All the recent talk of doing some old school rpging got me checking out a few films I hadn't seen before.
Started with Sgt. Dave's copy of the D&D cartoon. I caught a few episodes first run, but living in Germany at the time and only having one station, it was difficult. Not a bad show. Somewhat darker than I remember. Particularly the episode where the kids actually contemplate killing Venger. I also read that the character of Eric (the dissenting cavalier) was inserted into the show because parent groups at the time requested a character that went against the party, but was always wrong. Supposedly, they wanted to get the idea to kids out that following the group is best. Nuts.
Watched WolfHound from Netflix. A Russian sword and sorcery film from about 5 years ago. Some of the costuming was neat, but I can't recommend this. It's like Conan the Destroyer but with better effects.
Also finally caught that Solomon Kane move. It was alright. Maybe on the level of where I expect the new Conan movie to fall. I'm not a super big fan of REH's Kane character, but my favorite character actor, Pete Postlethwaite, is in it so that's a plus. Was this his last film?
Finally, the best of the lot was Black Death. Why this wasn't released in the US, but that Nicholas Cage Season of the Witch film was is a crime. Great movie. Very graphic. Interesting take on the extreme sides of religion (those with and without). Won't spoil it for anyone, but Sean Bean leads a group to investigate why a remote village is unaffected by the plague. More thriller than fantasy, for sure.
I went to the theatre for Brotherhood of the Wolf, I loved it then but my memory tells me I'm wrong, maybe I should re-watch it now.
I didn't know there was a Solomon Kane movie, I love those stories... their politically antiquated but all the more fascinating for it.
I watched a Thor movie on Netflix the other day.. I think it was supposed to be a T.V. series.
HOLY SHIT was it awfull. It was almost bad enough to be worth watching. I haven't seen acting that bad since Troll 2.
That Thor movie is one in a string of mockbusters, or whatever they call them. They make cheap, ridiculous versions of popular movies in theaters in hopes they can get people to rent them. Others in this series include Transmorphers, Paranormal Entity, The Da Vinci Treasure, The Day the Earth Stopped, etc.