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Building a better dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Oscar FX, Part 1)

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments

My “Oscar Effects” series is back for a second year at Digital Trends, and once again I’m taking an in-depth look at each Academy Award nominee in the “Visual Effects” category and focusing on a particular element that makes each film stand out from the other nominees. The series kicked off this week with a […]

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Happy Birthday to J.R.R. Tolkien

January 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

As I’ve mentioned here a few times before, the experiences of my early childhood pretty much ensured that I’d become the nerd (or “professional geek,” if you prefer) that I am today. I was raised on “Doctor Who,” the works of Douglas Adams, and Spider-Man comic books, and one of my earliest memories is my […]

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Why 1977’s “The Hobbit” is one of my favorite animated movies of all time…

December 17th, 2012 · No Comments

I spent most of last week writing about “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of Peter Jackson’s three films adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece of fantasy literature. And while I did enjoy “An Unexpected Journey” (here’s my review of it), I still consider the 1977 Rankin/Bass animated movie “The Hobbit” to be the best adaptation […]

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My review of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (a.k.a. The Not-Quite-Greatest Adventure)

December 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Let me start by saying I really enjoyed “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” It was fun, funny, and filled with eye-popping visuals, and I didn’t look at my watch once during the nearly three-hour film (which is more than can be said for “The Dark Knight Rises“). I’ll more than likely see “The Hobbit” again […]

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Here’s one for “The Hobbit” trivia nerds out there…

December 13th, 2012 · No Comments

With “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” hitting theaters this weekend, and me being a bit of a nerd for all things J.R.R. Tolkien, I’ve been writing up a bunch of articles for various sites related to Tolkien and both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in print and big-screen form. Earlier this week, I […]

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