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Martin Freeman’s 10 Best Movies

Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman looks like an accountant more than he does a major star, but Freeman’s star has catapulted from the early days of the BBC’s version of The Office to roles in the biggest films Hollywood has to offer.  Freeman has always bounced back and forth between television and films.  He redefined Dr. Watson for a new generation in Sherlock, starred in a better Fargo than the film, and began The Office revolution.  He’s also traversed Middle-Earth, traveled the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and starred in a trilogy of Edgar Wright’s most bizarre comedies.  He has astounding range for someone who looks like a midwestern insurance salesman (he just changed careers from accountancy), and while is terrifically funny, can be menacing, charming, or heart-breaking in turns.  Anything that has Martin Freeman in it is instantly worth watching, because if it’s good, he’s going to make it great, and even if it’s bad; he’ll make it tolerable. Continue reading Martin Freeman’s 10 Best Movies

Cate Blanchett’s 10 Best Movies

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett is possibly the most versatile actress in Hollywood.  She’s played Queen Elizabeth (twice and been Oscar nominated for it both times), Katherine Hepburn, Elvish Monarch Galadriel, Bob Dylan, Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother, slain Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, disgraced American journalist Mary Mapes, and will soon lay low Asgard as Hela, the Queen of Hel (Vikings don’t use double “l”s for their underworld).  Any one of these parts, and the dozens more she’s taken on, could swallow an actress or force her into scenery-chewing characiture (I hate I’m Not Here, but her Bob Dylan is freaky).  She’s an actress you take notice of whenever she’s attached to anything.  She brought ethereal beauty to Middle-Earth and now she’s bringin Hel to the MCU.
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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”

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies End Titiles Music Video

Earlier this week we got to hear “The Last Good-Bye” by Billy Boyd, but today the official music video for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was released.  I think the song is a beautiful summation to The Hobbit trilogy and, assuming this film delivers as the others have, one day we’ll be able to have a marathon stretching from “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”  All the way  to Sam sighing, “Well, I’m back.”  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens December 17, 2014.