The essential movies about the Crusades

The terrific film released in May 2005 to movie theatres nationwide was only a part of the great vision director Ridley Scott had for this incredible story. The director’s cut, released on DVD in 2007, presents Scott’s epic the way it was meant to be seen. Orlando Bloom stars as Balian de Ibelin, as he travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades to find himself the ultimate defender of his city and people. While some director’s cut only change a few brief moments in the film, this immensely different cut is a completely different film. It is “radically altered from the financially unsuccessful version that unspooled in theatres in the summer of 2005,” and is in every way a better movie.

The Ultimate Revolt

“To stand firm among the ruins, you have to actively oppose your lower impulses and shallow drives by pushing yourself over the cliff of conformity and taking that leap of fate which will elevate you above the herd mentality of the unwashed ignorant plebian masses which venerate this abominable gynecocracy regime of cultural distortion.  To fight means to exist, and to exist is to defy the efforts of our Hostis to eradicate us as the last bastion of defence and obstacle for the realisation of their snowflake ambiguous dystopia.”

Pankration

Developed out of an existing ancient combat system, Pankration was part of the army training of many Greek city-states. It was the core of the military instruction of the hoplites (the famous Greek infantry). The Spartans were particularly well-trained and excelled in that art. In their last stand at Thermopylae, they allegedly used Pankration skills as their final weapon. Once the 300 lost their armaments, they fought with bare hands, feet, and teeth, relying on their abilities to use unarmed fighting techniques.

Serbs: Still the Guardians of the Gate

Six hundred years ago, Europeans were fighting an aggressive Islamic expansion into Europe. Brave Christian knights held off the Ottomans until 1459 when the conquest was finally complete. One hundred years ago, Europe was in the middle of World War I. On 28th June 1914 shots fired by Gavrilo Princip that killed the evil, anti-Semitic, Austro-Hungarian occupier Archduke Ferdinand was the trigger which ignited the Balkan powder keg. Serbs paid a terrible price to be on the winning side. In the 1990’s, fighting to save the Non-Aligned and Socialist ideal of Yugoslavia and against Islamofascist terrorists was considered a war crime, Serbs again paid heavily with Southern Serbia occupied by NATO since 1999. Will EUristan/Europe learn its lesson from the Serbian tragedy or are we doomed to repeat it?