Nothing invokes more debate or arguments then discussing the top
ten of anything, let alone the Top Ten Medieval Movies. Our list may not be
perfect, but we believe our Top Ten Medieval Movies of all times accurately
reflects some of the best and most enduring movies made about the Middle Ages of
European history. Beginning with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire (King
Arthur times) which is commoningly referred to as the Early Middle Ages, through
the High Middle Ages of King John and William Wallace and ending with the Late
Middle Ages of Queen Elizabeth and Roy Roy. And of course, no list would not be
complete without one movie about those bearded Nordic men called Vikings!
While the names and times of these movies may all be different,
they all describe a common story that is weaved throughout human history like
the earth itself - good overcoming the failings of evil. These movies provide a
glimpse of our own past of brutality, and how ordinary men and women over the
past 2,000 years fought and won their freedoms under the most horrific and
difficult circumstances. While the 20th century may have seen equally great
stories of freedom, the seeds of humanity's search for freedom, peace and
harmony take root in those times called the Middle Ages...
(1995) - A stupendous historical saga,
Braveheart won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for star
Mel Gibson. He plays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish commoner who
unites the various clans against a cruel English King, Edward the Longshanks
(Patrick McGoohan). The scenes of hand-to-hand combat are brutally violent, but
they never glorify the bloodshed. There is such enormous scope to this story
that it works on a smaller, more personal scale as well, essaying love and loss,
patriotism and passion. Extremely moving, it reveals Gibson as a multitalented
performer and remarkable director with an eye for detail and an understanding of
(2004) - The Roman Empire is stretched across
many nations, including Britain. In their conquest for more land, the Romans
went into Sarmatia where they fought the very brave Sarmatian cavalery. The
Romans, impressed by the Sarmatian's weaponery and fighting skills, included
them into their army as knights. After 15 years of serving and fighting for the
Roman Empire the Sarmatian Knights, lead by Arthur/Artorious Castus, are about
to receive their freedom as the Romans are leaving Britain. But the Knights must
carry out one final order before they are free. A Roman priest and his family,
especially his son Alecto, must be rescued from the invading Saxons. But there
is another danger lurking on the road to freedom - the Woads, British rebels who
hate the Romans.
(2010) - Birth of a legend. Following King
Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett,
Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert
of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to
facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will
return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him
to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown,
and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial
opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms
his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades
towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the
politics of barons, royals, traitors, and the
(1981) - As the title would suggest, it follows
the travels of the legendary sword Excalibur through Arthurian myth, from the
violent, powerful hands of Uther Pendragon, to a long-years' rest in the stone
to being redrawn by Uther's son Arthur, who uses it to defeat the evil invaders
and establish the great court of Camelot and the great Knights of the Round
Table. It is there in Arthur's glory years and in his decline, brought on by the
love affair between his wife Guenevere and best friend and best knight Sir
Lancelot, the Holy Grail Quest which produces many casualties among the knights,
and the arrival of Mordred, the son Arthur had by his evil half-sister, the
sorceress Morgana. Through it all, the magician Merlin watches over everything,
always ready to throw in a Charm of Making when it's called for.
(2000) - A dying Marcus Aurelius plans to name
his loyal and brave General Maximus as his successor in order to restore the
power of the Roman Senate. However, his power-hungry, jealous son Commodus
learns of the plan, murders Marcus Aurelius, and plans to execute Maximus in
order to secure his claim to the throne. Maximus escapes execution, but is sold
into slavery and is forced to become a gladiator. Eventually, Maximus and his
fellow gladiators are sent to Rome to perform for Commodus. Through his bravery
he wins over the masses and reveals his true identity, much to the chagrin of
Commodus. Can Maximus use his newfound popularity to avenge Marcus Aurelius'
death, or will Commodus be able to keep the throne?
(2007) - Two faiths, two empires, two rulers -
colliding in 1588. Papist Spain wants to bring down the heretic Elizabeth.
Philip is building an armada but needs a rationale to attack. With covert
intrigue, Spain sets a trap for the Queen and her principal secretary,
Walsingham, using as a pawn Elizabeth's cousin Mary Stuart, who's under house
arrest in the North. The trap springs, and the armada sets sail, to rendezvous
with French ground forces and to attack. During these months, the Virgin Queen
falls in love with Walter Raleigh, keeping him close to court and away from the
sea and America. Is treachery or heroism at his heart? Does loneliness await her
(1995) One of the most invigorating period
adventures to hit the big screen in decades, this lavish, brilliantly directed
film drew critical and audience raves when it was released in 1995. Inspired by
historical fact and larger-than-life legend, the intelligently scripted story
takes place in Scotland in 1713, when Highland farmer and clan leader Rob Roy
MacGregor (Liam Neeson) is forced to borrow money from the duplicitous
aristocrat Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt) to help his clan survive a harsh
winter. When Montrose's vile henchman (Tim Roth) schemes to dishonor MacGregor
and his wife (Jessica Lange) and take the money for himself, the rugged
Highlander must take courageous action to preserve his integrity. What
follows--along with some of the finest sword-fighting ever filmed--is a tale of
courage and valor destined to become an enduring movie classic. Tim Roth
received a well-deserved Oscar nomination (for Best Supporting Actor) for his
indelible performance as the foppish but deadly villain Cunningham, and both
Neeson and Lange bring an earthy, sensual quality to their passionate roles.
Boasting a wealth of breathtaking scenery and high-intensity action, Rob Roy is
further blessed by a splendid supporting cast (including Brian Cox and Eric
Stoltz), and the lush soundtrack by Carter Burwell strikes a perfect balance of
romanticism and vigorous dramatic energy.
(2011) - It is the year 1215 and the rebel
barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to
the Magna Carta, a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of free-men.
Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on
his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the
intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule.
Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the
symbol of the rebel's momentous struggle for justice and
Sword of the Valiant
(1984) - Gawain was a squire in King Arthur's
court when the Green Knight burst in and offered to play a game with a brave
knight. No knights stand to defend their king's honor. Except for the valiant
Gawain. After being quickly knighted Gawain plays the game, but learns that it's
all a trick, and he has lost. But the Green Knight shows mercy, letting Gawain
grow a year older before having to face the consequences. Gawain journeys across
the land, learning about life, saving damsels, and solving the Green Knight's
(1958) - In the Middle Ages, Viking warriors
continue to raid the English coast. In one such raid the Viking leader Ragnar
kills the English king and forces himself on the Queen. With the King dead, his
brother takes the thrown but unknown to anyone but a trusted servant, the Queen
is now with child. In order to protect the boy, he is sent away to be raised in
safety away from the new King. Twenty years later, the Vikings under are still
raiding England and they now have an Englishman, Egbert, making maps of the
English coast for them. Ragnar has a son, Einar, a lusty warrior who takes what
he wants when he wants it. They also have a slave, Eric, taken prisoner as an
infant. Egbert realizes from a necklace Eric wears that he is the son of the
Queen and is Einar's half-brother. When they kidnap Morgana, a Welsh beauty and
the English King's betrothed, the stage is set for an inevitable clash between
the half-brothers and with the reigning English King.
One of Walt Disney's favorite attractions was the Carousel of Progress. Presented during the 1964-1965 World's Fair, Disney seemed especially devoted to this project. The Carousel of Progress is steeped in both nostalgia and futurism, the attraction's premise is an exploration of the joys of living through the advent of electricity and other technological advances during the 20th century via a "typical" American family.
Beam ahead nearly 50 years later and yes, the Carousel of Progress is still playing in Walt Disney World as the longest running stage show in the history of American Theater. The optimism and excitement about the future of technology was one of Walt Disney's most enduring legacies and can be heard in the Carousel's theme song - "The Best Time of your Life" - if you have ever been to this Walt Disney World attraction, then you are probably humming the song to yourself now.
So, what does this all have to do with the Roku? It is our firm belief that we are entering a new golden age of technology that the Father of Imagineering would have found so intriguing and exhilarating that he would have concluded, as he did in 1964, that it would change the world. He would have wrapped himself around the technology and stretched it to the boundaries of space. All of the promises of the last 15 years of technology development are coming to a crescendo that will result in a major shift in social, economical and political change as the choice of freedom ceases the day. The signs are everywhere. Blazing fast computer processors, wireless internet, tablets and touch screens will eventually be attached to every device we own making our lives easier with more time for Americans to engage in what Americans have always done - innovate!
The Roku represents what we believe is the future and promise of a new age of media and communications that will change the world. Once upon a time, watching a movie at home meant ordering a DVD online, waiting for it to arrive, then having it sit on your coffee table for weeks until you were in the mood to watch it. Then came along the Roku—the original streaming player. Now, millions of people use Roku to choose what they want to watch instantly. Whether you’re exploring over 700 channels of movies and shows, delving into what really interests you, or just stumbling across something new, Roku makes it happen easily, instantly and affordably. Movie night—or any night—will never be the same.
Roku was designed to be amazingly easy to use. With the simple remote, you choose what you want to watch, and it starts instantly. That's it.
Roku does not charge a monthly fee. Simply access your existing subscriptions like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon or watch free content with services like Crackle and Vudu. Enjoy all the free movies, shows, and music. Or browse the latest blockbusters on demand.
Roku connects easily to your TV and wireless (Wi-Fi) network at home. You’ll be up and streaming in minutes.
Access all of Celtic Radio channels using the Live365 Channel, right from your HD T.V.
We have put to the test the HD Roku for 30 days and did not encounter one problem. Connection with our wireless access point was as advertised; simply and trouble free. We really appreciated both the HDMI port and the alternative RCA plugs for our older T.V.'s. The Roku is small and portable and can easily be carried to another room in a jiffy or to a friend's house for that matter. The Roku is the first T.V. streaming device that we consider easy to rent movies and very usable. We used Amazon and really liked the 48 hour rental time. Best of all we found the HD Roku for $48 at our local Walmart.
We highly recommend the HD Roku for its ability to be used on both a HD TV and older VGA (RCA Plugs) TV. If you enjoy listening to the Celtic Radio channels on Live365, then you will love the Live365 channel especially on your HD TV with full color albums, song info and more.
With the Roku and other new products coming on to the market, prepare for the Golden Age of new technology to become the Best Times of our Lives! 5 Stars from Celtic Radio!
This month in our new Go Technology column we take a close look at Amazon's upcoming new product called the Kindle Fire. Set to release on November 15, 2011, the Kindle Fire is certainly about to set the digital and technology world on fire with 95,000 units already sold.
For a low price of just $200, buyers will get a great deal on a tablet that is going to change the way manufactures sell and market this wonderful little devices we call tablets. By the end of the year, researchers expect the Kindle Fire to sell over 3 million units!
So what is all of the excitement about? Kindle Fire will have 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines and books available. It will contain an Amazon App store similar to iTunes App store and also a web browser. But here is the magic of the Kindle Fire - Ultra Fast Web Browsing using Amazon's Silk cloud computing. To store all of your purchases Amazon will provide free cloud storage and that's not all...
Movies, magazines and children's books come alive on a 7" vibrant color touchscreen that delivers 16 million colors in high resolution. Kindle Fire uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology - similar technology to that used on the iPad - for an extra-wide viewing angle, perfect for sharing your screen with others. Kindle Fire features a state-of-the-art dual-core processor for fast, powerful performance. Stream music while browsing the web or read books while downloading videos. Stay in touch using a built-in email app that gets your webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) into a single inbox. Import your messages and contact lists from other email accounts.
This just touches upon a few of the many features of the Kindle Fire. Not to even mention the 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback. Of course this is a wireless device, just like an iPod or iPad, so you can take it with you on the go to all of your favorite places.
The workmanship, design and easy of use earns the Kindle Fire a 5 Star review from Celtic Radio. This system is a real genius of innovation. An impressive compilation of technology, internet and music to give you many hours of enjoyment. Make sure to pre-order your Amazon Kindle if you want this exciting new product before Christmas. This just may be the hot product that everyone wants this Christmas!
Update: We received our Kindle Fire and the 5 star review is right on target. You will love the Kindle Fire as tablet containing thousands of Apps, Mobile Web browsing, Books, Music and cloud storage to name a few features. We highly recommend the Kindle Fire as a least expensive option to the iPad (only $200 compared to $600) and without sacrificing the great features that Amazon has some how manage to include.
Man kind is on the verge of a digital & technological revolution the likes
of which will forever change the landscape of this world. The impact and fallout
from this revolution can not even been seen or heard in the corporate board
rooms – but it is coming, slowly inching its way closer each and every
It was only 100 years ago on December 24, 1906, just a few miles
from the Highlander Radio Studios, that the first extended broadcast of
the human voice was transmitted through the air from Brant Rock, Massachusetts.
Reginald Fessenden, a Canadian Engineer who worked for Thomas Edison, was
convinced that the "wireless telegraph", which then carried only the sputtering
dots and dashes of Morse code, could carry the human voice.
the promise of blistering high speed wireless internet, continual advances in
the creation of smaller and faster CPUs and the prospects of carbon nanotube technology, we stand on the verge of a basic shift in
digital media. No longer will the corporate board rooms control what the
listeners hear, but the listeners will decide what they want to hear – freed
with the help of our new found technology.
“All we hear is Radio Ga Ga –
Radio Goo Goo.” once sang a famous 1970’s rock group. And that is true,
listening to today’s current AM/FM dial is a mesh of the same music perpetuating
America’s airwaves with the same old business model that has been used for the
last 50 years. Like the amateur radio broadcasters of the 1920s, Internet Radio
will succeed and eventually twilight the radio media forces of the 20th century.
Take for example our collaboration with Charles Dewhurt & the crew
of Scotland’s based music and talk show, “No Celtic Boundaries.” The No Celtic
Boundaries show is broadcasted from the Outer Hebrides of
Scotland and is heard on Lochbroom FM, 102..2 FM & 96.8 FM in Scotland. And
now it will be heard on Highlander Radio on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
every week. Check out our broadcast schedule for complete details.
And just a few months
ago we introduced our listeners to the Cleveland Celtic Podcast, bringing our listeners music, interviews and
commentary by Cleveland’s finest Podcaster - Wendy Donahue. The Cleveland Celtic
Podcast can be heard on Highlander Radio Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
These are just two examples of the tip of the iceberg of what’s in store
for the listeners of Internet Radio across all genres. When the perfect storm of
technology, music and internet comes together, there will be no stopping the
grass roots, community driven web sites that music and the radio revolution will
No longer separated by the borders of countries, listeners of
all backgrounds and diversities will come together to forge new communities,
relationships and make a lasting impact on the coming media revolution. Perhaps
it might even change the world – and the dream of a music broadcast with no
boundaries might accurately reflect what the coming digital medial revolution is
all about! Read more »
Celtic music is a broad grouping of musical genres that evolved
out of the folk musical traditions of the Celtic peoples of Western Europe. The
term Celtic music may refer to both orally-transmitted traditional music and
recorded popular music with only a superficial resemblance to folk styles of the
Most typically, the term Celtic music is applied to the
music of Ireland and Scotland, because both places have produced well-known
distinctive styles which actually have genuine commonality and clear mutual
influences. The music of Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Brittany, Northumbria and
Galicia are also frequently considered a part of Celtic music, the Celtic
tradition being particularly strong in Brittany, where Celtic festivals large
and small take place throughout the year. Finally, the music of ethnically
Celtic peoples abroad are also considered, especially in Canada and the United
The most significant impact of Celtic Music on American styles,
however, is undoubtedly that on the evolution of country music, a style which
blends Anglo-Celtic traditions with "sacred hymns and African American
spirituals". Country music's roots come from "Americanized interpretations of
English, Scottish, Scots and Scots-Irish traditional music, shaped by African
American rhythms, and containing vestiges of (19th century) popular song,
especially (minstrel songs)". This fusion of Anglo-Celtic and African elements
"usually consisted of unaccompanied solo vocals sung in a high-pitched nasal
voice, the lyrics set to simple melodies (and using) ornamentation to embellish
the melody"; this style bears some similarities to the traditional song form of
sean-nós, which is similarly highly-ornamented and
Celtic-Americans have also been influential in the
creation of Celtic Fusion, a set of genres which combine traditional Celtic
music with contemporary influences.