Saturday, December 15, 2012

Name change for hobbits

Bai Ling in a touching moment from the multi-named movie
A court has ruled that the Age of the Hobbits, a film that was shot in Cambodia a few months ago, cannot use that title on its release in the United States. Instead, it will be called Clash of the Empires. Not that anyone surely gives a toss. There are rumours that the film, which stars Christopher Judge and Bai Ling, will be released in Cambodia soon under the title The History of Mankind. The fuss is because Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies aren't keen on the association, and who can blame them. This cheap imitation, known in the trade as a mockbuster, will in their eyes sully the reputation of the bona fide big budget Hollywood film by trading on its global publicity. These mockbusters are usually straight-to-video and rely on the punters to be half asleep when buying or renting them. B-movie hottie Bai Ling, who was robbed whilst in Phnom Penh making the movie, has said of her time making the film: "it's fun and moving, they say I am so good in it, totally a action hero, kicking ass through out the whole film fighting with all the huge fun strange creatures to save the little people we call the hobbits." Will I be watching the movie, whatever the title is? No.

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Anonymous Joseph J. Lawson said...

A shame, really, that you are ready to condemn a movie you haven't even seen or given a chance to. Lost in all of the hubbub is that a large number of Cambodian people put their hearts into a project that, despite its company roots or pedigree, tried to make something entertaining and perhaps even a little emotional. I hope you'll give a bit more credit to your fellow countrymen and, perhaps, be willing to see whether you are right or wrong. I'll respect that informed opinion when ventured. On behalf of the cast and crew of mostly Cambodian people whom I now respect more than ever, I hope you'll be fair for their sake alone. Andy, please feel free to write to me if you'd like to view a screener copy so you don't even have to venture your money for the opportunity. Joseph J. Lawson, Director

December 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

JJL, thanks for your comment. As I have said before, there are two sides to every coin/story/movie, so always happy to publish your view.
I had already noted that the film provided work for locals in a previous blog post. However, is the film something that holds any interest for me - no, it isn't. There are thousands of films I'm happy to condemn - all horror movies spring readily to mind - so don't take it personally. Andy

December 17, 2012 at 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Joseph J. Lawson said...

Certainly not taking it personally on my behalf, I'm used to being knocked about by the press. I will defend the right of the artists who gave their efforts to that particular cause to have their work seen (though I will grant there are those... even many... who won't give a toss) What I call into question is the necessity of condemning the movie based upon its pedigree or other people's reporting without giving the work a chance (as it seems many are more than ready to do around the planet). To say "the concept seems bad", "the idea seems bad", it looks shoddy or cheap in the trailer to me" is acceptable (though, I'll say, still a bit unfair). But to say the movie itself is bad without seeing it is an uninformed opinion. I do, however, appreciate your slight modifications to the original post to reflect a more generalized view that accommodates that fact and reflects less harshly on you. Thank you. JJL PS: Still hope, perhaps, your curiosity may open the door a little at some future time... ;-) I will leave the door open for you!

December 17, 2012 at 12:25 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

JJL, I appreciate your follow-up. I'm a mite fazed that you should even see my blog post, let alone take me to task on it. Nevertheless, you make a valid point and I take that on board. However, I am not a fan of fantasy films and I don't intend to change my habits now. Live long and prosper. Andy

December 17, 2012 at 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I buy a video?

December 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Anon, try your local hobbit dvd stockist. I'm sure he'll have a box load.

December 26, 2012 at 4:06 PM  

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