– (1986) – The Lord of Darkness aims for the destruction of purity to ensure a world of night. The production design and makeup F/X are top notch, but a story is barely existent. Characters and their situations are too thin to bring meaning to the bland bleakness.
– (2013) – Varying Middle Earth inhabitants quest for a stone once stolen by a fearful dragon. An overblown assortment of long speeches, last minute rescues, uneven humor, and ridiculously choreographed action. Visually impressive, but the characters haven’t grown since the previous film, which only adds to the emptiness.
– (2012) – An aged musician tries to piece his mind together in his dreams, while his daughter sorts out his physical life. Makes sense in the end, but the thin plot needn’t be so purposefully convoluted. Tries to mask meaning with cheap visuals and emotion with songs that are better heard than seen.