The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Review)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a 2012 fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the first of a three-part film adaptation of the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, to be followed by The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, due for theatrical release in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The film premiered in New Zealand on 28 November 2012 and was released internationally on 13 December 2012, where it has since received mixed to positive critical reaction.

I saw this movie with my wife at the local Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock, TX. I will preface this review to state that I have read the novel (a bit it was a good while ago) as well as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I went into this movie expecting it to be a more light hearted movie than the LotR movies because at its heart, The Hobbit was written as a children’s book. Sure it has some more adult moments and themes, but at its core, it is a standard hero’s journey of an unassuming main character. Did I get what I was looking for? Scroll down to find out.

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Superman Returns, Again

Man of Steel is an upcoming American superhero film (June 14, 2013) directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Nolan and scripted by David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Superman, the film will be a reboot of the Superman film series, portraying the character’s origin story. The film stars Henry Cavill in the title role, with Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon as General Zod.

The official trailer is being shown ahead of The Hobbit (to be released 12/14/2012), though a full trailer was released through Apple’s Movie Trailer site early. If you are a fan of comic book movies, you have probably known that this movie was coming down the pipeline and this is our first decent glimpse at this movie (though it is really light on content so no real spoilers so far).

Before I go into my thoughts of the trailer, let me first state that in my heiracrchy of favorite comic book characters, Superman ranks pretty darn high for being virtually an unstoppable force of superpowers (I mean really, did they have to give him nearly all of the cool powers like lasers, super strength, invulnerability, flight, and xray vision?). Unlike most superheroes, the stories of Superman are not about how he has to use every ounce of his power to defeat someone better than him. There are virtually no villians even close to Superman’s power level. Instead, most Superman stories typically are about the heart and soul of a man who strives to protect a race of people not his own and asks for nothing in return. He is the a symbol of what humans should strive to be.

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Starrunner-class Starship

So I do some side work with the folks over at the Star Wars Artist Guild (Lal-Khan is my name over there) doing free artwork for people that is Star Wars related. Usually these are gamers that are looking for original artwork for their favorite characters. I find it satisfying to help this people in need and also use it as a way to drive myself to practice more on my artwork. In this case, a request came in for a starship called a Starrunner-class. This ship is very rare and mentioned in only one Extended Universe place. In addition, there is only one picture of this ship out there of any decent quality. I decided to pick up the request and give it a try.

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