Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll Goes to the Movies

There are a lot of great movies coming out before the end of the year. It’s Oscar-bait season, of course, when many of the Best Picture hopefuls are released so that they’ll be fresh in the minds of Academy voters in a couple months, though some more light-hearted movies are on the way too.

I’m super-psyched for The Hobbit and Les Misérables, and I also really want to see Life of Pi and Anna Karenina (which are out already). What about you? What December releases are you hoping to see?

By [E] Hillary

Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

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This girl already has her tickets to see The Hobbit! Boyfriend bought them as soon as they became available online. We’re seeing it at the Alamo Drafthouse, so I’m expecting some delicious Hobbit-themed foods.

I’m also looking forward to Les Miserables, partially for the story and partially for my crushes on both Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. I’m really interested in Django Unchained because I do love Tarantino’s particular brand of filmmaking, though I absolutely don’t think such a story is a white man’s place to tell.

I saw Anna Karenina over the weekend and I thought it was quite excellent despite running just a little too long. Keira Knightley was fantastic. I really don’t understand why so many people dislike her.

I am really on the fence about the animal issue. The details are all over the place on it. The only consistent facts are that two horses died because their pastureland was not flat enough, after which the horses were moved into stables, and that some chickens were mauled by a dog while out of their enclosure. The first is clearly a problem (more one of horses being unacclimated to uneven terrain, as horses used to hills probably wouldn’t have been as susceptible to falls, but still horse folk should know about this sort of risk), the second is a harder call for me. It could have been negligence, which would be unforgivable, or ignorance, which is forgivable but still somewhat shame worthy. (I have known a fair amount of people that have raised chickens and many of them had chickens mauled by some chicken eating critter at some point despite best efforts, so this does not set off any major alarm bells for me.) The third horse death doesn’t seem preventable to me, even if it was from colic from new feed. Sometimes feed sources have to be changed, and experienced horsemen sometimes miss colic symptoms. Sad, but it happens. There isn’t any consistent account on sheep and goats and how many died and of what.

The vet working the film says that she felt the animals were treated well during the film. The SPCA found no evidence of cruelty when they investigated the farm. On the other hand when the film company brought in the AHA they had suggestions to improve the farm’s safety, which means it was not ideal. But the film company followed all the AHA’s suggestions, at some expense.

And then we come to the fact that one of the wranglers making accusations says he was fired for speaking up about animal conditions, but the studio and some of his former coworkers say he was fired for being a bad wrangler.

It’s something I want to know more about, but I haven’t seen anything yet that makes me believe that there was a widespread disregard for animal safety on this film. It’s such a mixed bag of conflicting stories.

I’m really torn over Life of Pi. I loved the book and fear the film failing the book, as it were. On the other hand, there’s the Silver Linings Playbook which I’d rather like to see as I didn’t enjoy the book but have found the trailers intriguing. Where as The Hobbit? Oh, yes! Would also rather love to see Gambit (Colin Firth! Alan Rickman!).

I’m pretty excited for Oz. It just looks pretty.

I’m sure I’ll end up seeing The Hobbit, even though I still don’t understand how it’s going to be stretched over 3 movies.

I’ve heard good things about Life of Pi and Anna Karenina, but I still want to read both books before seeing those movies. So I’ll probably end up waiting until they get to HBO

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