Learning from "King Arthur"
For Christmas, my brother-in-law gave me the "extended, unrated" DVD of last summer's King Arthur. Starring Clive Owen as Arthur, Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot, and the gorgeous Keira Knightley as Xena, uh, Guinevere, this alternative take on the Arthurian legend got a pretty brutal drubbing from critics generally. But I enjoyed it (and am re-enjoying it) thoroughly. And as Andrew Young points out this morning in his Strike-The-Root.com column, the film is a vivid attack on empire, imperialism, and war. It's very much worth seeing.