Still have not sat down and completely watched LOTR: The Return of the King. But I've made my way through the "extras" DVD. Tam and I went to see Shrek II. Puss 'n Boots stole the show. I'd have to say the movie was at least the equivalent of the original, and perhaps even better. Good story, excellent animation, and very funny.
Don't forget the Venus transit coming up. I've seen some news broadcasts demonstrating how to make pin-hole cameras to view the transit, but unless magnified, I can't imagine that a pin-hole camera would be a satisfying way to view (very very small as viewed from Earth) Venus crossing the solar disk. Perhaps the safest and easiest way to view the event is via live webcast.