Every year at this time I read list after list of top tens from different critics and every one boils down to the same sentiment. "Even though I hate the very idea of a top ten list, the public demands it so I guess I'm forced to do it.
It's common for a certain percentage of a theater-going audience to take umbrage when Hollywood translates a true story to the big screen. Events are rearranged for dramatic intent, characters combined or simplified, ages changed to fit whatever lead actor the studio has in mind, etc. It happens in every biopic, and there are some who just cannot stand it because the story on screen is somehow less true.
"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"New Line Cinema2 hours, 24 minutesAfter watching the final scenes of an almost nine-hour trilogy, crammed with stuff most movie-goers agree could have easily been left on the cutting room floor, I was surprised to be left with a sense that it was incomplete. Not that I wanted more, mind you, but I was surprised that after all that, director Peter Jackson leaves a handful of threads from his "Hobbit" films hanging.
In the Lord of the Rings, the two hobbits, Merry Brandybuck and Pippin Took, grow taller and feel their hair curling after downing a few Ent-draughts between chasing and being chased by orcs. This drink is provided by the Ents, the tree-like shepherds of their arboreal kindred.
My wife's wedding ring likes playing games us.Now, many of you might read that and say that inanimate objects such as jewelry don't play games, and that I've read "The Lord of the Rings" one too many times and have hobbits on the brain.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" New Line Cinema 2 hours, 49 minutes In 2001, when the first installment of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy was released, there was a palpable sense of relief.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 2 hours, 41 minutes When I was a kid, my friends and family constantly told me I had no taste because I loved every movie I saw. Every trip to the theater was to see the best movie ever made.
NEW YORK - The Olympics, the World Cup and commemorations of World War I, D-Day and the fall of the Berlin Wall are some of the events that will spotlight destinations like Sochi, Brazil, Sarajevo, Normandy and Berlin in 2014.
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