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AFI Top 100 – #50: Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring   EXPLICIT

Episode Released: Mar 29, 2014 • Movie Meta Score: 92/100 • Roger Ebert's Review: 
Show Hosts: Lindsay Shank & Jeff Bell
Episode Synopsis

We review film #50: “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring”…the 2001 film where everyone does stuff and then passes off the responsibility to everyone else.  Oh and there’s walking.  And smoking.  And jump scares.  And a Sean Bean death scene.

Lindsay’s Thoughts

::hums excerpts from the score::

Our Opinions

Lindsay says "I Loved It!"
Jeff says "I Liked it."

Stuff & Things from Jeff
  1. Hey Gandalf, I’m pretty sure there was an easier way to open that envelope besides burning it.
  2. Never ask strange, hooded creatures on horseback “Who goes there?” late at night. It will only end badly.
  3. A Ringwraith’s arrival is always premeditated by a Spielberg Shot of the road they’re riding on.
  4. Ringwraith’s don’t like feathers. Fuck feathers.
  5. Perhaps the Ringwraith’s would have seen Aragorn coming at the Watchtower if they would simply LIFT THEIR FRIGGEN HOODS up.
  6. Elvish people are dicks.
  7. Makeup and miniatures will always be better than CGI.
  8. Maybe Steven Tyler’s daughter shouldn’t wear her all reflective dress while riding through the forest.
  9. The Elvish city has been cursed with ever falling leaves.
  10. One simply does not do an internet meme based upon a scene from this film…wait, yes they do.
  11. There needs to be a Sean Bean death scene countdown timer as a bonus feature on each of the films he’s in.
  12. Evil Wizards are dicks to ecosystems. Willing to completely destroy a chunk of a mountain to kill a few hobbits.
  13. “I wish the ring had never come to me.” – I know a lot of husbands that would say that.
  14. “Fool of a took!”
  15. General rule of thumb, never be the first wave in any sort of frontal attack of a movie. They’re generally the first ones to go down.
  16. You’d think after the first time Frodo gets stabbed, they’d pay closer attention to him. Remember? Carrying the ring? The whole reason they’re on this journey in the first place?
  17. OSHA would have a field day with those stairs in the Dwarf Caverns.
  18. Attacking the Fellowship is The Belroq’s side gig. His day time job is posing for Heavy Metal album covers.
  19. I feel like Galadriel could have simply spoken her lines to Frodo over the pensieve. She didn’t need to do the whole telepathic talk.
  20. During the scene where Boramir freaks out and attempts to take the ring from Frodo, things start getting a little rapey feeling.
  21. This movie has so much slow motion screaming.
  22. Make up, models, and practical effects will forever rule over CGI. Forever.

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1 Comment

Jun 25, 2014, 2:19 pm

I am mostly shocked that this one made it in the top 100, whereas the much more Oscar-winning film Return of the King, is not. But great movie! Loved how close it is to the books, but I do miss me some Tom B!

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