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Yesterday was sure not a good one.

First, we seem to be poisoning our dogs. Purina Dog Chow is supposed to be "safe" - it's not on the recall list. But two days ago, the dogs started barfing, including yellow bile, a symptom of the poisoning that's been in the news, and wouldn't eat the dry food. We figured it was just a bad bag, and opened a fresh one. Same result. We're getting something else today, but I had a hard time sleeping last night, worrying about our babies.

A positive note to that - while waiting for sleepiness to come to me, I opened a book sent to me by the ever-generous and often brilliant zora113, Jen Lancaster's "Bitter is the New Black". While I have nothing in common with Ms. Lancaster as far as her rampant materialism goes, her bad attitude is right up my alley, and I got not only a diversion, but a lot of laughs, in the first couple of chapters. Her writing is witty and zingy, and her trenchant observations on people, in particular bosses and coworkers, are a blast. Also infinitely quoteable.

Second thing is a culmination of a trend from the past week. It seems that, lately, every insect in the world wants to target me. When I turn on a light to read my strategy guide while I play FFX, small flying bugs smack into my forehead. When I walk to the barn, spiders have built webs right at the level of my mouth. The wasps which hatch in the grain room, which usually spread their wings and fly off, have decided that hanging out on the barrels would be more fun. And my ankles have been assaulted so much, I look like I have ankle-measles. But last night's experience was the pits. Normally, thanks to a few years in my childhood spent in Arizona (where there are scorpions), I have the habit of shaking my shoes out before I put them on. Rarely do I fail to do so. Like, maybe twice a year. But last night, exhausted, I didn't - and naturally, that's the day a large cockroach decided my slipper would be a nice place to visit. It hurt him more than me, but EEEEEEWWWWWWWWWW.

Today is going better. The dogs are still perky and have cold wet noses, so I'm hoping all the barfing means that not much of the stuff got into their systems. I'm still in crash-and-burn mode, too tired to play FFX (which is what I wanted to do) or even KH (which requires no real attention from me after the third time I played), so I got into movies. Robin Hood movies, to be exact. I began with Robin Hood: Men in Tights, which for me is equal parts offensive and hilarious. Cary Elwes and Roger Rees are brilliant. Biggest LOL moments for me are Cary saying, "Because, unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent", and Patrick Stewart rolling in with his Sean Connery imitation.

I followed that with a movie that, most likely, none of you have ever heard of. The title is Robin Hood (yes, not exactly unique), and it was made around the same time as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. There was quite a bit of controversy at the time, because Costner's movie was deliberately rushed to come out before this one, preemptively, and this one ended up as a DTV release. Still, despite my adoration of Alan Rickman's Sheriff, I think this one is, overall, a better movie. It's low-budget, but doesn't suffer for that, because it's a lot more witty and gritty than Costner's. (And it doesn't have Christian Slater, another plus, or a mostly American cast.) The stars are Patrick Bergin (who's at least Irish!) and Uma Thurman, and the sorta-villain and real-villain are two of my faves, Jeroen Krabbé (sexy man) and Jürgen Prochnow (who actually makes a fine good-guy, but whose looks are against him in casting). One of the things I like best is that Robin becomes an outlaw only in part because of Norman injustice, but mostly because his own arrogant pride runs up against that of two Normans, and he's so cocky he can't keep his big mouth shut. Anyway, I recommend it to all Robin Hood movie lovers.

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Oh no! I do hope that your darling dogs will return to good health very soon. ♥

Danny bought me a copy of Kingdom Hearts for our anniversary last month. I love it! It's very addictive!
Did you check the food for wheat gluten? That's supposed to be the offending ingredient. At any rate, I hope that the doggies are better soon. This pet food scare thing is getting out of hand.

Ewwww again on the bugs. I'm scared of wasps and hornets, so I'd never go into your grain shed. ;)

I've never seen the version of Robin Hood you mention, but I'll have to try and find it, since I love anything dealing with Robin Hood lore. I loved Men in Tights and giggled all through it, no matter how politically incorrect and offensive it was at points (and I agree, it was). It's Mel Brooks, so I tend to expect and overlook that. I just cracked up at "I have a magic pill that will saaaaave your life!" Oh, and I like Christian Slater, as an actor anyway, if not in his personal life.
I like Christian Slater all right (I don't know anything about his personal life, really), but like Matthew Broderick in Ladyhawke, he was a walking anachronism. So was Costner, actually. They were constant reminders that this was a Hollyweird movie, and made it more difficult for me to "get into" the world of the film. Yet Uma Thurman, who's even more iconic than Slater, manages to fit the period and the movie perfectly somehow. Do watch it. Bergin is a vital, fun, yet flawed Robin, and the rest of the cast is terrific as well.

How about, "VERY drunk." God, Latrine was a hoot. Her cardboard stand-up had me cracking up.
I like Christian Slater all right (I don't know anything about his personal life, really), but like Matthew Broderick in Ladyhawke, he was a walking anachronism. So was Costner, actually.

Most of the characters in that movie were. The only one who really pulled it off to good effect was Alan Rickman, who was the highlight of the movie for me. Not to say that I didn't love the movie, because I did; but it wasn't realistic in any way.

Yet Uma Thurman, who's even more iconic than Slater, manages to fit the period and the movie perfectly somehow.

Thurman never fails to disappoint me. From Dangerous Liaisons to Kill Bill, she seems to pull me right into the time period and make me believe in her character.

How about, "VERY drunk." God, Latrine was a hoot. Her cardboard stand-up had me cracking up.

Everything about Latrine had me cracking up. In fact, I've been sitting here reading through quotes from the movie here and giggling to myself like a total idiot:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107977/quotes