On Thursday, November 27, 2003, at 09:08 AM, Martin wrote: > So, are we all getting excited? I wish I could! I read the trilogy multiple times in HS ... and saw the first showing Fellowship - on the first day ... walked away let down. I recall I enjoyed the books because the magic and history and cultures were explained in great detail ... so it seemed very real. The movie was: now this magic thing happens and now these characters are running away from these characters and now they're doing the chasing. Same can be said (by me) about the Two Towers, although I waited for the DVD (and can somebody verify for me that the Ents played a huge role in the movie as compared to the book?) 2003 has been a poor year for movies for me. Only one I've seen that I thought was "rather interesting" was Identity. Maybe 2004 will be better.