Thursday, July 23, 2015

Gladiator 2000

A while back I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time. I had actually seen. I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed. If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies. I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter. Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #12 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Gladiator (2000)

Gladiator is the story of a Roman general who is chosen by the dying Emperor to act as protectorate to the young grandson until he comes of age.  The only problem with this plan is that the Emperor's son wants to rule.  So he murders the Emperor and orders the general to be killed.  Of course, the general survives and is sold into slavery to become a gladiator.  He uses his new role to seek revenge.

Personally I'm not really sure how this movie made it so high up on the list.  Don't get me wrong.  It is a really good movie but their is nothing great about it.  The main problem is that I found it very difficult to connect with the characters.  

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I just watched it again this week and realized that the costumes are wonderful, the cinematography is beautiful, the acting is good.  Just not GREAT.

That said, I would watch it again.  Not every movie has to be GREAT.  It just has to be worth watching.  Gladiator is worth watching.

Great movie mistakes:

Academy Awards, USA 2001

Best Picture
Douglas Wick
David Franzoni
Branko Lustig 
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Russell Crowe 
Best Costume Design
Janty Yates 
Best Sound
Scott Millan
Bob Beemer
Ken Weston 
Best Effects, Visual Effects
John Nelson
Neil Corbould
Tim Burke
Rob Harvey 
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Joaquin Phoenix 
Best Director
Ridley Scott 
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
David Franzoni (screenplay/story)
John Logan (screenplay)
William Nicholson (screenplay) 
Best Cinematography
John Mathieson 
Best Film Editing
Pietro Scalia 
Best Music, Original Score
Hans Zimmer 
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Arthur Max (art director)
Crispian Sallis (set decorator) 

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