If you want a good back-seizing experience, catch the latest LOTR-TTs... Jackson's getting a lot of mileage out of his virtual no-name cast (if the Susskinds had done this 30 years ago, Brando would have been Bilbo, O'Toole as Gandalf, and Jack Wild as Frodo! and let's not forget OW as Saruman) but he's starting to bug me with his ever-expanding lookalikes coming out of the woodwork. I know the story is neo-epic in size, but he starts losing me when all the elfs are wearing the same frodo'n hairpieces so that none are distinquishable, or even memorable. And while the battle scenes are tremendously dark and invigorating, they seethe with unbelievability that is Ed Woodian (not Wellesian in my eyes). But a lot of people clapped when the credits rolled, so there is something to be said for story saturation. To me, it looked like a close relation to his 'The Frighteners', which was a weak follow-up to the grand 'Heavenly Creatures'... I'm sure the aft-mentioned Mr. Lipton, with the dye job dripping off his beard onto his lapel, will love to disect Jackson's latest offering. Yes, I'm rambling, but I'm just biding my time until the www.perrycomolovesmambo.com
site opens -- bring your sweater and roller skate keys!