Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Sword & Sandal Marathon

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It's a new year and that means it's time for a new marathon. Yesterday I wrote about several upcoming 2010 releases by epic & fantastical subgenre and one of the most interesting new subgenres I've found is none other than Sword & Sandal films. Several Sword & Sandals titles graced my Decade of Movie Memories and there is no denying that we are going to see more of them in the very near future, in fact the first half of the year already has three titles: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Feb 12, 2010), Clash of the Titans (March 26, 2010 revised: April 2, 2010) and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (May 28, 2010). So, what better time to start delving into the world of sand, swords and machismo?

What Films Will I be Watching?
Speaking literally anything that includes someone wielding a sword and wearing sandals. Overall I'll be looking at anything gladiator-eque, anything involving Greek mythology and there may be a few hybrids or new interpretations that could slip in. Here are some titles you can count on being included: Spartacus, Gladiator, Troy, Alexander, Conan the Barbarian & Destroyer, Outlander and hopefully some of the Jason & the Argonauts films and Lou Ferrigno Hercules films - but those will depend on if I can find them!

What's the Timeline?
The whole thing will kick off with the original 1981 Clash of the Titans and end with the new 2010 Clash of the Titans in late March 2010. Now, dust off it's time for the Arena and time to be entertained!

Revision: Clash of the Titans (2010) release date has changed to April 2, 2010 which gives one more week to explore Sword & Sandals films!

Begins:
Wednesday January 6, 2010: Clash of the Titans (1981)
Wednesday January 13, 2010: Spartacus
Wednesday January 20, 2010: Jason in the Argonauts (1963)
Wednesday January 27, 2010: Conan the Barbarian & Conan the Destroyer
Wednesday February 3, 2010: Gladiator
Wednesday February 10, 2010: Alexander
Wednesday February 17, 2010: Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Wednesday February 23, 2010: Outlander
Wednesday March 10, 2010: Julius Caesar (1953) and Cleopatra (1963)
Wednesday March 17, 2010: Hercules (1983)
Wednesday March 23, 2010: Troy
Wednesday March 31, 2010: Pathfinder

Completed:
Wednesday April 7, 2010: Clash of the Titans (2010)

4 comments:

Univarn said...

You had to make it Greek related? Booo and I could have gone on a long tangent about all the great sword+sandal samurai films! Oh well. Can't wait for this though, looks like it'll be a whole lot of fun!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Yep, going Greek/Roman here but good point that Samurai films technically would qualify - although so many have snow I hope they *aren't* wearing sandals!

Might have to consider doing one on Samurai's down the road though :)

Reg said...

Don't forget the original "The Beastmaster" (1982) starring Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts and Rip Torn. I love the sword and sandal genre and am old enough to remember seeing this in the theatre (gasp) around the same time as "Conan the Barbarian". I loved it at the time as did all my friends - probably seems hyper-cheesy now though!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Beastmaster! Great suggestion Reg - I hadn't thought of those films. I'll see if I can find them!

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