When discussing “The Battle of Five Armies”, you can’t help but place it in the context of the other films. The first “Hobbit” movie was plodding and meandering, but had promise. The second film was boring as shit. The third film, in stark contrast, is both hilarious and heartwarming. Unfortunately, that’s only if you’ve seen Peter Jackson’s original stab at Tolkien’s work with his adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings”.
"If It's Not on Camera, It Doesn't Exist."
I am always wary of seeing projects where the writer, director and star are all the same person. Generally, I think it only serves to split that person’s focus; regardless of talent in any of these areas, unless the person has incredible command and focus, one or more of these elements is going to get neglected, or worse, they’ll all suffer from inattention.
Chris Rock has incredible command and focus.
"That Doesn't Look LIke the Egyptian Stuff in the British Museum, Does It?"
To all directors everywhere: It’s time to have a talk about found-footage movies. They were a great little toy to have this past ten years or so. “District 9” and “Paranormal Activity” were big hits, and even “Cloverfield” did moderately well. However, if this is how you’re going to use found-footage techniques from here on out, I think it’s best for everyone if you think twice about using the form.
1. Thou shalt drink whenever a character on screen drinks