Friday, 26 December 2014

Five days ago saw The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Quite enjoyed it. Both of Benedict's villains taken down surprisingly quickly. Though Saruman doesn't fight Sauron as the trailer seemed to show. But still, impressive seeing the White Council fight the Nazgul and Sauron.

Some of Thorin's madness, such as the Not a Single Coin where he is meant to be like Smaug can look silly. Alfrid's villainy can be a bit over-the-top, down to hiding money while wearing a dress. Radagast didn't appear as much as I would have liked. Still, quite a battle. Elves, Men, Dwarves, Orcs and Eagles. Dain was quite amusing, with his foul mouth and headbutts. Amusing seeing the various Trolls, Trolls with catapults, a Troll with a small hand, a Troll with weapons instead of limbs. Legolas's actions are a bit over-the-top, running up stones, agile leaps, but he is supposed to be a great Elf warrior. Great seeing the eagles fly in with Radagast and Beorn skydiving while skin-changing.

As ever in Tolkien the best you can manage is a Bittersweet ending. Fili and Kili's deaths are suitably tragic. Good they kept in Thorin forgiving Bilbo before his death. Unfortunate Dain's coronation isn't in the theatrical edition. They don't establish what happens to the wealth of Erebor and the Arkenstone. Still, ending ties nicely into Lord of the Rings. Overall, despite some problems, a very enjoyable film.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Two days ago saw The Old Gods and the New. Quite tense seeing whether Jon would execute the Wildling. An addition to the already huge cast. In Qarth could understand the Spice King's thoughts. Found his style like that of someone overacting on life. Interesting hearing the thoughts of Tywin. Is he a harsh man as he doesn't want his family to fail like his kind father almost made happen? Very tense scene when Baelish was talking to Tywin while Arya tries to avoid him, left ambiguous how much he sees. Tenseness continues in Harrenhal with Arya trying to stop Lorch showing the paper to Tywin and Jaqen killing him just in time. Amusing that. We see the truth of Machiavelli saying a Prince must never be hated, as King's Landing turns against Joffrey. Tyrion and the Hound show some heroism as they rescue Sansa from the rioters. Shocking when Daenerys finds her men dead and her dragons stolen. Looks like that Voldermort guy from last episode wasn't trustworthy.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Three days ago saw The Return of the King. Annoying Saruman's death was cut from Theatrical edition, considering how important he is. The death scene was very well done though. The music is, as ever, excellent. The endings do drag, but I agree with cutting the Scouring of the Shire. Arwen given more character, which is good, going back to Rivendell after seeing her son, prompting Elrond to reforge Narsil and tell Aragorn of the Army of the Dead. Denethor jumping from Minas Tirith while on fire does look a bit silly. Battles still very impressive. Liked Peter Jackson's cameo as Corsair Boatswain. The Army of the Dead is a great addition, they look impressive. Pelennor Fields Battle also good, the music as the Rohirrim charge is so wonderful. Though charging at Oliphaunts does not seem the best of tactics. Still, Eowyn slaying the Witch-King of Angmar (Sindarin for Iron Home) is great scene. Though her romance with Faramir not as well done as book. The Fall of Sauron, as the ring is destroyed and Barad-dur falls, is such a wonderful scene. Ending suitably bittersweet, which is the best that can be achieved in Tolkien's Work.
Overall, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy is truly epic and one of the best film series. Later today will see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Look forward to that. Though still hope to eventually see The Silmarillion adapted.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Three days ago saw The Two Towers. Great film. Scene with Aragorn screaming after kicking helmet more amusing when you know Viggo Mortensen broke two toes when kicking this. Battle of Helm's Deep great battle, even having cameo from Peter Jackson. EE had that nice scene where Faramir asks if the man fighting for Sauron really was evil, based on dialogue from the book. More drama in Faramir originally deciding to take the ring to his father. Scene showing Denethor and his sons certainly adds more to Boromir and Faramir. Nazgul scene quite tense. Of course Gollum is a very interesting character. Sam can seem quite mean when he criticises Gollum, especially after he catches rabbits. Good showing there is good in Gollum, but his bad personality is too strong. Quite dramatic when the Ents, after seeing what Saruman did to Fangorn, march to Isengard and wreck the place, like a party was advertised on Facebook. Sam gives a great speech. Wonder if that was inspired by WWI.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Four days ago saw The Ghost of Harrenhal. Quite surprising having Renly killed. But still dramatic. Brienne swearing allegiance to Catelyn also exciting. Would like to see how events play out for them both. Events moving up to attack on King's Landing by Stannis, land and sea. However interested in where this wildfire is leading. Looking forward to seeing next ep, and see what the Iron Islands have planned for Winterfell. Considering Bran's dream about Winterfell being flooded events seem ominous. I was quite interested in whether Daenerys would choose Xaro. Jorah may have talked her out of this but how else will she attack King's Landing? In Harrenhal great scene from Charles Dance as he works out Arya is Northern and she tells him "Anyone can die." Arya has two murders left. Which of the names she recites will she choose?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Three days ago saw Garden of Bones. Robb still winning battles, like him for his treatment of prisoners. Better to treat your prisoners well, makes surrender more attractive. Joffrey, of course, acts monstrously. Good his Uncle is able to save Sansa. The beating prostitute scene was chilling though, further highlighting Joffrey's sadism. This King is quite like a certain Marquis. His Grandfather seems more intelligent, recognising Arya is a girl. Wonder if Qarth's name comes from Carthage. Interested in knowing motives of Xaro in helping Daenerys. Littlefinger tries his usual scheming. Now he tries to play the traitor for Renly. The Baratheon brothers against each other. Shows charisma can often win over right. Quite a scene where Melisandre gives birth to that shadow creature. Reminds me of the Necromancer in Dol Guldur. Another exciting episode.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Two days ago saw extended edition of The Fellowship of the Ring. See Concerning Hobbits, more of Moria and the Departure of Boromir. Understandable they show more of Saruman, considering Sauron doesn't appear much. Of course, Sauron not being there in person is done well. He is more terrible not being seen save at the beginning, with his eye searching for the Ring and his terrible voice "I see you." Excellent film.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Yesterday saw GOT S2 E2-3. Not much of the Khaleesi, but there are many more characters to follow in the War of the Five Kings. Liked seeing Tyrion's asserting himself at court, having the Goldcloak leader thrown out of King's Landing. Amusing seeing his deception to find his sister's spy and having Pycelle arrested. Interesting hearing the discussion between him and Varys on power.

I am interested in Stannis, as he seems more moral then quite a few other characters.Though unsurprising his younger brother has more support, as Renly is more charismatic and dynamic then him. Suppose giving woman position also makes him more likeable to audience. Though will be interesting seeing how his relationship with House Tyrell plays out.

Not liking the royalty of the Iron Islands, they seem like jerks. The girl is behaving like Cersei with her trick on her brother. The Iron strategy is good in one respect, attacking while the Starks army is away, not good in another, that they are fighting the North and not coming to terms, and they seem more caught up in revenge. Though considering he had most of his sons killed this is understandable. "We do not sow" indeed. Dramatic moment seeing the burning of the letter.

Would be interested to know what happens to the boys taken North of the Wall. Hope the "wife" is met again.

Feel the men Arya Stark released from the cage will be Chekhov's characters. She is another one of my favourite characters, showing cunning as she convinces the Lannister's thugs they already killed Gendry. Will she and Gendry escape?