Zulu

When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

Yes, 150 British soldiers, many injured, did successfully hold off 4,000 Zulu warriors at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift during the late 1880’s.

Now, did the two sides honor the other’s bravery through song near the end of the bloody conflict?

It’s a movie, and one of the more goosebump-inducing final scenes in film history, so give director Cy Endfield some leeway.

I mean, has there ever really been a 100% correct historical epic in the annuals of cinema? Not likely.

Sometimes, you just nod, say, “Good job, chaps,” and marinate in the moment.

 

White Hunter, Black Heart

Half genius, half madman.

The movie director played by Clint Eastwood in this harrowing tale is loosely based on John Huston, who gave us The Maltese Falcon and later played pure evil in Chinatown.

Huston was a rough ‘n rowdy Tinseltown legend, and few could hope to fill his shoes.

Eastwood, flinty-eyed and never afraid of showcasing the messy sides of his characters, is up to the task, however.

Stalking an elusive African elephant, in a twisted bid to prove his manhood to those who think he’s a Hollywood softie, his character dances with the devil in the pale moonlight.

The Gods Must Be Crazy

A true VHS legend.

Along with The Princess Bride, this good-natured, slapstick-heavy romp was a film which found its way into every home, thanks to the clunky box which forever changed how we watched movies.

There’s two stories in one – the tale of a Bushman who gets bonked on the head by a Coca-Cola bottle which falls out of the sky, and a bumbling, accident-prone scientist who gets the vapors whenever he’s around a woman.

Toss in the world’s least-dangerous band of revolutionaries, and the screen is full of comedic possibilities.

A blast from the past which still pleases today.

Jackie Chan’s Who am I?

Fear the foot.

This fast ‘n funny tale of a spy with amnesia features one of my favorite film fights.

It takes place on the roof of a skyscraper, with Jackie Chan facing a pair of deadly assassins, one of whom stands on one foot, waving the other leg in the air before unleashing killer kicks.

It’s vintage Chan, as he plays up the comedy side of the biz before unleashing his own deadly moves.

Then he caps things with a spectacular slide down the outside of the building, a perfect testament to his “look ma, no safety restraints” credo.