This is a long running and continuing journey around a collection of ideas, projects, games, models and a variety of wargaming related themes from my own imagination and from others. As I have been described as having the attention span of a forgetful goldfish you can rest assured the resulting subject matter will be diverse and (usually) entertaining!
Tuesday, 24 July 2018
A Facebook Diversion
I would not describe myself as a massive social media user
as such (gasps of disbelief at this point....). For sure I write this blog and comment on others occasionally. I use
Facebook on a random basis – mainly big events or holidays with the occasional
dash of topical whimsy, usually involving either the cats or something edible.
I suppose that some may consider this a lot but I don’t feel that it is. However, I have just completed something which has given me a lot of pleasure but also a
certain degree of vexation. I am of course referring to the 10 film challenge.
The idea is a simple one, select a film a day for 10 days
that you would watch repeatedly, describe briefly why you would and then
nominate someone else to do the same. I have now completed my 10 but the vexing
thing for me was limiting my selection to just this amount!
The whole challenge has given me much food for thought – not
only picking 10 films but also why they have for me such repeat watchability.
When I started the challenge I wanted to make sure that any
films that already been featured by other people were not included so in a
sense it was almost a kind of race. Even so, I still had plenty to choose from.
The one thing struck me though whilst I was going through
the list – and picking just 10 films was incredibly difficult, I could have
easily made it a lot more! – is how much the visual spectacle has influenced my
My list boiled down to the following and I should mention that
these are not in any order and neither to represent my top ten – they are
merely those that have an infinite degree of repeatability for me. I should also mention again that I
left out films that had already been mentioned by others taking the challenge.
The Seven Samurai
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Battle of Britain
Lawrence of Arabia
Where Eagles Dare
Most wargamers I know are adept at picking historical holes
in the films we watch – I am no exception to this – and yet we still watch
them. As a classic example I have lost count of the number of times I have
seen, for example, Zulu, yet I would watch it again. I know there are many
inaccuracies in the film but that does not stop it from being a superb and stirring
piece of entertainment.
I like to think that the films I watch work for me in many
ways the same a wargame does – it is a medium to impart a sense of what the
action could have been like. In short it works for me if it imparts the correct degree
of flavour and the more it does so the better the sense of enjoyment.