After the absolute travesty that (once again) was the Oscar nominations, it is time for the first annual Sharpies to step in and show ’em how it’s done.
As always there has been a vast array of films released this year, and working 40 hours it’s hard for me to around to seeing them all (unlike those lay-abouts at the academy) so there will be some noticeable omissions from my nominations. I was intent on having a best TV show category, but having only been able to watch Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, it hardly seems worth it. The same goes for the documentaries category, of which I have only seen one, Blackfish (which probably would have won anyway). As for motion pictures, looking over the oscars nominations, there only seems to be one notable omission, August: Osage County. I will get round to watching it soon and may edit my nominations accordingly at a later date (but probably not).
Anyway, without further ado, lets get to the nominations…
Coming off the back of the Lord of the Rings series, the Hobbit was always going to have to live up to high expectations. Still, it was was a disconcerting when the reviews for An Unexpected Journey first started rolling in. In the end the film attained a measly score of 58 on Metacritic, nothing short of a disaster. Indeed, even in private the film was much derided. A number of my own friends oft ridicule it. Myself, I thought the film was flawed, sometimes cheesy, sometimes slow, but there is no denying I enjoyed watching it.
While The Desolation of Smaug is generally getting better reviews than its predecessor, the consensus is still pretty disappointing. It’s strange because many of the problems that I see critics list are just as prevalent in the Lord of the Ring‘s films. After all, these are all Peter Jackson movies. So the question is, why is there such a gulf between the reverant reception to which the Lord of the Rings was released and the deriscion to which the Hobbit was?
The stories of Middle-Earth are all epic fantasy quests, they thrive on the presence of villains to drive the narrative. Without strong villains it is unlikely that the Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit would ever have found the huge audiences that they have today. There are very few movies or works of fiction that can match the sheer breadth and variety of villains that J.R.R. Tolkien created. That is why I have thought it only right to reduce this plethora of work into a trivial Top 10 list. Let it Begin! Continue reading
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. All the while Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
Any Middle-Earth movie is a thing of grandeur and spectacle. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is no exception. Full to the brim with epic action sequences, sweeping vistas, and huge stakes, it is an unstoppable thrill ride from beginning to end. The intimidating running time of 161 minutes flies by, perhaps more quickly than any other Middle-Earth entry. However, The Desolation of Smaug does fall foul of a number of flaws common with its counterparts. It is fatuous and sometimes messy. Happily these flaws cannot halt the beast, which has to go down as yet another classic adventure. Continue reading
To celebrate the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Vultural will be hosting Hobbit Week this week. The release of any Middle-Earth film has become something of an event, so it seems only right to mark the release as such. A number of related articles, including a review of the film, will be published throughout the week. So, without further ado, Happy Hobbit Week!