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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Complete Achievement List (Xbox, Playstation, PC – 2017)

As much as I love Star Wars (and clearly I love Star Wars a lot), I love Tolkien’s Middle-Earth even more.  I was an enormous fan and sunk over a hundred hours into 2014’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.  It was such a great game, but it had its glitches and frustrations.  The revolutionary thing in that game, and seemingly perfected in the sequel was the Nemesis System.  That the orcs and other enemies you ran into, remember you, become stronger if they defeat you, bear scars from you and can be impressed into your service.  It makes the world seem that much more of a living organism.  The reviews for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War make it sound like they ironed out the kinks and this is my most anticipated game of 2017.  It’s out today for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.  Cheevos below courtesy of the greatest site in the land: xboxachievements.com.

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My Favorite Scene: The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) “Dol Guldur”

First, a thanks to JaidynLuke Studios for cutting together this entire epic scene from the extended version of the film into a two-parter.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone who reads this site, that I am an enormous geek.  My Star Wars geek creds go back to practically the cradle, but around middle school, I became a hardcore Tolkienite.  I read The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Book of Unfinished Tales.  I own the 12 volume literary examination of Tolkien’s entire body of work that his son, Christopher, edited together.  I mean, it got to the point where I not only knew what Quenya was, but nearly listed it as a second language on job applications.  No, actually I didn’t date much during high school come to think of it, why do you ask? Continue reading My Favorite Scene: The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) “Dol Guldur”

Top 5: Scenes from Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King (IMDB Top 250 #9)

Lord of the Rings, Return of the king, Lord of the Rings The Return of the King, Aragorn, Theoden, Eowyn, Gandalf, Arwen, LegolasEvery month we take a look at a movie on the Internet Movie Database’s List of the TOP 250 FILMS OF ALL-TIME.  These are movies that transcend a simple “My Favorite Scene” column.  These are movies that are hard to just pry five gems from, but we do and examine the film overall.  We’re on our ninth installment in this series.  Click on the links for The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Dark Knight, Pulp Fiction Schindler’s List, 12 Angry Men, and The Good The Bad and The Ugly to check out previous installments.

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With the release of the extended edition of Battle of the Five Armies, Peter Jackson’s six-film Middle Earth saga has come to a completion.  The end result, as a Tolkien die-hard, is a monument to the body of work the visionary fantasy writer created and some of the best films made in the last 25 years.  The Lord of the RIngs is really an 11 hour film broken into three parts, but all three are grouped fairly closely on the Top 250, so we’ll get to examine them all starting with the capper: The Return of the King.
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Top 5: Creatures from Lord of the Rings

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Part of what makes Tolkien’s Middle-earth such a fantastic realm are the creatures which inhabit it.  The phantasmagorical seems commonplace in a land of dragons, trolls, storm giants and wizards.  Looking back at just the original Lord of the Rings movies, here are my top 5 creatures (Gollum I did not count as a creature because he is literally in a class by himself).

5. The Cave Troll – The Fellowship of the Ring
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4. Shelob – The Return of the King
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3. The Mouth of Sauron – LOTR The Return of the King
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2. The Witch King of Angmar – All three films
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1. Balrog  – The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring
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Six of the Best Lord of the Rings Prints…EVER; by Marko Manev

As a devout Tolkienite, I have my favorite artists’ intepretations of Middle Earth.  John Howe and Alan Lee were always my favorite and, fortunately enough, they were Peter Jackson’s too and they’ve worked on all the Middle Earth films making the images in my head not too dissimilar from those I’ve seen onscreen.

Marko Manev needs to keep working in this area, because he could join my favorites.  These six images were a series he created for the Hero Complex Gallery’s art show in LA called “Young Guns of Print”.

If I had the disposable income, I’d be ordering prints.  If you do, I envy you, and here’s how you could go about getting a set:

The posters come from Collider, and they go on sale tomorrow (10/4/13) at 9am PST on the Hero Complex Gallery website. You can pick up a set for $100. Each print measures 12”x24” and is 5 colors screenprinted by D&L.

“Each print has a glow in the dark layer.  There is one print for each of the three movies with the main art focusing on our heroes, while the GID layer is all about the bad guys.  The size is perfect for hanging all three together and I really like the color choice for each movie.”

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