Archive for March 9th, 2010

In Search of 65, Week 5

MIDWEST SOUTH EAST WEST
1 Kansas Syracuse Kentucky Duke
2 Pittsburgh Ohio State West Virginia Purdue
3 New Mexico Kansas State Baylor Villanova
4 Wisconsin Maryland Michigan State Temple
5 Vanderbilt Texas A&M Georgetown Tennessee
6 Gonzaga Butler Xavier BYU
7 Richmond Wake Forest Northern Iowa Texas
8 Louisville UNLV Oklahoma State Missouri
9 Florida State Florida Clemson Marquette
10 Virginia Tech UTEP Utah State Saint Mary’s
11 California Notre Dame Georgia Tech Mississippi
12 San Diego State Old Dominion Siena Arizona State
13 Memphis Murray State Kent State Cornell
14 Weber State Wofford Sam Houston State Oakland
15 Vermont Lehigh Morgan State UC-Santa Barbara
16 Troy v. Winthrop
Jackson State East Tennessee State Quinnipiac

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Mere Anachrony: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

A few months ago, during NPI’s retrospective on the Aughts, I looked back at the ten best films of the last decade. One noticeable and unacknowledged omission was the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was one of the most commercially successful and critically beloved franchises of the Aughts. Indeed, it may even be the defining film phenomenon of the last decade (it’d certainly be a better choice than fucking Avatar). I’d love to say that there was a well-thought out and sophisticated reason for leaving the films out, but the only real reason was that I had yet to see any of the movies. So to rectify this oversight, I thought I’d revisit the films in order, and see if they really deserve the acclaim and attention they received.

I should preface my review of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by explaining that I’ve never read Tolkien’s novels and have only a passing understanding of the story going in. Luckily, there’s an eight-minute prologue at the beginning of Peter Jackson’s epic that provides us with a nice, if lengthy, backstory. The truth is that for Tolkien’s epic story, rich enough to fill three very long movies, eight minutes seems about necessary to fill you in on everything. Continue reading