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The Extended Editions of ‘The Hobbit’ Movies Are Actually Really Good

If you’ve followed my blog for a while then you know that I’ve talked quite a bit of smack about The Hobbit movies but to be honest, I really enjoy these films. I’m a bit ashamed to admit I know the first two films by heart and that I cry at the end of the third one…every time. But there was a spell where I stopped watching The Hobbit films because I got bored.

Then recently my sister and I purchased the extended editions of the 1st and 3rd one Hobbit movie (we already had the 2nd one) and our obsession over these movies was reignited. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey doesn’t have a bucket load of new content but what it does have is fun to watch. There’s more scenes from the Rivendell sequence, including a rather fascinating moment between Bilbo and Elrond. And there’s even an extra song from the Goblin King which is a bit cringe-worthy but it is kind of catchy…

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug however has the most new content with a bunch of really fun sequences. I especially loved the scenes that were based on scenes from the book that were cut out of the theatrical version, like the one when the dwarves and Bilbo are in Mirkwood and they have to cross the magical river. That was always one of my favorite parts in the book so to see it cut out was unfortunate.

Unfortunately, there are no extended scenes with the elves in Mirkwood which would be really cool but alas, it’s still a blast to watch.

And The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has some really nice (and viciously gory) content. There’s a bit of glorious content added to the best sequence in the film when Galadriel has to rescue Gandalf from Sauron with the help of Saruman and Elrond. But primarily, the extended content is displayed in the actually battle which gives some nice moments for all of the dwarves, moments that were unfortunately taken out of the final product; including a riveting chase scene with trolls, wargs, and lots of arrows.

And to make the emotional tidbits just that much more painful, there’s an extra scene featuring Thorin Oakenshield, Fili and Kili getting a bit of a funeral sequence that makes me weep my eyes out.

All in all, I may talk cold smack about these movies in comparison to The Lord of the Rings films but personally, I actually really have a lot of fun watching them and the extended editions are really fun indeed.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

My Five Favorite Movie Theater Experiences

Going to the movie theater is my favorite pastime. I can go to the movie theater once a week for every week of my life, that’s how much I love it. Sometimes, if a movie is really good or not, more than once a week.

COVID-19 has shut movie theaters down here in the US and it’s a sad predicament. With highly-anticipated films like Black Widow, Mulan, Wonder Woman 1984, and Tenet on my must-watch bucket list, it’s even sadder knowing that I can’t go to my local theater, sit down, enjoy some classic butter popcorn and a soda, and enjoy a movie that will either blow my mind or make me mildly happy.

However, there have been five movie theater experiences that I will never forget. Sometimes the experience comes via a film that honestly, isn’t that great, but in an IMAX theater, my mind was unexpectedly blown in ways that have stuck with me over the years. So, here are those five movie theater experiences in chronological order.

(This is a long read.)

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A Movie Ranking: Luke Evans

I knew nothing about Luke Evans until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I was pretty much smitten instantly but beyond the actor’s impressive looks he’s become an actor who I actually like in each of the films he’s managed to grace. Namely, in Beauty and the Beast as Gaston…but I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? Let me get to this movie ranking. Enjoy!

6. Clash of the Titans

Sam Worthington in Clash of the Titans (2010)

I don’t even remember seeing Luke Evans in this movie but I’ll tell you this, this movie is so bad I watched it. Does that make sense? It was so laughably terrible that I ended up watching a good chunk of the movie just to see how much worse it was going to get. Lol. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Luke Evans

A Movie Ranking: Benedict Cumberbatch

My introduction to Benedict Cumberbatch was via Star Trek: Into Darkness. It took no more than a single teaser trailer for me to know that he was a serious actor who I was going to like in the long run. The following movies I have watched with him have only reaffirmed my first notion. So, with no further delay, here is his movie ranking.

10. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

I tried to watch this movie on Netflix. I only made it about fifteen minutes. And while Benedict Cumberbatch is a great voice actor he didn’t do that great of a job bringing life to the Grinch. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Benedict Cumberbatch

The Reasons Why ‘The Hobbit’ Isn’t As Good as ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Twenty days ago I started a near three-week enduring The Lord of the Rings marathon where I slowly but surely watched all three Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. In short, I had a blast. But that led me to want to watch The Hobbit just to remind myself why The Hobbit Trilogy wasn’t as good as The Lord of the Rings films. Of course, I wasn’t going to torture myself and watch all three Hobbit movies. Instead, I went straight to the best installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and it was a blaring realization why these movies weren’t nearly as good.

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First off, how come we have much better technology nowadays than Hollywood had in the early 2000s’ and yet the CGI looks way worse? Like George Lucas, Peter Jackson got a tad bit lazy and didn’t want to work as hard on the practical effects, electing to rely heavily on CGI. While that is perfectly fine it can be disastrous if the CGI isn’t good–and The Hobbit Trilogy‘s CGI is mediocre–it leaves the film looking terribly artificial. Continue reading The Reasons Why ‘The Hobbit’ Isn’t As Good as ‘The Lord of the Rings’

My Three Favorite Movie Credit Songs

There are those certain movies that you come across that are already pretty good but then you hear that original song made specifically for the film and it knocks you off your feet. There aren’t a lot of movie songs that I’m particularly fond of but there are three songs that I love so much I have them on my Spotify. So, on that note, here are my three favorite movie songs of all time (so far.)

3. “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran

Oh my goodness, let me talk a little about this song. I’m not into pop music or pop stars, so I had no idea about Ed Sheeran. This was my introduction and I was blown away.

To this day, The Desolation of Smaug is still one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in the movie theaters. That film, in the incredible format of IMAX, was. In. CREDIBLE! I went to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and while it wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen I wasn’t overly thrilled. When I went to see The Desolation of Smaug I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was but boy was it amazing.

To walk out of that theater with “I See Fire” blaring in my ears was the icing on the cake. It’s definitely one of the best movie songs I’ve ever heard and now I can understand why so many people are Ed Sheeran fans. He can sing!

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