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Brand new looks at The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, The Monuments Men, and American Hustle

Aug. 7, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Are you ready for the classy awards contenders to start hitting theaters? I know I am. After months of disappointing summer movies we are getting a whole bunch of looks at trailers and images from the films that may be vying for all sorts of trophies come next year. First up is a new look at Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom in Elvish character from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG.

Not much new in this image from what we have come to expect from Peter Jackson, but it is nice every time we get a moment free of CGI. My only complaint about AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY was the massive amount of the scenes that looked computer generated. What made THE LORD OF THE RINGS so excellent was the realistic and practical approach Jackson took to making the film.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG opens December 13, 2013.

Next up is another photo from AMERICAN HUSTLE. The recent trailer for the David O. Russell flick surprised everyone by looking way better than we expected. Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Christian Bale all look unrecognizable in their funny hair and suits, but it was how unbelievably hot Amy Adams that blew me away. I always though she was cute, but holy shit if she doesn't look amazing in AMERICAN HUSTLE.

I just hope that AMERICAN HUSTLE doesn't get bogged down in trying to be too period appropriate. The trailer, like Martin Scorsese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, looks almost on the verge of parody. If that line can be walked while maintaining a dramatic edge, AMERICAN HUSTLE is going to be awesome.

AMERICAN HUSTLE opens December 25, 2013

Lastly we have a new look at George Clooney's THE MONUMENTS MEN complete with a brand new synopsis.

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, THE MONUMENTS MEN is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankinds greatest achievements.

I love everything Clooney has done as a director and sincerely hope he finally gets that Oscar this time around. Nothing beats a good war movie and nothing beats a good heist movie. I doubt anything will compete with a war heist movie.

THE MONUMENTS MEN opens December 18, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: December may be my new favorite movie month.

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8:28PM on 08/07/2013
Absolutely one of the complaints I had with the first Hobbit movie was the ridiculous over-reliance on, not just CGI, but really bad CGI. Compared with the LOTR trilogy, it looks like a low budget video game. Peter Jackson got lazy, which is why we got such a lackluster, bloated, boring mess. Sad to say, the beautiful Evangeline Lilly is one of the few reasons I'll be checking out the next two Hobbit movies, along with the brilliant acting of Martin Freeman.
Absolutely one of the complaints I had with the first Hobbit movie was the ridiculous over-reliance on, not just CGI, but really bad CGI. Compared with the LOTR trilogy, it looks like a low budget video game. Peter Jackson got lazy, which is why we got such a lackluster, bloated, boring mess. Sad to say, the beautiful Evangeline Lilly is one of the few reasons I'll be checking out the next two Hobbit movies, along with the brilliant acting of Martin Freeman.
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10:54PM on 08/07/2013
A lackluster, bloated, boring mess with really bad CGI is exactly the way I describe the LotR trilogy. You need to get your eyes checked.
A lackluster, bloated, boring mess with really bad CGI is exactly the way I describe the LotR trilogy. You need to get your eyes checked.
11:16PM on 08/07/2013
Well you're really in the minority on that one, buddy. While the Hobbit had plenty of criticism by both fans and critics, LOTR won boatloads of technical, story-related, and acting awards, plus those movies were pretty universally loved by critics. And obviously they have a pretty substantial fanbase too. If you really think the LOTR is just as bad or even worse-looking than the videogame graphics of the Hobbit, well I'm not the one who should get an eye exam sometime soon. Maybe the LOTR
Well you're really in the minority on that one, buddy. While the Hobbit had plenty of criticism by both fans and critics, LOTR won boatloads of technical, story-related, and acting awards, plus those movies were pretty universally loved by critics. And obviously they have a pretty substantial fanbase too. If you really think the LOTR is just as bad or even worse-looking than the videogame graphics of the Hobbit, well I'm not the one who should get an eye exam sometime soon. Maybe the LOTR movies just aren't for you, but don't try passing off your minority opinions as fact.
3:00AM on 08/08/2013
Majority opinion does not render something as fact either. People thought the Earth was flat, but it wasn't true. I have enjoyed lengthy, narrative-heavy movies like The Godfather, Once Upon a Time in America, Watchmen, and Ran (japanese movie). The narratives of the LotR movies are poorly executed. I know narrative, and I know how to appreciate it. The LotR movies do it poorly. The Hobbit does not. Also, the CG in The Hobbit is several notches above the CG from the LotR movies. I have had
Majority opinion does not render something as fact either. People thought the Earth was flat, but it wasn't true. I have enjoyed lengthy, narrative-heavy movies like The Godfather, Once Upon a Time in America, Watchmen, and Ran (japanese movie). The narratives of the LotR movies are poorly executed. I know narrative, and I know how to appreciate it. The LotR movies do it poorly. The Hobbit does not. Also, the CG in The Hobbit is several notches above the CG from the LotR movies. I have had 20/20 vision my whole life, and closely scrutinize the effects of every movie I watch (because I love that stuff). I am not a casual viewer by any means.
1:00PM on 08/08/2013
True, but that's why I backed up my majority opinion with actual facts, instead of just proclaiming my opinion and then looking down on other people with snarky comments like "get your eyes checked". Again, your opinion isn't fact. You don't have to convince me that you like all these cinematic masterpieces in order to justify liking the Hobbit more than LOTR, that just comes across as smug and pretentious. You can like those movies all you want, that doesn't mean the Hobbit is anywhere near on
True, but that's why I backed up my majority opinion with actual facts, instead of just proclaiming my opinion and then looking down on other people with snarky comments like "get your eyes checked". Again, your opinion isn't fact. You don't have to convince me that you like all these cinematic masterpieces in order to justify liking the Hobbit more than LOTR, that just comes across as smug and pretentious. You can like those movies all you want, that doesn't mean the Hobbit is anywhere near on the same level as them. The fact that you seem to be comparing the narrative in the Hobbit to the Godfather really casts doubt on your little credentials there. The Hobbit's so-called narrative is riddled with pacing issues, plot holes, and non-existent characacter arcs. The CGI looks extremely bad, and while I respect your opinion, I don't see how you can compare that to the prosthetics-heavy, practical effects, and groundbreaking CGI of the LOTR. You realize we wouldn't even have a lot of the CGI effects in movies today if it weren't for LOTR, right? For whatever reason you have an axe to grind with LOTR, and that's perfectly fine. But just know that your opinion isn't shared by many people at all. You may be the world's greatest movie critic, but that still doesn't change your opinion into fact. So drop your smug attitude, try to be a little more understanding of other people, and you might not come across as pretentious as you sound
8:05PM on 08/07/2013
Excited for all three. Especially American Hustle.
Excited for all three. Especially American Hustle.
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7:20PM on 08/07/2013
All 3 movies look great. John Goodman will be 3 for 3 if Monuments Men wins best picture (after the Artist and Argo).
Also, the marketing on the second Hobbit seems to focus on a lot of Legolas. I thought his role would be more of a cameo, but maybe I'm wrong.
All 3 movies look great. John Goodman will be 3 for 3 if Monuments Men wins best picture (after the Artist and Argo).
Also, the marketing on the second Hobbit seems to focus on a lot of Legolas. I thought his role would be more of a cameo, but maybe I'm wrong.
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3:58AM on 08/08/2013
If not Monuments Men, then Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest Coen Brothers film, could be his third consecutive Best Picture film. It has already received high marks from critics and Cannes.
If not Monuments Men, then Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest Coen Brothers film, could be his third consecutive Best Picture film. It has already received high marks from critics and Cannes.
7:11PM on 08/07/2013
I wonder if The Monuments Men could be better than that Simpsons episode... Hey fun boys! Get a room!
I wonder if The Monuments Men could be better than that Simpsons episode... Hey fun boys! Get a room!
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6:31PM on 08/07/2013
I agree with the hobbit statement - the practical make-up effects in LOTR were great and the CGI just isn't the same for me.
I agree with the hobbit statement - the practical make-up effects in LOTR were great and the CGI just isn't the same for me.
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