Shiny Shelf
By Mags L Halliday on 12 May 2011 3 COMMENTS

contains spoilers… for ‘Lord of the Rings’.
Steven Moffat has a thing about spoilers. You’d have guessed it, given he snuck the word into ‘Doctor Who’ and then turned it into River Song’s catchphrase. But his recorded complaint about fans posting spoilers made BBC Breakfast News (and elsewhere).
I agree with Moffat. The kind of person who [...]

By Jim Smith on 23 January 2004 Comments Off

While it may go without saying that Peter Jackson gives good blockbuster here, the viewer could be forgiven for expressing weariness at this late stage in ‘The Lord of The Rings’ worship game.
While the highs of this third installment are higher than those of the previous two, the lows are also resolutely lower. Some come [...]

By Eddie Robson on 15 December 2003 Comments Off

Congratulations to BBC2 for running the grand final of ‘The Big Read’ at nine o’clock on a Saturday night. Why was this a good thing? Simple – it means that ‘Harry Potter’ didn’t win…

By Stephen Lavington on 21 September 2003 Comments Off

It has become almost an annual tradition to lambast the quality of Hollywood’s summer output. Key to this is the guaranteed use of the phrase ‘Summer of Sequels’, with all the associated critique of laziness, complacency….

By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

Somehow Tolkein’s weakest novel has been transformed into one of the films of the year.

By J Clive Matthews on 19 November 2002 Comments Off

Putting an extra half hour onto what was already a pretty lengthy picture is a brave move, especially when bringing this version out just a few months after the cinematic cut was released on DVD. Does anyone really need the four-disc version too?

By Jim Smith on 04 August 2002 Comments Off

Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring is – of course – a tremendous piece of filmmaking; an astounding chunk of popcorn-with-heart. A skilfully judged and ultimately triumphant blend of fine acting, considered storytelling…