Tim’s Thirteen of 2013

So ends 2013, just like that! What a year! We have continued to grow and do so much here at The Mind Reels, and we’re hoping for an even bigger year next year! So I decided to throw together a list of the movies I most enjoyed this year, the ones that got to me,…

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) – Peter Jeackson

  From the off Peter Jackson’s second installment in The Hobbit trilogy feels like a stronger, more confident picture than it’s still enjoyable predecessor, An Unexpected Journey. Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, the characters have already been established, as well as a large portion of the journey has already been undertaken. Threats have…

Tim’s Top 12 of 2012

12 is my lucky number, so I figured that would be the number of films I pick for my favorites of 2012, it kind of works, because then that would be one each month, though, for anyone who reads my blog, you’re well aware that I’ve seen a lot more than 12 movies this year!…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) – Peter Jackson

  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a love letter to and for Tolkien fans, and it was a joy to walk the lands of Middle Earth again (and yes, I got weepy eyed when I found myself back in the Shire, and in that comfy hole in the ground known as Bag End). Non-fans…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Soundtrack (2012) -Howard Shore

One thing I constantly said about the Star Wars prequels as they came along… Even if they aren’t great, it’ll give me new music by John Williams. After Williams, and his countless scores that seem to be the soundtrack of my life, Howard Shore’s scores for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy are perhaps some…

There and Back Again: Remembering The Return of the King

The Return of the King… oh… I cried… And I know people often complain about how many endings the film seems to have. Personally I was ok with that, because I never wanted to say goodbye to any of them. I never wanted to leave Middle Earth. It was also recognized by the Academy as…

There and Back Again: Remembering The Two Towers

The Two Towers… The thing I was most looking forward to in my return to Middle-Earth with this film was the rumor that the battle of Helm’s Deep was supposed to run for a good 40 minutes! That was insane, a single on-screen battle running half the length of most action films? Wow. And of…

There And Back Again: Remembering The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings is my favorite book. I try to read it once a year, but lately have had to settle for maybe once every two to three. That doesn’t mean I love it any less. I love wondering the realms of Middle-Earth, visiting familiar places, seeing old friends, and singing songs. So…