Mona Lisa Smile/The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Feeling worse today. All I want to do is stay in bed but I have plans. I probably should have done that yesterday but went to movies and saw both Mona Lisa Smile and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Then came home and stayed up wicked late doing laundry. I won’t share any spoilers on either movie, but I really liked both of them. However, the Lord of the Rings movie was about a half hour too long. Wondering, who told Hollywood that it was now acceptable to make movies over 3 hours long? There use to be a time when a studio wouldn’t release a film over 2 hours, and now they think it’s acceptable to market films that are approaching the 4 hour mark. Now granted I like going to the movies, but I just think that anything over 3 hours is way too long; particularly if it’s the third part of a trilogy. In any event, if you haven’t ‘seen either, go check them out sometime this weekend.

  1. Do you suppose we can lay the blame for longer movies on Titanic‘s success?…

  2. I love the Lord of the Rings movies with a passion, so I hardly notice the passing of time when I’m watching them. And, happily, I’m going to see Return of the King today!
    Happy Christmas!

  3. Epics have been a Hollyweird mainstays for decades. Gone With the Wind. Ben Hur. The Ten Commandments. Cleopatra. All epics. All over 2 hours. All quite long in their entirety. Actually, GWTW, BH, and TTC are almost 4 hours if not more.
    The differences are a) they weren’t several released in a year, and b) they use to have intermissions, sometimes 2. Now, with no intermission, you don’t want to get up for fear you miss something.

  4. Merry Christmas Ursula!

  5. hv not watched LOTR #2 & #3 yet. maybe I’ll just wait until HBO show it on tv 😉
    Happy Christmas Ursula!

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