Take flight to Middle-Earth with Air New Zealand

31-Oct-12 2:04 PM by
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For six films, New Zealand has played host to the denizens of J.R.R. Tolkien's tales, its lush country landscapes providing the fantasy setting of Middle-Earth. While the first film in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy doesn't land until December 14, you can land in Middle-Earth today, courtesy of Air New Zealand, who provides this pre-flight instructional video:

This is no indie work — it features cameos by both director Peter Jackson (who turns 51 today!) and Gollum. Impressive!

I have flown seven flights in the last two weeks, and many more than that every year. Not once have I ever found an instructional safety video that gripped my attention like this one. When else have you ever found yourself indulging in this genre on YouTube?

Well done, Air New Zealand! I look forward to visiting Middle-Earth soon.

(Hat tip: Gina Serpe via Gene Demaitre)

Alien vs. Predator: Can't We All Just Get Along?

27-Mar-09 2:24 PM by
Filed under Films, Humor; 3 comments.

Aliens and Predator used to be renowned horror series, but their latest entries have devolved into uninspired action and camp. So it seems fitting that Sky TV of New Zealand has promoted their recent Alien vs. Predator marathon with these advertisements:

If only more galactic conflicts could be resolved so cerebrally. It may not make for great cinema, but it's a heckuva lot more relatable. For more love between these two extraterrestrial foes, check out the web comic Alien Loves Predator.

(Hat tip to Dayton Ward)