Sunday, May 07, 2006

Tears of the Sun

Tears of the Sun is on tv this evening. When the dp watched King Arthur on DVD, he blurted out that he thought that it was very similar to Tears of the Sun. The story is a very similar set up. The films also share the same director Antoine Fuqua. So I'm going to have a look for myself.

Meanwhile, The 13th Warrior was shown last night. I didn't watch it, having seen it before; we have it on DVD. It's loosely based on Beowulf, and an account of the contact the Arabs had with the Vikings. It fails a bit in the second half, but it's one of those films which nearly everyone gives the thumbs up (if with some caveats). Rather unlike King Arthur, where it's the reverse - 9 out of 10 people groan in disbelief.

Another film with a lot of ideas is the weird Russian film The Nightwatch. Brimming with creativity, again, it just doesn't quite follow through. Some great set-pieces though. I would be game to watch the sequel, which I believe is called The Daywatch.


At 10:06 pm BST, Blogger Gabriele C. said...

The only excuse for that King Arthur movie are the hot men. *grin*

I've seen The 13th Warrior on TV several times. Interesting film.

At 11:33 pm BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

I'm afraid I could hardly tell the blokes apart - another way of saying none of them caught my eye. I think it was because I didn't believe in the parts they were playing (way more eye candy going on in Lord of the Rings) I did appreciate Ray Winstone's comic turn, though ...

At 12:13 am BST, Blogger Gabriele C. said...

I could tell them apart but the reason may be that a friend of mine drooled about the lot for weeks and posted pics and wallpapers on her LJ - until I decided to get the DVD and watch the fun.

My icon is Clive Owen as Arthur, made by her.

*runs away*

At 7:59 am BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

The icon hadn't escaped my notice, Gabriele ;-) Sorry I'm so rude about the film, but when I see British history being crucified so comprehensively, it's difficult not to hold back.

At 4:51 pm BST, Blogger Gabriele C. said...

I felt the same about Braveheart. I had less problems with King Arthur because, compared to Braveheart, is was less subtle and I never thought anyone but a few would take it for history.

In case of Braveheart, too many did.

At 5:45 pm BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

Well, I nearly mentioned Braveheart myself! It just goes so overboard, I can't take it seriously - well I definitely come from the wrong side of Hadrian's Wall is all I can say ;-) Some good battle scenes though, even if they aren't entirely correct. And some nice humour (not involving Mel). Oh, I'm pretty sure KA will be taken as history by some ... The next time I have to field someone muttering about Sarmatians whilst at a re-enactment show, I'll be cursing that bloody film, for sure.


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