Movie Roundup

The first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has hit a trailer website near you. When the music starts and you get shots of Ian Holm as Bilbo, you'll think, "crap, another one of those crummy teasers with footage from the first film and large gold letters demanding that we look forward to the next movie." But no, it's the real deal and I'm glad of it. Unfortunately, we won't be watching the movie itself until December 2012. A bit of a gap to be already tantalizing us movie trailers, hmm?

I'm already hooked, I'll be honest. When the dwarves start to sing I got chills. As many of my friends have pointed out over the years I'm a bit of a dwarf myself and they've always been my favorites anyway, so seeing Thorin and the rest got me downright giddy.

Wifey and I saw Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in the theater last weekend. As with the first, it was a mix of genuine Doyle and modern film making that I think really worked. Guy Richie was a perfect choice for the director both times, and I think a lot of other modern directors, even good ones, could have completely flopped it. I had my complaints, primary of which was Rachel McAdams' marginalized role. I liked her a lot as a foil for RDJ.

Speaking of RDJ, I finally got around to watching Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. It's been on my list of movies to watch for a very long time but it just never came to Netflix streaming, so I finally broke down and ordered the DVD. It had a very dark humor, an odd storytelling method, and made me wish that Val Kilmer did more stuff.