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New Hobbit Video From Peter Jackson

4 November 2011 12:33 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It's been four months since we last had an update from the set of The Hobbit, so at long last here's a new video from Peter Jackson, replete with Hobbity goodness and, specifically this time, all things 3D.Jackson's fourth Hobbit video-blog seems designed to allay any fears we may have about 3D, and especially the limitations that often drain colour and light from the screen. As a bit of a showcase we get a good look at the sinister forest of Mirkwood, which is currently looking like a Roger Dean album cover. The over-saturated headache-inducing psychedelia is to compensate for the fact that the Red camera "eats colour". Similar problems have to be overcome in the make-up department, and we're given a demo with Graham McTavish as Dwalin, whose face looks crazily sunburned so that it doesn't show as yellow on screen. He's got pale arms though. "I've barely »

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Anne Billson: Why films either 'suck' or they're 'cool'

8 July 2011 1:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Star ratings may be massively popular, but since when did liking or not liking become the standard by which a film should be judged?

So. Last Year at Marienbad. Sublime meditation on the nature of time and memory or, in Albert Steptoe's words, a "load of old boots"? I think it belongs with The Shining as one of the scariest haunted hotel movies ever made. But that's just me, seeing ghosts where there probably aren't any, and I'm aware some people find it boring. We all bring different things to a film, but the schism between love it and loathe it seems to be getting wider with every year that passes – and not just for Alain Resnais's film.

"I doubt," wrote Kenneth Tynan some 55 years ago, "if I could love anyone who did not wish to see Look Back in Anger." Most of us will have experienced that pang »

- Anne Billson

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