December 24, 2003 in Entertainment

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

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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. December 25, 2003 at 9:08 am


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

  2. December 24, 2003 at 9:16 pm


    Merry Christmas Ursula!

  3. December 24, 2003 at 11:37 am


    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. December 24, 2003 at 11:14 am


    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!

  5. December 24, 2003 at 9:55 am

    Ferro Lad

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

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