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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

“You’re late,” says Frodo Baggins.  Gandalf the Gray replies, “A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins.  Nor is he early.  He arrives precisely when he means to.” I wasn’t really familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien or his Lord of the Rings … Continue reading

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Cinderella (2015)

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“Wouldn’t you prefer to eat when all the work is done, Ella?” asks Lady Tremaine.  Ella replies, “Yes, stepmother.”  Lady Tremaine responds, “You needn’t call me that.  Madam will do.” With the recent live action adaptations of certain fairy tales, … Continue reading

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Howl’s Moving Castle & Ponyo & The Wind Rises

(For Miyazaki’s first eight films, check out The Castle of Cagliostro & Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle In the Sky & My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service & Porco Rosso, and Princess Mononoke & Spirited Away) Hayao Miyazaki … Continue reading

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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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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

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

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“I have… I have never used a sword in my life,” says Bilbo Baggins to Gandalf the Grey.  Gandalf responds, “And I hope you never have to.  But if you do, remember this: true courage is about knowing not when … Continue reading

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Blu-ray Tuesdays: 4/29/14 Recommendations

New releases: Classic releases: