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Patriot Games (1992)
This movie is 14 years old yet holds its own by today's action standards. It's always a nice visit to go back to the movie making days before CG. While present day action films are nonstop, in-your- face while being heavy on effects and low on plot, you don't get that here. I like Alec Baldwin, but I'm glad he turned down the Jack Ryan role for a Broadway play. Harrison Ford is so convincing you share in his anguish and pain. Too bad he chose not to take up the role again for "Sum of All Fears". Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan? Give me a break! The lovely and talented Anne Archer is equally impressive. Great work from the Australian director Phillip Noyce. Can't wait to see "Catch a Fire". I would have given it an 8, but the Sean Miller character was written as being too over-the-top.
A Knight's Tale (2001)
Action packed, funny, and touching
"A Knight's Tale" is a wonderful story of a group of friends who fight, train, and love as they are led by William (Ledger)in his quest to "change his stars" and become a knight. Tongue-in-cheek humor is administered throughout, much of it appropriately timed. The cast is superior (observe Bettany's mastering of his craft), as they are believable and likable. Casenove's performance as John Thatcher is superb and touching. Not to be taken too seriously, this movie will please if viewed for what it is- an action comedy. Keep watching after the credits for a funny clip ;). Also recommended: First Knight, King Arthur (2004), Rob Roy, Braveheart, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.