21 – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The Olympic Torch makes its way into isengard.

The Olympic Torch makes its way into isengard.

Lord of The Rings is about a wealthy English nobleman who has a penchant for collecting wedding rings.Not,everyone knows what LOTR is about.I was looking forward to this on the list but when the film starts it just jumps right in.The story begins right after the credits,no humming or ha-ing.It’s the second film so i guess there was reason to go back and retell or introduce anything.That’s why the first third of the film i wasn’t too bothered about the characters,then the second third i was just getting to know them again and there side stories and the last bit i was excited and now that it’s over i want to watch the next one.But i don’t think i’ll bother,i seen it some 10 years,yes it’s been 10 years,ago and it’s a long film too.I found a lot of the CGI didn’t hold the test of time.I guess when you’re making an epic film,or three,you have to skimp and cut corners somewhere and there was more scenes than i care to mention that the special effects just looked a bit on the shit side for me.Great story though and fair dues to Jackson for tackling and fighting to get the rights to make the film.Lets see,notable stuff:Aragon or the buck who plays him is a solid actor,merry and pippen come across as too camp in places,Sauromon must spend half his day combing his hair up in that castle like Rapunzele or something.Also the Orcs had a pretty good grasp of language,who taught them how to speak?I noticed 2 chatting to each other while guarding the black gate,what would they be talking about? “Going out for the weekend?” , “How’s the missus?”

IMDB RATING      –     8.7
MY RATING     –    7.8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  EITHER WATCH THEM ALL TOGETHER OR NOT AT ALL.

63 – Gladiator (2000)

Nothing out of the ordinary here.Just a brother and sister lying in bed having a chat.

Nothing out of the ordinary here.Just a brother and sister lying in bed having a chat.

I’ve seen Gladiator about once completely before other times i’ve caught bits and pieces of it.I can’t say i don’t not dislike it.It’s good.Yet another Ridley Scott film for the list,this time he tackles a barbaric battle film set in 190A.D.A little different for the futuristic stuff like Alien or Blade Runner.Gladiator is about a general in the Roman army who gets shafted when the old king gets killed and his ass of a son takes over.The Gladiator is called Miximus and is ordered to be killed,along with his family,by the new king.Somehow he isn’t and is taken as a slave and sold to a guy how pitches slaves against glaitors in fights for financial gain.Maximus works his way up the ranks and in no time agian he’s back in Rome fighting for the masses but with a big vendetta against the king.The king realises that Maximus is still alive and things go down hill from there.Scott does a good job of the fight scenes.Great action and stunningly realistic looking.The musical score for the film too works in harmony with every scene.Running at 2 hours 45 you would think the film was long but it passes so quickly and isn’t dragged out anywhere.The dream sequences and the extra frame rate for fight scenes look great.I do happen to know that Oliver Reed died during the making of this film and they have to complete it without him,so if you look at 25 minutes from the end you can see how they did it without him.It’s only 1 scene but we have some back of the head shots(guy in a wig,close up of hands(a hand double),flashback (footage from earlier) and some sort of copy and paste job where Reed is about ten shades brighter than everyone else(different lighting for a different scene).Not a bad effort but it stuck out for be big-style.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  THE INCEST THING WITH THE KING AND HIS DAUGHTER IS WEIRD.