Sunday, 30 April 2023


Richard Osman's House of Games
6x51 Week 11: Monday
[Watch various episodes (again) on iPlayer.]


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers — Extended Edition (2002/2003)
[5th or so watch]
[#33 in The All-New 100 Films in a Year Challenge 2023]

I go back and forth on my feelings about Two Towers almost every time I watch it. No doubt it has phenomenal bits — some of my most favourite lines, shots, scenes, and characters from the entire trilogy are to be found here. But I’ve often found it to be, overall, a bit of a slog — a film that takes a long time to get going, and which frequently undermines its own flow by doing things like intercutting the phenomenal Helms Deep battle with the deathly-dull Entmoot. Even when I try to mentally prepare myself for that unevenly slow pace, it still sometimes grates. Well, for whatever reason, this is one of the times it didn’t. So that’s nice.