One is the first chapter in an epic trilogy based on the first of three massive novels set in Middle-earth, the fictional world created by author J.R.R. Tolkien. The other is the first chapter in an epic trilogy based on a 100-page children’s book set in that same world (with additional material plundered from Tolkien’s appendices to his work, and from the screenwriters’ imaginations). Ultimately, they are epic films about high adventure, fantastical creatures, magic, swordplay, camaraderie, and magnificent New Zealand landscapes. Eleven years separate their theatrical releases; did that time allow Peter Jackson to craft a superior new adventure, or just continue to prove that the first movie in a franchise is often the best? Step into the Reel Rumbles ring and find out as we pit The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring vs. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
You know him as Aragorn, but Viggo Mortensen is much more than that. He is a chameleon. Whether he is playing an unassuming diner owner, a Russian hitman, or Satan, Viggo Mortensen is one of today’s top actors around. Here’s Viggo Mortensen’s current top ten films on Flickchart:
There’s no way I make it out of this week without spending $200 in Blu-rays. The car payment can wait.
|How would you rank it amongst the best Christmas movies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #4836
What do you fellow Flickcharters have to say?
Charyou_Tree – “A lifeless rendering of a classic Christmas story is no match for Pixar, even if the Pixar film in the other corner just so happens to be the worst they have produced thus far.”
(From Discussion for Cars vs A Christmas Carol)
|How would you rank it amongst the best martial arts movies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #7862
What do you fellow Flickcharters have to say?
celticshk – “Two of the worst films ever. Really hard to decide which is worse, but I think The Last Airbender wins by a small margin as it charges higher ticket price for its 3D effects.”
(From Discussion for The Last Airbender vs. Batman & Robin)
|How would you rank it amongst the best domestic comedy movies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #5120
|How would you rank it amongst the best urban comedies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #17602
A movie with Keith David in it should be ranked more than 5 times between theater and DVD release. I’m stunned by that number. It made $4 million more than The Kids Are All Right but was ranked .3% as many times.
It can be sometimes be hard to keep track of adding everything that you’ve seen to Flickchart, and movies have a tendency to leave your mind for one reason or another.
To combat this, we’re starting a new weekly feature including all the notable DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix Instant Watch, and Warner Brothers Archive titles that are newly available. Each film will include their Flickchart global statistics, as well as three direct links to rank the title against similar movies (one good, one average and one bad) to help nail down where the movie belongs on your chart. Without further adieu, let’s get started!
If you’re an avid Flickcharter, you’ve no doubt got a list of hundreds — if not thousands — of films ranked. From your all-time favorites to the dregs of cinema that you only wish you could un-see, to those middle-of-the-chart, ho-hum, so-so films whose ranks, while fun to try and get into their proper order, become somewhat interchangeable as they all share a common air of mediocrity.
Indeed, when it comes to your Flickchart, do you truly care whether Movie #667 is better than Movie #668? Does it even matter if Movie #236 is better than Movie #247?
What about global rankings? Does it matter to you if Flickchart’s users have V for Vendetta ranked higher than There Will Be Blood? Or that District 9 ranks higher than Best Picture Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker? Be honest: Does it really, really concern you that The Dark Knight outranks Star Wars as the #1 movie of all-time? As a movie fan, you know this fact to be either true or false; global rankings can be very useful in helping you find good movies that you haven’t seen yet, but when it comes to the films you do and don’t like, they aren’t necessarily going to sway your opinion.
In fact, I’d be willing to bet that, for most Flickcharters, the only list that really matters is that one that stares you in the face every time you come to the site: your personal Top 20. It’s the list that’s on-screen every time you rank; either causing you to constantly question it, or reaffirm that yes, yes these are, in fact, my favorite movies of all-time. The cream of the crop. The films that will smack down any others they come against in your Flickchart rankings.