Put your history books away and get ready for a tour of the highlights for the Roman Empire’s armor, skyline, and gladiator fights. Join us as we explore Gladiator’s plot, VFX, and acting and discuss what does and does not hold up two decades later. For a movie that was green lit with only 30 pages of written script and had the unfortunate death of an actor during production, Ridley Scott pulls together an epic tale of courage and revenge. Are you not entertained?
Thanks to Michelle from Cali for this commission! The Master of the House made us laugh, Russell Crowe’s voice made us cry, and now we’re here to talk all about the 2012 adaptation of famous stageplay , which itself was based on the 1862 Victor Hugo classic, Les Miserables.
Special thanks to our twin commissioners, Steven S. and Mozbeet for commissioning one of my very favorite films, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, directed by Peter Weir and based on the Patrick O’Brian series that is my very favorite books of all time. Thank god Jim thinks it’s awesome too, or there might have been bloodshed. We discuss the film’s historicity and verisimilitude, the unique relationship between Captain Jack and Doctor Maturin, life aboard an 19th century Man o’ War, and I make a pitch for reading the original novels towards the end. Thanks again Steven and Mozbeet, this was a real treat!