Monthly Archives: December 2014

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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“I am sorry that I made you a part of my perils,” says Thorin Oakenshield.  Bilbo Baggins responds, “No.  I am glad to have shared in your perils.  That is more than any Baggins deserves.” Having enjoyed Peter Jackson’s first two entries in … Continue reading

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Blu-ray Tuesdays: 12/30/14 Recommendations

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)

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Studio Ghibli is one of the most famous animation studios in the world.  This Japanese animation company has been producing high quality animated films for roughly 30 years now.  It was co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Yasuyoshi Takuma … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol (2009)

“What do you want with me?” asks Ebenezer Scrooge.  Jacob Marley replies, “You will be haunted by three spirits.”  Scrooge responds, “I’d rather not.” There have been several feature-length adaptations of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol.  The most … Continue reading

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Blu-ray Tuesdays: 12/23/14 Recommendations

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Gremlins (1984)

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“Will you sign this petition?  They’re trying to close Dorie’s Tavern,” says Kate.  Billy responds, “Sure. That’s where my dad proposed to my mom, you know.”  Kate replies, “That’s where everyone’s dad proposed to their mom.” One of my favorite … Continue reading

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

“What’s that?” asks Bilbo Baggins, who is staring at a carving.  Balin responds, “That is the Arkenstone.”  Bilbo asks, “And what is it?”  Thorin Oakenshield responds, “That, Master Burglar, is why you are here.” I had reasonable expectations for how … Continue reading