Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

For our review of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” we’ve brought back special guest DAVE “DR. SHOCK” BECKER from Land of the Creeps and DVD

I. Intro

II. Mini Reviews
Andy: Manic, Prometheus, Intruders
Dave: Spellbound, Lords of Dogtown, Burial Ground, George C. Scott’s A Christmas Carol
Jason: Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, The New Daughter, We Need to Talk About Kevin, High Lane
Karl: The Best Exotic Marigold Motel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Unicorn City, The Dark Knight Rises

III. Feature Review: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Ratings and Recommendations for THE HOBBIT
Jason = 8 ( Theater / Buy It! )
Andy = 7 ( Theater / Buy It! )
Karl = 5.5 ( Theater / Rental )
Dave Becker = 7 ( Theater / Buy It! )

IV. Trailer Talk:
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness
Man of Steel
V. Wrap-Up

NEXT WEEK’S MOVIE: Zero Dark Thirty (or Jack Reacher, or The Impossible, or This is 40) with special guest Josh Ligairi


Land of the Creeps


Dave on Twitter: @DVDInfatuation

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3 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

  1. Best comment I’ve read on review posted on CNN. I laughed out loud!!

    “Years later a teacher assigns a book report on “The Hobbit” to her class. The children, realizing they can save time, choose to read the book rather than watch the movies.”

  2. Yeah… that’s pretty good Karl. I enjoyed the podcast but I’m with Jay, not terribly into Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Hey I guess you guys missed the Titanic 2 trailer?

  3. The Hobbit: I had heard about the excessive length and the slow start but this really wasn’t an issue for me when I watched it last week. It didn’t feel any more overstuffed than Jackson’s other epics.

    I thought Jackson did pretty well introducing us to the dwarves and giving us brief snippets of some of their characters (the old wise one, the young archer, the fat one). Can you imagine the film length to develop thirteen characters? Ugh.

    I thought it was funny that Gandalf kept trying to keep track of them…almost as a nod to the audience. Karl, you can watch the inevitable extended cut to get more character development…though I know you want to cut the film down too…so I am not sure how that will work for you.

    My only real complaints is the weakness of the story and characters when compared to the Lord of the Rings and the over-excessive, CGI-fueled, “how-did-they-survive-that” action scenes (Ala King Kong).

    All in all, a fun, epic film that I will enjoy re-watching with my kids. 7/10.

    It is nice to hear someone else has seen The Bad Seed. That oldie spooked me when I was a kid and it has a fantastic ending.

    Great to find you guys again. I enjoyed your last podcast and look forward to listening to you in the future.

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