Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Silmarillian.

The Silmarilian
By Jrr Tolkien 

I love lord of the rings, that being said, the Silmarilian is dry and hard to read. Published after Tolkien died and before he finished the book. 

The Silmarilian is the complete story of middle earth, from it's foundations to it's end. 

It does explain all about Sauron and how he became so powerful, also about Gandalf and all the other wizards. Where the elves come from. More about hobbits, orcs and rings. 

The Silmarilian itself would be better served as a reference guide to the published series instead of the stand alone book people want it to be. 

There is a overwhelming urge for people to declare everything that Tolkien touched a masterpiece. When in actuality a lot of it is hard to read and unfinished. His published works is great and definitely a masterpiece. 

If you can find a copy of the first print of the Hobbit it has a lot of differences. Tolkien rewrote parts of the book to fit into Lord of the Rings for the 2nd printing. For example, when Bilbo gets the ring, Golem agrees he was bested a wishes Bilbo a safe journey.

4 out of 10

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Shrek forever after.

Shrek Forever after.
DVD and BLU-Ray,

It’s been a long time since Shrek first came on the scene.  Computer animation has changed a lot; it makes me wish they would remake the original with the new tech.

Shrek longs for a simpler life without all his responsibilities and his swamp back to its original state. The plot of every Shrek movie by the way. Making a deal with Rumplestiltskin, he ends up never being born alter the world and everyone else for the worse.

The fat alternate reality Puss is one of the funniest parts of the movie.

Eddie Murphy’s voice acting sounded very unconvincing.

Cameron Diaz seems to have just phoned it in.

Mike Myers seems to have better luck with his voice then he does with his physical acting.

The story wasn’t so great and seemed like just random filler.

This is supposed to be the final Shrek movie. But they all have been worth a few laughs and made a ton of money so we will just have to see. I doubt it will be the last.

6 out of 10

Friday, March 4, 2011

Star Wars: X-Wing: Wraith Squadron.

Star Wars: X-Wing: Wraith Squadron. 
By Aaron Allston. 

(Previously published on

Wraith squadron is one of the worst Star Wars books in the series. Allston is one of the least original authors currently writing books. It is a shame he is still writing star wars books.

A good author tries to continue a series, adding to the overall narrative. Allston tries to rework the series to be his own. 

A lot of his characters and stories are flimsy reworkings of characters from tv shows or movies. A particularly obvious example that I like is his latest books and the almost scenario to scenario similarities to Doctor Who episodes.

I still read his books but I consider them at the same level as good fan fiction and not part of the official Star Wars cannon.

This author is what killed my obsession with Star Wars years ago. I used to buy anything and everything Star Wars. I had a collection of over 45 thousand pieces. Now I maybe have 100 pieces left, and no longer buy things.

1 out of 10

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Toy Story 3.

Toy Story 3. 
DVD and Blu Ray

Let me start off by saying always read the fine print. Commercials and the movie box advertise that Toy Story 3 is the 1# animated movie of all time. That's all well and good, but it isn't. 

If you read the fine print in the commercial or on the sticker it reads " according to". 

This kind of advertising trickery really makes me mad because it wasn't even the best of the trilogy let alone the 1# money maker. Most people read this and assume it's true. 

But on to the movie. 

This is actually the second Toy Story 3. Disney decided to make 3 without Pixar who didn't want to do it. The story involved the Buzz Lightyear toys being recalled and sent back to the factory in Mexico and the group of toys go on an adventure to rescue him. 

I know voice recording was done. But I am not sure how much animation was made. 

Toy Story 3 was a good movie, but not the best. Tim Allen's voice sounds a little aged. The story seemed a little bit forced, being that its animation you can keep Andy young forever. So why make him grow up. It had some minor problems but worth watching. 

Little known fact: In high school I was offered college and a job at Pixar. I turned it down, thinking that computer animation was just a fad. 

6 out of 10