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How I Learned to [Not] Love the Adaption

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 12/20/2014 by Taylor Holt


Written by Bryce Waller with additions by Taylor

Opinions. We all have them, they are all awesome, and everyone loves to hear them all the time. I have listened to many about why a certain film was good and why I should enjoy it as well. This happens from time to time. A movie comes out, based on a book, an older movie, a TV show, whatever. And when the viewers of that movie enjoyed it, I’m surrounded by happy-go-lucky Who-villians that don’t mind telling me why I’m being such a Grinch.

What recent film in particular would I be speaking of, you ask? The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, of course. We get a bad reputation, us fans of the original work that have a hard time giving up so many aspects of what made the source material so great. And while I can look past a lot, there comes a time for any nerd to stand up and say “I DON’T HAVE TO ENJOY THIS!” Not in the actual theater of course.

Nor do I have to enjoy every adaption Hollywood shoves down my throat for that matter! And neither do you. And that’s okay. Here’s why. Continue reading


Posted in MBTI Rationals, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , , , on 12/18/2014 by Taylor Holt


Though there are more powerful enemies in Tolkien’s middle-earth, there aren’t as many that are as powerful and evil. Summing him up, Smaug is a guy of simple tastes. But considering the atrocities he commits for a new home and treasure he isn’t going to spend, his taste requires a lot of destruction and murder.

While the INTJ you know isn’t going to be pure evil, the negative side of one may invoke a sort of cynical lethargy. Or lethargic cynicism, your choice. Refusing to contribute past some scathingly incisive negativity, the darker side of an INTJ can be one that the few who experience it are left with a permanently bad taste in their mouth.

Again, they’re not all like this. Continue reading

MBTI: Thorin Oakenshield- ISTJ

Posted in MBTI Guardians, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , on 12/16/2014 by Taylor Holt


When you think hardheaded, what type comes to mind? Probably a TJ types. While Fi users can be stubborn (as any type can be, really), it’s the strong Te users that shove everybody else out of the way just so they can see why everyone was standing there in the first place. Thorin is that guy.

While a word like “tradition” gets thrown around a lot with ISTJs, anyone that knows them has to wonder if it’s really all about upholding the past for them or is it really just about them getting their own way. Thorin is that guy. Continue reading

What’s Wrong with The Hobbit

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 12/18/2013 by Taylor Holt


Written by Bryce Waller

After my second viewing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug tonight, I am finally ready to write this article. Some of these words will be hard to write, but I have to be honest with myself, and honest with you…my peeps.

Let it be known that I did enjoy this film, I just think it could have been much better.  It is pretty hard not to enjoy this film even if you haven’t read the book or seen any of the original LOTR films. Also, please note that there WILL BE SPOILERS Continue reading

MBTI: Gandalf- INFJ

Posted in MBTI Idealists, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , , , on 11/11/2013 by Taylor Holt


There’s really so many options for the wisest of all Middle-earthlings.  While many believe him to be INTJ, there’s not enough logic and coldness to his character to be of the Rational group. He’s similar to Jedi in many respects; wise, powerful, caretaker of those weaker than him.

As before, “wise” is a key word when it comes to Idealists, none more so than INFJs, the Counselor. I’m closing any debate! Continue reading

MBTI: Legolas- ISFP

Posted in MBTI Artisans, MBTI Stuff with tags , , , , on 10/13/2013 by Taylor Holt


While there are characters who are stronger, faster, more in touch with their surroundings, and prettier than Legolas, none of them strike the balance that he does with all of those categories. Seriously, he’s just so pretty I can’t even handle it.

The ISFP is considered to be the most in touch with the physical world, so much that Keirsey gave them the name “Composer” for their ability to just know how to work the tricks of whatever trade they’re in, usually something artsy it seems. Painting, music, acting, or the simple, stressful life of nursing, ISFPs are the closest things we’ll get to actual elves, which is something I’ve never really cared about but I bet there are enough nerds out there wishing for something like that.

Just go find an ISFP, nerd! Continue reading

Four Things a Tolkien Fan Appreciates in The Hobbit Film (Besides Everything)

Posted in Top 5 Lists, Whatever with tags , , , , , on 12/20/2012 by Taylor Holt

“I want da gold!”

Written by Bryce Waller

Nine years.

That is how long I was forced to wait for another LOTR movie. And every day I was forced to wait was as long as a life age of the earth. I have to admit when this project was initially starting to gain attention, I was upset that Guillermo Del Toro was attached to direct and not Peter Jackson. I love Del Toro but LOTR fans claim only one man as the heir to the throne of Middle Earth – Sir Peter Jackson. If he has not been knighted, I just did it. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 12/17/2012 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images , Running time 169 minutes, Fantasy/Adeventure

Compare to: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Telling a 16 year-old version of myself in 2003 that I would have to wait nearly an entire decade for another of J.R.R. Tolkien’s middle earth-based stories, I would have thought (in my bottomless impatience) “Why even bother making it it’s going to take that long?” But now that the first installment of The Hobbit films is here, I’m glad they decided to do it.

Director Peter Jackson’s return to the series that not only helped reignite people’s love of the stories and launch multiple careers, but change the way movies are made altogether; specifically the technology of motion capture. But aside from anything technical or what went on behind the scenes, this movie is great. Continue reading