It’s finally done! It took me over 2.5 years to complete this review of The Fellowship of the Ring. Well, I say “review” but in truth, it’s more of an analysis and an appreciation of the film.
Here’s hoping the next series of posts on The Two Towers and The Return of the King won’t take as long (yes, I said the same thing when I posted Part II of this review 7 months ago.)
If you haven’t done so yet, check out Part I and Part II.
Enjoy! Continue reading “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition – Review (Part III)”
I am a big fan of behind the scenes documentaries for films.
My passion started way back in 1994 when, just a few months after the release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, a ‘making of’ feature was shown on TV. I was mesmerised to see what went on behind the camera lens: the writing of the script, the set design and, of course, the creation of the dinosaurs themselves.
Since then, I devoured any behind the scenes features I came across, no matter what film it was. This occurred well before the advent of DVDs and such instances showed up few and far between. Continue reading “In Praise of Michael Pellerin”
An Extended Cut that fixes many issues but remains slightly inconsistent
Here it is folks! The long-awaited review of the extended edition of The Battle of the Five Armies is here.
Don’t expect a long discussion for now; just a quick look at each extended scene.
A few mild spoilers follow, in case you haven’t yet seen it. Continue reading “The Battle of The Five Armies Extended Edition Review!”
Is it normal I’m more excited about the Sherlock Special than the BoTFA Extended cut?
It’s no secret that I’ve been fascinated by Sherlock Holmes (who isn’t?) for many years: both as a literary character and the various film and TV adaptations.
I am also a massive fan of the British TV series Sherlock, and – if you’re like me – you possibly cannot have failed to read about the upcoming Christmas Special in December.
Well, with yesterday’s newly released trailer, that excitement couldn’t be more evident. That mixture of nostalgia and child-like anticipation, that has been so synonymous with the Festive period whenever a new Middle-earth film was released, is being felt again. Continue reading “Holmes over Baggins: Why?”
In case you missed it . . .
Yes, so a certain trailer for a certain trilogy was released online in anticipation of the cinema release of all three extended editions of The Hobbit. Here’s the result.
Below we take a look at the new shots in store.
In the meantime, here are some of the extended/new scenes we can expect in The Battle of the Five Armies. Continue reading “The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition Trailer! New Scenes!”
How Peter Jackson went places he proved he would never go
I have been a Peter Jackson apologist for a number of years: attempting to understand and explain to others certain decisions done by the filmmaker when adapting the Middle-earth stories tothe silver screen.
Never being a narrow-minded “Jacksonphile”, I tried – as much as possible – to understand his reasonings; but not always found myself in full agreement with the outcome of specific choices. However, I always accepted Jackson’s own thoughts behind the alterations he employed.
However, after viewing The Battle of the Five Armies, I have come to the conclusion that Peter Jackson has probably done some shocking errors of judgement in its third act; something I will undoubtedly find extremely difficult to accept why he made the choices that eventually ended up on the screen.
I can most certainly understand why, but I don’t think I’ll be able to agree or sympathise with those decisions.
Continue reading “The Problematic Climax of ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’”
From being slain in An Unexpected Journey to chief torturer in The Battle of the Five Armies
I’ve grown rather fond of the final appearance of Bolg in The Hobbit trilogy. Although I had some initial reservations, I’ve come around.
You may probably have noticed by now that the original design for Bolg (and originally Azog – it’s slightly complicated so here’s a link to a detailed post about the design history: Azog, Bolg … and Yazneg: The trio’s tangled design history), has made an appearance in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Missed him? Continue reading “Old Bolg back in The Hobbit!”
Other promising stories contending for the silver screen
Even during the initial stages of production on The Hobbit, people worldwide were already speculating what other future projects pertaining to the world of Middle-earth may grace our screens.
The Silmarillion is a vast horde of riches sitting beneath the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon; a source of material barred from cinematic adaptation within the foreseeable future – and perhaps, a good thing too.
However, copyright issues aside, we must not forget the other stories contained within the appendices of The Lord of the Rings; stories that have been virtually untouched by Peter Jackson’s expansion of his Hobbit trilogy. Continue reading “Possible Middle-earth films…”
Scene by scene analysis of ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’
Warning: Spoilers ahead
Having just seen the last film for a third time, I think I am prepared to tackle the pleasurable, if arduous, task of writing an in-depth review.
I have roughly followed the soundtrack listing of each scene to keep a consistent and chronological structure to the writing.
Suffice to say, this is quite a lengthy review …
Continue reading “The Hobbit: BOTFA Full Review!”
Seen the last Hobbit film? Want more?
Here’s what we might see in the Extended Edition
— Naturally, here be Spoilers —
If you enjoyed The Battle of the Five Armies but, like me, were not fully satisfied due to certain omissions, the content of next year’s Extended Edition seems to be extremely promising; a definitive director’s cut to be shelved along with the other 5 equally-stupendous Middle-earth films.
During the World Premier in London, Peter Jackson already stated that there will be 30 minutes of new material.
Continue reading “The Battle of the Five Armies: Extended Edition (… speculation)”