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by Ellienor
Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Same-sex, whole-milk marriage: 50 Shades of Gay
Replies: 2644
Views: 447492

Yes, I guess the circuit split will eventually lead back to the Court, but I guess I'm not really up on the appeals courts. Even the panels dominated by conservatives might have a hard time continuing to insist that the states have the right to ban gay marriage as more time goes on. I read an intere...
by Ellienor
Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Same-sex, whole-milk marriage: 50 Shades of Gay
Replies: 2644
Views: 447492

I know a married couple (both women) who are both professors at CU, who have two wonderful kids (one of whom is a great friend of my son's). One of them has a great offer to leave CU for Stanford. I can't imagine why any gay couple would want to stay in a state that didn't recognize gay marriage aft...
by Ellienor
Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Tolkien Movies: The Road Goes Ever On
Topic: Hall of Fire Reviews - Post Them Here! [SPOILERS!]
Replies: 612
Views: 100728

Hi everyone! :) I also was not overly fond of Ian Holm's Bilbo. Just didn't nail the character. I didn't get much of any feel of Bilbo from Ian Holm's portrayal. With time I am also getting less fond of Elijah Wood's performance, too. Picky, picky picky! But Martin Freeman was absolutely perfect. I ...
by Ellienor
Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: Tolkien Movies: The Road Goes Ever On
Topic: Hall of Fire Reviews - Post Them Here! [SPOILERS!]
Replies: 612
Views: 100728

I have seen it twice now. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. In fact in some ways I liked it more than the LOTR trilogy. :) I mean, nothing is ever going to compare (for me) with my first viewing of FOTR in the movie theatre. I went in to the Hobbit knowing that. I also never really cared...
by Ellienor
Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 71
Views: 19372

I had missed the "spoiler tag" link. I will do that in the future. So one thing that I have been thinking about (a little) was how the Capitol differed/was the same as contemporary society, and if it could really "evolve" from present day U.S. It seems as though the Capitol's roo...
by Ellienor
Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Winter is Coming: A Game of Thrones (SPOILERS)
Replies: 390
Views: 142403

Well, I've now watched two epis of Season 2. I have to say that I'll be kind of surprised if the show holds on to its audience. The challenging thing about the books (and I can see it happening in the show) is that characters that you care about and get invested in tend to get killed off/written out...
by Ellienor
Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 71
Views: 19372

Well, it was allegory (so from that perspective I can see where it might set off alarm bells in Tolkien fandom!). I think what was interesting spoiler: was that she set up the Capitol and the rebellion against it. At first blush District 13 is the opposite of the Capitol and thus it should be good, ...
by Ellienor
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 71
Views: 19372

Yes, I guess it is a tough crowd around here. Tolkien can do that to you! Well, I liked it. The book AND the movie. I mean, yeah, as world-building, it was nowhere near many classics and other sci-fi. What I thought worked well about the whole thing was first...the character of Katniss and the writi...
by Ellienor
Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 71
Views: 19372

Hmm, I'm actually kind of surprised this movie (or books) isn't getting a whole lotta love from the posters in this thread beings that we're all fantasy/sci-fi geeks in one form or the other. :)
by Ellienor
Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 71
Views: 19372

Farawen: continue to stay away from Twilight. :P Seriously. Don't bother. However, don't stay away from the Hunger Games. With Harry Potter, I resisted reading the first book for quite a while for the same thing--I hate to be such a sheep and follow the crowd. But once I read the first two books in ...
by Ellienor
Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 71
Views: 19372

I agree. If you just hear the story line for the books, it doesn't sound appealing at all! I remember when a friend of my daughter's mom told me about them, and she said something like, I don't want to explain the storyline to you, it sounds terrible, but trust me, the books are really good! I think...
by Ellienor
Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 71
Views: 19372

Well, I liked Harry Potter and I even liked the first book Twilight so there you go. I have no idea whether you'd like this one or not, Holby. :P I suspect you'll like it, though. Teremia, I too have read a piece about the movie-makers' struggle to translate the violence to the movie in a sensitive ...
by Ellienor
Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Winter is Coming: A Game of Thrones (SPOILERS)
Replies: 390
Views: 142403

Season 2 is starting in just a couple of weeks!!!! I have had mixed feelings about the next couple of seasons. While I really liked book 1 (and last season, based on Book 1), the rest of the books have been kind of disappointing to me. Some of the story lines are interesting but to me a lot of them ...
by Ellienor
Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 71
Views: 19372

Hunger Games

The movie is coming out March 23rd. I've already purchased my tix to see it March 24. :D This is worth paying attention to. The Hunger Games is the first book of a teenybopper trilogy, but although it's marketed to the teenage set, it's really a quite good series. I heard about it through my daughte...
by Ellienor
Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:28 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Contraception and Religious Freedom (and related issues)
Replies: 268
Views: 46409

And, while I certainly believe that such employers exist, despite having been a fairly profligate interviewer, I've never discussed employment with a public, private, or nonprofit employer that did not offer vision and dental insurance. Try working for a small law firm, Nel. I have no vision or den...
by Ellienor
Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:08 pm
Forum: Tolkien Movies: The Road Goes Ever On
Topic: First Hobbit Trailer (with SPOILERS)
Replies: 148
Views: 55472

The song is now playing in my head. :love: Yes, a year of looking forward to the Hobbit. Then we will have to wait another length of time until the second movie. It's so funny. I have such memories of having just seen the first movie in 2001, and thinking HOW AWFUL to have to wait until 2002, then 2...
by Ellienor
Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: Tolkien Movies: The Road Goes Ever On
Topic: First Hobbit Trailer (with SPOILERS)
Replies: 148
Views: 55472

There were a ton of shots that really evoked the LOTR movies to me. The tracking shot of them all on horses going towards the Misty Mountains towards the end of the trailer. A whole year!!!! :(
by Ellienor
Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:10 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Occupy Discussion
Replies: 206
Views: 41678

Vor, sorry for being lazy. Here's where I read it. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/11/uc-davis-chancellor-decries-use-of-pepper-spray.html My brother works for the Sacramento Bee, so I trust them as a source. (He was laid off due to lack of seniority since they've reduced the newsroo...
by Ellienor
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Occupy Discussion
Replies: 206
Views: 41678

OK, I'll put some perspective in here for Lali. Of course I wasn't there; but I WENT to UC Davis. The area the protesters were in is in a large courtyard area (very large, like football field sized) behind Mrak Hall, which is the main administrative building on campus. That is the place where genera...
by Ellienor
Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: Occupy Discussion
Replies: 206
Views: 41678

Prim, I watched that video. That is really powerful. I've heard it called the "Walk of shame" and there really was that vibe. I went to UC Davis. I remember marching in that same space for the end of apartheid in South Africa and listening to Bishop Desmond Tutu. As far as I'm concerned, t...