Friday Flicks: Peter Jackson, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey and Gollum Return for ‘The Hobbit’


The Hobbit

A cursory look at the other new releases of the week will probably reveal a batch of films you’ve never heard of nor have any intention of seeing. The movie studios may be many things, but they’re not stupid — and they know not to go up against an utter behemoth on opening weekend, which Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey most certainly is.

Expectations are high among Hobbit fans, but with the final part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy cleaning up at the Oscars, moviegoers and critics alike are hoping that Jackson can once again become Lord of the Ring. The movie – the first in another trilogy – was shot in 3D and, far more radically, at 48 frames per second (since 1927, the standard frame rate has been half that amount). “24 frames is jarring to me now,” Jackson has said. “It…

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