The Hobbit & Despicable Me

Friday night I finally got around to seeing both The Hobbit and Despicable Me. I hadn’t been able to see either of those until now. Honestly, I wasn’t that interested in either of them before now. Here are my thoughts:

The Hobbit
I was very reluctant to see this movie from the beginning. I am one of those people who wasn’t a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I thought they were okay, just not super. And the problem I had with that trilogy was the directing. The movies were good, but Peter Jackson has no idea how to edit. So this gave me great pause when it came to watching The Hobbit.

Well… um… It was good. And Peter Jackson still can’t edit for crap. This movie was two hours and thirty nine minutes, and it felt like it was four hours. The stuff that happened was good, but Peter Jackson just really seems hung up on showing extended scenes that last five minutes when a two minute scene will do. This happens over and over and over and over and over and over again. I can’t speak to how accurately this movie follows the book, I’ve never read it. But the movie was good. It would have been so much better if Peter Jackson would hire someone else to edit the final draft. There’s some good stuff here, he just has too much filler around it.

Despicable Me
I can’t say why I never saw this movie before. I guess it just never appealed to me that much, based on the commercials and previews I saw before. Also, I was never a huge fan of Steve Carell. He’s okay in some stuff, I just had too much of him for a while. But my dear wife liked it, and so we rented it. This is such a cute movie. And the real stars of the show are the little girls. I especially liked Edith at the start. And is it just me, or does Agnes remind anyone else of Boo from Monsters Inc.? I really liked this movie, and I would recommend it to everyone.

Wisconsin latest state to get marriage equality

A federal judge on Friday ruled that Wisconsin’s ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional. It’s happening, one state at a time. What state is next? Half the country lives in states with equality now, and more cases are coming in almost every state that will expand that. Pretty soon legal discrimination against same sex couples, at least as far as marriage, will be nothing more than a relic of history. Hopefully we can get ENDA soon now, too.

Federal judge finds Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional

There’s also a link in there that shows where each state stands on marriage equality.

Marriage equality comes to Pennsylvania

More and more states are opening up to marriage equality, and about half the country now lives in a place where you can marry who you love. It’s coming along, one step at a time, and eventually I am confident that a case will get to the Supreme Court that will challenge whether a state has to recognize a marriage performed in another state. When that happens, I think the justices will have to rule that the full faith and credit clause means every state will have to recognize marriages carried out in other states, even if the marriage is between two members of the same sex.

If you want to read more about the Pennsylvania ruling, it’s here.