The Lord of the Ring, Fellowship of the Ring +++ +++ +++
Best movie of the year! Don't miss it! With few book to movie discrepancies, the new LOTR movie follows the story line fairly well. All the characters come to life from the pages of the book to the big screen with superb quality.
Terific special effects allow you to see Hobbits, Humans, Dwarves and Elves side by side as you have always pictured them to be and the Barlog scene is well worth the wait.
Go see it. I can't wait for the 3 film DVD package in a few years.
Here's a letter to Science Fiction Weekley I wrote in response to a few complaints about the movie.
Get a Life people. Put your LOTR Bibles away for a while. Have any of you ever seen a movie adapted from a book that was totaly accurate, 100 percent like the book. I seriously doubt it. Every movie made from a book is an "adaptation" of that book which means the producers, directors and actors can interpret the storyline anyway they feel like. Thank goodness we got to see an adaptation of a story line a little more acurate than most (recall "The Beast Master").
Yes, Arwen's role was expanded, made a little more dramatic, the 40 day trek took an hour, and I missed the teasing and interplay between Legolas and Gimli as well, but geesh, I don't think many peple would want to sit through 6 hours of movie to see everything in the book. As much as I love Sci-fi and Fantasy, even I'd be bored.
I haven't seen or heard anyone complain about the portrayal of the Hobbits, the Dark Riders, the Barlog, Rivendell, the beautiful scenery, the exceptional special effects encluding the character sizes, Gandalf's escape, the combat scenes and Boromir's redeeming himself in his last fight. The movie was a terrific "adaptation" of the book and I certainly look forward to the next two installments and plan to buy the eventual DVD collection (which will probably total more than 10 hours of movie).
Quit nitpicking and learn to just sit back, relax, and enjoy a GOOD movie.
Producer, Sci-fi Visions
Evolution, Started 6/8/01 +++
At last nights showing, I heard everyone in the theater laughing throughout the movie. Discounting one or two gag-me one liners (which seem to be prevalent in the industry now days) the movie was fun, laugh inspiring and more entertaining than a barrel of Woody Allen's. Jones gets the majority of laughs, but the story appeared to have been written that way. Don't forget, in "Men n Black", didn't Will Smith get more laughs than Tommy Lee Jones? Gee, the comedian got more laughter than the serious actor. Go figure. I enjoyed the movie and added a copy to my library.
Monsters Inc., +++
A bit scary at times for the under 6 crowd, but even my 4 year old grandson clapped with enthusiasm several times during the movie. Pixar has another hit. Go see it.
Enemy At The Gates
World War II on the Eastern front has seldom been portrayed in movies because of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Now we have a movie about the German invasion of Stalingrad. Don't miss seeing it. I recommend the DVD.
Shrek is funny, entertaining, full of punns and innuendoes. It pokes fun at Disney and all you ever believed about fantasy characters. Saw it, enjoyed it, Bought the DVD.
Pearl Harbor, +++
Don't listen to all the hype about historical inaccuracies and woeful wailing about "It's a love story". It's true, the movie is a love story intertwined in a tale of World War II. Although the characters in the movie are fictional, everything that happened in the move happened to someone in World War II. Geting shot down and crashing in the English channel, only two fighters getting off the ground at one Hawaiian airfield, B-26 bombers taking off from an aircraft carrier, having a ship roll over beneath you, all happened in the war. Anyone at the movie who watched the attack on pearl harbor and didn't coke up a little is brain dead. Go see the movie and simply remember all those who died between 1939 and 1945. That's enough.
I bought the DVD.
Planet of the Apes, Starts 7/27/01 ++++++++
OK, go see "Planets of the Apes". Aside from a couple of science inconsistancies (which I'm sure a few will nitpick to death) it was terrific. The story is completely different from the original 1967 version. It's just as entertaining, whitty, funny and worth seeing on the big screen. You'll love the cliché's, the one liner take off's from the original movies and most of all, you'll love the simians themselves. The special effects and makeup are better than the original. And yes Charleton Heston is in the movie. You can't miss him. I want my DVD for Christmas.
Planet of the Apes, Got the DVD
Great! Get the tape or DVD. Not for little kids, Can be scary at times. It got a PG-13 rating because of some violence and gun play. But otherwise it was a good storyline well carried off.