"(Saddam)'s not a prisoner of war, he's a CAUSE of war. He deserves to be treated how he treated his citizens. Oh wait, that'd mean we'd not only torture and then kill him in the most inhumane ways possible, but he'd also have to be innocent. So much for that thought."
In the interest of full disclosure: yes, my wife wrote that. Doesn't change the fact that it's a great line.
I saw Fellowship in a state of the art theater in Atlanta, with my wife and my 3 year old son. Except for the black riders pawing the ground and an occasional loud noise or two he was fine.
A year later I saw Two Towers in a state of the art theater in Dayton, Ohio, alone. It was snowing outside, a day or two after Christmas, where I had just received the extended DVD of Fellowship, complete with a coupon for The Two Towers. My wife, somehow, managed to wait until the DVD came out the day before her birthday this year to see Towers.
T-minus 11 hours. I wish I could say I was seeing Return of the King tonight. The closest state of the art theater is an hour away. Tomorrow's a work day. I've yet to see the extended DVD of Two Towers (perhaps, I can hope, it's under a tree somewhere with my name on it). Nor, I think, will I be able to see it this weekend, or the following weekend. But, that's the weekend I think I'm going to try. We'll be on 'vacation,' visiting family. And most of the family has grandiose plans for next Saturday. Except us. We have grandiose plans for next Sunday (Walt Disney World). Meaning Saturday afternoon is free.
Free to stand in massive Orlando lines (they have to have numerous state of the art theaters). Free to sit alone (assuming, once again, that my wife won't want to see this in a theater). Free to lose myself absolutely, for 200 glorious minutes, in Middle Earth. Free to absorb Peter Jackson's masterpiece. Free to dream that he means it when he says he plans on filming The Hobbit. Free to believe, with JRR, that Hobbits exist. Free to wish, as always, that I lived in Hobbiton.
There were lost days in college spent, literally, watching the videos of all three Star Wars movies back to back to back. Days spent wondering if there would ever be an experience like that again.