sword and sorcery

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Charging a greenhouse.
Charging a greenhouse.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084749/

It should be summarized as: A noble kingdom is taken by force, forcing a prince to flee and live a life that turns to adventure, to later return to contest for the throne.

However. However it's all over the place. It doesn't properly delve into any aspect, and doesn't properly string things together. It has all the elements of a good, or at least fair, movie, but it wasn't written well.



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Star Wars - Episode III - Revenge of the Sith poster

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0121766/
https://www.lucasfilm.com/productions/episode-iii/
https://www.starwars.com/films/star-wars-episode-iii-revenge-of-the-sith

War brews in the galaxy, forcing a republic to twist its laws to go to war.

Oh god, what a disappointment.

  • Properly titled Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

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Immortals - (2011 movie) poster

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http://www.immortalsmovie.com/

A warlord seeks to unleash the enemies of the gods to kill them.

While watchable, I would only recommend it to fans of the sword and sandal genre who can also stand the "quality" that Hollywood offers.



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https://starwarsfans.fandom.com/wiki/The_Phantom_Edit
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An assassination attempt on a senator gets her two superpowered-bodyguards, one of whom has the hots for her and whose investigation leads to a mystery that has remained shrouded for ten years.

While nowhere near as good as Star Wars Episode I.II - The Phantom Edit - (2000 movie) is compared to its source, Attack of the Phantom is an adequate watch and certainly head and shoulders above its source. Unfortunately this movie also requires Star Wars - Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - (2005 movie) be watched immediately afterwards, and since there was never a phantom edit made of that I don't know if I can recommend this.

It's flagged as disliked, but I don't feel that I wasted my time watching it. I just feel let down by the ending.

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The Trade Federation blockades a peaceful planet, and decisive action is required to bring political and military strength to bear.

An astonishing improvement on the original. Even though it's lower visual quality than it's original can be, it's worth a watch. Very highly recommended especially to fans of the original trilogy who were disappointed by this new trilogy.



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The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) poster

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0859163/
https://www.uphe.com/movies/the-mummy-tomb-of-the-dragon-emperor [ 1 ] was https://web.archive.org/web/20081230073705/http://www.themummy.com/

Seeking ancient Egyptian treasure Chinese artifacts, archaeologists unleash a curse that threatens the world. Only this time it's about an ancient warlord's cursed terracotta army.

Decently follows in the footsteps of the previous two movies, though replacing Rachel Weisz with Maria Bello is a terrible distraction. Anyone who likes the other two movies ought to like this one reasonably well. I think this is worth watching once or twice, but certainly hasn't enough soul for collection like the first movie.

  • Properly titled The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • Some small scenes are spoken entirely in the Chinese language, probably Mandarin / Standard Chinese.



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The Scorpion King 4 - Quest for Power (2015) image

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3086386/
https://web.archive.org/web/20180726004317/http://www.the-scorpion-king.com:80/

A man.. uh.. something about some mercenary missions and people dying and a magic thing and such.

I only saw this out of reverence to The Scorpion King - (2002 movie). Oh gods, the badness-potential of this genre is astonishing. Ignore this, and go watch Hercules - The Legendary Journeys - (1995-1999 show) instead. It is the gold standard of badness.

I think what really offends me about The Scorpion King (2,3,4) is that they cost money to watch, where a TV show would have been (more or less) free.



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The Scorpion King 3 - Battle for Redemption (2012) image

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1781896/

A bounty hunter hunts a bounty but there's a princess therefore save the princess instead.

Oh god, this is like an episode of Hercules - The Legendary Journeys - (1995-1999 show). Old school TV-quality, reasonably fun for low expectations.

This is riding on the coat tails of the earlier actual-movie, desperately hoping that fans will consider all of this a "series". Sigh, it is not.



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The Scorpion King 2 - Rise of a Warrior (2008) dvd cover

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104123/
https://web.archive.org/web/20180726004317/http://www.the-scorpion-king.com:80/

A kid swears revenge for his father's unjust death, and has adventures and stuff along the way.

Fairly good for a TV-movie of this genre. I didn't happen to particularly enjoy it myself, but it'll appeal to people who can handle both this quality and genre together.



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The Scorpion King (2002) poster

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0277296/
https://web.archive.org/web/20180726004317/http://www.the-scorpion-king.com:80/

A bounty hunter from an extinct tribe is hired to undermine the power of an evil king, but the woman he is meant to kill is hot, and complicates things.

As long as it is taken for what it is, it will be entertaining. It is an action movie through and through, and must not be taken as having much of a link to a historical past. It's not serious, and not meant to be. It's packed with action, has a reasonable story and its lead character is spectacular.



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