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The Lord of the Rings
#1 Movie of All-Time
Shaun of the Dead
#1 Comedy
Raiders of the Lost Ark
#1 Action
The Empire Strikes Back
#1 Sci-Fi
Alien
#1 Horror
Before Midnight
#1 Romance
The Lion King
#1 Animated
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
#1 Fantasy
Michael Fassbender
#1 Actor
Jessica Chastain
#1 Actress
Steven Spielberg
#1 Director
Jessica Chastain
#1 Hottie
Indiana Jones
#1 Movie Character
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Watching The Lord of the Rings directly after The Hobbit is such a striking difference visually. It's so weird to see 90% real locations instead of obvious sound stages and green screen, and it truly makes all the difference. The LOTR trilogy cost 280 million while The Hobbit trilogy cost close to 800 million, yet LOTR looks 1,000 times better and it isn't even close. That's still, without a doubt, my biggest gripe about the hobbit trilogy and one that will never go away since it's so crippling to the look and feel of the journey.
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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 4 hours ago

Watching The Lord of the Rings directly after The Hobbit is such a striking difference visually. It's so weird to see 90% real locations instead of obvious sound stages and green screen, and it truly makes all the difference. The LOTR trilogy cost 280 million while The Hobbit trilogy cost close to 800 million, yet LOTR looks 1,000 times better and it isn't even close. That's still, without a doubt, my biggest gripe about the hobbit trilogy and one that will never go away since it's so crippling to the look and feel of the journey.
Invidtus
Invidtus at 04:56 PM Dec 19

^ this this all of this-

OldKingClancy
OldKingClancy at 04:58 PM Dec 19

Abso-fuckin-lutely

oscarxp25
oscarxp25 at 07:01 PM Dec 19

That is what I loved about the original films...more raw and organic. Too much of the Hobbit films seemed fake.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 17 hours ago

There's always one movie that's never amongst Spielberg's Top 5 because of his ridiculous filmography but always deserves to be there, and that's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It's arguably the 1a. and 1b. of the trilogy and is probably the most emotionally compelling too. Ford has never been better as Indy, Connery breathes life into a character that's right up there with Bond as his most recognizable role and Denholm Elliot is delightfully old Hollywood with his comic relief. It has that same grand, globe-trekking adventure we're used to but right there in the forefront is an honest and engaging father/son story. The second Ford and Connery share the screen their chemistry is immediately electric and it never lets up. Plus rarely do flashbacks work as well as they did here with a hell of a performance from the late River Phoenix that emulates Ford's mannerisms. An all-time great.
RandomK1NG
RandomK1NG at 04:45 AM Dec 19

If I made my "Best of Spielberg" list it would be #2.

Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 07:22 AM Dec 19

well said bro

ericodarko
ericodarko at 01:31 PM Dec 19

This is my favorite Indy flick, my favorite movie of all-time, favorite sequel, favorite origin story & favorite father-son team. For me, this is the best of the trilogy but that might just be because it was the first one I saw of the three. Like you said, JL, 1a & 1b with Raiders. How great is Spielberg if a movie like this is often LEFT OUT of his best work?

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 19 hours ago

Dwayne Johnson is starring in Disney's "Moana" as Maui, a mythological being who aids a girl in her search for a fabled island in the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania. Yup, that's perfect casting. I can't wait for this flick.
JFernandes
JFernandes at 02:03 AM Dec 19

So...it's a biopic?

JohnLocke2342 created a LIST: about 19 hours ago

Spielberg's 5 Best Films IMO (Happy Birthday to an Icon)

1. Jaws
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
3. Saving Private Ryan
4. Jurassic Park
5. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Slick Nick
Slick Nick at 03:52 AM Dec 19

amazing picks!

Glinda
Glinda at 04:55 AM Dec 19

Stranded on an island with five movies: Bingo.

1-4 would be on my top 5 for sure.

sLaShEr84
sLaShEr84 at 08:22 PM Dec 19

Saving Private Ryan & Jurassic Park

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 22 hours ago

Can't say I'm a Michael Moore fan but this is great
Scotch
Scotch at 11:01 PM Dec 18

Perfect!

timmyd
timmyd at 01:17 AM Dec 19

excellent.

Glinda
Glinda at 05:26 AM Dec 19

LOL this is great.

JohnLocke2342 posted a BLOG item 1 day ago

First image from del Toro's Crimson Peak

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Mood: Chillin'
dsloy
dsloy at 07:58 PM Dec 18

so stoked

andyfilm_1
andyfilm_1 at 08:40 PM Dec 18

Looks good!

WalkAway
WalkAway at 10:09 PM Dec 18

intriguing

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

aturn4theworst
aturn4theworst at 03:06 AM Dec 18

He honestly got scarier, lol.

Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 06:42 AM Dec 18

cool

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

I couldn't care less about The Interview as a project but it's the principle behind the pulling of this film and the removal of our freedom of speech. Who the fuck is North Korea to dictate what we can and cannot watch? That's just complete bullshit and I really hope Sony releases this for free and for all to stream as a middle finger to those assholes. Not to mention cyber terrorism is very, very real and this entire fiasco might just be the precursor to something much worse in the future. Anyway - fuck North Korea.
Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 06:45 AM Dec 18

I agree. lol invidtus

JohnnyPHreak
JohnnyPHreak at 11:54 AM Dec 18

Agreed with all of this.

cerealkiller182
cerealkiller182 at 01:04 PM Dec 18

I really don't see it as a freedom of speech issue. The concept of freedom of speech does not mean "free of all consequences." In the US it is designed to protect people from prosecution, not persecution. If the US government made it illegal to show The Interview than it would be a freedom of speech issue.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

Vintage, Classic, Stylistic.
Dodong27
Dodong27 at 12:48 AM Dec 18

Nice! Kinda reminds me of Dick Tracy style...

RetroMovieCritic
RetroMovieCritic at 01:54 AM Dec 18

I definitely like the classic stylish look!

reminds me of Carmen Sandiego..

WalkAway
WalkAway at 10:21 PM Dec 18

I love it!

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

what.
klinteastwood
klinteastwood at 03:05 AM Dec 18

raptor bros

Anakin
Anakin at 11:42 AM Dec 18

hahahahahahaha

OldKingClancy
OldKingClancy at 05:43 PM Dec 18

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

Weapon X
Weapon X at 08:35 PM Dec 17

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Mr.Blizzo
Mr.Blizzo at 09:11 PM Dec 17

Anakin
Anakin at 09:42 PM Dec 17

Glad you liked it mate

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JohnLocke2342 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 2 days ago

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies



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Directed by: Peter Jackson
Written by: Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt, Rob Kazinsky, Jed Brophy, Aidan Turner, Ken Stott
Studio: Warner Bros
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
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Plot: The final chapter in a 6 film odyssey through Middle-Earth

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Other reviews of this film: AngryJohnnyN1930 (8/10) , Dodong27 (8/10) > Display all
TheChanges23
TheChanges23 at 09:50 PM Dec 17

Wow! Even though I still have no interest in watching these films, I will say that this is the best review I've ever read of a movie I haven't seen.

One day when I do decide to watch these films, It will be because of you JL.

Masterfully detailed and passionate review man!

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 02:28 AM Dec 18

Thanks a lot for the kind words guys, that really means a lot to me.

Glinda
Glinda at 03:13 AM Dec 18

What a beautiful review. I'm almost tearing up right now and I've not seen it yet. So happy I read this, and thank you for getting this review out so quickly so those of us who haven't seen it yet could read it first.

Well done sir.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 3 days ago

And here. we. go. Tonight an iconic and game changing 13 year, 6 movie odyssey through Middle-Earth will come to a close. Knowing that this might be the last time I sit down in a theater to view a new Tolkien epic leaves me with a heavy heart, it just does. I'm not ready to say goodbye and probably never will be.. but let's go out on a high note. /draws sword
WalkAway
WalkAway at 02:45 AM Dec 17

enjoy!

Rkhulinator
Rkhulinator at 05:17 PM Dec 17

Enjoy Locke me and my girlfriend will be experiencing it Saturday evening at the director's suite at our local Warren Theatre will be seeing it in style but it still will be an emotional ride.....we loved getting to spend time with you on the screen Mr. Baggins.

Glinda
Glinda at 04:05 AM Dec 18

Late to the game here but I know you enjoyed it from your review, and even with it's faults I'm so glad to know it's awesome!!

Remember there's still the extended cut to look forward to too.

I'm going to miss your blogs on these movies and I hope you still make some.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 3 days ago

T MINUS 7 AND A HALF HOURS. I can't even concentrate at the office right now lol.. Absolutely nothing is getting done today.
oscarxp25
oscarxp25 at 04:29 PM Dec 16

Yeah, I am pretty excited and I am no where near as a big of fan as you are...hopefully my friend pulls through. Have you seen the films in the high frame rate? What is your opinion of that format?

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 05:12 PM Dec 16

@Joe Scorpio - thanks bro. Also holy shit that Star Wars release will rock the fucking world. It still being a year away is bullshittt!

@oscar - I've seen both in high frame rate IMAX 3D and I gotta be honest, I hate it. The entire thing looks sped up to the point that it's like watching the movie in fast forward. It basically strips away the realism and "film" feeling from the experience and it's just so odd. It's essentially the exact same thing as having a 120/240hz Samsung TV with the automotion turned up high. If you want to get an idea of what it looks like before throwing down 18 bucks for a ticket I would go into a Best Buy or any electronics store and ask to see what automotion or a very high frame rate looks like.

So yeah, my opinion is it's pretty bad and I'm happy that format isn't catching on.

Moviefreak2010
Moviefreak2010 at 12:41 AM Dec 17

can't wait

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