timepiececlock: (Dragon lives forever-- not so little gir)
I don't know if I've talked about this on LJ, but I've been over the moon since I found out Guillermo Del Toro would directing The Hobbit and its sequel, with Peter Jackson producing. Del Toro directed Hell Boy, which was more entertaining than I expected, and although not my favorite comic or fantasy film, I liked it. He also directed, more notably, Pan's Labyrinth, which I loved and which won Oscars for Cinematography, Art Direction, and Make Up, as well as being nominated for Score, Original Screenplay, and Best Foreign Film.

When I heard he'd been hand-picked by Peter Jackson, and that Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens [LOTR writers] would be co-writing it with Del Toro, I was in a state of fan bliss. That was several weeks ago, and the bliss hasn't really gone away-- I only forget about it sometimes, but as soon as I'm reminded I get excited again. Even though it won't come out until December 2011, I am excited. I expect to stay in a state of being instantly "re-excitable" for the next three years any time anyone mentions the films.

Reading the online chat transcript[HOBBIT BOOK SPOILERS] between Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, and submitted questions from fans, I was pleased with their responses about the tone of The Hobbit versus LOTR, the fact that these movies would also be "intense PG-13" as LOTR was, and that the two new films will be designed to inhabit the same "world" of middle earth and retain continuity with the trilogy, while also benefiting from a new director's talent and ideas. The interview was rather long, AND CONTAINS MAJOR BOOK SPOILER FOR THE HOBBIT, but if you are familiar with The Hobbit, then I suggest hitting CNTRL+F and searching "Smaug" until you get to Official Question 8... Del Toro gives a geeky, enthusiastic, and encouraging spiel about what he plans for the infamous Smaug. He cites Disney's Maleficent [Sleeping Beauty] and the dragon from Dragonslayer as his ideal cinematic portrayals of dragons, and says:

Smaug should not be "the Dragon in the Hobbit movie" as if it was just "another" creature in a Bestiary. Smaug should be "The DRAGON" for all movies past and present. The shadow he cast and the greed he comes to embody- the "need to own" casts its long shadow and creates a thematic / dramatic continuity of sorts that articulates the story throughout-


This is exactly the kind of thoughtful, passionate answer I would want from a director. This guy sounds like he knows and loves the characters and the story of The Hobbit. Which is important, incredibly important, to me, because I loved The Hobbit more than LOTR. I've read LOTR once all the way through, but I've read The Hobbit three times all the way through and spot-read chapters on a whim other times.

more talk about The Hobbit, unspoilery )

Wow... I'll be 27 when The Hobbit plays in theaters. That will be weird to the extreme, considering I was 17 when The Fellowship of the Ring was released.
timepiececlock: (Dragon lives forever-- not so little gir)
So. I'm almost 200 pages into Sword of Shannara. I still haven't decided if I want to finish it or not.

In terms of the LOTR plot, which is how I judge this book, I'm a bit after the Rivendell war council and right after the snowy pass where they decide to possibly take a different route, though in this version Gandalf has decided to leave the fellowship a little early and of his own volition, instead of falling into darkness.

I could take out the names and describe the plot to you, and you'd accuse me of describing the LOTR, right down the detail of the young hero falling asleep after a battle and waking up in the safe hall where the wizard is waiting with an apology for not having met up with them earlier. This isn't just inspired by LOTR, it is accurate right down to the bullet points of the plot outline.

Anyway, is it worth finishing? I know the books were popular, but so far the writing style is only mediocre, the characters are shallow, and the prose hardly poetic or meaningful. I love a good sword-and-sorcery LOTR-inspired story, but I don't want to reread LOTR with different character names. I'd rather just read Tolkien.
timepiececlock: (Chihiro thinks you suck!)
"Please sir, he's our brother."
"I know. That only makes the betrayal all the worse."


Now that right there? That just reminded me of something that really bugged me about the book, too. Way back in elementry school when I read it. Read more... )


Edit: Oh come on kid, don't put the sword back in the scabbard without cleaning it!

Edit2: Is he riding a unicorn? Oh that's hilarious. And stupid. But mostly hilarious.

Edit3: Is it wrong of me that... )

Final thoughts:

-Mr. Tumnus & Lucy win for the strongest and most moving scenes of the film.
-Tilda Swinson wins for looking coolest in her Witch costumes.
-Peter loses for being a bore
-the giant army cats win for being giant army cats
-the director loses for making a movie that sounds good in pieces but the whole is less than the sum of the parts, by quite a bit.

But it could have been worse, I suppose. And it might be argued as unfair to hold every epic fantasy film to the LOTR standards. Then again, why is that unfair? LOTR set the fucking standard, not just in size and scope, but in power and depth of storytelling for fantasy films. And yes, I am going to hold would-be epics like Narnia to the LOTR standard.

That's what standards are for.
timepiececlock: (One Ring vs. seagulls)
Just had a conversation about movies with my roommate's boyfriend.

He didn't know there were extended editions of The Lord of the Rings.
timepiececlock: (Darcy rain)
So who else is the kind of Tolkien geek that will let The Two Towers run on the tv with the volume turned up in the next room for half an hour, then suddenly jump up and run over to watch it because you heard the "Eowyn stands at the castle cliff and looks poetically tragic" music, which of course you just HAVE to see?
timepiececlock: (FMA - Serenity theme)
Read a very interesting analysis/critique of gender roles and social/culture trends (as seen from a comparative literary standpoint) of the Star Wars films, with a focus on the prequel trilogy.

Mostly it left me in agreement: "Yeah, the Jedi are physically the most badass and fantastic warriors(glowy swords!), but I never really bought the whole 'emotion=danger' bit either."

Why? Long babbling discussion of science fiction genre approaches to the question of emotion and morality, stuff like that. References to Star Wars (obviously), Star Trek, Ender's Game, Serenity, Farscape, Naruto, Doctor Who, various others, and martial arts. )


Okay, I kind of lost track there so I'm going to stop now. I think I've babbled enough. I just wanted to comment on this aspect of Star Wars that I've never really liked. I've never liked religious-based celibacy as being celebrated as the mental/emotional ideal.

I didn't even go into the gender stuff like I had planned to. Oh well, I'll summarize: I hated Padme's storyline in general, especially in the third film. Eowyn of Rohan wouldn't have let herself become the vessel for an evil man's seed and then died for no apparent reason. Heck, Leia wouldn't even have let herself become that. But yeah I was going to stop and stuff. So this is me stopping.
timepiececlock: (FMA - Serenity theme)
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A day may come, when Verizon rises to its potential, when your message for ---- ---- is recorded accurately and notication to her promptly sent, but it is not this day!

... Though you can still try.


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...Can't get away from making up damned LOTR spoofs when it comes to my voicemail. Why is that?
timepiececlock: (Roy blue smile)
Had a nice evening dinner & visit with my parents and my aunt, who's visiting.

UNFORTUNATELY I TOTALLY MISSED FMA.

It was episode 25. I MISSED EPISODE 25.

Fuck.

Now I have to wait for it to go online.


EDIT: I'm making up for missing it by reading the ep 25 thread on the AS boards and watching the little heads explode.

...and this is having the unintended backlash of making me want to cry again, damnit. because as I read the dub-watcher reactions I'm listening to the piano music from that scene and other instrumental pieces and now it's faded into Pippin's song from ROTK. Crap. I wanna cry now too.

Home is behind
The world ahead.
And there are many paths to tread.
Through shadow,
To the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight.

Mist and shadow
Cloud and shade
All shall fade
All shall...fade.



RIP, Brigadier General.
timepiececlock: (gunslinger Rashaka & crow)
Stephen King must really have loved The Lord of the Rings. He makes allusions to it a few times in the Dark Tower books, at least once in Insomnia, at least twice in On Writing, and more than once in numerous other stories. Sometimes, like in Insomnia, the allusions are clear and easy to identify; other times, like a brief Gollum/precious reference in On Writing, catching it relies entirely on knowledge of LotR. I can't help but wonder how much Roland's ka-tet is like a fellowship, and how much the Tower is Roland's precious. Though the people involved are quite different (and more complex, thought not any less iconistic or archetype-like) than Tolkien's fellowship members, the overall quest idea and structure presented can be very well compared to The Fellowship of the Ring. Provided, of course, that all but Frodo died the first time around and now the Rinbearer is on his second set of friends, all of whom are insertions from our world and some of whom have Big Serious Bad Issues. Also providing that one-sentence very evil Return of the King spoiler ).

One of the things I love about The Dark Tower books and King's books in general (I've read probably a mere quarter of them) is how he ties things together, and alludes to things, equally his own work and the works of others. I especially love how he doesn't just talk about them, instead half of his allusions seem to say that all these great things co-exist within the world he's giving you, if you only look hard enough. The Dark Tower books are the epitome of that, as the basic idea of the Tower states that all worlds and universes are connected, and that fits so nicely with the idea that all these worlds created in novels also exist somewhere on another level of the Beam, which is why legends and stories in our world might be history in Mid-World, and likewise. As a fan of sci-fi/fantasy in any medium, you can imagine the appeal this concept has for me, in the pure scope it presents.

Side note: my late grandfather was named Roland. Neat, huh?
timepiececlock: (one of those bad witch days)
[livejournal.com profile] sabrinanymph:I love how Legolas had literally like half a dozen words to say.
I love how Legolas has literally like half a dozen words to say in EVERY movie and yet he is the one with hordes of fan girls.
[livejournal.com profile] rashaka: I love being a Legolas fangirl. That scene where he walks into Read more... ) room? I almost died. You'll probably find 6 years of my life still hanging about in the AMC theater in downtown San Jose, third row from the bar.
[livejournal.com profile] sabrinanymph: Ha! I'll have to go and retrieve it for you! You can't have just like, six years of your life lurking about for anyone to pick up.
[livejournal.com profile] rashaka: It's like post mortem fandom insurance! When I die I'll be guaranteed a six year haunting of excellent middle seating with aisle leg room, where I can sit and watch movies, and occaisonally posess the body sitting in my chair to grope the people next to me. And any time I hate the movie, I'll use my ghostly haunting powers to automatically switch it to Lord of the Rings!
[livejournal.com profile] sabrinanymph: And yes, I LIKE that idea. I need to leave six years so that I can have a six year haunting too... I might have to wait until like a Snape moment or something seeing as how I can think of nothing that might trigger such a response from me at this point!
[livejournal.com profile] rashaka: You dare compare Snape to Legolas? VILLAIN! ::blows raspberry at you::
[livejournal.com profile] sabrinanymph: ::snickers rudely::


I know. She's a sad, sad one who can't truly, heartfeltedly appreciate the Legoluv. Have patience with her, my friends. She'll come around one day. They always do. ::nods wisely, like Gandalf::

[livejournal.com profile] sabrinanymph: I did say that I wouldn't mind him on a pedastal for me to admire all day long...

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