Tomorrow and Saturday the BFI IMAX is hosting a couple of all-nighters dedicated to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. These are the original theatrical 35mm versions meaning that they're still way too long, but not quite as way too long as the extended DVD versions:
Boasting the biggest screen in Britain - the height of five double-decker buses - and a 12,000 watt digital surround sound system, the BFI IMAX is the only place to enjoy this fantastic trilogy. Screening times are as follows:
21:00 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (PG) 178 mins
00:30 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (12A) 179 mins
04.00 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (12A) 201 mins
There will be a 30-minute break between each film and free teas and coffees will be provided throughout the night. Prize draws during the evening will all be part of the fun - and why not come dressed as your favourite character!
With knife crime the way it is at the moment the BFI really shouldn't be putting ideas in heads already too full of the Shire. Try screaming You Shall Not Pass on the top deck of the 188 while dressed as a wizard and you'll end up with a deflated lung.
What someone really needs to do is edit out all those annoying Hobbit bastards and then stick the three films together with just the fighting left in - that would make a nice hour or so. Rumour has it that Jackson wants to extend The Hobbit over two films as well. Seems a tad longwinded, especially since Leonard Nimoy can cut to the chase in less than two minutes.