Excalibur (Part 2) – Here There Be Dragons

The second part of Nash’s look at the sprawling 80’s Arthurian epic.

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30 Comments on "Excalibur (Part 2) – Here There Be Dragons"

TuxedoK
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Nice. I was hoping part two of this would be here before Christmas.

Fran Ohmsford
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Wow – Forgot pt 1!

ran76
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I vaguely remember seeing a anime about King Arthur one summer in the Dominican Republic when I was a kid.

Eikoh
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You left out Merlin with Sam Neill, and Helena Bonham Carter. That and Gargoyles was my 1st exposure to the Arthur mythos.

General-trilane Jochum
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General-trilane Jochum
This is to expand on Eikoh bringing up “Merlin” which is my favorite adaptation. I actually grew up watching this mini series on VHS and now own it on DVD as well as have it on my itunes. Apparently, I was spoiled on this good adaption and I just didn’t realize it until I saw “Excalibur” for the first time earlier this year. That is why Nash’s look at this film was so frustrating to me. Basically, all the negatives he brings up in this film are fixed in droves in the “Merlin” mini-series. Strap in, I’m going on a… Read more »
Mockery
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Minor quibble re: Disney’s Sword in the Stone. In that case it’s not just an adaptation of Arthurian myth, but specifically an adaptation of the first book of T.H. White’s King Arthur stories that would eventually coalesce into The Once and Future King. And it really did work–for that particualr book–in more of a kiddy fashion.

Kinda surprised you’re doing Dresden Files, though, since I thought that came out after the time period this show usually covers.

tipulsar85
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Cheer up Nash, you could have gotten Constantine in film form. The sad part is we never got much more than the first book or so.

TragicGuineaPig
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I love that the Elf in the intro (who does look an awful lot like a Thalmor), and he takes an arrow to the knee!

(Disclaimer: No, “arrow to the knee” is NOT a reference to marriage! We’re tired of hearing it!)

Why do you have a decapitated Tom Servo head behind you?

TragicGuineaPig
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17:35 – I would have gone with, “What… is the average air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?”

Brad1ey Shaw
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You do realize that that’s just an empty snow-globe with the word “fuck” on it, don’t you?

Aside from that, thanks Nash. I’d been wanting to see that movie for a while now, just because Sir Patrick Stewart was in it. Now that you’ve shown me the highlights . . . as painful as they are . . . I, I think I’m good.

Hirosoli
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What about Quest for Camelot? The one with the two headed dragon?

Talvrae
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My favorite adaptation is The Mist of Avalon made for TV movie/ mini serie

Moon Spirit
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Yup, I knew Linkara would make a cameo. Maybe I should take a look at this movie sometime in the future.

Chicken Puppet
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Well, the Dresden Files books are certainly entertaining. I never watched the show but I assume it’s a poor adaptation of the books considering what the effects budget would be for epic battles between every supernatural and mythological being ripped from pop culture in various mashups.

Turin231
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I still think you are a bit strict with the movie. You made a great argument about how myths are effective and even though they lack logic, they blend together in something that does make sense. Mostly because all these stories reflect on emotions and basic ideas that are common to the people that go through the story. You say this only works for Gods and not men. That is exactly the reason why for me it works here. The characters are not men. They are larger than life mythical heroes. They might as well be gods in relation to… Read more »
Steamking
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You forgot “Camelot” (the Starz-series). While it took some liberties with the source material (making the magic more subtle and creepy and turning Merlin into a master manipulator playing both sides), I kinda enjoyed it (especially the “drawing the sword from the stone”-scene was a really original new take on the idea).

darkwynd
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Thanks Nash, for this great birthday gift. Also, don’t forget Knights of the Round by Capcom. Ok, I’ll shut up.

darkwynd
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Oh, and since I’m at it, Happy Holidays for everyone!

FrankN.Stein
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Well. That film explains thing or two about Zack Snyder…..

StormWolf
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And then there’s BBC’s Merlin and that Showtime Camelot, which had really good stuff for Merlin and Morgana, but Arthur and Gwenivere were horribly dull.

AllanO
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I always liked Nicol Williamson best in his reading of the Hobbit in abridged form back in the seventies. In terms of depictions of Arthurian legend one that sticks in my mind is the depiction of the magic sword Excalibur in the anime Soul Eater, where the sword can become a singing loon, so now whenever I hear the word Excalibur I think of the song he sings even though I’ve seen like one episode of the anime. “Excalibur, Excalibur, from the United King…” An interesting thing about the movies Camelot and the Sword in the Stone is that since… Read more »
Strejdaking
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You have a point about character motivations and such, but at times you are simply missing the obvious. Morgana’s incest fuck was out of the left field, but it made sense motivation wise – she wanted revenge on Arthur (being product of Uther’s rape of her mother) and she wanted to do it by destroying him as a person and his kingdom, so she needed an heir to the throne. Mordred did recognize her, why would you think he didn’t? He just put the two and two together and was pissed off about the fog thing. Disappointed you didn’t bring… Read more »
Strejdaking
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You have a point about character motivations and such, but at times you are simply missing the obvious. Morgana’s incest fuck was out of the left field, but it made sense motivation wise – she wanted revenge on Arthur (being product of Uther’s rape of her mother) and she wanted to do it by destroying him as a person and his kingdom, so she needed an heir to the throne. Mordred did recognize her, why would you think he didn’t? He just put the two and two together and was pissed off about the fog thing. Disappointed you didn’t bring… Read more »
CaptainRoland
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Really You think Muslim Obama’s Liberal America is or will be Camelot and it’s fall all because of Donald Trump’s victory? Fucking pathetic and dangerous to think like that.

Strejdaking
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Nobody forced Nash to bring up politics, so you have right to take an issue with him. But if you want to know why so many people dismiss Trump supporters as stupid bigots, it’s because not only they believe the “Obama is Muslim” conspiracy theory, they seriously think it’s something that should automatically mean he shouldn’t be president. Guess religious freedom should only be a thing if it’s Christianity.

mr_rubino
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Soak it up, normies. This useless person’s vote counted as much as yours.

JohnnyElRojo
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Well, if you think in “Pax Americana” more than in America itself as the alegory of Camelot, that is at the same time not Great Britain itself, then yes. Trump would probably bring doom to us all.
And I’m not even from there.

CaptainRoland
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Fact No.1: First of all The Jungle Book (1967), was Walt Disney’s last supervised, controlled, slightly iron-fisted production prior to his death the year before. Fact No.2: What about Lerner and Loewe’s Broadway Stage Musical that is literary called “Camelot” that was used as a metaphor for John Fitzgerald and Jacqueline Kennedy’s I guess you might say “Shining Democratic” Administration for only sadly, two years and was turned into a film in 1967 (Your friend and fellow producer Linkara’s favorite and I own it too), by the way the main actor/singer Richard Harris (playing the freaking King Arthur Pendragon) had… Read more »
True Perception
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You forgot the video games that borrowed from the legend (plus lord knows how many books), such as Shining Force 2, but you can be forgiven that.

JohnnyElRojo
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18:39 Why the movie just suddenly transformed in Dark Souls?

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