Miscellaneous, Movies

The Hobbit: An Unexpectedly Complicated, Expensive Journey

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Peter Jackson released a new Hobbit video blog, this time with the dull-sounding subject of “logistics.” However, if you’ve ever wondered how movies get made — especially movies as massive as the two Hobbit films — and especially especially movies that have to get literally hundreds of people and thousands of tons of equipment to a variety of remote, not easily accessible locations throughout New Zealand — then this video will be fascinating to you, as it was to me (it helps that Peter Jackson and the rest of the crew are enthusiastic narrators, and the editing on all this video blogs is brilliant. Seriously, it’s the most fun 12-minute video on logistics you’ll ever see).

But I’m really posting this so I can get my thoughts on last week’s Hobbit trailer, which I found “neat.” I really like how the trailer established The Hobbit as part of the Lord of the Rings cinematic universe quickly, and then let some of The Hobbit‘s uniqueness shine through, especially through the bold choice of using a somber Dwarven a capella song during the second half. And Martin Freeman does seem to be the perfect Bilbo, if such a thing exists. Anyways, I’m excited for The Hobbit. It’s a bold stance I’m taking, I know, but I’m sticking to it. (Via The Mary Sue)

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.