The Art of JRR Tolkien

J Glover Art

This week’s Tolkien artist insight is about the illustrative artwork of none other than JRR Tolkien himself; I’ve previously looked at the work of other recognised illustrators of Tolkien’s legendarium and whilst debating who to look at this week it occured to me, I haven’t yet delved into the illustrations of the man who created the richest fantasy world in the history of literature.

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R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Carrie Fisher, days after she suffered a heart attack. She was taken too young at the age of only 60. I am in complete shock I must say as this is a big loss. For me, she will always be the resourceful Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies. I admired her frankness in her admittance to suffering from depression and drug addiction in the past, she truly was open about it and never shied away from it. While I am very sad to hear of her passing, I take comfort in knowing that her legacy in film is secured and her spirit will live on.

May the force be with you, princess.. always.

Rogue One – Review In Bullet Points

As always, here is my “Review In Bullet Points” concerning the new epic space movie Rogue One – A Star Wars Story. The review is spoiler-free, so don’t be afraid to continue reading. I’m a huge Star Wars fan and I even like parts of the prequels, so keep that in mind!

  • fantastic war action with great CGI effects
  • a two-hour long fan movie, that pays tribute to the original trilogy
  • funny references to the saga
  • first half has some “boring” moments, but the last 45 minutes ->  some of the best action ever
  • good cast, some very likeable characters, but also some replaceable, unnecessary characters
  • IT IS A MOVIE SET IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE!!!

My overall score for Rogue One is 7.5/10.

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‘An Inconvenient Truth 2′ Arrives In 2017

When An Inconvenient Truth came out, there was plenty of reason to be worried about where the climate was heading. Part of Al Gore‘s deeply concerning presentation about where the Earth was going to be in the next few decades included an apocalyptic end game, one that seemed impossible but, in Gore’s direct and informed way of speaking, also felt plausible in a strange way.

Of course now, with a climate change denier heading up President-Elect Trump’s EPA and a former Exxon honcho looking at the Secretary of State position, Gore’s nightmare seems infinitely more likely and maybe even a little kind. So, as was learned over this past weekend, it’s a perfect time for An Inconvenient Truth 2 to be hitting theaters, even after the similarly provocative, Leonardo DiCaprio-fronted Before the Flood. The surprise sequel was announced to be likely hitting theaters sometime in 2017 and the movie will have its first public screenings at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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The Yellowstone Ecosystem

EnviroQuest

Happy 100th Year Anniversary to the National Park Service responsible for managing and preserving the national parks, monuments and reservations of the United States. Yellowstone, being the first national park, was declared a national park in 1872. The U.S. army was originally responsible for managing and protecting the park until the formation of the National Park Service in 1916.

Bison Silhouettes ‘Yellowstone Bison’ © Larry A Lyons

Two previous posts described the landscape and the geological features of ‘Yellowstone National Park’ and ‘Grand Teton National Park’. Both of these national parks are a part of the ‘Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’.

This post provides a “glimpse” into some of the more iconic wildlife species that inhabit this diverse ecosystem. The intent is not only to provide awareness on some of the behavior of these animals but also to further assess our understanding on the importance of maintaining and developing…

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Genes matter: The story of genetics and its role in conservation

Eco-Intelligent

Do you know why you look the way you look? People must have said you resemble someone in your family. You could have your dad’s jaw, your mom’s eyes and your grandma’s nose. However, you are never their replica. You have your own characteristics, your own features and quirks that make you uniquely you.

All of this is controlled by one thing: genes. Genes are the structural and functional unit of heredity. They control how you look, how you walk, how smart you are, how creative you are. Of course, certain environmental and opportunistic influences are present (you could have the potential to be a great tennis player in your genes, but what if you never got a chance to play tennis?). However, your life and the lives of every species is governed by their genes.

genes के लिए चित्र परिणाम

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Early ‘Rogue One’ Reactions Action

While Lucasfilm may not have released Rogue One in its entirety for critics just yet, they did screen 28 minutes of the upcoming film for an exclusive audience. Luckily, their reactions were allowed to make their way onto social media, so we’ve gathered them together here so that you might get an idea of just how this film is being received.

So far, things are looking quite positive, especially concerning Rogue One‘s action, the scope, the emotional beats, and a special crowd-pleasing performance from Alan Tudyk‘s newly introduced droid, K-2SO. There will be early reviews next week when they become available, but for now, these encouraging reactions have me feeling optimistic.

Gareth Edwards‘ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity JonesRiz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie YenMads MikkelsenJiang Wen, Forest Whitaker and arrives in theaters on December 16th.

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