Originally Posted by QuickTwist
The Two Towers is a fav around my house. RotK was a bit over the top even for me.
I just remember sitting in the theater and laughing out loud during some of the "dramatic" moments. I can't even remember them all now. But it did not bode well.
Oh yeah, one of the many absurdities: You have a beautifully written scene about Denethor self-immolating (and trying to take Faramir with him) because rationally he has lost hope based on what Sauron's been feeding him through the palantir, leaping on the pyre and holding the palantir in his hands and burning alive while everyone else watches, so that forever after unless the wielder was of strong mind, he would only see two hands withering in flames. Evocative, no? And a decent director could pull this off emotionally in some way.
Instead, Denethor comes off as a raving nutjob, and somehow he gets set on fire, and he runs screaming and flailing way out to the edge of the parapet so that -- with the long-angle lens far above the city -- we can watch the little flaming speck of Denethor plummet to his doom wailing to the ground below.
... o-kay. The character sucked as written anyway, I guess he deserved a ridiculous death.
... which I guess segues into the fact I finally rewatched "The Exorcist" last night. The first time I watched it was about 15 years ago, and I wasn't impressed.
I gave it a "pity watch" last night just to see if it had improved, but no. I guess it's not my "most hated" movie (how can I hate
a movie directed by William Friedkin, starring Max von Sydow and Ellen Burstyn?), aside from the fact it's always hogging a top spot on Best Horror Flick lists and that irks me because it's emotionally flat, the scenes don't segue well (they seem to just be a bunch of various episodes tossed together), and I actually found myself laughing out loud at about 65% of the "horror" scenes because they were so over the top.
I think some of the noises were unsettling. And I'm sure it was shocking for a 70's audience to hear a little girl using Big Person Swear Words + jamming that crucifix into unmentionable places, etc.; but "shock" doesn't a decent movie make. Bored, I was; there was nothing to grab onto even psychologically.
I've been to the stone staircase in Georgetown. I think I have a picture of it somewhere on my laptop.