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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:45 pm    Post subject: WOW Reply with quote

So, I just finished watching Gladiator for the very first time.

WOW...how many times can you say WOW in a sentence?

My only regret, besides putting off seeing this for so long, is that my son isn't here to discuss it with. It's one of his most favorite movies & he had been bugging me to see it for quite awhile. I finally have...WOW
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you seen "Braveheart" Lindy, and if so, how would you compare the two (not a criticism, but there are parallels- and Braveheart (re)kicked this gritty epic genre off(back on))?

Then watch Spartacus and ask yourself the question again.

I liked Gladiator for the most part, but felt it was the basic sketch of Braveheart retooled in another century- and I found the pacing a bit off at times (nodded off in the theater at one point)- but on repeated viewings (and yes I do own it)- I have a lot of affection for the film (particularly as a braveura final performance from Oliver Reed).
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!". Er, yes actually. Highly.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kand El wrote:
Have you seen "Braveheart" Lindy, and if so, how would you compare the two (not a criticism, but there are parallels- and Braveheart (re)kicked this gritty epic genre off(back on))?

Then watch Spartacus and ask yourself the question again.

I liked Gladiator for the most part, but felt it was the basic sketch of Braveheart retooled in another century- and I found the pacing a bit off at times (nodded off in the theater at one point)- but on repeated viewings (and yes I do own it)- I have a lot of affection for the film (particularly as a braveura final performance from Oliver Reed).
I have seen only half of Braveheart, but noticed a similiar quality right away. I think I have put this on my Netflix queue, but I can't quite remember for sure. I'll check & then make sure I put Spartacus(something I have never seen) with it.

I really did enjoy Gladiator...I thought it was so well done. I'm glad I finally saw it.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Add Ben-Hur, too. A bit stuffy, esp. at the beginning, but once you get to the chariot race... wow.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stone me if you must, but I'd take Gladiator over Braveheart any day.

I dig 'em both a whole lot, but the ancient Roman setting is just too cool.

Plus Crowe's a better actor than Gibson is.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

THANK you. I completely agree. Gladiator over Braveheart. They're not even in the same league. Braveheart has it's moments, but I think I'd even take Rob Roy over Gibson & Co (to mention two movies that are more related than BH & GL.)

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I third the Gladiator over Braveheart debate. I'll go even further and take it over Spartacus too.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tough call

I like both films.

I'll abstain.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Braveheart = My #1 film of 1995.

Gladiator = My choice for most overrated film of 2000. (But still entertaining)
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed. The Gibson vs. Crowe as better actor debate is all well and good (I do happen to prefer Crowe- couldn't see Gibson in LA Confidential after all) but as far as Braveheart vs Gladiator- no contest. Gladiator (and most other of today's epics) apes so many themes and scenes already present in Braveheart (grim, graphic, dirty, sacrificial), that I must give credit to Braveheart for really putting the material out there in a way that had not been done so vividly in quite some time in historical drama.

James Horner's score is wonderful (shame he got credit for replaying it in Titanic rather than the deserved score he wrote for Braveheart), the acting is all round top notch, whatever you might think of Gibson's talents in general (whom I do like as an actor very much if nothing else), and the ending of the movie is wonderful for not giving us a hero vs. villain faceoff which is the temptation and mostly utilized follow-through for films of this type, but hero vs. himself. Who can forget the two real antagonists, Wallace and Longshanks, each breathing their last breaths, not on a battlefield sword to sword, but separated, restrained and helpless with the exception of their wills? Definitely something you do not see every day.

Plus Patrick McGoohan is my favorite actor of all time, so the movie is naturally going to edge out any close competition for me.
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You people are crazy. Ya'll know it's all about Highlander! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well yeah, but I would never mention any of these substandard flicktoons in the same sentence as Highlander.

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