FAVORITE FILMS

Like many people, I enjoy films (movies).   For the last few decades, I've been mostly -- at times, exclusively -- focused on films broadly called historical fiction.  That is, they are based on true stories, but not necessarily representing history accurately.  At times, they're more about legend than history.

These days, I mostly focus on ancient stories, ancient history, ranging from ancient Greece and Rome, to Celts, Saxons, and Vikings, all the way into 19th and early 20th century historical fiction, including the American west and Ireland in the early 20th century.  The films that I watch also include documentaries or docu-dramas -- narrators (mostly historians) narrating the story, but with portions of it acted by actors.

Unlike many people, though, I don't just watch such films for entertainment, or even historical details, but also to learn -- as a novice videographer -- how film makers use film -- both video and audio -- to tell a story.  I watch favorite films multiple times -- often at least a dozen -- and carefully watch casting, sets, landscapes, costume, and tools; how do they portray an ancient viking village or a medieval Scottish castle?  I learn much from doing this.

Below, I'll list a few of my all-time favorites, incuding trailers for most.

For starters, here is one of my main focus films currently.  Netflix Outlaw King, the story of Robert the Bruce, who became king of Scotland in the 14th century CE after fighting off King Edward
and his son.  It stars an up-and-coming actor, Chris Pine.  I think that even though the history portrayed may be a bit slanted, they do an excellent job with casting -- every actor holds his or her own (especially Robert's wife!) -- and their custumes, settings and landscapes (beautiful Scottish landscapes!) are exceptional.

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