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Present and Coming Attractions!
Over at TheOneRing.Net, I'm a guest writer. You don't want to know how many hours I put into this piece (and its sequels), but I'm very proud of the result. Thanks to TORn for running it!

In the meantime, this space should feature, in mid-January, an epic "2011: The Film Year in Review." Yes, 2011, because it takes a full year to catch up to the previous year's obscure movies as they come out on DVD. Last night, for instance, I watched a very satisfying Bollywood road trip epic, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which ranked #171 at the U.S. box office (my original assertion that it was never released in the US is a function of BoxOfficeMojo's broken search function) and didn't crack the top 235 in Crirtic's Top 10 list mentions. I've tentatively ranked it as my 41st favorite movie of the year--out of 111 that I've seen so far.

The full recap will rank 128 movies, from least good to best, with full information such as Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and IMDB and Netflix user ratings ... and a pithy spoiler-free review of each.

Oh, yes, and the long-delayed Part IX of the Attention-Switching Model post. And hopefully, much else.
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Looking forward to seeing more writing from you here....

I am really looking forward to Part 4 of your Imagining the Hobbit series. I hope you liked the film and see its amazing potential to play out in 3 films. I am eager to see a restructured breakdown of how you think the narrative will work after seeing the first film. I'd be really interested in your thoughts on the Seth Abramson articles on Huff Post, Dislike Peter Jackson's The Hobbit? Then You Don't Know Tolkien and Why Tolkien Would Be Proud: Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Is a Better Book Adaptation (and Film) Than Any of the Lord of the Rings Films.

I liked the film very much, but I have major trepidations about the next two, since I think they dropped the ball on both the Dwarf / Orc War background (including Azog) and the integration of the Necromancer into the storyline. (The adaptation of the Hobbit proper was nearly up to the standards of LOTR). I have a lot of confidence that they'll do a good or even great job fleshing out Bard as a character, but major trepidations about their need to invent the entire attack on Dol Guldur from scratch, and I'm baffled that they already gave us a nearly complete and very simplified version of Appendix A, On Durin's Folk.

Thanks for pointing out the Abramson pieces; I'll have to take a look at them!

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