Thursday, February 17, 2011

I Am So Tired of Film Editors With ADD

Just watched Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time last night - and while there are some lovely set pieces and some nice homage moments referring to the computer game, many of the actual fight sequences are edited (seemingly) by a hyperactive 8 year old who O.D.'d on music videos & a couple of boxes of sugar-y breakfast cereal before he came into work.

The antidote: two brilliant movie sword fights that prove you can actually hold a shot long enough to prove that the actors can actually use their weapons and/or their sense of humor. (I would have added The Adventures of Robin Hood [Errol Flynn] and The Princess Bride... but embedding has been disabled.)

The Mark of Zorro (1940)

The Three Musketeers (1948)

And, finally, a really nice tribute of swashbuckling moments from the Golden Age of swashbucklers...

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