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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Blogs

Or thereabouts. A very serious sounding business, isn’t it? Well, we have fewer enemies and more allies than Peter Jackson’s crowd. We also have fewer extras and less CGI–though some of us may CGI a little for dates on the … Continue reading

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Chance, Providence, and a Third Option: A Walter Mitty Reflection

It was my son’s night to pick our family film, and of all the superhero, gang-busting, technicolour films he could have chosen, he picked The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Granted, Ben Stiller is on our nine-year-old’s radar as a … Continue reading

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On Trusting Your Audience: My Thoughts on “The Giver” on Film

Lois Lowry’s The Giver was so transformational for me that it sits so far back in memory I can no longer remember when I first encountered it. It was, I think, the first dystopia I understood. Its post-apocalyptic calm is … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Spidey Sense (#WritingWednesdays)

This blog is part of a series of Wednesday posts on Writing Resources. See next Wednesday for the value of False Starts in Writing. In our beat-you-over-the-head technotronic age, CGI is going to be a big feature in any superhero … Continue reading

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Not All Adventures Begin Well: My Review of Peter Jackson’s Adaptation of The Hobbit

Not all adventures begin well. Certainly, as we have it in Tolkien’s The Hobbit, a hapless Bilbo Baggins all but stumbles into his first adventure, racing off toward the Lonely Mountain without his handkerchief or his pocketbook. Practically naked without … Continue reading

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