District 9 (2009) – Neill Blomkamp

  So the Neill Blomkamp is next up in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book (I am loving this thing) with his first feature film, District 9, that was produced by Peter Jackson. As a commentary on race, apartheid, and just how badly we as a species can exploit and hurt others, District 9 may be more…

King Kong (2005) – Peter Jackson

  I’ve been loving my time with the big gorilla thanks to my exploration of the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and it was time for me to have a look at director Peter Jackson’s epic-sized remake of the original film. Featuring a grittier New York than the one in the original, the film attempts to ground…

Hot Fuzz (2007) – Edgar Wright

The 101 Action Movies gave me a chance to settle in and enjoy (yet again) this hilarious action comedy from the same team who brought us the amazing Shaun of the Dead. This time around Simon Pegg is playing Nicholas Angel, a London cop, who according to his supervisors, played by Martin Freeman, Steve Coogan…

Tim’s Thirteen of 2013

So ends 2013, just like that! What a year! We have continued to grow and do so much here at The Mind Reels, and we’re hoping for an even bigger year next year! So I decided to throw together a list of the movies I most enjoyed this year, the ones that got to me,…

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – Peter Jackson

The last installment of Peter Jackson’s gorgeous adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel, The Lord of the Rings, is very welcome indeed on the 101 Action Movies list. Lord of the Rings has always been my favorite book, since I first settled in at the age of 12 and read it. I still remember sprawling…

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) – Peter Jeackson

From the off Peter Jackson’s second installment in The Hobbit trilogy feels like a stronger, more confident picture than it’s still enjoyable predecessor, An Unexpected Journey. Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, the characters have already been established, as well as a large portion of the journey has already been undertaken. Threats have been…

Tim’s Top 12 of 2012

12 is my lucky number, so I figured that would be the number of films I pick for my favorites of 2012, it kind of works, because then that would be one each month, though, for anyone who reads my blog, you’re well aware that I’ve seen a lot more than 12 movies this year!…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) – Peter Jackson

  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a love letter to and for Tolkien fans, and it was a joy to walk the lands of Middle Earth again (and yes, I got weepy eyed when I found myself back in the Shire, and in that comfy hole in the ground known as Bag End). Non-fans…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Soundtrack (2012) -Howard Shore

One thing I constantly said about the Star Wars prequels as they came along… Even if they aren’t great, it’ll give me new music by John Williams. After Williams, and his countless scores that seem to be the soundtrack of my life, Howard Shore’s scores for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy are perhaps some…

There and Back Again: Remembering The Return of the King

The Return of the King… oh… I cried… And I know people often complain about how many endings the film seems to have. Personally I was ok with that, because I never wanted to say goodbye to any of them. I never wanted to leave Middle Earth. It was also recognized by the Academy as…