Third Film in ‘Hobbit’ Trilogy Gets a Release Date!

Just over a month ago, we brought you news that director Peter Jackson’s upcoming feature, The Hobbit, originally intended as a two-film saga, would instead become an epic trilogy.  We are now thrilled to report that fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord Of The Rings will only need to wait a mere seven months between the second and third films! Continue reading

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Spotlight: Wreck-It Ralph

This time of year is always an interesting one in the motion picture industry.  The year is half over, which means that studios will be cramming as many movies into theaters as they can. It’s an effort to part consumers with their hard-earned cash, building up to that most sacred of times..the Holiday Season.  Between now and the end of the year, approximately 165 films will debut on the big screen (including many “limited release” and “art house” films). Make no mistake, there are some real heavy-hitters out there: from Total Recall and The Bourne Legacy, to Taken 2, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, there’s literally something for everyone.  One studio in particular has this reviewer’s attention this fall, and that’s Walt Disney Pictures.  On November 2nd, Disney will release their latest computer-animated effort, Wreck-It Ralph..and my inner child is bouncing off the walls in anticipation.

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They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To

Is there any phrase more offensive to the people working in the cinematic entertainment industry today than the supremely dismissive and ridiculously close-minded phrase “they don’t make them like they used to?”  By uttering those eight short words, a critic can dismiss virtually any movie made in the last 20 years while at the same time elevating films that, all things considered, simply aren’t as entertaining as the movie being dismissed.  It is a tool of the overly-nostalgic audience that thinks if a movie takes advantage of modern technology to assist with the process of telling a story, the film simply cannot be as good as an older film that utilized practical physical effects to achieve a similar result. Continue reading

The Hobbit Trilogy

A few weeks ago, entertainment news organizations were reporting that Peter Jackson, renowned director of The Lord of the Rings and currently working on directing the two films in The Hobbit series, submitted a request for additional weeks of shooting.  Rumors flew that Mr. Jackson was up to something, from needing to reshoot scenes, shooting additional content for the home video release, or splitting his two films into three films.  Today, the speculation ended as Jackson and company announced that The Hobbit was becoming a trilogy.  While at the time of this writing there is no set release date for the third film, it would be safe to assume that it is probably going to arrive in December 2014, a year after part two.  Here is the full announcement from Peter Jackson himself: Continue reading

The Dark Knight’s Top 5 Foes

Every super hero has their dastardly devious and definitively evil ensemble of enemies.  The Dark Knight is no exception, and indeed, I can’t think of another super hero who has a list of arch enemies quite as extensive and well-known as The Batman.  After much heated debate about whether or not Bane was the right choice to conclude The Dark Knight Trilogy, we thought it would be fun to share our top 5 of Batman’s Most Wanted list.  Because each of these characters brings their own unique blend of intriguing back story and motivation, it would be an injustice to rank them among themselves. Here they are, presented in no particular order. Continue reading

Review: The Dark Knight Rises

At long last, Christopher Nolan has delivered the final installment in his highly acclaimed, semi-realistic trilogy featuring everyone’s favorite caped crusader, The Batman.  With “The Dark Knight Rises” Nolan attempted to bring the threads woven throughout the previous two films together to craft a fitting, climactic conclusion worthy of the praise and adoration the series has garnered to date.  It is a daunting task for any film maker; one that demands at least a courteous nod of appreciation toward everyone involved in the production of this series, despite how you felt about how the movie itself turned out.  Expectations for this film were extraordinarily high, and it takes a great team of individuals with incredible spirit to rise to the challenge.  My hat goes off specifically to Tom Hardy for having the guts to follow in the footsteps of Heath Ledger’s iconic performance as The Joker.  The film itself largely sidesteps the events of the previous film to form a strong link between itself and the first chapter in the series.  Despite being a very fitting conclusion to the series as a whole, “The Dark Knight Rises” does have its shortcomings, and choosing to mostly ignore the second act in the series is only the beginning. Continue reading

Review: Brave

Disney and Pixar have done it again.  I don’t know what those people put in their coffee every morning, but I would wager it is derived from magic, and not the kind promoted by haggard, clever old women who spend their days carving wooden figurines. It is always a joy to be surprised by the introduction of a new Pixar masterpiece. Pixar’s latest film, Brave, introduces another lovable princess into the hearts and minds of Disney and Pixar fans across the world along with a brand new story of adversity between mother and daughter and how the strongest bonds can be broken by pride and arrogance.  It is a film born from the spirit of adventure and the desire to rise up against archaic tradition, to become the master of our own destiny and make life-changing decisions for ourselves. A cast of adorable characters, spectacular music, a witty screenplay and a little bit of magic bring the tale of Brave to life.   But is the movie any good?

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