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This movie is, in my opinion, the best of the year. It's filled with excitement, adventure, and suspense. And is great in its quieter moments too. Peter Jackson and company have crafted a great piece of film-making that may end up as a classic. It is based on the wonderful and imaginative books by British author J.R.R. Tolkien, who incorporated much of his childhood and own experiences into these books.
The books follow the adventure of a young hobbit who acquires the One Ring of Power. The Ring was forged by the evil Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor to enslave the world, but thanks to the might and strength of men, he was overthrown. But at the crucial moment in which the mortal King Isildur of Gondor was given the opportunity to destroy the accursed Ring, its power corrupted him and he turned away. The Ring tends to do this to its bearer. It corrupts all that come across it and betrays them. Once thought lost, the Ring winds up in the hands of hobbit, Frodo Baggins who acquires it from his cousin Bilbo. But after warning from the wise wizard Gandalf, he must set forth on an adventure to rid the land of Middle-Earth from this evil Ring, and destroy it in the land of the Enemy before the evil forces of Sauron get their hands on it. And so the Fellowship of the Ring is banded to aid the Ring-Bearer on his quest.
This is a faithful adaptation which I found a joy to watch. And as some may say it was too long and boring, I thought it wasn't long enough. I could have stayed in the theater for about another hour if it meant watching all of the great scenes from the book that were omitted from the film. I hope they actually shot some of these scenes because they are more for character development, and they wind up on a future DVD release of the film. This is a great film. It depicts the classic struggle of good versus evil at its most inventive. It is a must-see for any film-lover and definitely will be a contender this awards season.
Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
I loved this film. It isn't one of the greatest films ever made, but it's a personal favorite of mine. I cried at the two sad points, I laughed at the mannerisms of Gigalo Joe and Teddy, the super-toy, my heart pumped faster at the action, suspense, and horror, but overall, I really enjoyed the film on a whole. I didn't find an ounce of it boring at all. It's practically the same as observing an extraordinary life and extraordinary tale of a boy who just wants his mommy. But the boy is not a boy, and rather a robot. But the way he acts can pass for a human any day.
The look of the film was dazzling and amazing. From the facilities in the underwater Manhatten, to the curvy, sensual architecture of Rouge City. I really felt as if I were really going along for a great ride and once I stepped out of the theater, I wanted more.
The film is from Steven Spielberg based on Brian Aldiss' short story, "Super-toys Last All Summer Long" which was doctored up by Stanley Kubrick. The film is a tribute to the legendary filmaker, but it is not his film, but rather Spielberg's. Sure it sometimes tries to mimic his styles, but that's practically the same as a filmmaker paying homage to a great. It's more or less the same as somebody making his adaptation of a novel or maybe graphic novel, since Kubrick supplied some of his artwork through designs. The story is Kubrick's, but the film is Spielberg's.
Although it may seem ridiculous to some at some points, it's a future, not THE future, but a rendition of it and somethings may happen in THIS future that may seem unrealistic. The film has a great score, but it just doesn't stand out like some of John Williams's other scores. The end could be considered a homage to Spielberg's "Close Encounters Of the Third Kind" or it could be something different, something more along the lines of the film's title, Artificial Intelligence, but only a far more advanced form of it.
The acting in this film is great along with the emotions, visions, humor, and fright. I found this film to be extraordinarily superb, but whether you think it's as good, is up to you.
A great movie from an already great television series. The contents maybe wild, controversial, raunchy, and even gross, but the film is great! It is a musical with really great songs that are most likely not suitable for children, but hilarious all the way through. Some of the noted songs are: Blame Canada!, What would Brian Boitano Do?, Up There (as performed by the Devil), and even Uncle F*cka. The movie is about a bunch of juvenile third grade children who expand their vocabulary by watching a movie from a Canadian comic duo named Terrance and Philip. Their parents don't respect their newly learned vocabulary and attack the Canadians. Another reason was for the death of Kenny who lit his farts on fire unsuccessfully because he saw it in the film. Kenny continues his adventures in the underworld and discovers that the Devil is having a torrid relationship with Saddam Hussein. The mothers lead a full scale attack on Canada after they bombed the Baldwin brothers (Pearl harbor style).