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I have been a big fan of Tic Tac mints since they first came out when I was a kid (I guess I just dated myself again). They've become even more of a mainstay in my life since I became a driver, as I had a bunch of packages in the car at one point and provoked an expectation from my passengers that they would always find Tic Tacs there, perpetually forcing me to keep them properly stocked. I was only a little nonplussed by the "More Enjoyable Freshness" slogan on the last package of these I picked up, figuring there was a bonus container of mints in the package. To my shock, it turns out this refers to the fact that they've increased the size of each mint by 30%. I kept an open mind about this before trying them, but my worst fears are confirmed, as they have managed to ruin the ratio of outer coating to inner mint... actually I imagine the proportions are the same, but the effect is different, and I don't like the new variety nearly as much as the old one. I hope there's a plan to keep the older type around as well. If there isn't, I guess I'll have to count on disgruntled fans like myself forcing them to go back... sort of like how we got New Coke killed back in the day (gosh, that's already a long time ago too... I really have to stop doing that).

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57. Re: Oh no Jan 8, 2004, 23:16 rkone
First of all, not going to see Return of the King means missing out on what's probably going to be the best film of this DECADE.

I'm sorry, RotK was ok, but it felt like a rehash of The Two Towers to me. In TTT, the beginning of the film was all over the place. It's obvious the entire film was just a setup for the final battle at helm's deep. In RotK, the beginning was all over the place again. It also felt like it was just a setup for the big battle (Gondor this time). Yes the battles were great, but not worth sitting through the entire movie.

FotR however, had great character development, and a boatload of amazing scenes peppered throughout the entire movie. I can't think of one thing to cut out of it, this is after watching it 15+ times now.

I can pick out a number of pointless scenes in the next two films though. What's up with Aragorn's "death" after the wolf riders? Aren't there enough fake deaths in the trilogy without it? In fact, the entire wolf rider attack subplot was useless, they weren't properly built up, they never seemed like any major threat. And what they were thinking to have Frodo brought back to the city, did they all go back through the dead marshes? If not, why did they go through all that to get to Mordor in the first place?

In RotK, what was the point of having the Stewart of Gondor act so contrary to everyone, without any explanation at all? His actions make no sense in the movie. The best explanation we get is that "he's crazy". Argh! The path of the dead was underwhelming to say the least. In the book it was built up quite a bit, but in the movie there's nothing interesting about it at all. All we get is restless horses and the rehashed "I'm a ghost because I'm translucent and green" undead. I was half expecting Bill Murray to jump in and cry out "He slimed me!". So much time was spent creating interesting, unique and realistic races. I guess when it was time to do the undead, they had run out of ideas.

The more I think about the last two films, the less I like them

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