I do believe J.R.R. Tolkien was foreshadowing this event in the following famous lines: One (movie reel) ring to rule them all; one ring to find them (“them” being The Nerds); one ring to bring them all (to a movie theater); and in the darkness bind them.
Oddly enough, I was reluctant at first to give “The Lord of the Rings” films a try. I had never read the books growing up because my mom didn’t care for “The Hobbit” as a child and decided, against all evidence to the contrary, that I wouldn’t like it, either.
The first of the trilogy opened in movie theaters at almost the same time as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” and I, for some unfathomable reason, saw it as competition to my beloved Harry. (Seriously.) I stayed away until friends finally cajoled me into seeing it.
Like most nerds, I was instantly hooked. I made up for lost time by reading “The Hobbit” and the trilogy in short order, moved on to Tolkien’s other works, and then took a “Myth and Tolkien” class in college. (Again, seriously.) I was by far the coolest kid in class — a class that included one young lady bringing in her Casio keyboard to play us all a few of Tolkien’s famous poems, or lays, she had put to music — but that’s kind of like saying you’re the skinniest kid at fat camp.
Now a decade since the first film was released, Fathom Entertainment and Warner Home Video are bringing the trilogy back to the big screen for just one 7 p.m. screening at select theaters. “The Fellowship of the Ring” will play June 14, “The Two Towers” follows on June 21, and “The Return of the King” finishes up the saga on June 28.
In the metro, the event is only playing at Spotlight 14 in Norman and Cinemark Tinseltown. Each film is the extended version (so remember to use the potty beforehand) and will open with an intro from Our Lord and Savior himself, Peter Jackson.
For tickets and more info, visit Fathom Events