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    Tolkien 3.0

    I've only ever watched the Bakshi film once, and have never felt the need to revisit it. I remember finding a lot of it very strange. One strange thing being Saruman's name changing to Aruman halfway through the film. His treatment of Sam is pretty much an insult. His Frodo actually fares better in contrast to Jackson's doe-eyed passive protagonist who seems to fall over everytime danger is near. It's interesting that Jackson actually borrows quite directly from this film in some cases: the ProudFEET moment is almost identical, the initial meeting with the Nazgul comes from Bakshi rather than the book. I also think Bakshi's orcs are better than Jackson's as they feel like an actual danger instead of just being easy-slayed fodder for cool action scenes. It's a very messy adaptation though, cramming too much content into 2 hours. Most of the characters are underdeveloped, the animation is mixed and limited in a lot of ways. If I remember... Frodo and Sam basically vanish from the last third of the film, if not before then. Wormtongue also looks... peculiar... if memory serves. As for Rankin-Bass' conclusion. It's certainly something. Where there's a whip, there's a way...
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    Christopher Tolkien Passes Away at 95

    Ralph Bakshi remembering Christopher:
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    Christopher Tolkien Passes Away at 95

    Bombur had zero, if I remember correctly. Which is rectified (lol) in the Extended Edition:
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    Christopher Tolkien Passes Away at 95

    Fili and Kili, to an extent, if you want their deaths to be more impactful (the Jackson films really bungled this as well, though).
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    Christopher Tolkien Passes Away at 95

    Saw this blog post being posted around since his passing: http://theblogthattimeforgot.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-lord-of-rings-alternate-timeline.html It's essentially both a defence of Christopher Tolkien's treatment of his father's work - around the time he was taking pelters for his criticisms of Jackson - and an alternate history positing if he really had been the money-minded figure critics have made him out to be. It effectively shows the scholarly respect he treated his father's creation with. He really was a fantasy and literary saint.
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    Christopher Tolkien Passes Away at 95

    He had a good long life, full of achievements. But still very sad news.
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    The Witcher on Netflix 2: Man of steel and silver

    Watched episode one. The acting is frequently bad, the writing is frequently awkward with the quality changing scene-to-scene, the directing feels stiff and bland, and the whole thing is disjointed and, at times, hard to follow. Not really sure if the next episodes will improve it much. The battle scene was hilariously awful.
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    Tolkien 3.0

    So I tried my hand at doing a LOTR close-reading: https://medium.com/@alpenglowmemory/khazad-dum-and-the-effectiveness-of-gandalfs-fall-ad228edfdbb
  9. So I decided to finish something I began writing months ago (the final season caused a long, long period of GOT-related disinterest in me): https://medium.com/@alpenglowmemory/game-of-thrones-and-the-short-life-of-shock-value-c38c9379ffe8?sk=a71d34bb96721185e29f59a52a6ef034
  10. And what's up with the random sex scene with Ramsay during that part?
  11. The idea of the Night King made no sense to me. The entire army is controlled by him and will fall when he falls (something they blatantly only came up with in S7, to be honest) so why on earth is he going into the fray? Why not hang back, well guarded, in the Lands of Winter and let his generals do the warring? Given that they're supposedly bringing Ice Age-level conditions, why even besiege Winterfell, why not just surround it and let the freezing cold do the work? Food shortages, riots, mutinies, provoking them into attacking out of desperation... I'm honestly much more interested on how Martin handles the Others crossing the Wall and invading Westeros.
  12. Guess that explains why Bran, the Others, the direwolves and the prophecies got shafted. "No. We didn’t [attempt to boil the elements of the book down]. The scope was too big. It was about the scenes we were trying to depict and the show was about power." So they essentially just worked on a scene-by-scene basis, without ever trying to connect it together as a whole? That sounds about right. Much of it certainly felt disconnected. Also, maybe it's just me, but based on their comments in interviews, the showrunners just seem to think of actors as being line-readers. They don't seem to see a process in building, empathising and understanding the character. Dilane went around practically begging for someone to explain Stannis' history to him, and he was told, “Oh, he was Robert's brother. He won some battles, it's not important!” I mean, what?
  13. By making Tyrion a straight-up good guy they essentially changed the entire nature of his relationship with Shae. He's no longer the chronically insecure person who is falling too deep into his 'girlfriend experience' fantasy with his hired prostitute, despite continually trying to remind himself that Shae doesn't really mean the things she says, and instead he becomes truly in-love with this woman (and her to him). I feel like they also tried to step around the notion that while Shae is in danger, it's primarily because of the situation Tyrion has put her in. Show Shae rejects a bag of gold and promise of a house in Pentos from Varys to be with her lover. I remember finding it all very gag-worthy, to be honest.
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