Hobbit 2 HDS 3D - saw it yesterday in the cinema. Really looong. Fell asleep for 5 minutes in the middle until my son woke me up. How to drag out a small-ish novel into 3 long films - Jackson really needs a lesson in how to wrap things up. I bet he says goodbye 20 times before hanging up the phone.
Probably because the lone ranger was a wimp (Eastern lawyer), the movie was more about tonto than it was the lone ranger and was a comedy, not drama. Don Knotts would have been just as good, maybe better, in that part had he been alive.
I recall an old (really old) episode of "Have Gun, Will Travel" which featured a group of Mandarin Chinese, all of whom were portrayed by white actors. Don't you imagine that a modern movie could do better than to cast Johnny Depp as Tonto? What's next? Tom Hanks as Nelson Mandella? I don't care how good an actor you are, some parts are just not meant for some people.
WRT Lone Ranger - I couldn't work out if it was supposed to be funny or not. Cap'n Jack as Tonto didn't work for me. If you're going to make a send-up, go for it with both barrels, not this mish-mash. Pretty predictable too. Not a big fan. The original series with Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels was my Saturday morning diet (along with other B&W series Champion the Wonder Horse, Zorro and Flash Gordon) and any film was always going to be a disappointment.
Believe it or not, I even listened to Lone Ranger episodes on old 78 records. Although the only thing I can recall about it is that they used (frequently) a refrain from Dvorak's New World Symphony (not to mention Rossini's William Tell Overture).
Did you have to crank the handle too and direct the trumpet-thingy?
Nope. we had 'lecticity back then (and not just the kind you got from rubbing the cat) and an old console that would play 33 1/3, 45 and 78 records. Nowadays I am strictly CD/MP3 but I have a very nice antique wind-up with a needle that looks like it could be replaced with a finishing nail that still plays 78s. I keep it because it fits with the decor.
Just done watching a Bruce Willis flic from 1996, Last Man Standing, which was a remake of the 1964 movie, A Fistful of Dollars, which was a remake of the 1961 move, Yojimbo, which was based on the Dashiell Hammett book, Red Harvest.