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Sun 04 Jan 2004

Movies at end-year and new year

Category : movies

After priming myself with the extended versions of the first two episodes, it was time to watch Return of the King (2003) on 27 Dec 2003. I enjoyed various things about the movie tremendously, except for almost any scene with Frodo in it! Found him tiring as I obviously have no appreciation for his burden. Rated this movie 9, as I had the Fellowship, whereas Two Towers easily made a 10 at the internet movie database.

It seems that 10 of my 121 ranked movies were rated 10 so far. Although votes can be changed, top-rankers are able to remain enjoyable even years later. The results of votes for all movies by the more than 110,000 registered IMDB voters, creates the IMDB Top 250 list of films. All three LOTR films have made the top 10 at position.

Not wanting to swallow advertisements, I abandoned regular tv fare and watched West Wing Season 1 (1999) and 2 (2000) DVDs. Wonderful stuff, easily deserving a 10! I bought the DVDs from Amazon UK as they appeared there first, and turned out to be much cheaper than prices in town.The US release is delayed to earn re-run royalties, I believe! After the emotional season 2 finale, I couldn't contain myself and read the synopsis all the way to Season 5 at the West Wing Continuity Guide! TCS sneaked Season 4 onto us, but I have managed to miss most of it.

I gave Pearl Harbour (2001) a 6 and that was influenced mainly by the cinematography. It was silly to set a love story against the rich historical background of the Pacific war which made the love plot seem trivial.

Antwone Fisher (2003; rated 7) is based on a true story of a boy who loses his parents, grows up under abuse and finally finds salvation in the US Navy. Fisher wrote the book, Finding Fish: A Memoir (2001) and penned the movie screenplay. Denzel Washington plays his navy psychiatrist and mentor and reads out a haunting poem, Who will cry for the little boy? It manages not to be too heart wrenching and I suspect the book may be better. And it was heart warming to see how life eventually treats him well in the end. Don't you like happy endings?

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