It has been a super exciting week for the Little Fighter team (Mike and me).
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Well, it’s been pretty quiet on the blog front for us. We’ve had our heads down/tails up working away on Small Blacks TV for the past few months, while tinkering away at a few of our own projects quietly in the background. Now Small Blacks is over halfway through the season (well, technically episode 13 goes to air this weekend, but we’re more than halfway done), we’ll have a bit more time to focus on other projects.
We had a lot of time this evening to ponder what makes a good movie. 110 minutes in fact. The entire duration of Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch.
- a samurai fight film,
- a steam-punk WWI film,
- a fantasy dragon slayer film and
- a futuristic spy-thriller splosion fest.
In the 90’s New Zealand made about three films of international significance. Only three films made any kind of waves internationally, and then only really at film festivals. They were good films, all made by talented directors; two of these directors (Jane Campion and Lee Tamahori) now ply their trade overseas. One, Sir Peter Jackson, chose to stay in New Zealand. He chose to build a film industry here, rather than take the easy option and move himself to one of the existing hubs. This was a gamble he made to reward those people who supported him on his early ventures. And from what we’ve heard he has always been loyal and generous to the industry – and it’s people – who have helped him build up, what is now known as ‘Wellywood’.
On the off chance that the crazy ramblings of fans out here on the ether has any actual impact on casting decisions down the road (and around the corner, across the airport and over a small hill), I thought I’d express my – and Mike’s – views on The Hobbit casting.
The decision has most likely been made, but until an announcement is made and at least a third of the film is shot, I think it could still be open to influence (note Mark Wahlberg replaced Ryan Gosling just before shooting commenced on The Lovely Bones).
So who should play the all-important eponymous character of The Hobbit? In my humble opinion, none other than British actor, Martin Freeman.
Rather than ramble at length (which I am prone to do), I shall list all the reasons why it must be Martin Freeman and couldn’t possibly be anyone else (that I know of anyway…)
1. Bilbo Baggins is Very English. You could almost imagine him as a stuffy professor sitting across the pub (The Eagle and Child, in Oxford?) from Tolkien as the first little seeds of Middle Earth germinated in his mind. Martin Freeman is also Very English, having starred in some of the best and Most-English comedy and drama to come from those fair Isles in the past decade (The Office, Love Actually, Hitchhikers’ Guide).
2. Bilbo Baggins is approaching middle age. 50 or 51 according to the ever-relaible Wikipedia (and confirmed by my hazy memory). Now Hobbits don’t age quite as quickly as humans, so 50’s in a hobbit would look like 40’s in a human. Martin Freeman is a rather weathered looking 38, and could certainly pass for Hobbit middle age.
3. He has an uncanny resemblance to Ian Holm, which simply can’t be ignored. If The Hobbit and LOTR’s are to hold their place in many fans hearts as enduring classics, then they must also flow together and fit. Already Ian McKellan has signed on to reprise his role as Gandalf. Ian Holm is too old, so his successor must at least have some likeness. See here:
4.Martin Freeman does flustered like a Hobbit. (Skip to 4’12” if you don’t wish to be charmed and outsmarted by singing dolphins.) Replace his townhouse with a hobbit hole; Stephen Fry’s voice with Ian McKellan’s and a gaggle of bulldozers with a swarm of dwarves and you’re already watching the opening scenes to The Hobbit.
Well, it’s been a while since Mike or I have posted any film reviews or even film related news. But there has been plenty of news, and we’ve seen a few films – not even close to enough, but some.
Drama is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island
Looks bloody scary.
Mike and I have a theory about Coen Brothers films – only the even ones are very good. The others aren’t bad – they just tend to be a bit weird. I’ve never really tested this theory, but let’s give it a go.
- A Serious Man (2009) (written by)
- Burn After Reading (2008) (written by)
- No Country for Old Men (2007) (screenplay)
- The Ladykillers (2004) (screenplay)
- Intolerable Cruelty (2003) (screenplay)
- The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) (written by)
- O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) (written by)
- The Big Lebowski (1998) (written by)
- Fargo (1996) (written by)
- The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) (written by)
- Barton Fink (1991) (written by)
- Miller’s Crossing (1990) (written by)
- Raising Arizona (1987) (written by)
- Crimewave (1985) (written by)
- Blood Simple. (1984) (written by)
So it’s been 10 years since The Matrix came out. I can’t really believe that… I still remember seeing it for the first time (yay my memory lasts at least 10 years!) and being completely blown away by it. I still am… even if they did steal the idea from a drunken conversation I had with friends 5 years earlier…