The Televisual Mists of Avalon (Short Review)

Produced in 2001 by the TNT television network, like many adaptations The Mists of Avalon seeks to recreate its source material, Marian Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon series as faithfully as possible. Choosing for a relatively straightforward adaptive process, the viewer will notice many moments from the books presented in an almost perfectly chronological…Read more »

Arthur of the Britons: or, The Young Warlord (A Review)

Let’s take a step back in time to 1975, where gaudy fashion was all the rage and racial segregation still in vogue. Across the channel, you would find a television show called Arthur of the Britons playing on the BBC.  Unfortunately, it was only on air for a couple of seasons before its cancellation. A…Read more »

Sword in the Machine: or, King Arthur in Thailand (A Review)

Guess what? It is another B-Arthurian flick. You know the drill—bad, overly-hammy acting, cringe-inducing special effects, and a plot which is eccentric, to say the least. A film, in other words, only produced to steal some of the spotlight from the Guy Ritchie Arthurian outing[1]. Enter Jared Cohn’s King Arthur and the Knights of the…Read more »

Simulating Arthuriana: Some Notes on Guy Ritchie’s “Legend of the Sword”

Man, after slogging through a few Arthurian B-Movies—Excalibur Rising, The Dragons of Camelot, The Real Merlin—I was relieved to finally see an Arthurian film with money behind it, and good acting, and CGI which didn’t make me want to gouge my increasingly twitching eye out. Enter, Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword.…Read more »

Will the Real Merlin Please Stand Up? (A Review)

Originally airing on television has a brief fifty-minute documentary detailing the legend and life of Merlin, I found The Real Merlin impossible to ignore once I found its focus was to deconstruct some of the kookier elements of modern Merlin-worship. So, I sat down, watched it, and boy, did I discover a whole new side…Read more »