(This is the first installment of a series of short stories I have been writing for a while that take place in a world in which Santa is real, as are all of the rest of our Holiday cultural representatives, but maybe not in the form that we are most familiar. I have had it posted on our agency blog – www.blogmaster2000.com – but thought it was time to post it here as well with the majority of the rest of my work.)
(Originally posted on i-Pocalypse.com on 5-12-05)
Kingdom of Heaven is a great example of how Ridley Scott likes to take a grand, sweeping canvas and paint a small picture of an individual in metamorphosis. The story revolves around Orlando Bloom as Balian, a blacksmith suffering a crisis of faith after his wife has committed suicide following the loss of their child during birth. Into his life rides Liam Neeson as Godfrey, the father he never knew he had. Godfrey has come to ask Balian’s forgiveness and to offer him his rightful place by his side as his heir. Together they head off to the Crusades where, they believe, a man can earn his way back into the good graces of God.
(Originally posted on Republibot.com on 10-31-11)
In the interest of full disclosure, let me say right up front here that I don’t believe it is possible to surpass the monumental artistic achievement that is the 1973 Richard Lester adaptation of this story. Having said that, I went into this movie with relatively high hopes because… well…: sword fighting, Milla, and Air Ships.