third film, Prisoner of Azkaban, tonight -- and it really was good! We had just finished watching the first and second Harry Potter films yesterday.
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I'm just going public to let you who have heard me dismissing the whole HP thing know that I now can see the appeal, having felt it myself. It's not LotR, but, in film three, it's really enjoyable, involving entertainment.

~ Mechtild
Tonight, as a change of pace, I did not hang out on the internet (until now) but watched a film of my husband's choice with him. (Later I will be finishing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with our daughter.)

We watched the very well-known American film, The Shawshank Redemption.

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The Shawshank Redemption was released in 1994, starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. I have always heard of this film, but never have seen it. It's about a young man (played by Tim Robbins), a talented and well-off banker, who is wrongly sent to prison for killing his adulterous wife and her lover. He spends twenty years there, finding enemies (not just among the brutal guards but among the gang-rape-happy inmates, who are not your typical, jolly LotR fanfic guys -- except in the really dark stuff), but also finding friends, such as lifer Morgan Freeman. Robbins's character endures a great deal and learns a great deal (bad and good), until, finally, he makes his break and escapes.

My first thought was how much 1994 Tim Robbins reminded me of 1995 Colin Firth. "He could be Colin Firth's less handsome brother," I exclaimed. And, do you know, my husband actually agreed with me. "Yeah, he reminds me of Colin Firth, too." 1995 was the year the BBC released Pride and Prejudice *huge sappy grin*. No wonder I immediately warmed to Tim Robbins in his Shawshank role (considering I am a Darcy and Valmont swooner).

But, more seriously (but, perhaps, just as ridiculously), the whole time I was watching The Shawshank Redemption, I was comparing and contrasting it to LotR.

"Hey, this is just as if Frodo (Tim Robbins) had been captured by the Orcs and then made to serve time in their prisons! Read more... )

I know this is terribly obsessive of me, but although I watched and enjoyed the film for itself, the whole while I was also thinking of it applied to Frodo, and to Frodo's story and fate.

Does this happen to any of you, watching films or reading books, that, on their surface, have nothing to do with Frodo of the Shire?

~ Mechtild


Harry Potter, had he been portrayed by Elijah Wood. *wink*


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OK, I've resisted reading the Harry Potter series since it came out, but the reviews and word of mouth on The Half Blood Prince were so enthusiastic I decided I had better do it. When was that? Sometime this summer? July? August? Anyway, in my spare time ("spare" - HA!) I started reading them.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Cute, but no more than many other books of far less renown. On to Chamber of Secrets. A little cuter, but, still; so what? Prizoner of Azkaban. Much better. Hermoine gets more interesting and I liked Sirius Black, sure that he was going to turn out to be a good guy. He did. Good! Then, Goblet of Fire. Far better still. I stopped pretending to work on my own fic to read it through. Things were definitely perking up! The Order of the Phoenix. Completely couldn't put it down. (A bit of a let-down in the big show-down at the Dept. of Mysteries -- kept picturing the battles in the first three Star Wars movies -- but otherwise, really a pleasure to read.)

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