Having made it through the top 10, we come to #11 on the IMDB Top 250: the opening chapter in Peter Jackson’s flawless adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Taking Tolkien’s masterpiece from the province of literary scholars and the kids who sat alone at lunch in high school, Jackson showed the whole world the scope of Middle-Earth (to such extent that New Zealand, where both the LOTR and Hobbit films were shot, pretty much considers itself Middle-Earth). The Lord of the Rings is my favorite film, and I treat it as one 12 hour epic, not three parts, but this works out to my advantage as all three chapters are in the top 15 and I get to showcase fifteen scenes instead of just five. Continue reading Top 5: Scenes from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (IMDB Top 250 #11)→
With the release of the extended edition of Battle of the Five Armies, Peter Jackson’s six-film Middle Earth saga has come to a completion. The end result, as a Tolkien die-hard, is a monument to the body of work the visionary fantasy writer created and some of the best films made in the last 25 years. The Lord of the RIngs is really an 11 hour film broken into three parts, but all three are grouped fairly closely on the Top 250, so we’ll get to examine them all starting with the capper: The Return of the King. Continue reading Top 5: Scenes from Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King (IMDB Top 250 #9)→
As I head out the door to see the final Middle-earth film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, I closed our poll on “Favorite Middle-Earth Character” and was stunned. Gandalf had the lead the entire way with no one even close, but as the poll closed, Frodo had in the same underdog way that got him up Mount Doom, passed a puzzled Ian McKellan. Frodo Baggins the gold; Gandalf the Grey the silver and Legolas Greenleaf the bronze. Thanks to all for voting; we’ll have a review up of the final film by the weekend!
Usually I try to do our polls on a monthly schedule but Middle-Earth has been up for an extra long run because, heck, we’re talking about establishing the official KT Best Character in probably minute-for-minute the best film franchise of all time!
SOMEONE throw Thorin a pity vote for crying out loud, it’s getting sad. Sauron has more votes than him.
Here’s the deal, on December 17th, we will give to the character most loved by KT a special Ring of Power that really just shoots out sparklers and the occasional cherry bomb, but Gandalf made a living doing that for centuries using a staff! From there we’re going to go to our next poll which will be the community decision of game of the year and on January 17, we’ll switch over to our most solemn of polls. Our highest calling as blogging nerds. We crown the film of 2014 and if we have as hard a time as the Golden Globes did in finding nominees, this should prove challening. Who will be the third KT Best Picture of the Year? 2013 – The Dark Knight Rises; 2014 – Argo…..2015 – ……..can we pre-vote Star Wars Episode VII? NO! Squashed that question. But for now, make sure you’ve voted in the Middle-Earth poll and get ready for a final trip to that most fantastic of escapist worlds!
Today the extended edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits the streets (look for a review later this week), adding 25 minutes back into the weakest theatrical cut of any of the Middle-Earth films in Jackson’s saga. While Smaug did a lot of things right, it also wandered farthest afield from the source material than any other previous installment. It was also the first time I left the theater that I didn’t feel like Jackson had nailed a home run (read my original review here). I’m hoping those 25 minutes will make all the connections that just make these movies the magic the magic they’ve been since 2001. With literally dozens of magical characters defining the series, even limiting the nominations list to 10 was tough. You have until days before the final installment; The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies, debuts in mid-December to crown the official Killing Time Tolkien Character of Choice. Let the voting begin!