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Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon II

The return to Berk tells a story that is a bit more adult than the first adventures of Hiccup and his marvelous dragon, Toothless. The tale is a little darker, with themes of parental death, abandonment, war, cruelty and enslavement. Though it lacks some of the light-hearted charm of the …

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Movie Review: Maleficent

Maleficent is a beautiful and moving reimagining of the tale of Sleeping Beauty – particularly Disney’s animated version from 1959, which gave the name Maleficent to the “bad” fairy who curses the baby princess. The narrator of this new retelling informs us that we might think we know the story, …

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Movie Review: The Desolation of Smaug

I had a lot of fun going to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Before we went, we watched the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as well as some of the special features. I am particularly glad I watched the features on creating the dwarves and the process by …

Quest at the EMP

There is an excellent fantasy exhibit at the EMP in Seattle called Worlds of Myth and Magic. Last Friday, my friends and I attended “Quest” the opening festivities. It was a “costume encouraged” event and it was fun to have an excuse to dress up. I wore the peacock dress …

Review: Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack the Giant Slayer is silly and fairly predictable, but for all that I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining it was. One of its best features is that it didn’t try to hide the fact that it was silly behind some beleaguered message of “honor above all” or “true …

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Bilbo Baggins is the center of The Hobbit and Martian Freeman, Peter Jackson and the script writers nailed his paradoxical combination of bravery and cowardice, adventuring spirit and homebody tendencies. While the movie may have overemphasized those moments when Bilbo and hobbit-spirit triumphed, I found I didn’t mind the music …

The Night Circus and the 2012 Mythopoeic Awards

One of finalests for the 2012 Mythopoeic Awards is The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday, 2011).  If you have not had a chance to read this unusual and fascinating book,  I highly recommend it.  While I enjoyed the plot very much – Morgenstern juggles crisscrossing the plot through time, with a deft touch – the elements …

The Hobbit

I remember when the trailer for The Return of the King came out.  There was a great deal of jumping around and shrieking.  This was repeated recently when all our cell phones beeped simultaneously and M, N and I all got messages from E to “check Facebook right now!”  She …