One Zoom to rule them all!

I’m avoiding the news this morning (so, also social media, but will check in with all that later today. It’s too disheartening these days to try and catch up with that before breakfast and now I need to work). However, a bit of entertainment news did come through, thanks to my tiny friend I mentioned in my Aragorn crush post yesterday. She mentioned to me that this had just happened:

A Lord of the Rings cast reunion on Zoom! Apparently, Josh Gad did this. I don’t know how it came to be, but I’m so excited that this happened! I’ve only seen the beginning of the video as I need to work now, so I took this screenshot towards the end of the video because I wanted to see who would be in it. I know, spoils the surprise, but I was too curious. And yes, most of the principal players are there…

This has been online since Sunday and already has 1,8 million views. I have to get on with work now but I can’t wait to become the next number in that viewing statistic. I need to watch this. Maybe I’ll ditch work for an hour after my 1 pm meeting ends. Why oh why does work have to interfere with fangirling?

Fictional crush challenge – day 8

10 days, 10 fictional crushes
Post an image of a fictional character who has been or still is your crush. No names or explanations needed. TV, movie, book, comic, cartoon characters are valid.

Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) from The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. I’m not really a fantasy reader or fan but Mr. Esther loved the Rings trilogy books by Tolkien so convinced me to try the first movie The Fellowship of the Ring back in 2001. I went to the cinema with trepidation and yep, in the end I fell for it, head over heels, and for Aragorn specifically. I pestered Mr. Esther to tell me what would happen next in the story but he told me to wait for the next movie in a year’s time or to read the trilogy. So, I read the trilogy and the love for Aragorn deepened.

I feverishly awaited and then saw the final two movies when they came out and we bought the extended edition dvd’s as they came out as well. In the fall of 2004 I travelled to Boston to see an exhibition with props from the film (and meet face to face for the first time some friends I had made online via a parenting forum). No pictures from inside the exhibition, but this is my tiny friend with me outside the Boston Museum of Science while the third friend takes the picture. I still adore these two women to this day. It’s also quite lucky this fan crush post is scheduled for today, as today is also my tiny friend’s birthday and she was the biggest Viggo Mortensen fan of the three of us. 🙂

I even still have a few Aragorn fan items in my possession, like the action figure Aragorn that stands next to a Thorin Oakenshield (from The Hobbit) action figure in my bedroom and an Aragorn fridge magnet my tiny friend once sent me.

I really like The Hobbit and thought my fave Richard Armitage made an excellent Thorin Oakenshield but I never crushed as hard on the Thorin character as I did on the Aragorn character. I never loved The Hobbit trilogy quite as much as I did The Lord of the Rings trilogy either but even so I still love all these films and I’ve enjoyed the books. I am forever grateful to Mr. Esther for introducing me to the wonderful world of Middle Earth and to Aragorn in particular.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 21

Day 21 – Your favourite sci fi / fantasy movie

These for me are two different genres and I guess I can keep it short.

For fantasy it just has to be The Lord of the Rings trilogy! I have mentioned it here and there already in this challenge and to me it is just the best thing ever in fantasy land! Here, watch this LOTR fan-video set to the German Herman Grönemeyer song Männer, a song about men being tough and vulnerable at the same time. The lyrics of the song and the images go together so well, this really makes me laugh every time!

For scifi the choice is a little more difficult. If we were talking TV here, my answer would be Star Trek: The Next Generation. I loved that show (and that has a lot to do with Patrick Stewart who was so excellent as Captain Picard!) but the movies never really did the show justice for me. Star Trek: First Contact did come close, though… As for Star Wars – while I like it, I don’t absolutely love it. I have started re-watching it so my son can see it and yes, it’s entertaining and I look forward to the new movie, but it is not the best thing ever for me. So, I was going to answer E.T., the Extra Terrestrial for this one and then I suddenly remembered the 1997 movie Contact with Jodie Foster!

Not only did I love the whole idea of how this alien civilization contacted humans and how the scientists decoded their message, I also loved the moral/faith versus science discussions in this movie. And I loved Jodie Foster as the scientist Ellie. Yep, great movie and no doubt about it, it is my favourite scifi movie too!

(30 Day Movie Challenge – the full list of questions)


30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 8

Day 8 – The best movie score/music

I’ll not be long winded about this – the only movie scores we actually own on CD are all The Lord of the Rings ones. I love that music! And on The Hobbit (which we also have) – Richard Armitage singing Misty Mountains… man, I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of that… ever! That deep voice singing does something to my insides.

Except for that no-brainer, other music that springs to mind is the soundtrack from the Twilight movies. I thought the movies were OK, not bad or great, but the music was awesome. The music on Twilight introduced me to the English band Muse, who have since become my favourite band!

I’ve seen them live in concert twice already and can hardly wait to see them live again next March in Amsterdam (I already have awesome tickets) 🙂

(30 Day Movie Challenge – the full list of questions)


30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 5

Day 5 – A movie that reminds you of someone

This one is easy for me, but in my case it’s a few people and a set of movies and it’s all about  The Lord of the Rings trilogy! This trilogy always makes me think of some people who are very dear to me…

I was first introduced to The Lord of the Rings by my husband. He loved the books and although I thought I wouldn’t much like this whole fantasy adventure thing, once I saw The Fellowship of the Ring in the cinema with him I was hooked! My husband wouldn’t give me any spoilers as to what would happen next, so I went on to read the book almost instantly; I just had to know how the story would unfold. My husband and I love these movies and the subsequent The Hobbit movies as well. The Hobbit also combined my love for Richard Armitage with my husband’s affection for Tolkien, which is of course an extra bonus! This is what one of our bedroom walls looks like:


If I hadn’t loved my husband so much already, I could have easily fallen in love with him then and there in December 2001 for introducing me to these stories J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson have so masterfully crafted.

The Lord of the Rings also reminds me of two of my very dearest friends. We met online not long before Fellowship came out and when they too fell in love with the films (and my one friend fell in love with Viggo Mortensen even more than I did), we suddenly had extra shared interests to talk (and gush) about. These movies also lead to us finally meeting in person in Boston in 2004 when my one friend said she wanted to see an exhibition there on how The Lord of the Rings was made.

LOTR exhibition

So we all travelled to Boston – me from the Netherlands, they came from their corners of the world in the US, and we met as part of a larger group. However, only the three of us went to that exhibition, which was an adventure in itself as two of us were, well, a little hungover and the third was such an excellent sport about it. Meeting each other in person and going to that exhibtion together cemented a friendship that is still going strong today!

Not bad, having such an excellent movie trilogy remind me of my husband and two of my best friends, right? 🙂

(30 Day Movie Challenge – the full list of questions)