Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Desolation of Smaug


So here it is, the trailer (well, one of many more trailers to come, I'm sure) for the second part of the Hobbit movies.  The Hobbit is one of my favorite books, so I'm slightly bummed that the fim version doesn't follow that storyline very closely, but I get that the movies are supposed to sort of encompass the entire LOTR universe.  That's cool, I guess.  I can get on board.

So, I don't know about anyone else, but I think Bilbo Baggins is pretty crush-worthy.  First of all, despite the hairy feet, he's kind of adorable (why yes, I will happily admit that Martin Freeman, the actor who plays Bilbo, happens to be one of my few celebrity crushes.  I mean, he's been in the Hitchhiker's Guide movie, Sherlock the tv show, Hot Fuzz (one of my favorite movies), AND he's Bilbo?  Who DOESN'T love this guy?!).  Second, Bilbo is a seriously badass and epic hero.  Yes, he starts out wanting to sit around in his little* hobbit hole drinking tea and eating biscuits and making nice floral arrangements (okay I don't know if he actually does this, but arranging flowers seems like a hobbit-y type of thing to do).  He's not into the whole adventure scene, going out and fighting scary things and slaying dragons and rescuing looted treasures and stuff.  But that's sort of exactly what makes him a freakingly awesome hero.  Right? Because anyone who's INTO that kind of stuff can go out and do it and maybe be pretty good at adventuring and all that; but you kind of have to admire Bilbo because he's terrified and uncomfortable and doing something so far beyond what he ever imagined he would or could do in his  life--and THAT takes some serious guts.  THAT, I think, is what being a hero is about--being ballsy and sticking up for and rescuing your friends and standing up against the bad guys, even when you're terrified.



*I say "little," but let's be honest, that hobbit hole is HUGE and pretty freaking luxurious.  I'd trade my tiny little apartment for Bilbo's hobbit hole any day.

27 comments:

  1. I love (x 3 million) LOTR. I have read All the books and the Hobbit twice. I have seen all the movies and the Hobbit twice. I have two LOTR video games and a Lego LOTR poster. I am counting the minutes tell the movie comes out.

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    1. What are your thoughts on the way the story was expanded in the movie version of The Hobbit? Do you love it? Wish it were more like the original story? Something in between?

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    2. The part they added with the Necromancer is cool. But the part with the Goblins should be changed. I mean who doesn't want Gandalf to blind everyone?

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  2. Impressive! You should definitely try to make it to our Hobbit-themed event for everyone going into grades 6 and up this summer--it's on Wednesday, July 24 at Bandshell Park. And then I'll be showing The Hobbit a week later on July 31st!

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  3. Cool! I love The Hobbit, even though LOTR doesn't interest me much. Bilbo's OK, I personally like Kili (? Fili?) best, but no one beats my Obi-Wan...

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    1. If you Kili/Fili is your favorite character, then I feel bad for you*



      *SPOILER ALERT

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  4. Haha I like both but my favorite character from a book/movie would have to be Doctor Who...It's not really a book but whatever... I love matt smith!!! and did you know that the 10th doctor was actually in a Harry Potter movie? I have a Doctor Who neclace and bowtie.... its awesome!!! I love British Television!!!!!haha weeping angels are so creepy though!

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    1. You say that Doctor Who is not a book.... A have a find your fate book for Doctor Who and the Invasion of the Ormazoids(Is that from the show?)

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    2. Oh thats cool..... hmmm creepy noises outside my window.....anyways I'm not sure if it is from the show because I have only watched (mostly)the 9th 10th and 11th doctors.I really really want to try the bleaching black shirts thing(the doctor who shirts from post forever ago) but I NEVER go shopping because my mom dosn't like talking to people,I dont really blame her....anytime we go to walmart weird,strange people talk to us.Ex:my sisters and I were dubbed toilet paper princesses!...Seriusly!!!It was a weird tuna(all she had in her cart was tuna and toilet paper...)lady!

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    3. I think it is the 7th in the series so I am not sure how many there are.... I also have a book for Indiana Jones and the gold of Genghis Khan.... I love dot-dot-dots.....

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    4. I love dot-dot-dots too...

      Have you guys seen "Where's the Doctor" and "When's the Doctor"? They're both like "Where's Waldo" books, but you have to find the doctor! (And Amy Pond, but she's always easy to find because of her red hair)

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    5. oh thats awesome!!! I just got back from camp Bernie and it was so much fun!!!its 9 pm!

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  5. I also heard that they are making a movie for the 60 year gap between The hobbit and LOTR. I am excited to see how that will turn out.

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    1. Sweet! You seriously can never have too much LOTR in your life.

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    2. Especially if you are Justin.

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  6. OH MY GOSH!!!! A tornado just went through our area!!! Grace, are you ok??!??!? Your neighbor posted a picture on facebook of the damage by his house!!!(creepy that I know your neighbors? lol he does theater lights)it litterely just missed my road! not anywhere else! A bunch of my friends probably wont go to school because of that!! Apparently the school lost power for a while but I wasn't there for it!!!

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    1. Yeah, it went right down my road. It was crazy. We weren't there, we were in Rockaway helping my grandmother clean up after Sandy. It hit there too. We got a ten-minute deluge, and then nothing. All ways home but one were blocked off. There were two power trucks working all night. We got power back at 11:15.

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    2. I can't believe you guys had a tornado! First that freak snowstorm two Halloweens ago (do you guys remember that? Knocked the power out everywhere and HCL was PACKED), then Hurricane Sandy, now tornadoes?! That's some crazy stuff. Glad to hear all are okay. Also, nice use of the word "deluge," Grace!

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  7. While we're talking about movies...http://thefw.com/honest-disney-movies/?trackback=fbshare_top
    This is SO FUNNY!! I love the 101 Dalmations one.

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    1. (sigh) People these days have to racist all the time ( commenting on the other princess one).

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    2. Yeah... However why is it bad when white go againist black but its ok for black to go against white... Are we not past that time of feeling bad? Arent we all equal now? When I was younger I felt terrible because I thought it was me who was being mean.It's ridiculas even a couple years ago they had commercials of how white children almost always took the white baby doll rather than the black baby doll. It is terrible.We should have been past this 5 years after it all stopped(or mostly).

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    3. Unfortunately, I would argue that racism is still alive and well these days, but that it's a little harder to recognize because it's not as blatant or explicit as it typically was in the past. For example, did you know that black children are actually cheaper to adopt than white children? They "cost" less as an incentive for people to adopt them, because in general, white babies are more likely to be adopted (this is a bit of an oversimplification of a somewhat more complicated issue).

      I also notice it in my own daily life -- for example, if Kris and I are out at say, the grocery store or in a park, strangers tend to speak to him, rather than to me, even if we're both trying to be in the conversation and even if we're both making eye contact with that person. It's not a huge deal, but it's a subtle thing that's ultimately pretty negative (for me). We've also noticed that store employees tend to follow me around more than they do him (apparently I look like a thief?!). I've heard people tell my mother, who has an north-Indian accent, to "go back to where you came from." (Ouch!)

      And, of course, in our post-9/11 world, there is ample racism directed against Muslims, people from Middle East, and anyone who looks like they might possibly be from the Middle East; and in these days of our economic slump, there's also plenty of racism directed towards Hispanic people.

      In the next week or two, I'll write a post of some great YA books that touch on modern racism (as someone who studied Sociology at Rutgers, this is right up my alley :) My favorite happens to be "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" by Sherman Alexie. Pure gold, that book!

      I agree, Lianna -- we really should be past all this!

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    4. Yeah. God, you're not Native American, why don't YOU go back to where you came from?

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    5. I'm half Irish, a quarter German, and eighth Danish, a sixteenth Swedish, and a sixteenth Welsh.

      The way I see it, I'm MORE ethnic than any person 100% African-American. So why not discriminate against ME?

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    6. Not that it's OK, Lianna, but girls pick dolls that look like themselves. So that's why most white girls pick white doll. If you've noticed, American Girl sells Bitty Babies in all kinds of different skin tones. Same with American Girl Dolls. They also use dark-skinned dolls to model stuff just as often as light-skinned dolls. So they set a great example for young girls.

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  8. Haha! I love the last cinderella one!

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