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The Entirely Arbitrary but Painfully Obvious Life Lessons of Film

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Here at Popcornography we feel it is important to teach. Often cinematic wisdom goes unnoticed or overlooked and it makes me sad.

With that said, Popcornography introduces its latest and most enlightening category – The Entirely Arbitrary but Painfully Obvious Life Lessons of Film. It is thus, with great pleasure, that Popcornography presents 15 lessons that may have been overlooked when watching some of these classic  films. I made a list. I love lists. Ahem;

1. Blair Witch Project

Don’t forget the tissues when you go camping. Nobody likes Mr Sniffles. Especially when taking distressed selfies with a camcorder.

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2. Lion King

Always be wary of creepy and disfigured relatives.

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3. Brokeback Mountain

Always be wary of your husband’s “fishing” buddies.

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4. Beauty and the Beast

Rose maintenance can be difficult. Try soil and water.

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5. Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Be wary of EXTENDED director’s cuts.  It will feel like YOU are taking the ring to Mordor.

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6. Dark Knight

If you want to be taken seriously, remember to enunciate. Muzzled villains repeat after me; “How now brown cow”.

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For the full Dark Knight Rises review, click HERE

7. Star Wars

Never be afraid of over-the-top hats. Fabulous.

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8. Scream

When indulging in flirtatious phone calls with strangers, remember to lock all doors. Drew forgot.

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9. Twilight

Why are you even going to Kristen Stewart movies? Stop that.

10. Inception

This spinning top does not validate your intelligence. Does it fall? Does it continue spinning? No one cares.

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11. Kill Bill

It’s rude to interrupt weddings. There will be consequences.

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For the review of Kill Bill: Vol 1, click HERE

12. Se7en

Sometimes postal service will let you down. Chin up!

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For the full review of se7en, click HERE

13. Dirty Dancing

Avoid painful/unnecessary surgeries. Jennifer Grey learnt this the hard way. Nose jobs put Baby in the corner.

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14. Bridget Jone’s Diary

Never be caught in THAT pair of underwear.

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15. Titanic

Never trust old people with your valuables.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

With the exponential success of its sequel trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit is an upcoming 3 part film series directed by Peter Jackson. The initial instalment of The Hobbit entitled An Unexpected Journey is being released towards the end of 2012. I was an avid fan of The Lord of the Rings back in its conception, however the first trailer for The Hobbit left me somewhat disinterested and underwhelmed.

Having not read the book, I am unfamiliar with the plot of The Hobbit. I watched the initial trailer and was confused at the amount of dwarfish humour that was occurring. The tone was considerably different to what I was expecting. Quirky and intrusive dwarves do not make for epic J.R.R Tolkien film adaptations. The Lord of the Rings changed lives when it was released and proved the Peter Jackson really was the hot new thing. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was a massive box office success and was praised by critics and fans alike. Do not get me wrong, I love Frodo as much as anyone else but it is suggested, from personal experience, that you do not watch all three movies in immediate succession. I recently watched all the extended director cuts which accumulated to something like 10 hours. It was intense. It felt like I was taking the ring to Mordor.

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Anyway, I pray, that The Hobbit will not stray too far from the artistic style that was so successful in The Lord of the Rings. Let’s hope that the prequel trilogy will stay true to the J.R.R Tolkien roots. However, there is considerable evidence that The Hobbit will ultimately not disappoint. And of course is presented in list format. Ahem…

Number 1: Peter Jackson does no wrong. Peter Jackson is an outstanding director and besides The Lord of the Rings trilogy he is responsible for epic projects such as King Kong and The Lovely Bones.

Number 2: Expect eerie and moving Middle Earth music, hoera! Howard Shore is returning and is responsible for the related soundtrack. Put simply, this means we can expect the grandiose and emotionally stirring soundtracks so well attributed to Frodo and his quest.

Number 3: Gollum. That is all.

Number 4: One last thing that gives me hope is the fact that Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett will be reprising their well known roles. Everybody loves Gandalf and Galadriel. Who can forget Galadriel’s freak-out when tempted by the ring in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring? I certainly can’t.

Elf Queen loses her cool. Love it.

Anyway, my interest has finally been sparked. Let’s just hope there is less quirky-dwarf humour and more dragons.

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For more on The Hobbit, check out the second trailer. Much better.

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