There are a lot of reasons to be excited for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It’s a movie made for anyone who likes adventure. Who likes fantasy. Who likes intense motion sickness. Yep, if you’re pregnant, have a heart condition or have difficulty riding Batman: The Ride at Six Flags, chances are this movie is not for you. Early screenings of Peter Jackson’s first installment of his new Middle Earth trilogy are apparently causing nausea and headaches to many of the viewers who find the 3D frame rate of 48 frames per second (twice the normal rate) the film was shot in difficult to watch.
The doubled frame rate is supposed to add more realism to the footage, much in the same way of the battle scenes in Saving Private Ryan, but apparently as one viewer put it, ‘you have to hold your stomach down and let your eyes pop at first to adjust. This is not for wimps.’ And another fan said the experience of the watching the movie was like ‘having motion sickness similar to being on a rollercoaster.’ And that’s why we’re pushing #Hobbitvomit on Twitter today. Because the only thing worse than a hairy-footed dwarf, is one that makes you throw up.
Remember Frodo? Yes you do, the small guy with really hairy feet who was kind of annoying, but also pretty brave. Come on, he was in that movie series, The Lord of the Rings? Where he walked a really, really, really, really long way with his BFF, just to throw a piece of jewellery into a volcano. There you go.
It was good wasn’t it? It was, trust me. Well, a prequel to his adventures revolving around his Uncle Bilbo is set to be released on December 14, called The Hobbit. You’ve probably heard of it, it’s pretty big news.
I know it was almost been a decade since we last saw Frodo, Sam and their Fellowship, but we finally have a Hobbit movie to get excited about and it can only be good, right? Unfortunately, it might also suck. Here are 5 reasons why The Hobbit trilogy might ruin the Lord of the Rings’ fine legacy.
If The Lion King has taught me anything, it’s that the easiest way to get over the death of your father is to sing a song with a bunch of woodland creatures about having no worries. If taught me anything else it’s that all animals die, but that’s just part of the circle of life. So when news broke that 27 animals died during the production of The Hobbit trilogy, my first thought was, ‘Someone just find Elton John.’ But apparently producers were aware that the farm the animals were being kept on in Wellington, New Zealand was full of unsafe conditions like ‘bluffs, sinkholes and other death traps.’ While this may sound like the world’s most kickass petting zoo, to the ASPCA and American Humane Society, it sounds like Alicia Silverstone’s worst nightmare.
Film-making can be dangerous. Brandon Lee was killed on-set. A stunt man died making Expendables 2. And Twilight was filmed–like I said, dangerous. So it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that every now and then some horses and sheep on a shoddy farm in Kiwi-town get sacrificed to the filmmaking gods in order to make three movies about a bunch of midgets with hairy feet that go on an adventure. So while it’s always sad when an animal comes under harm, sometimes it happens.
So does The Hobbit’s animal deaths compare to these other films that are probably not discussed at length at Natalie Portman’s vegan dinner parties?
Bilbo Baggins is stepping out of the Shire and into the wild, and luckily we’ve all been invited to go with him on his unexpected journey. (That is, if you fork up the cash to buy tickets to watch it when it screens.)
Two new TV spots for The Hobbit recently hit online. The first one, which you can watch in the player above, shows off the beginnings of Bilbo’s journey and some of the doubts and difficulties he had to overcome along the way. Read more… »
J.R.R. Tolkien was never one to mince words. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was aptly titled, since it was all about the One Ring. The prequel that started it all, The Hobbit, will be hitting the big screen this December and it’s just as appropriately titled as well, since it tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins’ grand adventure. Read more… »
Has it really been seven weeks of our Little Creatures-Big Brawlers Tournament of Champions already?? Despite all these guys’ tiny little legs, they’re moving things pretty quickly ahead as we move into the final two rounds of the semi-finals to see who will eventually face off against the Hobbits in time for December’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and be the one who gets the one ring to rule them all, or the Iron Throne, or whatever the main prize is in whatever fantasy series you’re into.
To recap last week, we sat through an epic battle between the body-slamming bellicose vultures, the Borrowers, take on the lap-dogs of Lilliput, the takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’ Lilliputians. And much to our surprise, due to their guerrilla warfare strategies, the Clock family was capable of cleaning the Lilliputian army’s clock. Today we move onto Round Seven of our miniscule showdown of the biggest little fighters in the world. Will Tyrion Lannister pay off his family’s debts with a victory? Or will the sideshow spectacle Hans become the ringleader of his own ring of death. Let’s check in with our two competitors to find out. Read more… »