Wordless Wednesday: 7 Favorite Scenes of the Roman Epic GLADIATOR (2000)


This past weekend, I rewatched an old favorite. Well it’s not just an oldie-but-goodie, it’s perhaps one of my top 10 favorite of all time: GLADIATOR. It’s the one cinematic masterpiece Ridley Scott’s been trying to replicate ever since, to no avail. After seeing the trailer for Exodus: Gods and King, well it seems that Mr Scott’s glory days is behind him. Ah well, we’ll always have Gladiator. Amazing that even fourteen years later, this film still holds up extremely well, everything about it is perfect, absolutely perfect.

I’ve written an extensive appreciation post on it a few years back, as part of a ‘Movies that made going to the movies suck‘ blogathon. Yes I think that blogathon name is a hoot, but once you read people’s posts on it, it totally make sense. Anyhoo, it’s supposed to be a wordless post so I’ve said enough already. Here are some of my favorite scenes from the Roman epic:

First Battle in Germania

My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius

“The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end…”

Commodus Enters Rome

“Are you not entertained?!”


Ending scene – w/ Now We Are Free score

Gracchus on the Gladiatorial Games

I couldn’t find the exact scene for this but I LOVE Derek Jacobi‘s scene here. His lines is one of my favorite movie quote ever, but most importantly, it’s how he delivered it.


[SCENE: Gaius and Gracchus at a restaurant, discussing the games which Commodus revived to lure the mob. Outside can be seen a juggler, merchants calling out their wares (wine), and the crowd visiting and moving about.]

GAIUS: Games! 150 days of games!
GRACCHUS: He’s cleverer than I thought.
GAIUS: Clever. The whole of Rome would be laughing at him if they weren’t in fear of his Praetorian.
GRACCHUS: Fear and wonder. A powerful combination.
GAIUS: Will the people really be seduced by that?
GRACCHUS: I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob. He will conjure magic for them and they will be distracted. He will take away their freedom, and still they will roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble floor of the Senate, it is the sand of the Colosseum. He will give them death, and they will love him for it.

These are just a sampling of my favorite scenes from GLADIATOR. What do you think? Feel free to share yours.

Desert Island CD Blogathon: 12 songs I wish to have if I were stranded on a desert island

It’s been a while since I participated in a blog-a-thon, so when my pal Castor from Anomalous Material initiated this one, inspired by last year’s Desert Island DVD. This time, as the title obviously says, we’re asked to list 12 tracks we wish we’d have with us if we’re stranded on a desert island for an uncertain length of time. One requirement is that one track comes from a movie soundtrack as all of us are movie bloggers, well I’m gonna take that rule and turn it on its head 🙂 As I LOVE movie music and a great deal of my music play list actually consist of soundtrack, so my list would have eleven soundtracks and only one of them is not. A lot of these songs are in my top twenty movie music list.

Here they are in random order:

1. Elephant Love Medley – Moulin Rogue
It’s tough to choose just one song from this soundtrack. Initially I went with Come What May, a sweet ballad duet by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman professing their love to each another. But in the end I couldn’t do without this cute Elephant Love Medley from the movie (the same one featured in this meme from last year) and this way I get to listen to several songs in one track, plus hear the fun banter between the inevitable lovers.

2. Music of the Night – The Phantom of the Opera
In case you don’t already know, Gerry Butler isn’t known just for his 12-pack abs and ‘This is Sparta!!’ roar. This versatile actor can also belt out a tune. And not just any song, mind you, but the Andrew Llyod Webber classics from the all-time best selling musical Phantom of the Opera. Critics be darned, so what if Butler isn’t a trained classical singer?

Even though I’ve been listening to the Michael Crawford version for years, I was blown away by Butler’s soulful and passionate rendition in the movie. And ever since then, every time I hear other people sing Music of the Night (yes, including Crawford), I long to hear Butler’s voice… what Webber himself described as having a ‘rock ‘n roll quality’ that’s perfect for the contemporary adaptation.

3. Cinema Paradiso
Italian composer Ennio Morricone has done a bunch of amazing scores for various music, but my absolute favorite has got to be from Cinema Paradiso. In fact, I’ve been a huge fan of that music long before I saw the movie. A year ago I bought the album of Monica Mancini (the daughter of famed composer Henry Mancini) and I just fell in love with her lush rendition of the song. Take a listen for yourself:

4. Amazing Grace

I don’t have to be a sole survivor in a calamity to appreciate this hymn, the lyric speaks profoundly to me no matter what time of the day it is or whatever I’m going through. I adore this Chris Tomlin rendition of the beloved hymn by John Newton. It’s featured in the soundtrack of the 2006 film by the same name that focuses on William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffud) as he maneuvered his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It boast a great cast of Albert Finney (as Newton), Rufus Sewell as Thomas Clarkson and Benedict Cumberbatch as British PM William Pitt.

5. Now We Are Free – Gladiator
One of the best things of my favorite swords and sandals movie is the spectacular music by Hans Zimmer. If you’ve been confined into your office cubicles for a good portion of your lifetime, being stranded in a tropical island might not be such a bad idea for you. Hence the appropriate title of this song ‘Now we are free’ sung by Lisa Gerrard.

6. Somewhere in Time

This is for the melancholic side of me. This John Barry soundtrack is a staple in my play list and one I still listen to from time to time. As I’m listening to this all alone in the island, my mind would wander what it’d be like to travel through time for love…

7. Molossus – Batman Begins

This is another movie music staple in our household as both my hubby and I adore this one. All the title tracks have Latin names (referring to various breed of bats), but the most glorious one out of the superb Hans Zimmer soundtrack has got to be Molossus. It’s used in one of the best scenes in the movie where Batman called on his ‘back-up,’ the score just feels epic and you never want it to end.

8. City of Lovers – Casino Royale

Though You Know My Name is one of my top five Bond title songs, every time I listen to the Casino Royale soundtrack, I’m always mesmerized by the gorgeous City of Lovers score. It’s as lush and beautiful as Venice itself, though it’s not exactly fun to feel all romantic when there’s nobody else on the island 😦

9. Under the Sea – The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is one of my all time favorite Disney ‘Princess’ flicks, and who doesn’t love the adorable and loyal lobster friend Sebastian! As the days feels even longer and all hopes of being rescued grow dim, this song just might be the thing to cheer me up. I’d be on the lookout of Sebastian and Ariel to come out of water to invite me to their jovial party under the sea 😀

10. Llyod I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken – P.S. I love you

I LOVE this song on the opening scene of P.S. I Love You, sadly it’s missing from the soundtrack! I just found out that the band Camera Obscura is from Glasgow, the same city where the lead actor Gerry Butler came from. The song is catchy and upbeat despite the vulnerable sentiment, and it’s quite fitting for the movie given its premise.

11. May It Be –
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

This Oscar-winning soundtrack by Howard Shore is one of those scores that not only sounds amazing, but it has the power to transport those who listen to ’em to the magical world of Middle-earth. Beautiful and full of hope, this song is so soothing that it’ll come in handy especially in desperate times.

12. City on Our Knees

Ok, last but not least – this is the single non-soundtrack song on my list. I can’t possibly not include this uplifting song by Toby Mac, a Christian hip hop recording artist whose work I admire. The beat is wonderful, but what I like most is the lyrics. On a hard day, this mood-boosting track never fails to inspire me.

Phew, that was tough. Some of the hardest I had to cut from the list are Sting’s track Moonlight from Sabrina, Jurassic Park and Sense and Sensibility theme, amongst others. Well, anyway, that’s my list. Would you like to join me in my island? 😀

Be sure to check out what the other survivors are listening to over on Castor’s blog.