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Face-Off: Lord of the Rings Trilogy vs. Star Wars OT

05.10.2012by: Paul Huffman
In last week's Face Off two of our beloved Avengers and their solo movies faced off (see what I did there?) against one another with Iron Man emerging victorious over Thor.

This week we are gonna examine two of the most loved and respected trilogies of all time in Lord of the Rings vs. the Star Wars Original Trilogy. We'll break down each movie from each trilogy and see which installments come out on top over the others. We'll do things this way because in so many ways including time LOTR has the advantage over Star Wars. But with that said, technological advancements aren't what make these films what they are. It's the classic stories. So here we go.
Fellowship/A New Hope
Fellowship of the Ring had a killer opening did it not? One of the most entrancing exposition sections that I've ever seen. You were hooked immediately. From there the film did it's job: introduced us to our main players (the bonus being that they're characters we came to care about), developed said characters while giving us our action/suspension beats when we needed them, and in doing so left us wanting more. The only thing associated with Fellowship of the Ring I didn't like was that I didn't get into it soon enough and missed it's run in theaters. See anything about the actual film in that complaint? Damn right you don't.
A New Hope: A couple droids are minding their own business and find themselves thrust in the middle of a feud between a society of rebels and the dreaded Empire. Oh, and a bit of a family feud as well but that's nothing to worry about. When I saw this film I wanted to be Han, I wanted a grandpa like Ben Kenobi, and I wanted Leia before that bikini ever came into the picture. To put it simply, it wasn't a mistake that George Lucas created a monster with this film.
Two Towers/ESB
I'll be honest, for me The Two Towers dragged in parts, but it was nowhere near as boring as some people I've spoken to make it out to be. We get the intro of Gollum and the wonderful performance by Andy Serkis, we get one epic ass battle at Helms Deep, we get a new and improved Gandalf that is done f*cking around, and we get humorous moments with Legolas and Gimli. As far as the middle child goes, Two Towers did what it was supposed to, set us up for the home stretch in an entertaining enough way.

PS. Ten points for the kick ass monologue from Samwise.
Three things define why Empire Strikes Back is my favorite Star Wars film: the introduction of Yoda and his whimsical wisdom, the best chemistry of the saga between Han and Leia (seriously was that too hard to duplicate between Anakin and Padme?) and of course the famous scene that people often misquote. The tone of the whole film set us up beautifully for the bomb drop that we didn't see coming and filled us all with a sense of dread, with a hint of hope from the now not so new...erm, hope.

PS. Twenty points for Darth Vader was at the height of what made him one of the most kick ass villains of all time throughout this whole film.
ROTK/ROTJ
Return of the King won every award it was nominated for its Academy Award season, including Best Picture? Was it undeserved? Hell frakkin no!! Unnecessary thirty minute fourth act aside, this is one of the few films in my eyes that deserves the distinction of being called a masterpiece. Gone was the lagging feeling I got with certain points in Two Towers, everything came full circle in a massive way and I walked away a happy camper with a sense of loss that it was all over. One of the main things I loved about this trilogy that was in abundance in ROTK in particular was the length of time that was given to develop all of the characters we have come to know. I mean ALL of the characters, development is a big thing with me.
Return of the Jedi really picks up at the end when Luke gets passed that whole I'm not going to fight my father thing. The dynamic between Luke and Vader near the end of the film had one thing that ROTK didn't have, my investment on a more emotional level. While I wasn't as annoyed with those damn Ewoks as others, the first two acts of the film just didn't do it for me. It's by no means a bad film, and it wasn't the level of disappointment that Godfather III is known for, and I don't even know if disappointment is the right word. It just wasn't on the level of greatness as the first two films were.

PS. Ten points for the bikini and the short and sweet ending. (come on ROTK).
Tie Breaker
Fellowship of the Ring aside, I felt more connected with this trilogy because it was of my generation. I got to watch these films with a group of family, friends, and strangers in the comfort of a dark theater. I got to anticipate the next entry, I was swept up in the genius musical score, every single character was memorable. These films were beautiful to look at, which in theory shouldn't even be discussed due to the time frame of these two trilogies, but these films trumped even the prequel trilogy in the looks department. Lord of The Rings is just packed with the best of everything.
I wish I had been born in the era where this trilogy first hit the scene, I wish I could have been in the theater when that famous line in Empire Strikes Back was spoken. I feel robbed. I'm a sucker for a good family feud in my fiction, the tragedy of this story always resonated with me, even in the prequel films. Every single installment had something to remember, something that will stay with a film lover for the rest of their lives. The empire that George Lucas has built around his beloved trilogy is no fluke. Bless the people who took a chance on it.
Lord of the Rings
There you have it for this week Schmoes, Lord of the Rings graced my life at a time that I needed my own trilogy to love as much as others love their Star Wars. Many are in love with both. What takes the cake for you? And why? Let us know.

If you have an idea that you'd like to see in a future FACE OFF column, feel free to shoot an email to me at paulhuffman@joblo.com with your ideas and some ideas for the critique to base your ideas off. Thank you and in the meantime...

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4:43AM on 12/12/2012

Star wars-Gate way drug to science fiction. But Better highs are too be had!!

I'm glad Star Wars made so much money so that better movies like Alien,blade runner, Brazil, and Aliens could be made. Thanks for paving the way, George Lucas!
I'm glad Star Wars made so much money so that better movies like Alien,blade runner, Brazil, and Aliens could be made. Thanks for paving the way, George Lucas!
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11:16AM on 05/15/2012
"There's only one 'Return' and it's not of the King, it's of the Jedi" -Randall Graves
"There's only one 'Return' and it's not of the King, it's of the Jedi" -Randall Graves
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4:34AM on 12/12/2012
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8:18AM on 05/15/2012
I love LotR, but Star Wars was/is the better trilogy. Not only does it have the best score and sound of any film, but, in terms of cultural explosions, it's nuclear. It's radiation will take a thousand years to dissipate.
I love LotR, but Star Wars was/is the better trilogy. Not only does it have the best score and sound of any film, but, in terms of cultural explosions, it's nuclear. It's radiation will take a thousand years to dissipate.
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6:13AM on 05/15/2012

Hes my father!!!!

Star wars!!
Star wars!!
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2:43AM on 05/14/2012

I just logged in to say this:

WHICH DIALOGUE IS BETTER:

Frodo: I canít do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. Itís all wrong. By rights we shouldnít even be here. But we are. Itís like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didnít want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, itís only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new
WHICH DIALOGUE IS BETTER:

Frodo: I canít do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. Itís all wrong. By rights we shouldnít even be here. But we are. Itís like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didnít want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, itís only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didnít. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That thereís some good in this world, Mr. FrodoÖ and itís worth fighting for.

OR

Darth Vader: I am your Father.

'Nuff said.
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6:14AM on 05/13/2012
wasnt this discussion in Clerks 2?
wasnt this discussion in Clerks 2?
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11:01PM on 05/12/2012
Not a big fan of both trilogies. But this should be a tie, they both have a so-so movie, a good movie and an excelent movie in them.
Not a big fan of both trilogies. But this should be a tie, they both have a so-so movie, a good movie and an excelent movie in them.
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5:38PM on 05/11/2012

Star Wars

As much as I love LOTR, Star Wars is the film that got me into films. I was a little fan girl of 7 when that came out. Up until then I had Godzilla, Planet of the Apes, Adam West Batman, and the orginal Star Trek series, even dressed as Corniellus from PotAs for Halloween! But once that opening shot of the 2 ships appeared on screen, I was a SW lover for life. Blew my little mind. I have never felt the same excitement waiting for the next film in a series as I did then. Plus I just want to
As much as I love LOTR, Star Wars is the film that got me into films. I was a little fan girl of 7 when that came out. Up until then I had Godzilla, Planet of the Apes, Adam West Batman, and the orginal Star Trek series, even dressed as Corniellus from PotAs for Halloween! But once that opening shot of the 2 ships appeared on screen, I was a SW lover for life. Blew my little mind. I have never felt the same excitement waiting for the next film in a series as I did then. Plus I just want to say...Han Solo, Darth Vader,Luke Skywalker, the force, light sabers....those films are just damn fun!
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3:44PM on 05/11/2012
Star Wars without a doubt. Cultural phenomenon put aside Star Wars is still way more entertaining. LotR as many have said is way too boring at times. Sometimes I think it might just be quicker to read the book than to watch the movie. The characters in Star Wars are also way more interesting and entertaining. R2D2, a robot that doesn't even talk is far more interesting than half the characters in LotR. Not to mention Han Solo is one of the most bad ass heroes to ever grace the screen. Lets just
Star Wars without a doubt. Cultural phenomenon put aside Star Wars is still way more entertaining. LotR as many have said is way too boring at times. Sometimes I think it might just be quicker to read the book than to watch the movie. The characters in Star Wars are also way more interesting and entertaining. R2D2, a robot that doesn't even talk is far more interesting than half the characters in LotR. Not to mention Han Solo is one of the most bad ass heroes to ever grace the screen. Lets just say that if I were to go on a journey of a lifetime, I would rather it be with Han, Luke and Leia and a couple of awesome robots.
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8:43AM on 05/11/2012
*shakes head* ....This is a damn shame. No fucking way LOTR wins.

LOTR is not even good. The only one I thought was decent was The Two Towers extended version. But the whole trilogy they're just walking and shit.
*shakes head* ....This is a damn shame. No fucking way LOTR wins.

LOTR is not even good. The only one I thought was decent was The Two Towers extended version. But the whole trilogy they're just walking and shit.
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11:42AM on 05/11/2012
I thought the two towers was the only good one, also. And apparently- it's the least liked of the bunch? ...
I thought the two towers was the only good one, also. And apparently- it's the least liked of the bunch? ...
2:18AM on 05/11/2012
Sorry, double post...
Sorry, double post...
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2:16AM on 05/11/2012

Easiest Face-Off Ever

I actually like LOTR but Star Wars O.T. wins this without contest; it's the most iconic trilogy in movie history and that alone puts it on top any other; if we add the fact that it does not have one single boring moment during it's runtime unlike some others...
I actually like LOTR but Star Wars O.T. wins this without contest; it's the most iconic trilogy in movie history and that alone puts it on top any other; if we add the fact that it does not have one single boring moment during it's runtime unlike some others...
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12:10AM on 05/11/2012
Since the Star Wars fanboys on this site can't be wrong... I say we wait a couple years and do this face-off again. That way we can put Star Wars Episodes 1-6 up against the LOTR trilogy and The Hobbit movies. I'm gonna take a wild guess here and say LOTR will win in a landslide on that one, proving that the quality of Peter Jackson's films can't be beat and George Lucas just got lucky that he made his movies in a time when there was nothing like that being made. If Star Wars came out today it
Since the Star Wars fanboys on this site can't be wrong... I say we wait a couple years and do this face-off again. That way we can put Star Wars Episodes 1-6 up against the LOTR trilogy and The Hobbit movies. I'm gonna take a wild guess here and say LOTR will win in a landslide on that one, proving that the quality of Peter Jackson's films can't be beat and George Lucas just got lucky that he made his movies in a time when there was nothing like that being made. If Star Wars came out today it would have half of the fans it does and maybe a 6th of the cultural impact, guaranteed.
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1:21AM on 05/14/2012
Hate to break it to ya pal but yes. Like I said though you guys can't be wrong so I won't argue with you.
Hate to break it to ya pal but yes. Like I said though you guys can't be wrong so I won't argue with you.
11:42AM on 05/11/2012
no.
no.
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11:02PM on 05/10/2012

uuuggghhh...

LOTR is alright but how can you even compare the "Wars" to that shit? I don't get it.
LOTR is alright but how can you even compare the "Wars" to that shit? I don't get it.
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10:14PM on 05/10/2012
This face-off is complete bullshit.
This face-off is complete bullshit.
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9:53PM on 05/10/2012
"Oh, that was just WRONG."
-Randal Graves
"Oh, that was just WRONG."
-Randal Graves
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9:20PM on 05/10/2012
LOTR is of YOUR generation, what the hell are you 15? Well MY generation of the late 70s & 80s has produced some of the greatest movies of all time.
LOTR is of YOUR generation, what the hell are you 15? Well MY generation of the late 70s & 80s has produced some of the greatest movies of all time.
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2:52AM on 05/11/2012
Paul's 23, so that would make him 11 when LOTR came out. I find it humorous that this is Paul's generation when he was in grade 6? I understand that he means the film, but the story is a classic. Actually written from no ones generation on this entire website, written during WWII (1937-19490.
Paul's 23, so that would make him 11 when LOTR came out. I find it humorous that this is Paul's generation when he was in grade 6? I understand that he means the film, but the story is a classic. Actually written from no ones generation on this entire website, written during WWII (1937-19490.
11:56PM on 05/10/2012
The first LOTR came out in 2001, so he was 4 when it came out according to you. You're off by about ten years as I'd say being born ten years earlier (around 25 today, like myself) is the exact LOTR genertion. It's ok though, I know math is hard.
The first LOTR came out in 2001, so he was 4 when it came out according to you. You're off by about ten years as I'd say being born ten years earlier (around 25 today, like myself) is the exact LOTR genertion. It's ok though, I know math is hard.
9:12PM on 05/10/2012

Star Wars Ep. 4-6

While Eps. 1-3 may have tarnished the brand's legacy, the original trilogy has had such a massive cultural impact and staying power, whereas LOTR was a momentary juggernaut that has all but disappeared from the cultural zeitgeist in the ten years since the movies came out.

Not to mention- the Star Wars effects (even the non-special edition original effects) are still enjoyable, believable and not hokey, despite nearly 40 years of aging. On the other hand, the CGI effects in LOTR already look
While Eps. 1-3 may have tarnished the brand's legacy, the original trilogy has had such a massive cultural impact and staying power, whereas LOTR was a momentary juggernaut that has all but disappeared from the cultural zeitgeist in the ten years since the movies came out.

Not to mention- the Star Wars effects (even the non-special edition original effects) are still enjoyable, believable and not hokey, despite nearly 40 years of aging. On the other hand, the CGI effects in LOTR already look quite obsolete.

No question, hands down, Star Wars Episodes 4-6 win.
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8:45AM on 05/11/2012
Totally agree
Totally agree
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9:00PM on 05/10/2012
No one is arguing the fact that Star Wars has made a bigger impact in pop and film culture than any movie in history. However, LOTR is just a better trilogy as far as film quality goes. If LOTR came out in the 70's it would have the same culture changing impact imo. Star Wars was something that was not seen or done before. We are not arguing popularity or impact here people. This is about the film's qualities as a whole, not it's impact on pop culture.
No one is arguing the fact that Star Wars has made a bigger impact in pop and film culture than any movie in history. However, LOTR is just a better trilogy as far as film quality goes. If LOTR came out in the 70's it would have the same culture changing impact imo. Star Wars was something that was not seen or done before. We are not arguing popularity or impact here people. This is about the film's qualities as a whole, not it's impact on pop culture.
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1:24AM on 05/14/2012
Oh so you didn't even watch it and therefor should have no opinion on this matter. And yet again you mention plot hole when there is none. I don't care if you hate the movie there Star Wars fan but I had to correct you on that stupid ass plot hole that everyone points out as its just dumb.
Oh so you didn't even watch it and therefor should have no opinion on this matter. And yet again you mention plot hole when there is none. I don't care if you hate the movie there Star Wars fan but I had to correct you on that stupid ass plot hole that everyone points out as its just dumb.
5:06AM on 05/11/2012
Sorry, but I kept falling asleep due to the extremely long, boring walk through the woods, and the equally boorish talk about different types of meals, so maybe I missed that convenient plot hole..I mean "twist".
Sorry, but I kept falling asleep due to the extremely long, boring walk through the woods, and the equally boorish talk about different types of meals, so maybe I missed that convenient plot hole..I mean "twist".
11:49PM on 05/10/2012
No that wouldn't have solved anything as the eagles wouldn't have gotten anywhere near Mordor without being stopped, it was only after the eye of Sauron was falling and his army running away that they were free to fly in no problem. I really can't believe how many people I've had to explain that to, it seems like a no brainer to me.
No that wouldn't have solved anything as the eagles wouldn't have gotten anywhere near Mordor without being stopped, it was only after the eye of Sauron was falling and his army running away that they were free to fly in no problem. I really can't believe how many people I've had to explain that to, it seems like a no brainer to me.
9:45PM on 05/10/2012
If you call a boring 9 hour walk that could have been solved by jumping on the back of a giant bird, better, then you and I have a huge difference of opinion.
If you call a boring 9 hour walk that could have been solved by jumping on the back of a giant bird, better, then you and I have a huge difference of opinion.
8:32PM on 05/10/2012
Everyone talking about the impact Star Wars had on film... that doesn't matter. I could be wrong but I thought the quality of film is what was being argued here.
Everyone talking about the impact Star Wars had on film... that doesn't matter. I could be wrong but I thought the quality of film is what was being argued here.
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7:06PM on 05/10/2012
this is straight up ridiculous
this is straight up ridiculous
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7:02PM on 05/10/2012
I think the real Breaker is, no matter how good The Lord of The Rings movies are, no matter it was the first fantasy to recieve best picture, it will never change the world of movies like Star Wars did.
I think the real Breaker is, no matter how good The Lord of The Rings movies are, no matter it was the first fantasy to recieve best picture, it will never change the world of movies like Star Wars did.
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11:52PM on 05/10/2012
That has nothing to do with quality of film...which is what is being argued here.
That has nothing to do with quality of film...which is what is being argued here.
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6:20PM on 05/10/2012

BOOO !!! HISSS !!!

Okay, I am a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. However, let's face the facts...Star Wars is the greatest friggin film series of all-time!! This post is blasphemy in the film world...Star Wars all the way!
Okay, I am a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. However, let's face the facts...Star Wars is the greatest friggin film series of all-time!! This post is blasphemy in the film world...Star Wars all the way!
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5:29PM on 05/10/2012
I've got to add one more thing to this, I'm old enough to remember when SW came out in theaters in its initial run. There were lines that literally wrapped around a city block for people waiting to get in. And that was just for the first month of its release. Think about that for a second. People waiting outside around an entire BLOCK to see a movie. It was a movie that everyone went to see. Old, young, sci-fi fan, non sci-fi people, it didn't matter, literally everyone went to see
I've got to add one more thing to this, I'm old enough to remember when SW came out in theaters in its initial run. There were lines that literally wrapped around a city block for people waiting to get in. And that was just for the first month of its release. Think about that for a second. People waiting outside around an entire BLOCK to see a movie. It was a movie that everyone went to see. Old, young, sci-fi fan, non sci-fi people, it didn't matter, literally everyone went to see it.

Something LOTR will never have.
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4:08AM on 12/12/2012
Wow, people were waiting AROUND THE BLOCK? I know I WAS THERE!

"Something LOTR will never have."

How many Led zeppelin songs are there about star wars? You do realize that the Lord of the rings is best selling novel of ALL TIME don't you? When did A star wars picture win 11 Oscars? Never? Oh.

"Think about that for a second."

Think about this, 250 million copies of The lord of the rings and the hobbit have been sold in the last 60 years.
Wow, people were waiting AROUND THE BLOCK? I know I WAS THERE!

"Something LOTR will never have."

How many Led zeppelin songs are there about star wars? You do realize that the Lord of the rings is best selling novel of ALL TIME don't you? When did A star wars picture win 11 Oscars? Never? Oh.

"Think about that for a second."

Think about this, 250 million copies of The lord of the rings and the hobbit have been sold in the last 60 years.
1:29AM on 05/14/2012
Haha well it's not my award but thanks anyway. You really think the Hobbit is going to be a flop though? Yeah I doubt it, but once again you wars fans can't stop pointing out the cultural effect. Yeah Star Wars will be remembered forever and I love it like everyone else but there is no way in hell I can ever say the QUALITY of Star Wars is better than LOTR. That's my opinion and I'm cool with the SW fans here saying why they disagree but you guys have mentioned the cultural juggernaut that it
Haha well it's not my award but thanks anyway. You really think the Hobbit is going to be a flop though? Yeah I doubt it, but once again you wars fans can't stop pointing out the cultural effect. Yeah Star Wars will be remembered forever and I love it like everyone else but there is no way in hell I can ever say the QUALITY of Star Wars is better than LOTR. That's my opinion and I'm cool with the SW fans here saying why they disagree but you guys have mentioned the cultural juggernaut that it is more than anything else, and that's just irrelevant. It doesn't matter that everyone saw it because it's still not as good, it was just different at the time it came out. It was new and never seen before, that's why my best picture argument makes sense and your line around the block one is pointless. Mine points out quality while yours points out absolutely nothing. Plus a guy with DAFORCE as his name can't give an unbiased opinion on this subject anyway, so it's ok I get that you love Star Wars you don't have to argue with me.
5:10AM on 05/11/2012
Trust me, ten years after the Floppit comes out, people will still be talking about Star Wars, while Bored of the Rings merchandise will be collecting dust (much like it does now) at the bottom of a penny bin.

Enjoy your only award.
Trust me, ten years after the Floppit comes out, people will still be talking about Star Wars, while Bored of the Rings merchandise will be collecting dust (much like it does now) at the bottom of a penny bin.

Enjoy your only award.
11:57PM on 05/10/2012
Kinda like how Star Wars will never have a best picture win....
Kinda like how Star Wars will never have a best picture win....
5:13PM on 05/10/2012

My least favorite editorial on JoBlo

If you gotta do a face-off don't pick such polarizing films. Do something like within the same trilogy like Empire Strikes Back vs. Return of the Jedi. Or two films considered bad but have cool moments like The Matrix Redloaded vs. Iron Man 2.
If you gotta do a face-off don't pick such polarizing films. Do something like within the same trilogy like Empire Strikes Back vs. Return of the Jedi. Or two films considered bad but have cool moments like The Matrix Redloaded vs. Iron Man 2.
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4:49PM on 05/10/2012
wow paul you must be young,although i love LOTR have the BD read the books, it cannot beat Star Wars in any way, 30 years from now well see who will be remembered,or if LOTR action figures will still be on sale
wow paul you must be young,although i love LOTR have the BD read the books, it cannot beat Star Wars in any way, 30 years from now well see who will be remembered,or if LOTR action figures will still be on sale
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4:47PM on 05/10/2012

LMAO

Get the fuck out.
Get the fuck out.
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4:45PM on 05/10/2012

LMAO

Get the fuck out.
Get the fuck out.
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4:36PM on 05/10/2012

Your kidding right?

Lord of the rings is cool and all, but it is NOT the cultural phenomenon SW is. It barely sits in the SW original trilogy's shadow. Everyone knows who Darth Vader is but you can not say the same about Gandalf. This is a no brainer and you failed.
Lord of the rings is cool and all, but it is NOT the cultural phenomenon SW is. It barely sits in the SW original trilogy's shadow. Everyone knows who Darth Vader is but you can not say the same about Gandalf. This is a no brainer and you failed.
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12:01AM on 05/11/2012
Thank you FailSafe, the cultural impact is pointless to bring up in a debate about quality.
Thank you FailSafe, the cultural impact is pointless to bring up in a debate about quality.
7:40PM on 05/10/2012
I thought this post was about the movies, not the cultural impact...
I thought this post was about the movies, not the cultural impact...
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4:25PM on 05/10/2012
Without the OT of Star Wars, you have no ILM. Without ILM pushing boundries, you have no WETA. With no WETA, you don't have LOTR.

That's the only logic train you need to follow.
Without the OT of Star Wars, you have no ILM. Without ILM pushing boundries, you have no WETA. With no WETA, you don't have LOTR.

That's the only logic train you need to follow.
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3:54PM on 05/10/2012
The Lightsaber. The Force. Yoda.

'nuff said
The Lightsaber. The Force. Yoda.

'nuff said
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4:37AM on 12/12/2012
Gandalf. Beatles. Led zeppelin Stanley Kubrick 220 million copies of novels sold. 'Nuff said.
Gandalf. Beatles. Led zeppelin Stanley Kubrick 220 million copies of novels sold. 'Nuff said.
3:52PM on 05/10/2012

Tie Breaker?!

I really don't know how your tie breaker is your personal opinion based on the fact that you were too young to catch it first run. At the very least this should have been a tie. LOTR was fantastic and one of the best cinematic experiences of my life but SW was an original, cinematic pioneering masterpiece.
I really don't know how your tie breaker is your personal opinion based on the fact that you were too young to catch it first run. At the very least this should have been a tie. LOTR was fantastic and one of the best cinematic experiences of my life but SW was an original, cinematic pioneering masterpiece.
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2:41PM on 05/10/2012

Star Wars Hands-down

I've got a bad feeling about this...Faceoff!! Are you kidding me? Just cause you are too damn young to remember the best movie trilogy of all time doesn't give you the right to blasphemize it!! Wretch.
I've got a bad feeling about this...Faceoff!! Are you kidding me? Just cause you are too damn young to remember the best movie trilogy of all time doesn't give you the right to blasphemize it!! Wretch.
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4:26AM on 12/12/2012
"Just cause you are too damn young to remember the best movie trilogy of all time doesn't give you the right to blasphemize it!! Wretch."

I remember the bad dialog. Ewoks and Jar jar binks.
"Just cause you are too damn young to remember the best movie trilogy of all time doesn't give you the right to blasphemize it!! Wretch."

I remember the bad dialog. Ewoks and Jar jar binks.
1:46PM on 05/10/2012
LotR is just better in all ways. Not to say anything bad about the original SW trilogy, it is iconic stuff. LotR is spectacular.
LotR is just better in all ways. Not to say anything bad about the original SW trilogy, it is iconic stuff. LotR is spectacular.
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1:45PM on 05/10/2012

Star Wars

You always remember your first. Nothing is capable of blowing an audience away anymore in the manner in which the first Star Wars film did. Not even close.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Lord of the Rings immensely and there's a lot of good stuff in there.

But to be frank there are shots and scenes in LOTR that look cheap, like a Hercules/Xena production.

I expect this will only be exacerbated with The Hobbit's 48 fps fiasco.

Star Wars has a far more realistic look to it.
You always remember your first. Nothing is capable of blowing an audience away anymore in the manner in which the first Star Wars film did. Not even close.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Lord of the Rings immensely and there's a lot of good stuff in there.

But to be frank there are shots and scenes in LOTR that look cheap, like a Hercules/Xena production.

I expect this will only be exacerbated with The Hobbit's 48 fps fiasco.

Star Wars has a far more realistic look to it.
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1:25PM on 05/10/2012

LotR: ST prequel trilogy killed series

I don't think it's a fair assessment since one's an original film trilogy, the other a classic book series; one has a prequel trilogy already out, the other will be released this and next year. There are too many intangibles to make a valid choice, that said, between the two choices given I'd choose LotR. It's a filling trilogy with equal parts drama, fantasy, action on top of great writing, direction and acting. Few series, with the exception of Harry Potter come close the the quality those
I don't think it's a fair assessment since one's an original film trilogy, the other a classic book series; one has a prequel trilogy already out, the other will be released this and next year. There are too many intangibles to make a valid choice, that said, between the two choices given I'd choose LotR. It's a filling trilogy with equal parts drama, fantasy, action on top of great writing, direction and acting. Few series, with the exception of Harry Potter come close the the quality those films produced in three successive films.
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1:21PM on 05/10/2012

BOLLOCKS

Ridiculous. Star Wars dude, Star Wars. LOTR is a good translation of great books - but I was disappointed with some of the needless changes that were made (the Ents in particular, I thought, were really mishandled). Star Wars created, through film only (no source material) perhaps the greatest fictional universe there is. The Jedi vs Sith Empire vs Rebellion Old Republic New Republic Knights of the Old Republic galaxy has had a transcendent effect on popular culture. LOTR has as well, of
Ridiculous. Star Wars dude, Star Wars. LOTR is a good translation of great books - but I was disappointed with some of the needless changes that were made (the Ents in particular, I thought, were really mishandled). Star Wars created, through film only (no source material) perhaps the greatest fictional universe there is. The Jedi vs Sith Empire vs Rebellion Old Republic New Republic Knights of the Old Republic galaxy has had a transcendent effect on popular culture. LOTR has as well, of course, but through the books not the films. The films had a low ceiling because of that. STAR WARS FOR THE WIN.
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1:04PM on 05/10/2012

STAR WARS, coming from a LOTR fan

LOTR is my personal favorite, but thats because I grewup with it, as the films got released one after the other. When I finally watched SW, it was in 2001 and there are already hundreds of other scifi space films there. Still, at the end of ESB, me jaw has dropped to the floor, and it was from the person who already watched other modern scifis like Matrix or T2. LOTR might start the whole wave of big budget fantasy films, not to mention won 14 oscars, but STAR WARS is a cultural phenomenon, a
LOTR is my personal favorite, but thats because I grewup with it, as the films got released one after the other. When I finally watched SW, it was in 2001 and there are already hundreds of other scifi space films there. Still, at the end of ESB, me jaw has dropped to the floor, and it was from the person who already watched other modern scifis like Matrix or T2. LOTR might start the whole wave of big budget fantasy films, not to mention won 14 oscars, but STAR WARS is a cultural phenomenon, a trend setter, changing the face of modern cinema forever. Nothing can beat that.
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1:01PM on 05/10/2012
Lord Of The Rings takes the cake, simply because it's the Lord Of The Rings. No trilogy has been done better, and it'll take decades before one ever is. Star Wars is iconic, I'll give it that, but when it comes to filmmaking at its best and churning out an epic trilogy, nothing even comes close to LOTR.
Lord Of The Rings takes the cake, simply because it's the Lord Of The Rings. No trilogy has been done better, and it'll take decades before one ever is. Star Wars is iconic, I'll give it that, but when it comes to filmmaking at its best and churning out an epic trilogy, nothing even comes close to LOTR.
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5:51PM on 05/10/2012
Argh! You got me there. I have to admit, Toy Story to me is pretty f*cking awesome. One of the movies that defined my childhood.
Argh! You got me there. I have to admit, Toy Story to me is pretty f*cking awesome. One of the movies that defined my childhood.
3:50PM on 05/10/2012
Toy Story
Toy Story
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12:52PM on 05/10/2012
You know why A New Hope is better than Fellowship? Because unlike Fellowship, you can consider Star Wars (4) a stand-alone movie.
You know why A New Hope is better than Fellowship? Because unlike Fellowship, you can consider Star Wars (4) a stand-alone movie.
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12:39PM on 05/10/2012
You can't compare trilogies from two different genres. You might as well compare the Twilight movies to the Godfather trilogy.
You can't compare trilogies from two different genres. You might as well compare the Twilight movies to the Godfather trilogy.
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1:13PM on 05/10/2012
I never understood the mentality, "you can't compare 'those,' it's like comparing apples and oranges." Of course you can compare them. I enjoy oranges more because they are juicier and I like the taste better. That being said, I can compare Twilight to the Godfather trilogy. The Godfather trilogy is better...although, I will be honest, I cannot get through Godfather 3. Sophia Coppola is AWFUL!!! I will also admit that I never saw any of the twilight movies but I know that the Godfather is
I never understood the mentality, "you can't compare 'those,' it's like comparing apples and oranges." Of course you can compare them. I enjoy oranges more because they are juicier and I like the taste better. That being said, I can compare Twilight to the Godfather trilogy. The Godfather trilogy is better...although, I will be honest, I cannot get through Godfather 3. Sophia Coppola is AWFUL!!! I will also admit that I never saw any of the twilight movies but I know that the Godfather is still better! :-D
12:28PM on 05/10/2012
No arguments here--I love Star Wars, but you just can't do better than Lord of the Rings.

Oh, but I do disagree on the ending of RotK. I don't think the length of the ending was unnecessary--after nine hours of movie, a brief ending would have felt way too abrupt.
No arguments here--I love Star Wars, but you just can't do better than Lord of the Rings.

Oh, but I do disagree on the ending of RotK. I don't think the length of the ending was unnecessary--after nine hours of movie, a brief ending would have felt way too abrupt.
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12:23PM on 05/10/2012

tough one...

Feature film-wise...I say Star Wars takes the cake. Star Wars changed cinema, and created a universe some people practice as religion, solely from film. The LOTR films have the advantage of being adapted from a near-perfect book saga, one that has incredible depth that can never be fully translated into film. I think the fact that LOTR came from already-acclaimed books, gives it a boost; they had more to work with when they made the LOTR films. total universe to total universe...I'd say LOTR is
Feature film-wise...I say Star Wars takes the cake. Star Wars changed cinema, and created a universe some people practice as religion, solely from film. The LOTR films have the advantage of being adapted from a near-perfect book saga, one that has incredible depth that can never be fully translated into film. I think the fact that LOTR came from already-acclaimed books, gives it a boost; they had more to work with when they made the LOTR films. total universe to total universe...I'd say LOTR is better, but film trilogy to film trilogy, Star Wars has just been more of a phenomenon in cinema.
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12:17PM on 05/10/2012

One tween to rule them all...

Please do Twilight vs. LOTRs next. Then see who will win, Frodo doesnít stand a chance.
Please do Twilight vs. LOTRs next. Then see who will win, Frodo doesnít stand a chance.
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12:01PM on 05/10/2012
Its not that this is a bad face off..its the perfect faceoff. Its just that I think in order to get a good vote on this, youd need someone who has seen both trilogies in theaters and has a love for both films.

The theater experience alone could strengthen whats the better film.

To me personally, Id go with Star Wars just because I remember everything about the film compared to LOTR where I remember parts and the sleepover at the end of ROTK lasting 30 minutes
Its not that this is a bad face off..its the perfect faceoff. Its just that I think in order to get a good vote on this, youd need someone who has seen both trilogies in theaters and has a love for both films.

The theater experience alone could strengthen whats the better film.

To me personally, Id go with Star Wars just because I remember everything about the film compared to LOTR where I remember parts and the sleepover at the end of ROTK lasting 30 minutes
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11:48AM on 05/10/2012

Star Wars wins

No contest for me. One of the trilogies literally put me to sleep and the other trilogy is STAR WARS. Despite Lucas' non-stop tweaking, the original 3 movies were damn near perfection as a whole. They revolutionized filmmaking and made it FUN to to go the movies. But if you dig LOTR, more power to you.
No contest for me. One of the trilogies literally put me to sleep and the other trilogy is STAR WARS. Despite Lucas' non-stop tweaking, the original 3 movies were damn near perfection as a whole. They revolutionized filmmaking and made it FUN to to go the movies. But if you dig LOTR, more power to you.
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11:38AM on 05/10/2012
Star Wars for me. Between battles LOTR bored the bejesus out of me.
Star Wars for me. Between battles LOTR bored the bejesus out of me.
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4:19AM on 12/12/2012
Screw star wars.
Screw star wars.
11:28AM on 05/10/2012
I feel like this weeks faceoff is an obvious trolling for reactions.

Regardless, no- Star Wars, not only for it's superior story telling but also it's cultural impact.
I feel like this weeks faceoff is an obvious trolling for reactions.

Regardless, no- Star Wars, not only for it's superior story telling but also it's cultural impact.
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11:28AM on 05/10/2012

My Assesment:

Personally didn't care for the LOTR Trilogy, but I understand why people love it and respect it's accomplishments, it just wasn't my bag.

But Star Wars has lasted 35 years already and is arguably MORE popular than ever. And while in another 35 years people will still love the LOTR Trilogy, they'll also still love Star Wars.

Without Star Wars showing the world of film that fantasy can be profitable, then there would have been no LOTR Trilogy and that's a fact even Peter Jackson can't
Personally didn't care for the LOTR Trilogy, but I understand why people love it and respect it's accomplishments, it just wasn't my bag.

But Star Wars has lasted 35 years already and is arguably MORE popular than ever. And while in another 35 years people will still love the LOTR Trilogy, they'll also still love Star Wars.

Without Star Wars showing the world of film that fantasy can be profitable, then there would have been no LOTR Trilogy and that's a fact even Peter Jackson can't deny.

Also... Lightsabers. Need I say more.
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11:48AM on 05/10/2012
Yeah, but we're talking about the movie trilogy here, not the novels. If we're going back to the page then we could list a thousand other works that inspired Tolkien and blah, blah, blah, who created fantasy, blah, blah... But the films themselves are a product of a studio system that was directly affected by the Star Wars Franchise.

Plus, Star Wars didn't have millions of built in fans ala LOTR, and still manage to last and influence our culture... also, Lightsabers dude.
Yeah, but we're talking about the movie trilogy here, not the novels. If we're going back to the page then we could list a thousand other works that inspired Tolkien and blah, blah, blah, who created fantasy, blah, blah... But the films themselves are a product of a studio system that was directly affected by the Star Wars Franchise.

Plus, Star Wars didn't have millions of built in fans ala LOTR, and still manage to last and influence our culture... also, Lightsabers dude.
11:35AM on 05/10/2012
I think millions of people reading J.R.R Tolkein's novels proved to the world that fantasy can be profitable. Lord of the Rings has been talked about being made into a movie long before Star Wars was conceived. The ability to do so simply wasn't there until the late 90's.
I think millions of people reading J.R.R Tolkein's novels proved to the world that fantasy can be profitable. Lord of the Rings has been talked about being made into a movie long before Star Wars was conceived. The ability to do so simply wasn't there until the late 90's.
11:26AM on 05/10/2012
Star Wars should win. It's more influential in every way. Not to say LOTR is bad. It's not; they're great films. It's just that Star Wars is better.
Star Wars should win. It's more influential in every way. Not to say LOTR is bad. It's not; they're great films. It's just that Star Wars is better.
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10:57AM on 05/10/2012
Sorry to disagree with Mr. Huffman but here comes the ACTUAL tie breaker.

"Hey guys! Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu-ray marathon! There will be pizza!" "F**CK YEAH!!! SO THERE!!! WOOOO"

"Hey Guys! Star Wars Trilogy Blu-ray marathon! There will be pizza!"

"...What kind of pizza? Vader does say Noooooo now..."
Sorry to disagree with Mr. Huffman but here comes the ACTUAL tie breaker.

"Hey guys! Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu-ray marathon! There will be pizza!" "F**CK YEAH!!! SO THERE!!! WOOOO"

"Hey Guys! Star Wars Trilogy Blu-ray marathon! There will be pizza!"

"...What kind of pizza? Vader does say Noooooo now..."
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10:31AM on 05/10/2012
Star Wars all day. LOTR made lots of money but Star Wars changed the way film was made and changed peoples lives forever. Both are feats that LOTR hasn't achieved
Star Wars all day. LOTR made lots of money but Star Wars changed the way film was made and changed peoples lives forever. Both are feats that LOTR hasn't achieved
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4:21AM on 12/12/2012
I'm sorry if star wars "changed your life forever". That's pretty sad.
I'm sorry if star wars "changed your life forever". That's pretty sad.
10:21AM on 05/10/2012
How about just understanding the metaphor of what Star Wars is all about.

Star Wars is essentially an illustration of civilization at its absolute PEAK. This is represented by the droids R2 & 3PO. R2-D2 represents how civilization has mastered all technological advances...he can fix, fly, and communicate any machine. 3PO represents how civilization has broken down all cultural barriers...he can communicate with millions of different languages and cultures. The Jedi represent all personal
How about just understanding the metaphor of what Star Wars is all about.

Star Wars is essentially an illustration of civilization at its absolute PEAK. This is represented by the droids R2 & 3PO. R2-D2 represents how civilization has mastered all technological advances...he can fix, fly, and communicate any machine. 3PO represents how civilization has broken down all cultural barriers...he can communicate with millions of different languages and cultures. The Jedi represent all personal achievement...having mastered all mental, physical, and spiritual possibilities.

But in that world that you'd think would be a utopia...there is still evil (the Empire) greed (Jabba, the Bounty Hunters) and corruption (the Smugglers.) Its this pragmatic view of life that says 'evil will always exist, so what really matters is how you carry yourself, what ideals you live up to.'

Thats what I take from Star Wars, thats what makes it unique, and as I've gotten older thats what I realize I like most about it.
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10:08AM on 05/10/2012
BLASPHEMY!!!
BLASPHEMY!!!
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10:07AM on 05/10/2012
Loved both series. Both were epics..LOTR was a great series but star wars is a milestone.
Loved both series. Both were epics..LOTR was a great series but star wars is a milestone.
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9:48AM on 05/10/2012
Boo!
Boo!
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9:40AM on 05/10/2012

Kevin Smith did a better explanation...

You're right...3 movies about walking is much more epic than an epic space opera.
You're right...3 movies about walking is much more epic than an epic space opera.
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4:38AM on 12/12/2012
F u
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9:39AM on 05/10/2012
I agree with your assessment and judgement for each movie, but the tie breaker should go to Star Wars.
I agree with your assessment and judgement for each movie, but the tie breaker should go to Star Wars.
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9:04AM on 05/10/2012
The Star Wars movies are my favorite series of movies of all time after Back to the Future. Even the Prequels, are fairly enjoyable despite their many obvious flaws although I do often skip them in marathon viewings. But to be honest, I've seen the movies so many times that it's actually difficult for me to get much out of watching them anymore. So in regards to how much pleasure I currently get out of watching the movies, I have to go with Lord of the Rings.
The Star Wars movies are my favorite series of movies of all time after Back to the Future. Even the Prequels, are fairly enjoyable despite their many obvious flaws although I do often skip them in marathon viewings. But to be honest, I've seen the movies so many times that it's actually difficult for me to get much out of watching them anymore. So in regards to how much pleasure I currently get out of watching the movies, I have to go with Lord of the Rings.
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8:23AM on 05/10/2012

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double post - sorries :P
double post - sorries :P
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8:21AM on 05/10/2012
I'm one of those weird people who think The Two Towers is actually the best Lord Of The Rings movie, but there isn't one bad film out of either trilogy. Return of the King is great and all, but I found the undead army to be a little disappointing once they actually reached the battlefield - they stopped being these nicely realised spectral characters and just became a swarming mass of green jelly. I didn't hate the epilogue even though it was another chunk at the end of a very long film.
The
I'm one of those weird people who think The Two Towers is actually the best Lord Of The Rings movie, but there isn't one bad film out of either trilogy. Return of the King is great and all, but I found the undead army to be a little disappointing once they actually reached the battlefield - they stopped being these nicely realised spectral characters and just became a swarming mass of green jelly. I didn't hate the epilogue even though it was another chunk at the end of a very long film.
The Empire Strikes Back is probably my favourite film out of both trilogies here, but which is the better trilogy? Star Wars is more iconic, Lord of the Rings is better made, but if I had to pick one, I'd probably side with Star Wars just because it was such a big part of my life when I was growing up.
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8:22AM on 05/10/2012
Also, on a side note - Legolas wants to be those films' Han Solo, but he comes across more C3PO to me.
Also, on a side note - Legolas wants to be those films' Han Solo, but he comes across more C3PO to me.
7:26AM on 05/10/2012
LOTR all the way. Particularly as the direction and acting is of a much higher standard.
LOTR all the way. Particularly as the direction and acting is of a much higher standard.
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7:14AM on 05/10/2012
HA HA HA HA HA HA! I can't even begin to... HA HA HA HA HA! Really?!
HA HA HA HA HA HA! I can't even begin to... HA HA HA HA HA! Really?!
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7:00AM on 05/10/2012
The Lord of the Rings, especially The Return of the King.
The Lord of the Rings, especially The Return of the King.
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6:25AM on 05/10/2012
Empire Strikes Back is my favorite movie of all time, but I think LOTR is a better trilogy. It's not for the tiebreaker you mentioned...it's because Return of the Jedi is such a drop-off in quality. I'm sentimental about it, but DAMN IT the fucking ewoks are pointless, and they take up half of the movie. The whole movie represents Lucas' sacrifice of story for toy sales, and that kills me. The LOTR trilogy is excellent quality, all the way through, and gets the nod for me.
Empire Strikes Back is my favorite movie of all time, but I think LOTR is a better trilogy. It's not for the tiebreaker you mentioned...it's because Return of the Jedi is such a drop-off in quality. I'm sentimental about it, but DAMN IT the fucking ewoks are pointless, and they take up half of the movie. The whole movie represents Lucas' sacrifice of story for toy sales, and that kills me. The LOTR trilogy is excellent quality, all the way through, and gets the nod for me.
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6:09AM on 05/10/2012
Seriously? LOTR over SW.....you gotta be kidding me....
Seriously? LOTR over SW.....you gotta be kidding me....
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5:07AM on 05/10/2012
STAR WARS all the way.
STAR WARS all the way.
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5:07AM on 05/10/2012

Star Wars

It's till this day the best trilogy of all time, hands down. There might be a question what's two, three, etc, but this is a clear winner for me. The mythology, the music, the space adventure unlike any other, the dramatic twists, the characters, the actors. Everything about it screams movie magic and since the original cuts are so loved till this day it was also a one of a kind technical achievement.

LOTR I guess deserves a spot in the top 5 because how big it was. I don't remember anything
It's till this day the best trilogy of all time, hands down. There might be a question what's two, three, etc, but this is a clear winner for me. The mythology, the music, the space adventure unlike any other, the dramatic twists, the characters, the actors. Everything about it screams movie magic and since the original cuts are so loved till this day it was also a one of a kind technical achievement.

LOTR I guess deserves a spot in the top 5 because how big it was. I don't remember anything that large being shot altogether, released year by year. It was an event. That being said, I never really enjoyed those movies, especially Two Towers. I might have enjoyed some of the battles and the introduction to this universe in part 1, but all in all I'm just not a fantasy guy. I don't get excited because I see a world filled with dwarfs and elfs or orks, not even dragons. I just don't get it. If they were introduced into our world I think I would be hooked, but since it's a fairy tale I can't get connected to it (and I know some will say that SW is also fantasy, but the design of the creatures is more sci-fi based, much like the technology).

Other than that, am I really the only one who thinks that LOTR is not ageing that well? The CGI got really old in my opinion. It's still made on a massive scale, but the miniatures and practical effects of SW are far more ageless.
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4:37AM on 05/10/2012
I'm as big a LOTR fan as anyone, but the fact of the matter is that those movies are a 3hr + event. If you want to watch any of them you have to make plans, where as with Star Wars you can just turn it on and still have a day left. On the other side Lucas' constant changes do not help the legacy of the OT. This was a tough face off and I don't envy you Mr. Huffman, well, except for the part where you got paid to watch 6 dope ass movies and write about it.
I'm as big a LOTR fan as anyone, but the fact of the matter is that those movies are a 3hr + event. If you want to watch any of them you have to make plans, where as with Star Wars you can just turn it on and still have a day left. On the other side Lucas' constant changes do not help the legacy of the OT. This was a tough face off and I don't envy you Mr. Huffman, well, except for the part where you got paid to watch 6 dope ass movies and write about it.
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4:31AM on 05/10/2012
LOTR by a fucking mile, Lucas totally ruined what was once the greatest trilogy of all time
LOTR by a fucking mile, Lucas totally ruined what was once the greatest trilogy of all time
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5:52AM on 05/10/2012
agreed sir
agreed sir
4:14AM on 05/10/2012
I think the LOTR movies were beter, but I actually prefer the SW universe/mythology.
I think the LOTR movies were beter, but I actually prefer the SW universe/mythology.
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3:51AM on 05/10/2012

STAR WARS

This is some BOOOSHIT. You just lost some nerd cred.
This is some BOOOSHIT. You just lost some nerd cred.
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12:04AM on 05/11/2012
HAhahaha, WE GET PUSSY, really bro? Nerds speaking to girls about SW or LOTR are getting none. Thanks though that ridiculous comment made my day, nice job proving how little you get.
HAhahaha, WE GET PUSSY, really bro? Nerds speaking to girls about SW or LOTR are getting none. Thanks though that ridiculous comment made my day, nice job proving how little you get.
6:31AM on 05/10/2012
I love c-3pO's! The difference between Star Wars fanboys and LOTR fanboys? WE GET PUSSY.
I love c-3pO's! The difference between Star Wars fanboys and LOTR fanboys? WE GET PUSSY.
5:54AM on 05/10/2012
no such thing comrade. go eat your c3po's and stfu.
no such thing comrade. go eat your c3po's and stfu.
3:42AM on 05/10/2012
Both of these trilogies were great and huge hits in the time that they were released, both of them also have great characters and have great visual effects. Where is the better acting? Lord of the Rings. Where is the better script? Lord of the Rings? Hands down the LOTR films are superior in quality. Whether or not you like one trilogy over the other is purely opinion as an argument could be made for both, but if you want to say which are better made films its the RING without a doubt. I also
Both of these trilogies were great and huge hits in the time that they were released, both of them also have great characters and have great visual effects. Where is the better acting? Lord of the Rings. Where is the better script? Lord of the Rings? Hands down the LOTR films are superior in quality. Whether or not you like one trilogy over the other is purely opinion as an argument could be made for both, but if you want to say which are better made films its the RING without a doubt. I also happen to like LOTR a lot more but I do love Star Wars as well.
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3:27AM on 05/10/2012
So let me get this straight . . . you say the trilogies are tied and the only tiebreaker is that LOTR came out during your generation?

That's the worst tie breaker ever. Go watch Clerks and Clerks II.

Star Wars . . . all the way.
So let me get this straight . . . you say the trilogies are tied and the only tiebreaker is that LOTR came out during your generation?

That's the worst tie breaker ever. Go watch Clerks and Clerks II.

Star Wars . . . all the way.
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4:24AM on 12/12/2012
"hat's the worst tie breaker ever. Go watch Clerks and Clerks II."

Yeah and?

"Star Wars . . . all the way."

HA HA HA!
"hat's the worst tie breaker ever. Go watch Clerks and Clerks II."

Yeah and?

"Star Wars . . . all the way."

HA HA HA!
2:20AM on 05/10/2012
As someone who saw all three original SW films in the theater, I'll say that this opinion is indeed correct.

As actual films, the LOTR is a better set of films than SW. SW just has 20+ years of fanboys who grew up jerking it to Leah in a Bikini and will go down proclaiming it's glory. Good for them.

For the rest of us who do love SW but don't deify it, it's a good trilogy but not the better one.

But hey, if you want a real battle, how about Tolkien vs Lucas?
As someone who saw all three original SW films in the theater, I'll say that this opinion is indeed correct.

As actual films, the LOTR is a better set of films than SW. SW just has 20+ years of fanboys who grew up jerking it to Leah in a Bikini and will go down proclaiming it's glory. Good for them.

For the rest of us who do love SW but don't deify it, it's a good trilogy but not the better one.

But hey, if you want a real battle, how about Tolkien vs Lucas?
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2:29AM on 05/10/2012
Tolkien vs Lucas? Wow, talking about putting a midget in the ring to fight Ali (Lucas being the midget).
Having said that, you realize that there IS no "right" or "wrong" with an opinion?
Agree or disagree, but seriously, EVERYONE is entitled to their own.
Tolkien vs Lucas? Wow, talking about putting a midget in the ring to fight Ali (Lucas being the midget).
Having said that, you realize that there IS no "right" or "wrong" with an opinion?
Agree or disagree, but seriously, EVERYONE is entitled to their own.
2:02AM on 05/10/2012

Oh I beg to differ

I understand this your opinion but it is just wrong. ;)

Never been a huge LOTR fan. In fact, i think the third one is terrible. To each his own, but Star Wars is 100x better.
I understand this your opinion but it is just wrong. ;)

Never been a huge LOTR fan. In fact, i think the third one is terrible. To each his own, but Star Wars is 100x better.
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2:01AM on 05/10/2012
Truth be told I like Fellowship the best because (unlike the other two films) its a fairly straight ahead adventure tale. Without the constant jumping between narratives.

But A New Hope is classic movie magic from start to finish. Topped only by Empire Strikes Back, which is this charmingly small, intimate story told on a visually stunning epic scale.

Dammit I gotta watch Empire now.
Truth be told I like Fellowship the best because (unlike the other two films) its a fairly straight ahead adventure tale. Without the constant jumping between narratives.

But A New Hope is classic movie magic from start to finish. Topped only by Empire Strikes Back, which is this charmingly small, intimate story told on a visually stunning epic scale.

Dammit I gotta watch Empire now.
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1:38AM on 05/10/2012

STAR WARS.

What the hell, Joblo? When are you gonna fix your comment submission form?
What the hell, Joblo? When are you gonna fix your comment submission form?
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1:36AM on 05/10/2012

STAR WARS.

The reason? How many times can I sit through Star Wars vs LotR?
Star Wars: could sit through it easily once a month.
LotR: cannot sit through it except once every couple years.
I do really have great affection for both, though. The real separation is that Star Wars leaves you with hope that one CAN overcome evil and have a happy ending. LotR leaves you with a subtle dread of the fact that EVERYTHING ends, and not always for the best.
The reason? How many times can I sit through Star Wars vs LotR?
Star Wars: could sit through it easily once a month.
LotR: cannot sit through it except once every couple years.
I do really have great affection for both, though. The real separation is that Star Wars leaves you with hope that one CAN overcome evil and have a happy ending. LotR leaves you with a subtle dread of the fact that EVERYTHING ends, and not always for the best.
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4:11AM on 12/12/2012
"Star Wars: could sit through it easily once a month."

I could play act the entire movie out for you. From beginning to end. I'd rather not sit though it again.
"Star Wars: could sit through it easily once a month."

I could play act the entire movie out for you. From beginning to end. I'd rather not sit though it again.
1:28AM on 05/10/2012

what is this blasphemy

put up a poll and not this idiotic write-up and we'll see which trilogy really slays.
put up a poll and not this idiotic write-up and we'll see which trilogy really slays.
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1:20AM on 05/10/2012

fellowship boring??

You guys are stuck in nostalgia space.. Have you seen A NEW HOPE recently.. It will put you to sleep.. Big STAR WARS fan but even I have to admit LOTR TRILIGY is hands down better
You guys are stuck in nostalgia space.. Have you seen A NEW HOPE recently.. It will put you to sleep.. Big STAR WARS fan but even I have to admit LOTR TRILIGY is hands down better
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3:49PM on 05/10/2012
How does FOTR not engage? It's got everything that a movie needs, and then some. I mean yeah Star Wars, woohoo, lightsabers, *swish swish*, I have nothing against any of that but Fellowship boring? It just doesn't compute.
How does FOTR not engage? It's got everything that a movie needs, and then some. I mean yeah Star Wars, woohoo, lightsabers, *swish swish*, I have nothing against any of that but Fellowship boring? It just doesn't compute.
9:28AM on 05/10/2012
I have it, I sit through No Country For Old Men without even blinking. FOTR just doesn't engage at times.
I have it, I sit through No Country For Old Men without even blinking. FOTR just doesn't engage at times.
2:14AM on 05/10/2012
You fucking cretins, get an attention span.
You fucking cretins, get an attention span.
2:06AM on 05/10/2012
I've watched A New Hope probably 100 or so times and its never boring. LOTR on the other hand...zzzzzzz.
I've watched A New Hope probably 100 or so times and its never boring. LOTR on the other hand...zzzzzzz.
1:38AM on 05/10/2012
As ElderPredator has said, and add in the extended edition...whew. Monotony, thy name is Fellowship.
As ElderPredator has said, and add in the extended edition...whew. Monotony, thy name is Fellowship.
1:23AM on 05/10/2012
Definitely a matter of taste for everyone but my god that fucking movie is boring. Between all the sleeping scenes, yapping about which direction to go, the dozen or so Gandalf speeches and explaing over and over and over and over and over and over that no one can wield the power of the ring...fuck does it drag.
Definitely a matter of taste for everyone but my god that fucking movie is boring. Between all the sleeping scenes, yapping about which direction to go, the dozen or so Gandalf speeches and explaing over and over and over and over and over and over that no one can wield the power of the ring...fuck does it drag.
1:14AM on 05/10/2012
Love this! Both are amazing and special to me. But when it comes down to my childhood, Star Wars was there, but my dad read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings to my brother and I as a bedtime story. My anticipation to finally see those stories come to life outside the cartoons that we watched over and over was through the roof. Only rivaled by my excitement to see Jurassic Park after he read that to us. Both trilogies are good. I think LOTR outshines Star Wars just a bit though. And I'm one
Love this! Both are amazing and special to me. But when it comes down to my childhood, Star Wars was there, but my dad read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings to my brother and I as a bedtime story. My anticipation to finally see those stories come to life outside the cartoons that we watched over and over was through the roof. Only rivaled by my excitement to see Jurassic Park after he read that to us. Both trilogies are good. I think LOTR outshines Star Wars just a bit though. And I'm one of the few that thinks Fellowship is the best of the three. It has Sean Bean damn it!
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12:55AM on 05/10/2012
Star Wars - hands down. Fellowship was boooooooring. Sorry but New Hope SMOKES that film. Empire crushes 2 Towers, though Towers was good, but Empire was simply AMAZING. King does indeed beat Jedi, but really not by much of a margin due to the characters in Star Wars being so much better than thae characters in Rings.

You fail.
Star Wars - hands down. Fellowship was boooooooring. Sorry but New Hope SMOKES that film. Empire crushes 2 Towers, though Towers was good, but Empire was simply AMAZING. King does indeed beat Jedi, but really not by much of a margin due to the characters in Star Wars being so much better than thae characters in Rings.

You fail.
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12:44AM on 05/10/2012

Star Wars > LOTR

Luke > Frodo
Han > Aragon
Leia > Every Girl in the LOTR
Obi Wan < Gandalf
Darth Vader > Saruman
The Emperor > Sauron
R2D2/C-3PO > Merry and Pipping

Star Wars is a clear winner in my eyes. Better characters, more emotional story, and it didn't drag its ending out.
Luke > Frodo
Han > Aragon
Leia > Every Girl in the LOTR
Obi Wan < Gandalf
Darth Vader > Saruman
The Emperor > Sauron
R2D2/C-3PO > Merry and Pipping

Star Wars is a clear winner in my eyes. Better characters, more emotional story, and it didn't drag its ending out.
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2:38AM on 05/11/2012
Thats a much better way to do a face-off with iconic films, or actors.
Thats a much better way to do a face-off with iconic films, or actors.
12:42AM on 05/10/2012
Alright, I'll admit...my appreciation for LOTR has grown over time. Any time its on TV I find myself glued, in part to make fun but mostly to marvel. And I'm absolutely stoked for The Hobbit later this year.

But when you gotta go THERE. Start comparing LOTR to Star Wars. And you make people pick sides, I defer ENTIRELY to the right honorable Randal Graves.

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Alright, I'll admit...my appreciation for LOTR has grown over time. Any time its on TV I find myself glued, in part to make fun but mostly to marvel. And I'm absolutely stoked for The Hobbit later this year.

But when you gotta go THERE. Start comparing LOTR to Star Wars. And you make people pick sides, I defer ENTIRELY to the right honorable Randal Graves.

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12:34AM on 05/10/2012
*sneeze* Bullshit! *sneeze* (In my opinion)

Three movies of a couple guys walking to a fucking volcano. It's really hard to buy into a story where the whole situation could have been avoided in the first 5 minutes of FOTR. FOTR fucking draaaaaaaaaaags! That's just for me personally, if others thought it was great that's fine.

Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the LOTR trilogy but I don't consider it the masterpiece of storytelling that most seem to think it is. Massive plot holes, so many
*sneeze* Bullshit! *sneeze* (In my opinion)

Three movies of a couple guys walking to a fucking volcano. It's really hard to buy into a story where the whole situation could have been avoided in the first 5 minutes of FOTR. FOTR fucking draaaaaaaaaaags! That's just for me personally, if others thought it was great that's fine.

Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the LOTR trilogy but I don't consider it the masterpiece of storytelling that most seem to think it is. Massive plot holes, so many undeveloped characters that amount to nothing, horrible pacing at times, etc. On a technical level however, the films are brilliant and that's why I think they've stood the test of time.

I just think the SW trilogy is far superior with so many legendary characters that have inspired many generations of film-makers and their own work. Not to mention the countless heart-wrenching / inspiring scenes, an epic score with no equal, fantastic visual FX for the time and a great deal of heart that LOTR will never have in my opinion.

Did I get upset when Gandalf fell off that bridge in FOTR? Nope. Did I get upset when Vader begged forgiveness from his only son before dying at the end of ROTJ? Every single time.

Oh and one more thing. I fucking hate Merry and Pippin. There I said it.
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9:27AM on 05/10/2012
That's your opinion bud and you're entitled to it. And I never said I didn't feel anything from the movies, I said they just don't register with me like SW does.
That's your opinion bud and you're entitled to it. And I never said I didn't feel anything from the movies, I said they just don't register with me like SW does.
3:51AM on 05/10/2012
Well with that argument... the whole original trilogy could have been avoided had the droids been captured in the beginning of A New Hope. None of the other movies would have happened like they did... so that's just stupid. I'd also love for you to point out these massive plot holes because I've never really noticed any of them. And if you didn't feel anything while watching LOTR you really just didn't get into the movies... which is fine but don't say there are more heart-wrenching and
Well with that argument... the whole original trilogy could have been avoided had the droids been captured in the beginning of A New Hope. None of the other movies would have happened like they did... so that's just stupid. I'd also love for you to point out these massive plot holes because I've never really noticed any of them. And if you didn't feel anything while watching LOTR you really just didn't get into the movies... which is fine but don't say there are more heart-wrenching and inspiring scenes in Star Wars because there are countless moments in LOTR... yes Gandalf falling off the bridge is sad... he's fucking Gandalf... clearly you don't like LOTR then that much. I'll agree that Star Wars has more legendary characters but not much more and yes Merry and Pippin can be annoying at times... annoying like two certain droids can be.
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12:27AM on 05/10/2012

Star Wars FTW

Only because I was 12 years old and completely, 100% mind fucked by Vader's revelation in a theater with many of my best friends (who were all similarly mind fucked) do I say OG Star Wars by a nose.
Only because I was 12 years old and completely, 100% mind fucked by Vader's revelation in a theater with many of my best friends (who were all similarly mind fucked) do I say OG Star Wars by a nose.
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12:24AM on 05/10/2012

No question, LotR wins hands-down

Ordinarily I'd defend the original Star Wars trilogy but Peter Jackson took a book that was considered "unfilmable" and made an awesome trilogy out of it. While Star Wars was groundbreaking for its time, I could understand Harrison Ford's comment, "You can write this shit, George, but you sure as hell can't say it!"

Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece, pure and simple.
Ordinarily I'd defend the original Star Wars trilogy but Peter Jackson took a book that was considered "unfilmable" and made an awesome trilogy out of it. While Star Wars was groundbreaking for its time, I could understand Harrison Ford's comment, "You can write this shit, George, but you sure as hell can't say it!"

Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece, pure and simple.
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