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Spartacus, Blood and Sand


As some folks will know I am a fan of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, but I am also quite partial to some gladiatorial action.

Indeed having grown up catching the first glimpses of naked male thighs and bulging biceps watching classics such as Quo Vadis, Ben Hur and Cleopatra it would be difficult not to.

spartacus blood and sandSo curled up in my usual place on the sofa with my hands wrapped around a mug of decaff and a bar of galaxy at the ready, I settled down to watch the first two episodes of the new series ‘Spartacus, Blood and Sand’.

True to form I never seem to watch ‘realtime telly’ anymore – viva la ‘sky plus’.

Hmm, what can I say about it? Rather a lot really, but I better try and condense it, lest readers seek refuge in the land of nod.

Interestingly the makers have kept pretty close to the historical facts of the main character’s lives and the cultures of that period, what really bugged me though was the usage of modern swearwords.

Not for one minute do I believe that the combatants would not use foul language and they probably had colloquialisms that meant the same as f**k, c**t and sh*t.

It just seems wrong being uttered by guys wielding swords and spears.

I suppose the saving grace is that the expressions are used in context as insults and therefore don’t lose their potency, unlike these days, where swearwords are just meaningless sentence buffers – but I’m digressing as I always do.

The camera work and special effects are great and the artificial back-drops mixed with very realistic make up (dirty, crusty skin, matted hair, etc) give the program a surreal edge and the graphic novel/anime inspired transitions are cleverly done.

I like this a lot, but can’t help feeling they belong in a Sci-Fi setting.

spartacus, blood and sandHowever the musical score is inspired and perfectly serves to enhance the mood of the scenes and reminds me of the classics, where often the music was the main mood setter.

I am not so keen on the scenes (and there are a lot of them) where copious amounts of blood are spurting in slow motion all over the place and close ups of gaping wounds lingering on screen for us.

Again all is done in perfect context, just a bit too much too often, I guess that is the computer game influence.

a bum on spartacusThe revulsion I feel upon seeing these gory scenes is quickly soothed when faced with all those toned thighs, firm rounded buttocks, flexing biceps, luscious breasts and the odd cock thrusting and heaving themselves around in love as well as war.

There is nearly as much sex as there are fights and the sex scenes rival full-on soft porn, charged with an eroticism that appeals to me and certainly not recommended for viewing with the in-laws.

as batiatusBy the way, the cock was not thrusting, it was flaccid, yet impressive – and yes I rewound and paused for a closer look – and yes I am that sad.

Then we have the delectable John Hannah as Batiatus, ok, I know he is not a muscle bound young hunk, but what an improvement on Peter Ustinov (no disrespect meant) and that voice sends shivers up and down my spine – oh yes, I definitely would!


Sura, Erin Cummings


For those who are wondering where Peter Ustinov comes into it, I’m referring to the 1960s’ Stanley Kubrick movie Spartacus, where he starred amongst other greats such as Laurence Oliver, Kirk Douglas and Jean Simmons.


Since I’m star worshiping I should mention Erin Cummings, playing Sura, the love interest and wife of Spartacus in the series, wow, gorgeous. She reminds me of Liv Tyler or British actress Jaime Murray – again yes, I so would…

All in all, it’s a thumbs up from me for an hour of distraction, that doesn’t require any intellectual input.


Believe it or not – this is the condesed version… Just be grateful!




Terminator Salvation


So last night I went to see the new Terminator movie with a friend and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The concept and story is good and the special effects are fab. However there were a number of holes in the film that left us questioning the believability and I’m not talking about people being thrown through the air and getting up to fight on, thats normal in movies, but some of the science and logic doesn’t marry up and make sense. I won’t go into detail as some of you may want to watch the movie and I wouldn’t want to spoil it.

We discussed science and time travel effects of the movie and what theplot of the next two films could be animatedly in the pub afterwards, until I realised that some conversations around us had stilled and a woman across the room was looking at me with concern probably suspecting a domestic. We wisely decided to leave and got a scrumptious chinese takeaway on the way home, which was the end of the discussion as we were too busy, stuffing ourselves with Chicken Kung Po and Hot and Spicy Duck.

But I digress, point of this post was to recommend the film, even if it doesn’t surpass the previous Terminator movies and my firm favourite is still Terminator 2 Judgement Day with the lovely Robert Patrick as the T-1000, who can morph into any person he touches…

…and I will stop here before I scare anyone off with my Sci-Fi geekiness.