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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Gotta run out to catch my flight to begin an epic journey myownself, so I’ll keep it short and sweet… Today’s pics are from the original Lord of the Rings Trilogy, one from Fellowship and one from The Two Towers.

Figured it was appropriate… now to go catch a plane! Enjoy and click the second one to really get the full effect!



If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s pic will be posted from the future!

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • June 9, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Nice one.

    by Schadenfreude

    Is Christopher Lee back for the Hobbit? I hope so, but he was mighty pissed at the Return of the King theatrical cut.

  • June 9, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Denty420

    Bad ass shit

  • June 9, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Yes, Christopher Lee will appear.

    by Felix

    His advanced age only allows him to do small roles now. He can also be seen in one of the production diaries.

  • June 9, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Most overrated films of the past 10 years

    by StarWarsRedux

    The first one's okay, but the second and third are just snorefests, unfortunately. Too much time away from the story of Frodo, Sam and Gollum. I'd welcome an online edit that was entirely of them, cutting out all the shit with Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas, to say nothing of the stoner Hobbits. <p> <p>I wonder honestly if I'll bother with "The Hobbit" when it comes out. I'm curious about the framrate, but other than that... eh.

  • lame-os

  • June 9, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Personally, loved the first, liked the second, and the third?

    by irishraidersfan

    While I felt the first two benefitted from extended cuts, RotK was all over the place. The effects felt, I dunno, rushed? Where the hobbit/full size fx were amazing in the first movie, by the third some of them looked like something from a ScyFy tv movie. Shame.

  • June 9, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Does every film get trashed on this site eventually?

    by Setthera

    Is The Godfather still good? How about Die Hard?

  • June 9, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    I loved it when that guy said that Samwise loved (Timothy) Olyphant.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    A great moment in TB history.

  • June 9, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    There are old like you Quint.

    by Kevin

    They are,......not you,... ;-)

  • June 9, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    yup setthera, the Godfather sucks too....

    by sonnyhooper

    ....and Die Hard, who can watch that film anymore? has. not. aged. well. every time i see Bruce Willis with hair it takes me right out of the movie. <p> FACT! <p> hows that? sound like the average talkback douche bag? awesome. lol.

  • June 9, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    i worked in art dept on these three

    by rexholmes

    and these photos remind me of how much fucking fun it was! thanks quint.

  • June 9, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    orionas - in what ways...

    by Last_of_the_Emurites

    In what ways have the films not held up well? What flaws do you speak of that have an annoying distraction to the viewing experience? It would kind of help on this site if people could post more examples rather than just ranting, adjective-and-adverb-filled complaints.

  • June 9, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by kells

    Clearly, you don't understand: internet fanboy discussion forum comments aren't cool unless you adopt a position on films that runs counter to established film critics. This is because most posters in these forums are frustrated film critic wannabes who have no hope in hell of ever actually being taken seriously by the masses in terms of their opinions about films, and so they avail themselves of the internet because at least that way they get to see their awesome analytical utterances in "print." The more rhetorically rebellious and ludicrously overstated the opinion, the better. So, things like this: LOTR WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER DIRECTED BY PAUL VERHOEVEN! FACT! or PROMETHEUS SUCKS WORSE THAN THE PHANTOM MENACE! FACT! are now commonplace here. Unfortunately.

  • June 9, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    There are flaws, but the strengths far outweigh them.

    by Farrokh

    Personally, ROTK has the most 'goofiness', but also the most powerful moments. Legolas got more and more ridiculous with each film, and by the third one, he was a cartoon character. However there are more than enough epic moments to make up for all the silliness. But I still think they could have been even better. And yes, I am a spoilt brat. :P

  • June 9, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    3 wizards

    by DarthBlart

  • June 9, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    The Godfather and Die Hard are still good!

    by ufoclub1977

    In those movies, the stylistics seem to get better and more authentically visionary with age. My group of friends walked out of the theater after "Fellowship of the Ring" with the idea that certain things wouldn't age well right then and there (for example the feel of the scene hyping the Hobbits running from the black riders and jumping on that raft seemed a bit cheap, as do some of the sets which alternate between feeling stagey to on-location brilliance, and the style sometimes slips into melodrama, with some CG assisted astronomical camera move or very theatrical lighting), but the Mines of Moria /Balrog scene holds up and is so strong it's overwhelming, as does the horseback chase scene with the Black Riders with the poisoned Frodo. That stuff is quite brilliant. All in all, I think it's a monumental achievement to have put this thing on screen and actually draw an audience beyond D&D players. I knew something smart was up when my friend's sister said she liked Fellowship and even cried in one part. Hopefully The Hobbit makes complete use of real locations and more naturalistic, less contrived lighting throughout because a higher framerate takes us closer to seeing it as reality with scrutable details. Is scrutable a word?

  • June 9, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Needs a reboot!

    by DougMcKenzie

    Micheal Bay needs a new project if he is moving off Transformers. Spielberg could get him this property in a heartbeat.

  • As Gandalf shouts "YOU SHALL NOT PASS" and then "Run you fools" he falls down the hole after the dragon. The camera follows him as he plummets after the dragon into infinity... AND HE GRABS A SWORD AND STARTS FIGHTING THE FUCKER. WHILE FALLING. Shivers down my spine every time.

  • June 9, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    agreed ufoclub1977 except on

    by james

    the horse riding bit. Dummy Frodo stuck out to me then and now and always brings me out of that scene. I also don't know many people who agree with me on that either.

  • June 9, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Fuck off

    by Mumbo

    Every single one of you. So Prometheus is the worst film of the year, and the Lord of the Rings has magically become bad? Go get raped by a tree.

  • June 9, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Never said it was bad.

    by james

    I personally enjoy all three, prefer the extended versions even. But they were never perfect films.

  • June 9, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Extended version,...

    by Kevin

  • June 9, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    What is that Quint

    by wormcheck

    a 16 hour flight or so?? Gods have mercy on your poor rump!!

  • June 9, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    If you want to you can find plenty to criticize about every movie ever made

    by inflatablebombshelter

    but at a certain point you're just being a contrarian asshole.

  • June 9, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Great films..

    by Tom McMahon

    Intelligent event movies, perhaps there should be more of them? Still, lets all slag them off and instead get all wet about reboots of 80s popcorn action flicks. Yes I'm talking to you Total Recall and Robodump.

  • June 9, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Two Hollywood Miracles of the 21st Century (So Far)

    by tomandshell

    New Line filming three Lord of the Rings movies at once. What if the first one had flopped? Marvel planning multiple films to set up The Avengers. What if Iron Man, Thor or Captain America had flopped? In both cases, the studios didn't play it safe and took huge risks with hundreds of millions of dollars. And in both cases, the risk payed off. Neither of these projects should have ever been given a green light by conventional Hollywood wisdom. But Avengers is now one of the biggest moneymakers ever. And Lord of the Rings in particular was not just a commercial success, but has gone down in history as one of the great movie classics of all time.

  • June 9, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    very cool, can't wait for the hobbit

    by raptorman

  • June 9, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Return of the King is an utter mess

    by performingmonkey

    It was on TV the other day and I couldn't believe I'd even accepted some of the shit that happens in that movie, let alone LIKED it. Frodo and Sam's story...we see Frodo stumbling towards Minas Morgul, 'they're calling to me' with bad guys 3 feet away and they don't get seen, then that mental green signal as a one-off CGI and sound effect moment but ffs...then we've got the dire 'crumbs on his jacketses...he ate it!' part, Frodo telling Sam to go home... Gandalf bigging up the Witch-King of Angmar but then their face-off (extended edition only) was a letdown. Basically, the rollercoaster was out of control. PJ and the others didn't know what the fuck they were doing with everything post-Helm's Deep. Luckily there is less chance to screw up The Hobbit because the story is much more straightforward with a simple beginning, middle and end that cannot be denied. There's gonna be a ton of extra material, sure, but at I think he should have learnt not to fuck with the core like he did with the latter stages of LOTR.

  • June 9, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    @tomandshell re: conventional hollywood wisdom

    by Tom McMahon

    Totally agree with you, it's time that conventional hollywood reason is binned. Perhaps Hollywood should stop underestimating the public, and realise that by doing so they are alienating a big section of the audience. One of the reasons for LOTR's success must surely be that it appealed to such a wide cross section of people. For instance my parents (late 60s middle class, university educated) went to see all the LOTR flims and loved them due to the source material and the way it had been treated. The chances of them going to see, Battleship are fairly low. But at the same time, the LOTR also appeals to people who just want a visual spectacle and have never read the/any books..

  • June 9, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    "I loved The Money Pit."

    by tangcameo

    "Well there you go."

  • The helms deep scene from Two Towers alone was one the few times that a film could completely absorbed me into what was happening on screen Great set of films. I'm hoping that The Hobbit will be just as superb.

  • June 9, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lee

    by Robbiemc9

    Christopher Lee is such a legend. His comments on the commentry track on the movies are the best parts. I wish they released all three movies with just his commentary. He is a Tolkin freak so would have a lot to say. I love strong stern characters who can suddenly turn soft and caring. Like his role in Hugo. He would be an awesome grandfarther for a little kid. These movies however did a wonderful job of capturing the books. He certainly didn't screw it like he screwed Kong. I don't care if the effects age. I love my old movies with hokey effects - original Clash of the Titans - Twister especially looks funny now but in a cute nostalgic way. If the story is still strong then the effects are just window dressing. I love coming on this site to have my share of a bitch, rant, hate but only to be funny. The only things I struggled with in these movies was any scene with drippy dreary Liv Tyler and faggy no neck Wood whispering sweet nothings constantly to Sam. He was much more masculine in the books. Oh Sam....helllppp me sammm.....thank you sammmm..... Thank god Sean Austin knocked it out of the park.

  • June 9, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    The only problem with the third was the ending

    by locater16

    It went on, and on, and on... and on. If you just pretend it ends on the "My friends, you bow to no one." and then the pull out it's the best of the three.

  • June 9, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    instead of jetting around the world like a jet-setter, you should post your effing HOBBIT SET REPORTS like a SET REPORTER

  • June 9, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    The endings of ROTK wouldn't be so bad...

    by NZPoe

    ...if they didn't have those damn fade outs and fade ins. They only emphasize the story starting, stopping and restarting again. If they hadn't thrown in the fades I totally wouldn't have noticed the ending dragging till the Grey Havens sequence. Or, alternatively, just end the film with the four hobbits having a drink in the Green Dragon. Yeah, some of the effects are not great, but then modern films released this year contain effects that are substandard. Goes with the territory, but these films are superb. EXTENDED EDITIONS all the way and the weakest of the films is definitely THE TWO TOWERS with its "meanwhile, elsewhere, at the same time" intercutting of three storylines - but even then I don't mind it, they're great films.

  • June 9, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Good pics, Great movies

    by Logan_1973

    Still not topped.

  • June 9, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST


    by Robbiemc9

    If you think the endings for the thrid movie are long then try reading the books! They MUCH longer. Especially when they get back to Hobbiton and have to liberate it from the Orks. Plus there is much more about Saurman and his fate. I agree though - fade in fade out fade in etc.... He should have just cut to the city celebrating the King and the straight to Hobbiton/Grey Havens.

  • June 9, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST

    And piss off it hasn't aged well

    by Logan_1973

    Just hate on everything. Dicks.

  • June 9, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Loved the LOTR movies.

    by DementedCaver

    ....and the haters can go pound salt.

  • June 9, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    To say LOTR is not your cup of tea is one thing, to say that its a POS is another. If they're not your thing, hey man no quarrel. But to state definitively that they're garbage flies in the face of what the majority of the world says about them.

  • June 9, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Many years ago on a day like this..

    by ajit maholtra

    ..when I was very young, my brother and me rented the movie Amityville Horror from the video store and then bought a pizza from the pizza place next to the video store. The pizza had ground beef, olives, and feta cheese, and we played galaga in the lobby while we waited for it to be ready. We walked home with pizza and movie and it was a cloudy day like today but it didn't rain until we got home. Then we watched movie while eating the pizza and it was very scary. Scary music with children singing, and then the priest got eaten by flies. Then Lois Lane from Superman got naked and had sex, but she had weird boobies, so I got a partial bonner, but not full one. Movie was scarier from there, but afterwards, we finished pizza, then watched Conan the Barbarian on pay tv, so it was a nice cloudy day, just like today.

  • June 9, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Fellowship was NOT a good movie.

    by Atomike2

    It just abruptly ends - almost mid-sentence it was so abrupt. Good movies don't do that. At best, this was supplemental material to the book. But as a stand-alone movie? No no no. It does NOT stand alone. Therefore, it is by definition, a bad film as such. You may think of it as fine supplemental material, but one could never recommend it as a quality FILM experience. It's not.

  • Anyone claiming that "it hasn't aged well" is criticizing pure praise that never happened.

  • June 9, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    Um.... Fellowship was never meant to be a standalone film because its Part 1. Welcome to 2001.

  • June 9, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    needs more birds eye fly-bys.

    by vulturess

    cant wait for the hobbit fly-bys.

  • Cause everyone is entitled to like what they like. Fantasy is most exciting Genre to me but doesn't mean there are not different sub Genres of Fantasy and that's good cause it caters to more people and to be expected. My Lord of Rings trilogy experience: Really got into the first one, Fellowship, it was really fresh at the time, and although there were in hindsight warning signs in it for sensibilities that weren't my cuppa, i overlooked those, & it was exciting as Fellowship overwhelmingly felt like an epic set up for the Fantasy filmic glory of Lord of the Rings. I might be wrong, but perhaps Fellowship was the most similar in feel to it's book? The Twin Towers: awesome trailers of battle environment at Helms Deep. But film was alet down to me, changes that didn't seem to make sense thematically, stylistic things i had over looked in Fellowship in my enthusiasm seemed to be more prominent and one of the best characters, Faramir was now a schemer! WTF!!! I was severely crushed by Twin Towers. Return of the King: Saw in stoned with brother in theater! fell asleep, woke up in abit where people laughed at something not meant to be a joke. My LOTR experience had crashed and burned. However watched the extendeds on DvD, & while not much could enhance Twin Towers for me, Return of the Kind was a whole lot better. So while not my take on LoTR's i also truely appreciated from the extended versions, that as a production, the trilogy is an awesome Lord of the Rings experience at the very least and alot to enjoy there. I'm thinking The Hobbit might be more of a fairytale type lark and maybe more personal type of take of the book also, so am going to give it a shot and see what's up!

  • Get over it. Will Smith can't play James Bond either. It's not racism, it's called STORY.

  • Maybe even top 10. Far too many goosebump moments for me to handle. Great pic!

  • June 9, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Peter Jackson to direct JLA.

    by UltimaRex

    Make to so WB...

  • June 9, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    All three movies are great.

    by frank

    The second and third have some significant flaws, but these don’t stop the movies from being classics. I do wish I could make my own edit of Return of the King, though. It could be nearly perfect with some tweaking of the extended edition.

  • June 9, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST

    The people who were bitching about ROTK's......

    by archer1949

    Multiple endings were probably the same people who were crying "No Scouring of the Shire? RUINED 4 ever! That hack PJ Raped my childhood!" on the Newsgroups just a few years earlier. These movies are far from perfect, but Jackson, for the most part, knew what he was doing. The Lovely Bones, on the other hand........

  • I was riveted every second of TTT. The ent scens were probably my favorite parts. If some people were bored by them, it is just because it wasn’t something they were personally interested in. It wasn’t a deficiency of the movie.

  • June 9, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    And the epilogue of RotK was perfect.

    by frank

    One of the best endings in literature was translated beautifully to the screen.

  • June 9, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    The Hobbit is my most anticipated movie of the year.

    by frank

    Prometheus was giving it some competition but ended up being not quite what I’d hoped for. I think The Hobbit has a better chance of living up to my expectations since it already has a great story for a foundation and PJ and co. basically just need to do the same thing that they did with LotR again. As long as they keep the silliness in check, it should be awesome.

  • June 9, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Fellowship is by far the best of them

    by Scorchy

    But the other two are pretty good, as well - they just don't have the same pacing and flow that Fellowship did, which is no surprise, considering that Fellowship didn't have that year-long time limit. RotK is pretty epic, and Pelennor Fields is unbelievable. Some things do feel a bit rushed, but considering how massive and risky this entire undertaking was, it still remains a stunning achievement. PJ's annoying and cheesy sense of humor bugs the hell out of me, though, especially when he shoehorns dumb things into the movies. Gollum is still the best and most fully-realized CGI character ever created, and will be hard to top. I can't wait for the Hobbit. It's "event movie" at its finest. This whole year is loaded with ridiculously anticipated movies - the Avengers (which I still haven't seen), the Dark KNight Rises (which I will see at the Omnimax IMAX at the Carnegie Science Center), the Hobbit....this is a great year for film geeks.

  • June 9, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Fantasy Film Genre needs MORE quality like LoTR

    by deanmail

    Been ages since a fantasy trilogy of Lord Of The Rings calibre came along. I watched it to experience something different and rewatch it even now in that frame of mind. I'm sure there's flaws in there somewhere as no film is perfect but I'm not looking for flaws in the LoTR trilogy because to me they're a good 10 hours of top quality entertainment and too much my cup of tea for me to start questioning my "tea" and its nutritional value. Even Two Towers grew on me after a while.

  • June 9, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    FOTR - one of the greatest of all time

    by performingmonkey

    As a lover of the books the first time seeing FOTR was an overwhelming experience! Stayed faithful just enough and was cinematically unreal, one of the best effects movies ever made (and will remain that way, it still stands up, unlike some of the crazier stuff later on in ROTK). A colossal production...such amazing work from all involved, particularly the designers, artists, arnour and weapons crafters, set builders etc. not one thing looked out of place. We were inside Tolkien's world, of that there was never any doubt. There's never been more perfect casting than Ian Mckellen as Gandalf and Christopher Lee as Saruman. Also Ian Holm as Bilbo, a role he was destined to play after portraying Frodo 20 years beforehand in the BBC radio series.

  • June 9, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    I will agree that POTC: TCOTBP was amazing too

    by performingmonkey

    Talk about capturing lightning in a bottle... Curse of the Black Pearl is a great example of the world deciding that, yeah, for once everything can fall into place and just be FUN for fun's sake! It thrilled me.

  • June 9, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    LOTR hasn't aged well?

    by sullafelix

    Get real. I watched them a few months back and they still looked great, in fact even better than some of the corner-cutting generic special effects used today. It'll never match the source material, but will always be the gold standard of adaptations of it.

  • June 10, 2012, midnight CST


    by Ixnay23

    I only realized this earlier today. While only two of these men are Wizards, all three of them are Knights.

  • June 10, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Just watched Two Towers today, coincidentally

    by SagaciousPenguin

    These movies are awesome, and while it's fine if they're 'not your thing' or you don't personally like them, the fact that some people have decided they're garbage is seriously pathetic. You can nitpick anything, but on the whole I find these to be some of the most beautiful, fun, involving, epic films ever made and any complaints I can think of are worth shrugging off in comparison with the mountain of top-notch artistry, characters, and storytelling on display. <br> Haters have only their hate -- me, I'll be soaring with the eagles in Middle Earth!

  • June 10, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST


    by Vitruvian_Man

    * Proceed with rant* So now the LOTR is now "aged"? Let's get ahead of the curve and jump on the "Hobbit Sucks Ass" boat before it becomes all the rage! LOTR's is not perfect? What the hell is perfect then?? I love the sarcasm of my fellow talkbackers. Die Hard should now be called "Die Flaccid"! The Godfather should be re-titled, "Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli." Way too many punks with no sense of history on this site. You pretend to have a sense of it all, but you really don't. You may know Charlton Heston stared in an earlier version of POTA, but how many of you have actually seen it? It's fucking sublime and shocking and funny. The prosthetic makeup alone was revolutionary for the time and is still better than the Tim Burton version. You may have some sense that Paul Newman was cool, but you really have no fucking idea who Fast Eddie was, you pretenders! For those of you smacking on LOTR's as being dated I can only say...The Wizard of Oz. It will last like that one did. A lot of us have really ripped on Harry these last few years, as far as the quality of this site. We've made fun of his grammar (rightfully so) and piled on him for taking favors. All this is true and deserved. But I have yet to see a talkbacker take a knee and own up for being a douchbag or a pompous ass...which MANY of us are! Own it guys. We only speak for ourselves, not the common man or the "truth" as we like to think! And oh yeah...Peter Jackson is a fatass!!!

  • June 10, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST

    orionas wins uber-douche of the year award

    by jimmy_009

    Seriously, you're a fucking twat.

  • June 10, 2012, 2:02 a.m. CST


    by Atomike2

    I was about to pass off your comment as silly, however I started thinking about it, and realized that if my assertion was correct, then films like Back to the Future II, which doesn't really stand on its own, couldn't be good movies either. So, there is certainly a place for films not designed to stand alone. But really that being said- everyone must admit that the ending to Fellowship was just terrible beyond belief for all but the most die-hard fans.

  • June 10, 2012, 2:23 a.m. CST

    WTF hasn't aged well?!!!

    by eman1111

    I cannot believe that someone said, I think it was Orionas, that the LOTR movies have not aged well, WTF are you talking about!! I generally prefer to not denigrate individuals on this or any site but Orionas you are a complete dithering idiot. I just rewatched the triology last summer and was once again swept away by the power of all three movies. Were they perfect, no, but they are still amazing and nothing in my entire life has been as good a movie experience as the first time I saw FOTR at the theatre. It was like I was walking on air as I walked out of the theatre I was so blown away and I came in with high expectations even though I knew that is a foolish thing to do. I guess there will always be someone who just has to attack something because lots of other people like it but man that comment is unfuckingbelievable. LOTR is in my top five of all time and is by far the best fantasy film/s ever, nothing else is even close. Orionas you sir are a moron of the highest order and should forever be relegated to having to watch Ice Pirates, He Man, the British movie Avengers and Ishtar for the rest of your life for your assinine comments.

  • June 10, 2012, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Prequels were WAY better!

    by positivelySlime

    haha j/k

  • You are truly pathetic. That which you fapped furiously over a short few years ago, you now fling feces at, as if it's some Michael Bay disaster or an Uwe Boll film. Honestly, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart: you are too fucking stupid to be allowed access to the internet, and should probably not be allowed to interact with society in general. It's clear that you fancy yourselves clever film connoisseurs, and actually believe that the tripe you shit out evidence of that. It's not. It only serves to illustrate what a myopic little piece of shit you are. Petulant little retards...if you want to leave your stool as some sort of marker on a film, there are plenty of lousy ones out there far more deserving. But no, you target that which is successful and beloved. Why? Because, clearly, you are so desperate for attention that you must target the most critically acclaimed and financially successful films. More chance more people will read what your barely functional brain came up with in the confused fog you call your mind. Well, hate to break it to you, but nobody thinks anything of you other than that you're another drone who cant leave things the fuck alone and go die in a corner like a good little useless fucking twat. Kill yourselves. And broadcast it live on the internet. Now THAT'd be the first thing you produced worth looking at.

  • June 10, 2012, 5:08 a.m. CST


    by Aidil_Afham

    Why must FOTR be viewed as a stand alone film? Clearly most people go into it knowing its a part of a series of movies. Its like saying someone is ugly because their eyebrows are slightly off. But if you wanna review it while ignoring the fact that its a trilogy, then fine. The cinema went "Awwww.." when it ended because they were so engrossed by the film so muc that they wanted more and not realising theyve been sitting for 3 hrs. And besides, I thought it ended perfectly with Aragorn finding resolve after Boromir's death, letting go of Frodo and the heroes running off to "hunt some orc" And Frodo finding the courage and understanding to go at it alone. And the closing score was bittersweet and gentle. All this made everyone invest in the sequel. Which part of the story would you want it to end? Introduction of Rohan? Reveal of Smeagol? I don't see doing that can be any better..

  • ...and Jackson delivered about as good an adaptation of some tough source material as its possible to make. Now fuck off and go and knock one out to your Kate Mulgrew posters instead of pretending you always thought these were overrated. Still didn't like what they did to Denethor though. Or leaving Lee out of the theatrical cut like that...

  • June 10, 2012, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Army of Darkness > LOTR Trilogy

    by DOYLE1

    The most boring, humourless trilogy this side of the Star Wars prequels.

  • June 10, 2012, 7:09 a.m. CST

    You bore me

    by thomskis

    Seeing as I'm so wise about film and shit, I'm gonna show off with a jaded backlashy recommendation for a Citizen Kane reboot helmed by McGeeeee. Shit has not aged well AT ALL!

  • June 10, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Sorry Haters

    by donkey_lasher

    But simply stating that these films suck, mean you're either trolling/retarded or clueless about film. I'm guessing a mixture of the three. At least give some solid reasons as to why these films are so bad. You're a minority and are just embarrassing yourselves.

  • June 10, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    I never cared for LOTR movies in the first place

    by animas

    They missed the entire point of the book.

  • June 10, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    AICN TB'er: This movie sucks Explanation given: NONE

    by billydeewilliams

    If you are going to critique a movie EXPLAIN why it sucks. Aged SFX are NOT a reason a movie sucks. Should they update them like Lucas does every few years? Yeah, that totally worked.

  • June 10, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Redwhitenegro= ZERO credibility

    by billydeewilliams

  • June 10, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Man, it was 12 years ago.

    by dreckleburg

    I remember when AICN released the first pic on Saruman, it was from the same scene. Shit, years went by FAST. I love these movies.

  • June 10, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    I didn't know Jackson was Knighted. What are the qualifications or prerequisites for knighthood? Is it simply contribute something artistically, scientifically, politically, or culturally significant to British culture?

  • June 10, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    wins the 'Tool of the Thread' award.

  • I still like all of the movies a lot, big fan of the 2nd one, but that is a hellova long long ending in Return of the King. It does just keep going. Someone once said on a TB they switch it off after Aargon says "You bow to no man" to the Hobbits and that seems like a great place to wrap it up. Great, important, fantastic series with a really long drawn out ending. That's not being a contrarian asshole, that's just honest. It's pretty telling in over 10 years the only times I've seen people actually like the ending of ROTK is literally just on AICN talkbacks and nowhere else. Ever talked to a person about Lord of the rings? Everyone says the same thing, the last movie takes forever to end. That's just the truth.

  • June 10, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    If you watched all three LotR movies with interest...

    by MCVamp

    You invested almost 10 hours of your life into the trilogy. Why would you want the end to suddenly pop up as "TH-TH-TH-THAT'S ALL, ETHEL"?

  • June 10, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Peter Jackson post-LOTR was utterly brilliant........

    by david starling

    .......After LOTR he was sadly lacking. King Kong is too damn long (no that wasn't meant to rhyme), it took 80 minutes to get anywhere interesting, was packed with rubbish FX, and it had some of the worst casting ever, that just didn't sit right at all. I've heard people try to reason the Lovely Bones - no, face it, its shite!! Its good that we will soon see him on familiar ground, but I'd have loved to have seen more along the lines of Braindead, The Frighteners, or Heavenly Creatures. And yes, I do hold special places for Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles in my heart - but Peter Jackson can never ever go here again, he's too way gone now!!

  • June 10, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Oh, and regarding Lord of the Rings.......

    by david starling

    The Director's cut of The Two Towers is severely ace!! Return of the King needs Jackson to go back to it, and provide another cut. Fellowship is fine in its theatrical form. And whoever said that they aged really needs their head examining - they are what they are precisely!!

  • June 10, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Sorry, I should've said pre-LOTR!! DOH!! Stupid Me!!

    by david starling

  • but they were way too long and ponderous. Peter Jackson can't simply kill someone without dragging it out for 30 minutes whether it's Kong or 006. Conversely, Sauroman just disappears without hardly an explanation. It's like, "Hey remember when Darth Vader just slunk away, yeah that sucked". With all the time they spent showing the Hobbits walking, they could have given a resolution to the main (personified) villain. Then there's all the dues ex machina. "We're losing the battle! Wait I have this army I just pulled out of my ass!". And of course the dozen endings. WTF was the "Grey Havens"? And why the fuck didn't they just ride the eagles to Mordor? So no, I'm not simply saying the movies sucked, I'm giving actual reasons. But again, it was a huge undertaking and I'm not saying I could have done it better. But yeah, the movies are far from perfect.

  • June 10, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    If you saw those two guys on the street, just walking along...

    by SillySOB

    Like they're actual wizards, you can't tell me you wouldn't be a just a little bit afraid.

  • June 11, 2012, 4:47 a.m. CST

    'The Frightners' is alot of fun

    by even9

    That film really seems to hit it's groove, it's quite humorous too. But a film like that can never really be a huge global blockbuster ( being more cultish), it's abit of a conundrum shared by many directors i guess, it's kind of a mid blockbuster type of film. It's a pity movie tickets & movie culture isn't scaled to the type of films, like mid prices for films like that, which are really good entertainment, just not quite the scale of the biggies and being more overtly stylized Genre films. Not neccessarily what you would end up owning for life long home viewings unless you are a specialised fan in someway, nor neccessarily what you would chose over a blockbuster at a theater that takes your inteest, but something you would have a good time with going out to watch in a theater all the same. But if there was something like that, then it would enable Genre film makers to really build up quite specialised & out there bodies of work which over time would be pretty cool, kind of a bridge market between art house film making and main stream story telling that has a dynamic wide following in bridging those two theater going movie cultures of audience. ho hum.

  • I also enjoyed King Kong too. Every film I've seen from Jackson I've enjoyed to some extent. Sure, some are popcorn movies, some drag on, and some a little sentimental, etc. But he's a fine story teller, and he's pretty consistent. In percentage terms I think I've enjoyed more of his films than most, although I wouldn't consider any of them absolute favourites. Each to their own, but it's unrealistic to expect a director to forever make movies you love. Given enough time they'll all create something you hate. Just be thankful for the films they make that you really enjoy.

  • June 11, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    "...missed the entire point of the book."

    by Michael Tyree

    Y'know, I've heard a few (very few) others, over a period of 12 years or so, make that statement but I've yet to hear anyone offer anything to back it up. Please enlighten the rest of us...

  • June 11, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    If you don't like FOTR...

    by Plathismo

    ...then you have cancer and will die soon. And you are not a person who will be missed.