the lord of the rings trilogy

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens where The Desolation of Smaug left off, as the powerful dragon of the Lonely Mountain (still voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) descends on Lake-town for payback. To say that Peter Jackson captures the full horror and insanity of a dragon attack on a compact and inclosed area is something of an understatement, and you practically feel the pain and panic as Smaug’s attack lights up the entire town in seconds and doesn’t let up. But then, Bard (Luke Evans) heroically slays the dragon using the final black arrow, and Smaug is defeated. Ten minutes into the movie.

Pacing has always been a problem for The Hobbit movies, as you can well imagine if you’re creating an expansive seven-and-a-half hour movie trilogy based on a single 300-page book and some supplementary material. The previous film ended with a powerful “Oh $#!%” moment went Smaug leaves Bilbo (Martin Freeman) in the mountain to attack the people of Lake-town in retaliation for them giving aid to the Company of 13 Dwarves and their quest to take back Erebor. Dramatically, it was sound, but to use a comparison to The Lord of the Rings it would be as if The Two Towers were to end right before Aragorn and the others at Helms Deep ride out to meet the Orcs in battle for a last stand. It’s evidence of the fact that while Jackson has grown to handle well the overwhelming technical demands of the project, he’s lost sight of the best way to tell the story he wants to tell. (more…)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey made just over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, a tremendous success no matter what way you look at it, and a good sign for Warner Bros, the studio that took a chance on Peter Jackson to catch lightening in a bottle for a return sojourn through Middle Earth. With two movies to go, what could possible be the dark cloud in this bright sky?

How about $561 million in production costs on the trilogy so far? That’s the numberĀ Variety reported after obtaining financial documents filed in New Zealand, home base for Jackson and all things Hobbit related. That $561 million (or $676 million in New Zealand money) covers all aspects of production through March 31st this year, so it doesn’t cover the recent reshoots, the majority of post-production on part 2 The Desolation of Smaug or any of the post on part3, There and Back Again.

How does that compare to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy? Good question.

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It’s time to slip off your shoes, put your hairy feet up, light your pipe if you’ve a mind and preference to, and raise your flagon to celebrate the birthday of two of the Shire’s most famous Hobbits; Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. You remember those Bagginses, they actually like to wander around outside the Shire among all those Elves, Humans, Orcs, Goblins, Giants, Wizards and what not. I know . . . I know, utter nonsense. What is there that any self respecting Hobbit could possibly need out there? Nothing I say, but when they came back they did tell a good tale, didn’t they?

Saturday, September 22nd marks the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins (Bilbo is reported to have been born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 during the Third Age, 1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.). As most of you already know, Hobbits enjoy a good party and there’s no better party than the birthday party of a Bagginses. Why, there might even be wizardly fireworks!

We’ve collected a gallery of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobitt themed birthday cakes to celebrate the occasion. There are home made cakes and very professional cakes to admire in the collection below. I’m sure any self respecting Hobbit would enjoy a large slice of any of those cakes during breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper. Hmm, I think I’ll go downstairs and see if there is any cake left in the refrigerator.

Which cake would you want a slice from? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Top 10 Nerdy Stoner Flicks

Ah yes, another 4/20 is upon us. What better activity for you to participate in while blazed out of your mind than watching a movie? Well, if your stumped about what flick to pick I’ve got you covered with some highly recommended titles. This Top 10 is split in to two catagories; movies to watch while getting high and movies to watch once high. I think you can easily see how one slips in to the other. First, flicks for the perfect smoke-a-long,

Grandma’s Boy

This often over-looked 2006 comedy from Happy Madison productions follows Alex, video game tester and avid, avid pot smoker who is evicted and forced to move in with his grandmother. Having to hide his smoking and his stash leads to hilarity, like his grandmother mistaking the weed for tea and brewing one hell of a pot of, well, pot. At the same time he’s very close to completing programming his first video game until co-worker and “genius programmer”, J.P steals it. Alex seeks out his dealer, Dante, for solace and his met with an one, enormous spliff (as well as an African tribesman, a Chinese martial artists and a monkey. Dante is one of the most outrageous pot dealers put to film). Eventually J.P. is proven a thief and Alex goes on to be the creator of a hugely successful video game. In this movie, the nerd smokes the high score.

Click the jump for more nerdy stoner flicks and some movies you just gotta watch, high.

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