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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Trailer)

So, the new Hobbit movie looks like a fun romp with a lot of dumb action, eh? I have no idea if I care about this movie or not, but I’ll probably lay down some money to see it. LEGOLAS.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer!

The trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is here!


I’m interested to see how the Legolas story line plays out. It’s feasible that he would have been alive during Bilbo’s wanderings, but he never actually appeared in The Hobbit. And Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel? Totally fabricated. The Hobbit is short on Middle Earth ladies, so I can understand why Peter Jackson wanted to add that particular kind of fluff.

However, I can’t help but be a bit trepidatious about her creation and Legolas’ inclusion. Isn’t there enough story to be told?

Perhaps not, what with an entire trilogy is being scraped together from one shortish novel for children.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

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The Games Workshop Store

WarhammerI’m a fan of both Warhammer universes; though, I’ve never had the money to play the too-expensive-for-my-tastes wargame, I’ve played most of the video games, I own all three editions of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, and I received as a gift literally all the Warhammer 40,000: Dark Heresy roleplaying books. So, when I (finally) had a chance to check out the Games Workshop store in Rockford, IL, I jumped at the opportunity.

As I walked in, I was immediately greeted by a nice man who ran the store. I wish I could remember his name. (I’m terrible at names. Seriously. I once misspoke my wife’s name when introducing her to a large group of people. It was very embarrassing.) I mentioned my love of all things Warhammer and that I would one day like to play the wargame. He immediately began showing me the starter products and left me alone for a bit to handle other customers.

In the store, various games were going on. I saw a Warhammer 40,000 game going on. I’m pretty sure some Space Marines were battling the forces of Chaos, but I didn’t pay very close attention. I was too busy lusting over Ork army pieces and the new The Hobbit wargame sets (I had just seen the movie and was (still am) very excited about it).

The store employee (Steve? Andrew?), approached me a few minutes later and asked if I wanted a FREE paint lesson that comes with a FREE mini war-figurine. I’m a big fan of free. I picked out a dwarf figure (because dwarves are awesome, and I was still obsessing over The Hobbit), and learned proper painting techniques.

What I got painted of my dwarf looked pretty decent, if I do say so myself.

The employee then played a simplified game of Warhammer 40,000 with me. It was very simplified, but I love rolling dice, so it was fine. The employee asked me if I wanted to buy the set… I did. But, being a guy with two kids and no space to store all the cool stuff, it’s simply too hard to justify the price for plastic figurines (and doesn’t include the paint).

It’s really odd to me that a wargaming store with basically one product can exist. I’m glad it can, and I wish I could support it, but I find it interesting that such a niche store can operate, even if it is VERY small.

Now, let me tell you the horror part of the story.

First, a little background. I’m allergic to a lot of things. And I break out in terrible, itchy hives whenever something sets the old immune system to “crazy.”

After painting the miniature, I broke out in hives.

I’m allergic to the paint.

Meaning, that if I ever wanted to actually start playing Warhammer, I couldn’t paint my own stuff.

And that’s half the fun. I’m allergic to a game. A guy that loves games gets all itchy and bumpy thanks to a game. Ironic terror.

Sad panda.


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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Movie

I did not expect to like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Honestly, I didn’t expect anything at all. Aside from the experiences we’ve all had with prequels to classic trilogies, I hadn’t given it much thought. Don’t take that for indifference to Lord Of The Rings. I love Peter Jackson’s first trilogy. The Two Towers is a masterpiece of storytelling, acting, cinematography and on and on. These are great films.

How does Peter Jackson he make THIS GUY in a hobbit suit look sexy? Is he a wizard?!?

It is a bold choice to revisit the universe after such success. Much less integrate all the same cast and characters without mucking up the original intent or your own mythology. I can’t think of a single prequel, reboot or reimagining that did due credit to its source. Again, no expectations.

Which is why it’s such a delight that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is so much fun. So much unexpected fun! I had no idea I wanted to know more about Gandalf, Elrond or Saruman. It didn’t occur to me that we had never seen any of these characters interact outside of the context of a magical apocalypse.

And boy howdy was it gratifying to see Bilbo as something other than a ring-hoarding crazy guy. There is so much here that informs Lord Of The Rings in a meaningful way. And all the standard fare remains. The cinematography is beautiful and the 48 frames per second doesn’t hurt. Ian McKellan’s Gandalf is a charmer and show-stealer. And I hadn’t realize how much I missed Peter Jackson’s patented have-a-bunch-of-people-running while a camera captures it from helicopter.

Which is a gift and a curse. I’ve been told that The Hobbit was intended to be a children’s book, which probably explains why the heroes were able to use flaming pine cones to fight an Orc war band.

The purists may not be happy as I suspect some light revisionism is in use to further connect the new trilogy with the old. But I can’t tell and, honestly, I don’t care.

And now I’m, unexpectedly, invested in the ending. I have NO IDEA how this trilogy is supposed to end. Or how they can squeeze two more movies out of this story. It’s a mystery! I would almost be tempted to read The Hobbit if it wasn’t The Hobbit.

I recommend this film to everyone, though parents should be aware that there is a lot of violence and some moments children would find terrifying.

Highlights & Questions

  • Dragons are assholes
  • Gandalf will kill you with a sword
  • Gollum is menacing as hell
  • Will Peter Jackson’s professionalism win out against the ever-constant urge to retool his first trilogy for symmetry’s sake?
  • Saruman, while not evil, is still a dick
  • I bet Elijah Wood never thought he would wear that outfit again.
  • If giant eagles are always around to help why not just fly The One Ring to mount doom?

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More Hobbitses

It’s not really a secret that I love Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I’ve probably read each of the stories about 12 times, so I get pretty excited when things like… a new The Hobbit trailer show up in my interwebs.



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