Tina Fey and Billy Bob Thornton Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Isn’t the Movie You Were Expecting

So if you saw any of the trailers for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, you probably thought it was going to be a terrible rom-com set during the War in Afghanistan (which, yeah, that would be awful). And while this movie does have a little Eat, Pray, Love vibe to it since its main character, Kim Baker (played by Tina Fey), is a white, middle-aged woman looking for more adventure in her life—career and relationship-wise—Whiskey Tango Foxtrot leans more toward Zero Dark Thirty or The Hurt Locker. Continue reading “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Isn’t the Movie You Were Expecting”

The Hobbit 3 (2014)

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Is A Mess

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin (Richard Armitage), and the dwarfs recover the dwarf city of Erebor while the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) lays waste to Lake Town. After Bard (Luke Evans) defeats Smaug, everyone in Middle-earth turns their eyes toward Erebor and Thorin’s inherited treasure. Thorin must then face his greatest enemies—Thranduil (Lee Pace), Azog the Defiler and his orcs, and the greed for treasure that overcomes him. Continue reading “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Is A Mess”

The Hobbit #2

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Long and Lacking a Lot of Gandalf

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and a band of dwarfs are on the run from a horde of orcs. When they finally reach the forests of Mirkwood, Gandalf separates from the group, needing to investigate the Necromancer of Dol Guldur. Meanwhile, Bilbo and the dwarfs get into some trouble with a nest of spiders before stumbling into the hands of Thranduil (Lee Pace), elf leader of Mirkwood. They then escape to Lake Town right outside of the Lonely Mountain, where they finally come face-to-face with the treasure-obsessed dragon, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Continue reading “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Long and Lacking a Lot of Gandalf”

The World’s End: The Entire Plot is Ingeniously in the Pub Names

“This movie looks a lot like that This Is The End movie you reviewed, Bailey.” Yeah, it does a bit. But not by much. About the only thing that these two movies have in common is that they both share a plot surrounding a band of friends uniting to get through an apocalyptic scenario. The difference? Everything else. So quit your bitching. Continue reading “The World’s End: The Entire Plot is Ingeniously in the Pub Names”

The Hobbit (2012)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey into the History of Middle-earth

As an avid reader of Tolkien’s books and an avid watcher of The Lord of the Rings films, it’s hard for me to divide my thoughts about this movie into binary states of awesome and not awesome because I appreciate staying true to the source material while also understanding that book-to-film interpretations often require extra elements from outside source material. So let’s not waste any more time…
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