The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

That’s right, at long last, today I made it out to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This morning, I finally got my contacts back in and was all ready for 2 hours and 41 minutes of IMAX 3D adventure. And it is an adventure. Many critics of the first Hobbit film felt that it didn’t live…

Sandman

Just yesterday, Kyle Anderson over at the Nerdist website posted an article reporting that there may be a collaboration (of sorts) between two of my favorite creators: Joseph Gordon Levitt and Neil Gaiman. Joseph Gordon Levitt is in final talks to not only star, but also co-produce and potentially direct the film version of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.…

The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

As I’m currently stuck wearing my glasses for reasons I need not get into, and therefore cannot see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug just yet (3D glasses on top of regular glasses just does not work), I had to find something else to fill the gap on release day. Thanks are in order to IGN…

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

If you haven’t already seen Christmas Vacation…where have you been living? Just kidding. But really, you should check it out if you haven’t already. And how it has managed to become 24 years old is beyond me, but that’s me showing my age a bit. I was a spry one year old when it came out,…

The Shared Wonder of Film

Film is a powerful medium. Too often, entertainment these days is criticized for the potential harm it could do to society: people watch too much TV, violent programs and films are teaching our children bad values. But what often goes unsaid are the potential benefits of film that are being under-utilized: learning about history and…

A Very Harry Christmas

The Holidays have hit Hogwarts. I spent the better part of today visiting The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour just outside London – for the third time. Don’t judge me. Throughout December, January, and now into February, they have covered some of their most popular sets and decorations with snow and Christmas flair. The…