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Soft Disclosure in new X-FILES, Season 10 – EOTM REVIEW, well Kind of…

New X Files - Season 10 - Image credit: FOX

By Regis Yates

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A friend called me a couple days ago and said that I should watch the 1st episode of Season 10, of The X-Files. I was told it seemed to border around soft alien disclosure. So of course, I viewed it. Considering I follow things dubbed conspiracies. If I had to surmise in one word it would be ‘jarring.’ Written and directed by Chris Carter, the episode encapsulates much of what made The X-Files such a hit back in the ’90s. Carter was sending us all a message, to all those with an ear to hear.

The most fascinating part in my opinion was everything outlined in this episode had already happened in this reality! It’s not unusual in TV, yes I know. It seems they dream it up and things just magically happen.

A point to keep in hindsight, if there is anything to this… some of y’all may need to get off the sofa, put down the remote and start taking control of y-our lives.

But how, Carla?

You probably shouldn’t have asked me that. Now, I’m on a roll! (blink blink blink)

1st step per your boy Carter:

Wake up and realize the evils we see today are initiated and put in place to create problem, reaction, solution scenarios… which are meant to distract, enrage and enslave us in our very own homes with tools like the Patriot Act, The National Defense Authorization Act, which abridged the Constitution in the name of national security. The militarization of police forces in cities around the world. The building of prison camps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with no stated purpose. The corporate take over of food, agriculture, land, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, our very own military in clandestine agendas to filter, dull, sicken and control a populace already consumed by consumerism. The great United States of America encourages us all to shop more even when many of us are barely making it to our next pay check…and we do just that…shop.

What the hell am I talking about?! This is suppose to be a review, right? Oh yeah, it is. It was a good show. I’m watching it again, as I type. Everything I’ve written so far is pretty much how the program went. Yes, they got good and dirty with conspiracy theories. But if its happening, is it still a conspiracy? (blink blink)

Let’s continue.

They police us and spy on us and tell us it makes us safer….

A government that taps your phone, collects your data and monitors your whereabouts with impunity. A government preparing to use that data against you when it strikes and the final take over of America. A well oiled and well armed multinational group of elites that will cull, kill and subjugate happenings as we sit here and allow it to happen all around us.

The other shoe waiting to drop.

More chaos is coming and you best behold cause it will probably happen on a Friday. Black Friday.

Possible Scenario:

The banks will announce a security action necessitating their computers to go offline all weekend. BEWARE. Digital money will disappear. Yes, my friend, they can and will steal your money. This followed by the detonation of strategic electromagnetic pulse bombs knocking out all major grids. What will seem like an attack on America by terrorists or Russia or even a simulated alien invasion using alien replica vehicles that exist and are already in use! What? Yes, you got it Sherlock. An alien invasion of the US. The Russians may have been the ones to try in in 1947.

Does this sound like a warning to you?

What in the hell am I sipping on you wondering? Nothing, nothing at all. This is what the show outlined fool!! (just kidding about callin y’all fools, just playing)

Now I realize some may consider what I’m sharing is nothing more than fear mongering. Spreading paranoia dubbed by mainstream media as bogus, dangerous and so very stupid! I beg to differ. Seriously, I beg to differ, fool! Am I being irresponsible? No! It would be irresponsible and selfish if I did not write about it. But why? Everything I just shared was aired in the very episode of X Files I’m writing about! Most of this is verbatim!

You should be aware of what is happening just in case it happens. This is not behind the scenes type of stuff, this is right in our faces! And the joke is on us…on you, fool. Lol…seriously, just kidding.

Other hot topic conspiracies that were highlighted in this episode of X Files:

  • 9-11 was a false flag
  • Alien reproduction Vehicles (RV’s)
  • Free energy
  • Surveillance programs
  • the 1940s but it’s been covered up
  • Clips of Obama on Jimmy Kimmel not denying the existence of UFO’s (When Obama visited Kimmel in 2015 he denied an alien cover-up)
  • Genetic manipulation and combining human DNA with alien DNA
  • Alien abductions are not really “alien,” but rather by a secret shadow government (Many whistleblowers have come out in recent years affirming this to be true)

Yep, a lot happened in the 44 minutes of the program that begs the question…. What is truth? Who can you trust and where the hell as Mulder been for 8 years?! Oh yeah, Cali-For-ni-cating.

Hey folks, I’m trying something different here, with this quirky blog…it seems no one really takes me seriously when I write about this sort of stuff…maybe in the humor… one or two of you will see the light.

What did you think of the episode? Share with us below in the comments.

THE X-FILES (2016) Official SEASON #10 Full Trailer

A Cursory Look at Sci Fi Movies and Artificial Intelligence – A.I.

By Carla B.

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There has been no shortage of Super Hero/Humans/Hybrids in Science Fiction films, they are everywhere. Captain America, Spider-man, Superman, The Fantastic Four, Thor, Lucy, Will Caster, and you can now add Ava to the list. “The world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl,”….??

Alicia Vikander in 'Ex Machina.' -- Image credit: A24 /DNA Films

Something to ponder. What would you do if you could access 100% of your brain’s potential processing power? Something to think about, indeed.

Image Credit: Alcon Entertainment - Transcendence

The video below by Makalesi, an independent researcher of the occult and other esoteric knowledge explains how the concept of Artificial Intelligence aka A.I. — is a reoccurring concept that has been covered by both, the big and small screens.

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In the segment Makalesi also details how social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Yelp and LinkedIn…. plays an intricate part in the grand scheme of things…along with search engines.

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What are your thoughts? What are we being prepared for is the real question. Share with us in the comments below.

Helen Mirren in Woman in Gold – Superb!

By Dorothy Frazier

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 In a timid, clumsy bio-pic with a Holocaust shadow, Dame Helen gives another regal performance

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds — Image credit: Robert Viglasky—The Weinstein Co


So powerful is Mirren’s screen impact that all other actors and factors shrivel in her shadow. That’s the case with Woman in Gold, a fact-based drama that would have been released late last year if anyone at The Weinstein Company thought it had a decent shot at Oscar nominations. Directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and written by Alexi Kaye Campbell, the movie would strand Mirren in its familiar mediocrity if she weren’t determined to invest her strengths in its flinty, haunted heroine.

In the late 1990s, Maria Altmann (Mirren) runs a dress shop in Los Angeles. Sixty years earlier she fled her native Austria to escape Hitler’s persecution of the Jews. Now in her 80s, and upon the death of her sister, she hopes to wrest some of her family’s treasured paintings — including Gustav Klimt’s 1907 “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,” also known as “Woman in Gold” — from an Austrian government that holds the works and won’t relinquish them. The Austrians revere the painting as “the Mona Lisa of Austria,” but to Maria it is a picture of the beautiful aunt she loved and lost. She retains a young lawyer, Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), in the seemingly chimerical pursuit of recovering her family trove. If they succeed, any number of other masterpieces might legally be returned to the heirs of their rightful owners.

A reviewer of Woman in Gold, or of any ripped-from-yesteryear’s-headlines bio-pic, has to decide how much to reveal about a historical event whose particulars — plot, background, characters and resolution — can be found in 10 seconds on Wikipedia. But the film is so clumsy in its attempts at suspense, in forcing Maria and Randy to make so many despairing speeches at their long odds, that the triumphant outcome is never in doubt. (If it were, why make the movie?) A picture like this has to find life not in its big scheme but in the tension between its characters and their times, past and present.

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Read more via Time

 

First Look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman – Movie News

By Mainey Tester

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 Zack Snyder Shares the First Picture of Jason Momoa in His Aquaman Costume: “There Is Only One True King”

First and foremost, I love how Warner Bros./Time Warner and Zack Snyder have been so almost arbitrary about releasing bits and pieces from what is the new DC Cinematic Universe. A press release here, a random photo on Twitter there. Almost nothing gets leaked, pretty much every piece of information or image comes out when the powers-that-be want it to come out. And last night’s surprise “first look” at Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is no exception. Mr. Snyder just went and dropped this official first-look photo on Twitter several hours ago (literally right after I went to bed, thanks a lot, pal!) with no notice and with no fanfare. I’m starting to wonder if Zack Snyder is just going to drop the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser on his Twitter account on a random Sunday at 5:00am just to be annoying. Speaking of which, this is a nice bit of misdirection. We were all expecting a Batman V Superman trailer, but instead we got a high-quality look at Aquaman.

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Image credit: Twitter

Everyone and their sister have been champing at the bit for the first would-be teaser for Batman V Superman” Dawn of Justice which was “supposed” to debut in front of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies before it was “supposed” to debut at the Super Bowl before it was “supposed” to debut before Jupiter Ascending. Unless Warner Bros. decides to attach it to Universal/Comcast Corp.’s Furious 7, we may in-fact end up waiting until May where it either debuts in front of Walt Disney’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (which would be fitting, akin to Universal dropping its Hulk teaser in front of Spider-Man in 2002) or Mad Max: Fury Road two weeks later. Dropping a trailer is partially about keeping the film in the conversation and in the news cycle, but the above photo, which of course will inspire a million blog posts (mea culpa) with nothing more than an image and a vague tagline. Since there are any number of iconic characters who will be “revealed” for Dawn of Justice and the various other movies in the works, Warner Bros. could very-well keep the film in the news cycle for the next year just by dropping one “first look” image a month (“Hey, it’s Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor!” “Hey, it’s Jared Leto as The Joker!”) and saving money on trailers.

What is interesting is how much I’ve read about how relatively, for lack of a better word, “bad ass” this new Aquaman is. And of course, they didn’t hire Mr. Momoa so he could look sweet and wholesome. Moreover, the notion that we should be surprised by how intimidating the character looks shows something of a generational disconnect. And that disconnect is actually Warner Bros.’ secret weapon in terms of the character standing on his own two sea legs for a stand-alone film. Point being, if you’re an adult who primarily knows the Aquaman character from Super Friends, you probably consider Arthur Curry to be a foppish figure of mockery and incompetence. You know the jokes. “Uh oh, The Penguin has robbed a bank and escaped by air, I’m sure that guy who can talk to animals will be really useful with that one!” The helpless, useless, and comically inept Aquaman from Super Friends (obviously somewhat exaggerated by snarky fans of the show long after the fact) became the status quo for the underwater superhero.

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When Aquaman made his debut on the animated Justice League back in 2001, he was something of a revelation to a generation of young kids as well as adults unfamiliar with the comic versions (and let’s be honest, that’s most people at any given time). He was ripped, bare-chested, with long flowing hair and a very manly beard, and he proved his heroism in the initial episode by A) chopping off his own hand to save himself and his infant son and B) coldly letting his traitorous brother fall to his death. If you weren’t an avid comics reader, this new and improved Aquaman was something of a revelation. Bruce Timm and the gang wisely kept him as a recurring character rather than as a regular member of the team, so his appearances were always something of a special event. Aquaman put in his time on Smallville, even getting a not-very-good spin-off pilot that never made it to series.

But the next major incarnation was his supporting role in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. There are many wonderful things to say about Batman: The Brave and the Bold, an animated show that is in love with every aspect of the DC Comics universe, but the most impressive thing about it is how Aquaman is basically the best character on the show. Appearing in the third episode and voiced by John Di Maggio, the animated Aquaman was an unapologetic blowhard and serial exaggerator, but also a genuinely kind and thoughtful friend to his fellow heroes and to the people of Atlantis. He absolutely loved being a hero and wasn’t afraid to admit it, and he was a prime source of earned comedy on a show that was often laugh-out-loud funny even while oddly being the most violent Batman animated show yet aired. Batman: The Brave and the Bold didn’t just make Aquaman cool, they made him the character you most wanted to see over the course of the show’s run. As such, he showed up in 27 of the 65 episodes, more than any other non-Batman superhero.

Here’s the rub to all of this. If you ask someone my age, they’ll probably still associate Aquaman from his stint on the Super Friends show back in the 1970′s and 1980s. But if you ask kids today or even young adults a generation removed from myself, their primary exposure to the Aquaman character is not the campy Super Friends variation, but rather the mighty warrior incarnation from Justice League and/or the righteously cheerful adventurer from Batman: The Brave and the Bold or even the PG-13 incarnations in the various DCAU DTV animated features in which he appeared. In short, if you talk to a kid who isn’t old enough to have had Super Friends be their first (and for much of their life, only) exposure to Aquaman, they already think Aquaman is pretty cool, or at-least decidedly not-lame. The photo above is arguably least surprising to today’s kids because they didn’t grow up in an era where Aquaman was a figure of mockery and derision. As such, the biggest advantage that Warner Bros. has in terms of making the big-screen variation of Aquaman relevant to today’s moviegoers is that the kids of today already expect Aquaman to be cool.

So when Jason Momoa grabs his trident, raises his arms in anger as thunder cracks and the waves rush under him, and bellows “That’s… outrageous!,” those who will be applauding will be doing so not out of mockery, but out of affection. Warner Bros. doesn’t need to convince kids of today that Aquaman is cool. Their animated properties over the last fifteen years did the job already.

Check out the full write up via Forbes.

“Fantastic Four” Official Teaser Trailer is Simply, Insane!

By Dorothy Frazier

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Fantastic Four makes its way back to movie theaters this summer, and now the latest iteration of Marvel’s first band of genetically modified misfits have a properly epic trailer to mark the occasion.

Fantastic Four - Credit: 20th Century Fox

Based on the trailer, audiences can expect this movie to tell us (again) how a group of astronauts became a crime-fighting team.

In the original Stan Lee and Jack Kirby comic books, four characters — Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) and Ben Grimm (the Thing) — travel to space in a rocket, where they encounter cosmic rays that give them superpowers. In an interview with Yahoo, director Josh Trank (Chronicle) and writer/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) said that they took this origins tale and updated it with the new possibilities of interdimensional travel. (Hence why this trailer looks so much like the one for Interstellar.)

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Check out the teaser trailer below & share your thoughts in the comments section.

Fantastic Four opens in theaters on August 7th.

Reviews of Five Big Movies Debuting This Christmas Week

By Cain Cawthon

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Even without a wide release of The Interview, the outlandish comedy about the assassination of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, the Christmas movie schedule is still a cluster as studios try to deliver something for everyone. You can pick and choose between a big-budget musical (Into the Woods), a heady period piece (The Imitation Game), a kitschy family flick (Big Eyes) and a crime drama (The Gambler). Hell, there’s even a war drama about a man who was tortured and nearly died while in a prison camp during World War II (Unbroken). How’s that for a Christmas treat? Here are our reviews of the Christmas day releases.

Big Eyes

You could do far better, on your long Christmas weekend, than this kitschy ’50s-era art flick from Tim Burton. (And by “art flick,” I mean “movie about art,” not “artistic flick.”) The Beetlejuice and Batman whack job has abandoned his trademark color palette (a sort of soggy, but still psychedelic, gray) and his trademark duo (Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter) for Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in a lipstick-and-margarine-tinged San Francisco. Adams is Margaret Keane, a meek housewife who breaks free from a troubled marriage to set out on her own as an artiste! Her unusual portraits, featuring impoverished children with enormous eyes, become national pop-art sensations, except her new husband, the distractingly homosexual — or at best asexual ­—Waltz is the better salesman of the two and claims the paintings as his own. Burton might be an optimal chief for depicting the throbbing, saturated art scene in the film’s background, but his penchant for flamboyance doesn’t compute with the miserable marriage and subsequent courtroom drama at the story’s heart.

The Gambler

If there were an Oscar for casting, The Gambler’s casting director would come nowhere near a nomination. Suiting up Mark Wahlberg, Boston’s finest blue-collar impresario, as a lit professor prone to existential rambling, makes for some extremely long and uncomfortable scenes. This is, without much contention, the least credible college English class you’ll ever see immortalized on the silver screen. The Gamblers is a remake and, as in the original, Wahlberg’s Jim Bennett moonlights as a high-stakes gambler, betting $10,000, then $20,000, then $40,000, and then $80,000 on single hands of blackjack, riding his winning streaks until he loses everything, which he does repeatedly. The debt collectors come knocking, and Bennett, who isn’t particularly affectionate toward (or desirous of) anything, must “risk everything” to pay the piper. The guy who directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the guy who wrote The Departed team up for this dud, which clearly aspires to importance, but adds nothing new or interesting to the rich cinematic history of debtors in dire straits. Thank god for the brief moments with John Goodman, who here resembles nothing so much as Jabba the Hutt.

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch turns in an excellent performance as British mathematician, logician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing, famous as the guy who helped crack the Nazi Engima code, used to send secret messages during World War II. Incredibly intelligent, Alan is also a bit of a bastard who has no trouble telling others that they are stupid. Despite his lack of tact, he gets hired to join a team of code breakers who’re desperately trying to break the code so that the Allies can anticipate Germany’s next moves. He quickly becomes the head of the team and brings Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), a bright young mathematician, into the fold. Given his abrasive personality, Alan has trouble keeping the team together; it doesn’t help that he starts spending excessively to build a machine he thinks will be the solution. Directed by Moten Tyldum (Headhunters), the film finds a way to make code cracking dramatic and doesn’t shy from the details of Alan’s personal life; the man was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality.

Into the Woods

A musical mash-up that borrows from Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods was a smash hit on Broadway and is bound to be a big success at the box office too. While this adaptation falters in its second half with its protracted ending, the ensemble cast sets it apart. Meryl Streep is terrific as a wicked witch and Emily Blunt and James Corden are terrific as the couple (the Baker and the Baker’s Wife, respectively) at the center of the storyline. While he’s relegated to a minor role, Chris Pine hams it up as Cinderella’s Prince, a guy who’ll do just about anything to track down the beautiful woman (Anna Kendrick) who showed up one night at his ball. The songs here aren’t terribly memorable but the cast does a credible job of singing them, and the set design is spectacular.

Unbroken

Based on an incredible but true story, Unbroken, the latest film from director Angelina Jolie, has plenty going for it. While many moviegoers will undoubtedly know the story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, the Olympic runner who enlisted in the Air Force and became a B-24 bombardier, that won’t take away from the suspense at the film’s heart. When Louis (Jack O’Connell) and his crew crash in the middle of the ocean, they need to come up with creative ways to get food and water while floating on a makeshift raft. Eventually, a Japanese patrol picks them up and sends them to a war camp where Louis immediately becomes the target of Mutsuhiro “The Bird” Watanabe, the camp leader who picks up on the fact the Louis doesn’t respect him. He really lets Louis have it, brutally beating him with a cane and subjecting him to incredible abuse. Through it all, Louis never lets his spirit break. While the film doesn’t break any new ground here in terms of portraying the horrors of war, it still provides a nice tribute to a story of remarkable bravery.

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Movie chains won’t premiere Sony Pictures “The Interview” after hacking and threats

By Maya Felts

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Most of the country’s largest theater chains have decided not to show Sony’s “The Interview,” according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

Image Credit: Sony Pictures



A spokesperson for the Malco Theater chain said they had no comment about whether the movie will be show in its theaters.

As of now on the Malco website, the movie is still listed to premier December 25.

The decision follows a strange warning on Tuesday from anonymous hackers, possibly from North Korea, that people should avoid going to theaters where “The Interview” is playing.

“The Interview” has become controversial because its plot involves the attempted assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Sony does not plan to pull the film altogether, but the studio has indicated it won’t object if theaters decide not to show the film, a second source said.

Among the top chains that have decided to not show the movie are Regal, Cinemark,  Carmike Cinemas, Arclight and Southern.

Another smaller chain, Bow Tie Cinemas, has also dropped its plans to show the film.

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“It is our mission to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests and employees,” the company said in a statement.

Bow Tie operates 55 theaters, mostly in the Northeast.

The film’s Los Angeles premiere went off without a hitch last week, but the New York premiere planned for Thursday was called off after the new threat on Tuesday.

Sony Pictures has been devastated by a cyber attack that appears motivated by anger over the film.

So now theater owners have to decide whether to reject the online threats and show the film, or succumb to the pressure.

The controversy raises profound questions about freedom of artistic expression — even though “The Interview” might just be a mediocre comedy.

“The possibility that people will avoid theaters altogether is the problem,” the person said. In other words, it’s not just “The Interview” that could be hurt, it’s other Christmas releases like Disney’s “Into The Woods” and Universal’s “Unbroken.”

The people insisted on anonymity because Sony has not commented publicly.

Furthermore, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “exhibitors are wary of becoming liable if they show the movie and any violence occurs.”

To many observers, however, that sounds like a far-fetched scenario.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said on CNN’s “New Day” that “this is essentially a heckler’s veto” of the film.

While Sony and U.S. government officials have not explicitly accused North Korea of being behind the hacking attacks, he said this seems to be “a foreign power engaging in a cyber-attack against a private actor, a private company, in order to squelch freedom of expression.”

The FBI is investigating the hack, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that “there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States.”

All the attention is causing some people to pledge to see the film.

“I am not going to let a terrorist threat shut down freedom of speech. I am going to The Interview,” screenwriter and director Judd Apatow wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

News Source: WREG

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Movie Review

Published by EOTM News Editor on December 13th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Film News, Movie Review, Movie Reviews, Movies

By Cain Cawthon

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Image credit: Warner Bros

  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review – packs a huge chain-mail punch

Peter Jackson has pulled it off. He has successfully concluded his outrageously steroidal inflation of Tolkien’s Hobbit into a triple-decker Middle Earth saga equivalent to the Rings trilogy, and made it something terrifically exciting and spectacular, genial and rousing, with all the cheerful spirit of Saturday morning pictures. And if poor, bemused little Bilbo Baggins now looks a bit lost on this newly enlarged action-fantasy canvas – well, he raises his game as well, leavening the mix with some unexpectedly engaging and likable drama. The Battle of the Five Armies is at least as weighty as The Return of the King. It packs a huge chain-mailed punch and lands a resounding mythic stonk. But it’s less conceited, more accessible and it makes do with just the one ending.

‘Can I pawn this now?’ ... Martin Freeman in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Photograph: Allstar/NEW LINE CINEMA

We are pitched right back into the chaos in which we left the second episode, as the dragon Smaug (boomingly voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) unleashes his fiery fury on Lake Town, whose buildings are made entirely out of wood – not great if you’ve got a dragon nearby. Meanwhile, the dwarves have established de facto ownership of the dragon’s gold, which they consider their own birthright and the movie culminates in a gigantic battle of orcs, elves, dwarves, humans and eagles all contesting their right to this unimaginable wealth. One thing must incidentally be said about every one of these armies: they are marvellously disciplined, responding instantly, en masse, to shouted commands which the furthest soldiers must surely hear very faintly.

But there’s one battle that’s been lost before a single arrow has been nocked: the battle for HFR, or high frame rate. Peter Jackson unveiled the 48-frames-per-second shooting innovation with huge fuss for his first Hobbit movie. The awful truth, however, is that this innovation just made everything look like an outside broadcast on video for daytime TV. Early screenings of this film and the previous one were in conventional 24 FPS. The reactions were markedly warmer. And although the third movie is officially getting shown in both 24 and 48, it seems that 24 is far more widespread. Normal service has been quietly restored. The HFR armies are hoping no one notices them sheepishly sidling off the field of battle. It leaves us to ponder if or how the slower 24 rate itself creates something vitally cinematic, that lag from frame to frame, which constitutes the subliminal, imperceptible visual “hum” which endows reality with something extra. As for HFR, it may be a lost novelty, the Sensurround of the 21st century.

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As the story reaches its operatic conclusion, a number of factors are in play: Gandalf the Grey, played with gusto by Ian McKellen, has been released from his enchantment and now journeys across country to warn Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the others that battalions of fantastically ugly subtitled orcs are marching towards them. The elves have come to the rescue of Lake Town’s shivering refugees, horribly let down by their greedy and cowardly Master (Stephen Fry), but the elves’ diplomatic relations with the dwarves – they maintain a certain pointy-eared Vulcan dignity – threatens to break down over agreed access to the gold, and effectively split their anti-orc united front. A romantic drama plays out in tandem with this military scenario: the comely elf Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) is transgressively in love with the dwarf, Kili (Aidan Turner), making them the Romeo and Juliet of Middle Earth.

 

Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Photograph: Allstar/New Line Cinema

But it is Thorin (Richard Armitage) who is the star of this movie, because of his internal crisis. Simply wading waist-high in these piles of gold has turned his head, infected him with “dragon sickness” and sent him delirious with power and greed. He is basically turning into something like Fred C Dobbs, Humphrey Bogart’s paranoid prospector in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948): suspicious of everything and turning on all his friends. It is humble Bilbo who must break the toxic spell.

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The three Hobbit films have worn down my Tolkien agnosticism. Although watching them now, in sequence, might disconcertingly mean that the Hobbit prelude seems of equal power and weight to the supposedly more important Rings saga. The modest subtitle to Tolkien’s original book was There and Back Again. The films have pumped this up to: “There. And there! ALSO THERE!” A multi-movie adaptation of The Silmarillion – with the last one naturally split into two parts – might test my newfound enthusiasm. For now, Bilbo Baggins’ adventures have a winning innocence and buoyancy.

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News Source: The Guardian


Guardians of the Galaxy – Movie Trailers

By Dorothy Frazier

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Gets Its Own Honest Trailer

Credit: Marvel



Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6 2018, Inhumans on November 2 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019.

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