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Post by Hilary the Touched » Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:02 am

I'm sitting at the front of the room (a.) I got there after most of the other seats had been snagged and b.) my eyesight ain't what it used to be) so I didn't see the response of the rest of the class--but the movie is old enough now that I guess a significant portion of the 19 to 20-year olds may have missed it, and bypassed it on TV . . . one of my table-mates recalled having seen it, but she described it as a "Mel Gibson movie." We hope to disabuse her of that notion! :twisted:
Sadly, while I know a bit about a decade or so in American history, much of the rest is a near-total blank, so I will have to get to work soon. :-|

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Post by thunder » Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:34 pm

I gave my students the task of reviewing any film they wanted, and one student actually reviewed The Patriot. That surprised me because it's quite old (from their point of view), and even though a lot of people in Norway have seen it, it's not that much talked about now a days. (The student is 18) But of course. before that I had showed a clip of Jason in every lesson for three weeks. Maybe I had brainwashed him... ? :cherub :D

It says something about Jasons's versatility that none of the students noticed! :cool:

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Post by Angel Tavington » Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:44 am

Chari910 wrote:mania.com rated Tavington as #2 in their 7 most underrated henchmen (Villains)

http://www.mania.com/7-underrated-movie ... 13210.html

Thanks for the article Char!

(finally found internet access here! couldn't resist, just wanted to say "hey!" :D )


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Post by Helen8 » Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:54 pm

but Jason Isaacs plays him with a reptilian charm.

Reptilian is just the word I would have chosen to describe Tavvy's charm: cold-blooded. Yummmmm!

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Post by marilaine » Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:09 am

Actually, I personally think Tavington is the most handsome henchman.
Right, AT? :cherub
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Post by Angel Tavington » Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:35 am

marilaine (Caffee) wrote:Actually, I personally think Tavington is the most handsome henchman.
Right, AT? :cherub
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You know I completely agree, Marilaine...no words are necessary ;-)



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Post by marilaine » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:02 pm

Can you just imagine Col. Tavington in Peter Pan.
That song on the Jolly Roger the other pirates were singing: "Fire the cannons, pour the rum....."

Can you picture him sing....."Fire the house and barns, pour the rum"?

Er, no, maybe not. :oops: *Sosillyofme*

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Post by Cissa » Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:13 am

My dream would be Lucius and Tavvy...in one place.
I would just be having fun with both of them!
But healthy fun! Like...playing scrabble -SLW

Aww, come on grrrl, if I had Lucius and Tavy in one place I wouldn't be wasting my time playin' Scrabble! Know what I mean Jelly Bean?

Actually, it would probably be hard pulling them off of each other, what with Tav being a muggle and Lucius hating him on principle alone. And we all know how military types feel about dudes with nice, long blonde hair... It would probably be an ugly scene;

Lucius: You disgusting muggle!
Tavington: Better that than a Nancy-boy!
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Post by Angel Tavington » Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:25 am

Ahh, Tavington is way better than Lucius (that arrogant pure blood, LMAO!). Tavvy isn't a wizard but he has military skills.



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Post by marilaine » Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:27 am

They're both self-righteous, always thinking they're doing good for a "higher power". Only difference is Lucius was under the influence of the Dark Lord, and went to prison for him, whereas Tavington never suffered any kind of imprisonment (although, merely trying to please his "Dark Lord" was imprisonment enough)

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Post by Angel Tavington » Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:07 am

(although, merely trying to please his "Dark Lord" was imprisonment enough)
Dark Lord, you mean Cornwallis? LOL!
They're both self-righteous, always thinking they're doing good for a "higher power".
Yeah Tavington wanted to win the war at all costs and he had a reason to want it. But I don't think he did what he did for a higher power. He was more guided by a selfish interest...in exchange for winning and capturing the ghost, he would receive a part of the land of Ohio (he had nothing to go back to in England, let's not forget that Tavvy's father squandered his life). So he took the war to a personal level.



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Post by Helen8 » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:29 pm

Tavvy isn't a wizard but he has military skills.

I'm sorry, Angel. But realistically, all the military skills in the world won't stand up to the Crusiatus curse. nuke.gif I'm afraid that Lucius has the edge in this case.

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Post by wolfsaver » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:37 pm

You're so right, Angel. Our Colonel was fighting for a reward for himself and to redeem the honor of the Tavington name. By his own words, he "advanced himself only through victory". He was bitter and had a lot on his shoulders, poor guy.

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Post by Hilary the Touched » Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:22 pm

This has probably been posted about 20 times in this thread alone, but I can't be arsed to go look--here is a funny and elucidating site about the alleged inspiration for Tavington, Col. Banastre Tarleton:
Oatmeal for the Foxhounds. It points out that Ban managed to lose his (substantial) inheritance all by himself, irresponsible young rake.

I'm afraid I didn't do too terribly well with that assignment (though it was only for extra credit)--I kinda got bogged down in the first question, "How historically accurate was the movie?" Two single-spaced pages later, it was after 1 a.m., and I had to quit.
Here's a single random tidbit--near the beginning of the movie, you know how Tavington addresses Martin's workers, explaining that the King promised liberty for all who would fight for Britain (true, though many of those people later ended up on somebody else's plantation in the Indies), but said workers meekly protest that they are not slaves, but "freedmen"? Chances are that you snorted in derision when you first watched that scene, but check it out: in Revolutionary America, 1763 to 1800 Purvis includes a table titled "Composition of the Southern Colonies' [and I would include South Carolina in that category!] Population, 1774" which gives the population of "legally free Black Inhabitants" as
1.2%.
How likely is it that Martin's got four of them??
Ugh. Like I say, poor idea to GET ME STARTED!!!

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Post by Angel Tavington » Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:58 pm

Helen8 wrote:

I'm sorry, Angel. But realistically, all the military skills in the world won't stand up to the Crusiatus curse. nuke.gif I'm afraid that Lucius has the edge in this case.
True, err...okay...military skills...that's really not the best argument to defend my man. LMAO!




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