Cast and Crew: Peter Jackson (Director, Screenplay); J.R.R. Tolkien (Novel); Fran Walsh (Screenplay, Producer); Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Producers); Howard Shore (Score); Annie Lenox (Song); Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lee, Bruce Spence
What It’s About: As Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) struggle to reach Mount Doom, the other members of the Fellowship of the Ring attempt to unite Middle Earth to turn back Sauron’s armies.
Why Watch it Today?: Today is Tolkien Reading Day, a day chosen by the Tolkien Society for readings from The Lord of the Rings, chosen because this is the date of Sauron’s fall.
Where to Get It: Extended edition at Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu; Netflix (Rental); YouTube; your local library
Other Choices: The Hobbit; actually reading the books