Film: The Hobbit

I went to see The Hobbit two days ago, which, as I realise, was long after the rest of the world had seen it. But, as I said before, I’m not the run to the cinema to catch the film before it’s even released kind of person. Nonetheless, as I’ve watched the rest of Peter Jackson’s masterworks at the cinema, I thought it best to continue this tradition. First off, I will have to admit that I have not read any of JRR Tolkein’s books all the way through, the first few pages were more than enough to persuade me otherwise.

I have to say, I thought the film started all too slowly. There were way too many scenes of dwarves eating, drinking, and being merry for the beginning of an epic adventure trilogy. My attention got kind of lost in the first half an hour, and I found myself yawning a couple of times (this was not a late showing). But, as the pack set of, in similar fashion to the fellowship in LOTR, the storyline finally got going – I was finally intrigued, sitting upright, and paying attention.

This film, and indeed, I expect this trilogy, set forward a familiar feel, some familiar faces, and a whole host of different beasts that I had become accustomed to having seen the LOTR more times than perhaps is cool to admit…

The scenery, as always, is amazing enough to want to watch this. And, although I will try not to give away too much, it was nice to see some characters, who I had far before deemed evil, pick up a role in which they are on the side of good (no, I’m not talking about Saruman at all…). The Star Wars-esque stuff of trying to forget the future so you can focus on the past, is not too difficult in this film. I’m not sure why that is, I just found this really easy to follow.

Martin Freeman is well deserving of the role of the young Bilbo Baggins. I’ve come to admire him as an actor, especially since his successful enactment of Dr Watson. My secondary school English Literature teacher actually taught Martin Freeman as well, which means, by proxy, that is my claim to fame.

My other half is not a fan of Lord of The Rings, and as I believe, has never seen any of the films all the way through, so this will need to be rectified immediately (especially after having to frustratingly explain that Gandalf is not Dumbledore, and that they come from two completely different film franchises).

I am looking forward to the next two instalments and to the LOTR marathon I have been promised this weekend.

5/5

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Top 5 Winter Warmers

As vaguely promised, on the 1st of every month, there shall be a list of my top 5 films in a certain category. Following on from the festive theme of the past week and the bitter cold weather, this month shall be my top 5 winter films. Films that make you want to sit on the sofa with a slanket, and entire box of thorntons and a steaming hot chocolate, maybe even a mince pie or two.

 

5. Big Daddy – this, to be fair, is an all year round film. It’s funny, heart warming, etc. and what is better than a 5 year old child called Frankenstein proclaiming: “I wipe my own ass!”?

4. Edward Scissorhands – this, again, is a pretty much all year film, but it tends to come on around this time of year, and so this is when I tend to watch it. Who cares anyway, its a fantastic film!

3. Love Actually – because what is Christmas without Hugh Grant? This is one of his better films, aided by an array of other quite good actors and actresses.

2. Polar Express – for a kids film, this is surprisingly good. If you have children I do recommend watching this with them. The gasps of excitement from kids throughout this film are worth it.

1. Sleepless in Seattle – I grew up being made to watch films like this at Christmas time, and this one kind of stuck. Hey, it is RomCom season after all!

 

Next month will be my top 5 films series, because what with it being Winter, I expect most of my time will be spent watching these!

Culture Reviews 2013 Challenge

So I considered doing something really worthwhile and meaningful. Then I realised that I’m way too lazy for something like that. Things I am also too lazy to do which no doubt would seriously improve this blog are:

Look out for and read newly released books: I read books when they have been out for a while. This is for the following reasons; they are generally cheaper, they can all be bought from Amazon which requires absolutely no effort or travel

Go to the cinema to see new films: this may happen a few times a year, but is generally second to waiting for them to be released onto DVD so I can get a clear streaming online. Reasons include; again the whole going outside thing, extortionate cinema prices and a reluctance to get dressed.

Challenges

Literary –

So, my personal book challenge for 2013 is to (wait for it) not buy any books! (Until I have completed the unread books on my shelf)

My main challenge is to read all the so far unread books on my piled up book shelves and whatever new books are added from my Christmas wishlist. After which I can reward myself by buying more books.

I will then document said books by letting you poor folks know whether I enjoyed them or not. Here is my book collection as it stands at the moment:

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Film –

I am also aiming to have a regular update where I review the best films. I’m thinking groups of 5 will not be too strenuous, and maybe once a month. I’ll start on the 1st of Jan with my 5 best winter warmer films, the ones that get you all warm and lovey inside. I sincerely do hope you are excited.

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