Beautifully written, as usual.
Just one minor point: LotR (if that's the 3 hour movie you had in mind) is not a pagan fantasy, but a christian (Catholic) one. At least, that's what its author thought.
Having worked as Ditector of Trade Paperback Publishing at Houghton Mifflin, Tolkein's American Publisher, for five years, I not only agree with you but have been party to a number of serious discussions about this.
However, you must admit, that the Christian angle doesn't really sing out from the films however much they are implicit in the books.
Ditector: 'Director', 'Dictator', or 'Detector'?
Given my rather peripheral experience with the publishing world, the latter two seem appropriate.
Typo or semi-freudian slip?
I don't have Freudian slips, I have whole sets of foundation garments by Freud of Hollywood.