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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Reviewed by a Non-Jackson Fan

Yesterday I saw the trailer for the new Godzilla movie for the first time…on the big screen of a theater. It already looked good just on Youtube. It’s really great in larger scale. Can hardly wait for the movie to come out in May of next year.

After the trailer there was a movie called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, loosely based on the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Now, if you know of my history with the films of Peter Jackson, you’re probably expecting a rage filled rant. But this time you’d be wrong.

I certainly have a fair few criticisms of the movie, but as for feeling… Well, I was pleasantly unemotional watching it yesterday. Sure, I rolled my eyes a fair few times, but otherwise no strong feelings either up or down. Except for the scenes with Smaug. Smaug was very well done. Benedict Cumberbatch did a great job bringing out the dragon’s personality.

Anyway, onto my thoughts on the film. Beware of spoilers!

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Happy Hobbit Day!

“Hobbit Day” — Saturday, September 22nd — celebrates the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, the ¬†fictional heroes of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Friday, September 21, 2012 is also the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit book. And don’t forget the upcoming Peter Jackson film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Across the world, individuals, groups and organizations are preparing to celebrate in style. Here’s a round-up of links to help you enjoy this most festive occasion. Continue reading

Around the Common Room: September 13, 2012

Excitement for fall and winter movie releases is building, and a lot of this week’s news seems to be movie-based. First, David from The Warden’s Walk is hosting a read-through of The Hobbit, beginning in late September and ending just before the movie comes out. Whether you’re a fan of the book or have never read it, and whether or not you plan to see the movie, this sounds like a great event to check out.

The young Potter actors have made headlines for a lot of reasons, but now Emma Watson’s got a scandalous one through no fault of her own: she’s apparently this year’s most dangerous celebrity to search for online. Cyber criminals use her name to attract potential victims; according to USA Today (link above), searching for her name gives you a one-in-eight chance of landing on a malicious site. It’s a strangely unfitting fate for someone so hardworking and serious as she appears to be. Her new film, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, releases September 21.

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Around the Common Room: July 27, 2012

cheapest cialis>It’s not Halloween, but apparently it’s a bit of a week for vampire news anyhow–although the story of Kristen Stewart having cheated on Robert Pattinson is more like sordid vampire gossip, and you’ll also find people around here who will argue that the word vampire doesn’t properly apply. Anyway, less sordidly and perhaps more vampirically, MSNBC has the news that Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been cast as Dracula in an upcoming NBC series. What I find funny, however, is that they claim this:

“In the world of “Twilight” and “True Blood” and all the contemporized stories, we thought we’d go back to the original”

…but then, the plot summary reads like this:

The series, which bypassed the traditional pilot stage, takes place in the 1890s and finds Dracula living a double life in London as an American businessman interested in bringing modern science to Victorian society. His true plan to exact revenge on those who burdened him centuries ago, however, is derailed when he falls in love with a woman who seems to be his reincarnated wife.

I’ve read Dracula, and I don’t remember any of that.

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Around the Common Room: 27 January 2012

While we’re discussing movies at the Pub, it seemed a good time to mention that quite a number of books–ranging from the popular to the obscure to the classic–are being made into movies. We all know about The Hobbit and The Hunger Games; maybe we’ve also heard about upcoming adaptations of Les Miserables (book to musical to movie) and The Great Gatsby. Young adult book blogger Rebecca has the most complete list I could find at a glance; the Huffington Post features a slideshow piece of their own top ten picks. From The Lorax to Anna Karenina, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to Great Expectations, this should be an interesting year for the movies. Whether the results are very good or very awful, book-loving movie-goers should have plenty to talk about.

A girl after our own heart: Given the suggestion to make a Top Ten list about any book-related subject, Briana from the review blog Pages Unbound lists the Top Ten Books Relating to J.R.R. Tolkien. Some of them look quite fantastic.

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First Trailer for Jackson’s The Hobbit

Released late yesterday:

The long-awaited prequel to Peter Jackson’s oft-revered, oft-despised interpretations of The Lord of the Rings is still a year out, and even then we only get the first half of it. The trailer does its job giving us a taste of what’s to come, though, showing us epic photography such as we all remember from the LOTR films along with some humor–Tolkien’s story has its funny moments, after all–and a fair amount of personality from Martin Freeman as Bilbo. Love it or hate it, it’s hard not to imagine the movie fulfilling all its blockbusting expectations.

More information at ComingSoon.net.