On Monday night, Middle-Earth fans across the country were treated to their best glimpse yet of forthcoming dragon-laden caper The Desolation of Smaug. Sarah Deen, our Hobbit in the field, was there – and here’s what she found out about Bilbo’s next adventure.
Pint-sized thespian Elijah Wood has gone all serial killer in his latest film Maniac, but there’s so much more to this blue-eyed boy. A deep love of music, for example; or the fact that he’s not bad at tickling the old ivories. DID YOU KNOW THESE THINGS? If not, browse through our Cheat Sheet and get to know the man behind Baggins a bit better.
What with Oz The Great And Powerful and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone out in cinemas, it seems as if the world has gone a little mad for magicians, wizards and all those skilled in the art of prestidigitation. So, to celebrate in true Best For Film style, we’ve decided to pay tribute to the best of a magical bunch in a bid to find the ultimate magician of them all…
This is the final part of a trilogy of equally amazing films, but because it is the culmination of a series of dark and dangerous events is PRECISELY why it is so brilliant. When films have a satisfying payoff full of delicious goodness, a climax that rewards you for taking the time to watch it; it’s like eating your favourite dinner then sitting back and revelling in that ‘just full enough’ feeling. There are few films that do this better than Return of the King.
“It can be a lot of fun, but it’s not a game.” Twenty-first century sage Jim’s Dad speaks for us all; but is he talking about the time-honoured traditions of self-abuse, or the oeuvre of JRR Tolkien as projected through the slightly smeary lens of Peter Jackson? Our newest writer Will Donovan is risking the wrath of ten million Bilbo fanboys as he explains why our latest trip into Middle-Earth has more than a little in common with that time your mum caught you balls-deep in a microwaved watermelon.