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Episode #138 for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D, in which our protagonist laments watching what could have been a good movie go down the tubes due to “technical progress.” He’s amazed that two good scenes were still able to shine through, and wonders what the hell Kratos is doing riding that direwolf.
It’s the first season of Wilfred, hitting Blu-Ray from your friends at Fox. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
Elijah Wood stars as Ryan, a down-on-his-luck lawyer who forms a unique friendship with his sexy neighbor’s pet pooch “Wilfred.” Everyone else sees a dog, but Ryan sees a bong-ripping, beer-chugging, foul-mouthed Australian bloke in a furry suit (played by the outrageously funny Jason Gann.) By unleashing the surly, sweet and always adventurous Wilfred, Ryan may just learn to stand on his own hind legs and embrace the insanity of real life.
Written by: Charlie Kaufman, based on a story by Pierre Bismuth, Michel Gondry & Charlie Kaufman
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst
- Behind the scenes featurette
- Convos between director Gondry and actor Carrey and between Gondry and actress Winslet
- Running audio commentary by Gondry and writer Kaufman
- Deleted and extended scenes
- Music video from The Polyphone Spree
- Lacuna commercial
- “Inside the Mind of Michel Gondry” featurette
- Anatomy of a Scene: Saratoga Avenue
Released by: Universal
My Advice: Fans of the film must own.
Written by: Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Stephen Sinclair & Frances Walsh, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom
My Advice: Matinee
The second installment in the adaptation of Tolkien’s trilogy has arrived–and everybody is in deep orc manure. Frodo and Sam (Wood and Astin) are still on their way to Mordor, being stalked by the lovable, huggable Gollum (voiced by Andy Serkis). Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli (Mortensen, Bloom and John Rhys-Davies) are still on the track of the other two hobbits, Merry and Pippin (Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd), who got snatched up by the Uruk–which are, as you might recall, ostensibly orcs on PCP. All of this to try and stop Saruman (Christopher Lee) from tag-teaming with Sauron to kick the ass of Middle Earth.
Written by: Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson & Frances Walsh, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Sean Bean
My Advice: Don’t miss it.
Thousands of years ago, there were a series of rings handed around. These were symbols of great power. But there was a ring forged in secret, in the dark lands of Mordor, by the evil Sauron. Using this ring, Sauron waged war on all of Middle Earth–but was eventually defeated. The ring changed hands a few times, finally winding up in the possession of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm). As he plans on retiring from public life, the ring must fall into the hands of his heir, young Frodo (Wood), who is under the protection of the grey wizard Gandalf (McKellen). But once the ring is revealed for what it is, dark forces seek it–and a decision must be made. What does one do with the ultimate corrupting power of the ring?
Written by: Bruce Joel Rubin & Michael Tolkin
Directed by: Mimi Leder
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave
My Advice: Matinee.
Still waiting for a film to satisfy the way you thought it ought to have? Yeah, me too. This was my number one film to look forward to this year, but alas. Synopsis: Big rock heading toward earth. Death. Destruction. Dogs and cats, etc. So let’s talk about what the film does have going for it. First and foremost, it has Bruce Joel Rubin, the man who brought us Jacob’s Ladder, a Needcoffee.com classic. It’s he and Tolkin that are responsible for pushing this over the top and making it a slightly above average film. It’s the concept more than anything else–the idea of humanity trying to deal with its own extinction, and the choices that must be made, sometimes in a matter of seconds, that decide the fate of sometimes just a family, sometimes millions of people. Unfortunately, I smell cutting and rewrites that crippled what could have been a great film.