sounds like you want something perfect, aint going to happen. while i was critical of quite bit of the triliogy as compared to the books, i think jackson did the best job possible at this time given the amount of material he had to condense. if some possible 'homoerotic' scenes are opne of the main bothersome things for you, well i dont know what to tell you. everyone of those movies you listed has problems/inconsistincies(especially dune, scifi channel did much better than that pos lynch put out) as does every movie ever made. directors can definetly make or break a movie & definetly their style appeals to the viewers personal style. which is a major part(content & cheesiness aside) of why we all differ in what we like in movies. bottom line for me - i think jackson did a very good job on some very difficult movies. bty, unfortunately(in some cases) cgi is where hollywood is at. & while some movies do you use it to much &/or poorly there is way to many movies & content in movies that just cant be done without it. & are done very good. live action & models, etc have always been extremely limiting in hollywood. action movies can get away with a lot, but scifi & fantasy NEED cgi t oget the most out of the subject. that is why we are starting to see more marvel type movies to. but some movies definetly could use some more polish. & like you i dont like it when cgi is the center piece of the movie. the new star wars are a classic example of this. lotr isnt.