From: Mike

Rolling Stone just came out with it’s ‘Hot Issue’ and under the heading Hot Buzz, there was a blurb on the movie, here goes:

Given the dismal state of Hollywood blockbusters, the most exciting large-scale moviemaking anyone saw this summer was a twenty-minute peek at New Line’s big year-end spectacle, “The Fellowship of the Ring” – the first chapter of the filmed trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic saga, “The Lord of the Rings.” People practically had to be strip-searched to get into the preview screening (Cali wears red boxers -Xo), what with the studio’s fear of cameras that could sneak the footage onto the Internet. Judging from the bit that was shown, director Peter Jackson has made a film rich in action and atmospherics, one that will certainly give “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” a hard fight for bragging rights as 2001’s top adventure-fantasy. What gives “Ring” the sharper edge is a fourteen-minute segment in which Frodo’s fellowship must pass through the Mines of Moria. It’s here that Jackson kicks into high gear with swords, arrows, vicious Orcs who look like cave trolls, and the computer-generated Balrog, a romping, stomping, fire-breathing, forty-foot tall chunk of living stone that leaves you saying, “Show me this movie now.” -Peter Travers