The countdown to the final Hobbit movie is upon us, and going by the trailer, it is going to be quite the spectacle. Retitled The Battle of the Five Armies, it will wrap up the second Middle-Earth trilogy (that was never meant to be a trilogy in the first place, but I digress) with fire, wizardry, battles, death, and (apparently) a reprise of the haunting “Edge of Night” from The Return of the King.
All of this has made me realize something, though–I am really going to be sad that there are no more Hobbit movies after this one. Geeking out about them with my friends and then posting reviews on here have been high points in my life since I started this blog. I’m going to have to find more stuff to write about after this!
Well, I won’t panic too much just yet. I’ll just enjoy the end of the series (and try not to cringe too much at the changes I fear Jackson has made to this part).
Well, ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the two year mark on My Turn to Talk! Can you believe we actually made it this far? Honestly, I never thought I would make it this long; I thought I would run out of ideas. Seems kind of silly now, huh?
A lot happened this year, same as last–National Blog Post Writing Month was another rousing success (complete with loads of posts for Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary), my review for The Desolation of Smaug, and getting to see the touring production of The Phantom of the Opera! But the biggest part of last year was you, my faithful and loyal readers. I can’t believe there are over a thousand of you now (where did you all come from?). I may not always respond to your comments, but seeing them appear on my posts and getting new emails whenever I get a new subscriber bring me more satisfaction than I know how to accurately express. Just…thank you.
And now for the traditional posting of “One Day More”:
Here’s to the next year!
I just happened to watch this video of Phantom‘s original Christine and Raoul, Sarah Brightman and Steve Barton, and I was so impressed that I had to share it here. You see, I was never too familiar with Steve Barton, and I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve heard him sing for more than five seconds. Now that I have heard him, I am officially impressed. He has got to be the best Raoul I have ever heard. He just encapsulates the character so well, bringing out both his gentle nature and his firm determination. I mean, I loved Hadley Fraser’s performance in the 25th anniversary, but after watching Steve Barton, I was ready to stand up and applaud–and it was just a video!
By now I’m sure you’ve heard that Doctor Who will be exploding back on to our screens on August 23, but now we have definitive proof…now we have a trailer.
All I can say is I am about ten times more excited now seeing Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Such gravitas! Such presence! Such flat-out awesomeness!
…when is August 23 again?
The BBC announced earlier today that filming for the fourth season of Sherlock will begin in January 2015, with the show itself returning at a later date. This time we’re getting four episodes, a special episode followed by the three regular installments.
We still have a ways to go before the great detective returns to our screens, but at least Holmes and Co. are starting to plod in our general direction. Ah, well, at least Doctor Who is coming back next month.