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Mania Box Office Report: The Final Hobbit Rules (Article) - 12/22/2014 7:39:05 PM

Perhaps it had something to do with the Nazgul wielding the 9 rings for mortal men and Gladriel, Elrond and Gandalf wielding the 3 rings made for Elvenlords but since this scene was entirely made up and didn't appear in either The Hobbit or the LotR index I'm not certain.  Either way I didn't much like the scene.  It felt like just an excuse to put those characters in the film just for the sake of them being there since Elrond, Galadriel and Suraman were never even mentioned in The Hobbit.

First Look: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX (Article) - 12/22/2014 5:23:22 AM

I hate crossovers that take place in 6 different titles.  If you read one or more of the titles you have the choice of either picking up books you don't ordinarily buy or missing part of the story.  Or waiting for the trade to be produced.

I suppose from a marketing standpoint it might make sense to expand sales by making readers buy extra books and maybe, having sampled the books, they would become regular readers of that title too.  But to be honest, I'm just as likely to skip buying the book I read that month if the story it contains overlaps into other titles I don't regurlarly buy.   Comics are too expensive now to spend cash on something I'm not going to enjoy.

I suppose once in a while is OK, but they seem to do it all the time now. 

Mania Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Article) - 12/19/2014 9:15:19 PM

I went and saw the movie today and I loved it.  Yeah, it was padded but unlike in the previous films the padding was interesting and felt organic.  Some of the fight scenes could have been trimmed but what was presented kept me entertained.

There were pros and cons.

I loved Dain, the dwarf with the Scottish accent.  He had tude!  He rode a giant pig into battle.  I like the battle-ready giant mountain goats too.  I want one. 

Bilbo's part was perfect.  He WAS just a small part of the action in this part of the book.

There were, however, a few offences against physics that bothered me.  Legolas is a magic elf and all but the part where he was running up falling rocks to get back up onto the bridge looked like something from a video game. 

Sandworms.  Hmmmmm...

The CGI elves all looked too much alike, different hair color aside.  I liked the way they danced aside when someone rode a horse or a giant battle stag through their ranks though.

The cameos of Elrond, Galadriel and Suraman seemed like cameos.  Ooh, look how many of the stars from the previous films we can get to come back and do a scene!  Won't that be cool!  Um, no.  Not so much.

And the romance between Tauriel and Kili still seems forced.  They've known eachother for like a week and have actually spoken to eachother a handful of times yet they have this deathless Romeo and Juliet romance.  OK, they had the hots for eachother.  They're both attractive people.  But really.  Give me a break.

On balance it was a fine film, the best of the three.


Disney's Jungle Book Releases first Photo (Article) - 12/19/2014 5:26:20 AM

Jungle Book was the first movie my parents took me to see in a theater when I was 2.  I remember being entranced by the film.  I can't help feeling that I wish that instead of remaking their old animated films as live action movies they would find some new material to film.

Mania Review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Article) - 12/19/2014 5:22:32 AM

I saw the first 2 Night at the Museum films and found them silly but harmless fun for the kids.  I expect that if I had seen them when I was 10 I would have adored them.  As an adult I find them less charming but it would be rude to begrudge the pre teen set their fun.  And actors that I like get a pay check.

As for the North Korea thing, I have mixed feelings.  If they had not used the name of a real world leader.  If they had a movie about assinating President Kim Kim Kim of North Madeupistan it's likely that nobody would care and they could show their lowbrow comedy in peace.  Using the name of a real world leader is in extremely poor taste. 

On the other hand, this Kim guy doesn't seem to have a sense of humor and attempting to bankrupt Sony is a bit of an over reaction.  I don't like the idea that a foregin leader can dictate what movies are available to American audiences.  The way we should react to terrorism is to go about our business unchanged and not let them affect us.  Otherwise they win.

The Good, The Bad, and The Battle of the Five Armies (Article) - 12/18/2014 9:41:25 PM

The wizards are demigods.  Just as the balrog is a demidemon.  It said so in the Silmarilion.

Mania Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Article) - 12/18/2014 9:26:21 PM

I have no issue with somebody who sees a film and doesn't like it and wants to share his opinion with the rest of us.  That's why I like this site.  Interesting discussions about differing opinions.

That's not what Theicon said.  He said that he had no intention of seeing this film.  He said he found the prior films in the series boring and attempts to view them put him to sleep. He said he was so uninterested in the movie that he couldn't even finish reading the review.  He said the characters were perverts (and if he didn't actually watch the previous films how would he know?)  He said the movie was stupid and a waste of his time.

I don't have a lot of patience for folks who piss on a film/TV show/ book/ whatever without having seen or read it.  That's trollish behaviour.  If you haven't seen the film and are not interested in it then you have nothing useful to contribute to the discussion.   Go read an article on a movie you ARE interested in and comment on that.  Then you might have something to say worth reading.

Mania Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Article) - 12/17/2014 8:18:58 AM

Theicon, if Tolkien's classics don't do it for you that's fine.  If we all agreed on everything it would be a dull website. 

But since you know you're not interested in this movie just pass the review by.  Don't chime in to tell fans of the franchise how worthless it is and, by implication, how stupid we all are for liking it.  That's rude. 

As for seeing the movie, I'll try to see it this weekend, or maybe Friday.  They could easily have fit everything comfortably into 2 films.  But, singing dwarves aside, it's been a fun ride.


The Winter of '84: Runaway (Article) - 12/17/2014 8:11:57 AM

I never saw this in the theater but saw it a few years later, several times, on HBO.  I remember liking it at the time.  I haven't seen it in decades.

Constantine: Blessed are the Damned Review (Article) - 12/9/2014 4:32:56 AM

They are probably making the episodes self contained on purpose.  They don't want to frighten off viewers by making things too complicated or making people think that they've missed something important if they miss an ep and therefore it's not worth trying to catch up. 

Constantine is a lot to swallow for Joe Casualviewer.  The character is deliberately off putting, cold and creepy.  Those of us who know the snarky little bastard love him, but he might be a hard sell to strangers.

It was a very good episode, I loved Imogen.  We need more characters like that in this show.



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