Having spent what seems like an inordinate amount of time travelling through Middle Earth to reach Lonely Mountain, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), a Hobbit, and his Dwarf companions, commence fortifying its cavernous interior, under the directions of Thorin (Richard Armitage), as a number of armies advance towards them.
Fans of Tolkien’s book will no doubt enjoy seeing the film adaptation of the story come together, but for those with a more casual interest, there’s really not all that much to focus on. Indeed, there’s spectacle and splendor aplenty, but as with the previous two titles, so little substance. One, rather than three films, would have been the idea.
This title card from Alien is an example – possibly the Ur Example – of a popular sci-fi trope, the Foreshadowing Inventory. Seven crew, you say? Hmm. Seven. Let’s hope nothing disastrous happens to them, one by one. And their course is set for a return to Earth, eh? Well, I’m sure that’s the likely outcome for this particular story.
Paddington, as directed by Paul King, opens in Australian cinemas on Thursday. For those who came in late, Paddington is a teddy-bear like bear, who travels from Peru to the United Kingdom, where he is taken in by a boy who finds him at London’s Paddington railway station.
There’s one problem however, the world wandering bear is an illegal immigrant, at least in the UK. Hmm. I don’t recall that ever being a problem in the “Paddington” books I used to read, but then again that was some considerable time ago now. So what’s an orphaned young bear to do?
There are some obvious obstacles to Paddington’s reliance on the Human Rights Act 1998. Let us for the sake of argument extend its application to bears, though. Paddington quickly settles into the Brown family, who open their hearts and love him as one of their own. With his Aunt Lucy unable to care for him any longer, they are his only family. You might think, therefore, that the right to private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on, er, Human Rights would help him.
While some are questioning the science of Interstellar, US film director Christopher Nolan’s latest feature, I was wondering – and be aware, spoilers ensue – if the name really suited a story that spans galaxies rather than stars.
Long story short, without giving away too much in the way of spoilers I hope, stop reading now if that might be a problem though, Christopher Nolan’s last film Interstellar tells the story of a group of astronauts who set off from Earth, to find out how three earlier missions to three seemingly Earth like planets, went.
Their travels take them to the world that a colleague, Dr Mann, played by Matt Damon, was sent to. In the film, Mann’s experiences on this planet after he arrived there are really only hinted at. Working with Nolan himself, US comic book artist Sean Gordon Murphy now tells the story.
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