Aragorn’s Favorite Peter Jackson Movie (Hint: It’s Not The Return of the King)

It's another return of the king!Aragorn is back, and he is as full of wisdom and insight as we might expect. … [Read more...]

Your favorite films of 2001?

So, it’s been ten years…Now that you’ve had a decade to chew on these films, I’d be curious to know what you would now choose as your top 5, 10, or 20 of 2001.It’s a list that includes titles that weren’t accessible in the U.S. until 2001, with the exception of a festival or two. It’s quite a bit different than how I’d rated my favorites in 2001, although my favorite is *still* my favorite. … [Read more...]

Sinister invaders trouble The Shire…

Somebody needs to release Farmer Maggot's dogs. … [Read more...]

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

[This first draft of this review was published at The Phantom Tollbooth on January 5, 2002. It was soon revised and re-published at Looking Closer.]Merry Christmas, readers and moviegoers.It would be good, in these days of frenzied merchandising, to remember the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, which he included in a letter to his son Michael in 1962: … [Read more...]

Tolkien would not be pleased.

At the beginning of the trailer for The Golden Compass, New Line boasts about its wildly successful Lord of the Rings franchise. (Interesting, since their president has nothing good to say about Peter Jackson, and won't let him make The Hobbit.)As the trailer opens, we see the Ring of Power.And then, to promise us something of equal importance, New Line displays the One Ring transforming into the "aletheometer," an instrument in The Golden Compass that supposedly "tells the … [Read more...]

Who Would You Pick to Direct the Narnia Films? Or The Lord of the Rings?

Many recent comments have raised this question.Please don't use this thread as a chance to bash Jackson or Adamson. We've got enough of that going elsewhere, and frankly, I'm fairly pleased with both directors and I'm tired of focusing on the negatives.But if both Middle-Earth and Narnia were coming to the big screen AGAIN... who would you pick to direct them? What directors have the right sensibilities to elevate these transcendant works of literature to transcendant works for the … [Read more...]

"It’s faithful to the book. But we’ve published our own alternative version of the novel, to reflect all of our changes."

Peter T. Chattaway beats me to the punch:Last night, I went to the local Chapters and discovered that a whole slew of movie tie-in books have already been released -- including a children's novelization of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which includes descriptions of scenes from the film that are not in C.S. Lewis's original book. As my friend and colleague Steven D. Greydanus has pointed out, it kind of makes you wonder why there has been so much talk about the movie being so … [Read more...]

The Lord of the Rings: The Musical

I raise my glass to The Movie Blog for the tip. … [Read more...]