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The Lord of the Rings reunion: Where to watch

Source: CNET

This looks like it will be fun!

The fellowship is coming back together 20 years after filming the trilogy.

The cast of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is reuniting in a video call this weekend. As part of Josh Gad's Reunited Apart series on YouTube, the fellowship -- and a few other major characters -- will come together two decades after filming the epic movie series. The Fellowship of the Ring hit movies in 2001, followed by The Two Towers and Return of the King in 2002 and 2003.

The trailer for the reunion shows Gad speaking with Sean Astin (Sam) about their previous Reunited Apart episode on The Goonies and begging to reunite the Fellowship of the Ring. Elijah Wood (Frodo), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Billy Boyd (Pippin) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas) join the call, joking they're always on Zoom together. Sir Ian McKellan jumps in for an epic Gandalf quote (and a glass of red wine).

Screenshots of the Lord of the Rings reunion call also show Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), walking spoiler Sean Bean (Boromir), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Liv Tyler (Arwen), Miranda Otto (Eowyn), Karl Urban (Eomer) and writers and director Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

Way back in 2013 I did a Quotable of neat one-liners that I thought summed Viggo up. Well, seven years have passed and there are now more favourites in my collection. Some have done the Quotable rounds a lot in those seven years but I still love them!

He’s a star who doesn’t act like a star, yet everyone in his orbit feels his power.

Joe Morgenstern
Wallstreet Journal
7 July 2016

It’s difficult for things to go wrong when you work with Viggo Mortensen.

David Oelhoffen
Q&A: Viggo Mortensen and David Oelhoffen on ‘Loin Des Hommes’
By Roslyn Sulcas
New York Times
26 August 2014

Viggo Mortensen, as far as I’m concerned, could do a Rubix cube on screen for two hours and I’d still want to watch him…

Metal Gear Solid Movie: Eight Actors Who Could Play Solid Snake
By Liam Hoofe
Flickering Myth
15 September 2017

Mortensen, perhaps the only actor alive who could play Sigmund Freud, William Burroughs and a Middle-earth king...

Uday Bhatia
Live Mint
11 September 2015

Cerebral, spiritual, sex symbol in spite of himself.

Viggo Mortensen: "Travelling is the best anti-war weapon"
By Yetty Hagendorf - translated by Donna Marie
Le Soir (Belgium)
2 February 2015

He’s a regular guy — except he’s not.

Viggo Mortensen, the Unlikely Leading Man
New York Times
By Thessaly La Force
15 October 2018

We like Mortensen because he shows us how to be.

Viggo Mortensen, the Unlikely Leading Man
New York Times
By Thessaly La Force
15 October 2018

Viggo Mortensen is understatement personified.

Understated A-lister Viggo Mortensen tells our reporter about his new cult hit 'Captain Fantastic' - and why it's impossible to be the perfect parent
by Ed Power
Irish Independent
31 August 2016

Viggo Mortensen, who seems only loosely tied to modern life at the best of times...

Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine
18 August 2016

He seems to be a soul meant to wander the earth in search of universal truth, not discuss Hobbit movies over canapés with journalists.

On interviewing Viggo in a posh hotel
Dr. No: Viggo Mortensen Has Made Turning Down Roles Into an Art Form
By Oliver Jones
The Observer
6 July 2016

Is there a language Viggo Mortensen doesn't speak?

Jill Lawless
Associated Press
2 September 2014

I can have no better faith than in Viggo Mortensen.

Matt Ross
Captain Fantastic: Viggo Mortensen and Matt Ross Interview
Jason Gorber
14 July 2016

He's prepared a gift bag.

Why Viggo Mortensen Is Off the Grid
By Lisa DePaulo
25 May 2016

Mortensen doesn't go in much for trappings. He has a flip phone!

Why Viggo Mortensen Is Off the Grid
By Lisa DePaulo
25 May 2016

He has a defiantly-handsome face, with a jaw so well-defined you could carve a roast with it.

Viggo Mortensen talks Jauja
By Philip Bagnal
11 March 2015

Is Viggo Mortensen the most interesting man in the world?

Viggo Mortensen: Still here, still fantastic
The Film Experience
By Nathaniel Rogers
24 April 2016

They don’t make them like Viggo Mortensen anymore.

A Reader interview with Viggo Mortensen
By Ben Olson
Sandpoint Reader
13 January 2017

Doesn’t everybody want to be Viggo Mortensen? I do!

Matt Ross
Captain Fantastic: Viggo Mortensen & Family
by Christine Westwood
11 June 2016

You will find all previous Quotables here.

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Source: Youtube.
Found By: ollie

I missed this one and thank ollie for the find a while back.
Wow! Wow! Wow! So glad that he finally uses YouTube for his poetry reading. And he reads beautifully.


May 1, 2020

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Source: Diego Chak.
Found By: Chrissie
Thanks to Chrissie for the find last week.

If you can't understand Spanish then you can just watch this clip with the sound down and over how gorgeous Viggo looks.

This video has just been posted on YouTube and although I can remember seeing Viggo being presented with the football shirt before I think it was only a short clip so this long interview is a real treat in these quiet times.

© Diego Chak.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe

As we’ve been seeing this week with Chrissie’s ‘On This Day’ posts, this is the 5th anniversary of Jauja’s Magical Mystery Tour through Denmark. Viggo, Lisandro Alonso and Ghita Nørby went to enormous lengths to bring this film to audiences and although it never played to massive houses outside of Festivals, critics around the world who saw it were mesmerised by Alonso’s work and Viggo’s performance. So this week we have a reminder of what an truly extraordinary piece of cinema it is. Maybe, with all the weirdness of lockdown when normal life has been suspended, it’s time to watch it again?

Jauja… is a beautiful, mystical, intoxicatingly wonderful film...

Paddy Mulholland
Awards Daily
20 October 2014

Anchored by a rumpled, naturalistic performance by the great Viggo Mortensen…

Angelo Muredda
5 September 2014

The film is framed in a 4:3 aspect ratio and, most strikingly, sports rounded corners on its images. That relatively constricted vision (somehow the rounded corners highlight how quickly the world slips out of view as the camera pans) is offset by the incredible depth that Alonso and masterful cinematographer Timo Salminen produce in their shots. In the open desert, fading gradually from sharp clarity in the foreground to the soft blur of the horizon, the images seem to connote infinity...

...The film is its own journey, and there's seemingly no end to how far you might travel with it.

Tomas Hachard
19 March 2015

…the tight parameters of these frames encourage us to imagine an infinity outside their edges. Rich colors suggest both dream and the artifice of Hollywood Westerns: deep blue clouds on a sky fading to yellow at its base resemble a painted backdrop; pools of golden firelight in a night shot are manifestly lit, as if on a studio set. Visual leitmotifs suggest threads through the maze: pools and streams whose mirrored surfaces suggest doors into other worlds, a tin soldier that turns up in unexpected places...

...the real treasure, the mythical object for which the film sets out, is finally nothing more than the very film that it ends up being.

Jonathan Romney
Film Comment
19 March 2015
A shot of Dinesen staring at himself in mote-speckled water rhymes with a later shot of the captain stretched out on top of a mountain staring at the stars — one man contemplating both himself and his place in the cosmos...

Vadim Rizov
Filmmaker Magazine
20 March 2015

Mortensen, perhaps the only actor alive who could play Sigmund Freud, William Burroughs and a Middle-earth king, speaks both Danish and Spanish in the film, though he spends most of his time on screen in silence. One of the joys of cinema is the chance to watch great actors just stay still and think.

Uday Bhatia
Live Mint
11 September 2015

Sweating in layers of bulky long johns, and sporting a droopy, weeping mustache, Mortensen carries the film, his human grumbling and surprised, rageful violence conveying the sense of a nervous, basically average man caught on a journey into his own heart of darkness. Increasingly, as the other characters drop away, Mortensen has nothing to play against but nature and himself.

Mark Asch
Brooklyn Magazine
7 October 2014

Alonso’s previous features have been notoriously—and, for many viewers, off-puttingly—slow and cryptic. Mortensen injects the director’s esoteric, anti-psychological themes with a psychological reality that makes them all the more tantalizing.

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
19 March 2015

Viggo Mortensen, as mysterious here as the Sphinx.

Jauja: Viggo Mortensen Lost in Patagonia
By Eric Vernay - translated by Donna Marie
Premiere (France)
19 May 2014

Dinesen, with his European manners, books and scientific principles, is at once noble and ridiculous, a civilized man adrift in the wilderness and the embodiment of blind, imperial arrogance. A doting father and a bit of a snob, he seems to absorb the wildness of his surroundings, becoming desperate and almost feral as he wanders the wasteland howling his daughter’s name.

O. Scott
New York Times
19 March 2015

This is a powerhouse performance from Mortensen, as he infuses Dineson with complexity, personality, even a dab of mordant humor – an impressive feat given that the role is largely silent.

As he progresses through this limbo-like landscape we watch him gradually transforming, Mortenson’s weathered features becoming akin to the rocks surrounding him. As he emerges from within dark cracks, kneels to sip dripping streams or dozes underneath the stars, he melts into the environment, the boundaries of Dineson’s self slowly eroding into the Patagonian dirt.

David James
6 April 2015

Our attention is more deliberately focused on Mortensen's place in the landscape, and in the way his soul inhabits his body, clad in a stiff soldier's uniform. Now and again, we do get to look squarely at his face — Alonso wouldn't be so cruel as to deprive us of that entirely. But by holding the camera back, he intensifies both Mortensen's performance and the visual potency of the movie around him. There's so much to take in here that at times I almost felt as if I were absorbing it through my skin.

Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
17 March 2015

This lack of solicitude for the audience—the real time, the featureless stretches of land and sky, the incomplete knowledge of events—is a perfect storm of cinematic minimalism. Rather than consume the movie as if it’s served to us pre-chewed, we lean in, hold our breath, suspend judgment. We’re as lost as Mortensen’s protagonist, and we feel the weight of it acutely. The semi-flat steppes all look the same in every direction, and the minutes tick by, until eventually night falls and we lose our bearings completely.

Michael Atkinson
In These Times
18 March 2015

I’ve now seen Lisandro Alonso’s captivating, unearthly Jauja four times, and I don’t think I’m any closer to telling you what it’s all about; the more I see it, the more puzzled I am. Alonso likes to traffic in the oblique — in the blank, mysterious spaces between the ostensible realities onscreen. That sounds like a lot of hooey, but watching Jauja, which is certainly one of the best films of the year, I never once doubted that I was in the hands of a master filmmaker. For all its seeming austerity, the film pulls you along with incredible force — not unlike the way it pulls its lonely protagonist, played by Viggo Mortensen, along on his quixotic, dreamlike journey....

Jauja is a rapturously bizarre movie that resists knowledge. That’s its secret, intoxicating power; the less you understand, the more mesmerized you are.

Bilge Ebiri
21 March 2015

You will find all previous Quotables here.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © 4L Productions/Soda Pictures.

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