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For some fans, interaction with films they love (or want to love) has become a full-on interactive thing. For various reasons — love, hate, curiosity, education — we see fans cutting their own versions of films more and more often. Even Steven Soderbergh is getting into the act of recutting favorite films.

One obvious candidate for active reappraisal is Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit trilogy. One new Hobbit fan edit has shorn the series of hours of footage, leaving a roughly four-hour story that omits many of Jackson’s inventions and digressions in an attempt to get closer to the heart of the novel. It this legit? Not at all. It is, however, inevitable, and potentially a good illustration of how some of the films’ meandering added little to the adaption. Read More »

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When’s the last time you rolled your eyes and scoffed “oh, that’s rich”? Has it been a while? Would you like to do it now? Because if so, we have the perfect occasion for you.

Peter Jackson, director of three Lord of the Rings movies and three Hobbit movies, has gone on the record criticizing Hollywood for being too “franchise driven.” He also thinks the advent of technology has helped the industry lose its way. Say it with me now: “Oh, that’s rich.” See, wasn’t that satisfying? Read the Peter Jackson franchise comments after the jump.  Read More »

The Best Performances of 2014

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The right director and the right script don’t mean anything without the right actor. Performers are the ones who bridge the gap between the minds behind the camera and the ones in front of the screen. It is their personalities that draw us in, their expressions that tell the story, and their faces that we remember.

There were no shortage of great performances this year, across all genres and all budgets. Inevitably, a few stood out above the rest. See our list of the best performances of 2014 after the jump. Read More »

Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies review

Note: This review originally ran on December 9. We’ve republished now that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in theaters.

Every time Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth, we expect something special. All of his Lord of the Rings films got Best Picture nominations and while The Hobbit films haven’t lived up to the achievement of the first three movies, they’ve had their moments. In my reviews of An Unexpected Journey, and The Desolation of Smaug I found things to like about each film, despite their flaws.

So, following the trajectory of the first trilogy, I hoped The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies would be the best of the bunch. Imagine my disappointment to find out it was the opposite. Below, read our Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies review. Read More »

YouTube Most Watched Trailers Of 2014

We saw some pretty major trailers in 2014. There were trailers for sequels 10, 20, even 30 years in the making; ones for mysterious passion projects; and trailers for adaptations of beloved books. But only one trailer gets to be the most major trailer of 2014. And it’s probably not the one you think it is.

The top movie might surprise you because its not Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Which movie trailer tops the YouTube Most Watched Trailers Of 2014 list? Find out after the jump.

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IMDb’s Highest Rated Movies of 2014

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Every year around this time we take a look at the highest rated movies on IMDb. The movies are rated year round by IMDb users, and provides one of the largest sampling of mainstream public opinion on films. Find out the 40 top films on the IMDB best movies of 2014 list, after the jump.

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VOTD: Stephen Colbert Interviews Smaug

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Stephen Colbert is finishing up his long run on The Colbert Report, and the guy is going out with a bang. Colbert is a tolkien super-fan — his enthusiasm for Tolkien got him a role in The Hobbit, and has seen him grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly in costume as several Hobbit characters. One of his last interviews is among his biggest, as he got the dragon Smaug to show up for a chat. To the credit of everyone involved, from the WETA animation team to Smaug mo-cap and voice actor Benedict Cumberbatch, this goes all the way. A couple jokes edge toward serious territory, but they play right into Colbert’s long-standing conservative character. And Cumberbatch, er, Smaug, gets in a few choice lines at the expense of his Hobbit co-stars. Below, check out the video in which Colbert interviews Smaug.

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Peter Jackson has spent about fifteen years all told in Middle-Earth, and his dual set of massive Tolkien adaptations is coming to an end in just a couple weeks with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Well, almost an end, as there will still be the inevitable extended edition blu-ray release. The end of the series is protracted enough at this point that what was once billed as the final Hobbit trailer really was not, in fact, the last one. This UK trailer is (maybe) truly the final Hobbit trailer, and (much like the recent fan-made effort) it offers a sweeping overview of the whole Hobbit series so far.  Read More »

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