Lord of the Rings, Movie Monday, Review

Return of the King (Extended Cut): The Longest Ending in Cinematic History

Seriously, this movie has, like, three endings back-to-back! Is it super satisfying? Oh, hell yes! But still! Out of all three Lord of the Rings movies, Return of the King is the one that everyone really loves. It's easily the longest, whether you're watching the theatrical or extended cut (the ladder is the only proper… Continue reading Return of the King (Extended Cut): The Longest Ending in Cinematic History

Lord of the Rings, Movie Monday, Review

The Two Towers (Extended Cut): From Book to Film, Still Underappreciated

I've said it before and I'll say it again: this is the best Lord of the Rings story. Y'all are just too focused on Return of the King to admit it. Don't get me wrong, I get it. But my point still stands. The Two Towers movie has all the same advantages as Fellowship of… Continue reading The Two Towers (Extended Cut): From Book to Film, Still Underappreciated

Lord of the Rings, Movie Monday, Review

The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Cut): The Proper Way to Watch It

There are some movies that have been around in my life for so long that I can't remember a time before them. The Iron Giant. Galaxy Quest. The original Star Wars movies (hey, even I was a kid at some point). And, of course: the Lord of the Rings series. Before I even knew how… Continue reading The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Cut): The Proper Way to Watch It

Books, How's This Book?, Lord of the Rings

Which Lord of the Rings Book Was the Best?

I want to make it clear upfront because some people might be angry about my criteria. First: I'm talking about the books, not the movies; those are for later. Second: I'll be discussing the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion since all five of them are pretty deeply connected. If you… Continue reading Which Lord of the Rings Book Was the Best?

Books, How's This Book?, Lord of the Rings, Tolkien

The Return of the King: End of a Masterpiece

At last. We come to the end. We've gone through Fellowship and Two Towers. Now, to talk about the legendary conclusion to the greatest fantasy series of all time. As a kid, The Return of the King was my favorite movie of all time. Granted, I had no sense of what was good and what… Continue reading The Return of the King: End of a Masterpiece