Aragorn’s Favorite Peter Jackson Movie (Hint: It’s Not The Return of the King)


It's another return of the king!Aragorn is back, and he is as full of wisdom and insight as we might expect. … [Read more...]

The Desolation of “The Hobbit”

Bilbo on the Barrel

I'm tempted to post the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for you...... but, well, I've seen it.And, no.I'd like to forget the whole thing as soon as possible. … [Read more...]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)


The filmmakers took one children's book and expanded it into three movies.So I've taken this first movie and expanded it into two movie reviews... … [Read more...]

How to Take A Hobbit Journey Again… For the First Time


The new trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has arrived! What do you think?I suspect that you've read The Hobbit already. How many years ago? I first read it when I was 7 years old, and moved right on up to The Lord of the Rings at age 8. If you're like me, you'd love to have the thrill of discovering a world as awe-inspiring as that again.I think we can. We just need to find a way to see Bilbo Baggins, The Shire, the dwarves, Gandalf, Mirkwood Forest, and the L … [Read more...]

Kili and Fili in 3D

Peter Jackson has posted another video blog from the set of The Hobbit.This time, he's talking about 3D: the technique, the hardware, the experience. ... … [Read more...]

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

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[This first draft of this review was published at The Phantom Tollbooth on January 5, 2002. It was soon revised and re-published at Looking Closer.]Merry Christmas, readers and moviegoers.It would be good, in these days of frenzied merchandising, to remember the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, which he included in a letter to his son Michael in 1962: … [Read more...]

King Kong (2006)


A full hour of forgettable, underwhelming set-up introduces us to the key human characters of Peter Jackson's King Kong.That long, humdrum approach to the Main Event - the revelation of the ape - confirms what some have long suspected: that Peter Jackson, who served up those sensational adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, isn't much of a storyteller on his own. As his earlier track record proves, he's a bespectacled spectacle man. When you give him a script that is … [Read more...]

HobbitWatch – Update #1: Jackson Finds “Hobbit” Direction “Impossible”

In case you missed the earlier announcement, here it is... … [Read more...]

Peter Jackson to Make “The Hobbit”

But who's going to direct it? Jackson? Del Toro?More questions:Will Holm be Bilbo? Will McKellen be Gandalf? Will Serkis be Gollum? (I ssssuspectsss three "yessssssses," to those questionsses, my precious.) Most importantly... will it really be The Hobbit, or some huge, epic, dark attempt to match or surpass The Lord of the Rings? Remember folks... The Lord of the Rings is epic mythology. The Hobbit is a children's story... Isn't it just a little satisfying to see that New Line is … [Read more...]

Hobbit Trouble Continues

Somebody needs to send Peter Jackson and New Line's head guy Robert Shaye to marriage counseling: In an interview with, Shaye says that, "Not that I don't think Peter is a good filmmaker and that he hasn't contributed significantly to filmography and made three very good movies. And I don't even expect him to say 'thank you' for having me make it happen and having New Line make it happen. But to think that I, as a functionary in [a] company that has been around for a long time, but is … [Read more...]