The third and final entry in The Hobbit trilogy is by far the strongest of the three. It gives a faithful and lovingly-crafted foray into Middle Earth for fans of the book and new fans alike, while being able to incorporate lore from other writings of Tolkien into the mix and tying all six films together as a unit, binding them with common story elements and ties to each other.
Of course, the film is full of familiar characters and cutting-edge computer-animated action scenes, yet at times this two-and-a-half-hour middle chapter lacks urgency and its easy to feel the running time.
West of Memphis is a documentary that distills 19 years of a witch hunt, a grass roots movement, lost leads, confusion, countless appeals, and hope into one remarkable movie that is hellbent on setting the record straight. Co-produced by Peter Jackson, one of many WM3 supporters who lent not only his money and time but considerable investigative effort to free the wrongly convicted Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, it is a film with enough fervor for all three Paradise Lost movies.
Eric, Trevan and Trey return to talk about Oz the Great and Powerful, West of Memphis and Don’t Stop Believin: Everyman’s Journey. Is Sam Raimi’s first film in four years worth the wait? Is James Franco a worthy Oz? Does West of Memphis provide some needed closure or shed additional light on The West Memphis Three? Tune [...]
Some honorable mentions that didn’t quite clear the quality bar included Holes, The Indian in the Cupboard, Watership Down, Stuart Little, Where the Red Fern Grows, Little Red Riding Hood, Bridge to Terabithia, Winnie the Pooh (2011), Horton Hears a Who, Coraline, Curious George (2006), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlotte’s Web, and Hook (Peter Pan deserves better).
This week Eric, Trevan and Trey return to Middle-earth with Peter Jackson for a lengthy discussion of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey before moving on to Sacha Gervasi‘s take on Alfred Hitchcock in the appropriately titled film, Hitchcock. Is the return to The Shire and Rivendell worth your time? Is 48 Frames-per-Second filmmaking the downfall of [...]
‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ could have felt like a visit from an old friend, but sadly it doesn’t.
Despite some minor missteps, watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey feels like welcoming an old friend into your home. He may ramble a bit and slightly overstay his welcome, but hanging out with him reminds you of why you’re friends in the first place.
The Adventures of Tintin offers calorie-free empty thrills.
For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! I have little doubt that #50 on AFI’s list of the best American [...]
Making films about the “afterlife” can be tricky. Director Peter Jackson (“King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) is wrangling with this potentially divisive subject matter and the prospect of adapting a beloved book with his newest film “The Lovely Bones.” The end result is a movie that feels like several disjointed parts rather than [...]
Eric and J.D. represent the two opposite ends of the raging debate over Peter Jackson’s “King Kong,” calling it both ‘deep’ and ‘flatulent’ just mere seconds apart.