(UPDATED) Stop. Hobbit Time. Let's Celebrate the New Hobbit Film.
Update: The Cinemark party has been moved to Rave Yorktown 15 Theater in Copperfield
It feels like just three years ago that it was announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy was to begin making its transformation onto the big screen. There were issues, directors dropping out, stops and starts, money being wasted, but in the end Tolken fans got their way and the film will be released with the skill of director Peter Jackson at the helm. Where does the time go? The wait is finally over and Hobbit dorks near and far are gearing up for the big day, which will take place on December 14.
Putting all snark and hipster irony aside, let me say that I am so stoked for this film. The critics' reviews are already starting to pour in and look to be somewhat favorable. It currently has a 73 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Although, there is some negative feedback floating around that the movie is not living up to its LOTR predecessors, fanboys have been highly optimistic about this film.
Whether the movie turns out to be the masterpiece that the LOTR trilogy is or a glorified version of Willow, it's Hobbit party time!
We scoured the Internet for ways to get Hobbitified; here are a few of our favorites.
Hobbit Week at the Colbert Report
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Back-to-back Lord of the Rings Trilogy on the Big Screen
This Sunday, December 9, the Mason Park Alamo Draft House is screening the entire trilogy back-to-back. The screening kicks off at 9 a.m. and goes until Tuesday, December 28. Nah, I'm kidding, but it does go for a really, really long time. If I were a different type of person, I would make some sort of "wake and bake" joke because I would be surprised if some of that won't be going on. It's $30, which seems steep, but it gets you the extended cuts of each of the movies plus opening intros by Peter Jackson. If you have absolutely nothing going on in your
life Sunday, this might be just the thing for you and your D&D crew.
Middle Earth Houston: A Tolkien Fan Special Event & Costume Party
Huzzah! That chainmail bra you spent months linking together has found life after Ren Fest. On Thursday, December 13,
Cinemark 19 in Katy Rave Yorktown 15 Theater in Copperfield is holding a Middle Earth costume party and midnight screening of the new Hobbit movie. Not only will you get to mock and scorn all the other dressed up nerds, you'll get to snack on free munchies (second dinner), non-alcoholic drinks (lame) and argue over who was better the Stoors or the Harfoots (duh, it's the Fallohides). The best part of this shindig is a chance to win "an all-expense paid trip to the 2013 "Celebrating the Hobbit" conference at Valparaiso University," which is an event that really exists.
Drink Some Mead and Rent the Hobbit CartoonLike most cartoons to come out in the late '70s, The Hobbit was a Rankin/Bass creation. The cartoon is close enough to the book, save the musical numbers. If you have not seen it, it's a weird 1970s cartoon, and Gollum is so creepy - Andy Serkin surely has seen this cartoon and stole a line or two. When it came out, they also released a read-along record, which, I don't want to sound like I'm bragging or anything, I owned. I can still sing the Frodo theme song.
Go Eat at the Hobbit Café
Houston Hobbit fans have a short leg up on every other city's dorks; we have our very own Tolken-themed restaurant. Do yourself a favor and order the the Far Down, it's awesome.