Movies I’ve watched, week twenty-one

34. The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
I’ve already talked about watching it with an orchestra, so I won’t repeat myself, just mention there’s a fascinating page with the differences between the book and the two DVDs. A

35. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
I’ve always loved the Indy films and watching them again got me psyched for this. The film achieves that perfect pitch early on, and I only have minor quibbles with the plot. It’s a fun ride from start to finish, and is neck and neck with Last Crusade for best sequel. A

36. 300
The second movie based on comics by Frank Miller (first was Sin City), Zack Snyder shows that he’s worthy of being the first director to finally fulfill the promise of bringing an Alan Moore comic to life (ok, I liked V For Vendetta and it was much better than League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell or Constantine, but still didn’t come close to the comic). B+