Movie of the Year: 2001

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Taste Buds kick off the 2001 season of Movie of the Year with Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring!

It’s time for the TasteBudz to start tackling the movies of 2001. And could there be a better movie to get started with than Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring? It’s hard to remember now, but Lord of the Rings used to only be for the super-dorks among super-dorks. Now, as a property, it has risen to great heights and then plummeted off of them. But we only had the opportunity to watch that rollercoaster/train wreck because of this first movie. It has a little bit of everything: Hobbits, Ian McKellen, soft lighting, heroes with ample access to salon-grade conditioner, Liv Tyler, the bad guy from the Neo movies, a tidal wave that looks like horses.

Obviously, we are the kind of nerds who are into this nonsense but even considering that this is a really great movie. It’s fun and it feels good and it has all the emotions. As an audience, we never feel like the movie is too ridiculous or too eager to make fun of itself. It’s earnest and sweet and let’s us find it silly without insisting that it get to share in on the joke. However.

There was always going to be a, however. We love FILM on this podcast, maybe you’ve heard of it. And this is a big-time movie. Double-However: the show is not called Film of the Year. Last, I would like to remind you that this movie doesn’t just have Liv Tyler, it also has Cate Blanchett. Both are as ethereal as I assume they must be in real life.

Also, the guys pick the most iconic TV of 2001 and build their very own D&D party of pop culture characters.

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