TRAILER & MORE: Amazon Prime’s The Lord of The Rings: The Ring of Power! UPDATED WITH A NEW TRAILER!!!

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*Check Out The New Trailer Released For This Year’s SDCC At The Bottom Of The Page!

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky / Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone / Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die / One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne / in the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie.

We’re about a month and a half away from the premiere of Amazon Prime’s new series, The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power. This show doesn’t exist in the same continuity as the Peter Jackson’s films. This is it’s own thing, taking place thousands of years before the events of The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. This will be really an interesting project to keep an eye on, regardless of how excited you are for the show itself. The entire project has been met with a mixed reception from fans. This is also the most expensive television show ever made. Amazon’s not gonna run out of money anytime soon, but if this doesn’t connect with audiences, the streaming service is going to take a massive monetary hit. I certainly won’t be crying any tears for Jeff Bezos, he’s more of human shaped, pile of dog diarrhea, stuffed into a $10,000 suit than an actual human being. You can be damn sure that when one his companies loses money, it’s the people lowest on the totem pole that pay the price. I won’t tell you what I think of The Rings of Power just yet, so you watch the trailer below and decide for yourself. Take a look…

Here’s the official series synopsis from Amazon:

This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.

Morfydd Clark as a young Galadriel. Played by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. (Photo from Vanity Fair)

Right from the jump, there’s already at least one thing I love about this adaptation of Tolkien’s work: The Orcs. From what I’ve seen so far, I love how The Orcs look in this . Peter Jackson is a tough act to follow, but I love that they went 100% practical with The Orcs for this series. No CGI. Which led them to some fantastic designs. They’re unmistakably Orcs, but they’re just different enough from Peter Jackson’s versions, to The Rings of Power to make The Orcs their own. Here are a few of my favorites…

The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power premieres September 2nd on Prime Video.

So what do you guys think? Are you excited for this new incarnation of Middle Earth? Let us know in the comments below!

UPDATE!: Checl out the new trailer released for this year‘s San Diego Comic-Con! In my opinion, much cooler trailer. This has me far more excited for the show then I was before. Take a look…

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*WAIT! I almost forgot one more thing!!! I LOVE maps of fictional places. Whether it’s Westeros, Gotham City, or Middle Earth, don’t ask me why, but I love them. This map from the series shows the part of Middle Earth where The Rings of Power will be taking place. Pretty cool, right?

PODCAST: Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage REVIEW!

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On this episode of The World’s Best Podcast, Ryan McDonald and I review and discuss, Venom:It’s Time To Carnage, Baby! The hit film, taking the world by storm, starring Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson! The Venom franchise is one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved superhero films of the last 20 years, so we put 110% into this episode of the podcast! So get ready and buckle up for the ride of your life! The 1st Venom film is a cinematic masterpiece and modern classic. Does Venom 2: You Better Believe There’s Carnage live up to its predecessor? (This episode contains SPOILERS)

All kidding aside, I was very intrigued about this movie because it was directed by Andy Serkis, one of my favorite artists in the movie business. He pioneered performance caption technology, with his role as Golem in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. His performance in those films, and the technology that helped bring it to life, had an enormous impact on how movies are made. He recently had another memorable mo-cap performance to his resume, playing Ceasar in the recent Planet of The Apes Trilogy. We’ve seen him without his digital make up quite a bit as well, playing characters The MCU villain, Klaw in Avenger: Age of Ultron and Black Panther. As a big fan of his work, I tend to follow his career. So when I heard he was dipping his toes into directing, I was really curious to see what he’d do. While I enjoyed the first Venom movie, Serkis was definitely the biggest draw for me here. He was Peter Jackson’s second unit Director on The Hobbit films, so it’s not like he’s completely unprepared for a film like this. I’ll let you listen to the episode and hear for yourself…

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The New Trailer For DUNE Has Arrived… And It Is Glorious!

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The new trailer for DUNE from director Denis Villeneuve has arrived, and it is by far one of the best trailers I’ve seen in a long time. Especially considering that this was not a movie that I would consider one of my most anticipated of 2021. Normally, this level of excitement for a new trailer is reserved for something like the latest project from The MCU. Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, for example was one of my favorite trailers of the year. (That meta-human fight tournament at the end of the teaser, with Wong fighting THE ABOMINATION! HOLY SHIT!!!). Um, sorry… that got away from me there for a minute. Anyway, back to DUNE

Take a look at the new trailer right here:

This trailer is a masterpiece in and of itself. It is gorgeous. The cinematography, the colors, the music, all absolutely beautiful. June is being released by Warner Bros. who announced late last year that their entire 2021 film slate would be released in theaters and on HBO Max the same day. Given the context, I can see why they would make a decision like this. The announcement was made in late November, early December of last year, still in the middle of the pandemic. While vaccinations were on the horizon, they were by no means a certainty when Warner Bros. made this decision. Movie theater chains, and the film industry in general, were hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Other streaming services we’re beginning to experiment with releasing large scale films that would normally go straight to theatres. With no guarantees on the horizon, icing that Warner Brothers just wanted a way for their films to be seen by their audience. Many of the filmmakers attached to the movies that were being released in a vastly different way than normal, were very upset by this move on the part of Warner Bros. Denis Villeneuve in particular, was furious. The production company that produced DUNE along with some of Warner Bros most successful films like The Dark Knight Trilogy, Legendary Pictures, wanted to sever ties with the studio and possibly even take legal action. After seeing this trailer I can see why they had such a strong reaction.

I’ve had mixed feelings about the theater going experience over the last several years, so I‘ve been quick to embrace the concept of releasing some of the years biggest movies on streaming services. Having said that, even though I can watch DUNE for free from the comfort of my own home, I’ll be going out of my way to see this film opening weekend at the movie theater. This is the type of movie that begs to be seen on the big screen.

DUNE is based on the classic science fiction novel of the same name by author Frank Herbert. While the book is a seminal work of its genre, DUNE… is a tough read. I’ve always made it a point to read the classics of literature. DUNE is a must read for any sci-fi fan. However, personally, it took A LOT of will power to get through that book when I first read it in college. Even though DUNE is far from one of my favorite sci-fi novels, its easy to see that it has the potential to be an incredible movie.

DUNE is a epic with as much scope and complexity as Game of Thrones or Lord of The Rings. The story, characters, and mythology, all come together to form one of the most influential and celebrated stories in science fiction. If your a fan of the novels (yes, novel(s), DUNE is part of a series of books), you’ll notice specific moments and concepts in the trailer that are pulled straight out the novel. Denis Villeneuve put his own unique vision of the story on screen, yet the characters and story elements are unmistakably recognizable.

Speaking of characters, the cast is spectacular. They’re perfect casting choices, Jason Mamoa, Stellen Skarsgard, and Oscar Issacs, in particular. It’s like the characters popped off the page.

Warner Bros did a hell of a job putting this trailer together. DUNE has become one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Plus, who doesn’t like a giant sand monster?

DUNE debuts in theaters and on HBO Max on 10/22/21

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COOL VIDEO: WatchMojo’s Top 20 Defining Movie Moments Of The Century (So Far)!

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If you’re anything like me, every once in a while you find yourself watching a video on YouTube, the video ends, and YouTube rolls into the next video. Next thing you know, you’ve just spent hours getting sucked down into the whirlpool that is the never-ending abyss of YouTube videos. While most of the time that can lead to some wasted hours, every once in awhile you come across some cool stuff. One of the easiest YouTube channels to get sucked into is WatchMojo. They have great Top 10 videos to cover every corner of pop culture. TV, Movies, Comic Books, Podcasts, they  have great Top 10 Videos that cover it all. Chances are, if you can think of a potential pop culture Top 10 Videos, WatchMojo probably has it. They’ll get their hooks into me with videos like; Top 10 Characters On The TV Series Supernatural or the Top 10 Best Moments in Avengers: Endgame or the Top 10 Best Final Lines In A Movie, these are just some random examples,  I could go on and on. Last week, they posted a pretty cool video that I wanted to share with you guys: Top 20 Defining Movie Moments of The Century (So Far). I think they’re pretty damn spot on with their picks! Watch it right here to decide for yourself:

Pretty cool, right? You can Subscribe to WatchMojo through this video here or on YouTube. So, do you think that WatchMojo had a good group of picks? Or are their some glaring omissions they left out? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @PJWrightWBM!You can also like and follow us on our Facebook page; World’s Best Media!


PODCAST: The Hobbit Trilogy With Paul & Ryan!

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Due to overwhelming demand, Ryan McDonald and I have finally returned to complete our journey through Middle Earth. After our smash hit episode all bout The  Lord of The Rings Movies, our listeners wanted, nay DEMANDED, a follow up episode exploring the other, less beloved big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. That’s right, this episode is all about The Hobbit Trilogy!

    Unlike the nearly universally praised Lord of The Rings films, many fans criticized The Hobbit, feeling that 3 films to cover one of Tolkien’s shortest works was one film too many and an unnecessary cash grab by the studio. The individual films in The Hobbit Trilogy were viewed by some as being overly long and even boring.

  Some of the criticisms surrounding the films were fair, other weren’t. As a Tolkien junkie, I loved spending as much time as possible in Peter Jackson’s vision of Middle Earth. The characters, the heart, the spectacular action set pieces, the groundbreaking special effects, I loved it all! I couldn’t get enough. I remember when the films were being made, I followed the production closely and when the movies were released it was an event for my friends and I. I was the guy who thought things like “They’re going to make 3 movies back to back instead of 2? Fuckin’ A! I love it! Bring it on!”, “They’re releasing extended editions on blu ray, just like LoTR? SICK! Add to shopping cart!”. My point is that I definitely have a positive personal bias with these films. While I’m the first to admit that I’m not 100% objective, I sincerely believe these are excellent films.

  There are phenomenal performances from Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage, just to name a few. There are some beautiful, profound moments in these films. Not to mention the action and battles scenes which kick all kinds of ass! Oh, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon, Smaug. He’s terrifying and fascinating all at the same time. The motion capture performance and voice performance by Cumberbatch, along with some VFX wizardry from the guys at Weta, combine to create one of the best motion capture CG characters of the past decade. I almost forgot to mention Howard Shore’s predictably excellent score.

   But enough beating around the bush! Listen to the show below, where Ryan and I offer up our arguments for why these films are underrated, we give some background about the films problematic pre-production, and discuss our favorite characters and moments from the Trilogy. Of course, like every great episode of The World’s Best Podcast, we inevitably take some fun detours along the way

At the beginning of the episode, we announced that we’d calling attention to a great charity dedicated to fighting colon cancer. The organization is Colon Cancer Coalition of Boston, you can check out their website right here: Where you can make donations and find out about upcoming events! Make sure you donate and support #teammichelle 💩 (Michelle’s favorite emoji!)

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PODCAST: The Lord Of The Rings Episode!

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The One Ring

It’s been years in the making, but at long last we finally recorded THE LORD OF THE RINGS EPISODE! Co-host Ryan McDonald returns to the show as he and I take an epic journey through Middle Earth! From The Shire to the fiery chasms of Mt. Doom in Mordor, no vile Orc or Goblin shall stop Ryan and I from giving you the best damned podcast in Middle Earth!  Who’s your favorite character? The best battle? The best installment of the saga? We go over it all and more on this legendary episode!

The Fellowship
Getting ready for battle in The Mines Of Moria

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My favorite goblin

So, to all our listeners, which battle is better? Helms Deep? Or Pelennor Fields?Do you prefer Gandalf The Grey or Gandalf The White? What are your favorite moments in the trilogy? Let us know in the comments section below or on social media at Twitter and Facebook!


Why We Need Heroes: How A Story Can Change The World

No event in modern history has had a greater impact on pop-culture than the September 11 attacks. It was a tragedy that fundamentally changed us as a country and as a society. The day the modern world changed forever. But the difference between the September 11 attacks and, for example, World War II was that the Nazis were clearly and unquestionably the enemy. It was armies facing armies, you knew who the bad guys were. Nazis are pretty much the ultimate bad guys after all. As we all quickly learned after the attacks, fighting a terrorist cell is much different than confronting a hostile foreign country. After 9/11 people wanted justice and who could blame him? I think this is an important distinction to make because our cultural mindset after the attacks is key to the point I’m trying to make.


This attack haunts us to this very day and it will for decades and maybe even centuries to come. Now before I get into my main topic I want to make it very clear I am in no way disrespecting the gravity and seriousness of the September 11 attacks. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect the families of those who died in the attacks, the rescue workers who saved countless lives, and of course the many victims who lost their lives that day.


I have a few rules I live by in my life, philosophies if you will. I wouldn’t pretend to have a whole hell of a lot of my life figured out, so there’s only a few profound, fundamental life lessons that I’ve learned. One of my most important beliefs is in the power of storytelling. And how it shaped us as a species and a society. We use stories to make sense of things we don’t understand. Stories tell us about our past and our heritage and make sense of our present. So sometimes when we watch the news or look out our window and see things that scare us, that we don’t understand, we turn to our stories.

Films, music, books… the stories inside them can help us get through some of the darkest periods of our lives. Around the time of the 9/11 attacks, we began to see an interesting shift in the types of films and characters that resonated in our popular culture.


When we look back to the 80’s and the 90s, there was a specific hero archetype that dominated cinemas:”The Muscle Bound Super Man”. Men like Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Van Damm, Dolph Lundredgren, I could go on and on. The main thing these “heroes” had in common is that they were all unstoppable killing machines who obliterated anyone or anything that stood in their way. They were badasses, they played by their own rules, they were RIPPED, and they always, ALWAYS, got the girl. Perhaps the most important thing these heroes had in common, was that they were absolute nothing like the people watching them in movie theaters and on TV. As we got closer to the turn of the 21st-century, these types of heroes begin to become less and less popular. Former power houses like Arnold Schwarzenegger suffered bomb after bomb at the box office. And when 9/11 hit, the world had forever changed.


I remember reading somewhere that within the first few weeks after the September 11 attacks, rentals of movies like Armageddon, The Siege, Die Hard with a Vengeance skyrocketed. All of these films feature destruction and violent attacks on New York City. My personal theory, is that people were trying to make sense of the very real horrors they were witnessing on TV by turning to something they knew, in this case: movies. Movies are stories and as I said earlier one of the reasons stories are so important is they help us process our grief and help us get through tragedies we can barely wrap our heads around.


One of the big things that came out in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks was an appreciation of the heroism of every day people. Not only cops, firefighters, and paramedics, but civilians as well. That kind of heroism is what keeps people going in the worst of times. Seeing people come together to help each other, in the face of horror, can make you think there might be some hope for this world after all.


And that’s when I really started to notice something different in the types of movies that were being released. I’ll give three examples that perfectly reflect that change: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Spider-Man, and the Harry Potter films. I think the reason people gravitated towards these movies and why they were such big hits was because they came out right around September 11. All of these movies were about very clear fights of good versus evil (One of my favorite reviews of the first Lord of the Rings film described the movie as having “impossibly noble heroes” specifically referring to Aragorn, the reviewer meant this as a positive. It perfectly sums up that character). At the heart of each of these films was an “everyman” hero: Frodo Baggins, Peter Parker, and Harry Potter. You can’t get much further away from the musclebound action heroes of the 80s and 90s then those characters. They weren’t built like Greek gods, they didn’t always get the girl, and they didn’t always know the right thing to do.

That’s why those movies resonated with audiences so much. People needed it. It was cathartic. Characters like Frodo Baggins, Harry Potter, and Peter Parker, they are us. These films show us that you don’t need to be a superman to behave heroically. In Return of the King, the fate of the earth isn’t in the hands of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone, but two small Hobbits who spent most of their days tending to their gardens and going to their local pub only months before the events in that film. Our art and our pop culture reflects the time we live in. In the end, I don’t know if any of these stories made a real difference, if they changed anything in the real world. I’d like to think they did, but I really don’t know.

Today we face new threats, new fears (and some old ones rearing their ugly head again). I think, to a lot of people, the problems that we face, from ISIS to global warming, to issues with our government, can feel overwhelming. Every day, we wake up, check the news feed on our phone or read the local paper and we find out about the new disaster of the day. We want to chose leaders and put them into power who are supposed to protect us and do what’s right and represent the country with the respect and dignity it deserves. But that’s not what we’re seeing, they seem to have forgotten what their role as our political leaders are, if they ever cared at all. It would be great if we could turn to our political leaders to be role models, to inspire us to change the world. But they seem content to leave the world a worse place than they found it.


Im certainly going to sound like an old man raging against those damn kids, but a big problem is people under the age of 25 don’t consume entertainment like older generations have. Social media has shortened their attention span so much that I don’t know many high school or college age kids who make it a priority to go to the movies or follow a television series. I’m concerned about the long term affect this will have on our pop culture, but maybe that’s an article for another day.

So here we are with our leaders content to watch the world burn and the next generation too distracted to care. We’re more dived than ever. Can a great, powerful story help inspire us to change that? Do our stories have the same power they once did? I don’t know. I wish I did.


But people are looking for a hero, they NEED a hero. Which is one of the reasons we see so many superhero films being made. Of course, they make a shitload of money and that’s the real driving force behind it. But sometimes, even unconsciously, our pop culture reflects the real world problems and situations we deal with. I know from experience and that a superhero story can give people hope, make them fight one more day. That’s why superhero stories are more important than ever, because there are so few people we can look to in the public eye to help us make the world a better place.


It would be great if Captain America could show up, raise his shield and rally hope and dignity around him, but sadly that’s not gonna happen. We need to be our own Captain Americas, our own Iron Mans. To some people out there, these comic books movies and superheroes films are silly kid stuff, but like I said, stories are powerful things. So, even if just a few people walk out of the latest Avengers movie or Captain America movie with the desire and the inspiration to go out and make the world a better place, even in some small way, then a story can still help change the world…


As always, thanks for reading…