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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Extended Edition (movie review)

Riveting.  Thank a higher power for getting this back into the movie.

When it comes to The Lord of the Rings and the extended editions, you’ve got your The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, and then, following behind, The Return of the King. Tolkien hated this title; it tells you what happens at the end of the story… but if he only knew how the end of the movie would be handled, he’d probably bust a pipe… or whatever dignified, older English gentlemen do when they’re outraged.  Read the rest of this entry

Saturday Dog Blog 1/24/15: Lord of the Ring

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One ring to rule them all!

I never thought any dog would chew on the ring shaped nylabone, but here we are. It’s very heavy and I thought it’d be tough to work on, but Maggie has clearly figured out the intended method.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – Extended Edition (movie review)

I’m still in my post The Hobbit malaise and rewatching The Lord of the Rings is the only cure.  Now, we’re inching sorta closer to Mordor in The Two TowersRead the rest of this entry

I can’t recommend my video Understanding What Smaug is Saying

Yeah, so… I don’t know what I was thinking.  I guess you can watch it and judge for yourself, but it’s two minutes and ten seconds of your life that you can never get back.   Read the rest of this entry

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Extended Edition (movie review)

Now that The Hobbit has wrapped up, we went home and started rewatching The Lord of the Rings and of course started with The Fellowship of the Ring (as per The Battle of Five Armies’ suggestion). Fellowship has always been my favorite (and only the Extended Edition will do), but it also makes it clear how very much The Hobbit movies pale in comparison. But that’s a discussion for another day – today, I’m talkin’ about the One Ring, yo! Read the rest of this entry

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (movie review)

The trilogy is complete. I bet you still can’t believe they turned The Hobbit into a trilogy – me neither! But here we are, so let’s finish up with The Battle of the Five Armies. Read the rest of this entry

If you don't study, "You shall not pass!"

Gandalf reminds kids that they need to study to do well at school in the only way he knows how.

In case it is not already clear, Sir Ian McKellen is an international treasure. He should have a secret service detail… well, maybe we can get him better protection than that.

If Lord of the Rings isn't just fantasy to you, then I guess this post is for you

This Christopher Valentine character’s video, "Elves – Learn how to Attract Real Elves to You!" has garnered over 144,000 hits and he seems to be serious about getting Legolas to come hang out in your backyard.

Now I like Orlando Bloom as much as the next guy – what can I say, the dude is pretty. Anyway, Christopher Valentine’s website, Myst of the Oracle (I would have called it "Mystery of the Oracle" because it sounds way cooler), features all sorts of… I dunno, stuff. For Example, it makes mention of Dr. Christian von Lahr conducting the first Michael Jackson interview 48 hours after "crossing-over," which I assume is charlatan speak for dying, so it’s not just "fairy tale creatures are real" with these folks. It’s like a channeling Elvis while riding a dragon sort of thing. I love the list of celebrity endorsements:

  • John Gray, best-selling author of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"
  • Gary Zukav, the best-selling author of "Seat of the Soul."
  • Dr. Michael Beckwith, best-selling co-author of the book and video "The Secret"
  • and Larry King.

I thought I was detecting a theme, but then… Larry King. Didn’t see that coming. I bet Dr. von Lahr did, though.

As far as I’m concerned, YouTube is the real magical place, where things like this can grow and thrive right next to .

5 Points on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – a movie review

I finally got around to seeing the latest J. R. R. Tolkien/Peter Jackson jam, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and it did not disappoint – well, not me, at least.  If the movie did pizz you off, I can certainly understand why.  Also:  check out my reviews of The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey here (written) and here (video). Read the rest of this entry

A Perfect Murder movie review

Yep, I’m digging into the archives and taking a look at 1998’s A Perfect Murder, which is a remake of Dial M for Murder, which is an adaptation of the play of the same name.

I’m just going to assume you’ve already seen this movie, so I’m not going to hold any details back – so if you read on, I’m not only going to ruin A Perfect Murder for you (well, probably not anymore than the trailer already does), but also Dial M for Murder.

spoiler alert

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Everything you ever wanted to know and were afraid to ask about Glen Beck

glen beckNew York Times Magazine has a dissertation (the online version is 10 “pages” long) out on Glen Beck.  If that sounds daunting, don’t worry – I’ll hook you up.  Let’s quote:

“I think what the country is going through right now is, in a way, what I went through with my alcoholism,” he told me. “You can either live or die. You have a choice.”

Am I the only person on earth who didn’t know Glen Beck was a recovering alcoholic?  That makes it even more interesting to me when people refer to him as the new Rush Limbaugh, as Mr. Limbaugh is in recovery for abusing… I forget what, pills, maybe?  And ‘live or die,’ huh?  I guess Glen Beck saw the end of Karate Kid Part 2.

It was a Wednesday afternoon in the middle of September, and Beck had just returned from a week’s vacation in the Grand Tetons followed by a quick hop to Anchorage, where he and Sarah Palin appeared at an event on Sept. 11.

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