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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

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LoveHistory
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Postby LoveHistory » Thu August 26th, 2010, 2:51 am

BBC's 2007 Persuasion. Undecided about it. Liked some parts and disliked others. I think it may grow on me.

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Postby Divia » Thu August 26th, 2010, 5:02 am

I just watched the movie where everyone is a racist. Not a feel good movie, for sure.
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Postby Nefret » Thu August 26th, 2010, 6:38 am

"LoveHistory" wrote:BBC's 2007 Persuasion. Undecided about it. Liked some parts and disliked others. I think it may grow on me.


I just have a regular movie.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
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Postby LoveHistory » Thu August 26th, 2010, 3:41 pm

"Nefret" wrote:I just have a regular movie.


Would that be the one starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds? I loved that one.

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Postby Nefret » Thu August 26th, 2010, 3:53 pm

"LoveHistory" wrote:Would that be the one starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds? I loved that one.


Not sure. I haven't actually watched it yet.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
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Postby Russ Whitfield » Thu August 26th, 2010, 5:06 pm

"parthianbow" wrote:I saw Centurion, the new Roman film last Friday. After so much time spent looking forward to it, I wasn't that surprised to be disappointed by it. It's so hard not to nit pick at the historical inaccuracies, but even with those put aside, Centurion didn't quite hit the mark. :(
(Here's hoping that Eagle of the Ninth, out later this year, does.)


I loved it, Ben, absolutely loved it. What inaccuracies spring to mind?

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Postby Eigon » Thu August 26th, 2010, 6:48 pm

Another Roman film (well, loosely) - I've just seen the film version of the 1970s TV series Up Pompeii, starring Frankie Howerd and a host of other comedy actors of the period. It was a lot ruder than anything they could do on TV (hence the 15 certificate) but still more Carry On than porn. And one of the funniest scenes wasn't rude at all - it was the morning after the orgy, and the master, Ludicrous Sextus, had a hangover.
Frankie Howerd was actually an expert in ancient Roman theatre, so it was heavily influenced by real ancient Roman comedies!

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Postby Russ Whitfield » Thu August 26th, 2010, 10:26 pm

I used to sneak downstairs to watch it when I was young...

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Postby parthianbow » Fri August 27th, 2010, 6:20 am

"Russ Whitfield" wrote:I loved it, Ben, absolutely loved it. What inaccuracies spring to mind?

Hi Russ! Good to see you on here!
Inaccuracies: there weren't toooo many, unlike other recent efforts. Ones I can remember were the leather bracers - why does everyone think Roman soldiers wore those? The legionaries carried spears rather than pila; they didn't use said spears when attacked (but then that's because of Health and Safety, according to the reenactment guys on RAT); the legate drinking in a lowlife bar, and armwrestling with his men; being challenged by his men in same drinking establishment.
Also, while I'm up for any Roman film, Centurion continues to propagate the widely held belief that the Ninth Legion was annihilated in Scotland, when in fact it wasn't. There are even websites dedicated to it now.
http://www.romanscotland.org.uk/pages/campaigns/Lost_Legion/Lost_Legion_1.asp
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Postby Russ Whitfield » Fri August 27th, 2010, 8:14 am

"parthianbow" wrote:Hi Russ! Good to see you on here!
Inaccuracies: there weren't toooo many, unlike other recent efforts. Ones I can remember were the leather bracers - why does everyone think Roman soldiers wore those? The legionaries carried spears rather than pila; they didn't use said spears when attacked (but then that's because of Health and Safety, according to the reenactment guys on RAT); the legate drinking in a lowlife bar, and armwrestling with his men; being challenged by his men in same drinking establishment.
Also, while I'm up for any Roman film, Centurion continues to propagate the widely held belief that the Ninth Legion was annihilated in Scotland, when in fact it wasn't. There are even websites dedicated to it now.
http://www.romanscotland.org.uk/pages/campaigns/Lost_Legion/Lost_Legion_1.asp


Hi Ben. I've been lurking for about two years *lol*

Pretty much all those points are addressed by Neil Marshall - upto and including the Ninth not getting massacred after all.

"“The myth itself is just that, a myth,” Marshall tells Dark Horizons. “According to historians, the Ninth Legion did go into Cala Doria and they were attacked but not necessarily massacred. And then they went off and supposedly did something else in the Roman Empire. What I wanted to create was a historic world for this. I wanted to make sure it was historically accurate from the point of view of the detail - the props, the costumes, the behavior, all that kind of stuff. The story itself is fictional. It’s a hypothesis of what might have happened to the legion. It fulfills that myth and how the myth might have been created. I particularly liked the idea that it was actually the Romans that created the myth in order to cover up a military disaster that would make them look very bad.”

As you say, the pila were an H&S issue...

and I still have some leather bracers from my re-enactment days :o

With the legate, ok...but this is a brilliant way of getting his character across (and supports his "I am a man of the legion" statement just after that scene).

I loved this movie and was gutted not to see it in the cinema. For me it had everything and was a new take on the sword and sandals epic - I've not seen a buddy-chase-movie with Romans before! The acting was superlative (you can't really go wrong with Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham though) and the music by Ilan Eshkeri was just brilliant...

I'm a fan, what can I tell ya.


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