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10 years of Flick Filosopher: and how Peter Jackson ruined me for other movies

Yesterday I pointed out how Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King devastated me. And here we see how he ruined me for other films. From my review of Cold Mountain:

[T]he problem is this: I’ve seen Samwise Gamgee carrying Frodo Baggins up the slopes of Mount Doom. I’ve seen Faramir, captain of Gondor, ride to what he believes will be his death merely to earn the love of his father. I’ve seen Peregrin Took leap onto a burning pyre to save a dying man he doesn’t know in repayment for a debt owed that man’s dead brother. I’ve seen an entire world shrink into molecules of fading hope and acts of selfless love. After that, how can the troubles of one Confederate soldier and one Southern belle amount to even a hill of beans in this crazy world? Nothing they can say could upset me.

review of Cold Mountain, posted 12.28.03

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