Review–“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Fan Review)

Warning:  Complete spoilers follow. This is the second in a two-part series reviewing the recently released The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug. It is written from a fan's perspective (of both the original work by Tolkien as well as Jackson's cinematic adaptations).  Having been a fan of Tolkien for over half of my life, and a … Continue reading Review–“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Fan Review)

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Review–“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Warning:  Spoilers follow. Note:  I am preparing two reviews, one for casual fans of the films, and the other for Tolkien fans.  This is the general review.  The Tolkien fan review will be forthcoming. Well, I was one of those fortunate enough to see The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug on opening night (in 3-D IMAX, no … Continue reading Review–“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Review–“Frozen”: A Slightly Feminist Fairy Tale

This evening i had the distinct pleasure of screening Disney's latest animated feature Frozen, and I can sum it up this way:  Disney has got its groove back.  And this time it has a feminist twist. When young princess Elsa inadvertently injures her sister Anna with her magical, winter-conjuring abilities, her parents lock her away in the … Continue reading Review–“Frozen”: A Slightly Feminist Fairy Tale

“Dracula” Review–“Of Monsters and Men”

Once again, this week's episode of NBC's Dracula indicates that the series' writers have finally found their stride, as the many different plot threads have finally begun to converge in something verging on legibility.  In tonight's episode, Lucy finally confesses her feelings for Mina, Dracula almost manages to survive in the sun, Jonathan faces off against Lord … Continue reading “Dracula” Review–“Of Monsters and Men”