The Hobbit Trilogy

The Hobbit Trilogy

On Monday this week Peter Jackson dropped a bomb shell on the world with the announcement that there would be a third  “Hobbit” film. While there have been a ton of thoughts and articles about what this means – along with lots of accusations of him wanting more money – folks have forgotten what this news really means within and without the film industry. Consider this for a moment, movie studies are huge corporations with business plans, marketing teams, and stock holder to please. Adding a third Hobbit film means radical shifts in the licensing, marketing and publicity arms of each of the studies involved (there are three of them). As senior TheOneRing.net staff member Larry D. Curtis wrote, the ground has “shifted under the feet of hundreds and maybe thousands of people.” Consider also WHEN the announcement was made (i.e. July 30th).  There are now approximately 90-days left before the world premiere of the first Hobbit film in November. So yeah, this is not really the best time to tell one’s investors that you want to scrap all the current plans and add a third firm, which, by the way, will require a few more months of shooting… In a nutshell, the decision to add a third film was not an easy nor a very wise political move.  To quote Larry Curtis again, “This change is not only bold and daring, it is coming from the right place. This isn’t a money grab. This isn’t the studio stretching out a franchise. This is team Jackson feeling that a story, a complicated one with multiple threads and characters, needed...

Cowboys and Aliens

This was a great movie! It was fun getting to see Harrison Ford back at the top of his game hanging with Daniel Craig and having adventures. Defiantly NOTHING like Indiana 4!!! This film actually had a plausible plot line (well, assuming aliens exist) that drew you into it. Jon Favreau sure knows how to make a film....
Of Gods and Men

Of Gods and Men

Shortly before War World II in 1938 a small band of Trappist monks started a monastery in the Algerian desert near Tibhirine. The next five, almost six, decades were fairly uneventful for these monks despite being located in the middle of an Islamic country. Then the unthinkable happened. Armed men entered the monastery during the night of March 26-27, 1996 and kidnapped seven of the nine monks currently stationed there. Over the next two months these men were made a pawn in the Algerian Civil War till finally they were killed and decapitated. The 2010 French independent film “Of Gods and Men” seeks to tell the story of why these monks stayed at the monastery even when they had multiple chances to flee. And to that end, the film does it a good job. Moving at a slow pace (almost too slow in places) the director shows the simple life lived by these monks. They were the confidants of the villages – providing medical help to poor, sharing in the heartache of farming the desert land, celebrating the coming of age of the children, mentoring both young and old – in short they were part of the community despite the religious difference between them and their fellow villagers. As the movie progressed, we see the confused villagers wrestling with their peaceful view of Islam and the radical extremists who killed anyone who did not follow their interpretation. This I believe is one of the most powerful parts of the film as it shows that not every Muslim is an extremist – in fact, as the movie shows, the extremists...
Do We Need to ‘Protect’ the Bible?

Do We Need to ‘Protect’ the Bible?

After hearing positive reviews about the film “The Book of Eli” over the last year, I finally decided to watch it. And it was good.  Very good – abet it did earn the “R” ranking… However, this post is not a full movie review…instead I want to focus on one comment in the film that I believe caries a ton of weight in today’s world. Yet, before I can talk about the comment, I guess I should give you guys an overview real quick (with one spoiler…which really won’t affect things too much…) The earth’s ozone has been destroyed by war – turning the planet into one big desert. Survivors are making due the best they can with limited resources… The protagonist of the film, Eli, is traveling west looking for a safe place to deliver the last remaining copy of the Bible.  He has been on this journey for 30 years – moving slowly across North America and protecting the book from folks who would either destroy it or use it for evil (i.e. twist the message it contains). Near the end, Eli makes the following comment: “In all these years I’ve been carrying it and reading it every day, I got so caught up in keeping it safe that I forgot to live by what I learned from it.” Wow! Powerful… simply powerful….and heart piercing… How many of us get caught up in trying to ‘protect’ the Bible? Fighting battles of Biblical inerrancy…. trying to prove the scientific and historical accuracy of the Bible….or fighting to keep it in public eye through posting Bible verses in court...
Avatar

Avatar

Released in mid-Dec, Avatar rocked the box-office – becoming the second highest-grossing film of all time worldwide as well as the top 2009 movie. All within a few short weeks. Yet, is it all that? Or is it just a bunch of hype and fluff? Knowing that you, the reader, would be asking those questions (hmm…assuming that you haven’t seen it….which is probably a mistake seeing how almost everyone in the country as seen it…well, at least all those with funds) – I decided to check out Avatar and see what deal was. Hmm….ok….the little brightly colored avatar on my shoulder is tell me to confuse the true reason I went to the movies… I WANTED to – and it was a chance to hang out with my sister-in-law and her boyfriend. There! You happy?  Now I just eliminated my last two readers! Sigh. 😕 I will now write my review to all the ones and zeros still out there…way out there….way out there, like me…..way out there…. Note to self – auto pilot only works on planes – and then you still need a timer or you will over fly your bomb drop landing destination. Avatar was awesome! The scenery and graphics of the movie was amazing – it really was an epic story set on a beautiful planet with some crazy animals and trees. Granted, I wasn’t quite sold on the whole 3D thing…it was good…but I’m not sure if it was worth the extra cash… 😕 The story it self was also really good. Yes, it wasn’t a “new” story in that it retold a story...