The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

Peter Jackson is not Tolkien.

I know I’m stating the obvious there but after seeing The Hobbit I’m not sure Peter Jackson is aware of this fact.

He’s a talented filmmaker, to be sure; dedicated and visionary and able to produce amazing, epic films. But he isn’t the storyteller Tolkien was and . . . → more

Happy Feet

Rating: 2.75 of 5  

He’s so accidentally cool

I finally saw Happy Feet. Normally I don’t watch animated movies in theaters, simply because I don’t enjoy them enough to make it worth the effort. But Elijah Wood was in this one and I have inherited a fondness for him from my sister and an old roommate . . . → more

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Rating: 4 of 5  

At first I was upset at what this movie was and then I saw the extended version of this movie and surprisingly enough, I found forgiveness. Now, ironically, it’s probably the one I’ve seen the most.

My major grievances with the theatrical version of this movie were as follows: Faramir, Elrond, Arwen, . . . → more

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Rating: 4.5 of 5  

Of course most everyone loved this movie. Because J.R.R. Tolkien created such deep, rich, complex characters. And he did something amazing with them that just doesn’t happen now – he gave them nobility. I tried looking that word up for it’s precise meaning and it didn’t help me any. But Frodo’s fierce . . . → more