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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

No trilogy showing for Mechtild....

Posted on 2008.12.21 at 08:04

Boo hoo hoo. I can't use my lovely ticket to see the trilogy in the Cities today.

I bought it a while back as an early Christmas present to myself. I bought it in spite of the fact that I vowed never to go to a trilogy showing down in the Cities again (the crowd last year was so rowdy I just couldn't get into the films the way that I like). But this year, today, they are showing the EE's of FOTR and TTT. The EE's! The only times I've seen the EE's on the big screen was just before ROTK came out, and that was five years ago. I even booked a cheap hotel room to stay at afterwards (I'm too old anymore for three-hour drives late at night).

But the weather is against me. It's been snowstorming since Friday, on and off, with the storm expected to taper off today, but it has tapered too late. It's not snowing now, but it's a windy -5 Fahrenheit out there (-20 Celsius). Yesterday I cancelled the hotel reservation in the Cities, so as not to lose the money if I couldn't make it, but kept my eye on the weather and highway reports, just in case. I would need to leave here by 6:45am even in good weather to make it to the theatre when the doors open. Driving in snow, I'd need to leave much earlier. (It's about 165 miles to the theatre.)

I got up this morning at 4:00 to check out the reports but they were inconclusive. The highways between us and the Cities sounded drivable, if slowly because of scattered and blowing snow, but up here in Duluth our residential street was still unplowed, and the driveway full of drifted snow. Could I shovel it out fast enough to leave in time to make FOTR? Would I be able to get down the street if I did? And what about the rest of my family? I'd be leaving them without the means to get around until tomorrow, because I'd have the "snow car" (it has all-wheel drive).

So, sadly, I decided not to go.

Here's a picture of my lovely ticket:


Well, maybe next year. I think I'm going to write to the theatre and suggest they offer the trilogy at a different time of year, since weather is often an issue in winter. Also, it seems to me they'd do better box office if they didn't show the films during a vacation. People tend to go away for the holidays. Until last year I was always gone when they showed it, which has been around during Christmas and New Year's Eve. What about during the time of the Baggins birthday, Sept. 22, I'll suggest. Then they could draw from all the students at the universities, of which there are many in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Of if they don't care about showing it when school is in session, what about during the summer? It's worth a try. How I would love to see the EE's!

Thanks for listening to my sob story, dear readers.

ETA: Can you believe it? The skies are clearing here, and they even plowed our road. My family could have used the "non-snow car" after all. "Why don't you drive down and still see ROTK?" my daughter asked. It's tempting, but because the performances are completely sold out, I suspect I'd end up sitting in the corner of the front row. "It's a crap shoot," my husband said in his philosophical Minnesota manner. He meant the weather, not life in general. :)

~ Mechtild


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shirebound at 2008-12-21 14:50 (UTC) (Link)
Oh Mechtild, I'm sorry you can't go! Darn weather.
mechtild at 2008-12-21 15:02 (UTC) (Link)
And wouldn't you know it? Now that it's daylight and full morning, it looks like the whole thing's going to clear off. Whaah!
primula_baggins at 2008-12-21 14:50 (UTC) (Link)
Aww, that's too bad. I imagine a lot of people won't make it seeing how bad the weather is. I hope you can manage to watch them at home, maybe. I know, not the same. :(
mechtild at 2008-12-21 15:06 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Primula, for the consolation. Actually, I think most of the trilogy-goers will make it. The huge majority of the viewers probably live in and around the Cities (their population is in the millions, Duluth has fewer than 80,000 people). Taking a bit of extra time to get there will be no big deal.

My daughter and husband are up now, and my plucky daughter is already chiding me for being such a chicken, not driving down there "in a little snow". Actually, I can see some blue sky coming, which makes me feel worse. I should have just girded my loins and done it. I think I would have made it in time. *smites self*
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mechtild at 2008-12-21 18:26 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, me, too. I was weepy driving to mass (I sing in choir, which was thin today because of the weather, so they they were very happy to see me after all), feeling sorry for myself. But I'm better now. Thanks for the sympathy, Mews.
belleferret at 2008-12-21 15:59 (UTC) (Link)
Duluth? You live in Duluth? I lived there back in the early 80s! The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in Duluth! :-O

You poor dear, having to miss out on the LOTR marathon. That really sucks!
mechtild at 2008-12-21 18:28 (UTC) (Link)
Well, you know all about Duluth. Brrr capital of the U.S. As it turns out, weather-wise, I could have made it. I guess I was too chicken to chance it. I've driven across the country twice, and long trips by myself, but I'm not an intrepid driver in the snow.
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2008-12-21 16:18 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry you lost this chance to see the EE on the big screen. But it's only *this* chance, next time you will see the beloved EE in a good seat of the better row.
Meanwhile you can prepare the umpteenth screening at home with popcorn, tea, ... everything you like to warm you and to enjoy the vision.
mechtild at 2008-12-21 18:34 (UTC) (Link)
Ha ha! No, no screening at home. It's just not the same, you know? It's not just that the screen is littler, Estelanui, there's the loss of the sense of "public event" when you don't go to a theatre, the quasi-liturgy of attending art with other people. But there's also the fact that in a theatre, I tend to give myself over to the film far more.

In my own home I know I can stop the DVD at any time to go to the bathroom, make a snack, check something on the internet, and I find that I do that. If other people are there we might even interrupt to ask questions, stopping and rewinding if we miss dialogue. It's a very slack behaviour that really takes away from viewing films.

When I'm in a theatre I know that if I listen to someone's question, I'm simply going to miss what's going on. If I get up to go to the bathroom, there's no retrieving what I lost. Except in cases of extreme bladder distress, I never get out of my seat in a theatrical showing. :)
wendylady1 at 2008-12-21 16:45 (UTC) (Link)
Oh bad luck !! I've done the same thing more than once, I can tell you - made a decision according to what I think the weather is going to do and then, too late, realised I could probably have done it after all...

Take consolation in the fact that these films are such a hell of a money-spinner screened this way, especially in the winter, that this theatre will almost certainly screen them again - our local Imax cinema has a screening often into the small hours, on a regular basis now, because they are so popular !!
mechtild at 2008-12-21 18:38 (UTC) (Link)
You have an Imax that shows them? Oh, heaven! I'd drive a long way for that. I know that they will probably have the trilogy again next year, but this is the first time they've secured the EE's. I drove to the Cities three days in a row to watch those when they were showing them before the release of RoTK. (But that was actually easier, since they ran for two weeks; if the weather was too iffy, I could just take the trip the next day.)

But if you looked at that ticket stub you'd see that it's not that much of a money maker. It was 8.00 for the ticket, and that was for all three films! What a bargain. It's only expensive for people like me, who are driving from far away to see them (gas, plus lodging, if you're not up to driving a long way when it's past your bedtime).
sayhello at 2008-12-21 18:02 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that must be a disappointment. Sorry. I have to think there's a reason you weren't meant to go. I think arranging a summertime showing is a really good idea!

mechtild at 2008-12-21 18:41 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Hewene, I guess you could say there was a reason, lol. I sing in our choir at church, so going to the trilogy meant I would have been skipping mass this morning. As it turned out, I came and sang, but because of the weather and people leaving town for the holidays, there was only one other alto singing. She would have had to carry the part all by herself if I hadn't come. I hate having to do that.

Still, I'd have left her in the lurch if I'd had more confidence about trying to get there this morning.
Jo Ann
yeuxdebleu at 2008-12-21 18:36 (UTC) (Link)
What a tremendous disappointment. I live in NH -- where it's snowing like gangbusters at the moment -- so I know all about how weather can destroy the best laid plans.

I never got to see TTT on a big screen because it was showing for only three days in the midst of one of our worst storms. I've only seen all the EEs on DVD.

As far as I know, there has never been a trilogy showing at any theater in NH. I will suggest that to the owners of my two nearest theaters.

Considering where you live, I think the dates you suggested would be much better. You wouldn't have to worry about driving conditions, plus it would pull in the college students.
mechtild at 2008-12-21 18:45 (UTC) (Link)
Yeuxdebleu, what a highly appropriate icon. *g* Yeah, I moan about how opportunities to see the films are scanty here (jan-u-wine lives in L.A. where there seem to be more LotR showings all year long than you can shake a stick at), but look at you! You really know the meaning of "limited access" LotR. Getting to the movies in the winter in snowy places can be very chancy. Thinking of what you just wrote, since all of the LOTR films opened during December, I suppose you were on tenterhooks at each release, worrying about the weather.
pearlette at 2008-12-21 18:55 (UTC) (Link)
*gazes forlornly at your lovely unused ticket*

*swears on your behalf*


Man, I'd be boo-hooing too. The EEs! *sob*

*offers a holy thought* It was good you sang in the choir at Mass though. :)

How far is Duluth from the Cities, then? (And why do you call Minneapolis the Cities?)

I share your trepidation about driving in snow. Too scary.
mechtild at 2008-12-21 20:02 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, once I lived here a few years I, too, began calling Minneapolis and St. Paul (two big cities on either side of the Mississippi River from each other), "the Cities", which itself is short for "the Twin Cities".

Yeah, boo hoo on missing the EE's. I'm still getting teary when I glance at the clock, thinking, "They're in the mines of Moria, now..." *sniff* And it was good to sing the liturgy today; lots of great music during Advent. I love things in a minor key.

The "Cities" are 160 miles south of here, more or less, depending which part you want to get to. It takes about 2 1/2 - 3 hours to get to your destination, depending where you're going, and if the roads are clear and there are no traffic jams.

Duluth is tiny compared to the Cities. Its population is about the same as one of the suburbs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The population of the metro area of the Cities, by comparison, is about 2.85 million. But Duluth feels like a city, not only because it's the *only* town up here (Duluth's population is 80,000, huge for up here), it's also an ocean port. We may be in the boonies, but the sight of freighters and tankers and sea gulls out on the lake makes you feel connected to the wider world in a rather cool way.
maeglian at 2008-12-21 20:38 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this!

Hopefully fate has something LOTRishly wonderful in store for you to even out the score. Perhaps you'll happen to snow in at an hotel where EJW is also staying, next year...
mechtild at 2008-12-21 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
Ha ha! Well, I did get my copy of "Tales From the Perilous Realm", so that's all to the good. :)
bellewood at 2008-12-21 21:48 (UTC) (Link)
Oh poor you! I can just imagine how disappointed you are.. so would i be. And the extended's too.. boohoo!

I don't think i would have attempted the drive in that weather either.. it's easy to say you could have made it, now that you know the weather has improved, but what if it hadn't! Too late once you're half way there..

Easy for me to say i know, but i'm sure you'll have other opportunities! We don't chances like that here.

mechtild at 2008-12-21 21:54 (UTC) (Link)
I hope they'll show it again, too, Bellewood. Maybe they'll do a showing before The Hobbit is released? Maybe at regular theatres, theatres all over the place, like they did of the first three Star Wars movies before the fourth one came out? That would be SUPER.
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2008-12-21 22:13 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm so sorry! *hugs you* That really sucks. And you need it now more than every to pick you up from the disappointment. See, you're going to have to make a trip out to DC this summer to join us DC Ringers to see TTT playing behind an orchestra and chorus at Wolf trap to make up for it!
mechtild at 2008-12-21 22:27 (UTC) (Link)
Are they really going to do that????? They're going to do the thing they're doing at Radio City Music Hall in NY(with FOTR) and London (also with FOTR), but with TTT? -- showing the film but with the film score played by live orchestra and chorus? Ooooh, awesome. I don't think much of the acoustics at Wolf Trap, but I haven't been there in decades so maybe they've improved them. You guys should be in HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the hugs, Lavender. I feel most consoled. :)
aussiepeach at 2008-12-22 00:05 (UTC) (Link)
Waaaaaaaaaah! Stupid weather! At least we don't have that issue here. I hope you get to see it some other time. *hugs*
mechtild at 2008-12-22 01:44 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Peachy, thanks for posting, and especially for using one of my favourite of all animated icons. *smooch*
julchen11 at 2008-12-22 09:50 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry you can't go see it, sweetie.
*hugs tight*
mechtild at 2008-12-22 13:52 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm feeling better now. Thanks, Julchen. Talking with Bellewood made me express ideas about how they very well might reissue the LotR films ahead of the release of THe Hobbit, as a promotion strategy (the way Lucasfilms did for the fourth Star Wars film, reissuing the first three for theatrical showings). That made me feel very hopeful about seeing them again, although they won't be the EE's. *starts getting sniffly again*
lily_the_hobbit at 2008-12-22 12:19 (UTC) (Link)
That's such a shame! *hugs*
Wheather can be a pain.
mechtild at 2008-12-22 13:54 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Lily. It's actually good that it's snowed, it's been so frigid here. The plants can withstand the winter here better if they have a good snow blanket to help insulate them from the extreme extremes of cold (and winter dryness). I just wish I'd been more gutsy and just driven down.
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