Review: The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

SOME MINOR SPOILERS INCLUDED IN THIS REVIEW! Peter Jackson’s middle chapter to The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug (TDOS) is good, but not great. We pick up right where An Unexpected Journey (AUJ) left our band of adventurers. Immediately, the film jumps into a quickly paced series of events. … Continue reading

Pop Culture Resolutions For 2013

This is it, 2013 and with it a plethora of possibilities for what society will kick into the mainstream and proclaim a cultural phenomenon! I wonder how many predictions of doom will sprout forth given that we are on this oh-so-lucky number thirteen. All I can say is that if … Continue reading

Review Catch-Up: ‘Gangster Squad’, ‘Moneywood’, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

I’ve written a few reviews in the past month, but haven’t had the chance to post them here. Here they are in order of most recently published. ‘Gangster Squad’ Review: A Classic Gangster Film With Modern Flair “The squad is a delight to watch in action, including the minor stumbles … Continue reading

Best of 2012: Film

Our Best of 2012 series kicks off with Film. You’ll also see best of lists in Music, DVDs and TV later this week. How do your best of lists stack up against your top films? Drew Morton 1. The Story of Film: An Odyssey   I still have a slew … Continue reading

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ – Book vs Film Discussion

Andy and I talked about The Hobbit and how it compares to the book. It’s a fun read, please check it out. Here’s a small snippet as an appetizer. Mike Mierendorf As I said in my review, overall I loved it. I enjoyed the slower pace as it felt like … Continue reading

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ – Book vs Film Discussion

THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS DISCUSSION, OBVIOUSLY. Opening weekend on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has come and gone. Many of us at CT saw it and had different opinions. But, Mike Mierendorf and Andy North set out to have a discussion on the book versus film comparisons including a … Continue reading

CT Published Works Update

I haven’t posted for a few weeks given the holiday craziness and a very busy few weeks at Cultural Transmogrifier. So in that regard, here are some short blurbs from my published works at CT since my last post here (including reviews on Deadfall and The Hobbit!). Hope you enjoy. … Continue reading

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ HFR 3D Review: A Beautiful Start to an Adventure

The Hobbit has been on the minds of fans ever since we heard The Lord of the Rings would be made into films first. It’s actually a very ambitious story to translate to film when you consider the book’s intended demographic of children; whereas The Lord of the Rings was … Continue reading

New Trailer: ‘The Hobbit’

This is most likely the last preview we will see before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes out in December. This time there are more glimpses of the action and adventure, with much focus given to familiar characters from the previous Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since this film is now the … Continue reading

Confirmed – ‘The Hobbit’ Goes From Two To Three Films

This morning on Facebook, Peter Jackson confirmed what the internet has been buzzing about for two weeks since Comic-Con. The Hobbit will indeed be turned into a trilogy instead of the two original parts scheduled for release in December 2012 and December 2013. Here is Peter’s note in full from … Continue reading