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My Favorite Scene: The Incredible Hulk (2008) “Hulk vs. Abomination”

Next week the 17th installment of the MCU roars into theaters featuring a Thor/Hulk team-up in Thor: Ragnarok.  Hulk has been one of the most troublesome characters in the MCU’s history in and out of the movie theater.  The Incredible Hulk was the 2nd installment in the MCU, the first to feature characters crossing over between films (Tony’s post-credit scene with Gen. Ross), and the first to feature a casting change.  Edward Norton was-whatever Marvel wants to call it-fired for complaining to the press about the cut of director Louis Leterrier’s final film.  And he was absolutely right. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: The Incredible Hulk (2008) “Hulk vs. Abomination”

TV Review: The Leftovers Pilot (2014 – HBO)

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A new HBO series almost demands a try at this point (AMC as well) given the track record of quality that the network has had over the past few decades. The Leftovers is their newest series, directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) and written by Damon Lindeloff (Lost, Star Trek). It features a world in which 2% of the Earth’s population simply vanished. 140 million people gone in the blink of an eye. There’s a very affecting opening where a mother is tucking her child into the car seat and then turns around to start the car, turns back to check on the child and it’s simply gone.  (Despite the similarity to The Rapture of Christian theology, the show goes pretty much out of its way to emphasize that this was not that.)  The story picks up three years after the disappearances.
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The overwhelming feeling of the pilot if one of depression.  This is a depressed, angry world.  Something inexplicable has happened to them and the mood in the world three years later is still one of grief and depression, mixed with a simmering rage with nowhere to go.  This is hammered relentlessly at you in the pilot (which is 1hr 20 min) and if the series is going to go anywhere, it needs to realize it’s been established and mix the tone or this is going to be the most depressing show on TV.Amy Brennerman, The Leftovers
Though the disappearance was a worldwide phenomenon (Shaq, the Pope and Gary Busey we find out were all among the taken in one of the only light moments in the pilot), we’re focusing on one small town and the main character is its police chief (Justin Theroux), his wife (Amy Brennerman) who has gone to live with a creepy cult of people who don’t talk but smoke like chimneys called The Remnant, his daughter who is drifting through high school like a lit stick of dynamite, and his son who has joined a commune centered around someone named “Wayne” who has…..some kind of something going on.  We don’t get deep into any of the storylines in the pilot, we’re just given each character arc a brief kick-start and they’re all starting from low places.  In addition the cast features Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Frank Harts and Peter Gaston among others.
The Leftovers
The Leftovers has a strong ensemble and an intriguing premise, but a mostly forgettable pilot that ends up being a tremendous downer. I’ve liked enough of Lindeloff’s writing to give this a few more episodes, but if they wanted to hook viewers with their pilot, they probably shouldn’t have tried so hard to bum them completely out.
6.5/10 Continue reading TV Review: The Leftovers Pilot (2014 – HBO)

Empire Magazine’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Photo Gallery

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Earlier this week, Empire Magazine leaked their cover for their upcoming issue where they focus on the middle child of the The Hobbit trilogy – The Desolation of Smaug. The article is primarily elvish in nature; appropriate since I think we’re going to be spending a fair amount of the film in Thranduil’s Woodland Realm. Now, we have the pictures that accompany the article spotlighting both the elves and the barrel escape that eventually moves the Dwarven company closer to Erebor. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens December 14th and I included the trailer again because it is just that cool. You’re welcome.

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Details on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition

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In the same Empire Magazine issue that features Thranduil, Tauriel and Legolas on the cover, Peter Jackson gives his first details on the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  Now, I loved AUJ.  Loved it.  I’ve watched it several times in the theater and again on Blu Ray and it is just a joy.  The complaints about it being boring or too long, baffle me.  A movie is too long if you don’t have enough story.  A 90 minute film can seem like an eternity if you don’t have a story, but a three-hour film flies by if you’re invested.

If you haven’t read The Hobbit recently, it does start with an extended dinner party, which also serves in the film to introduce and begin to differentiate between the dwarves.  The Hobbit is a different pace than the LOTR.  Things aren’t so dire yet.  No one knows Sauron is back.  The ring has not been found.  In many ways it’s an allegory for a sleeping Europe in the 1930’s; ignoring or choosing to overlook the rising menace.  If someone took a hose to Radagast’s face, I’d go so far as to call it a perfect beginning.

The extended edition was coming; we all knew it.  It’s going to run 169 minutes, which is only nine minutes longer than the theatrical cut.  I’m intrigued by some of the scenes Jackson outlines below.  I don’t know that we need more dwarf crassness.  We get it.  They do not like elves and it is mutual.  But the bit with the black arrow and a bit of Thranduil sounds intriguing.  We’ll find out when the extended edition hits stores in November.

If Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey wasn’t long enough for you, then we have some goods news. The filmmakers have revealed some of the scenes you can expect to see in the extended cut of the movie.

“You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell,” director Peter Jackson told Empire.

“You are going to get more of Hobbiton,” said producer/co-writer Philippa Boyens. “We always wanted to wend our way through Hobbiton, but in the end Bilbo has to run out of the door.”

“You are going to get more Goblin Town, and the Great Goblin singing his song,” said Fran Walsh. “It is a great song, but it was just another delay in terms of moving the story along.”

“We are putting things in the extended cut that are going to play straight into the second film,” Jackson continued, “like this character Girion, who is defending [the city of] Dale using black arrows against Smaug. And the black arrows play a part in an ongoing story, for they are the one thing that can pierce the dragon’s hide…There are also issues with [king of the elves] Thranduil. We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out – to do with these white gems…”

The extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be releasd this November, just in time for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug which opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX theaters on December 13, 2014.The Hobbit, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellan Tolkien

Desolation of Smaug Empire Magazine Cover – Legolas, Thranduil and Tauriel

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It’s all about the Woodland Elves on Empire Magazine‘s latest cover.  The cover features Thranduil (Lee Pace), the King of the Wood Elves; Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).  It looks like from the trailer that we’ll be spending a fair amount of time in the Woodland Realm and I loved how the design motif seemed to mirror Lorien’s only in wood.  Tauriel, as has been much discussed on KT, is a character solely made for the movies and comes from no Tolkien lore.  I thought what we saw in the trailer looked really good; but we’ll see.  We’ll probably get one more trailer in October/November.

The second film in The Hobbit trilogy will bring us  Beorn!  Smaug!  Lake Town!  Bard the Bowman!  Wood Elves!  Spiders!  The Necromancer!  There’s no place I’d rather return to than Middle Earth.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will release on December 13, 2013, and the trilogy will finish with The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 17, 2014.The Hobbit, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellan Tolkien