posted on December 30, 2012 at 10:20 am


whats good for the goose is  good for the gandalf

whats good for the goose is good for the gandalf

last night i saw the hobbit

pretty pretty good film

i must admit

i have almost nothing bad to say about it

the music was a bit predictable n boring tho

same old star wars battle music which seems de rigeur these days

same old trumpets blasting out like charge of the light brigade

da da dadadada da da !

no imagination

when youre in another dimension or another reality

have unreal music , i say…!

a battle between goblins dwarves and wizards

should not sound like a 19th century military band!

(same complaint about avatar…remember?)

the old irish pipesy thing is a bit tedious too

after titanic et al….

i saw it in 3D too …..

some nifty effects going on…arrows coming outta the screen etc

but i could live without such gimmickry  easily

i guess they tried to soup it all up a bit tho

get it more up to speed with LOTR……

after all the hobbit is essentially a childrens book

i read it to my kids when they were only 7 n they thoroughly enjoyed it

they enjoyed the film last night too

especially aurora (the human bunny) liked the rabbit chariot

there were a few very un-Tolkien quips in there

i dunno

like some dwarves burying some treasure

saying “we’re making a long term deposit…?!”

close call whether that stuff is good or bad

bad guys wisecracking as they go down…you know the stuff…

but it seems churlish to nitpick after such an engrossing film

new zealand looks magnificent

the actors are great esp bilbo baggins ex of english office

thorin oakenshield is well played too with real intensity

the special effects and monsters are ok too i guess

well awright

cant wait for next boxing day for hobbit 2  (pipeweed of destiny?)

sk bondi nearly at the end of 2012


43 Responses to “hob it!”

  1. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 30 December 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Thanks for the review, I’m thinking of seeing it too. I remember reading and enjoying the book when I was a kid. Thought of re reading it but will prob be lazy and go to the movie. I’m hoping that will inspire me to embark on Lord of the Rings. I was given those books a while ago and still not read them. I’ve heard lots of guys hold forth about their merit but not heard many women say much about them. I don’t know why that would or wouldn’t influence me but somehow it does I think… I want to read them but just never picked them up. If I had to teach them, I’d have to read them! On the other hand, am up to p44 of No Certainty Attached. So far, I’d say well written and researched. Great subject matter. I don’t know what to think of all the details so far. Interesting and yet as they say, ‘the music speaks for itself’. But where does the music come from (I know you’ve tried t explain that a few times) and yet does it matter to know? Glad to hear you were/are well enough to go to a movie esp with your kids – good times!

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    Lady Di | 30 December 2012 at 11:04 am #

    I hope the movie took your mind off your poor battered body for a while at least. Even an angry sea can’t keep sk down for too long though.
    Hope you feel better soon sk and heal quickly.

    In my thoughts.
    Love Di

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    Anonymous | 30 December 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Agree about the quips – very American I thought although, at the Cinema I went to, only I laughed when they said Radagast had had too many mushrooms! A few more chortles around the cinema with the discussion about pipeweed though.
    The thing that disappointed me the most was the lack of Dwarvish hats AGAIN. Some of the Dwarves looked like members of Norwegian Death Metal bands.
    Have a good new year.
    Looking forward to new Church and solo stuff next year.

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    Boriah | 30 December 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Auro is the best. I want her to go to Uni. I´ll help her with anything.

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      Admin | 30 December 2012 at 4:44 pm #

      hmmm alex…dunno if i want you (of all people ) helping my little bunny. aint you a bit of a legendary womanizer?

      • avatar
        Boriah | 30 December 2012 at 7:26 pm #

        Steve!!!! I´m serious!!!

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    Trevor \|/ | 30 December 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Thanks for the review. Looking forward to seeing it too, but right now stuck in my room writing an overdue assignment for my MSc (Astronomy)…had to get an extension due to my CFS flairing up before the ‘official’ due date (1st Dec)….chronic fatigue sucks, but I seem to get by OK.

    My little connection with Lord of The Rings/Hobbit….the guy who supplied the musical props for the opening Hobbit scene in the first movie (Fellowship) is an old friend of mine, Brian (Woody) Woodward. He made me a bespoke Oak harp some years previous. Also have a set of his Pan Pipes and assorted flutes, etc. Last I hear he works out of a little artists village near Nelson, NZ (Marahau). if you’re that way do drop in. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the visit.

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    ZORRO1015 | 30 December 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Haven’t seen the film yet, but sure they could have used Romany Caravan during one of the long marches through mythical forests and sweeping mountainscapes. And maybe Grandiose, after one of the Epic battles which help restore Middle Earth to it’s natural state peace and Tranquility. Wink, Wink.

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    Crasher | 30 December 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    thanks for the hobbit review steve.
    i read the book at bedtime to my daughter when she was about 12..she’ll be 26 on friday. she loved it..just one more chapter dad ! no erni ( her name’s erin, but when she first started writing her name at 4 or 5 years old, that’s how it came out…ever since, she’s erni to me).
    she borrowed my 3 lord of the rings movies on chrissie day ( the extended versions of course..even better than the cinema releases) as research.
    erni, i said, the hobbit is a prequel not a takes place 60 years earlier..shaddup dad and gimme the movies…
    sorry to hear about your little dice with your mortality..glad your still with us, albeit a little worse for wear.
    i’ve given you a modest belated birthday present to help with your expenses…i’ll renew my subscription later.
    i myself turned 58 on the 18th december…still feel 57 though.
    enjoyed your gift..the wonderful show at the corner on the 29th november.
    i had fords for years, but the last 2 cars have been toyotas..much better, more reliable, pretty good stereo in my camry…are they the greatest car in the world ?
    no…the 1959 hillman minx i had as a teenager in new zealand was.
    have a great new year mate.
    warmest regards,
    steve w.
    P.S we’re on the same page when it comes to guns…nasty things… nothing precious about them.

    • avatar
      Admin | 30 December 2012 at 3:54 pm #

      soon 58 but only feeling 57? ha ha…i love it!
      a minx eh…..jesus….how was that?

  8. avatar
    Crasher | 30 December 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    she was ahead of her time..she had so many splendourous extras.. a radio, a heater, an extra wheel..the steering wheel !!
    two tone cream and beige with shiny red vinyl seats..bench of course.
    she even had these primitive seat belts. only in the front though.

    back in the ’70s to see a decent band you had to drive the 400ish ks each way to christchurch… hortense hillman handled each journey with rickety grace.
    you never forget your first………car. she could be a feisty little minx…
    once she was warmed up.
    made by the wonderfully named the rootes group.

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      Admin | 30 December 2012 at 4:34 pm #

      the rootes group, uh huh
      makers of hillman, singer (sing a gazelle, please) sunbeams, humbers and even rileys
      my cousin had a hillman imp
      my dad warned me against hillmans tho..he was english
      he was a morris man thru n thru
      he didnt like austins either (even tho they were the same thing!!)
      my first car (bought me by my dad was a tiny mazda with bench n column shift)
      but i learnt to drive (and illegally joyride round backstreets of canberra)
      in a Triumph Herald
      now theres a fucking car (ha ha)
      but would love to drive a triumph vitesse (just once)
      i heard they were fast…anyone out there had the pleasure?

      my dads last car when he died was a triumph something
      it was always in trouble!

  9. nina
    nina | 30 December 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    you would create the perfect sound-scape for middle earth!! lets all plant that seed 😀

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      Admin | 30 December 2012 at 4:28 pm #

      hey nina hey!
      oh i would love to
      but you guys will hear my soundtrack work this year when macbeth is unleashed
      stay tuned!

      • nina
        nina | 30 December 2012 at 5:17 pm #

        yay… *bring on the wiches*
        double… double toil and trouble..
        fire burn… and cauldron bubble…

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        Trevor \|/ | 31 December 2012 at 11:26 am #

        …in the meantime, I use “The Deep Ache Mix” and “1st Woman on the Moon” as background ‘walk-in’ music at our local Planetarium. Works well, having that ‘otherworldly’ feel to it. Several have commented on it wanting to know who wrote/plays it…..having said that, I’ve probably infringed copyright/royalties….eek! How much do I owe you guys? (as a volunteer presenter I don’t actualy get paid for working there, so not really profiting from your work as such… & I just got sick and tired of the other music they were playing down there, the usual stock-standard CD of crappy ethereal musak!).

        Just had a look at the behind the scenes doco of Macbeth on YouTube…looks great (Brian Dimmick has gotten a lot greyer since I saw him last!). Steve, any hint at a probable release date yet or is it still in post-production?

        Trevor \|/

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          Admin | 31 December 2012 at 5:01 pm #

          1. no infringement!
          2. i reckon macbeth will be later on this year sometime
          i tell you its a cracker!

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            Trevor \|/ | 31 December 2012 at 5:13 pm #

            (1) Oh thank the Gods for that! And thank you guys for these great tracks.
            (2) Really looking forward to it!

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    Crasher | 30 December 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    oooh what i would have given for a vitesse ! one of my great aunts ( auntie hazel) had one…loved the way the bonnet opened…forwards.
    good to see a man who’s familiar with his rootes group.

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      Admin | 30 December 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      was yer aunties a convertible?
      yeah the whole bonnet and everything lifted up
      you could get to everything easily
      i should write a blog on weird old cars
      and like in NZ
      you still see em everywhere…

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    Crasher | 30 December 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    yes it was.. the bonnet , the guards, the whole front end lifted up.
    felt liking it was breaking in two.
    auntie hazel was a real character. fithy rich, drank a bottle of gin a day.
    everyone was darling this, darling that.
    lived until she was 89 !!
    every one had english cars in nz back then..vauxhalls,zephyrs, austins etc.
    one friend had a morris 1100, with a 3 foot gear stick.. i spent a good part of my youth pushing the fucking thing around dunedin.
    it always required the old crash start.
    another had a baby austin…still gotta be one of the smallest 4 door cars made…. ah the memories.

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      Admin | 30 December 2012 at 7:00 pm #

      thats it
      im gonna write a blog bout old cars one day

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        Wayne | 30 December 2012 at 11:11 pm #

        That’d be a hoot. I was a British Ford fan myself & picked up on your reference to the Capri and Cortina the other day… I had Anglias and Cortinas & still have some go-faster parts sitting in the shed. Friends had Cortinas and Capris and a mate’s Dad was a Zephyr nut. My wife and I also drove around in her Grandpa’s 60s Toyota Crown wagon for many years. Now that was the last word in comfort – electric rear window, self-tuning radio, automatic overdrive, etc, etc.

        Best wishes for the New Year & hope the ol’ ribs are healing.

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    Anonymous | 30 December 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    Cant drive

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    Kohl Ette | 30 December 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Had a gander. Can I tempt you to some chamomile tea?… I believe you made this up…I’m not one of you… but you’re one of us… you don’t belong anywhere… his excessive consumption of mushrooms… it’s true my lady… giants! aah!… what if I lose?… what if we lose? … could have been worse! thud! … where’s the bathroom? what happened in the end? oh yes, the ring… are you calling me a goose?

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    Crasher | 30 December 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    for those in oz…tonight SBS at 11.25pm running a doco on the beatles magical mystery tour followed by THE magical mystery tour at 1235am.
    i’ve set the recorder.
    oh bugger it, but while i’m at it, there’s also a doco on Herge of Tintin fame on SBS2 at 8.35pm.
    that’s it from me more posts than the dingo fence today.

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    ZORRO1015 | 30 December 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Your’re the man, S.K. I’ve been weilding this fucking sword for years!! (Guitar/Gandalf/Songwriter) But still have not ellicited the same effect from my Dwarves,Elves, Hobbits. But still love ya all!!!! / Zorro 1015

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    andy | 30 December 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    would love to go see jackson’s latest…
    saw all three originals on day of release.
    just too skint at the mo, it’s a very quiet time of the year when your’e self employed.
    thanks for the ‘virtual viewing’ though kilbs!

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    vicki | 30 December 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    Steve thank you for the review,I do want to see it someday.

    Don’t know if or when I will; the Lord of the Rings became a Christmas tradition, we first read it, & the Hobbit, to each other at night in bed, when we lived in London. A Christmas tradition too painful & too painful to resist.
    Your soundtrack to macbeth sounds interesting.
    This time of year can be so wonderful or not; everything so memorable.
    ps. with you on the guns there & wondering who thought hunting in our national parks is a good idea? Suspect they don’t go camping.
    love & best wishes for a happy, healthy and interesting 2013.

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    davem | 30 December 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    I don’t really fancy The Hobbit.
    I’ve struggled to see how they can make 3 films out of it, so I will probably wait until it’s on DVD.
    Loved LOTR – read it 7 or 8 times since I was 16 and enjoyed the films too.
    But Bilbo always annoyed me a bit….

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    davem | 30 December 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    for those in oz…tonight SBS at 11.25pm running a doco on the beatles magical mystery tour followed by THE magical mystery tour at 1235am.
    i’ve set the recorder……………………………………………………………….
    It was on the Beeb before chrimble. Enjoyed the doco.

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    Angelina | 30 December 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    Hi there, the bit of chatter about old cars has reminded me of my first car – a Morris Minor Series II, with the split windscreen – and one particular time when I had been to see you guys play in Toowoomba in 1986 or thereabouts. A group of us drove from Brisbane in this Tarago. Lucky for us only a small crowd turned up and we had easy front row views. On the way back I had to drive from my mates house across the Storey Bridge. The Morris and I were heading down Gipps St which is fairly steep and the lights turned red. The brakes were so bad there was no way I could’ve pulled up and it was 2 in the morning and no cars about so I just sailed through them. Unfortunately cops saw it all and pulled me over. I had to recount the whole story of where I had been that night and I was just cringing while one looked over the Morris and at my bald tyres. I think I must have charmed them though and they just let me off with a warning – not even a ticket. That’s a pretty good result for pre-fitzgerald Qld cops. When you starting that vintage car blog Mr Kilbey?

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      Trevor \|/ | 31 December 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Hey Angelina, your story of the dodgy Morris reminded me of my little misadventure in my XY Falcon (sorry Steve, I know it’s not a British car but…). I used to live in the Lockyer Valley and work at Queensland Uni back in the early ’90s (a bit of a commuite, especially in a fuel-thirsty tank!). Anyway, one morning on the way in I was pulled over by a pair of Qld police who were doing random vehicle inspections. I started to get a bit edgy as they were taking an awful amount of time going over the car – I had excessively bald rear tyres for a start, with metal wire casing showing through! Then, the senior of the two came over, lent on the door and said (word for word, I swear) “Do you realise your rear tyres are bald?” “Yes sir, I’ve been meaning to get that sorted” “OK, Mr Leaman, we were going to book you for them but since we both think you look like John Lennon we’ll let you go….” So, gingerly I drove off with a big grin on my face and thanking my lucky stars for my Algha prescription glasses!!!

      If that wasn’t enough, after finishing work on the very same day, I was just about to pass the same spot where I was pulled over that morning when one of those darn rear tyres finally let go!!! The universe works in very mysterious ways for sure….!

      Trevor \|/

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        Angelina | 31 December 2012 at 5:40 pm #

        Ha! I’ve even had 2 cops push that Morris so I could clutch start it across an intersection…but those are my only good QLD cop stories hey…Thanks for your personal insights Steve, on this here blog.

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    Pernath | 31 December 2012 at 3:11 am #

    Read the Hobbit recently to my 6 year old daughter, who also thoroughly enjoyed it…she is a bit miffed she isn’t allowed to join me when visiting the cinematic version…she n i carefully carved 13 dwarves and one hobbit from found forestal wood, now she has them all lined up right there on her windowpane. She started to live in another world for the reading time, as if she had to be on that journey (“No! No! Not Fili n Kili!! NO!!”), discussing possible ways how to enter Erebor during the day…i have a big box full of ork drawings somewhere…she can’t wait to go on with “those three big books” one day…whenever the time’s going to be right…


    • avatar
      Admin | 31 December 2012 at 9:54 am #

      gotta wait awhile for the three big books stef
      theyre not for kids

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 31 December 2012 at 8:10 am #

    Cannae abide Tolkien, soz.

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    Steven Krut | 31 December 2012 at 9:08 am #

    I wish I had some 3D glasses to see if that photo for this post is really 3D. I agree about the 3D in movies. It’s kind of neat at times, but I wouldn’t miss it. In fact, I think it takes you out of the story a bit. A distraction.

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    Ingrid | 31 December 2012 at 10:23 am #

    I’m looking forward to seeing The Hobbit with my daughter, thanks for review! The producers should have commissioned a SK soundtrack (which would lend itself quite nicely I imagine). So too looking forward to Macbeth coming out later in year – exciting stuff!!!
    Happy New Year!!! xxx

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    hellbound heart | 1 January 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    am certainly looking forward to seeing the hobbit…..

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