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Gladiator: Why Did Commodus Become Emperor?

The first section of Gladiator (2000, dir. Ridley Scott) deals with the end of the reign of Marcus Aurelius (d. 180AD). Marcus (Richard Harris) is an old man who is tired of being emperor and wants to designate the successful general Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) to be his successor. 1,890 more words


Movie Look: Gladiator

Short Summary: After his family is killed by an upstart prince, a general plans his revenge whilst working his way up from the slums by winning matches in the coliseum.


What Is Life?

Life is an arena
filled with gladiators
lions, tigers, and bulls.
Yet life is also a meadow
star-flung sky
unexpected find of wild berries.

Life is the theater… 72 more words


Song of the Day - 7/21/14

There were a couple of reasons this song is top of my mind today. (1) At Universal Studios theme park in Orlando yesterday, the end of night finale included snippets from a number of their most famous movies. 50 more words


Stravinsky Was Right, Part I: Hans Zimmer Steals...from Himself

One of the great objects of musical thievery Stravinsky himself once said “Good composers borrow. Great composers steal.”

I could (and will, in future posts) examine many composers–including Stravinsky–who steal. 269 more words

Mommy the Gladiator!

I’m watching Gladiator.  Busy little bee!  I fancy myself a gladiator as a mommy.  I’m basically fighting for my life every day.  Instead of Rome being my vision, a clean house with clean children who wipe their mouths and clear their dishes is my vision.   525 more words


Top Ten Favorite Directors Part 1

Hello everyone! WHITE FLASH here with my Top Ten Favorite Directors list! I decided to share with everyone my top 10 favorite directors before I begin my director review posts which will start soon. 570 more words