Yet Another John


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Indiana Oakenshield…

grates less upon further acquaintance!  I’ve just returned from my fourth viewing of The Desolation of Smaug, and just as I had hoped, the things that I couldn’t bear to watch the first time around have gradually become more acceptable.  After seeing it the first time, I realized I had to let go of the idea that the movie was based on the book.  Lighten up, Itsy!!!

The tone of DoS is much more light-hearted than AUJ.  There is a lot more humor and they basically just cut loose.  Action-hero Indiana Oakenshield boogie-boards on molten gold, performs aerial acrobatics , balances precariously on the nose of a fire-breathing dragon, taunts him mercilessly until the dragon loses his temper and sets a forge ablaze.

Indiana Oakenshield

Yeah, once I decided not to take it so seriously, I enjoyed the heck out of this movie!

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Thorin gets screwed!

1 Arrival2 Meeting3 Other Plans 4 Uh Oh 5 Tools 6 Blush 7 Never live it down 8 Pain 9 Take it like a dwarf 10 Wager 11 Screwed

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Home from the DoS midnight show

Wow.  That’s about all I can say at this point.  Purists won’t be happy. I knew there were going to be deviations from the book, but this was way beyond anything I imagined.  I enjoyed the movie for the most part.  The last half hour was a real surprise.  I’m really glad I went, and I will be going to see it again.  Part of me wants another drink.

I went to the IMAX 3D double feature (An Unexpected Journey plus The Desolation of Smaug).  Many hours of Thorin Oakenshield!  The perfect way to end my semester.   I had two finals on Thursday before going to the movies – it was a long day!  I’ll be back with more to say about the movie after I get some sleep.

ETA:  Nope.  Cannot sleep.  Thinking about the movie.  I simply cannot believe that Peter Jackson chose to go the route he did.  What was he smoking???

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Oh, what a difference a year makes!!

Now and Then

Left: Richard Armitage at the LA premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
Right: Richard Armitage at the NY premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)


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It was twenty years ago today….

♫♪ Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play♪♫♪♪ ….wait!!!!  Stop the music!!!!


Twenty years ago today, I married the love of my life.   That’s right, Mr. ItsJSforMe and I have been shackled together for twenty short years and we plan to remain so for many, many more.  *very big grin*

Mr.Mrs. ItsJSforMe


That is all.  Carry on!

♪♫♪♪ It’s wonderful to be here

It’s certainly a thrill

You’re such a lovely audience

We’d like to take you home with us

We’d love to take you home… ♪♫♪♪♫♫♪


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MI6: Mission ImPortable Episode 4 – “Party Time!”


“Come on, man!  Get a move on!  The Queen sent me to find you, and it isn’t safe here.”


“There are all kinds of things out there, and you never know what you’ll run into.”


“See what I mean? “

“The coordinates for the rendezvous point are zero-eight-dot-two-two.  That should be right…over…there.  What in the – ?”


“You made it!  We’ve been waiting for you two to arrive,”  Lil Lucas grins.

“Good to finally meet you, Porter!  And…Naboo fighter pilot, is it?”  Lil JS gives them a welcoming smile.

Mini Thorin nods majestically.  “Welcome!”

“It’s about time you got here!  The Big Guy turns 42 today so let’s get this party started.  The ice cream is beginning to melt!”  Lil Guy is impatient, and hungry.


Dig in, everyone!

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