Tag Archives: Peter Jackson

Christopher Lee: The King of Monsters

In the clip above, Sir Christopher Lee shows us his immense talent for languages – apart from some German, he also knew a bit of Swedish and Russian, among other languages. We lost a great man this week. The death of Lee was announced last Thursday, four days after it happened. When every family member … Continue reading Christopher Lee: The King of Monsters

A Kung Fury Movie? Say No

You are likely one of the 10 million people who have seen Kung Fury on YouTube, a 30-minute action-comedy made by David Sandberg, a Swedish former director of music videos. Sandberg had a thing for cheesy 1980s action movies, put his special-effects talents to use in a trailer that hit just the right parody tone, and asked … Continue reading A Kung Fury Movie? Say No

Andrew Lesnie 1956-2015: There and Back Again

As I sat down in a theater today to watch Russell Crowe’s directing debut, The Water Diviner, after hearing that cinematographer Andrew Lesnie had died, I didn’t know that he had worked on it and that it was his final film. Perhaps it is fitting that after a career of fanciful blockbusters, this Australian came back home for a … Continue reading Andrew Lesnie 1956-2015: There and Back Again

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

THE DEFINING CHAPTER.  The dragon Smaug flies to Esgaroth to destroy the town, but greater challenges await in the shape of a coming battle for Lonely Mountain. The final part of this trilogy is the shortest film Peter Jackson ever made about the Middle-Earth, but maybe that’s because it is so completely dominated by that … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

6 Essential World War I Films

In 2010, Peter Jackson delivered a list to Total Film of his six favorite WWI movies. Gallipoli (1981) was one of them and Jackson wrote the following: The film has some historic flaws – the climatic Lighthorse charge on the Nek at Gallipoli on August 1915 was not doomed because the ‘British were drinking tea on … Continue reading 6 Essential World War I Films

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

BEYOND DARKNESS… BEYOND DESOLATION… LIES THE GREATEST DANGER OF ALL.  On their journey to the Lonely Mountain, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the dwarves enter a mysterious forest… and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) confronts a dark power. The second chapter in the Hobbit franchise is an improvement on the first, darker in tone, with several engaging adventures … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Skeletons of My Youth

I haven’t seen Jason and the Argonauts (1963) since I was a kid, but there’s one scene from it that made an indelible impact. It’s the one seen above, where skeletal warriors rise from their graves and attack our heroes. It’s groundbreaking, and the man who’s responsible for it is Ray Harryhausen. He passed away this … Continue reading The Skeletons of My Youth

The Greatest Hits of 2013

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2013 for ya. JANUARY: * The Last Stand – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle in ten years. Not expecting great things. * Broken City – Allen Hughes directs this political thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. FEBRUARY: * Warm Bodies … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

FROM THE SMALLEST BEGINNINGS COME THE GREATEST LEGENDS. Gandalf the wizard (Ian McKellen) convinces a hobbit, Bilbo (Martin Freeman), to join his party of 13 dwarves on a quest to reclaim a treasure that was stolen by a mighty dragon. Set sixty years before the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson’s grand return to … Continue reading The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Lovely Bones

THE STORY OF A LIFE AND EVERYTHING THAT CAME AFTER… In 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is murdered by a neighbor (Stanley Tucci); from a place resembling heaven she watches her family cope with the loss… and the killer ponder new victims. Director Peter Jackson’s take on the deeply touching Alice Sebold novel has a … Continue reading The Lovely Bones

Return of the King: At Journey’s End

THIS CHRISTMAS THE JOURNEY ENDS.   So, we’re at journey’s end. Peter Jackson’s final chapter of his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was hailed at the 2004 Academy Awards and many chose to see the overwhelming praise as some kind of summary reward for the whole trilogy. So do I, because there’s nothing in this … Continue reading Return of the King: At Journey’s End