Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Peter Jackson Plans New "Hobbit" Films: Today's Cartoon

If the key to success is to always leave your audience wanting more, then I have to admit that by the end of Peter Jackson's "Return of the King", I'd had my fill of Middle Earth ...and multiplexes in general.

Now don't get me wrong, the movies were great, especially when compared to the usual brand of insipid, uninspired, vanity driven vehicles that Hollywood plops out on a regular basis. In fact, I would say that Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" was probably the last great epic that truly warranted the price of admission, to be admired on the big screen. Yet unfortunately, while the movies themselves were good, the experience of going to the cinema to see them is what I believe has contributed to the sharp decline in box office attendance ever since.

I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to share the same excitement as moviegoers who are also willing to line up for hours to express that enthusiasm, by being the first to take a seat inside the theatre; and in the process, create a vortex that eventually sucks everyone else into lining-up ridiculously early as well.

Having to stand in line for three hours just to get a seat because those in front of you decided they had nothing better to do with their day, is frustrating enough... but when the mouth breathers who initiated this chain reaction end up passing out and being carried away, leaving you and everyone else trapped in a line which they started, the ultimate movie-going experience is no longer eagerly anticipated... it's damn well expected.

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