28 July 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies gets a teaser poster and trailer

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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies teaser poster
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves.

Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.

Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honour to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice.

But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed.

Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is released in UK cinemas 12 December 2014


 I don't know about you, but I'm pretty damn excited for this! Like most of the Internet, I wasn't keen on splitting The Hobbit up into three books, but now we're at the conclusion I can't wait!

Want more Hobbit in your day?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [extended Blu-Ray review]
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [Blu-Ray review]

About Jamie
Jamie Gibbs is a life-long geek and leans towards anything with sorcery, dragons or obscure pop culture references.
You can follow him on at @mithrilwisdom for a daily dose of fanboy discourse.

21 July 2014

Five author rap battles that need to happen - an Epic Rap Battles of History wishlist


For those of you who don't know, Epic Rap Battles of History is a YouTube channel that pits famous people from history and fictional characters head-to-head in a rap battle, including well-known authors like Dr. Seuss vs. William Shakespeare and Stephen King vs. Edgar Allen Poe.

There's still a pretty big gap in the literary department, so here is an Epic Rap Battles of History author wishlist.

18 July 2014

How To Train Your Dragon 2 [movie review]

How To Train Your Dragon 2
Director: Dean DeBlois
Screenplay: Dean DeBlois
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera
Studio: Dreamworks Animation
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 102 minutes
Released: June 2013

How To Train Your Dragon 2 picks up about five years after the events of the original movie. The once bumbling Hiccup is now 'the pride of Berk' and has earned the respect of his village (and acceptance of his father).

With Vikings now on the backs of dragons, the world suddenly gets bigger, and a new threat looms. An old enemy, hell bent on conquest, makes himself known, and it's up to Hiccup and the gang to save their people - and their dragons - from defeat.

With a five year gap between films, the kids from the first Dragon movie have grown up a little. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is more sure of himself, yet still has some of the awkward charm that made him so likable in the first movie.

Snotlout (Jonah Hill) and Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) are both fighting for the affections of Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) - who remains as single-minded and obnoxious as ever.

Stoick (Gerard Butler) has softened quite a bit since we last saw him, which is a surprise. What we see in very brief glimpses in the first movie is mostly present in Dragon 2, though there are scenes when his stubbornness and an edge of darkness creep in to remind us that this is a hard man with a hard life.