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Warspite119 Nov 2021 6:28 a.m. PST

Oxford lecturer Roel Konijnendijk picks his way through a few choice movies:

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His verdict, in most cases, is "just dig ditches".

The movie 'Alexander' scores very high, 9/10!

And if you like the first, he does it again here:

YouTube link

And again he says: "Where's the ditches? Just dig ditches!"

The Outlaw King gets 7/10.


Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2021 10:08 a.m. PST

Does he review Ironclad? YouTube link

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2021 11:37 a.m. PST

Funny, I just watched this last week. I also enjoy the sword master's takes on sword use and fencing in films and TV. I really wish he'd do a third and include Richard Lester's Musketeer films!

Both Insider and Vanity Fair have some great vids of experts breaking down scenes for accuracy.

dapeters19 Nov 2021 12:14 p.m. PST

Thanks for the link, I am gratified that none of my notions were disabused.

Marcus Brutus19 Nov 2021 7:51 p.m. PST

Fun videos to watch. I think the reason that we so often see two sides charge into each other in a rushed mashup is because it would take an immense training of the extras for them to maneuver in formation into battle. Who has the time for that?

Fred Mills20 Nov 2021 5:32 a.m. PST

Great link, which led me down a rabbit hole of other similar links.

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