Monthly Archives: December 2014

“The Hobbit” Trilogy Retrospective

In my reviews, I’ve been somewhat harsh towards Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films. These films have been some of the most difficult for me to review. Subjectively, I can still enjoy these films for what they are. They work as action-adventure movies set … Continue reading

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“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” by Peter Jackson

If The Battle of the Five Armies (Bot5A) is the capstone of the Hobbit trilogy, there is some payoff, but the payoffs are often too quick to truly satisfy. For example, Smaug’s attack on Laketown was beautifully rendered and easily the high … Continue reading

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“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” by Peter Jackson

I loved the The Lord of the Rings movies, and An Unexpected Journey had some precious scenes, but… what happened with The Desolation of Smaug? The story is simply becoming convoluted and risks losing track of the main characters. It also completely misses the … Continue reading

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“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” by Peter Jackson

I’m torn over how to assess Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit. Parts of An Unexpected Journey stay very faithful to the book, and those parts generally work well. However, the changes to the book fall flat. I was fine with the changes Jackson … Continue reading

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“Interstellar” watch

I just saw Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar last night. I’d like to watch it again before writing a full review because there is a lot to absorb. In short, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It doesn’t replace Contact as my favorite hard science fiction film, … Continue reading

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Babylon 5 watch

I’m doing something I swore I’d never do: watch Babylon 5. Babylon 5 was an early attempt to tell serialized science fiction stories on TV during the mid-1990s, long before serialization became the norm. It was marketed as the “anti-Trek” … Continue reading

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“Starship Troopers” by Robert A. Heinlein

On a superficial level, Starship Troopers is a book about humans fighting alien bugs. As an action/adventure story, it works quite very well. However, Robert A. Heinlein also uses the novel to explore the relationship between citizens and government. The book is a … Continue reading

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“Tales from Watership Down” by Richard Adams

Watership Down is rightly regarded as a classic. Richard Adams wisely resisted the temptation to write a traditional sequel. However, he did attempt to satisfy readers’ demands with Tales from Watership Down, a set of tales told in the aftermath of the … Continue reading

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“Worlds” by Joe Haldeman

I was asked to review a new Kindle edition of Joe Haldeman’s Worlds, a novel originally written in 1983. Based solely on the summary on the publisher’s description, Worlds sounds like a perfect fit for me. Hundreds of years into … Continue reading

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Commander Riker to direct the next Star Trek film?

Roberto Orci is no loner slated to direct the next Star Trek film. Given that has never directed anything and that his script for Star Trek Into Darkness was abysmal, this is good news for Trek fans. Now, there is a movement to … Continue reading

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