In the last two weeks, my wife and youngest daughter have been away seeing my oldest daughter as she has finished her missions training program. Then they went onto another place to see my wife’s family, including her father who is hot well. My middle (and arguably nerdiest) child has remained home with me, as she is in the midst of her Year 12 studies, which are pretty demanding and certainly require her consistent attention.
But this has opened up room for a whole lot of TV and movies.
I was a bit slow to the party with Dr. Strange. I don’t really like magic and sorcery-based characters, for reasons that are both spiritual and narrative-based (characters’ abilities are so often so frustratingly vague). But Marvel Studio’s cross-pollination strategy is pretty effective, and after seeing Benedict Cumberbatch in Thor Ragnarok and Infinity War and Endgame and No Way Home, I decided to give his solo films a go.
Spoilers ahead, plus a lot of ranting. You have been warned.
Ah, The Hobbit – the Desolation of Smaug: a timeless love story of an Elf Prince chafing under his father’s autocratic rule, who secretly loves a beautiful soldier under his command, and the tension that arises when a roguish dwarf suddenly appears in their threatens to steal her affections. In particular, I appreciated the thoughtful way director Peter Jackson has lovingly and faithfully recreated the most beloved moments from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic work of literature, such as the one when Elven beauty Tauriel heals the Dwarf Kili of the Orc poison coursing through his veins…. Continue reading Why is He Lying on a Pillow of Walnuts? – Thoughts from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2013 is shaping up to be a big year for movie / TV if you are fans of particular superhero, science fiction, or action-adventure franchises. And naturally, I am! I was thinking of all that I was anticipating this year, as well as a few things that I’m not really in order to fill out the numbers, and here is what I came up with. In ascending order of level of anticipation and excitement: Continue reading 2013: Sequels, continuations, and reboots
And so today, November 23, is the 49th anniversary of arguably my favorite television show, Doctor Who. That’s very exciting, but of course the big news is that next year that show will be turning 50. There’s been a fair amount of hype as we head into the 50th anniversary, but very little details other than that we know there will at least be the last 8 episodes of Series 7 airing sometime early in the year.