Where to start, where to start. Yes, I spent 3 hours in the theater this week to watch the conclusion of Peter Jackson’s drawn out Hobbit trilogy. And I mean to talk about it. But let’s start with a little background on my love of Tolkien.
I know I’m in the minority about this movie for a lot of reasons. Fist of all, I preferred An Unexpected Journey to the Desolation Of Smaug. Secondly, Desolation was somewhat of a let down for me. I was surprised by a number of reviews claiming the exact opposite of both my statements. I don’t love The Lord Of The Rings trilogy either. I like it well enough, but honestly I find it kind of boring. The Hobbit however is a book that I adore. It’s a lot of what makes The Lord Of The Rings unique and interesting condensed into a fun 300 or so page book.
Thank god it’s the weekend, and your time to kick back, enjoy a drink or two, and be as lazy or productive as you want. And what better way to relax than while indulging in your favorite non-human creature obsession? With this weekend’s first post, we’re going to start bringing you the perfect post on your favorite creatures every weekend to help you forget about your banal week-to-week work life. Whether it is claws, scales, fur, spikes, fangs, or rotting flesh, we’ll make your weekend relaxation more enjoyable with this weekly installment from the Brotherhood of Evil Geeks. Humans have been telling creature tales since the time of the Cave Men, so it’s a tradition we are delighted to continue.
The plan will be to pick a creature to discuss in detail every weekend, where we will first go over the personal details of said creature, followed by a reference for their most memorable appearances in human history, and lastly followed up with our personal favorite representation of the creature being profiled. And requests are welcome. While we have many species we plan on bringing in to your homes in the coming months, feel free to send me an email from the “About Us” tab section of the website.
So for our first Creature Comforts we are going to spotlight goblins, a classic and recurring character encountered in many fantasy novels, movies, and myths. What is a goblin you ask?
We reserve our 8th day of Geeks-Mas for those literary concoctions that rattle the mind and soul (and also lay the groundwork for some pretty kick-ass movies! Ex. A little book about a wizard named Harry!) So if your nerd is a bookworm, then here’s an honest-to-god list that you can’t go wrong with…Enjoy!
Do you like pulp? Check out the Shadow’s Sanctum website. They specialize in 2 for 1’s printed from the original magazines with the two column page style and the actual pictures that originally accompanied them. They have a vast collection of both Doc Savage and The Shadow but others as well. Starting in January they’ll begin publishing reprints of the The Spider too! So if that’s your thing like old Biff here or if you’re looking for some rip roaring old school adventure than check it out, there’s a lot to choose from. You can see a list of their entire collection by going here.
MARTIAN LUTHOR KANG THE 117TH
I don’t suppose you need us to recommend current popular literature, there are plenty of places for that. So instead I’ll offer some old favorites.
I’ll start off with the only man who can out-Batman the Dark Knight himself, Sherlock Holmes. Actually reading the old Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales can be very surprising to someone who was only familiar with the popular portrayals of the character. In recent years, some of the adaptions have followed the characterization a bit more closely, but before having read these myself years ago I was under the impression that Watson would have been mildly retarded and that Moriarty was more along the lines of Dr. Claw in his ominous presence.
Plus, with these stories being in the public domain you can get them very cheaply… or you can splurge and buy a relatively inexpensive high-end printing of them.
Hello Gang! Like my man Kang, I’m throwing you out an oldie but a goodie that many of you may have already read; but you never know, new nerds are born each day! So my recommendation to you is J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” I know, I know, this is a really old one and that is true, but it is still fantastic. As a kid this was one of my favorite books and although it may not have the epic feel of the LOTR trilogy, it is the setup to the entire tale. Tolkien laid tremendous groundwork in Middle Earth with this book, which can seem childish at times, but is a forever classic! It’s pretty small so you should be able to get through it in a few days and its available everywhere. If its new to you and wets your appetite, then go on and read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. For nothing else, those books will give you a new-found respect for Peter Jackson and his team for the amazing visual displays and dynamic storytelling that we use been given. If you eat that up and want more, then I suggest Tolkien’s last book “The Silmarillion,” which basically is an offshoot of tales that really explain the legends of the First Age of Middle Earth. OK kids, that’s all I’ve got… Enjoy!
Remember to come back tomorrow for The 12 Days of Geeks-Mas Day 9: Nerdy Travel
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I hope you are doing well on this fine morning…I know that I am because last night I returned to Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey! For those not in the know (or who live under a rock,) The Hobbit is the pre-quel to the ever-popular Lord of the Rings trilogy that the world has come to know and love for the past decade. After LOTR made over $3 Billion at the box office it was hardly unexpected that the The Hobbit would be created but it was a film property that seemed to take forever to come together due to issues and controversy on the part of studios, directors, an actors strike, frame-rate, and even the possibility of leaving their production in New Zealand. Despite the trials and tribulations of the production, Peter Jackson has once again given service to Tolkien fans and has created an instant classic with this 1st part of The Hobbit trilogy.
The pacing of the film has what I would consider a similarity to that of The Fellowship of the Ring, which some may feel slow but in all honesty in necessary to build the plot and characterization to start our unforeseen hero onto his quest. Middle Earth feels very familiar, but at the same time different in that you can almost see a purity that exists even outside of the Shire contrasting the somewhat harsh setting on Middle Earth in the LOTR trilogy. With that said, you can see the seeds of an evil brewing in the shadows and its fun because any fan of the series can see where the mythology is connecting. As far as locales go, we see some familiar ones in the Shire and Rivendale, but also get to see some new places too and the same can be said with characters as well. Returning characters include Gandalf, Elrond, Sauroman, and of course Bilbo Baggins (though played by Martin Freeman as a younger hobbit.) As for new characters, we get to meet many new dwarves that play off one another very well in a dysfunctional yet brotherly sort of way, as well as their leader; Thorin. The main antagonists of the film, though similar, are both characters that were not in the previous films; Azog, The Orc King and The Goblin King. Ultimately I would say that Jackson and his team have done a good job to make you feel comfortable as a viewer with certain familiar elements of the film, whilst at the same time throwing in new pieces to the puzzle. With that said, I really enjoyed the opening sequence myself as it really pushed into the lore that is Middle Earth and spoke to the reasons for the divide of the races that we see in the LOTR trilogy.
Visually the film is nice on the eyes; Middle Earth lives threw its scenery, characters, and use of technology to make the impossible possible. There was a ton of controversy at Peter Jacksons choice to shoot the film in the non-traditional 48 frames per second frame-rate, but it’s really a joy to see. Some think that when the action is fast paced that the higher frame-rate is effective but falls flat on slower scenes, but I couldn’t disagree with that more. The increased frame-rate brings a visual contrast to the film that when combined with the 3D experience makes for stunning visuals in both the action sequences and the character-driven plot scenes.
One fan favorite that returns to this movie is Gollum, and again Andy Serkis does a great job with the little guy! The scene between him and Bilbo, though short, is an extremely important part to Tolkiens’ mythology and Serkis and Martin Freeman simply nail it!
As a life-long Tolkien fan, I loved LOTR but The Hobbit was always my wheelhouse. I cannot recall the amount of times that I’ve read the book, but I still felt pleasantly surprised of the way that Jackson interpreted the different beats of the story. Originally there were going to be two Hobbit films and then that was changed to three and I was unsure of that decision and almost looked at it as a way for the studios to make the fans pull out their wallets again. But after seeing this movie, I feel confident in saying that I trust Mr. Jacksons reasoning behind the decision and the ending of this movie did not feel like a half-way point in the story, but that there is really a lot more to tell. In fact the thing that got me irked the most is that it couldn’t keep going and the realization that I will have to wait another year to watch the story progress and especially see more of a certain scaly character that I have thought about and imagined for the past 25 years! All in all, I completely endorse this movie and hope that you take time this weekend to take your own visit to Middle Earth…You wont be disappointed!