Saturday, June 1, 2019

Come join us for the Tolkien movie this Monday (June 3rd)

A reminder that on Queen's Birthday (yes, the day after tomorrow!), we're meeting at 2:00pm in the lunch area of the Penthouse Cinema on Ohiro Road (Brooklyn), to enjoy a little lunch and conversation before the 3:15pm session of the Tolkien bio-pic. The movie is getting favourable reviews.

Everyone is welcome, but can you please let me know approximate numbers so I can prepare the good folk at the Penthouse for our group. They are holding a lunch-table for us, or more than one if we have the numbers.

There are also still a small number of seats held for us there - give them a call. Their phone number is (04) 802 5086,when booking remember to tell them you're part of the Welly-moot group and they'll seat us all in the same block of seats.

https://www.penthousecinema.co.nz/movie/tolkien/
 

Also a quick reminder that Kathy from The One Room Fan Museum has costumes available, but get in touch with her soon.

http://www.theoneroomfanmuseum.nz/contact/
https://www.facebook.com/theoneroomfanmuseum/


Hope to see a lots of you there!

  - Jack

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Tolkien Movie Detail - Group event on Queen's Birthday (June 3rd) at 3:15 PM

We finally have details of session times, and although earlier than expected, Queen's Birthday (June 3rd) seems to be the best date. We hope it suits you all as well!

Cinema Session

We've set up a group booking at the Penthouse Cinema, for the 3:15pm session. The booking is for up to 20 people, so just give them a call. Their phone number is (04) 802 5086,when booking remember to tell them you're part of the group and they'll seat us all in the same block of seats.


https://www.penthousecinema.co.nz/movie/tolkien/


 NB - the Penthouse Cinema is located at 205 Ohiro Road, Brooklyn.

Lunch Booking

We also want to get together beforehand to sit down for a spot of lunch, or just cup of coffee, so we're kicking off the event at 2:00pm in the Penthouse Cafe. Can you all drop me a quick message by Friday evening if you intend to be there for that so I can arrange a reserved table for us there as well, on my usual jack@welly-moot.com or just leave me a comment somewhere (Facebook works equally well).

https://www.penthousecinema.co.nz/cafe/


Costs

Tickets are $16 for adults, $13.50 for Students and Senior Citizens, and $11 for children (keep in mind it's rated "M" for violence, which I'm guessing is for the WWI content). Lunch/coffee is at own expense.

Costumes

The Penthouse staff were delighted when I mentioned our group's penchant for middle-earth costumes, so if anyone felt so inclined, please wear'em if you got'em! And if you don't, please talk to Kathy from The One Room LOTR Fan Museum in Newtown, who is more than happy to help you out!

http://www.theoneroomfanmuseum.nz/contact/
https://www.facebook.com/theoneroomfanmuseum/



The gorgeous French film poster

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Update: Tolkien Movie at the Lighthouse

I got a timely reminder from longtime Welly-mooter Wayne, who is currently in Leeds, UK. He sent me this photo:


This has prompted me back into action about watching the movie here as a group. It looks like the Lighthouse Cinema (Cuba Street) will be showing it from the 6th of June onwards. We can't book seats yet until earlier in that same week apparently, so if everyone is happy to wait until then, we'll just pick a session and I'll blog the details here later.

Alternatively, we could book an entire session for our selves - their smaller screen only has 35 seats, and costs $484 to hire for a session - that way we can accommodate anyone else who wants to turn up. The problem with this is that Welly-moot doesn't have a bank account, and I don't fancy running the risk of a heft loss if we don't fill the seats, so we'd have to get enough people to commit, beforehand.

As always, my email is jack@welly-moot.com, let me know your thoughts there or on Facebook.

  - Jack

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Update - Upcoming Tolkien biopic movie


Hi all,

We're still waiting to hear which cinemas (if any!) are going to be showing the new Tolkien movie - if anyone has any information on that, please let me know? It's supposed to be released on the 6th of June, but that's all I can find out about it.

https://www.flicks.co.nz/movie/tolkien/


It looks like we do have enough people interested to make this into a Welly-moot event, assuming it will actually show somewhere close by, but please do let me know if you're also keen to join us.

My email is jack@welly-moot.com, or leave me a message anywhere you find me.

Meanwhile, enjoy this Stephen Colbert interview of Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins, the stars of 'Tolkien'. (Thanks to Aaron for the link!)




Enjoy your week!

  - Jack



Monday, April 29, 2019

Happy 20th birthday to TheOneRing.net

I think we may have missed a birthday greeting, so here is a belated one to all the good folks at TORn, otherwise known as TheOneRing.net. They were the original LOTR movie fansite, and certainly throughout Welly-moot's lifecycle (and NZ Noldor's time before that, still available as an archive on http://nznoldor.blogspot.com/) there were a lot of interactions with them.

They've been around for 20 years - about twice that of my efforts. For that, a big congratulations for continuing to serve the fans well!


Happy 20th birthday TORn, from all of us here!

  - Jack


Friday, April 12, 2019

Register your interest?

Hello everyone,

As you may have heard, the new Tolkien bio-pic is to be released in New Zealand on June the 6th. Obviously we should go to this, either individually or as a group - who is keen to join us? So far we've got Alex & myself, and Kathy from the One Room LOTR Fan Museum. If you're keen, leave me a message here, on the Welly-moot Facebook page, or email me on jack@welly-moot.com.

If we've got enough people interested, we can organise an evening around it, with possibly a dinner somewhere (Yum-cha anyone?).

https://www.flicks.co.nz/movie/tolkien/


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On another note, this link seemed appropriate at the moment, what with the events in Christchurch prompting some soul searching for us all (hopefully). The question is often asked - was Tolkien racist? There are definitely racist overtones in the Middle-earth sagas - the superiority of the elves compared to, say, the dwarves is obvious, and is explained well in the Silmarillion. However, was he alluding to his feelings about the Human race?

Read what Dimitri Fimi has to say about it. It makes for an interesting read, I think. (thanks Kathy for the link)

https://theconversation.com/was-tolkien-really-racist-108227

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One final note - an administrative note, and probably of interest to nobody. As you may have heard, Google is cutting its Google+ service, which means the G+ button will be removed off the main welly-moot blog. I have the distinct impression our Google+ site has never been used by anyone, so feel free to ignore this Very Important Notice. If you don't know what this is all about, just ignore the whole paragraph.
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  - Jack