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Dear Peter Jackson,

Dear Peter Jackson,
I must admit that I do like you. “Bad Taste,” is quite wonderful, and your accent is quite enjoyable as well. However, next time you want to spend 250 million dollars, do take into consideration that there is still you know…world hunger and shit….You know what, I dont think taht hes listening. Lets keep this between you and me.
Before we proceed I should mention that yes, I do understand that the guy who came up with “Butt Weed,” http://youtu.be/9dAqarJCxWw and “Yoda Kush,” http://youtu.be/8eXrLcISjCc has very little right to critisize Peter Jackson. Luckily, I’m an easily outraged American fool with a blog and the diluted perception that my opinion matters just because some wig wearing rebels said that it did a couple hundred years ago. So with that in mind, let us proceed accordingly. To clarify, the third installment of “The Hobbit,” is not a bad film. The issue is that it could have been a fifteen or twenty minute addition to the second film, and not a 2 1/2 hour 250 million dollar sequel. While the massive battle that accounts for two hours of the film is indeed enjoyable and bad ass, and all the other adjectives that we like to ascribe to battle scenes, it was in no way something that the lord of the rings franchise was lacking. The original trilogy had more than enough battles, and while it was nice to see them updated with the effects available now, it doesnt necisarily make it necessary.
So yes, the plot is somewhat diluted- the film simply did not demand 2 1/2 hours of our time, but that does not make it a complete failure. As I said, the battles really are enjoyable, and the actual sequences with Smog are also pretty cool. And also, there is nothing more enjoyable than watching an orc die. I dont know why that is. Perhaps they make them out of Hitler juice and Kim Kardashian droppings. Either way, ultimately the film is not ultimately a failure. Enter with pre managed expectations, and I doubt that you will be dissapointed.
Thanks for reading,
Paul Durante
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Fatman on Batman: An Artistic Endevour

If you know Kevin Smith, you know that the man can talk, and if you really know Kevin Smith, you know that he can talk better than anyone else out there.  Film maker, writer, actor, (sort of) podcaster, and hell of a man.  You don’t have to like his movies to love him.  In fact, I listened to his podcasts for a full year before I saw a single one of his films.  All are good, but nothing is better than the person behind them.

All that being said, I am not here to kiss Kevin Smith’s ass, although if he asked, I might be liable to oblige him (I hope that he washes).  I am here to bring praise to a very specific aspect of his huge body of work, “Fat Man on Batman.” For those of you not in the know, “Fat Man on Batman,” is one of many podcasts that Smith is involved in on his immense Smodco Network. 

I love Batman. I’ve seen the movies, watched the cartoons, read the comic books, and waged wars on crime from my backyard (in the name of Batman of course). For those of you that can relate, please feel free to stop reading now and go ahead and download the podcast now, you won’t be disappointed.  For the rest of you, please stick around, or at least give my post a courtesy “like,” on your way out. 

“Fat Man on Batman,” is not about Bat Man.  Ok, it is a little bit.  But what matters, what is really important is the artists themselves.  Each week Mr. Smith interviews a man or a woman who has made an immense contribution to the world of the Bat.  How they speak of it though is not how somewhat my typically speak of a comic book, it is how someone might discuss the beauty of the human soul.  That is what art is, an expression of the soul, and to see it laid out like that, by the people responsible for something as underappreciated as comics is a unique and pleasing experience. 

For those of you who write, for those of you who draw, or read, or sketch, or even use your imagination on a consistent bases, “Fat Man on Batman,” is for you, it’s where artists go to discuss what really matters.