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Winter Solstice

Today looked like Bleh. It was cold, grey, overcast, and occasionally raining. So what, you might ask? Am I complaining because Las Vegas got its one annual rainy day and I'm not happy about it?

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy it's raining. I think it would be Bleh even if it were sunny outside. For some reason, though, it was just a Bleh kind of day.

To cast off the elvish cloak of Bleh, we decided to go see _The_Two_Towers_, using our special free ticket coupon that came with the Extended DVD version of The Fellowship of the Ring.

The Regal Theaters at Texas Station were the nearest ones that would honour the coupon, and we arrived nice and early at 2:15, for a 3:30 showing. We needn't have rushed, it seemed that although full-ish, it was not sold out and there were no queues or anything.

I feel strangely unenthuseastic about TTT. I'm not sure why. I think it is because I've heard and read so many superlatives used with respect to the film that to add my own seems strangely redundant. Perhaps because it wasn't the religious experience I'd hoped. I certainly enjoyed myself, and I am looking forward to seeing it again sometime. I could perhaps wait until the Extended DVD version comes out sometimes next year, though. The ExDVD of Fellowship added so much to the theatrical release of the first movie that I think I can extrapolate the missing scenes from TTT, and this sense of missing out on the full story is perhaps part of the let down.

Also, I thought that Gollum was magnificent, but I felt hurt that most of the audience seemed to want to laugh at the most poignant moments...