Rewatching Robin Hood (1973)

My friends Maxx and Piper got married this weekend and hired a lovely band to play songs during the ceremony and the reception. The first song they played was from Robin Hood, here’s a bit of it.

Now, a few days later, I can’t stop thinking about Robin Hood so I ended up watching it tonight. This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, not sure exactly why. Maybe it was because I was in love with the idea of someone doing something good like giving to the poor (I ignored the fact that he was stealing from the rich, which, as an adult, I am very torn about.) or maybe it was the music.

Sir Hiss Air Balloon
Sir Hiss

But now, I give you, my top 10 lines from Robin Hood:

    1. “Oh, poppycock! Female bandits, what next? Rubbish!” Ah, sexism. Always funny.
    2. “I’ve got a dirty thumb,” will never get old.
    3. “Are you ready, Lady Kluck?” “Oh, as your lady in waiting, I’m waiting!” Klucky is the best.
    4. When Little John dresses like a dandy at the archery tourney and says “I am Sir Reginald, Duke of Chutney.”
    5. “Move it Creepy, get lost! Be gone Long One.” As an adult, I find this hilarious but as a kid I was like “That’s mean!”
    6. “Please, I don’t drink.” says Sir Hiss as he is encased in a barrel of wine during the archery tournament.
    7. “Release the royal fingers.”
    8. “Not so hard, you mean thing!” This was the rudest insult they could get away with in a kids movie.
    9. The whole phony King of England song.
    10. “Lucky for us, King Richard returned and well, he just straightened everything out.” How convenient, Disney.

Also, this movie is very confusing because a lot of the characters have American accents, even regional American accents but the movie (and the story of Robin Hood) is obviously set in England. There are even pound signs instead of dollar signs on Robin’s wanted posters.

racist and sexist
Robin being both racist and sexist.

The Making of a Movie

One of my 30 for 30 next year is that I want to make a movie. This should be fun. I have a lot of friends who are in the industry and can offer advice and perhaps help with the making of the movie. The hard part is going to be the conception and writing.

The most difficult part for me right now is trying to decide who will be in my movie. I definitely don’t want to star in it. I think 10-15 years ago I would definitely have wanted to be in it but, I think, being a little wiser with age, I know I will 1.) not look good on camera, 2.) feel way too vulnerable being emotional on screen and to have to watch it later, and 3.) be so critical of my performance I could never get it right and this movie would never get made. Aside from that I think I am way more interested in the production and post-production work as opposed to the acting and writing anyway. To me, writing a screenplay sounds like years of work. I realize some people can spit them out (some great ones) in a few months but I don’t think I have that kind of imagination anymore. I think that kind of mind was hammered out of me around my early teens when I was told I would go study business in college.

Additionally, I can’t actually think of what type of people I would want to cast in my movie, or any actors I would want to work with. Therefore, I was thinking maybe this project might work better if I try to create a documentary, or some kind of stop motion animation film. I would like to capture emotion, but not through words, just through images and music. This thought amuses me because all my tattoos are words, I can’t think of any images that I’d like to have made permanent. I guess if I could tattoo music onto myself I probably wouldn’t want to do that either, because tastes and emotion (which I relate to music) can change so much. I guess words don’t usually change meanings – at least not too often.

But I guess the really important question I should answer first is: what kind of movie do I want to make?

We Are Living in a Social Network World

… and I am a social networking girl.

So I’m watching Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and it’s possibly the first good movie I’ve seen in a long time. I’m really enjoying it, you know? And the first thing I think is something like “Man, I need to tell someone I’m watching this great movie!” Not word for word but like I said, something like that. Anyway, I feel this immediate need to share this with someone. Voila, the effects of too much social networking (namely, Twitter).

It makes me wonder what I used to do when I watched a good movie, or read a great book. Did I feel the need to find someone to talk to about it? Did I feel the need to share?

Site Update

I spent a few hours last night changing the look of this site (the blog really) while watching The Fog – which was actually sort of entertaining. I had no desire to see The Fog when I saw the trailer and posters but after watching for free in the comfort of my own living room I was able to not care so much that there really wasn’t much explanation for the killings that happened.

Anyhow, I changed a few parts of the site. The navigation bar at the top is even functional now, although there is still quite a lack of content to navigate to. Still working on some of the site though. Stay tuned.

Survival Movie Marathon

I went and saw Fahrenheit today.

When the soldiers were talking about that Drowning Pool song, Let the Bodies Hit the Floor, I was so disgusted. That moment as well as the images of the charred bodies of U.S. soldiers being beaten and strung up like pinatas really stood out in my mind.

I hope that people realize that this is a very one sided view of the story. Well, obviously….it’s Michael Moore’s view of the story. To me it was 80% of trying to make Bush and his buddies look like idiots, 10% gruesome war footage and brainwashed soldiers and the last 10% was uncovering information and links among the government and “the enemy”.

Then we went home and made pizza then went for a bike ride along the beach. Now I’m watching Flashdance and listening to fireworks.

RE: my last journal entry…I’ve decided I want to throw a Survival Movie Marathon. You know get s bunch of people together dressed up in tattered clothes and/or army fatigues, eat food out of cans, light candles, watch movies like
28 Days Later
Resident Evil
Jurassic Park

but do which if the Evil Dead movies? 1, 2, or Army?

and is Full Metal Jacket like that? I need a war survival movie.