Andrew is a big fan of these films - his choice on all six occasions. Marysia and he enjoyed them thoroughly, I found some of the battle scenes well and truly over and beyond the call of duty and the Orcs ... well, the less said about them the better!
When all is said and done this is Andrew's choice and one day he may get around to writing a review of them. In the meantime we did all have some extra special moments!
The Skate-Boarding Elf and The Mouth of Sauron
I'm relying on an illustrations for both images. /Such a shame the mouth did not feature in the film, just in the extended DVD!
It would be very easy to fill the page with images of Legolas and Haldir but I've settled for a nice eclectic mix of males and females. Although Legolas won with the skate-boarding trick, Haldir had the best quote when remarking on the lack of agility and sound emanating from the dwarf, Gimli, played by the rather large John Rhys-Davis with whom I worked at Nottingham Playhouse. Gimli it seems feels he can move around soundlessly - that is until Haldir pounces on him and points out his stealth issues! (Sorry could not resist this piece of modern-speak).
The Elves prepare for battle!
DEATH BECOMES HER
Streep and Hawn and the former spouses / Willis with Streep and Hawn
This is billed as a 'Black Comedy' and the Radio Times wrote it up as follows - "Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn enliven this special-effects laden, extremely dark comedy from Robert Zemeckis. They play the present and former loves of plastic surgeon-turned-mortician Bruce Willis, whose talents can't compete with those of eccentric witch Isabella Rossellini. Zemicks's under-rehearsed direction is at odds with a savagely delicious script and inspired casting: both leading ladies are superbly acerbic as they try to outwit and outbitch each other, while Willis is a pleasant surprise as the put-upon hubby.
(I'm not entirely sure why his film appeals to Andrew so much unless for some reason it is the thought of being a put-upon hubby!)
As usual - thwarted by the mouse!
And perfect harmony at the end - aaaah!
IMDB says : "Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is."
(Poor Andrew - a martyr to any pet - what else could explain this film as a personal favourite?)
In keeping with Andrew's interest in Science-Fantasy as well as Sceince Fiction - one of his favourite authors Orson Scott Card wrote 'Ender's Game' which was recently made into a film starring Harrison Ford. Both book and film are an acquired taste.
IMDB - Source at IMDB - Summit Entertainment - "In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff and the International Military seek to find a future leader who can save the human race. Ender Wiggin, a shy but strategically brilliant young mind, is recruited to join the elite, where he's trained to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth."
Still to come:
Science Fiction favourites like 'Village of the Damned' and 'Children of the Damned' based on the 'Midwich Cuckoos' by John Wyndham - a favourite author of Andrew's.
Page updated : 3rd August 2016