December 14, 2014
Watching Series: We Revisit The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Movies
In anticipation of the upcoming release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, we here at RT decided to take a look back at the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the first two films of the Hobbit trilogy. Our latest installment covers The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which editors Tim Ryan and Ryan Fujitani rewatched for some fresh perspective.
December 11, 2014
Peter Jackson's 10 Best Movies
No surprises here, folks -- other movies are coming out this week, but it's really all about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and when it came time to figure out who would be the focus of our list, there was only one choice. Yes, we're talking about Peter Jackson, the director whose final(?) venture to Middle-earth is one of 2014's most eagerly awaited sequels -- and whose filmography is about so, so much more than hobbits and orcs. From gory comedies to vulgar puppets and beyond, Jackson has displayed one of the most artfully wandering spirits in Hollywood over the course of his career, and it's high time we took a look at the critical highlights. Get ready for Total Recall!
December 4, 2013
Watching Series: The Animated Lord of the Rings Trilogy
I watched the last movie of the animated Lord of the Rings trilogy first for this article. This was done out of practicality -- The Return of the King DVD was the first used copy I found in the area -- and also to attempt recreating the '80s home movie experience. People who were kids in that decade know the scenario: your parents come home in the evening, one of them grabbing a random VHS from the rental store. The Return of the King is exactly the kind of tape ol' pops would have brought home to his kids, whenever he could remember that he'd already checked out Encino Man a million times before. You have no choice but to watch whatever makes it way to your home.
May 29, 2006
Poster for Jet Li's Upcoming Hollywood Production "Way of the Rat"
One of the surprises from Cannes is a poster one of our editors, Jen Yamato, found for Jet Li's upcoming Hollywood production, "Way of the Rat." It's to be written and directed by "The Mask" helmer Chuck Russell. The tagline on the poster is "The Adventure of a Lifetime... A World Beyond Imagination."