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#89 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Director Peter Jackson is a fan of long movies.  Three enormous chapters of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the opening chapter of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey soar well past the two hour mark.  Fellowship of the Ring clocks in at 2 hours 58 minutes, The Two Towers at 2 … Continue reading

#88 Before the Rains

Before the Rains Tragic films follow a circle.  They begin with the world in equilibrium.  All is well. Then complications pile one upon another.  Death.  Destruction.  Tragedy.  A happy ending is not possible only a return to equilibrium.  And to reach such a place… Henry Moores. played by Linus Roache, is a British planter living … Continue reading

Fall Films #65-87!

I’ve fallen behind in a major way with blogging my challenge of reviewing every film I watch this year.  So here’s the fall in review! #65 Pacific Rim Pacific Rim is a big, loud, noisy Michael Bay type film.  Don’t think too deeply and you might enjoy this one.  Fun for the 6-14 year old boy inside… … Continue reading

#64 Elysium

Elysium One of the great sub-genres of science fiction explored explored by authors and filmmakers is the dystopia.  The paranoia of 1984, the environmental tragedy of Silent Running, the overpopulation of Soylent Green and Logan’s Run, the rampant crime of Dredd and Demolition Man, the genetics-as-currency of Gattaca, each explore an aspect of a negative future that could be.  Elysium is an action … Continue reading