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)