Re: Woo Hoo A Clean Sweep!!!!!!
- Jack wrote:
> No, you can't. Only Tolkien can speak for himself.And so he did. The following is from Tolkien's letter
to Forrest J. Ackerman, regarding "Mr. Zimmerman's"
film treatment of _The Lord of the Rings_:
"But I would ask [the screenwriters] to make an effort
of imagination sufficient to understand the irritation
(and on occasion the resentment) of an author, who
finds, increasingly as he proceeds, his work treated as
it would seem carelessly in general, in places recklessly,
and with no evident signs of any appreciation of what it
is all about. ...
"The canons of narrative art in any medium cannot be
wholly different; and the failure of poor films is often
precisely in exaggeration, and in the intrusion of
unwarranted matter owing to not perceiving where
the core of the original lies."
[Letters, pg. 270]
Ring any bells for you?
Tolkien might just as well have been writing about
the Jackson films. And a reading of the full text of the
Ackerman letter leaves one with no doubt that Tolkien
would indeed have been appalled by Jackson's
treatment of his novel.
Winning Oscars does not _make_ Jackson's films
good, any more than winning an Oscar made
Marisa Tomei's performance in "My Cousin Vinny"
anything other than an embarrassing cookie-cutter
- THe other songs in the category were not anywhere near as well known as Into
the West. I personally liked the song well enough, but The Oscars have done
this in the past, I mean picking a song ahead of time. I remember people
saying when the film came out that it was a contender for best song, I don't
recall that being said for any of the other nomines, just like with Chicago
From: Berni Phillips [mailto:bernip@...]
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 7:10 PM
Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Woo Hoo A Clean Sweep!!!!!!
What I found amazing was that it won best song -- it was the most boring,
forgettable, poorly performed song. There's no way it deserved best song!
Allison Krauss was great with the two songs from "Cold Mountain" and I
really like the snappy tune from the animated short, "Triplets from
Belleville." It was cute to see Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara be
& Mickey" from "A Mighty Wind" again, but that wasn't such a good song
either, I thought -- although it was still better than "Into the West"!
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