Category: Movies and TV

Have the courage to fail big and stick around

Elizabethtown is one of those films that showed promise but didn’t do well amongst mass audiences. Maybe one has to go through some real issues in one’s life to really appreciate the message behind the film. For others, may be it is enough to be a fan of Orland Bloom, who is reprising his role as Legolas in the next installment of The Hobbit.

Following the arch of its more successful predecessors, Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, this is the story of Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) who gets sacked for costing his company nearly a billion dollars on a terrible shoe design. To make matters worse, his father dies while on a visit to Georgia, and he has to make funeral arrangements that conflict with what his extended family prefers. On the flight to the south, he meets bubbly attendant, Claire (Kirsten Dunst), who has relationship issues of her own, but remains on the brighter side of things. She falls for him, he is too focused on his troubles to care.

What follows captures the idea of a supportive partner, the courage to break the rules, and the are we/are we not a couple conundrum.


Back in the day, Orlando Bloom was one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood, following his portrayal of Legolas, possibly the most gorgeous elf that strutted in Middle Earth and slayed hundreds of orcs with a flick of his bow and arrow. His fame was then confirmed with the popularity of Pirates of the Caribbean, although he was outshined by Johnny Depp and even Keira Knightly, both of whom were eventually nominated for Oscars in succeeding roles.


Elizabethtown didn’t do well in the box office, but if you can see past the less than stellar chemistry between the two leads; or Paula Deen’s appearance as Drew’s aunt; or holes in the plot line, you just might end up feeling good about this film, which after all is about love, courage, and redemption.

Side note: In the real world, how a shoe model that has no way of getting sold goes to mass market is unthinkable; more so is the idea of blaming everything on the shoe designer and not on someone higher up the pecking order.

Can we skip to December NOW???

Peter Jackson and friends has just released the trailer second installment of The Hobbit, and fanboys and fangirls everywhere rejoice at the sight of elves.

There’s much in the trailer that is not in the book. For example: the dwarves were sealed in tightly in their own barrels and were not exactly pursued by orcs as they floated down the river. What’s the lady elf doing in there? 
I remember Legolas making an appearance in Silmarillon, but not in The Hobbit.
And oh yes… Legolas is back!
Thranduil’s eyebrows are epic. I loved Lee Pace in Pushing Daisies, and I wish that series had survived longer than its meager two seasons.
Evelyn Lilly as an elf makes an appearance. Girl power, yes, but we need more background on her character. She must have figured in some supporting books on Tolkien universe.
What’s the deal with Bard the Bowman’s (Luke Evans) kinda mullet?
Richard Armitage, a.k.a., Thorin. ‘Nuff said.

On why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle got the modern woman right and we haven’t

Source: The Guardian

Even the King, who has every reason to fear her, has complete faith in her decent nature once she’s promised to him that she won’t interfere with his life. This is what launches Doyle’s story well ahead of its time. Much is made of Adler outwitting Holmes, and that’s fair enough. What’s more impressive is Doyle showing that unconventional habits, self-determination, and a history of impressive romantic conquests — Doyle makes a point of mentioning that Irene Adler enchants just about every man in sight — are just that. They do not imply low character, criminal tendencies, or inferior intellect. They aren’t the tools of a gold digger or an opportunistic seductress who’s waiting to unleash her apparently lethal sexuality on the hero. A clever, unconventional, take-charge, and seductive woman is, unreservedly, a good thing.

Why can’t recent Sherlock Holmes adaptation get Irene Adler right?

I’ve seen ‘The Hobbit’ thrice and it’s still awesome

The Hobbit movie poster, dwarves

 I don’t think I could get enough of The Hobbit, of Bilbo and company, or of Thorin, the hot dwarf. I’m still gathering my thoughts on the film and the viewing experiences, but so far:

  • This is not a film for kids, and thank God for that!
  • This film is meant to be seen on the big screen…the biggest one can find in town. In 3D.
  • I’m liking it better than Fellowship of the Ring, which I have now found to be a bit too saccharine after having seen it a dozen times. The Frodo-Sam bromance is just too much.
  • While we may never know how Guillermo Del Toro would have treated the film, I’m glad that Peter Jackson still took over and retained the look and feel of the original trilogy. 
The Hobbit, Dwarves, Fili, Ori, Oin, Bilbo
  • In Middle Earth, each species/race embodies a certain socio-economic or educational level and temperament from the human world. 
  • Thorin is the new Aragorn, but I’m glad that his part in the story doesn’t have a love story arc.
The Hobbit - Dwarves looking at Thorin
  • Kili is designed to be the dwarf version of Legolas…but I guess girls always prefer blondes with no facial hair. 
  • That awesome moment when Thorin and company sing the Misty Mountain song.
  • Thorin Oakenshield. Richard Armitage is brilliant, not to mention hot, as the exiled dwarven king.
The Hobbit - Thorin Oakenshield, Richard Armitage
  • Read the book and be glad that the filmmakers were faithful to the source material.  
  • I had nearly thought the film was about Thorin until Bilbo showed bravery against the wargs. 

The Hobbit - Meeting the elves

Discovering ‘The Vicar Of Dibley’

I should have discovered this sitcom a long time ago, and not just when Richard Armitage has finally made it big amongst international audiences via The Hobbit.

Dawn French is brilliant in this British sitcom as the woman vicar in a sleepy English village called Dibley, and I don’t think that in the hands of another comedienne the character would have fared better nor just as well, for that matter.

If you have about an hour to spare, it had better be spent watching this video. It’s worth it, especially if you are of the persuasion that the Bridget Joneses of this world have a fair chance at snagging that elusive Mr. Darcy.

And for the so-called irony challenged: