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037: King Arthur

Maximilian Rivera December 6, 2016
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By Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

Premise: Before the Knights of the Round Table can earn their freedom, Arthur and crew have to go on one last mission behind enemy lines.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

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In 2004, Touchstone Pictures claimed they made a King Arthur film grounded with realism and historical accuracy. In reality, they created one of the most boring takes on Arthurian legend with King Arthur. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, this film stars Clive Owen, Keira Knightley, Mads Mikkelsen, and Joel Edgerton — before any really carried any star power. 

While it’s a lofty goal to present a historical King Arthur, this film made us crave the fantastical. The characters weren’t likable, and there are hardly any memorable moments to set this film apart.

​It’s so boring, that we kept getting lost in other discussions. We also discuss Manchester By the Sea, Akira, Highlander, and the Star Wars Prequels, as well as movie-to-video game adaptations.

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The biggest sin with King Arthur is that the film is boring and uninspired. While there are plenty of ways to play with Arthurian mythos, Arthur takes it to nowhere interesting. The whole plot is based around bringing Arthur into the Roman era, which could work as a concept.

But what we are treated to is boring. We had trouble even recalling the plot afterward. 

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However, we discussed some of the other films we watched, including the action classic Highlander (1986). This is every bit a weird, gory-and-tacky Cannon Film, but it has a memorable cheesiness to it. 

For some reason, Sean Connery plays an Egyptian Spaniard who teaches the Scottish Warrior, played by French Christopher Lambert, how to handle is new-fangled immortal powers. 

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We also discuss 1988’s Akira, one of the most influential anime films around. You’ll see elements of this critically acclaimed picture in any futuristic cyberpunk film. 

Studios have looked into adapting Akira into a live action movie for the west for years, but it’s never materialized. We say just start with the anime and chew on that for a while — you’ll enjoy it, we think. 

​Check out NerdWriter1’s Akira video to get a good idea of the magic. 

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The highlight of our weekend may have been watching Manchester By The Sea, directed by Kenneth Lonergan. The film is carried by the great performances by Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Lucas Hedges, and dealt with grief in many stages. 

Manchester
 is not only generating buzz among critics, it’s also earning a good return in theaters, as well. While it’s not an uplifting story, it manages to be both heartbreaking and heartwarming at times. 
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Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.

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