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“Why Smaug Still Matters” — Lauren Davis at io9 thoroughly chronicles the old dragon’s history and meaning in a must-read piece.
“Butt-Numb-a-Thon 15 Recap” — Meredith Borders at Badass Digest recounts the agony and the ecstasy (and the other movies) of the annual 25-hour movie marathon hosted by Harry Knowles. Apparently still no word on why he needed $125,000 to film five webisodes.
“The year in documentaries: 2013 was about playing with form” — Scott Tobias at The Dissolve dissects the commonality shared between the major docs of the year (with one glaring omission).