The Geekbox: Episode 199

This week guest-stars professional film nerd and Comic Conspiracy co-host Toby Sidler, who joins us in a long discussion about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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The Geekbox — Episode 199 (2012-12-18)
Wherein we discuss Fitch family pranks, the best and worst (and everything else) of Tim Burton’s career, more 48 frames-per-second arguments, and everything good and the bad about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (obvious spoilers for a thing that was created in 1937). Starring Ryan Scott, Adam Fitch, Ryan Higgins, and Toby Sidler.
Running Time: 1h 1m 39s
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3 Responses to “ “The Geekbox: Episode 199”

  1. Dave says:

    Listened to this really late but want to comment anyway. Saw the hobbit in both 48fps and normal and don’t see where Toby is coming from. The acting parts were jarring but I thought the action parts looked fantastic in the 48fps. It was clear and really looked great to me. The 2d version was noticeably worse during those parts. I agree it did lose some of the fantasy aspect up close but I thought the opening sequence and shire stuff looked really great. Action also was as clear as I’ve ever seen.

  2. Andy Bolton says:

    It was nice to hear opinions that did’t unanimously praise the film. I felt pretty overwhelmed by the continual shifts into action, they felt as though out of nowhere. As a human who hasn’t read the book for over a decade, the giant stone mountains took me completely by surprise. But the dialogue always interrupted my whispered complaints. Every time an action scene calmed down and returned to a plot point I would lean over to my friend, and begin to ask a hypothetical question about how stupidly sudden the scenario changes were, Bilbo or one of the nameless dwarfs would take the words out of my mouth. I was stunned long enough for the movie to continue forward and prevent me from remembering what exactly my complaint was. But I did have a little trouble hearing Gollum too, and would repeat it in my head to figure it out while I missed out on Bilbo’s part of the riddles. I thought that bit was going to drag on forever… and maybe in the context of so many overwrought scenes I couldn’t tell that it did. But it felt comfortable and well realized to me.

    Also, I’ve never listened to the Comic Conspiracy, because I have basically never read any comics in my life. But it was interesting to hear Toby’s opinion, and fun to have a different personality on the show.

  3. Al says:

    Have loved the show for a long time, but I don’t know for how much longer. Fitch brings the show down every time. I’m always disappointed when I hear he’s in the mix.

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