Why are we celebrating the random 17th anniversary of GLADIATOR? Because we’re idiots and somehow got it in our head it was 25 years old (a “thank you” to Junkie Shane who pointed out that maybe we need to lay off the sauce for a bit …). Nonetheless, this is a movie that holds up better than most. It’s a lovely, fragile, hard-as-nails movie, full of anger and grace and humanity and morality. It’s an essential movie for anyone who likes fight movies, historical movies, love stories, and even interpersonal dramas. If you’re looking for parody, this isn’t that, but otherwise, I think you’d really dig it.