peter vincent

You call that an extension?

This is old news, but I only read it just now: Information about the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

“I’m thrilled that the Extended Edition will give fans the opportunity to experience certain key scenes in the film as they were originally shot, as well as an abundance of special features,” said Jackson. “It’s exciting to present this expanded and enriched version of ‘An Unexpected Journey’ to allow fans to fully immerse themselves in the movie, before seeing the second part of the trilogy.”

And you plan on doing all that with just 13 minutes of extra material!? 13?!?!

I though there was going to be at least half an hour of new scenes and extensions to the old ones. That's what the extended editions of LotR taught me.

Now I'm never going to see the missing rounds of Bilbo's and Gollum's game of riddles. There's no way they're going to use those 13 minutes to extended that scene. :(
peter vincent


The official trailer for Desolation of Smaug is out!

Had I not been too eager to watch it I might have actually remembered to take the reaction shot this time. Too bad I didn't, because it would have been quite entertaining.

I have a bad feeling that I'm going to utterly embarrass myself in the movie theatre. Far too much (muffled) high-pitched squealing is to be expected. Although I doubt I'll be the only one.

Compared to the teaser, this one actually got my hopes up. The movie looks much more promising now, even though there are still some things I can't quite digest.
peter vincent

Not exactly what I was waiting for

The trailer for Desolation of Smaug has apparently been online for some time now, but I watched it just now. If you haven't already seen it, it's here.

I don't do reaction shots, but perhaps I should. Well, I'm just going to write down my initial thoughts after watching the trailer few times (and also hitting the pause button repeatedly).

Thranduil speaks just like Galadriel. Well, I guess that's to be ecpected.

They're on a boat on the Long Lake. Good. Erebor looking good.

Climbing on top of a huge dwarf statue. If that's going to be the "traces of a narrow track, often lost, often rediscovered", I'm not sure what to think. Then again, we must remember the secret stairs to Mordor, which started right at the gates of Minas Morgul.

The ruins of Dale look good, too.

Forest Elves' kingdom has the same atmosphere than Rivendell and Lothlorien, only a bit darker. That's good.

I'm still a bit baffled by how Thranduil looks. Of course he was shown in the first movie already, but still - baffled. When I read the book as a child, I imagined the Elvenking to be a bit chubby, old fellow. Perhaps the stereotype of a fairytale king had etched itself in my mind too tightly.

Now, this is the part where I loudly yelled "NO NO NO NOOOOOO!!!!" The barrels are open?! WTF?! How are you supposed to escape unnoticed if you just sit in your barrels without the lids?!

Oh, pretty butterflies and pretty laughing Bilbo on the top of an oak! But the butterflies should be darker! And how about the "sea of dark green", eh? But well, maybe Tolkien actually made a tiny mistake with this one, and the movie's fixing it. After all, it is autumn, so how should the leaves still be green? And the Elvenking had "a crown of berries and red leaves". But, colours of this scene aside, what really bugs me is this: "The forest goes on for ever and ever in all directions!" - except that there are mountains and grasslands on the left. And which mountains are those supposed to be? Ironhills? Grey mountains?

Great, more Niagara Falls stunts... And okay, they don't escape unnoticed. Well, there were far too few action scenes in the book, anyway. Not.

Teeheehee, Legolas, why you so funny and foreshadowing? (I still think it's hilarious for him to be in this movie, because it's only logical. Well, I hoped it would have been a small cameo, Legolas getting drunk at the court's festives or something like that, but this'll do.)

Wait, is that Thorin?! The elves don't catch him before they catch the others? Noooo! What about Bilbo's crowning moment of awesome, being the leader for a while, when Thorin is gone?! I still hope he gets to save them from the spiders all on his own, without those meddling elves.

What, a giang warg?! The hell?! Let's pause this... Okay, WHAT?! A giant bear equals Beorn. Mr Jackson, sir, what are you doing? Unless this is some sort of dream sequence of Bilbo, it doesn't make any sense.

Okay, and the we have Tauriel. Yes, it's awful that Tolkien wrote a book with only male characters in it. Let's throw in one elf lass to spice things up, and give the girls in the audience someone to relate to.

Btw, are Legolas and Thranduil the only blonde elves in Mirkwood?

Lake Town, looking good.

Legolas, for once, you're completely right. Don't listen to Tauriel. Just wait until the dragon is killed, and then your daddy will want his share of the booty.

That pile of gold is still exceptionally huge.

Damn wizards, brush your articulation. And I'm just waiting for all the new "It's a trap" -memes to surface.

If that's from inside of the Elvenking's halls, damn, it's fancy.

Legolas apparently keeps the same hairstyle over decades.

Gandalf and Radagast are visiting Dol Guldur? Okay, that's to be expected.

Orcs attacking elves? Aaand there's Azog, who should have been dead already before the first movie...

Oooh, spiders!

Hmm, I thought the secret tunnel was supposed to be as narrow and low as the secret door.

Others have already brought this up, but I may as well: what is Will Turner doing on Lake Town?

Who is Gandalf fighting? That can't be the Necromancer.

More orcs vs elves fighting, doesn't this thing get old?

Oh, you're going to fumble with the key, how cute. Good catch.

Ah, the orcs are going to attack when the dwarves are escaping from the elves. Good times, I'm sure.

Legolas is still the prettiest, although Tauriel knows how to leap.

Hmm, is that a dwarf attacking Gandalf? And because the place looks like Dol Guldur, I'm assuming it's Thrain, because Gandalf found him from the dungeons of the Necromancer. He does look quite witless. But shouldn't this have been in the first movie, where Gandalf should have told Thorin where he got the key and the map? Bending history again, are we, Mr Jackson?

Action, action, action. Well, maybe it's not as bad when it's actually in the movie, not in the trailer.

Oh yeah, show us the dragon!

Umm, okay? I'm still hoping that Smaug is actually going to be red and golden and orange and fiery. That this blue and dark version we've seen is just some sort of hibernation mode or something. And is Bilbo wearing the ring or not? It didn't look like he was invisible.

So, there you have it, my initial thoughts of the next part of The Hobbit -trilogy. I sincerely hope it's not going to suck, but based on the trailer, it looks like they've taken far more liberties with this one than the first part.
peter vincent

Still alive

Okay, so... I have a life, okay? Apparently having one is quite time-consuming. I'm still a huge geek and a fangirl, and still need buckets for drool from time to time.

It's just so much easier to gush and squee in real life, without having to write it in a blog - where's the impulsiveness in that? I'm not even sure if I have any followers left, and that definetely demotivates me.

Still, I'm going to keep writing this blog. It's good for my English skills, and... Well, I can't really think of any other good reasons. It's fun, or at least it's supposed to be. And how else am I supposed to keep track on the movies I want to see, or have seen (well, Movielens works for the latter one).

My last update was about the movies I want to see. ("both" parts of The Hobbit, eh?).

These I have seen:

  • Iron Sky: Wasn't as much fun as I thought it would be. Loved the lead actress, though.

  • The Hunger Games: Saw it on Blu-Ray. Liked it quite much, and now I want to read the books.
  • The Avengers: Seen this, once in a theatre and twice on Blu-Ray. Loving it! Oh, Loki, why you so adorable? Oh Tony and Bruce, why your bromance so adorable? (See, blogging does wonders to my English, yeah...)

  • Thor: Saw this before The Avengers (on Blu-Ray), and it was a good thing that I did, because otherwise it would have been a bit hard to follow Avengers from time to time. And I would have missed good Loki scenes, too! (No, I'm definitely not drooling over Loki / Tom Hiddleston! That's a silly idea!)

  • The Cabin in the Woods: Fantastic horror movie, not too scary (though I did scream at least once in the theatre) and funny enough. Joss Whedon knows what he's doing.

  • Dark Shadows: Okay, so Burton and Depp have done better movies. Many of them. This was entertaining, but something was missing. I'm glad I waited until this was released on Blu-Ray.

  • Prometheus: I know, I know, it's not a good movie. I've read the reviews and seen the YouTube rants. Still, I liked it. It took me a while to undestand why. It's basically a monster movie! You know the genre; stupid scientists, stupid plotholes, gore and monsters, more stupidity... So many things are wrong that I just love watching it and pointing out the mistakes they make.

  • The Dark Knight Rises: It was good, but not as good as the previous one. I don't know, it made me feel a bit like Matrix Revolutions after Matrix Reloaded. Too much something, and too little something else.

  • The Looper: Still not sure what to think about all that time traveling stuff, but all in all, I liked the movie. Joseph Gordon-Levitt does amazing job, and Bruce Willis isn't so bad either.

  • The Hobbit: Seen it. Twice. It deserves an entry of its own.

These I haven't seen:

  • Pirates!: Might still see this, though. At least I haven't heard anything about it that would be a turn-off.

  • Men In Black III: Not sure if I want to see this or not. Perhaps I will, if the opportunity arises.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man: Probably won't see this, the reviews weren't so good.

These I want to see:

  • Iron Man 3: Hell yeah I'm going to see this!

  • Cloud Atlas: The trailer looks so enchanting that I really want to see the whole movie.

  • Star Trek Into Darkness: I'm not a Trekkie, and haven't even seen the series or the old movies, but I did see the new one, and I liked it. And because this one has Benedict Cumberbatch in it, I really can't resist.

  • Warm Bodies: Lovely premise and promising trailer, cute lead actor. Need I say more?

  • The World's End: The final piece in Simon Pegg's and Nick Frost's "The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy". I've waited for this for so long.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Oh yeah!

  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again: This one, too!

These I might see:

  • Oz the Great and Powerful: I like the idea, but I'm not sure how they're going to pull it off. Or if there's going to be a 2D release.

  • Man of Steel: I'm not really a Superman fan, and the last film wasn't so good. Whether I'm going to see this or not is depending quite much on the reviews.

peter vincent

Movies to see

Okay, yes, I haven't updated for a while, and this post is going to be just a list, nothing fancy and interesting. I just feel the need to write down the movies I want to see.

Iron Sky (already in theatres)
Actually I was supposed to go and see this today, but something came up, so change of plans.

The Hunger Games (also already in theatres)
I haven't read the books, but the trailer looked captivating.

Pirates! (also already in theatres)
I'm afraid there's only 3D version available, so perhaps I'll have to wait for the DVD.

The Avengers
There's better be a non-3D version of this coming around...

Nope, haven't seen this yet, but I must see it before The Avengers.

The Cabin in the Woods
I'd like to see this, but horror movies tend to be a bit too scary for me, so maybe I should just wait for the DVD release and watch this with lights on and volume down.

Dark Shadows
Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Danny Elfman. Here, take my money.

Men In Black III
I liked previous MIB movies, and this one has time travel! Hopefully there's going to be a non-3D version of this one too.

What I said before about horror movies goes for this one too, but I think I just have to be brave enough to go and see this in a theatre. I'm afraid our home theatre wouldn't do justice for this one. Although, there's the same 3D disclaimer here also.

The Amazing Spider-Man
Another reboot, this quickly? Still, must see it - if there's a 2D version available.

The Dark Knight Rises
I'm eager to see what Nolan has in store this time. And what Tom Hardy looks like when he's not that slim.

The Looper
I can haz a good Bruce Willis movie for a change?

The Hobbit (both parts)
Well, duh! Even the 3D doesn't stop me. I'm actually quite curious of how it turns up. 48 frames per second might do the trick.

I think I'm going to be a bit busy.
peter vincent

Can't get over this

Fili and Kili, again. Yes, it's the same pic, it just bothers me.

Dwarves, these two? I mean, really? Especially Fili (if that is him on the right)?

What were they thinking?

"Okay, so, we have 13 dwarves, one hobbit and one wizard. We also have a reputation to hold: after LotR there are going to be hordes of rabid fangirls in the audience, and if we don't give them any fanservice, all Hell is going to break loose."

EDIT: Apparently the dwarf on the right is Kili, so the character names under the pic are in wrong order.
peter vincent

Promotional pics from The Hobbit

I've been meaning to blog about this for couple of days now, but apparently I've been too "busy".

So, they've released promotional pictures from The Hobbit. Now we can get a glimpse of the dwarves.

A couple of notes:

It's funny to notice that after describing the first four dwarves with some detail, Tolkien apparently got bored, and the only descriptions the next nine dwarves get focus on the colours of their hoods (plus Thorin's long silver tassel). Oh, and Bombur is fat, that is noteworthy.

With this being the case, I can't help but wonder why the makers of the movie don't use their artistic freedom only when Tolkien didn't provide descriptions. I mean, you've got 13 dwarves, and only four of them have distinct descriptions (i.e. what are their beards like), so why would you want to mess with that, when you still have quite free hands with the nine other dwarves?!

Okay, so the looks of the dwarves aren't such a big deal for me. I won't boycott the movie for this. But I do like the silly little details, and it's hard for me to understand why someone would disregard the details in a situation where the details are very scarce.

Of course I also understand that The Hobbit is mostly a book for children, whereas LotR targets more mature audiences. No doubt they want to make The Hobbit movies look similar to LotR movies. Tolkien's descriptions of the dwarves may easily make you think of the dwarves of Snow White (funny, the Disney film came out the same year The Hobbit was first published – did people of the 30's see dwarves like that?)

Anyway, I'm eagerly waiting for The Hobbit, and I think Bilbo is looking, well, himself (okay, he could be a bit fatter), and Gandalf is good old Gandalf.