Movie Date: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,' 'Saving Mister Banks,' Golden Globe Nods

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 12:39 PM

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look back on their own magical childhood memories as they review the making-of-"Mary Poppins" movie, "Saving Mister Banks" and the second installment in "The Hobbit" trilogy, "The Desolation of Smaug." They also consider whether the Golden Globe Award nominations make any sense whatsoever, and help a listener who needs advice on how to make holiday travel a little less torturous.

Hosted by:

Rafer Guzman

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


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Comments [3]

Not offended.

Thank you for your excellent program.

Dec. 20 2013 10:38 PM

Hi Lelak,

Thank you so much for your comment. T. J. Raphael here, Digital Editor for The Takeaway. I just checked in with Kristen and Rafer—they want to apologize for offending you. However, their intention in mentioning the height difference between the male dwarf and female elf was not to poke fun at it. Rather, they were paraphrasing what the female elf herself said in the film.

Again so sorry and thanks for listening!

T. J.

Dec. 20 2013 10:58 AM

longtime fan of MD. Will continue to be. So, not really a complaint but an observation:

In the review of the Hobbit part 2 you referred to a romantic story thread where the male dwarf was "just tall enough". Tall enough, I'm supposing, for the couple to be realistic (even in a fantasy/fairie tale movie), or not to violate some unspoken norm.

Finally, most of us have gotten to realize that couples do not have to fit what our definition of normal or typical is. Still, even those of us who consider ourselves progressive and non judgmental, find some thing "wrong" in any pairing where the male is not taller than the female. I've never had anyone be able to explain why though. We all laugh at the Tom Cruise/ Nicole Kidman height disparity (since she is the taller) yet imagine the social wrath we'd face were we to insult a gay or lesbian couple just because we thought that same sex couples just didn't seem "right".

Dec. 16 2013 01:11 PM

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