Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #17 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

The Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King (2003)

Why have I never watched this movie before?  Oh yeah . . . because I never watched the first two.  Which is weird since I own and I've watched both Hobbit movies.  I have no answer.

Well I figured I couldn't watch The Return of the King without watching the first two movies of the Trilogy . . . so Hal & I binge watched them all last weekend.  Except for the last 30 minutes of the third movie . . . sigh . . . because Hal had to leave for work.  When he came home a couple of days later we were finally able to watch the end.

These movies are exciting and romantic and violent (but not real graphic violence or I would have had to turn it off) and a story of heroes and evil and the good guy gets to win.  What more can you ask for?  The scenery was STUNNING.  The costumes were incredibly imaginative.  I just can't praise this trilogy enough.  I'm so sad I never watched it before now.

Stuck inside on a rainy summer day?  This may be the answer.

Academy Awards, USA 2004

Best Picture
Barrie M. Osborne
Peter Jackson
Fran Walsh 
Best Director
Peter Jackson 
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Fran Walsh
Philippa Boyens
Peter Jackson 
Best Film Editing
Jamie Selkirk 
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Grant Major (art director)
Dan Hennah (set decorator)
Alan Lee (set decorator) 
Best Costume Design
Ngila Dickson
Richard Taylor 
Best Makeup
Richard Taylor
Peter King 
Best Music, Original Score
Howard Shore 
Best Music, Original Song
Fran Walsh
Howard Shore
Annie Lennox
For the song "Into the West".
Best Sound Mixing
Christopher Boyes
Michael Semanick
Michael Hedges
Hammond Peek 
Best Visual Effects
Jim Rygiel
Joe Letteri
Randall William Cook
Alex Funke 

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