Þis kyng lay at Camylot upon Kryst-masse,
With mony luflych lorde, ledes of þe best,
Rekenly of þe rounde table alle þo rich breþer,
With rych revel oryȝt, & rechles merþes.
But then this great green guy gate-crashes
(crazy pre-Christian Celtic character),
And feces would fain fall into fan
But fans haven’t been invented yet, yo.
More and more, we have instant access to everything ever made, so it’s too bad we so rarely post our Summer Reviews of older films. Summer 2021 is half over, the big global games continue in Tokyo, and we’re spotlighting this 2008 low-budget indie look at fantasy role-playing gamers.
Available on YouTube and Amazon Prime, it demonstrates that you don’t have to spend a fortune to be at least somewhat entertaining.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
Are of imagination all compact.
Two years ago I reviewed two film productions here of Shakespeare’s fantasy-filled play A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935, 1999). I even suggested that, given the sheer number of adaptations, it might become a midsummer tradition.
We missed last year, but…. Yeah, last year. Let’s try again, with a 1968 production that brings Diana Rigg (likely best-known to Bureau-cats for her roles in Avengers and Game of Thrones), Helen Mirren, Ian Holm (Bilbo to you), Judi Dench (many roles, but if you’re here, you likely thought of M), Paul Rogers, and nudity to Shakespeare’s comedy.
Greek mythology, faeries, magic, lovers young and old, and a well-meaning troupe of dubious actors await you.