NYTimes top 10 lists in music, film, and TV. Get them before they slip into the archives.
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This map of Springfield is awesome. I want a framed print-out.
Fellowship was even better than I expected, and I was expecting a lot.
Sure, I have my gripes, but they seem like nitpicking in retrospect. Here are a
- Everybody calls Sauron by name. In the book, few people are unwilling to
say “Sauron” for fear of attracting his attention. Why would you change
- If directors are going to do arrows-in-flight shots, they should really look
at some videos of
arrows in flight first. It looks much cooler than anything I’ve seen in a
- Why do fantasy movie archers always have to hold their bows sideways? It’s
- Showing Sauron in full armor wasn’t so bad and it seems like a nice
compromise with just having Gandalf or Elrond tell the Isildur story with no
- The fight scenes were great but it’s too bad they succumbed to the trend
towards jumpy, close-up camera work so it’s hard to tell what’s going on. I
guess maybe that’s necessary when you’re working CG into fight scenes.
- I like how they beefed up Arwen as a character, she is practically
non-existent in the book.
- I enjoyed everything from the Balrog on even more because it seemed more
faithful to the book. I think that bodes well for the rest of the series.
And the Village Voice review desrves its own link just for this quote: “How much fun it would have been to see a real desecration of Tolkien that periodized the trilogy’s cosmic adventures by having them played out inside the brain of some acid-ripped hippie—the Fellowship leaving the snug communes of northern Vermont on a perilous mission to cast the ‘ring of power’ into the boiler of some fetid East Village basement.”
Science musings: In search of universe’s point.
“The biggest problem in the world today is not that the universe might not have a point, but that too many people think they know what the point is.”
MyVideoGames have published their last article and will be closing down in February. Too bad, it’s a great site.