Peter Jackson’s Upcoming “Hobbit” Movie to Be a Trilogy

In August of 2012, director Peter Jackson, who is currently working on “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” announced that the movie will be released as a trilogy. The announcement came over a year into production, during which time Jackson had asserted that the story would cover just two movies.

Jackson, who also directed “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, made the decision based on the story itself. Without a third movie, he said, a great deal of the adventure would have to be cut out. As a service to the material and to the fans, he has chosen to extend the films.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, “The Hobbit.” It is famous for its complexity; in the process of writing the book, Tolkien developed extensive details of his imaginary world, including several languages. Tolkien scholars marvel over the detail and the histories that the author created. Jackson is no exception; he noted that without going into depth about some of the history of the story, such as the rise of the Necromancer, large parts of the tale would remain untold.

“The Hobbit” follows the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who lives a quiet life in the Shire. When a wizard and a group of dwarves show up at his door, Bilbo finds himself swept away on an unplanned journey. In the company of his new friends, Bilbo experiences the most beautiful and the most awful things Middle Earth has to offer.

Given the sheer extent of Bilbo’s escapades, it comes as no surprise that Jackson chose to add a third movie. The book is rich with detail and adventure, giving filmmakers more than enough material to work with. In the first few chapters alone, Bilbo and company leave home, encounter man-eating trolls, plunder a treasure stash and find shelter at Rivendell, the legendary home of the elves. Leaving the elves, they run from rock giants, escape a storm, and get caught up by a pack of nasty goblins in the underground chambers of the Misty Mountains.

One of the key moments in “The Hobbit” that is certain to warrant a significant scene in the movie is when Bilbo meets Gollum. The hobbit-turned-evil-creature lurks in the depths of the mountains, carrying the ring and eating goblins. Through a terrifying series of events, Bilbo ends up with the ring, thus changing his fate and the fate of his nephew, Frodo.

At this point in the book, readers have just reached the end of Chapter Five, leaving 14 adventure-filled chapters. After Jackson’s announcement, many fans speculated that the first movie would not reach much farther than the end of the great goblin escape. In fact, much of the commotion and discussion surrounding the trilogy has focused on how the movies will be divided-and, particularly, if the end of the first movie would be changed before its release in December of 2012.

In the ensuing chapters, Bilbo and his companions make friends with giant eagles, meet a man who turns into a bear, escape through a dark wood, get caught by giant spiders, escape the dungeons of the Elvenking and float down the river in barrels to Lake Town. From there, they must still accomplish their initial goal-to rid the Lonely Mountain of the dragon, Smaug. At the conclusion of the book, they fight the Battle of Five Armies.

Many fans and critics have suggested that the second movie in the series will follow Bilbo and the dwarves as they fight Smaug and that the final movie will talk about the Battle of Five Armies. Jackson and his crew, however, have not released specific details about the script for each movie.

Another issue surrounding “The Hobbit” is the name of each movie. Before Jackson’s announcement, the first movie was to be called, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” and the second film would be titled, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” Since the news of the trilogy broke, the studio has confirmed that the first title would remain the same, but that the second and third movies are, as yet, untitled.

Most fans, even those who worry that a third movie will stretch the plot thin, look forward to the opportunity to extend the story of “The Hobbit.” They will not have to wait a full two years for the final installment, however. Jackson announced that the first two movies would be released as planned, in December of 2012 and 2013, but that the third movie would be a summer release. If the success of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is any indication, the three “The Hobbit” movies will be lucrative for both the crew and the studio.

Sherlock Holmes – Hollywood Detective Movies Top Sleuth

The fictional character Sherlock Holmes, having first appeared in publication in 1887, is a London-based detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Easily the most recognized fictional detective, Holmes is known for his intelligent, analytical, and deductive capabilities. Assisting Holmes with his investigations is his good friend Dr. John H. Watson.

The character of Sherlock Holmes was the central figure in many of the most enjoyable detective movies of the 1930s and the 1940s. My favorite actor playing the role of Holmes was Basil Rathbone, with Nigel Bruce in the role of Dr. Watson. The two starred together in a series of films that ran from 1939-1946. However, this famous detective has been around on the movie screen since the 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes, starring actor William Gillette. Acting legend John Barrymore also played the title role in the 9 reel silent film of the same name produced in 1922.

In 1929, the first in the movie series to be filmed with sound was titled The Return of Sherlock Holmes. The filmed featured actor Clive Brook as the detective and although this film was not very popular it did provide the origin of Holmes trademark phrase “Elementary my dear Watson”. However, the phrase itself was never used in the written stories of Arthur Conan Doyle.

Holmes arch nemesis is the character of Professor James Moriarty, who can only be described as a criminal mastermind and super villain, was introduced in Conan Doyle’s tale The Final Problem. It was the original intention of this story to kill off the famous detective. Conan Doyle felt that his Sherlock Holmes stories were a distraction to his writing of more worthwhile literary efforts. Holmes was to meet his end during a fight with Professor Moriarty over the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. As it turned out, Holmes great legion of fans would not hear of his demise and demanded more.

In total, Conan Doyle penned four novels and fifty-six short stories that featured the master sleuth. The movie industry would often combine several of the short stories when producing the Sherlock Holmes series of films. Only one, The Hound of the Baskervilles, can be said to closely follow the authors original story. The film was an unexpected hit for Twentieth Century Fox and they immediately followed with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The rest as they say is “elementary”.

For mystery and crime film fans, the Sherlock Holmes detective movies provide a lot brain food. The tight storylines, combined with Holmes’ intensive use of logical thinking and deductive reasoning, make the character unforgettable and the films a leading candidate for the best Hollywood detective movies of all-time.

2 Short Reviews Of Famous Movies In Spanish With English Subtitles

Spanish movies have a certain flair about them. Some might consider them exotic. Others might label them sexy. But you just have to look at Spanish actors who have come over to Hollywood to see what I mean. Think about Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz. That said, Spanish directors have also made a name for themselves in the international movie scene. Among them are Pedro Almodóvar and Alexandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

But good looks and melodic sounding language aside, Spanish movies with English subtitles have a quality about them which I find hard to explain. But thanks to the DVD format, we can now enjoy movies in Spanish with English subtitles, among other languages available.

Volver
Volver is a critically acclaimed Spanish film starring Penelope Cruz. It becomes evident early in the movie that this part is perfect for Ms Cruz. The Academy Award nomination she received for her role cements that notion.

Volver’s director, Pedro Almodóvar, does a fantastic job as he tackles the subject matter – death – and how different generations of a small town react to it. He artfully unfolds the intriguing story line which slowly reveals the complicated relationships which bind the characters.

Volver is not a story about the fear of death. Rather, it is the story of how life goes on after death. It looks at the burden of unforgiveness the living have to carry once death has closed the door reconciliation. It also looks at sins and secrets which linger long after the sinner has departed.

The performances by Cruz, the film’s cinematography and art direction and careful direction of Almodóvar all make for one of the most entertaining movies in Spanish with English subtitles of 2006. I would personally give it 5 stars.

Amores Perros
What an incredible debut for director Alexandro Gonzalez Inarritu. His first attempt at direction resulted in Amores Perros becoming an award-winning film and also an Academy award and Golden Globe nominee for best foreign film.

Set in Mexico City, Amores Perros tells three stories of love and complicated relationships in a violent city. In the heart of these stories, the fate of two dogs hang in the balance as the characters are brought briefly together by a car accident.

Unlike Pulp Fiction, Ameros Perros need not have the individual stories linked by a common event. I gather Inarritu chose this style to link the theme of the movie Each story could story could have stood alone as each explores the very definition of love from different points of view. I would also rate this as one of the best Spanish movies with English subtitles around. 5 stars, no less.