"A perfectly silly, genius idea" -- David Letterman

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Martin Freeman

A couple highlights from the nearly three hour film epic, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Past Some Pipes and Barricades and Stuff." 

 Halfway through the first hour.

A climactic moment at the two hour 40 minute mark.

Director Peter Jackson has once again conjured an amazing viewing experience!  Look how realistic those CGI "paparazzi" creatures are!  And the eerie, otherworldly setting of Midtown Earth… so richly imagined, so masterfully executed.  A true visual feast!

Yes, okay, fine.  Now, as part of the ongoing Anne Hathaway Year-End Bonus Photo Event, here's your


Not bad for a picture that doesn't have any pipes or barricades.


  1. "Not bad for a picture that doesn't have any pipes..."

    Apparently you haven't heard Anne sing.

    1. You're right, I haven't.

      And doesn't Les Miserables involve barricades?

      It's all so close to being meaningfully ironic!

  2. Verily what a knave is Mr. Freeman, for failing to lay his jacket atop the water over which his lady accompaniment is having to cross.

    1. Yeah, I loved how they talked on the British version of "The Office."

  3. The Toast in the MachineDecember 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Steve, have you ever read the classic satire "Bored of the Rings," written by the National Lampoon geniuses Doug Kenny (May he rest in peace) and Henry Beard?

    1. I've seen it, but haven't read it. Never read the originals, so I wasn't particularly motivated. It was actually done pre-National Lampoon for the Harvard Lampoon, my original comedic stomping ground.

      The Harvard Lampoon has done many other parodies over the years, including a USA Today parody in '86 which I worked on, and most recently a Hunger Games parody which has done very well. My 14 year old daughter even got it.

    2. The Toast in the MachineDecember 20, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      I read all of that Tolkien crap when I was in high school. It was sort of "required reading" for us hippie kids. But just between us, I detest all things Hobbit-related, which is why the parody is so great and well worth the read...