Some kind soul out there took a knife to Peter Jackson’s 8 hour film adaption of a 250 page children’s book and slashed half of the running time.
Let me start by saying that I enjoy many aspects of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Overall, however, I felt that the story was spoiled by an interminable running time, unengaging plot tangents and constant narrative filibustering. What especially saddened me was how Bilbo (the supposed protagonist of the story) was rendered absent for large portions of the final two films. Back in 2012, I had high hopes of adding The Hobbit to my annual Lord of the Rings marathon, but in its current bloated format, I simply cannot see that happening.
So, over the weekend, I decided to condense all three installments (An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies) into a single 4-hour feature that more closely resembled Tolkien’s original novel. Well, okay, it’s closer to 4.5 hours, but those are some long-ass credits! This new version was achieved through a series of major and minor cuts, detailed below:
I watched the first two films but threw in the towel after that barrel scene. This might be worth taking a look at though.
This has to be the geekiest dinner party ever. And I am jealous that I wasn’t invited. Everything from Coney stew to Lembas bread and honeycakes.
A silly man makes a silly claim:
Former Fox News host Mike Huckabee said on Thursday that if he was elected president then he would have “God’s blessing” to fight a so-called “secular theocracy” that had been imposed by atheists.
During an appearance on the Christian Life Today program, Huckabee told televangelist James Robinson that he was considering a 2016 presidential bid because the country needed to become a “God-centered nation that understands that our laws do not come from man, they come from God.”
“It’s the natural law of God,” the former Arkansas governor said, adding that he was not calling for a theocracy.
I’m going to let Ingersoll answer Huckabee on this one:
For many years priests have attempted to give to our Government a religious form. Zealots have succeeded in putting the legend upon our money: “In God We Trust;” and we have chaplains in the army and navy, and legislative proceedings are usually opened with prayer. All this is contrary to the genius of the Republic, contrary to the Declaration of Independence, and contrary really to the Constitution of the United States. We have taken the ground that the people can govern themselves without the assistance of any supernatural power. We have taken the position that the people are the real and only rightful source of authority. We have solemnly declared that the people must determine what is politically right and what is wrong, and that their legally expressed will is the supreme law. This leaves no room for national superstition — no room for patriotic gods or supernatural beings — and this does away with the necessity for political prayers.
If you only read one egg company letter today make it this one.
I posted to a rug that a sheriff’s department bought that had a misprint in it (Well, they considered it a misprint, I prefer trusting dogs over imaginary beings). They ended up auctioning it off and donating the profit to a local animal rescue.
He decided to auction off the unique item — the “doggone rug,” as he called it — and donate the proceeds to a local rescue.
“The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will not sweep anything under the rug,” the department said when it put up the item.
Jane Sidwell is the founder of Canine Estates Inc. She figured her shelter would net a few hundred bucks from the sale.
“I knew that the sheriff’s office paid $500 for it,” she told CNN affiliate Bay News 9 . “So I thought well, that’s great. We’ll get $500. But we had no idea it would escalate into what it has.”
Eighty three bids later, the rug was sold — for a whopping $9,650!
The money will go mainly toward vet bills, Sidwell said. Last year, the shelter adopted out 186 dogs.