here is the trailer for a fairly obscure 1981 cinematic gem; John Boorman’s Excalibur. at the onset, it appears to be exactly like any other medieval period epic; lots of swordplay, blood, british accents, shiny armor, horses, long hair, and forests. collect a few of those elements and a mediocre budget, and you too can create your own period flick. but the interesting thing about this film is that it actually uses the myth of Excalibur to weave a tale rich in human emotion; desire, lust, greed, love, justice, and redemption. it utilizes the basic foundation of King Arthur and the round table knights, but successfully attempts to expose the many layers of humanity. the story follows Arthur from birth (as he was destined to be king), and chronicles his rise to ruler of the powerful realm of Camelot. along the way he meets his future wife, Guinevere, his right hand man, Lancelot, his mentor Merlin, and a slew of other characters that influence and impact his life and rule. and along the way (just like in real life) he is tested time and again; and that is where the beauty in Excalibur truly shines. the film has its fair share of battle, but it doesn’t stop there; it vividly depicts a relevant compassion that similar films of the same time period lack (think Conan), while exposing human frailty as it relates to the acquisition of power. he is not just the king of Camelot; he IS Camelot. and Camelot represents an honor and dignity that is, as you will see when you rent this movie, worth fighting for. now go get your popcorn and go get this film.