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Frank Swietek’s “The Hobbit” Should Come With Tweed Jacket/Elbow Patches

In response to Frank Swietek’s 1028‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on One Guy's Opinion

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Frank Swietek’s “HOBBIT, THE: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG” proves once again that good things can comes in ugly packages—kinda like Mother Teresa.

And this is ugly. Perhaps Swietek is going for the ultra-ironic, too-cool-to-care approach or the it’s-so-ugly-it’s-hot technique. If it is an inside joke, nobody’s laughing. The site looks like a holdover from the days of GeoCities; a crumbling relic thought to have vanished long ago.

That’s what makes this so baffling. One would think that a man who has developed such a refined mind for critical thought would have evolved a bit of design sense, but alas, this is not the case.

Luckily, the carpet doesn’t match the drapes and this hideous site houses one gem of a review for hardcore fans of critique.

This is old fashioned reviewing, the way it was done in the old country. Swietek is a professor of film and it shows in his dry, academic approach. There are no attempts at humor or levity—this is pure, unadulterated dissection of the art of filmmaking of the highest order.

For the right audience (namely, film students or movie buffs) Swietek’s studious criticism and scholarly prose will be a glass of ice water in the desert.    

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