Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trilogy Fan Just Can't Get Enough of a Good 'Ring'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trilogy Fan Just Can't Get Enough of a Good 'Ring'

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Byline: Matt Soergel, The Times-Union

It's all Lord of the Rings, all the time, in this week's column. First a report from a diehard fan, and then news of an early big win for the film, which indeed looks to be an Oscar favorite in a couple of months.

Vicki Keefer of Jacksonville was one of the lucky fans who got tickets for the one local theater that hosted a Lord of the Rings marathon last week -- back-to-back showings of the extended versions of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, followed by a midnight showing (on opening day) of The Return of the King.

Far from grueling, it was exhilarating, she reports in an e-mail.

"Yes we went to Trilogy Tuesday at Orange Park AMC. Got in line at 9:10 a.m. for the 1 p.m. start. There were already 50 to 75 people in line. At 10 a.m. the management let us in, giving us passes to hang around our necks. We were then free to go into the mall or whatever we wanted to do. The managers had thought it all out, planned it and executed the plan extremely well. Can't say enough about the experience. Seeing the movies back-to-back just pulled it all together. We had pizza between TTT and ROTK courtesy of the theater and a free gift from New Line at the end of all things. ROTK was so stunning it rendered me speechless (which doesn't happen often). I've now seen it four times, and it just gets better. There is sooooo much that several viewings are necessary to take it all in. I have read the books many times, and I think Peter Jackson did a magnificent job . . . Yes -- I loved ROTK and look forward to seeing it many times more."

The King rules: Here in the Southeast, we film critics don't think it's a problem to say that the best movie of the year is a fantasy film -- a genre long thought to be unworthy of such honors. At least not when it's a fantasy such as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. …

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