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The Lord of the Rings at Radio City Music Hall

In movie, nyc, performance, recommended, sneak preview on December 19, 2009 at 6:48 pm

On October 9 and 10, 2009, Radio City Music Hall screened The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with live orchestral and vocal accompaniment. Live accompaniment allowed the audience to experience Peter Jackson’s work in a whole new way. The soundtrack felt brand new, the film pristine, the resultant experience a marriage of the immediacy of theater and the technical capabilities of cinema.

The event was a huge technical undertaking. The 21st Century Orchestra, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the Collegiate Chorale and soloist Kaitlyn Lusk had to coordinate their playing and singing precisely with the film projected behind them. The live music resonated in the cavernous hall of Radio City, rendering the film’s huge battle scenes more visceral and terrifying. Similarly, the film’s quiet moments were made all the more poignant for the clear voice of the two boy soloists, and the strong performance of Ms. Lusk, who wore an orange dress and sang in a clear, pure soprano.

The intensity of Howard Shore’s magnificent score almost overpowered the movie dialogue. As a remedy, the film was shown with subtitles, at times distracting but generally harmless. In fact, like reading song lyrics for the first time, the subtitles actually allowed the viewer to recognize bits of dialogue never heard properly before.

The audience, almost all fans who know the film, was enthusiastic to a fault, cheering and clapping, and even preempting many of the jokes. Applause erupted at the arrival of each beloved character and each pivotal moment in the film, infusing the evening with an intensity not to be found in any commonplace movie theater.

Elijah Wood and Howard Shore made surprise on-stage appearances on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively, to the great joy of the crowd. Even better, though, was the image that appeared on the screen at the end of the performance:

I already have my tickets.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers will be performed at Radio City Music Hall on October 8 & 9, 2010. Tickets are on sale now at



Upcoming Event: The Wizard of Oz!

In event, movie, sneak preview on August 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm
Thanks to slashfilm for the heads-up on this event!

Attention, movie lovers of all ages!

On Wednesday, September 23rd, NCM Fathom, Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies will screen a never-before-seen, remastered version of The Wizard of Oz in more than 440 theaters nationwide! The event will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the film’s release in August of 1939. The film will be shown with a documentary, “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” which chronicles the making of the classic film.

This is a great opportunity to show the film to children on the big screen, and to relive the experience with your parents and grandparents.

To find a theater near you and to purchase tickets, click here.

New Yorkers have surprisingly few options of theaters. Your best bet is the AMC Bay Plaza 13, at 2210 Bartow Avenue in the Bronx (718-320-1659.)

Syracuse dwellers are luckier: you can catch this great event just a hop, skip and jump away, at the Carousel Mall Stadium 17 (315-466-5680.)

I’ll see you over the rainbow!

Julie & Julia: The Pregame

In movie, sneak preview on July 31, 2009 at 9:05 am

I love food. A lot. I also love Meryl Streep. A lot a lot. I might love Meryl Streep more than I love food.

Therefore! I am very excited for Julie & Julia, due out August 7th.

I haven’t been lucky enough to catch a sneak preview of Julie & Julia, but my friend and fellow blogger Lucie did. Here’s her review.

Stand by for my review…

500 Days of Summer: The Pregame

In movie, sneak preview on June 24, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Is anyone else excited for 500 Days of Summer? ‘Cause I’m just about jumping out of my skin.

Best of all, Fox Searchlight is hosting free screenings of the film before the official July 17th release date!

I’ll be arriving at the June 29th screening in DC’s Chinatown reeeeeeeally early. Contact me if you’d like to come, too!

Stand by for my review…