Re: PJ-The Socialists Chime in
- Elizabeth R. Milner noted this "Return of the King"
movie review from the World Socialist Web Site:
Don't blow off this article on the assumption that it's a
bunch of eye-rolling Socialist blather (though there is
a bit of that too) -- for the most part it's a surprisingly
insightful review, and I urge you all to give it a look.
Two passages particularly struck me. The first concerns the huge
amount of money the J-movies have generated -- including videos,
DVDs and videogames, the total gross is expected to hit $5 billion
-- and how this has influenced the reactions of critics:
"These figures have been used to magnify Jackson's talent out
of all proportion and the critics, for whom size and turnover matter,
have dutifully declared The Lord of the Rings trilogy as one of the
great works of cinema."
Boy howdy. And this is why I expect that the J-RotK will haul away
wheelbarrows full of Oscars this year -- not because the films are
brilliant works of art, but because Jackson must be rewarded by the
Hollywood money machine for coordinating a three-year Blockbuster
Movie Event to End All Blockbuster Movie Events, one that has earned
great heaping shitloads of cash. I am sadly resigned to this -- with
the sole exception of the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. If Jackson's
RotK wins that one, I'll spontaneously combust.
The article concludes:
"Unsurprisingly, all this has swept up Jackson himself. In one
interview he brazenly stated: "My secret hope is, in 20 years
from now, there will be films made by young directors who say
`I saw the Lord of the Rings when I was seven and it inspired
me.'" This merely demonstrates that the director knows little
about cinema or historical development. When measured
against Tolkien's artistry, Jackson's efforts are rather pale
conformist works, which denigrate the restless and complex
artistry of the author's original work."
-- Patrick H. Wynne
- I *hated* the film *First Knight*: it practically blessed Lance and Gwen's
affair, even from Arthur's deathbed. Gwen will eternally be a blonde for
me; a brunette Gwen is dubious to me, though it's likely she could be one
if she's Celtic (depends on your favorite sources); lots of dark haired
folk. Why does Connery appear in so many dreadful films? O;) ---djb
From: David Bratman dbratman@...
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 22:54:28 -0800
Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Awards, deserved and undeserved
At 01:18 AM 2/1/2004 -0500, Grace wrote:
>In a message dated 1/31/2004 5:52:43 PM Central Standard Time,Why not just wear a headset to the theatre and get a more pleasant
>The Tolkien Ensemble's music is very evocative of the book: so much so, in
>fact, that it would be badly suited for Jackson's films, which is evocative
>of something else altogether.
>True, true. But at least it would have given me something to enjoy while I
>was hideously bored for three precious hours that were wasted, never to be
soundtrack for the whole thing, not just the music? It's not like very
much in the plot would be a surprise, and that which was a surprise you'd
be better off not knowing.
Only one film I've ever watched all the way through was so bad I felt like
demanding a refund, not of my money, but of the time it sucked out of my
life. This was "First Knight", an Arthurian fluff utterly unredeemed by
the presence of Sean Connery, John Gielgud, and even Alexis Denisof.
- David Bratman
The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
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