Good Job, Cosplayers. The Hobbit Effects Creators Are Impressed.

Most cosplayers do their costume-making several degrees of separation away from the professional designers who create the big-budget looks they emulate. So they don't get the chance to hear what the concept artists and visual effects maestros think of fan-made work. But, some of the folks who've worked on the Hobbit » 12/16/14 10:00am 12/16/14 10:00am

Why does every story have to be an Earth-shattering epic?

Lately, it seems like every story has to be massive, or nobody cares. Every Doctor Who story is about saving the entire universe. The latest Hobbit movie seemed to be trying to be a Lord of the Rings-style saga. Every action movie needs global stakes. Can we talk about our epic epidemic? » 12/24/13 1:54pm 12/24/13 1:54pm

The Hobbit proves you can like a movie even if it's not good

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is considerably better than the first movie in the trilogy. It has a more coherent structure, genuinely interesting character development, and fucking awesome dragon action. I liked it a lot — yet I was painfully aware of how bad the movie was. Here's what you'll enjoy in The Hobbit » 12/13/13 2:32pm 12/13/13 2:32pm