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Robin Hood

Time to celebrate Robin Hood! He is without a doubt my favorite fictional character and leading man. Some of the best Robin Hoods, in no particular order:

1) Errol Flynn plays Robin Hood in “The Adventures of Robin Hood” 1938

Without a doubt, the best portrayl of Robin. This movie has stood the test of time.

2) Kevin Costner plays Robin Hood in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” 1991

I really loved this movie, it’s not particularly great but it does the job.

3) Brian Bedford voices Robin Hood in Disney’s “Robin Hood” 1973

You can’t deny how awesome this movie is.

4) Jonas Armstrong plays Robin Hood in the BBC TV show “Robin Hood” 2006

Young and Hot!

5) Frank Sinatra plays Robbo in “Robin and the Seven Hoods” 1964

This movie is genius. For those of you who haven’t seen it, SEE IT. This spin on the tale of Robin Hood is awesome. Watch it now.

6) Russel Crowe plays Robin Hood in “Robin Hood” 2010

Haven’t seen it yet, how is it?

7) Cary Elwes plays Robin Hood in “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” 1993

Mel Brooks can’t do wrong.

Which is your favorite?

The Holiday

I watched one of my favorite movies of all time last night.  The Holiday, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.  The film is a happy-go-lucky romantic comedy from the 1930’s. Both Grant and Hepburn are filled with this sort of youthful magic that makes me sad for our generation. The optimism and hope for the future that the characters exhibit throughout the film are emotions I feel my peers and I lack.  I have seen it about a dozen times now and it never fails to make me laugh and cry. There are so many perfect moments, I wouldn’t know what to talk about.  I have posted a scene from the film, which I think it is one of Katharine Hepburn’s finest moments caught on film.

Watch from about 1:50 – 3:30.

It Happened One Night

Tonight Bridget and I watched this film. It makes me sad how wonderful this movie is. Why can’t they make movies like this anymore? Jenifer Aniston and Gerard Butler’s film the Bounty Hunter is what we get these days. Gross.

The Clothes on Their Backs

Finished this novel today. It was kind of a snore. It is one of those books that is written so well that it is effortless and enjoyable to read, but when it’s over you have forgotten what it was about. I think the biggest problem is that it was very difficult to make any connections to any of the characters. The book is all about Vivian, this twenty something girl living with her parents in London. Her parents emigrated to London before World War II and are pretty boring people. As a result Vivian is kind of boring. She does a bunch of expected stuff, falls in love, experiments with sex and drugs, and is into fashion. Throughout all of it she is just kind of blah, there isn’t anything about her that made me love her. I have always had a little bit of a problem with weak heroines. It wasn’t even as if Vivian wasn’t a strong intelligent woman, she just lacked gusto. It’s an issue for me. Maybe that was the point? The story is mostly about her forging a relationship with her fathers estranged older brother. Her Uncle is probably the only interesting character in the book, a pimp and criminal he brings the only real light into the story. They meet by chance and he pays her to help him write a book about his life. Through Vivian’s story and experience as well as her Uncle’s the novel explores the idea of immigrants and their experience with prejudice and things like that. The book jumps around from Vivian’s childhood in the 50’s, to her twenties in the 70’s, and her old age in the present time. It flows very nicely while reading and I think some people would really like it. I do not regret picking it up, but am not likely going to think about it ever again.

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