Just discovered that Signum University (the place that hosts the Mythgard Institute) will be holding a Rogue One and Fantastic Beasts chat this evening at 7pm-9pm. Don't know if I'll participate, but I'll probably check out what they upload to youtube afterward.
Anyway, what makes that event post-worthy is that, on the Friday before Christmas, *M and I made an hazardous excursion to see precisely those two films. The theater's 5 miles away, neither of us drive, so we got a map and made the arduous, hazardous, monster-bedeviled hike. (See how adventurous it was?) Along the way we stopped at The Green Dragon, a Tolkien-themed pub here in town and virtually Murfreesboro's only source of culture -- I've been here for 5 years and never been, entirely because of the distance. Anyway, after a nice lunch, we finished the hike and watched Rogue One and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. (Just to add to the adventure, we snuck in to the latter film.)
Rogue One is clearly the best Star Wars film since the originals, and Fantastic Beasts is fantastic without qualification. What I admire most about Rowling is how she keeps pressing themes she hasn't covered before -- in this case, child abuse and segregation.
There's even a heroic Muggle!
Needless to say, however, we were too exhausted at the end of the day to hike back home, so after getting a couple of Christmas turkeys we hailed an Uber. Good day, though.