Monthly Archives: April 2017

Arthur Sailes hums while burning Father Rabin to death.

“Ben & Arthur” Movie Review

The first thing I ever reviewed on this site was an adaptation of The Hobbit that Gene Deitch made in 1966.  Later I reviewed a Harry Potter fan-fiction called My Immortal by Tara “XXXbloodyrists666XXX” Gilesbie.  What connects these is that they are both so-bad-they’re-good.  Ben & Arthur, on the other hand, is almost so-bad-it’s-homophobic, and it’s the worst movie I’ve ever seen.

Arthur orders Victor to tell him who the hitman is.It’s not that Ben & Arthur can’t be entertaining in its failings, but Ben & Arthur’s outlook on the world is veiled more thinly than The Room’s misogyny.  And what is this outlook?  Why, it’s that “straight people are all evil, bigoted psychopaths,” of course!  Why then did I say that the film is borderline homophobic?  Well, because it’s both heterophobic and homophobic.
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The inspiration for one of Peter Jackson's scenes.

Review of Ralph Bakshi’s “The Lord of the Rings” (1978)

Frodo, Sam, and Gollum in Bakshi's cartoon.Last year I reviewed the 1977 Rankin/Bass cartoon adaptation of The Hobbit.  Today I’ll be taking a look at another such cartoon: Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 attempt to bring The Lord of the Rings to the screen.  As I did with the Hobbit cartoon—and as I’m planning to do with the final instalment in the cartoon trilogy—I began by live-tweeting as I watched Bakshi’s film, the highlights of which can be found here.  As I had feared going into this, Bakshi largely failed to capture quite what he needed to capture with this one.
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