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The Power Of Mordor

With the new Hobbit movie arriving in cinemas soon I decided to dust off my Lord of the Rings DVD trilogy and give myself a fix of Middle Earth action and adventures. I didn’t splash out on the Blu Rays, I’ve got the nice extended edition series that came with a set of miniature statutes – nothing’s going to top those.

It’s a while since I sat through the movies and in my head ‘Fellowship…’ is the one where they walk everywhere, ‘Towers…’ is the one where they run everywhere and ‘Return…’ is the one where they all sing. That’s a bit of an oversimplification but generally that’s the gist of things.

I remembered the middle film as being my favourite, with more action than the first and less Hobbo-eroticism between Sam and Frodo than the third. On rewatching them I think that’s still the case for me but I liked the CGI heavy battles in Return of the King a bit more this time. When I saw them originally I wasn’t particularly taken by them. The multiple endings for each set of characters might make for an anti-climatic finale, but it’s still worth the 9hr test of endurance to get there.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Books, Movies

 

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There And Back Again

I’m really looking forward to the forthcoming Hobbit movies. I’m not 100% sure if a children’s book of a couple of hundred pages can be stretched out to a trilogy but I will give them the benefit of the doubt. The Lord of the Rings movies captured the feel of the novels and were entertaining in their own right.

I like a fantasy adventure flick as much as the next Elven Warrior and the budget of your typical SyFy Channel offering doesn’t always hit the right side of ‘epic’ for me. Seeing these realms of dragons and dungeons brought to life is great escapist fun.

I feel a little torn, since I cannot bring myself to share a cinema with most modern moviegoers – their lack of consideration for others and their inability to eat popcorn quietly puts me off. I think Middle Earth will look more impressive on a big screen but I’ll be waiting until the Blu Ray release before I revisit Bilbo and chums.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Books, TV

 

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Nobody Can Hear You

Since the new movie ‘Prometheus’ was released I’ve been wanting to re-watch the original four Alien films and see if they were as good as I remembered.

The first film, ‘Alien,’ is almost as old as I am, but has aged well. Only some of the rubber suited alien scenes at the end of the movie stand out as looking particularly dated. It’s probably not action packed enough for today’s audiences, but it’s still watchable.

Aliens is an all out action movie and is my personal favourite of the series. Lots more guns, lots more aliens and the extra scenes in the special edition were justifiably re-inserted.

Alien 3 is the only one I’ve ever seen at the cinema. The film went through numerous changes before release and after the space marine heavy film before it, this seemed slow paced. Watched from the sofa, this is better than I remembered and looks great on Blu Ray.

Alien Resurrection is probably the weakest of the set. It’s so many steps removed from the original that it doesn’t feel like the same series. The CGI aliens have aged liked the rubber suited aliens from the original. However, with Prometheus on the big screen and talks of a follow up, it seems like there will be plenty more movies set in this universe.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Socks

 

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Hammer Time

Now that I’ve finished reading Dune Messiah, the second book in the series, my next commuting companion will be The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. It’s a classic ghost story that’s recently been turned into a movie by the people over at Hammer studios. I’ve always been a fan of the classic Hammer horror films so this is like a seal of quality for me. However, since I cannot abide being inside a cinema, then the book will suit me just fine until the Blu Ray is released.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Socks

 

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