Of course it’s Gladiator. The author of the piece thinks that Hans Zimmer won an Oscar for the soundtrack (he wuz robbed!), and says nothing about Russell winning the Oscar….and IMO focuses on the wrong parts of the film – but to each his own reasons for loving this amazing movie.
Thanks to Nancy on FB – #92 in MSN’s 100 Favorite Films:
92. “Gladiator” (2000)
“Gladiator” may not be the best historical epic ever, or even of the past 20 years, but for me — and an entire generation whose tastes were informed by the sudden, overwhelming influx of titles available on DVD — “Gladiator” was simply the right film at the right time. For me, that time was, conveniently, just after I turned 17 and could attend R-rated movies without the annoying, joy-squelching presence of a parent or legal guardian.
Besides, “Gladiator” boasted a bountiful mix of indelible qualities: sharp direction from the always-reliable Ridley Scott; a killer villain in Joaquin Phoenix’s diabolical, incestuous Emperor Commodus; Hans Zimmer blatantly ripping off Gustav Holst in his Oscar-winning score; geysers of blood; and, of course, Russell Crowe gravelly intoning, “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the armies of the North, general of the Felix Legions, and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.” Awesome. — Corwin Neuse