Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Paper Snow Rings

Well, Tom Ridge is shouting, "The sky is falling!!! The sky is falling!!!" and, while the media are going along with it, the reaction I've been finding among most New Yorkers is, "bullshuzzit." I guess the capture of Saddam Hussein wasn't quite the poll-booster they thought it was, so they have to try to scare people by placing us on Paisley Alert or whatever it is.


I wrote a paper I was quite proud of for my English class, comparing three different poems of different styles and content. Unfortunately, the disc I saved it to wasn't as happy with the paper as I was. I spent two hours unsuccessfully trying to retrieve the file, and in the end settled on writing my final essay on the same topics. I got As on all my other papers for the class and I think that I smoked* the final, so the professor is giving me a week to write another paper.


Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


After last night's viewing (my third) I watched the preview of the film that appeared on the DVD of theatrical edition of The Two Towers. In addition to the shot of Gandalf and Pippin on Shadowfax facing off the Nazgûl, there also is a shot of Merry swearing fealty to Theoden, plus a few shots inside Mordor that don't appear in the film. It is possible that Frodo and Sam's encounter with the Orc patrol may be in the extended cut. Of course, Éowyn fighting Uruk-hai in the Glittering Caves never made any version of The Two Towers, so this is largely conjecture as to what may appear there, but it is hoped that they will have Éowyn and Faramir's scenes in the Houses of Healing (they are standing together at Aragorn's coronation... besides, Faramir just keeps getting shit on, he deserves a break). Notice the publicity photo on the lower left.

Click here for an awesome painting of Legolas and Gimli.

I have also determined two things: my favorite shot in the film, and the "whoopsie."

The "whoopsie" comes first. All of The Lord of the Rings films contains some continuity gaffs (some of which are explained in the extended versions), but for the most part, they are only noticable if one is really looking for them. Each of the previous films has had one shot, however, that has some element that just doesn't work. In The Fellowship of the Ring, it was a long tracking shot in Dwarrodelf that looks great but for the ultra-fake looking digital Fellowship running. In The Two Towers, it is the obvious fake feet of Sam and Frodo seen in a shot at the very beginning of the film.

The one for The Return of the King is when Faramir is brought to Denethor and Pippin runs over to examine him. That is not Billy Boyd but his scale double, and the little person does not move like how the films have established that Hobbits move.

Okay, enough of that. Now for my favorite shot... it is that grainy handheld shot seen after Mithrandir rides out and holds off the Nazgûl. Okay, after spending a year complaining about how grainy the theatrical prints of The Two Towers were**, why would I cite this shot as my favorite?

Well, the answer is rather simple. The grain in The Two Towers didn't seem like it was part of the style of the film (which is a theory that is justified given the immaculate and completely grain-free DVD transfers), while the grain in this shot fits with the shakey hand-held manner with which it was photographed.

I love it because of the fact that it adds a sense of gritty realism to this moment in the film, which is cool because it involves an Ishtari on a perfect horse fending off Ringwraiths riding Fell Beasts. Now, while I understand that this happens all the time (in fact, I saw a sorcerer riding a gryphon battling a sphinx on the way to school today), it is nevertheless an interesting idea to show it in a way that emphasizes the ordeal over the spectacle. The camera moves from Gandalf over to the surviving Osgiliath garrison to Minas Tirith back to Gandalf. In addition to the visceral element of the shot, there is also the fact that it helps to establish the geography of the situation. It is a great moment.


"...and Floyd smoked the second page of the letter!!!"

* In the achievement sense, not the Floyd from True Romance sense...

** According to Waystone, the extended edition prints replicated the colors on the extended edition DVD; it is possible that the reason the prints for The Two Towers looked as bad as they did was because of the rush job getting it into theaters... both Fellowship and The Return of the King look much better, the print I saw of the latter last night looking outstanding for Super 35, although the sound kept messing up.

Hey ladies!!!

If you think Sauron and the Ring sound sexy in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King, you can see Alan Howard, the actor who voices them, totally buck nekkid in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover!!! Yeah, you see everything! Aren't you glad you read this? Isn't your life just so enriched by that information?
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