Pick 4 movies, or up to 4. I was gonna do 3 but I'm hoping people won't just pick the LOTR series but we'll see.
An interesting filmography. Obvious his LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, when viewed completely in their extended (superior) editions, is a 10 hour technical, entertaining wonderful achievement ofa mega movie, more or less planned and produced all together (minus some subsequent reshoots/pick-ups) that will stand as his cinema legacy whenever he goes into the Middle Earth in the sky. Three Best Picture nominations, one win along with a Best Director Oscar.
His first three movies are goofy, hilarious gross-out screwball exploitation movies though the best of them is clearly BRAINDEAD, aka DEAD ALIVE which shows us the joys of using a lawnmower to kill zombies, Sumatran Rat-Monkeys, zombie sex, and of course a kung fu fighting priest. ("I kick ass for the lord!")
I've not seen HEAVENLY CREATURES since high school, but I remembered liking it. How would I feel about it now? I'll get to that eventually. Never got around to his pseudo-documentary FORGOTTEN SILVER. I know alot of folks hate it, but I quite enjoyed his THE FRIGHTENERS, which basically was a Hollywood mainstream (or watered down I suppose) early PJ movie. Cool concept, and good execution of it, a nice mixture of horror and comedy. I just love that this is a psychic con man who can actually interact with ghosts who are his sidekicks (who for whatever reason never explained lets him treat them like shit) and they help him out in his con games. John Astin's ghost is a stand-out character. I could've done with the dull happy sappy dippy ending but shit happens.
Honestly I found his KING KONG to be surprisingly boring, among my biggest cinema disapointments ever. A 3 hour monkey mayhem adventure movie? How can that be duller than dishwater? This was wreckless fanboy jerking off with $200 million. I do find it fascinating how the original KING KONG, a classic adventure film, didn't exactly have a large budget in the first place yet it's gotten not one, but two bloated sequels (in budget and running times) that each fail to even come close to the original's core popcorn appeal.
THE LOVELY BONES...wasn't lovely. Moving on.
Anyway looks like I'm finally getting to see THE HOBBIT PART 1 of 3: THE SEARCH FOR MORE MONEY tomorrow. Hooray!