Monday, September 1, 2008


Ridley Scott, 2000 (8.9*)
Best Picture (AA, BAA, GG)
After seeing this in the theater, I told people it would win some Oscars and everyone laughed. Well, it won 5, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe, who plays a Roman general named Maximus in his best film role. This is the best gladiator film of all time (not hard!), using special effects to show the Roman Coliseum filling up from above, leopards fighting gladiators, a major Roman battlefield scene, with the special effects and sound winning Oscars. The story is surprisingly good, and Joaquin Phoenix as Emperor Commodus was also nominated, for supp. actor. Although it lost some Oscars to the excellent Soderbergh film Traffic, it was still one of best epics of all time, with large-scale action and perfect craftmanship throughout. 5 Oscars


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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