Review: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)

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Peter Jackson’s thirteen year crusade into Middle Earth – traversing two trilogies and six films – draws to a feeble, unfit end with The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Roused from his slumber, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) wreaks fiery havoc upon Laketown, leaving his vast wealth undefended. Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Thorin (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarves stake their claim, unaware of the opposing forces descending upon The Lonely Mountain. Continue reading “Review: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)”

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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

The Desolation Of Smaug

After the bloated and unsatisfying first instalment in the Hobbit film series left many frustrated and disappointed, it comes as a relief to discover that its follow-up, subtitled The Desolation Of Smaug, is a considerably more forcible and pleasing romp. It’s fun and spry, with a bulging sense of adventure and urgency that excuses a vast majority of the more superfluous moments. Peter Jackson’s penultimate return to Middle Earth feels as much like a piece of The Lord Of The Rings saga as one could hope. Continue reading “Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)”

Berberian Sound Studio Wins Big At The 2012 BIFA Awards

Berberian Sound Studio

The winners of the Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced last night in the heart of London. Now in its fifteenth year, the awards payed homage to the best of British independent cinema, at a lavish ceremony attended by some of the industries finest and hosted – for the seventh time – by James Nesbitt, who will next be seen in The Hobbit. Continue reading “Berberian Sound Studio Wins Big At The 2012 BIFA Awards”