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Of Wizards and Mutants – A Look at Ian McKellen

Who’s the last actor to create a character written by Shakespeare? By that I mean who was the last person to get a part written by Shakespeare and be the first one to actually perform it. Edward Alleyn? David Garrick? William Kempe? You might be surprised to hear that it is none other than Magneto/Gandalf […]

Hobbitses – A Tolkien history – Behind the Lord of the Rings in epic fantasy films

  Typical! Wait decades for a film with hobbits in, and six come along at the same time! At least, that’s how it felt. Like many teens of the time, I had my copy of the single volume paperback edition of The Lord Of The Rings, shortly after it was first published in 1968, having […]

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RIP Sir Ian Holm – Farewell to Bilbo, Ash, Father Cornelius, King Lear and more

Sir Ian Holm has died as of June 19th, 2020, at the age of 88, due to complications with Parkinson’s. This versatile actor will not be forgotten, through the epic roles in epic tales he’s left behind. There’s an old theatrical trope that says if you want to get on you’ll take any part however […]

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Epic cast reunions – Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and more

Watching this gives me the warm fuzzies. It’s so cool to see the cast of Ghostbusters reunited. To get a sense of their camaraderie, even after all these years (plus some behind the scenes tidbits) is a joy to watch. But there are many more reunions to see. Back to the Future with Christopher Lloyd, […]

Who appears in every Star Wars movie?

Do you know who appears in every Star Wars film? It used to be easy to answer this: until Solo, R2-D2 and C-3PO were in every film, even if just a short cameo, as in Rogue One. But squeezing them into Solo would have been pure fan-service and narratively unnecessary. We did get a new […]

Movie Review – Tolkien – Biography of the Master of Middle Earth

I don’t normally watch biographies. We don’t usually get Peetimes for them either, but this was TOLKIEN. The author of my favorite novel, movie, and world: The Lord of the Rings. So it wasn’t just any biopic to me, and Tolkien wasn’t just any author. Lord of the Rings (or LOTR) is a magnificent 1000+ […]

Quiz – Viggo Mortensen – Actor, Musician, Painter, Photographer, and Poet

Viggo Mortensen has been nominated for 3 Oscars, including his current nomination for Green Book. Could this be Aragorn’s golden year? [quiz-cat id=”14625″] Thanks for stopping by and taking my quiz. How about sharing it with fans of The Lord of the Rings, or any one else who comes to mind? Mortensen is so underrated and talented. He deserves […]

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Can Dune be done? Should Dune be done? Bringing Long Books to the Screen

Until the last generation, when Peter Jackson proved The Lord of the Rings could not only be made into a successful film — but be so off-the-charts good that it took home 11 Oscar Awards — it was unheard of to succeed at translating most of the great sci-fi and fantasy epics of literature to […]

What is a MacGuffin? Top Movie MacGuffins, Explained

A MacGuffin is any object that drives the plot and motivates the characters in a movie. You might have seen the name “MacGuffins” over bar bistros in the lobbies of many AMC theaters. That’s an industry in-joke. It sounds like the name of an Irish pub, but it’s really a nod to a long standing […]

LOTR: Fan Film Short of The Hobbit – An Unexpected Parody

I think Peter Jackson should have opened The Hobbit with this fan-film feature. It’s that cute. Even if you don’t like drinking shots, you’ll find this short amusing. I can see this (in my personal head cannon) as what actually happened that fateful night at Bag End, and why Bilbo joined the Dwarves’ expedition to […]

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