My Top 5 Favorite Lord of the Rings Characters

Last week’s blog was about my top 5 favorite book series, and Lord of the Rings made it on to the list.  However, I also found the Lord of the Rings films to be engaging.  One aspect I really liked about the films was the acting.  This week’s blog is about my 5 favorite Lord of the Rings movie characters.

 

Sam made this top 5 list because, even though Frodo was the main part in the trek through Mordor, Sam was always by his side.  Without doubt, Frodo wouldn’t have made it without him.  Sean Astin is the actor who played the role of Sam.  He even had to gain weight to be accepted for the part because Sam is supposed to be a fat hobbit.

 

In 4th place is Gandalf.  He is played by Ian McKellen, and has a very important role in the plotline.  Gandalf is the one character that started it all.  He is a wizard who originally sent Sam and Frodo to Rivendell, the city of the elves, to determine the ring’s fate.  In addition to that, Gandalf is the one people look to for advice, and he always seems to have a new idea.

 

Third on the list is Gimli.  Gimli is a dwarf who is always looking for a fight.  John Rhys-Daveis nailed this role.  Gimli is one of the 9 companions who depart from Rivendell with Frodo to destroy the ring of power, but their paths split at the end of the first movie.  While Sam and Frodo sneak the ring into Mordor, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli go on a rescue mission to save Merry and Pippin from a band of orcs.  Then they eventually return to join the fight against the Dark Lord Sauron’s forces.

 

My second favorite character is Pippin, played by Billy Boyd.  Pippin made it up to second simply by being stupid.  I found it funny how Pippin would be the one person who had no idea what was going on, and how his stupidity actually indirectly caused good to triumph over evil.

 

My favorite character in the Lord of the Rings is Aragorn.  He is the heir to the throne of Gondor, and a lot of his scenes are action filled.  However, he does have a soft side for the elf princess Arwen.  Viggo Mortenson played Aragorn, whom half the plotline is about.  You might actually think that Aragorn is the main character, but the movie gives plenty of evidence that it is about Frodo.  You will just have to watch the movies to find out why.

 

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Rocky: A Great Classic

Rocky, as we all seem to know, is an American classic. Many have had the pleasure of watching it, but a lot of people have not seen Rocky or know what it is about.

Rocky Balboa is a relatively unknown boxer and debt collector. He leads a rather uninteresting life, has a crush on his friend’s sister Adrian, and gets kicked out of his boxing club. Mickey, the owner of the club, says he isn’t practicing like he means it. But everything changes when Apollo Creed, a hugely famous boxer, chooses to take on the “Italian Stallion (Rocky).”

This movie has one of the best training montages. When he hears about the fight, Rocky puts all his effort into training with Mickey. The ending is also truly amazing. You have to see it to get it. Rocky is just about one of the best movies there are.

Why You Should Watch Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society is, by Gene Shalit’s words, “One of the most magnificent motion pictures I’ve ever seen.” Robin Williams stars as professor John Keating at Welton Academy, a prep school set in 1959. It also features an great performance by Ethan Hawke as Todd Anderson, one of the main characters in the movie.

Welton Academy is an all boys prep school that is defined by sports coats and conformity. When professor John Keating comes to teach English, he tells the kids to be free-thinkers from day one. The first lesson he gives is unusual to the students but shows a point. “Carpe Diem! Seize the Day! Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.” All the while, the Dead Poets’ Society, a group of poets and romantics, reconvenes with several students from Keating’s class including Dalton, Perry, Anderson, Pitts, Cameron, Meeks, and Overstreet. They become free-thinkers and Keating shakes things up at Welton, even influencing some of the teachers there to do the same. It all unravels into an unexpected, but one of the greatest, endings.

Dead Poets society is one of the best movies ever made and teaches about the dangers of conformity. This also relates to our eighth grade theme here at Worcester Academy, which is “disturbing the universe.” Keating teaches in an unorthodox way that allows students to see for themselves and to “suck the marrow out of life.” Go and buy Dead Poets Society now. You need to see it.

“Zero Dark Thirty” is Epic

I recently saw the 2012 released movie, “Zero Dark Thirty” and it was the best movie I have seen this year. This epic movie captures the terrorist factor of day to day life in Pakistan, and CIA agents fighting the … Continue reading

“Burt Wonderstone” is Movie Magic

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I recently saw the new movie, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”, and I was impressed. It was a new idea with many jokes placed throughout the plot. The film starred Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, and Jim Carrey and could not have had a better cast. The actors had incredible chemistry, and kept the audience entertained throughout. Directed by Don Scardino, the movie was a hit.

The plot kept me in stitches, and was much better than the trailer depicted it to be. The movie starts with a childhood memory that soon leads to one of Burt (Carell)  and Anton’s (Buscemi) Vegas magic shows. They seem to be happy, but it turns out that they are bored of their show and fight constantly. But a new magician in Vegas, Steve Gray (Carrey), proves to be serious competition for the duo. The two have a falling out, and Burt hits rock bottom. Through a series of events the two, accompanied by a new member (Wilde), must try and make it back to the top and score a spot on stage of a new hotel. But in order to do that, they need to attempt a trick no magician has ever tried.

Carell and Buscemi prove to be an entertaining duo with Olivia Wilde by their side. Jim Carrey, who plays a hilarious spoof of Criss Angel, proved to be a great side character. All in all, this movie was much better than I expected it to be.

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” was rated PG-13 and had some material that young kids probably shouldn’t see. Out of five stars, I give this movie a 3 ½. If you like comedy or magic, be sure to see it!

Alex Cross Movie Review

When we see a movie about a book, we expect to not get what we want. Our image of a scripture always seems to be better than Hollywood’s. When I saw Alex Cross for the first time, I was expecting a mediocre film at best. Much to my surprise, the movie turned out to be exceptional.

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Photo Credit: IMDB

 

Alex Cross follows the storyline of detective/psychologist Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) of the Detroit Police Department. When a wealthy woman is found brutally murdered, Cross realizes that he has a serial killer on his hands. The two face off in a cat and mouse game, until the serial killer(Matthew Fox) makes things personal. Cross and his friends are pushed to all limits in order to stop the madman named Picasso from hurting anybody else in this exciting action film.

Alex Cross is a very personal story. The main storyline is about how the serial killer triggers Cross. When someone he loves is killed right in front of his eyes, you can feel the mood of the story change. You come to hate the killer, for his brutal acts of crime are despicable. The screenwriter makes it so you don’t know how Cross can outsmart the killer. It makes the story very suspenseful, and also personal. Whenever Cross would feel a change in emotion, it would seem as if your mood had changed to. The director captured the emotions perfectly. At one point in the film, there were multiple people in the theater crying because of the sadness you felt for Cross.

Although it is rated PG-13, this movie should not be watched by anybody under the age of fourteen. The gruesomeness of some of the scenes is indescribable, and may disturb younger viewers. Murder is horrible already, but the way it is portrayed in Alex Cross makes it very personal at heart, as some of the lead characters are buried throughout the movie.

Overall. this movie is about a 8 out of 10. Tyler Perry did a great job portraying a great character in Cross, and I would hope a sequel is made.

Movie Review: Mama

It’s been way too long since a quality scary movie has been released. When I say ‘scary’, I don’t mean gory, and I don’t mean “Oh no, which lamp is going to fall over next?” A quality horror film has an exceptional storyline, and more importantly, it’s unpredictable. In my lifetime, I’ve only seen one scary movie that fits both criteria: Mama.

Unlike the majority of scary movies, Mama has an original storyline. It begins in winter when a father of two girls, ages three years and six months, kills his wife. He takes his daughters out of town, and they end up in an abandoned cabin. Not knowing what to do next, the man grabs his oldest daughter and takes her glasses off, planning to shoot her without her seeing. Just as he is about to shoot her a ghost grabs the man and strangles him to death. Eventually the police search ends, and the girls’ uncle starts to investigate. Five years later, the girls were found in that very same cabin alive. After intensive therapy, the girls, now eight and five, are released into their uncle’s custody. But how did two young girls survive five years in the wilderness without anybody else? The same ghost that killed their father, took care of them for all those years. They call her Mama, but Mama has a story of her own. When she was alive, she escaped out of an insane asylum, stole her baby from the orphanage, and jumped off a cliff. But her baby didn’t die with her, like she had intended. So, she came back as a ghost trying to fill the hole in her soul where her baby should’ve been. That’s why Mama stays with the girls even after they leave the cabin; she never really had a child of her own. Their uncle’s girlfriend figures all this out and returns Mama’s baby’s skeleton to the cliff where Mama committed suicide. What happens next is totally unexpected, but because it’s the end you’ll have to watch the movie. Most horror films have one plot, which is usually the humans being tortured by a demon or a ghost that died in their house. The fact that this scary movie has a plot that will keep you on your toes is commendable.

In movies like Paranormal Activity, everything is predictable. Someone is going to get dragged down the stairs, or a ghost is going to knock over a lamp. There’s nothing exciting about movies like that. Mama has a few elements like that, but that’s not the main purpose of the movie. Instead of a predictable ending it’s totally surprising.

This is a movie I would pay money to see again and again. It’s just the right amount of scary, but it has a dramatic flare. I thought it was appropriate for teens and adults, and if you like scary movies, I would recommend seeing it. After seeing it, Mama will become your number one scary movie of all time.

Movie Review: “The Words”

The movie “The Words”, starring Bradley Cooper and Dennis Quaid, begins as Clayton Hammond, a famous author talks about a man he knew named Rory Jansen. Rory lived with his wife and dreamed to be a star author one day. After series of his books being declined by publishers, he starts to doubt his ability and gets a job. While being devastated about his lack of talent, he finds a book in a antique backpack he bought in his honeymoon trip. He finds the book so intriguing that he types it up just to feel the words going through his fingers. But his wife sees the document in the computer and tells his to take it to the publisher. Rory, after hours of consideration, takes it to the publisher in his desperation to become a good author. The book becomes a huge success and he wins awards and becomes extremely famous. Even with all the attention he gets, he can’t take the guilt off his shoulders. An old man approaches Rory and tells him that it is he who wrote the book. Rory, finally realizing what he has done, tries to desperately undo his mistake, but the old man refuses and tells him a story.

The old man had a lover who left after their baby died of sickness. He writes the book thinking about her and the lost baby. His lover comes back after reading the book, but she loses the book in a train. The old man realizes that it was the book that saved him from the grief of losing his family and flips out on his lover. At the moment, he is too crazy looking for the book, but after years, he realizes his mistake. The old man comes across his lover who now has a new family and chooses to live a quiet life alone. Then, he tells Rory that all people make choices and the hard part is to live with them. Rory tells his wife the truth, then his wife leaves in disbelief that Rory lied to her for years. It is revealed that Clayton Hammond is actually Rory, and it is revealed by a flashback of him living with his wife, that he wants his wife to forgive him.

This movie was a great movie with some good morals and twists. I liked the old man’s character, and how he refuses all the things Rory offers him. I think Rory and the old man were the main characters of this movie, and the story evolved around them. Even though Rory made a mistake out of desperation, the old man forgives him in the end, and Rory lives with his guilt for his life. I took a great moral out of this movie, “Everyone makes choices, but the hard part is to live with them.”

Movie Review: Safe Haven

I took this photo with my iPhone 5 and edited it on PicMonkey. I lowered the saturation and made it more gray, for an ominous effect.

Safe Haven, the love story based off of the book by Nicholas Sparks, premiered on Valentine’s Day. Erin Tierney (Julianne Hough) leaves her abusive, alcoholic husband and changes her appearance hoping to start fresh. She ends up in the small town of Southport, North Carolina and adopts the identity of Katie. She befriends a widower Alex (Josh Duhamel), his two children, and a neighbor named Jo. She moves into a small cabin in the woods where she hopes her husband won’t find her. But little does she know, her husband is using all his resources to find her. Her husband is a detective for the Boston Police Department, which gives him the ability to track her down. Meanwhile Alex and Katie fall in love with each other, until Alex finds out she’s not who she says she is. Once Alex knows the truth behind Katie’s past it only makes him more protective of her. Then on the Fourth of July, Katie’s drunk husband shows up in Southport, trying to set the place where Katie is on fire. She stops him but that’s when the unthinkable happens. There are so many horrible things happening at once, and you don’t know if everything will end happily. The ending is full of twists and turns that seem to come out of the blue, but everything falls perfectly into place.

I’m not exaggerating when I say Safe Haven is the best movie I have ever seen. It’s funny, sad, dangerous, and heartfelt all at the same time. I’ve been told this is one of the few movies that actually lives up to the book. Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough’s romance feels so real, and it’s like you know each and every character personally. The movie is full of surprises and the end is shocking. It’s perfect for couples, teens, and everyone in between. Many men may be reluctant to see it because it’s just another “chick flick”, but there’s definitely enough action and suspense to satisfy everyone. I promise you, the ticket is worth every penny.