April 01, 2003

News from Middle Earth

It's been a while, and I know you're all panting for more inane chatter about The Lord of the Rings films and related subjects. Here goes:

Apparently there is a scene from upcoming part three The Return of the King on the Two Towers Xbox/Gamecube game discs. Though from the scene described here, it could just as easily be an outtake from The Two Towers that will turn up on the dvd version of that film. Then again, that all depends on the sequence of how Jackson filmed the story's scenes.

Orlando Bloom (Legolas) may appear in a movie about Colditz Castle, one of the places the Nazis kept Allied POWs. I only mention this because there is an odd remark made by the screenwriter. (This is in reference to a controversy involving the possible whitewashing of the Nazis in that film.) The screenwriter says: "I think it's refreshing to see the German army of that period portrayed in a good light for a change." Okay, sure he's the screenwriter and he's going to say nice things about his own script, but what is it with this urge to spread niceness all over every damn thing? Some stuff that happened is evil, some people are just plain bad, and there is no need to nice them up. It's just another example of the mistaken notion that portraying evil as evil will somehow make more evil.

Here's a nice, interactive "Come to New Zealand" promo based on the films. it's got maps and interviews and things.

Sure, Peter Jackson is a great director, but I still have no interest in his latest project, a remake of King Kong. I can't think of a less necessary remake, though I'm sure anything will be an improvement over the Dino Di Laurentiis fiasco (of which I have only been able to endure tidbits). I've never understood the appeal of this film in any of its manifestations. Sorry, guys, giant ape movies just don't do it for me.

Posted by Andrea Harris at April 1, 2003 02:26 PM

King Kong is only cool when he fights giant radioactive reptiles...

Posted by: Captain Mojo at April 1, 2003 at 03:34 PM

Ah, but if you watch King Kong original flick very closely, one of Fay Wray's mammary glands pops out during the climb upt the Empire State Building...

Posted by: John Anderson at April 1, 2003 at 09:35 PM

Well, to tell you the truth, that doesn't do anything for me...

Posted by: Andrea Harris at April 1, 2003 at 10:39 PM

Bob Newhart did a hilarious sketch about a guy who is the janitor of the Empire State Building and on his first day on the job King Kong climbs the building. He puts in a phone call to the boss and, among other things, has to assure him that the woman the ape is holding is not one of the cleaning ladies. "Well sir, he's not your ordinary ape." Finally Newhart's character suggests how to get King Kong off the building; smear bananas all over the Chrysler Building and hope he goes there.

Posted by: Michael Lonie at April 1, 2003 at 11:01 PM

Ahhhhh... I feel so much better now that you have sated my need for inane LOTR chatter. It's like a fix...

Posted by: Marm at April 2, 2003 at 10:17 AM