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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: December 21, 2003, 02:14 PM »
"As for peter Jackson  he gets way to much credit, all he does is transform the book onto the screen with the help of a few others, big deal." - Movie Critic GNT

In my own critical opinion....what a twit!  He doesn't even know the proper form of the word TOO, a descriptive word, as in "GNT posts way TOO much".

As for Peter Jackson:  PJ has really taken Tolkienn's vision and made it reality on screen.  He's done so through an extraordinary effort, having done a number of things never done before in major motion pictures.  Like?

-Using multiple units shooting footage simultaneously and using satellite hookups not only to communicate, but also to direct and view dailies from a completely remote location.

-Using new technology in digital animation like WETA's Massive software which enabled those immense battles.

-He and his wife lent such a complete air of devotion to the essence of the story due to their own fandom and love of Professor Tolkienn's work.

-He took 3 years to prepare for the filming of this trilogy, including building  working sets of Edoras and Hobbiton that took nearly a year to complete.

-His treatment was so deadon that he got the funding upfront for all three films from New Line Cinema.

-Gathering together the resources and talent to craft one of the best CG characters ever seen on the big screen in the form of Gollum.

Speaking as someone who works in television, and knows what massive efforts go into a television production, I can say with an extreme level of certainty that the film achievements of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy have been nothing short of miraculous AND revolutionary.  It takes a leader, in the form of a director and executive producer like Peter Jackson to make something like that happen.  Is the series perfect?  No, but I put the challenge to anyone to make a better rendition than Peter Jackson and crew have.

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Celebration 3 is heating up.
« on: December 21, 2003, 05:59 AM »
I took a road trip with a friend out to C2.  From NY, it was about 11 hours driving.  I also drove out to Wizard World Chicago this past summer.  That was even longer.  And after that, I'm all for flying out to C3.  I'd rather get the travelling over with quick and easy.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 19, 2003, 02:27 PM »
Woohoo!  Got my Harad Archer today.  All I can say is....NICE!

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Celebration 3 is heating up.
« on: December 19, 2003, 02:26 PM »
I spoke with one fo the actors who will be signing at C3, and he told me that Indy was definitely a strong possiblity.  He also mentioned Las Vegas was in the running, too.  

Both cities are pretty good.  Indy was definitely very clean, friendly and hosipitable.  It could certainly stand to be a litte better organized in some respects.  Las Vegas is good in these respects:  it's got a tremendous number of hotels available for accomodations, and plenty to do during off hours.  Las Vegas also has the largest convention center in North America.  You need either a bicycle or a Segway to get around the place.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: December 18, 2003, 10:26 PM »
Aimee Mann is awesome.  She's tragically overlooked by too many people.

Right now, listening to another great songwriter...

Elvis Costello & the Attractions, This Year's Model

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Baseball Offseason 2003-2004
« on: December 18, 2003, 11:44 AM »
The Mets are dropping out of that ranking fast.  Apparently, Mets owner Fred Wilpon wants the payroll in the vicinity of $80 million.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: December 17, 2003, 07:10 PM »
I'm still trying to digest it.  I went to an 11:40 AM showing.  It was incredible, to say the least.  And to those who don't think Peter Jackson knows how to pull at the heart strings, you probably haven't seen this movie yet.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 15, 2003, 02:28 AM »
I ordered a Haradrim Archer from them this morning.  I passed on the others since they're going to be at retail soon enough.  The only reason I was even ordering from KB online is because they had some HTF Sports Picks, and decided to tack the Harad onto the order.

Feedback / Re: Morgbug's feedback
« on: December 15, 2003, 02:26 AM »
I should chime in here with a hearty thank you and positive feedback to Morgbug for one good trade thus far.  The second is still pending.

Feedback / Re: Nicklab's feedback
« on: December 15, 2003, 02:25 AM »
Thanks for the feedback Brent.  I certainly appreciate it.  And there would not be another feedback thread on me, since you are the only person on this forum I've conducted a trade with.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: BEST SAE-SAE TIIN YET
« on: December 15, 2003, 12:47 AM »
Mine still doesn't fit.  And that's in both my red SAGA one, and the blue Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: December 12, 2003, 04:44 PM »
Bernard Butler, People Move On.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 11, 2003, 02:13 PM »;f=2;t=152198;p=

I just picked up this issue of Toyfare today.  The scans don't do the images justice.  There's also a pretty nice and noticeable goof on someone's part.  The caption next to Pippen says "Pippen in Rohan armor", when in fact he's wearing Gondorian Armor.  Is someone not paying attention?

Be that as it may, the Armored Witch Kind looks AWESOME!  I can only wonder if the Mouth Of Sauron is being kept under wraps for the time being, and what that's going to look like.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: BEST SAE-SAE TIIN YET
« on: December 11, 2003, 02:09 PM »
I just got this Saesee Tiin (note spelling, Saesee Tiin  ;D ), and this is a great figure!  It has definitely exceeded expectations in terms of sculpting, articulation, and the execution of the softgoods.  I'd like to get a couple more, and I think I may "retire" my POTJ and SAGA versions.  There's just the matter of the broken horn.

I have one gripe, and I think it's a legitimate one:  he doesn't fit in my Jedi Starfighter's cockpit.  Saesee  Tiin's bio states that he's one of the greatest pilots of the Jedi order.  He's even depicted in the Clone Wars cartoon piloting a Jedi Starfighter.  Well, I tried putting him in the cockpit, and the canopy won't snap shut.  ::)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: December 9, 2003, 08:39 PM »
Okay.  If it's all about the music, then that's great.

Tell you what:  Picture the ugliest woman you can think of, and then imagine her singing any given Shania Twain song--and sounding exactly the same as Shania.  (Personally, I'm picturing Sandra Bernhard here, because she's the ugliest woman I've seen recently).

Now, do you really think that she would be anywhere near as successful as Shania Twain?

Come on, you had the perfect example at your fingetips and didn't use it?  What about Aretha Franklin?  She's awesome, but she's big as a house!

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