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urbanX
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I can't believe the day is finally here. I thought the dream of a Hitchhiker Guide movie woul die with Douglas Adams. I didn't even know a movie was coming out until Feb. (6 years in the military will do that to you.) I'm bursting with joy. Hold on one sec....
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Ok, that's better. As a kid I had three movies I wanted to see but doubted would ever see the light of day. Two have already become movies. They're the Lord of the Rings and the Hitchhikers Guide. Surely Enders game will complete my Holy trilogy. I'm not worried, I know where my towel is.

Post thoughts on the movie here...

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Enigmatic and I are going this afternoon. [Smile] My towel is in my truck.
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I am extremely excited to see it. Unfortunately, I promised to take my girlfriend to see it after forcing her to read the book, which means I can't see it until next weekend, after finals are done. Blast! Why are some folks so enamored of this "studying" idea. [Wink]

I guess I'll have myself a stiff Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster and wait it out.

--ApostleRadio

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I went and saw the midnight showing early this morning (and I had to be at work by 7 am!)
The movie is amazing.
They definately take some liberty with it and go places that I don't remember happening in any of the books though I havne't read salmon of doubt so maybe they pulled it from there. But the movie is visually spectacular and they keep the dry brittish wit throughout the movie, it had a large chance of collapsing into a slapstick movie and didn't.
I was glad I sacrificed my health and sleep to see it!

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quote:
My towel is in my truck.
Hey, you sass that hoopy ElJay? I sass ElJay. There's a frood who really knows where her towel is.

(I crack myself up sometimes. [Big Grin] )

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My towel is sitting next to my stuff, and will be in my truck within the next 20 minutes. I'm going to go see it this afternoon with a bunch of my friends. Hopefully will be awesome!

[ April 29, 2005, 10:07 AM: Message edited by: Mr.Funny ]

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I just can't get excited about this movie. Don't get me wrong...I loved the books. I just can't imagine that Hollywood is going to do this right. So...perhaps if I set my expectations REALLY low then I'll enjoy the movie.
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The Beloved and I are going tonight. We have a sitter lined up and everything.

I really want a loud-colored, tight T-shirt with "Hoopy Frood" written across the boobies.

I think it's a sign I'm having my Geek Mid-Life Crisis. O_O

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Didn't you all hear? The opening has been cancelled and all copies of the Movie have been destroyed, citing that the author was already dead. [Eek!]
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quote:
I really want a loud-colored, tight T-shirt with "Hoopy Frood" written across the boobies.

Sign me up. [ROFL]
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None of my friends want to go with me. The only one who's read it is afraid of seeing it and having the book ruined for her. I might be going alone... [Frown]
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I really don't understand the concept of a movie *ruining* a book. The book is still there, just as it was before.

The movie could suck, but it won't change the hours of geeky fun I had reading the books.

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This is one case where "true to the book" uptightness is just ironic. It was a radio play and a mini-series before it was a book. I mean, you clearly haven't read the preface to the leather bound trilogy edition with bonus novella "young Zaphod plays it safe".

Then he had to go and write a fourth one...

He says something about setting the history straight, or at least firmly crooked.

I want to go but not sure... probably will wind up going with my mom tonight.

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Give me a couple hours and the Hoopy Frood shirt might be a possibility...
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Annie and I are on the same page. I'm just sitting her trying to imagine if it would be better done all in embroidery, or appliqued. [Big Grin]
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O_O Wow, Annie. That would make you the queen of the hoopy froods. [Hail]
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Annie
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As soon as I get to work and a high-speed connection, it can be done.
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Olivetta
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LOL, Belle! YOU certainly know where your towel is!

I wonder if they'd let me in with a hand towel soaked in coke if I kept it in a plastic bag.

*quietly sucks towel*

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It's been a radio show, five+ books, a TV show, a comic book, a stage play, a Web site, a video game, and a beach towel. Why not a movie?

Just please, please tell me the scene of the crew getting whapped by buried sticks that they keep showing in the commercials is a small and unregarded scene. As a representative sample of the movie, it frightens me.

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I looked up the trailers, and I think I liked the Second one best (That should be the one that presented itself as the Guide's entry on Movie Trailers). That was great. Except maybe it's not the best indicator of how good/bad the movie will be.

*continues sucking on towel*

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I have no problem with it being a movie... I just don't think Hollywood is going to do it right. Hollywood and british humor usually doesn't mix very well. I hope I'm wrong.
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I'd buy that, Annie!

Not sure when I'll get a chance to go. Maybe next Saturday, so we can go with our neighbor and her son.

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Ooh, ooh, I want a hoopy frood tshirt too. [Big Grin]
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One of the things that really worries me is the reference to Author as being on a trip to save the galaxy. That completely misses the complete triviality of the series. It's not a "let's save the universe" space opera. Arthur Dent is not the chosen one. He's this completely disregarded, neglible guy who has a bunch of things happen to him. Even when the galaxy is saved from the masters of Krikkit, it's just this thing. If you don't get how insignificant everything is to the people going through it, but at the same time can be terribly important, you miss the flavor of the books.
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From the Orlando Sentinel:
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An early example. The hero, Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman), is arguing with a bulldozer crew about to knock over his house, and he has just been told he should have protested before now because the details of the demolition have been "on display" in his local planning office.

"It was on display. . . in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet. . . stuck in a disused lavatory. . . with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the leopard!' " says Arthur in the book, the radio series, the TV series. Funny.

What's the line in the movie?

"They were in the basement."

This worries me. This happens right at the beginning and, to me, set the tone for the constant banter.
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quote:
"let's save the universe" space opera.
You know, I think she could.
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Alright, all you hoopy froods.

Junior Babydoll
Long-sleeved Junior Raglan
....and a little something for the Dude Froods

The storefront is being a little wonky, but I think following these links directly will take you to the right place. Let me know if they don't.

And wow - I knew there was a reason I was hanging on to that picture of the towel I scanned.

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That is majorly cool! I just sold a dress on E-bay for $18, so I can justify it even.
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I wish they'd show the image bigger - the letters are terry-cloth/towel texture, if you can't tell.
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You can zoom in on the image - I could see it. Very nicely done. [Smile]
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Ooooooooo!

*hops from foot to foot*

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I just saw it, and it was merely alright. Nothing to write home about. There were no major laughs, the acting was mediocre, and sometimes horrible (which was disappointing, because Mos Def and Sam Rockwell are usually great). The movie did pick up at about the halfway point, and some of the special effects were great. I can see how some major fans of the books will be disappointed.

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Just please, please tell me the scene of the crew getting whapped by buried sticks that they keep showing in the commercials is a small and unregarded scene.
'Fraid not. It's probably the scene which is the most played for laughs in the entire movie.
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I am physically incapable of wearing a shirt without a pocket.
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Nerd.
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I'm also toying with the idea of a Babelfish tshirt. It'll take some illustrating, though.
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Porter, does the pocket have a protector? Some pencils and a slide rule?
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I just saw it and I don't want to talk about it(but will).

To even complain about ways it strayed from the spirit of the original creations would imply that there were ways in which it stayed true.

It didn't wak the fine line between pleasing old fans and new. It sat and had a picnic lunch on the "new Hollywood action/romance fan" side and occasionally threw scraps of funny over the fence. And by occasionally, I mean twice. Maybe three times. The best lines were neutered. The plot...well, they tried to give it one.

The highights of the movie were the Serenity and Episode 3 trailers.

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Hm. Maybe it's for the best that I can't see it tonight like I planned. I don't want to see the Serenity trailer anyway, and I loved the books in elementary school.

[ April 29, 2005, 07:23 PM: Message edited by: twinky ]

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Well I actually enjoyed it. It had enough inside jokes to keep me happy. (Ford saying Belgium, The theme music from the tv show, Marvin from the show). I wish I had some 3d glasses, Oh well.
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We saw iton Thursday night. The sound cut out and we missed the last 20 minutes - which, by that point we didn't really care.

I was very underwhelmed.

But at least we got some free passes out of the deal!

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I liked it. I thought it was fun. I knew they wouldn't be able to do everything, and that they'd have to change the structure somewhat to fit the narrative arc of a film as opposed to a book/radio play/computer game/whatever. But what they did do, I thought they did rather well.

Of course, I am a geek.

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lol, you went in a bathrobe? I'd rather be a h2g2 geek than a Star Wars geek anyday. Walking around in a bathrobe is far less strange then being a storm trooper. And alot cheaper.

[ April 30, 2005, 12:11 AM: Message edited by: Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged ]

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All I know is I want one of those mini light saber/automatic bread toasters.
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Yes, I went in a bathrobe, and jammie pants and slippers, with a towel over my shoulder. [Razz] And went out for dinner and drinks afterwards, too.

And I also really, really covet the bread toaster.

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Maybe it's been too long since I read the books, but I loved it. Yes, it was much more American than the book, but I didn't think it was a bad thing. ElJay said it well: they had to change some things to make it work as a movie, but it worked well and was very enjoyable.
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I saw it tonight. There were parts that were better than I expected, and some parts that were worse, so it pretty much evened out.
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I'll echo Jon Boy because I loved it too. There were plenty of giggles all the way through (but then, it doesn't take much for me to giggle) and I really DID feel the triviality of the whole non plot. [Smile] In this case, I think that's how I was supposed to feel.
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I liked it quite a bit. I thought it stayed true to the characters and the general overall feeling of the book without being too silly. Zaphod was probably the most hilarious guy in the movie.

Then again, I spoiled myself, and it's ALWAYS smart to spoil yourself when it's something you love.

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Then again, I spoiled myself, and it's ALWAYS smart to spoil yourself when it's something you love.
Are you sure about this? Because I love Firefly and I'm relucant to spoil Serenity...
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