The Return of the King is just as good as everybody says. The acting is strong, the special effects, well, special, and the plotting is very good. Definitely one of the best movies of the year, and well worth spending three and a half hours on.
My only nit to pick would be the ending, which drags on for way too long. Sure, you have to have the scene where Aragorn is crowned, but it should have ended there. I’m glad though that they weren’t faithful to the movie and had Saruman wreck the Shire. That ending always felt really extraneous to me, so good on Peter Jackson that he took it out.
The trilogy really took on new meaning for me after watching the extra material on The Two Towers DVD–the attention to detail and sheer care really comes through on the screen.
Now we have to wait impatiently for the extended DVD, which will no doubt rock incredibly hard.
UPDATE: Corrected the titles–it’s The Return of the King, and The Two Towers. Call me anal retentive.
Music: “Leave Home” by Chemical Brothers
Posted Monday, 22 December, 2003 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.