Thursday, August 27, 2020

#RPGADAY2020 28. Close - 14 Classic Movies Ads?

Back in January, I picked up a bunch of sponsors for ads. Since I'm doing #RPGADAY2020 and item 28 is close, this a good place for these Rakuten Ads. Rakuten is an advertising company that matches companies with bloggers. I can't say it's worked out for me, so this post is to close out this idea. No clicks, no more Alibris ads. 

As of July 2021, I have had zero sales on these types of ads, so I am replacing them with Amazon Ads. If your blog is amendable, Rakuten is not a bad option to check out.

When in doubt, make a list. So, here are 14 old movies that have have influence my game play. All images lead to where the films can be purchased, usually on DVD. Otherwise just enjoy the images, pretend the links aren't there. 

To tie back to "close", unless since this format of ads didn't work, I'm going to close the book on Alibris and replace it with Amazon links. 

The Lion in Winter (1968)

It's Christmas in the royal household and things are turbulent.  Peter O'Toole as Henry II, Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine and Anthony Hopkins in his first major role as Richard the Lionheart. 

RPG tie in Ranking: ★★★ for political intrigue and beautiful costumes. 

Brigadoon (1954)

Tommy Albright's (Gene Kelly) love for Cyd Charisse as Fiona Maclaren breaks a magic spell. Based on the 1947 play. 

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★★ for star crossed lovers, a magical setting in a modern time. Easily 5 stars for the quick-witted wordplay. There is not a bit of swearing, but man, the punches land fast and hard. Equally valid for the 1966 production, too. 

Cromwell (1970)

RPG tie in Ranking: ★ or ★★★★, depending. The film is beautifully acted with Harris, Sir Alec Guinness and so many others. The costumes are glorious, the action epic. But for a film that boasts 10 years of research, there is a lot wrong here. 

Princess Bride (1987)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★★

"Have fun storming the castle!" 'Nuf said. 

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★. One reluctant hero, one reluctant nun. Every story arc gets a double beat ending. It also runs like the Three Outlaw Samurai (below), where the non-hero backs up the little guy for the win.  

The Taming of the Shrew (1965)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★ Who doesn't want to be a princess? Katharina, that's who. Just like Brigadoon, the wordplay is incredibly funny. If you need a snappy retort, take notes from this film. It works because it was a written by the Bard. 

The Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★★ Ronin vs. Samurai, heroes backing up the little guy for the win.  

The Birds (1963)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★ This is the only Horror film on the list. This is a classic world gone wrong story with lots of action and tension. 

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★ Only for people who want to fall in love with the setting, not the story or players. This was a box office bomb, but still packs a punch with scenery-porn.

Magnificent Seven (1960)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★★ A different take on mercenaries. Instead of the scrappy villagers fighting back, the scrappy mercenaries fight and lose for a higher cause. 

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★ This one is an off beat selection, but I think that the two kingdoms in this story reflect the Heptarchy era of England. There is no world shattering threats here, its a low level dust up between angry and confused parties. Everything doesn't have to be Big, BIG, BIG!

The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947) 

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★ Another quirky pick, an ageless story of love and loss. Not entirely amendable to RPG play, but I could see a party encountering these people on their adventures. It'd help if you could get Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison to reprise their roles at the table. 

Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)   

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★★ Ah, that smile. Errol Flynn as Robin Hood is trope all on it's own. This film is from a era when every special effect was a practical shot, usually with something dangerous flung at an actor. 

This one has created a whole genre of films, from The Court Jest to Men in Tights, all of which are classics on their own. Even the Kevin Costner version. 

Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)

RPG Tie in Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

If you play a game and this doesn't come up, you're doing something wrong. 

In closing, I would like to thank for for participating in the possible cessation of some types of ads on this site. 

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