I've been following news on the Ukraine counter-offensive like a maniac and this guy manages to give the most informative breakdown I have seen thus far.
I don't have any issue with the endings in RotK, they each served a specific important narrative purpose, and it was a satisfying denouement for an 11 hour and 23 minute film.
How is it? I was thinking about watching it
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the trailer around Disney day (or whatever they call it).This wasn't even on my horizon but the Willow series looks like it has potential.
I saw the original just recently. The overall themes were pretty standard but it was well done, despite a few cheesy effects. This looks a bit more mature. Hopefully it's a fun ride.
Rewatched Two Towers and Return of the King and they do feel like a step down from Fellowship but I feel that's true in the book as well. Shelob is a great sequence though and Viggo makes Aragorn way more interesting and charismatic than the book version. Merry and Pippin are as annoying as ever though.
The extended false endings in Return is a major mistep though with some embarrassingly sentimental scenes, most infamously the bed sequence, dragging the whole thing down.
And I know that's just not me, when watching Return in the theatre the audience groaned when there was the fade in to the shire and then laughed at that collective expression of frustration.
The issue for me is less the purpose of each ending and more their execution.
To me Jackson loses tonal control after the eagles rescue Frodo and Sam and the film from there on out dribbles to the conclusion.
He strains for emotional effect when a more understated approach would gave been more effective.
Sean Astin's always steady performance is the only thing keeping it from collapsing into mush.
I've only seen the 1st episode of the 1st season. I kept meaning to watch it, but I kept holding off (much like I've held off going back to Blue Bloods). It's in my wheelhouse, but with so much I want to watch, it kind of slipped into the cracks.Watched the first episode of the new season of SEAL Team. It's going to be a bumpy ride! I couldn't watch on Paramount+ App though... had to watch on Prime. Also a new season of Ink Masters is back on!
The book was also the basis for a goofy 2007 Russian crpg that involved you using laser weapons to kill knights and such.Caught up with Aleskei German's Hard to be a God. I loved it but German, like a lot of dissident Russian filmmakers, is uncompromising and 'avant garde' by the standards of Hollywood films as he's less concerned with plot than atmosphere, the acting and film composition.
So this is an adaptation of a well known Strugaski Brothers novel (whose Roadside Picnic was adapted into Stalker) about a group of scientists from a future Earth who have travelled to another world very much like ours but the alien civilization is trapped in a nightmarishly foul, brutal version of medieval times where the brief narration in the film informs us 'the enlightment never happened.'
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There are warring cults who hunt down, enslave and kill by hanging anyone who can read or write or expresses an independent thought.
The scientists have set themselves up as semi-Divine lords (or 'Dons') but in bitter rebuttal to De Camp's optimistic Lest Darkness Fall they have failed utterly in improving things. In the book I believe there's a Star Trekian Prime Directive for them to not intefere, only observe which I assume has been abandoned.
The scientists have slowly gone mad due to despair and unfettered power crossed with sadism and turn to scheming and plotting to destroy each other.
Pretty clearly a condemnation of Russian history and society, the film took German 15 years to get made and he died in post-production but his wife and son (also a respected director) were able to complete it.
This film is claustrophic, full of grotesque but sometimes beautiful B&W imagery of squalor, rain, mud, snot, blood, innards and random farm animals. Pretty much the definition of 'not for everybody' but damn powerful for those who can tough it out.
Imagine a Russ Nicholson WFRP illustration brought to life and you'll be close to this remarkable film's achievement.
The Batman was actually really good. It might be my favorite Batman movie adaptation. And the first one that actually touched on you know, the detective part.Finally sat down to watch The Batman yesterday. I found myself liking it more than I was expecting too. I then watched some episodes of Harley Quinn, which never fails to make me laugh.
One of the reasons I enjoyed it. It always seemed weird that he only showcased being the "World's Greatest Detective" in many of the cartoons, but not the live action films. I had read somewhere that they are making a sequel. If so, even better. I actually think with the right people, they could build something around this Batman. I get they want to do their whole multiverse thing, but the people behind The Batman actually got the character right for a change. If they could do the same with a few others, maybe they could develop a good Justice League some day. Probably wishful thinking, but it would be nice.The Batman was actually really good. It might be my favorite Batman movie adaptation. And the first one that actually touched on you know, the detective part.
That was one of the only things I didn't like about Batfleck- he should have seen through Luthor's using him. That just totally took me out of it.One of the reasons I enjoyed it. It always seemed weird that he only showcased being the "World's Greatest Detective" in many of the cartoons, but not the live action films. I had read somewhere that they are making a sequel. If so, even better. I actually think with the right people, they could build something around this Batman. I get they want to do their whole multiverse thing, but the people behind The Batman actually got the character right for a change. If they could do the same with a few others, maybe they could develop a good Justice League some day. Probably wishful thinking, but it would be nice.