The Morning Read: Smaug’s Biography, Butt-Numb-a-Thon 15 and Playful Docs

By  · Published on December 9th, 2013

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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).

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