It’s that time of year again, as December approaches we get closer to the next installment of The Hobbit series. The Desolation of Smaug is directed by Peter Jackson, and stars Sir Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, and Benedict Cumberbatch (yeah, baby!) among others.
Let’s take a look at the new trailer (and listen to Benedict Cumberbatch as the riveting voice of Smaug the Dragon!) after the jump!
Did you check out our own Glenn Walker’s piece on the much maligned and possibly misunderstood Alien 3? If not, it’s well worth your time as the man looks back at the failed third film in the venerable franchise. Glenn echoes what most of would say about the film – killing off the characters of Newt and Hicks, two of the three survivors at the end of James Cameron’s Aliens was a big mistake. Doing so in the first three minutes of the the film – unconscionable.
Here’s the thing – there is an Alien world where Newt and Hicks lived. Where she grew up and he grew angry. It was black and white, dark and desolate and one of the most disturbing comics I read as a kid. And it’s my Alien 3.
The Alien pseudo-sideways-prequel Prometheus hits theaters in a few days, and as part of our build-up for the release here at Biff Bam Pop!, our editor-in-chief asked me to review Alien 3. At first I thought he was mad at me, punishing me. As you may have guessed, there is no love lost between me at the second Alien sequel. That said, having not seen it since I watched it in a movie theater back in May of 1992, I recently gave it a fresh viewing. These are my thoughts.
There shouldn’t be any prequels or sequels to Watchmen.
The seminal work by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons was originally released as a twelve-issue miniseries in 1986/1987 and, once collected, became one of the most highly regarded graphic novels of all time. Along with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Watchmen remains a defining example of comic art in the modern era.
It’s a work that stands alone and should be left alone, but recent news indicates that we’ll be seeing some new Watchmen material in the very near future.