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Old December 23 2012, 05:38 AM   #320
Re: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Grading & Discussion (Spoilers

Hollywood has been making conflicts that shouldn't be personnel for a long time. It's in films and TV shows.

One of the more extreme forms of this where a cop is threatened by a serial killer. From watching crime documentaries, I learned that the killer may taunt the police, but they never make it personnel. I understand though why they do it. Procedural dramas, like Zero Dark Thirty, are rare and, if not written and directed well, they can descend to unplumbed depths of awfulness. And, the audience needs a person to latch onto, to root for, and this is harder to do in an ensemble piece where none of the characters really stand out.
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