The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Live to Picture

Dan Poland (2010)

The big finale for the festival was the third and last concert – a screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, with live music accompaniment for the entire film.  This has been done before – Shore has been doing it for the trilogy starting a few years ago, but I never had the opportunity to see it in this manner. The huge orchestra, choir, boys choir, and soloists delivered a tour-de-force performance over the four …

The Lovely Bones

Dan Movie Reviews

As his follow-up to King Kong, Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, along with co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, adapted the 2002 award-winning novel, The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold.  The story, which takes place in December 1973, focuses on 14-year old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), and her rape and murder by secluded neighbor George Harvey (Stanley Tucci).  Now in a Heaven-like limbo, Susie watches as her family deals with their loss, and her father (Mark Wahlberg) tries to solve her …

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Dan Movie Reviews

Ok, so here’s the deal. I saw Lord of the Rings: Return of the King on Friday with Dina at a special SCL screening, with composer Howard Shore speaking afterwards. I also saw it again tonight, and now I can put my thoughts down for you to read. Why did it take so long for me to write something about it? Because it’s such an overwhelming film that I needed a week to think about it, and see it again …

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Dan Movie Reviews

Oh where to begin. Just a small bit of back story, I suppose. I was supposed to go see Star Trek: Nemesis with J—-n, but due to a change in plans, he wasn’t able to make it. So, I decided to go see The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers instead, with Messrob, who was so excited to see it that I thought he might have an aneurysm. Thanks to the kind folks at New Line Cinema, I got …