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"You may have heard about some of the crazier things in the game already, like the aforementioned ring of power and, perhaps, the fact that giant spider Shelob from Return of the King appears, but spends roughly 95% of her screentime as an attractive lady in sultry evening wear. By the way, Sexy Shelob is a quasi-noble force for good looking out for Middle-Earth’s best interests."

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"But in the end, it’s not these lore-nerd grievances that are the depths of Shadow of War’s bizarre, twisted take on Lord of the Rings, as crazy as they are. Because really, what makes Shadow of War such an un-LotR-esque experience is that it’s ultimately a game about people who cast aside hope and embrace evil in an attempt to control its power, and fail in spectacular ways while doing so."

So that was a mostly annoying trip to the movieplex!

Annoyance #1: The drive in front of the doors where the cab usually drops me off was closed so they could repaint the lines, so I had to be dropped off far away and wheel myself around the building to get there. (The entrance on the other side of the building was locked, but the automatic door opener did open the inside door for me, so that was fun.) Still my arms were strong enough and fast enough to get me into the lobby well ahead of the 10:30 showing of "Blade Runner"...

Annoyance #2: ...which didn't actually exist. They had moved the showtimes around since I check their Web site on Monday. Yes, I looked at the Wednesday showtimes, but apparently when one of their screens opened up on Monday night after having the new seating installed, they jiggered everything around. (The worst part is that I actually acted like an adult and got all of my phone calls for the week done on Monday; if I had put the ride reservation off by a day, this wouldn't have been an issue.) Since my ride service will pick me up earlier than I asked but not later, that meant one movie and leave early. So, sorry "Blade Runner 2049", you get to wait until next week when I go back to see the Rifftrax version of "Night of the Living Dead", assuming you're still in theaters next week.

Annoyance #3: The Coke Zero on the drinks fountain has been replaced by Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. Okay, I was expecting that one, but still.

The good part is that "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" was definitely worth watching. I'm not polyamorous so I honestly don't have a sense of how many movies portray it in a positive light, but this one impressed me. Of course, from my perspective, this was primarily a comic book superhero origin story, and it works well as that too. (I have no clue about the BDSM angle, because I don't do BDSM (no, really) or even talk about it with friends (as opposed to the poly angle, a constant discussion topic at Pagan events), so I leave it to others to comment on that.)

Plus I'm home two hours early, so I can watch one of those Hammer Horror films I missed last night.

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Some decent trailers before the movie today, but this one was the most kick-ass:

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Only in Conservative Image-Manipulation Land could anyone confuse Bruce Springsteen for Bill Cosby.

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