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Roll of Honor Snowman of Forochel
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I loved the elves coming to Helm's Deep to help out the men.

To me it was the one last ditch effort from the elves, who seemed pretty selfish, to help out the people who helped them before. I thought it made perfect sense for someone like me who saw the movie before reading the book.

In no way did I see it as an attempt from the director to do it strictly as a way of creating soap opera or causing sentimentality.

The scene was excellent, and it worked. I know this because I got chills when the elves showed up.

Now go back to your hole, WK, and get out of the house of enlightenment where you have no reason for being, and where you have no way of comprehending the sights and sounds around you.

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I thought it was kewl when Haldir died really really really slowly.

What? I really did. []

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Amazing. Musical score, cast, everything. Including modified storyline for the most part.
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Teron
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Awesome spec. effects. I love the films.
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Nazgûl
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The music is phenomenal. Its so epic and whenever it plays it captures the moment and put you in the right mood. I think the movies are excellent and it's a shame they get so much criticism.
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The score is definitely one of the most amazing things about the film. Howard Shore pretty much rules. []
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Soundtrack was definitely incredible, as was Gollum.
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The American Film Institute has updated its 1997 list of the "100 Greatest Films of All Time", and added only four films from the last decade: "Saving Private Ryan" (No. 71), "Titanic" (No. 83), "The Sixth Sense" (No. 89) and . . .

"Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (No. 50).

Just ahead of West Side Story and Taxi Driver.

Just thought you'd want to know.

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Well, good, at least the most deserving film of the three made the list.
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I personally feel that AFI should have considered LotR as a single work vs. 3 individual films since they work together as a unit (Any of the films taken singularly make no since, as could be said about the book(s) as well. FotR in and of itself doesn't really have a resolution per se (as it shouldn't, because it is not the end of the story).

[ 06-22-2007, 02:04 PM: Message edited by: Prince Imrahil ]

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I think they did consider it as a single work, myself (even though they have it listed as Fellowship). Didn't they show clips from all three? I don't rememeber I was too busy being happy.

It also beat "North by Northwest," "Jaws," "The Gold Rush," "Duck Soup," "The African Queen" (which fell 48 places since the last list!), "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "A Clockwork Orange" (zomg, it fell really far too), "Saving Privage Ryan," "The Shawshank Redemption," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Forrest Gump," "All the President's Men," "Modern Times," "The Apartment," "Spartacus," "Easy Rider," "12 Angry Men," "Bringing Up Baby," "Goodfellas," "Pulp Fiction," and "Ben-Hur."

It'll be neat to see how high it climbs in the next ten years.

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I'm sure it was considered a single work. How can it not be? Unlike other trilogies, this one was really one huge movie broken up into 3 parts, and not really a trilogy at all.
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*tests waters*

Weren't the movies wonderful?

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Peter Jackson is a god among men! New Zealand is the perfect Middle-earth! Philippa Boyens improved upon Tolkien's work!

Okay, that last one actually hurt as I typed it. []

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I know it is heresy, but I think that the movie actually did improve on Tolkien's work in a few scenes. E.g., I personally was disappointed with the way that Saruman was first introduced to readers in the novel. He is nearly twirling his moustache. Tolkien was trying too hard to cue the audience that Saruman is evil. The movie presents a subtler and more powerful Saruman (brilliantly portrayed by Christopher Lee) that I find much more appealing as the original White Wizard.

I'm not saying that Tolkien was anything less than an excellent writer, but I do think it is possible to improve upon him in some matters.

[ 07-20-2008, 01:10 PM: Message edited by: Alatar the Blue ]

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Roll of Honor Neytari Took-Baggins
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I agree (though I thought Saruman's introduction worked in the book because it was from Gandalf's perspective?). Arwen was definitely improved (though some of the attempts to improve her were blech, many of them worked). With the books I feel that Eowyn was a much better match for Aragorn. In the films, no question, it's Arwen all the way.

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One thing I did like about the movies over the book was moving Boromir's last stand and death to FOTR. But I disagree with Ms. Boyens in that it was "an improvement" (IIRC, she said so in the commentary during that scene--but it's been a while, so I could be misremembering), it just makes more dramatic sense. From a film standpoint, at least.

Don't take my prior post too seriously. I really like the movies (well, for the most part).

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One character I did like in the movies was that of Theoden. He was supurbly played by Bearned Hill. Although that might be partly due to the fact I tend to skip the Rohan bits when I read the books.

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The movies made some changes that made sense on the context of switching from the written medium to the audio-visual medium of movies.  - The heightened action scenes are the obvious example.

The movies also made some changes that made sense from a general story-telling position.  - Switching between Book 3 & Book 4 is the obvious example.

The moves made some other changes that made less sense.  - I think the books were actually more subtle in their treatment of Saruman. I thought his portrayal in the movies was a little one-dimensional, pace Alatar. In the books, he is much more of a good character seduced into evil because he pursued power initially for good motives. In the movies, he seems to come across as more fo a brainwashed slave of Sauron.

As I recall. []

I have plenty of complaints with the movies, but all grumbling aside, well, the perfect is the enemy of the good.  - Jackson managed to film a visually stunning version of the story. The director that I really hate is that Dutch socialist pervert, Paul Verhoeven, for his deliberate corruption of Starship Troopers.

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I agree with you about Verhoeven. He essentially called Heinlein a fascist and spit on the novel.

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I still hear LotR talked about almost as often as Star Wars (the originals, not the travesties).
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Do you really think the prequels were that bad?
I think they just had some bad scenes, like the pod race, the colliseum, and the lava fight.

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I can't stand them. HORRIBLE scripts. Makes the LotR scripts look like bleeding Shakespeare.

Strangely enough, I liked the first two sequences you mention. I mean, I liked them when I saw them in theatres.

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And the accolades just keep pouring in.

Lord of the Rings trilogy one of the 100 films of all time to see before you die.

Take that, puristimos! []

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