I seriously cannot believe that it has been twenty years now since Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring was released in cinemas. I remember going to the cinema to see it as well, although not fully understanding what exactly it was but I can safely say that I had never witnessed anything like it before and the debate to whether we will ever witness anything on this scale again is very much up for debate.
One of the only pluses about the lockdown last year and when the cinemas reopening they did not have a whole lot of films and Lord of the Rings got a cinema release and they only went and put the extended editions on the big screen (the only editions now really) and I went to see all three of them twice within ten days of the big screen, as Odeon screened them first and then when Cineworld added them in I just had to go again. That was amazing that 19 years on and I still love them more than ever. While I may not watch them on repeat as much as I used to and in particular Fellowship of the Ring, my obsession with the film came a year after the cinematic release when I got the extended edition on DVD that looks like a fancy book. I would seriously watch it and then start it al over again, I have watched them all with the cast commentary and every single special feature.
It’s safe to say I was utterly obsessed with Middle Earth, I managed to read all of the books as well before Return of the King was released and I was just well taken into this magical world. If there was no Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings then you would not be reading this and Let’s Go To The Movies would not exist. It was the film that really grew my love for cinema and how amazing films could really be, no other films have made me feel the way this trilogy did and I don’t think anything will ever come that close. I felt part of the Fellowship and wanted to be on that journey with them, given the way the filming was done we really did feel that way when it came to watching the cast off set as well as on set. I was a member on some Lord of the Rings forums (anyone who is old enough to remember what an Internet forum is) as well as an Orlando Bloom forum. I have never hidden my fangirl moments over Bloom, which all seemed from Fellowship of the Ring, albeit I was slightly disappointed the first time I found out he didn’t actually have blonde hair. Hey, I was 14 years old?
Over the past few years I have found myself buying a new Christmas jumper, mainly for Christmas Day each year and have gone for film related ones in recent times. Although rather disappointing when hardly anyone actually knew that my Golden Girls jumper was in fact the Golden Girls. You can get some outstanding ones now which is why I decided to put together this blog post to highlight just how amazing some of the Christmas jumpers are and they appeal to pretty much every single fandom! Whatever you love the most you are guaranteed to find a jumper for that somewhere!
You can get a lot that are in sweatshirt style but I still personally prefer the proper trashy jumper style and when you add in film they really do have some great levels of detail on them.
The first image has been released for the much anticipated Lord of the Rings series from Amazon, it has been released as filming has finished in New Zealand. As I am a massive fan of Middle Earth I am therefore very excited about this series, especially when the same scale as Game of Thrones has been mentioned.
Here’s a date for your diary the premiere of the first episode:
This is something I have been putting together for quite a long time now and I have held off posting it or even attempting to start the blog post in fear that I have forgotten and somehow missed a favourite film from the list. Barring in mind I got up to 72 films and then had to cut it down to the 50. I would like to make clear these are my favourite films, some might have happened to win Oscars as well and some certainly have not at all. The way I have decided on my favourites is the sheer joy they bring and the number of rewatches I have had over the years. While I have listed 1-50 a lot of them can be shifted around and changed with each other. It is going to highlight my love for musicals and for certain actors and actresses! I doubt it will contain many surprises though!
That’s right I managed to get myself the 4K Steelbook limited edition for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This was a little bit of a nightmare when Zavvi put them on sale at midnight of all times so by the time I actually saw the pre-sale email they had sold out. But then over to HMV who still had some available. The release date being Monday 30th November 2020. They arrived (eventually) yesterday after Royal Mail kept teasing me as I originally had an email saying they would be with me on Monday by 3pm!
Anyway they are quite frankly the most beautiful steelbooks or even any DVD/Blu-Ray covers that I have ever seen! You get both the extended editions and theatrical cuts for each film, although the extended editions are still over two discs (only downside). I was lucky enough to see these films at the cinema (twice) in the summer in the 4K and extended on the big screen. Cannot wait to watch them all again and again in 4K format, simply stunning!
It wasn’t possible to do all three in one day so I am back at the cinema again to see the final part of the greatest trilogy of all time. Return of the King, which has about twenty five different endings.
I have waited what feels like forever to witness the Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings on the big screen. This is a very special moment as I am now sat in the cinema waiting for this film to start. Fellowship is the film that made me really fall in love with films and how they were made. So basically if it wasn’t for this film I very much doubt Let’s Go To The Movies would be around today!
Rest in Peace to legendary actor Sir Ian Holm who has passed away today at the age of 88, he had been battling with Parkinson’s disease but it was announced that it was peaceful with his family around him.
He had an incredible career working in theatre from the Royal Shakespeare Company and starring as King Lear then into the movie world with Alien, Chariots of Fire and my favourite Lord of the Rings. A message was passed from him unable to join the Zoom reunion. Goodby Bilbo Baggins ❤️
(L-r) ELIJAH WOOD as Frodo and IAN HOLM as Bilbo Baggins in the fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), released by Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM.