Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Origin of Middle-Earth Explained

There is technically one last major book for Middle-Earth that Peter Jackson could technically tackle if the Tolkien estate suddenly gets over their hate for him and the movies (which will never happen). It is called The Silmarillion that acts as a kind of encyclopedia (with all the facts both interesting and boring that word implies) of the Middle-Earth universe. It gets into the nitty gritty details of Middle-Earth including the origin story of the races and some of the characters we now know from the films that the below four minute video does an excellent job of explaining (hopefully it is a first of many that can provide the Middle-Earth details without slogging through The Silmarillion).

Three Now Playing TV Spots and Mini Review for The Hobbit 3

Below are three new TV spots for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies that is now officially released in the United States. I saw the movie as part of The Hobbit Marathon on Monday and I did enjoy it. Having said that, I didn't enjoy it enough to spend the effort writing a more formal review of the film so here is my quick summation.

Like the other two movies, Five Armies doesn't come close to the quality and emotional depth of The Lord of the Rings but that didn't surprise me because the book didn't have that either. Jackson caps the movie with an epic battle sequence with a great fights that completes the character arcs for the primary characters with an ending that that ties into Fellowship of the Ring in a rather predictable and forgettable way. If you liked or were somewhat entertained by the first two movies than this movie will easily satisfy you has it has the most visual stuff happening on screen (even if the actually story beats are the most simplistic of the three films).

My main complaint about the film is the same I think most people had - there simply wasn't enough depth material to warrant three films and the result of all that stretching weakens what otherwise would have been timeless films. Instead The Hobbit Trilogy will probably land in the same area as the Star Wars prequels where people know they exist but can't be bothered to watch them when they can enjoy the superior other trilogy instead.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Stephen Colbert Interviews Smaug the Dragon

On Thursday, The Colbert Report had a surprise guest in the form of Smaug the Dragon. Not in a costume or as some voice but Weta actually used their CGI Smaug creation to do an "on stage" interview with Stephen Colbert that was both fantastic to watch and quite hilarious. In part because it seems the voice of Smaug, Benedict Cumberbatch, came to play as he made digs at Colbert, himself, Sherlock and Martin Freeman. The result is fantastic and highly recommend you watch.

Five More TV Spots for The Battle of the Five Armies

Here are five more TV spots for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Final Trailer for THe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Below is the final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (and the Middle-Earth Saga) that also kinds of acts like a summary of the previous two films.