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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 8:49 am 
 

Even though it's not a fantasy flick, Kingdom of Heaven had good battle scenes too. I just wanna stomp on pretty boy's face.

  

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 9:00 am 
 

Braveheart, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Troy...all good movies with spectacular battle scenes.  But I dont think of D&D when I see them.  And if we are going to lump Blade Runner into the mix might as well add Escape From New York.  My personal favorite adventure/action movie.

Highlander is one of my favorite movies of all time.  I would have mentioned it in my original post but I figured it was a given kind of like Conan and LOTR.

And if this thread were about swordfighting movies only, I would have to nominate The Duellists.  Great Ridley Scott flick set during the Napoleonic age.

  

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 9:04 am 
 

Zippanthropus wrote:A Knight's Tale. = Is this the one one with Richard (gerbil) Gere?

Nevermind. It's Heath Ledger. This seemed more like a chick flick.


Nah, you are thinking of First Knight.  That movie is total shit.  Even Sean Connery couldnt save that pile of crap.  Same with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.  Just how many of you English chaps watched Kevin Costner butcher that movie and didnt laugh through most of the flick?  :D

  


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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 9:29 am 
 

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Zippanthropus wrote: = Is this the one one with Richard (gerbil) Gere?

Nevermind. It's Heath Ledger. This seemed more like a chick flick.


Nah, you are thinking of First Knight.  That movie is total shit.  Even Sean Connery couldnt save that pile of crap.  Same with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.  Just how many of you English chaps watched Kevin Costner butcher that movie and didnt laugh through most of the flick?  :D


There was another Robin Hood that came out at the same time. English made, IIRC. It was OK.

And the A Knight's Tale was also bad.

  


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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 10:01 am 
 

Zippanthropus wrote:And the A Knight's Tale was also bad.

I knew I'd draw some flack for mentioning that one.  No glorious battle scenes, drooling monsters, or crazy mystical effects.  Modern music, et. al.  

It was still a lot more fun to watch than LotR, and that's what I look for in a movie.  More importantly, it was nice to see a bard (Chaucer) that wasn't a complete architypical pansy.

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 10:42 am 
 

only good thing about Knights Tale was Paul Bettany - he's a great actor. good up and coming talent.

my fave films in no particular order of a "D&D" vein are:

highlander (just the first one - i dont even acknowledge the sequels)

Willow - great little story and a joy to watch

knigdom of heaven (tho the plot was very unrealistic, that someone would go from being a blacksmith with no sword skills, to what he was in such a short time...er nah. bar for that, amazing film)

braveheart - very enjoyable and very moving, specially when the girl gets her throat slit. powerful stuff!

Ladyhawke - always love watching this

there are more i dont doubt, but cant remember them right now

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 11:05 am 
 

highlander (just the first one - i dont even acknowledge the sequels)


What sequels? There are only 2 Godfather films. Star Wars Episodes 1, 2, & 3 never happened. THERE ARE 4 LIGHTS!

  

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Zippanthropus wrote:A Knight's Tale. = Is this the one one with Richard (gerbil) Gere?

Nevermind. It's Heath Ledger. This seemed more like a chick flick.


No the one with Richard Gere is First Knight....the first movie I ever wanted to file a class action lawsuit on. Anyone who had the misfortune of spending time seeing that deserves not only money back but damaages. It would have been bearable had they not made it Arthur and Camelot. If it had been a generic run of the mill S&S movie it would have been ok.

Not nearly as bad, but much better as a book, is Timeline.


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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 3:34 pm 
 

killjoy32 wrote:braveheart - very enjoyable and very moving, specially when the girl gets her throat slit. powerful stuff!
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   If you have Braveheart on video, go back and watch the first big battle scene (Battle of Stirling).

   When William Wallace is leading the (artistic license) final charge, take a close look at which weapons he is or is not carrying.  Mel Gibson uses his incredible ninja powers to switch back and forth between three options while on a dead run over 100 yards.  Funny editing quirk.

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 3:41 pm 
 

In Braveheart, during the funeral of Murron (Wallace's wife) there is a white car driving away in the background as Wallace lifts his head after kissing her forehead.  It's small but it's a strange anomaly for 11th century Scotland...

  

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 4:36 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:    When William Wallace is leading the (artistic license) final charge, take a close look at which weapons he is or is not carrying.  Mel Gibson uses his incredible ninja powers to switch back and forth between three options while on a dead run over 100 yards.  Funny editing quirk.

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 4:43 pm 
 

Lot's of great movies mentioned so far. I'm a fan of many of them: Highlander, Jason and the Argonauts, Willow, Excalibur.

Let me add The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Great old-style D&D movie. Map puzzle to secret island. Wizard with homonculus. Animated statue of Kali. Ray Harryhausen special effects. And of course, Tom Baker as the evil wizard Koura.


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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 4:45 pm 
 

King Kong
Ancient civilization/ruins, large critters, dinosaurs, giant ape..what an adventure could be had there.

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 4:46 pm 
 

Almost forgot..Cabin Boy
The perfect seafaring adventure..just watch out for the tobacco spitting cupcake :lol:

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 5:07 pm 
 

Mars wrote:Has anyone seen the movie The Gamers (2002 or 2003) by Dead Gentlemen Productions?  I've heard good things but can't seem to find it at the local video store.

The Gamers is great — I bought the DVD and met all the actors at the first Gen Con SoCal (which was 2003). My non-gaming wife enjoyed it, but many of the best jokes are reserved for us geek-types ("You want to backstab him with a ballista?!?")

dbartman wrote:At least someone, other than me, liked Ladyhawke :D

Michelle Pfeiffer was really hot then.  Matthew Broderick was an amusing thief.  Rutger Hauer was intense.  The music was appropriate for the time the movie was produced.

I loved Ladyhawke. And one of my first reactions upon leaving the theater was "you know, there were some D&D-like scenes in that movie."

The music, despite the naysayers' protests here, was generally quite good (and, interestingly, it's basically an Alan Parsons Project album). I've found that the people who don't like the synthesizers in Ladyhawke also don't enjoy the modern rock 'n' roll in A Knight's Tale ... and, frankly, I've found most of those people to be entirely humorless.

Radagast the Brown wrote:Is The Blues Brothers a D&D movie?
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Why not? It's got clerics (the nuns), orcs (the Nazis), and some other elements that require only a little bit of translation. Plus, in all seriousness, it is one of the best quest movies ever made.

killjoy32 wrote:highlander (just the first one - i dont even acknowledge the sequels)l

What sequels?

red_bus wrote:[13th Warrior] ... Scary because you really don't know what is going to happen.

I'll agree that it is a dark, gritty, well-made, and highly enjoyable film ... but as to the eventual outcome? It's the Beowulf legend; I was never in any real doubt as to how most everything would be resolved.

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My "sort of reminded me of D&D" list would read (assuming we still can't use LotR or Conan):

1. Highlander
2. Ladyhawke
3. A Knight's Tale
4. Python/Grail
5. a big tie between Clash of the Titans, Dragonheart, 13th Warrior, Time Bandits, and maybe even the original Heavy Metal movie.

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 5:10 pm 
 

The Vikings, Pirates of the Carribean and there was some film I can't remember the name though  :(  based on Baba Yaga. Can also include Alladin if your want a Middle Eastern flair.


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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 5:50 pm 
 

oh yes...forgot some there but a few were mentioned!

the vikings - pure class.

13th warrior - one of my fave quest films and the fights are fab! what a great group of warriors!

steel dawn - i also liked this - futuristic isnt everyones kettle of fish but its still a good lil film.

one most ppl won't remember, the barbarians. good little fun film. i really enjoyed it all them years back.

excalibur is one of my all time fave films.

in the spelljammer vein, ice pirates is a fab fun little film

tom cruises legend is a class fantasy film

in a form of kara-tur / oriental kinda stuff, you have house of flying daggers, hero and the classic, seven samurai.

and another fave of mine...sinbad and the eye of the tiger - pure classic.

if you want to see a list of fantasy films, cos you cant think of a name or something, try this one:

http://www.imdb.com/List?genres=Fantasy ... ude-titles

(yes guys, i love films)

and yes, the list can go on and on...i love fantasy/sci-fi and am a sucker for a film with a good ol quest / good vs evil thing.

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 6:03 pm 
 

Marlith wrote:The Vikings, Pirates of the Carribean and there was some film I can't remember the name though  :(  based on Baba Yaga. Can also include Alladin if your want a Middle Eastern flair.


Damn, I've seen that Baba Yaga type movie too and can't recall the name.

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 6:08 pm 
 

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Marlith wrote:The Vikings, Pirates of the Carribean and there was some film I can't remember the name though  :(  based on Baba Yaga. Can also include Alladin if your want a Middle Eastern flair.


Damn, I've seen that Baba Yaga type movie too and can't recall the name.

Blair Witch Project, what happens when the party gets lost :lol:

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the baba yaga thing. what was it about and can you remember who was in it?

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Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 6:08 pm 
 

Plaag wrote:Almost forgot..Cabin Boy
The perfect seafaring adventure..just watch out for the tobacco spitting cupcake :lol:

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Cabin Boy 8O

Try Yellow Beard. Now that was a great movie.


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