The other day She Who Must Be Obeyed and I went to have a look at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar, Wellington. It was done up a while back in classic golden-age cinema deco by Peter Jackson and Weta Workshop, among others. There is a magic about the cinema that we’ve lost, these days. Except … More Visiting Peter Jackson’s amazing cinema in Miramar, Wellington
Viggo Mortensen’s recent suggestion in the British Telegraph that filming on Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings was chaotic got me thinking about how a book of that scope can be adapted to the screen, anyway. Some years ago I had a chance to hear Phillipa Boyens, the script-writer, explain how they’d … More So is it muddle earth and not Middle Earth?
I finally caught up with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Part two of the trilogy – and don’t we know it. The film ended – splat – in the middle of what was structurally the build-up to the dramatic finale. It also confirmed what I pretty much understood from watching the first instalment, The … More If you think of Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ as a fan-fic video game it makes more sense
The other week Peter Jackson met fans in Wellington for a sneak part-preview of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Even Smaug was there – well, the pet lizard, Hermes, they used for mo-cap sequences, anyway. I am a huge enthusiast for Tolkien and Jackson. But I didn’t don my magic elven cloak (the one … More Why I don’t fan-boy (much) over The Hobbit or Trek
It’s Halloween, and that’s scary – it means stocking up on sweets, ready for kids in ghost masks knocking at the door. An American tradition unheard of in New Zealand when I was a kid myself…but now…sigh… My wife refuses to let me help them make responsible food choices by giving them broccoli. Even if … More The scariest thing about Halloween is…
Warner Brothers released the first clips of Smaug the Dragon this week, six months ahead of The Hobbit, Part 2: Desolation of Smaug. The creature is the whole rationale of The Hobbit and, I suppose, focus of the next two movies in the nine-hour epic adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s modest childrens’ tale. We … More Not so smug about Smaug
Today New Line Cinema revealed Tauriel, an elf warrior from Mirkwood, part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit cast. It’s part of the build-up to the new movie, but the character never existed in any of Tolkien’s works, and when I add that to the rather loose adaptation of the first movie, I can’t help thinking that the … More Sneaking a peek at a character from the second Hobbit movie