Hey folks, Harry here... Been entertaining some BNATTERS in town with OZOMBIE (not really worth the bother, unless you have people that appreciate propagandistic undead cinema.) And as I was watching an email notification came in from a reader calling themselves Black Manta - and a link to this TV special about this new, but familiar journey we're about to take with Sir Peter & crew.
It was so refreshing to have my house filled with people that love the concept of a luxuriant experience with this book. For me, this is that first "grown up" book I ever read. Asking Mom & Dad what all the "Tolkein" words meant & how to say them. My love for this came from the Rankin Bass cartoon. But it fueled me to read the books, starting with THE HOBBIT. OF everything Tolkein, THE HOBBIT was my favorite. It gave me a love of dragons, goblins & all things Middle Earth. Just seeing glimpses of the Stone Giants... it kind of blew my mind, because that was something I didn't think I'd ever see. I'm expecting to come away from THE HOBBIT not entirely satisfied... because I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a bit of a Violet Beauregarde, that wants it all now. The notion of waiting for the whole of the tale to be complete is something that I can't wait for. That day where I can put this HOBBIT tale in my Blu Ray player, followed by the next two, followed by Extended Editions of The LORD OF THE RINGS... Well that's a real damn good day I bet. And a day I can not wait for.
Am I predisposed to love these films? I kind of think so. I can't imagine not loving it. That's absolutely honest - and perhaps the way a lot of you feel. Sure, I've been dying for this pretty much since the moment I could read. I've been dreaming of this forever. But man, you've all seen me walk into films that I was dying to see, wanting to love... only to be like, "what the hell was that!" and turn into some evil dark version of Harry that didn't like this film. And that's a world I don't want to think about. It's scary and those unicorns shit shit and not rainbows and that's not the world I want. Luckily we don't live in that world. Because in that world the Mayans' glowing skin alien won't be arriving on December 17th thus signalling the end of time a few days later. (HISTORY CHANNEL is so not).
Well, I see it Monday. Until then, I'm watching stuff like this... unless I'm at BNAT, where I'll be watching exactly what I want - and my tastes go way back. Gonna be fun. OH YEAH, and check this out - it's a 13+ minute featurette on the making of THE HOBBIT... It's pretty excellent.