Arghhh!!!! God this film can be so cliched, even by modern Hollywood standards. Bloody Russell 'I'm a sulky bad boy who'll smash your face in if you don't give me an award' Crowe is getting on my nerves. Especially with that quasi-Aussie accent he has in the film. Grrrr.....just the way he says that line above....my God, it really sounds like something from those old Hollywood epics. I can easily see Charlton Heston in Gladiator gear saying that kinda line, only in an American accent.
Bright Points about Gladiator:
1.Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus. I like Joaquin and believe he should've gotten the Academy Award (either him or Willem Dafoe, who rocked da house as Max Shreck in Shadow of the Vampire). He captured Commodus' complexity perfectly. Admittedly, Commodus was my favourite character without a doubt. He had all the best lines. :-)
2.Sir Derek Jacobi as Senator Gracchus (who I'm told is a probably ancestor of the later Gracchi brothers Tiberius and Gaius, who gave me headaches all through the first school term this year). Ok, I'm probably sounding a bit biased here, but he did well in the role. I swear, the man was born to play Romans. Right looks, right voice, just right for it.
3.Connie Neilsen as Lucilla. Not only is she gorgeous (unbelievably patrician-looking) and looks like a goddess in all the flowing Roman gowns, but her acting was beautiful and it actually inspired me to write some of my stories and believe or not, some of my completely unrelated school essays.
And then there's other noteworthy actors such as the late Oliver Reed, Djimon Honsou and Richard Harris. Ok, the film was alright, but I couldn't stand Russell Crowe or some of the lines/scenes.
These things I should keep to myself....but I feel somehow strangely compelled. The closest I get to contentment is when all of the barriers come down.....
Geez, I'm tired. I'm not as stressed as I was about the damned essay about that certain Roman revolutionary who-shall-not-be-named, but I'm stressed. My Ancient History exam is on Friday. I devoted a good lot of time today to going over all my notes and material and I'm pretty sure I've got a good grasp on it, but I'm still worried.
Shoutout to all the friends from school who are reading this. I've heard that this journal is becoming quite popular. And to those of you wondering which magister I like, you're not going to find out at least until the end of the year. Ha! No way I'm confessing that sorta thing to the internet-surfing public.