Since I’ve finished with the major Goddesses, I thought I’d jump a bit off topic – just a little bit mind you!
As I’ve mentioned a time or two in previous entries – I’m a bit of a movie-holic. With my muse firmly ensconced in Ancient Greece, I thought I’d pay tribute to some of my favorite recent Sword and Sandal epics. Not all of them are set in Ancient Greece, but they’re of the same vein.
Troy - 2004 – Watch Eric Bana’s turn as Hector. I know Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom are in it, but Bana steals the show. Interesting and useless side note – the seer that assures Priam (Peter O’Toole) of Troy’s victory is none other than King Arthur from the 1981 masterpiece Excalibur. The man has a voice like no other.
300 - 2006 – Yes, I admit I was mesmerized by Gerard Butler’s fluid physique and prowess. I admit it. But the sheer coolness of this gruesome, visually awesome flick is worth watching. And the soundtrack makes up part of my writing play-list.
Clash of the Titans- 1981 – CLASSIC! Seriously. Before we became numb from today’s seamless CGI and surround sound, this movie rocked. Yes, it’s high on cheese, but that’s part of a healthy balanced diet!
Gladiator - 2000 – There was no way I’d leave this off my list. My husband will watch this whenever it’s on TV, even though he could probably re-enact it he’s watched it so many times. But I understand why. Maximus is the kind of hero we all want and need to believe in. And the ending is so kick-butt – it inspired the ending of Medusa. Simultaneously sad and completely satisfying.
That’s all for now. I’ll come up with some pre-1980′s for next posting – there are so any wonderful (I mean both wonderfully good and wonderfully bad ) films in this genre! I’ll also suggest some sword and sandal TV offerings!
What are your favorites? And why?