I wish I didn't like this movie because "The Plodfather" would have been a pretty solid dis.
I like it because it's sneaky.
During WWII, twelve soldiers are offered commuted sentences if they can survive a suicide mission behind enemy lines.
This is a genre that used to produce some of the best action movies of all time (this, The Wild Bunch, half the good Shaw Brothers films, Aliens), and which Hollywood has relentlessly been trying to revive, with the results ranging in quality from Suicide Squad to Rogue One. What that says about the modern world is beyond me.
Anyway, this is one of the top action films of all time, and the cast is unbelievable. Go watch this.
Phil Collins' favourite book, according to Desert Island Discs.
POMETHEUS BOUND, AN ANCIENT PLAY ONE OF THE OLDEST WE HAVE, ABOUT A SIMPLE MAN WHO WAS HORRIFICALLY PUNISHED BY THE POWERS THAT BE FOR THE TERRIBLE CRIME OF TRYING TO BRING LIGHT TO THE COMMON PEOPLE. IN THE WORDS OF AESCHYLUS "NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNNISHED" I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH CONSOLATION I FIND IN THESE SLIM PAGES.
The cast is perfect, the writers obviously take a great deal of care with the characters, and the jokes are really funny. My first fit of uncontrollable laughter was at the beginning of episode 2. It's pretty rare to see a great family sitcom - I can't think of any offhand - and it's especially rare to see a sitcom where all the parts fit together perfectly right from the beginning.
Marcus Aurelius, before and after being made Roman emperor, made notes to himself on how to treat people, how to deal with stress, and why to stay honest.
He was called the last good emperor by Gibbon, and he seems to have followed his own advice about avoiding luxury, as he spend most of his career camped near the border, supervising Rome's defences.
This was apparently never meant to be published, and it shows. It's pretty rough around the edges and occasionally repetitive, but I've also found it a constant source of motivation and stress-relief throughout my life. In a time where most people claiming to offer advice and motivation are blatant scam artists, this book is a treasure.
I would especially advise you to read the public domain George Long translation. Along with being free, it's very readable and pleasant.