I saw Age of the Dragons (2011), which basically tried to be Moby Dick except replacing whale oil with dragon oil. It ends up copying names but taking great liberties from faithfully rendering Melville’s book. This movie made Queequeg out to be the whiny-bitch companion we grew accustomed to while watching Samwise Gangee in Lord of the Rings.
I stilled liked the movie, though. It takes itself seriously no matter how prone it may be to mockery. I just wish they didn’t try to squeeze so many fistfights into it.
I later saw As You Like It (2006), a film adaptation of a Shakespeare play I’d never heard of until a good friend recited some dialogue from memory and recommended I seek it out.
It was pretty great, starting serious and getting more lighthearted along the way. Plus, this 2006 film tweaked the setting to feudal japan for the sole purpose of legitimately introducing ninjas.
Also, I was watching a 1970s documentary on WWII’s Eastern Front, called The Unknown War, when I saw this name in the opening credits:
Can anybody tell me why this name seems familiar?