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Postby TwoTonic Knight » Thu Dec 08, 2005 8:10 am

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Why didn't you like the book Timeline? Was is not historically accurate? (the obvious bits of time travel aside, of course)


I think noting that it was simply a badly written screenplay dressed up as a novel sums up my objections. It wasn't the concept or the the historical accuracy, it was the recycling of the same plot devices that he has used numerous times, and more transparently than before. It was very predictable.
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Postby Troy T. Moore » Thu Dec 08, 2005 1:59 pm

Robin Hood- Uma Thurman as Maid Marion, can't remember the actor who played Robin Hood released same year as Prince of Thieves

Ivanhoe- A&E Miniseries.

The epic battles in Braveheart are hard to beat... the real draw of this movie for me.

Just got Prince of Thieves on DVD with extra scenes. I too, enjoy Errol Flynn as Robin Hood (on DVD)

Kingdom of Heaven....more epic battles, but with more historically accurate arms and armour....Hollywood got this as close as movies have been since the 50's
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Postby TwoTonic Knight » Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:25 pm

Troy T. Moore wrote:Robin Hood- Uma Thurman as Maid Marion, can't remember the actor who played Robin Hood released same year as Prince of Thieves


Patrick Bergin (noted in one of my earlier posts). Jurgen Prochnow was in it, too (it was on some satellite/cable recently). Robin Hood/Forestmen afficionados really should take a look at this version - in my opinion, it was much better than the Costner vehicle that forced this one to appear on the TV, rather than the silver screen.
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Postby The Blue Knight » Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:26 am

Late to the game--
TTK who is Kerwin Mattews? It was Jeff Hunter that played Capt. Pike in the Star Trek pilot (featured in the episode "The Cage"). Was he Sinbad? It was a goodie.

Dragonslayer--The best movie dragon IMHO. I like this one, not a great one, but I like it.

13th Warrior--is a superior movie. I love it. Very influential on Peter Jackson's wife Fran Walsh for LOTR. Well cast and acted, great music. Listen for chords of the "Valhalla" tune in Kingdom of Heaven as Balian knights a whole bunch of guys near the end. Great film, my son has memorized the viking's talking in the camp!

Excalibur--John Boorman's version. Another Star Trek connection, Patrick Steward as Sir Kay. Great fun.

The 300 Spartans--Terrible! I love it. Ralph Richardson was in Dragonslayer also. Frank Miller wrote "The 300" a graphic novel that is the basis for the supposed-to-be-coming movie.
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Postby cnelson » Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:27 pm

The castle movie that I watch over and over more than any other is Ladyhawke. Good story, good acting, great lines from Matthew Broderick as Phillipe the Mouse ("I know I promised, Lord... but I also know that you know what a weak-willed person I am.") and Rutger Hauer (so stoic throughout the movie that when he feels sorrow at their plight you feel it too), and probably the first crush that I had was Michelle Pfeiffer as Isabeau (I was 12, OK?). Not to mention that the Bishop of Aquila meets one of the most satisfying ends of any movie villain!

I could probably quote most of Conan the Barbarian from memory. One of my favorites--I like cheesy movies when everyone in the movie knows it's cheesy and does their best to help that along!

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Postby stuifzand » Sat Dec 10, 2005 1:07 pm

My favourite would be Bröderna Lejonhjärta (The Brothers Lionheart).
A movie from my childhood (1977).
It's based on the book by Astrid Lindgren.

It's not really meant to be medieval (I think) but a big part of the movie is medieval-like...
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Postby Maedhros » Sat Dec 10, 2005 1:20 pm

stuifzand wrote:My favourite would be Bröderna Lejonhjärta (The Brothers Lionheart).
A movie from my childhood (1977).
It's based on the book by Astrid Lindgren.

It's not really meant to be medieval (I think) but a big part of the movie is medieval-like...


:shock: Cool... first time I´ve heard someone from outside Sweden mention that movie. It was actually a very long time since I saw it but I agree that it is good.

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Postby ottoatm » Sat Dec 10, 2005 6:39 pm

It's nice to see this thread come to life again - I was looking over the comments and I can't believe I didn't mention my all-time favorite castle movies - they are animations, and I think they are done by the same company that did the cartoon version of the Hobbit (although I would argue that these are better).

They are the Flight of Dragons and The Last Unicorn. Remarkably, I've never met anyone who knows of these movies other than me, but they have been a great inspiration for my writing since I was very young... I believe I'll always have a copy of each on hand. :wink:
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Postby Maedhros » Sat Dec 10, 2005 8:04 pm

ottoatm wrote:It's nice to see this thread come to life again - I was looking over the comments and I can't believe I didn't mention my all-time favorite castle movies - they are animations, and I think they are done by the same company that did the cartoon version of the Hobbit (although I would argue that these are better).

They are the Flight of Dragons and The Last Unicorn. Remarkably, I've never met anyone who knows of these movies other than me, but they have been a great inspiration for my writing since I was very young... I believe I'll always have a copy of each on hand. :wink:


I have heard of the Last Unicorn at least though I haven´t seen it. I´ve seen some parts and heard some music from it though. Seems interesting.
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Postby Koenig_Artus » Sat Dec 10, 2005 10:23 pm

last week(or the before) there was a reality show in german/french TV(Arte) in which some people lived in a castle "in the 14th century", which was quite interresting, because it was mainly focussed on historicall corectness(?) and not on flashing challanges like Big Brother or anything else.

The show was called "Abenteuer Mittelalter", if here are other people from Germany.

I like most of the movies you have posted(i think in some cases i just did not have heard of their original title/name)

but also i like that King Arthur Movie from the 50's or 60's, which inspired me to play with Lego Castle when i was 5 or 6
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Postby The Yeti » Sun Dec 11, 2005 1:15 am

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Postby Koenig_Artus » Sun Dec 11, 2005 2:22 pm

The Yeti wrote:knights of the round table!


i think that is the one i mentioned. nowadays(?) i think it's funny too see how people are stabbed in that movie (the sword is behind the torso)-> really bad effects, but funney
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Postby VikingLord » Mon Dec 12, 2005 9:12 pm

Favorite castle movies, hmmmm...

.Excalibur
.Monty Python And The Holy Grail
.The LOTR series
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Postby TwoTonic Knight » Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:11 pm

ottoatm wrote:It's nice to see this thread come to life again - I was looking over the comments and I can't believe I didn't mention my all-time favorite castle movies - they are animations, and I think they are done by the same company that did the cartoon version of the Hobbit (although I would argue that these are better).

They are the Flight of Dragons and The Last Unicorn. Remarkably, I've never met anyone who knows of these movies other than me, but they have been a great inspiration for my writing since I was very young... I believe I'll always have a copy of each on hand. :wink:


If I remember correctly, the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series first new work (as opposed to Lin Carter digging up old authors like Lord Dunsany) was The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. So, yes, I saw the animated movie at the theaters when it came out. I didn't care for the limited animation, nor the style of the drawings, but the story was reasonably true to the book and it is a decent story - Beagle did the screenplay himself. And I believe you are correct that it was a Rankin and Bass production (TV Hobbit producers).
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Postby Ristridin » Tue Dec 13, 2005 7:12 pm

I love the Monty Phyton movie: Monty Phyton and the holy grail
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