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Peter Jackson's Hobbit-Embiggening Project Hits its Spectacular End

5 years ago by Alan Scherstuhl
The biggest laugh I heard from the audience at my screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came from seven words in the end credits: "Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien." Just picture that tweedy Oxford philologist nodding in pleased approval at this adaptation of his...
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Peter Jackson's Hobbit Project Arrives at its Spectacular End

5 years ago by Alan Scherstuhl
The biggest laugh I heard from the audience at my screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came after seven words in the end credits: "Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien." Just picture that tweedy Oxford philologist nodding in approval at this adaptation of his lark...
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Five Fascinating Historical Facts About Five DOMA-Nominated Music Venues

11 days ago by Garrett Gravley
Dallas Observer Music Awards season is upon us yet again, a time when we reflect on the achievements made by local artists, promoters, DJs, radio hosts, producers, etc. We truly have something special with the music scene here in DFW, and while we certainly take pride in the artistic community,...
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Brotha SHAWT Empowers His Culture through His Music

18 days ago by Jacob Vaughn
For 72 hours, Davante Peters sat behind bars in the Arlington City Jail. Peters, along with eight others who are now known as the “Dallas 9,” was arrested on trespassing charges after a protest for Botham Jean outside AT&T Stadium last year. He was among about 75 others who turned...
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Jackson 101

12 years ago by Merritt Martin
Years ago a local artist and friend of mine introduced me to something so awesomely bad it was great and so campy the excessive gore was more funny than nauseating. The film we watched on a tiny screen via VHS tape was one of Peter Jackson's (yes, as in, Lord...
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Cities Roll, Fight and Eat Each Other in the Otherwise Meh Mortal Engines

12 months ago by Alan Scherstuhl
The film plays as if a three-hour epic has been sliced down to size in the editing, but only the scenes establishing character and context have been cut
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Beyond Roma: Here Are 4 Other New Netflix Films as Good as Anything in Theaters

12 months ago by Alan Scherstuhl
Hollywood now begrudgingly must honor a company committed to upending the business model of theatrical distribution, but it’s hard to gainsay Netflix’s strategy in this instance
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With Mowgli, Netflix Has Its First Blockbuster

1 year ago by Alan Scherstuhl
This time, though, the lessons are urgent, the jungle threatened by man, the wicked tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) a true terror vowing to one day taste that boy’s blood
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Peter Case Spreads the News

12 years ago by Roy Kasten
From a truck stop in western Pennsylvania, Peter Case runs down the route he's traveling: "[I'm] just about to jump on Highway 81, down to Chattanooga, switch to 40 then jump on 75 and then I'll be in Knoxville in about 11 or 12 hours." Case knows the roads. He's...
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Netflix’s The Dragon Prince Is a Fantasy Knockout, but Its Disenchantment Is a Slog

1 year ago by Alan Scherstuhl
Netflix has recently offered two modest stabs at this stabbing-est of genres, a pair of animated series, one of which bristles with promise

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