Movies Directed by Peter Jackson (in alphabetical order)

King Kong

King Kong

Though I haven't seen the original 1933 King Kong since I was a kid - and even so, I'm not sure if I sat through the whole thing - after watching Peter Jackson's epic 2005 remake, I gained a belated respect for the boldness of Ernest B. Schoedsack's and Merian C. Cooper's vision: at a time when the "talkies" were… read more!

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

I don't know what to say about this film other than it is, as expected, perfectly made. But I will fill a little column space with biographical trivia: When I was a kid, I saw the Ralph Bakshi animated version of the Lord of the Rings saga, in a feature film that only covered the first book and a half… read more!

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The celebrated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy ends here, with a movie bigger, bloodier, longer, and, yes, better than its fine predecessors. Jackson and company pull out all the stops, with huge battle sequences, intense emotional drama, and new levels of evil and madness. The computer-animated Gollum assumes his rightful place as one of cinema's great villains, and the interplay… read more!

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

I won't fill this review with autobiographical notes as I did in my review of Fellowship of the Ring. But I will say again that it's nearly pointless to review this. If you liked Fellowship, you will surely see The Two Towers. If you didn't, you won't. Because although I enjoyed The Two Towers more, it's hard to critique it… read more!

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

Jackson's long-awaited adaptation of Alice Sebold's runaway 2002 bestseller, about a murdered teenager who looks down on the people she left behind (including her killer) from her own private heaven, was perhaps a doomed venture from the start. Although Sebold optioned the film rights to her novel back in 2000, before she was even finished writing, the story ironically lacks… read more!