Peter Jackson is affiliated with everything Middle Earth. You think Jackson and you are immediately going to think of hairy feet, wizard fights and a massive eye in the middle of a volcano. The Lord of the Rings and the subsequent Hobbit trilogy is coming to a close today. Unless Warner Bros. feels to need to lift the Silmarillion out of its dusty cupboard so we can have another 23,905,720,502 hour long series, we wont step our foot in a Tolkien based novel again. As some breathe a sigh of relief and others sob into their elven robes, let’s take a moment to look at Jackson’s body of work because he wasn’t always the master of Hobbitses.
Here are some essential movies for you to plunder.
I love a good story about a movie that upset the general public because they paid no attention to what it was or mistook it for verbatim. This mockumentary, made for the television, certainly had tongues wagging when they thought that character Colin McKenzie was real. And I’m not going to lie, if you watch it the first time without this knowledge, you’ll spend a while second guessing. That’s even WITH the whole mockumentary thing being a thing. Witty, Forgotten Silver is a tightly packed and neatly done elaborate movie prank that must’ve taken some months of planning, plenty of pennies and a lot of forethought. However, it works. It really works and it is hilarious.
Have you ever watched a film and thought, “what the fuck?” And then you watched it a little bit more but still thought, “what the fuck?” And then you left and you were still thinking, “what the fuck?” But now you are thinking “that was fucking brilliant.” This is exactly the great feeling you get when you finish Peter Jackson’s debut feature Bad Taste. The movie is so absurd that it is amazing. The story goes like this, a bunch of aliens come down and harvest humans for their outer-space fast food franchise. From the special effects to the wonderful tongue in cheek weirdness, Bad Taste has certainly amassed a following due to its vulgarity and brilliance.
Sometimes, horror movies work because no fucks are given. Braindead is one of those movies. The Australasian answer to The Evil Dead, this messed up and completely bonkers movie that you’re love, so much. When teen Lionel’s mum is bitten by a diseased monkey, she is overcome with an illness and unfortunately dies. But she doesn’t stay dead for long as she soon begins the entire zombie plague on Lionel’s small town and it’s up to her son to stop her. It’s as though Peter Jackson just got buckets of blood and poured them all over his actors and went; “fight things.” With some sort of social satire underneath it too which makes it a tantalising cult classic.
Look, you could fight me on this like Gandalf and Saruman’s epic battle during The Return of the King but The Fellowship will always be the better movie. It might not be the gritty and dark Two Towers nor the completed Oscar Winner The Return of the King. But much like The Philosopher’s Stone, despite its faults, Fellowship was the beginning of a cinematic adventure into Middle Earth. It gave us jubilant hobbits, a tantalising piece of adventure and some stunning cinematography. With our initial pan over New Zealand, its mystical landscapes really sunk into our imaginations. Who didn’t feel immediately like a child when that happened?
There is something so ethereal about Jackson’s “Based on a True Story” drama that makes the film absorbing. Telling the story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, Heavenly Creatures sees the anarchic side of feminine friendship. As the pair fall closer, their parents conspire to separate them and this in-turn backfires as the girls plan murder to befall on their family members. Jackson’s movie is astutely away of the energies that thrived in these real life characters whilst also enthralling the audience into this web of fantastical realism (the dreams and imagination that pull the girls into their own world is remarkably done). It’s delicate but not without its thrills.
Did we miss out your favourite?
Should The Frighteners be on here?
How about King Kong?
Have you even seen Meet The Feebles?
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