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  • Patrick H. Wynne
    Elizabeth R. Milner noted this Return of the King movie review from the World Socialist Web Site: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2004/jan2004/tolk-j23.shtml
    Message 1 of 42 , Jan 25, 2004
      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
    • dianejoy@earthlink.net
      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
      Message 42 of 42 , Feb 5, 2004
        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

        Original Message:
        From: David Bratman dbratman@...
        Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 22:54:28 -0800
        To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
        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,
        >dbratman@... writes:
        >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
        >recovered. :-)

        Why not just wear a headset to the theatre and get a more pleasant
        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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