The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

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The trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug promised me a dragon. Not only a dragon, a giant lizard with the silvery pipes of Benedict Cumberbatch. I was super excited. An Unexpected Journey left me underwhelmed, but a dragon! Awesome, right? Of course, in typical Peter Jackson fashion I was forced to wait well over an hour before the dragon even shows up. Continue reading

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

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My mom owns The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, and I once tried reading the tale of Bilbo Baggins when I was 11 or 12. I abandoned the book about two pages in. My mom later confessed that the only reason she owned the books was because a guy she had a crush on in high school was into them. Continue reading

Home Alone (1990)

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OK, so even I saw this movie as a kid. I might not be as well versed in Home Alone as most of my friends, but I saw it roughly when it was released. I take some pride in that, given how many kids’ classics I haven’t seen or am just now seeing for the first time. Then again, this is such a silly movie… maybe I should be embarrassed about that. Continue reading

The Hunger Games (2012)

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I love this movie so much. I know that’s a weird thing to say about a film revolving around children forced to fight to the death, but this is a great adaptation of the book, which I also love. A lot of the credit for this film’s success goes to the wonderful cast of young actors, lead by current it girl Jennifer Lawrence, but it also helps that the book’s author helped adapt the screenplay. Continue reading