1245 – Reign of Fire (2002)

timespace coordinates: London / Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England 2020 ADMV5BZTU1ZGE0NmUtZWZjYS00YTI2LTkyMDItNGJlNDM3NjhkMDEwXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTAyODkwOQ@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,670,1000_AL_Reign of Fire is a 2002 post-apocalyptic science fantasy film directed by Rob Bowman and starring Matthew McConaugheyChristian Bale, Izabella Scorupco and Gerard Butler.

The film is set in England twenty years after London tunneling project workers inadvertently awakened dragons from centuries of slumber and the creatures have subsequently replaced humans as the dominant species on Earth. With the fate of mankind at stake, two surviving parties, led by Quinn Abercromby (Bale) and Denton Van Zan (McConaughey), find that they must work together to hunt down and destroy the beasts in a desperate attempt to take back the world. (wiki)

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1111 – Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)

timespace coordinates: 1990’s decommissioned church converted into a boarding house on a desert road in New MexicoJ8PNcF7Tales from the Crypt presents Demon Knight is a 1995 American religious horror comedy film directed by Ernest Dickerson based on Tales from the Crypt, an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989 to July 19, 1996, / based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name, starring Billy ZaneWilliam Sadler and Jada PinkettBrenda BakkeC. C. H. PounderDick Miller and Thomas Haden Church co-star.

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1098 – Ladyhawke (1985)

timespace coordinates: 13th century  Southern Italy

“Are you flesh, or are you spirit? / I am sorrow.”

72974Ladyhawke is a 1985 American adventure | comedy | medieval fantasy film directed and produced by Richard Donner and starring Matthew BroderickRutger Hauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The story is about a young thief who unwillingly gets involved with a warrior and his lady that are hunted by the Bishop of Aquila. As he comes to know about the couple’s past and secret, he finds himself determined to help them overcome the Bishop’s oppressions, both in arms and in the form of a demonic curse. (wiki)

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1065 – The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

timespace coordinates: 2010’s Cornwall / London / Wiltshire

The Kid Who Would Be King is a 2019 fantasy adventure film written and directed by Joe Cornish. A British-American venture, the film stars Louis Ashbourne SerkisTom TaylorRebecca Ferguson, and Patrick Stewart. The plot follows a young boy who finds King Arthur‘s legendary sword Excalibur, and must then use it to stop an ancient enchantress from destroying the world.

According to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 90% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 153 reviews, and an average rating of 7.8/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “The Kid Who Would Be King recalls classic all-ages adventures — and repurposes a timeless legend — for a thoroughly enjoyable new addition to the family movie canon.”

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1032 – The Last Samurai (2003)

timespace coordinates: 1876 – 1877 California > Japan25b37ffea8d32331The Last Samurai is a 2003 American period action drama film directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Logan and Marshall Herskovitz. The film stars Tom Cruise, who also co-produced, with Timothy SpallKen WatanabeBilly ConnollyTony GoldwynHiroyuki SanadaKoyuki, and Shin Koyamada in supporting roles.

Tom Cruise portrays a United States Captain of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, whose personal and emotional conflicts bring him into contact with samurai warriors in the wake of the Meiji Restoration in 19th Century Japan.

The film’s plot was inspired by the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion led by Saigō Takamori, and the westernization of Japan by foreign powers, though in the film the United States is portrayed as the primary force behind the push for westernization. To a lesser extent it is also influenced by the stories of Jules Brunet, a French army captain who fought alongside Enomoto Takeaki in the earlier Boshin War and Frederick Townsend Ward, an American mercenary who helped Westernize the Chinese army by forming the Ever Victorious Army. (wiki)

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1025 – Jeanne d’Arc (1999)

timespace coordinates: France 1429 – 1431 (Hundred Years’ War)

Percival, about the Maid of Orleans:
The girl is of appealing beauty and manly bearing; she speaks little and shows remarkable sagacity; when she speaks she has a pleasing, delicately feminine voice. :{…} her tears often overflow; she loves a happy face, endures unheard of toil, and is so assiduous in the manipulation and bearing of weapons that she remains uninterruptedly for six days — day and night — in full armour.

messenger_the_story_of_joan_of_arc_xlgThe Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (French: Jeanne d’Arc) is a 1999 French epic historical drama film directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Milla JovovichJohn MalkovichFaye Dunaway and Dustin Hoffman. The screenplay was written by Besson and Andrew Birkin.

The Messenger portrays the story of St. Joan of Arc, the French war heroine and religious martyr of the 15th century. The story begins with young Joan as she witnesses the atrocities of the English against her family, and she is portrayed as having visions that inspire her to lead the French in battle against the occupying English forces. Her success in routing the English allows Charles VII to take the throne. Eventually Joan is captured by the English, tried and executed for heresy.

Luc Besson stated that he was not interested in narrating the history of Joan of Arc; rather, he wanted to pull a message out of history that is relevant for today. (read more: Themes)

Historical accuracy

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“Regardless of what Joan of Arc said about the appearance of the higher beings in her visions, the occultist who is able to investigate these things knows that it was always the genius of the French nation who stood behind them.” (rs)