When it was announced that Peter Jackson was making a screen adaptation of The Hobbit, I knew right off the bat that it would be a completely different experience than his Academy Award-winning Lord of the Rings films. Anyone who has read any portion of either The Hobbit or The Fellowship of the Ring can tell that The Hobbit is written for a younger audience and is meant to be enjoyed in a different way than Tolkien’s epic trilogy. They are different types of stories, and should be evaluated separately. For this final installment in the Hobbit trilogy, Jackson has dialed up the action with some epic Middle-Earth warfare. Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Movie Review
I often think about how different our lives would be without language. Our dependence upon words for communication goes so deep that even the vast majority of our thoughts are verbal. A person in our society with no understanding of words or language would have great difficulty in life, and they would have trouble maintaining meaningful relationships in the Western World. The 1981 film Quest for Fire gives us a glimpse into what it would be like to live in prehistoric times, before the conveniences of modern languages. Because of this, most of the film’s script is composed of grunts or primitive phrases that may seem too humorous for many viewers to take seriously. However, the film as a whole is a rather moving tale of the culture and struggles of early man. Continue reading Quest for Fire Movie Review
Sleeping Beauty has always been one of my favorite Disney movies. Ever since I was a young kid, I loved the music, the characters, and especially the epic battle at the end. Because of this, Maleficent has always been one of my favorite villains of all time. I loved the mystery behind her, and how she was so pissed that she wasn’t invited to an infant’s birthday party that she set a curse upon the child. She was pure evil, and once it was revealed that she had the ability to transform into a dragon, I was completely sold.
Because of the love that I have for the original film, I was interested to see this new release dedicated entirely to my favorite horned enchantress. However, I soon found out that the Maleficent in this film isn’t quite as threatening as the sorceress in the original. Continue reading Maleficent Movie Review