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The Lord of the Rings
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Raiders of the Lost Ark
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The Empire Strikes Back
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Before Midnight
#1 Romance
The Lion King
#1 Animated
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
#1 Fantasy
Michael Fassbender
#1 Actor
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#1 Actress
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Can't say I'm a Michael Moore fan but this is great
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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 2 hours ago

Can't say I'm a Michael Moore fan but this is great
Scotch
Scotch at 07:31 PM Dec 18

Perfect!

JohnLocke2342 posted a BLOG item about 6 hours ago

First image from del Toro's Crimson Peak

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Mood: Chillin'
dsloy
dsloy at 04:28 PM Dec 18

so stoked

andyfilm_1
andyfilm_1 at 05:10 PM Dec 18

Looks good!

WalkAway
WalkAway at 06:39 PM Dec 18

intriguing

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aturn4theworst
aturn4theworst at 11:36 PM Dec 17

He honestly got scarier, lol.

Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 03:12 AM Dec 18

cool

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 22 hours ago

I couldn't care less about The Interview as a project but it's the principle behind the pulling of this film and the removal of our freedom of speech. Who the fuck is North Korea to dictate what we can and cannot watch? That's just complete bullshit and I really hope Sony releases this for free and for all to stream as a middle finger to those assholes. Not to mention cyber terrorism is very, very real and this entire fiasco might just be the precursor to something much worse in the future. Anyway - fuck North Korea.
Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 03:15 AM Dec 18

I agree. lol invidtus

JohnnyPHreak
JohnnyPHreak at 08:24 AM Dec 18

Agreed with all of this.

cerealkiller182
cerealkiller182 at 09:34 AM Dec 18

I really don't see it as a freedom of speech issue. The concept of freedom of speech does not mean "free of all consequences." In the US it is designed to protect people from prosecution, not persecution. If the US government made it illegal to show The Interview than it would be a freedom of speech issue.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 1 day ago

Vintage, Classic, Stylistic.
Dodong27
Dodong27 at 09:18 PM Dec 17

Nice! Kinda reminds me of Dick Tracy style...

RetroMovieCritic
RetroMovieCritic at 10:24 PM Dec 17

I definitely like the classic stylish look!

reminds me of Carmen Sandiego..

WalkAway
WalkAway at 06:51 PM Dec 18

I love it!

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 1 day ago

what.
klinteastwood
klinteastwood at 11:35 PM Dec 17

raptor bros

Anakin
Anakin at 08:12 AM Dec 18

hahahahahahaha

OldKingClancy
OldKingClancy at 02:13 PM Dec 18

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Weapon X
Weapon X at 05:05 PM Dec 17

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Mr.Blizzo
Mr.Blizzo at 05:41 PM Dec 17

Anakin
Anakin at 06:12 PM Dec 17

Glad you liked it mate

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JohnLocke2342 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 1 day ago

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies



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Directed by: Peter Jackson
Written by: Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt, Rob Kazinsky, Jed Brophy, Aidan Turner, Ken Stott
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Official Site:
Plot: The final chapter in a 6 film odyssey through Middle-Earth

Review:

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Other reviews of this film: AngryJohnnyN1930 (8/10) , Dodong27 (8/10) > Display all
TheChanges23
TheChanges23 at 06:20 PM Dec 17

Wow! Even though I still have no interest in watching these films, I will say that this is the best review I've ever read of a movie I haven't seen.

One day when I do decide to watch these films, It will be because of you JL.

Masterfully detailed and passionate review man!

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 10:58 PM Dec 17

Thanks a lot for the kind words guys, that really means a lot to me.

Glinda
Glinda at 11:43 PM Dec 17

What a beautiful review. I'm almost tearing up right now and I've not seen it yet. So happy I read this, and thank you for getting this review out so quickly so those of us who haven't seen it yet could read it first.

Well done sir.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

And here. we. go. Tonight an iconic and game changing 13 year, 6 movie odyssey through Middle-Earth will come to a close. Knowing that this might be the last time I sit down in a theater to view a new Tolkien epic leaves me with a heavy heart, it just does. I'm not ready to say goodbye and probably never will be.. but let's go out on a high note. /draws sword
WalkAway
WalkAway at 11:15 PM Dec 16

enjoy!

Rkhulinator
Rkhulinator at 01:47 PM Dec 17

Enjoy Locke me and my girlfriend will be experiencing it Saturday evening at the director's suite at our local Warren Theatre will be seeing it in style but it still will be an emotional ride.....we loved getting to spend time with you on the screen Mr. Baggins.

Glinda
Glinda at 12:35 AM Dec 18

Late to the game here but I know you enjoyed it from your review, and even with it's faults I'm so glad to know it's awesome!!

Remember there's still the extended cut to look forward to too.

I'm going to miss your blogs on these movies and I hope you still make some.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

T MINUS 7 AND A HALF HOURS. I can't even concentrate at the office right now lol.. Absolutely nothing is getting done today.
oscarxp25
oscarxp25 at 12:59 PM Dec 16

Yeah, I am pretty excited and I am no where near as a big of fan as you are...hopefully my friend pulls through. Have you seen the films in the high frame rate? What is your opinion of that format?

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 01:42 PM Dec 16

@Joe Scorpio - thanks bro. Also holy shit that Star Wars release will rock the fucking world. It still being a year away is bullshittt!

@oscar - I've seen both in high frame rate IMAX 3D and I gotta be honest, I hate it. The entire thing looks sped up to the point that it's like watching the movie in fast forward. It basically strips away the realism and "film" feeling from the experience and it's just so odd. It's essentially the exact same thing as having a 120/240hz Samsung TV with the automotion turned up high. If you want to get an idea of what it looks like before throwing down 18 bucks for a ticket I would go into a Best Buy or any electronics store and ask to see what automotion or a very high frame rate looks like.

So yeah, my opinion is it's pretty bad and I'm happy that format isn't catching on.

Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 09:11 PM Dec 16

can't wait

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Righteous_faustus
Righteous_faustus at 11:01 PM Dec 15

I like this poster a lot but it's a bit much where the title appears. I wish they would've fixed that a bit

JohnLocke2342 posted a BLOG item 3 days ago

There and Back Again: Middle-Earth Marathon Part 2 - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug















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Cochise
Cochise at 09:16 PM Dec 15

I love the extended edition's version of 'Trippin Balls in Mirkwood'

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 09:21 PM Dec 15

^ haha YES, me too! That's exactly what it is and that's pretty perfectly put tbh. I remember being a little disappointed that they glanced over it in the movie when the entire Mirkwood journey was more than a chapter in the book. They were lost for so long and a large part of it came from Bombur being overtaken by the sickness and falling asleep - and I was so upset that wasn't in there. So you can imagine my surprise when I pop in the extended cut and low and behold BOOM - theer's Bombur passed the fuck out haha.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 3 days ago

One of the things I feel they must establish in The Battle of the Five Armies is how the White Council pushes out Sauron and ultimately "defeats him". That latter part is crucial to me since they clearly establish in Fellowship that Gandalf is completely taken aback by the presence of the one ring and Sauron himself. Remember when he heads to Gondor to research the meaning of the ring? In the movie that's about a week or two but in the book that time period is SEVENTEEN YEARS! One of the problems with introducing so much of Sauron into The Hobbit is that you run the risk of conflict with the already established LOTR trilogy. I think these appendices moments are crucial additions to the story and help flesh out the total arc of all 6 movies but I would really like that cleared up or referenced to personally.
JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 04:14 PM Dec 15

^ LOL ok then, here we go. 60 years has passed since the ending of the BOTFA and the beginning of FOTR. The difference between sauron from the books and sauron from the movies is a pretty large one. First things first he does have a form of a "man" or humanoid in the books and uses the eye as a symbol of his power and his "all seeing and all knowing" self. In the movies they relegate sauron to solely being in the form of the Eye - which makes sense and actually works out well as both an aesthetic design and a memorable one. The problem again is that using the Necromancer and having sauron duel Gandalf in the hobbit is borderline preposterous to how it goes down in the books. Once you open up that Necromancer can you're spilling over years and years of information and history that they're condensing into a short period of time in the movies. For instance the whole Dol Guldur aspect and eventual "driving out" that we might see in the movie was something that took months and months of planning for. In the movie it looks like Gandalf goes in on his own and has to be bailed out (again - what were his motives here? Why didn't he wait for the white council? He knew it was a trap but went anyway - why? This MUST be tied up). Anyway back to Sauron - his physical form was destroyed when the ring left his body and he's of course very weak. He flees multiple times from the fortress in the appendices and this whole Gandalf vs sauron duel never happens - so this is why I want this further explained by Jackson and why the white council scenes in BOTFA are what I'm most looking forward to. A LOT of liberties were taken here and again, I'm completely fine with them as long as they're fleshed out and eventually make sense in the grand scheme of both this story and LOTR.

Back to the ring: Gandalf was convinced it was long gone by Saruman (he brings this up during the council scene in AUJ) but still harbors his possible doubts about it. They mention the rings of power numerous times - specifically the one Thrain was wearing (the rings that were given to the dwarf lords) and it's played almost as if Gandalf has this burning idea that he KNOWS it's still around. It's almost like they are trying to hint at the fact that the ring is still around and they love to foreshadow but at the same time it doesn't really work with this specific event. That's my biggest problem because it contradicts a little bit with what happens in FOTR (though thankfully the movie presented the timeline as much shorter - which works out). Sauron is undoubtably getting stronger as the movies go on and as the presence of the ring is confirmed and getting closer and closer to Mordor. There's just.. Ugh, there's SO MUCH Tolkien lore and I'm not even close to an expert when it comes to most of these scholars and super fans but I tried my best haha. I feel like this would best be suited for a live chat or a skype conversation.

ericodarko
ericodarko at 05:04 PM Dec 15

Gentlemen, A+ for this thread of comments. Read every word and I feel like I'm a smarter man for it now haha

Cochise
Cochise at 05:38 PM Dec 15

honestly I've seen that scene a few times now, the fight between Gandalf and Sauron and I wish they just didn't do it... didn't know it wasn't even from the books. I don't know, it was just silly and needless, a big weird bubble fight lol. OK so I know that the Necromancer was revealed to be Sauron (wait does this mean that Benedict Cumberbatch plays Smaug and Sauron?? Haha) but what about the comparison of power, The Hobbit Sauron to LOTR Sauron, do you know which is meant to be stronger in the books or the movies at least?

Just the fact that he actually made the Necromancer form in the eye and then somehow fought Gandalf makes it seem to me like he's stronger in DoS/The Hobbit than in LOTR? Or maybe he was stronger in LOTR but he just never needed to battle/show his form.

Ahh that totally makes sense about Saruman lying to him about the ring, I see. Anyways thanks for all of that haha, like erico I now feel a little smarter now as well! lol man oh maaan I can't wait to see BOTFA!

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 3 days ago

While the extended edition of AUJ offers the key foreshadowing sequence in Rivendell and mostly fluff after that, the extended cut of DoS is chock full of stuff that absolutely becomes a necessity. For starters the prolonged dwarf scenes in Mirkwood aren't only welcomed but necessary to explain both how they're drugged (the water) and how LONG they're actually in there. Then both sequences with Thrain and his ultimate death plus the Beorn backstory being cut from the theatrical version makes no sense to me whatsoever. Oh, you mean the only development for a key character to the plot like Beorn is cut from the final version? WHY?! Without this he's just some random skin-changer who helps the dwarves because.. he doesn't like orcs? Huh? This extended edition really helps not only the pacing of the film (which was a problem) but the entire narrative structure as a whole.
Dr Jan-itor
Dr Jan-itor at 03:45 PM Dec 15

I really hope they bring out a EE trilogy boxset! I've wanted to know what happened to Thorin's father for ages! I'm now thinking about adding DOS EE to my collection.

ericodarko
ericodarko at 05:10 PM Dec 15

I loved that they added the scene where Gandalf introduces the dwarves to Beorn. It might seem like a minimal one (even if it was one of my favorites from the book) but I feel it adds a lot to the scenes that follow. You understand Beorn a little more.

Cochise
Cochise at 06:38 PM Dec 15

the EE of DoS included a bunch of stuff that really made the movie better in big ways. I agree that to my memory there weren't a lot of AUJ additions that were as notable but I love that movie so just more time in it makes me happy lol, I think I do remember a little more time/character building with the dwarves though which was nice, even if it was just goofy stuff

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