Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Hobbit


OK.

I've seen The Hobbit now.

Twice, in fact.

It's fabulous.

But we all know that, so let me the cons out of way first:

Ze Cons

We're just going to brush by the whole PG-13 thing. It's definitely lighter than LOTR, but still.... a few parts are still gross :P

I'm critiquing the movie on an entirely technical level. I think.

There were only a few things that rubbed me the wrong way- the strongest of them being the Nazgul theme being invoked while Thorin's trying to be epic near the end of the film.

Seriously? Don't bring that theme in and make me think of the Black Riders while the screen is filled with Orcs and Dwarves.

(Also the main Dwarf theme was overused in battle. Use it in the goblin cave or save it for the fight at the end. Not both. It makes the fighting tedious.)

The White Orc + orc language translation subtitles = video game interlude.

I mean, it kind of works in this day and age, but still, I went to the movies to watch a movie. Not clips from the subsequent interactive role player game.

Oh and the Goblin King looked like he was from a sick kid's book. I didn't believe he was real at all.
And his parting line was cheap.

OK, enough negativity.....

Ze Never-Ending Pros

The plot is being handled beautifully. I'm SO pleased.

The troll part, which I was warned about due to it being turned into a "big battle," was hardly bad at all. It still concluded very near to how it happened in the book. And they're bringing in more details with Sauron the Necromancer and all that stuff so that the Battle of the Five Kings will actually make sense for moviegoers.

And dude, Saruman was actually really funny in that scene in Rivendell. Mushrooms....

How did y'all feel about tying it so closely to the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring? I think it's splendid. The return of Ian Holm and Elijah Wood is quite great. It brings the whole movie closer to home if you're already familiar with LOTR.



The casting is incredible. I had great faith in Martin Freeman as Bilbo. And I didn't expect to be a Thorin fan, but man, is he not the most awesome dwarf in all of Middle Earth? :D

Also Ori is my favorite. He's like a little stuffy three year old in preschool.

Overall, the graphics were amazing. The new themes were amazing. And the whole Company singing around the Bag End hearth is the best thing to ever happen to my ears :P

Riddles In The Dark was marvelously played. I got chills.

Oh, and the costume design was stellar. And the makeup.

Radagast was wonderful. What did you think of him?

For almost the whole time, I could pretty much feel Middle Earth beneath my feet. Location, location, location.....

Come on somebody lets pool our money so we can move to New Zealand together.

I could go on forever about how good it was. But I won't.

Really though. How do the rest of you feel about the movie? And how many times have you seen it?


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Brief Ender's Game Splurge


Pardon me.

BUT LOOK THERE'S FAN MERCHANDISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Need. Sorely want.

Buy it on Redbubble!










































Also there are some amazing fansongs..... The first in this group takes images from the graphic novels, so I just prefer to listen to the audio..... don't say I didn't warned you. It's an amazing song though.

And the last one is catchy and downright gorgeous.

I wrote the middle one.







Friday, January 4, 2013

thine opinion is needed!


Ok y'all.

If you were working on a futuristic, sci-fi-flavored story, what soundtrack would you listen to to get you in the mood?

I've currently been digging up as much techno as possible, and some action-paced scores.

But this little writer is hankerin' for some new music.

Any suggestions?

It doesn't even have to be strictly techno or whatever either. Whatever pops into your head when I say futuristic and science fiction.

Signed,
A Very Desperate Writer

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Aaand it's 2013 at last


I slept in until 12:30 today and still haven't gotten out of my pajamas.

I spent yesterday with amazing friends watching The Reichenbach Fall and then going to a Prophecy Update at our church. Time very well spent.

I had peppermint fudge after a hearty breakfast and re-read my Christmas letters from the Avengers. My heart is very warm.

The other day I was helping my parents do the bills, and one of the checks receipts was so sketchy, it looked like it read "Angst Waddles."

I have now taken to calling one of my ferrets "Angst Waddles."

Angst Waddles.

As Pathfinder said:
Even Angst has to waddle sometimes.

The day has been crisp and clear and perfect.

I have three different candles lit in my room. For the past three weeks it has smelt like a Christmas bakery in there.

We repainted and rearranged too. I live in a bedchamber of cleanliness and glorious pink.

And candles.

I'm going to listen to techno music and work on a plot for a feature script I'm very excited about.

My 16th birthday is in 10 days. I'm very excited.

I wish I wasn't so picky about cars. For several reasons, one of which cannot be explained and the other I don't care to divulge at the moment, I have actually formulated an opinion about cars and have a dream vehicle.

Laugh all you want, but I sorely desire a '67 Chevrolet Impala.

Then I could learn to be a mechanic and rebuild the engine and all that stuff.

I mean seriously how fun is that.

I have high hopes for 2013. My joy in the Lord had been renewed.

He is good. He is faithful. I am but dust and yet his grace abounds.

It is marvelous.

I think I'm going to consume some more peppermint fudge.

Happy New Year, my dear blogosphere friends. I thank the Lord for all of you.