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The Hobbit: A really really unexpected journey

Good-evening all ,

I believe you can tell the quality of a movie by the amount of times members of the audience get up to go to the toilet. So The Hobbit was interesting. As a person who sat through an entire Lord of the Rings marathon (Trilogy, not just one movie) without going to the toilet, I was very excited to see this.

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A brief summary for those ‘not from around here’ , the Hobbit details Bilbo Baggins’ adventures which eventually lead him to the ring. ( I did say brief ).

 

Many of the usual suspects are present, with some new faces too. Martin Freeman plays Bilbo very well and in keeping to the ‘older’ Bilbo that we’ve come to know from the first three movies. Ian McKellen is great as Gandalf, as always no complaints there. But it wasn’t the cast that troubled me. Something just seemed …off .

Within the first ten minutes it all became very clear. And by that I don’t mean that I suddenly realised what was missing. What I mean is literally, it was clear. The movie was too clear.

I took off my 3D glasses. I wiped the lens. I put them back on. It was no use; I was watching a documentary. David Attenborough may as well have narrated the entire thing. One by one, people started going to the toilet.

I later found this abomination to movie making is called High Frame Rate (HFR), which means your camera is shooting at 48 fps (frames per second), instead of your usual 24fps. What results is a clearer image, better 3D viewing, and action sequences which don’t blur as much as they do when they are shot using a ‘normal’ camera. And I have to say, all of this is true. After viewing a 3D movie I do feel my eyes have been put under more strain than normal, but this was different.

The epic battle scenes were a lot easier to follow and the HFR really paid off when the camera panned out to take in the scenery.

But I couldn’t take my mind off the daytime-TV feel of the whole thing and sadly, it detracted from focusing on the movie itself.

If you can give the HFR a chance though, it’s enjoyable. Peter Jackson stuck with the Weta Workshop with costume design, props and graphic design, who are just genius at doing what they do. Guillermo Del Toro was used for screenwriting and you can really see this coming through if you’ve watched other movies he’s been involved in (Hellboy , The Incredible Hulk and Pans Labyrinth to name a few).

The movie as a whole has a very light hearted feel to it, appropriate as The Hobbit was originally written as a children’s book, but also references the ring as the lurking evil and sign of things to come.

Do watch it. I want to know what you think of the possible new future of film making! (…or is this not new? Am I late to the party? )

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Hello friends,

So it appears review-me-vee hasn’t been reviewing a great many things lately. I tried to correct this by watching Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Yes, yes, it’s all very 12-12-12 appropriate today but I honestly thought it would be good. I wanted to like it , I really did.

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The premise of the movie is simple; asteroid Matilda is set to hit earth in 21 days. What do you do with the time left?

What I expected to ensue next is a Wes Anderson type movie. I wanted the characters to do things they had never done before; travel the world, build something, meet interesting and quirky people, take drugs, anything..

What actually happened was quite dull.

Dodge (Steve Carrell) carries on going to work for a couple of days (which was quite interesting), before deciding to go in search of ‘the one that got away’ with Penny (Keira Knightley), the token interesting and quirky person of the movie. Eventually and rather predictably, Dodge realises Penny was good enough to die with, ends his search for the one that got away , and it ends there (honestly).

It’s not all bad. It is a very different take on your classic ‘disaster movie’ and is probably the more realistic version.

Explosions and tsunamis are replaced with less dramatic yard sales and radio stations playing a count down to the end of days.You realise that if the end was to come, you probably wouldn’t be able to go to that desert island you always dreamed of (flights are cancelled and everyone has the same idea).

Your only option is to stay right where you are with the people you know. But then, isn’t that the best way to go ?

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Taking care of Herman

Good evening people,

If you’re running a little short on ideas for presents , I have an idea for you. Here, I’ll explain..

I share my office with one other person. This person does not know me well.

I got to work yesterday and there was a bowl of yeast sitting on my desk.

”Do you like baking?”, work person asks.

I inform them that I am a fan of eating baked goods but…

”It’s a tradition my friends have…it’s a German friendship cake . It’s Herman”.

I look at work person.

I believe this was my expression at the time
I believe this was my expression at the time

Not wanting to complicate matters further I took the bowl and its’ set of instructions and we spoke no more of Herman for the rest of the day.

I got home and Herman and I just looked at each other for a while, not really knowing what to do with ourselves.

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Luckily, the instructions are simple:

Day 1 – you receive Herman, he needs to be placed in a large mixing bowl.

Day 2 – you stir Herman

Day 3 – you stir again

Day 4 – you feed Herman 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk

Days 5-8 – you stir

Day 9 – feed Herman the same as Day 4 and divide into four portions. Keep portion 4 for yourself but the other three, you do what work person did to me. You give that thing away.

Day 10 – add 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 cups plain flour, 1/2 cup cooking oil, 2 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla essence, 2 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp baking powder. You can also add whatever else you want from chocolate, raisins, apple, etc. I’m trying mine with marzipan on Thursday.

Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 45-60 mins at 170-180C.

This is the perfect fungal infection to spread this Christmas to people you know, or don’t.