Monday, May 21, 2012

Movie Monday: A Knight's Tale


First of all, a very happy birthday to my niece, Little Miss A, who turns seven today. Not that she reads my blog (thank God - there's FAR too much swearing in it for her!), but she deserves a million happy birthdays at the moment - she broke her wrist on Saturday morning and had to have surgery to set it. The poor little monkey's had a pretty miserable birthday lead up!

ANYWAY. This week's movie makes me equal parts happy and sad. Happy because it's brilliant. Sad because it reminds me that Heath Ledger is dead and will never make another movie. *sob*
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Reasons why A Knight's Tale is awesome:
1. Heath Ledger. While he's not my all time favourite thing about this movie, he's completely adorable.
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2. The entire supporting cast as a whole. Perfection.
3. Chaucer distracting Count Adhemar's herald during his introduction with a mirror and the sun.
4. The farting competition in the end credits to see who'll buy the next round.
5. Paul Bettany. Hands down my favourite thing in this movie. He steals pretty much every scene he's in, and I'm totally okay with that.
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6. The soundtrack. It's made of awesome.
7. Singing English football songs about jousting. "Geeeelderland, Gelderland, Gelderlaaaand..." Genius.
8. Heath Ledger singing. We all know how great that was from 10 Things I Hate About You!
9. Alan Tudyk (WASH!!!!) and Mark Addy.
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10. Teaching William to dance.
11. The scene where they test the armour using a battering ram-y thing.
12. Mini William. He's adorable.
13. Rufus Sewell. Has he ever NOT played a douche-y bad guy??
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14. The training montage.
15. The reunion between William and his father. Dawwwwwwwwwww.
16. James Purefoy as the Black Prince.
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17. A Medieval Mexican wave.
18. Laura Fraser as Kate. It's always nice to see a kickass female character who can hold her own in a Medieval-y movie!
19. Jocelyn's ridiculous hats. And costumes. And hairstyles.
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20. The banquet.
21. How Ulrich/William's outfit for the banquet is made out of the tent. How very Sound of Music!!
22. The montage where he intentionally loses to prove his love for Jocelyn.
23. The ridiculously stereotypical Frenchman at the pub in Paris.
24. Everybody loves an underdog story.
25. Riding a horse into the cathedral.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "I think he's getting worse..." "He IS getting worse..."
- "How stylish of you to joust in an antique!"
- "You have been weighed." "You have been measured." "And you have absolutely" "Been found wanting" "[grin] Welcome to the new world."
- "And one and two and three and four, and Wat doesn't lead, he follows like a girl! [Wat punches him]"
- "Better a silly girl with a flower than a silly boy with a horse and a stick." "It's called a lance. HELLOOOO!!"
- "To trudge: the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a man who has nothing left in his life except the impulse to simply soldier on."
- "Uh, betray us, and I will fong you, until your insides are out, your outsides are in, your entrails will become your extrails I will w-rip... all the p... ung. Pain, lots of pain!"
- "I will eviscerate you in fiction. Every pimple, every character flaw. I was naked for a day, you will be naked for eternity."
- "She makes me feel like a poet." "You may feel like a poet, but you sound like an idiot!"
- "Oh, my giddy aunt..."
- [Bishop presents ring to be kissed] "Oh, that is LOVELY!"
- "I thought you was a prostitute!!"
- "It's your funeral...uh, letter."
- "What do you mean, DEAD?" "The spark of his life is smothered in shite. His spirit is gone, but his stench remains. Does that answer your question??"
- "Good people! I missed my introduction. But please... Please, I pray you, hear it now. For I would lay rest the grace in my tongue and speak plainly. Days like these are far too rare to cheapen with heavy handed words. And so, I'm afraid, without any ado whatsoever...Excuse me, my Lord... Here he is, one of your own. Born a stone's throw from this very stadium, and here before you now. The son of John Thatcher, Sir Wiiiiiiiilliam THATCHER!!"

So. Do you love this Medieval/20th century rock mash up? Also, because I like to ask questions that are only vaguely related to the topic at hand, what's your favourite Heath Ledger movie???
K xx

26 comments:

  1. It shall always remain 10 things I hate about you.

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    1. 10 Things is my favourite too. Because I tend to forget that this is a Heath Ledger movie. I just think of it as a Paul Bettany movie!

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    1. I LOVE the Patriot! Especially when she makes him drink the tea with ink in it. But then it makes me saaaaaaaaaaaad...

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  3. I'm with Deidre, I'm aaaaaaall about 10 Things; love Heath in that. And Dark Knight, natch. I've seen only patches of A Knight's Tale, never bothered to watch it properly (I know, right?).

    That GIF with the perma grin on a loop makes me laugh! Hee! (See? :P)

    I'd type more but it's Monday and I'm...zombified, frankly. Waaahhh!

    XOXO

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    1. I love Dark Knight, but it's so unlike all of his other roles that I tend to forget it's him. 10 Things, on the other hand, is perfection!

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  4. Knights tale and Brothers Grimm are my first two favourite Heath Ledger movies.

    Lords of Dogtown has to be one of my favourites though. I mean yeh he may be a bit of a d****e during the whole movie...but it redeems himself in the end by singing "Wake up Maggie" while making a surfboard. The whole jerky-character is forgiven in less than a minute simply by Heath Ledger being awesome. <3

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    1. I need to rewatch Brothers Grimm - it's been aaaages since I've seen that!

      And I've not seen Lords of Dogtown. I think I might need to track that down ASAP!!

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  5. Haha, THIS is my favorite Heath Ledger movie. I know he did others, but it was the first time I saw him in a movie, and wanted to remember who "that handsome knight" was. After watching this movie, I even named an ice cream creation for my 7th grade Foods class after him (The Heath Chiller, complete with Heath candy bar crumbles). :)

    And can I just say how much I agree with everything you said? This movie is so perfect. I watched it after my tweet this weekend, and was thinking the exact same thing about Rufus Sewell. I don't think I've ever seen him in a different role. I think he was MADE for these types of roles.

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    1. Seriously, I feel sorry for Rufus Sewell! I'm sure he's a perfectly lovely guy. He just keeps getting cast in roles where he's evil and/or a bit of a dick.

      And I love that you created an ice cream and named it after Heath Ledger.

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  6. '10 Things I Hate About You' - it was the first film I ever saw him in and I swooned muchly. I was somewhat obsessed with the film during my teens. Unfortunately both times I saw 'A Knight's Tale' I fell asleep, so never saw it the whole way through! I was really tired on both occasions, so I will have to watch it properly again sometime :)

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    1. I think A Knight's Tale is one of those movies where you have to be in precisely the right frame of mind to watch it, you know? But it is definitely worth watching! :)

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  7. Dark Knight! I love that movie.

    A Knight's Tale is made of awesome, though. The Chef and I used to find every opportunity possible to work "It's called a lance. HELLO." into conversation whenever possible. Good times.

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    1. Hahaha, that's an excellent thing to drop into conversation. I might have to start doing that!!

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  8. I have such a soft spot for A Knight's Tale. SUCH a soft spot. My friends make fun of me for how much I love that movie. Seriously, though; how could you NOT? It's fun! It has a great cast! It is made of nothing less than a series of awesome moments. Plus, the overall design of the film is exquisite. Love it.

    I wish that Shannon Sassoman (Jocelyn) was in more! If you like her, definitely check out a film called Wristcutters.

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    1. I really liked Wristcutters. Such a good film.

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    2. Ooh, I've not seen that. I honestly think the only other thing I've seen Shannon Sossamon in was that terrible movie with Josh Hartnett. 40 Days and 40 Nights, I think????

      With a recommendation from both you and Lor, I'll definitely have to track down Wristcutters!

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  9. I completely agree with 100 percent of everything you just said.

    Additionally, seeing Alan Tudyk in anything makes me sad because of Serenity, even though that was just his character. (Yep. That's how stupid my emotions are.)

    Also, once upon a time I saw Rufus Sewell in a movie whose name I think is Dark City, in which he actually plays the protagonist and not a douche, although I don't remember much of the movie.

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    1. Oh, don't worry. Any time I see Alan Tudyk in anything, I too have a little "Oh, Wash... :(" moment. Although it's impossible to see him in Death at a Funeral (the original British one, not the American remake) without laughing hysterically!

      I'm choosing to interpret you not remembering much of the movie as "Rufus Sewell is forgettable when he's not being a douche".

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    2. Well, the problem is I watched it very late at night when I was very tired when I was in high school. And THAT was a LONG time ago. But basically that's a pretty accurate interpretation, yes.

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  10. I will watch this every time it's on. Every. time. Oh, I'm supposed to be at work in five minutes? Doesn't matter. I'll watch it. Oh, my mom fell down some stairs and is broken? Doesn't matter. I'm gonna watch A Knight's Tale. Momma will understand.

    (None of the above things have actually happened.)

    So, yeah, I'll say this one is my fave HL movie.

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    1. I admire your dedication to the amazingness that is this movie. Although I'd recommend picking your mum up from the bottom of the flight of stairs before you start watching. She might want to watch too, you know.

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  11. OMG HEATH LEDGDER I MISS YOU SO MUCH!

    Between this post and re-watching 10 Things I Hate About You this past week I feel like I'm going back into mourning. I might watch The Patriot later.

    And fun fact. Did you know that a Knights Tale was somewhat inspired by the REAL knight William Marshal? You NEED to read Elizabeth Chadwick's books about him. For real. I am in love with a medieval knight.

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    1. That's awesome - I'll have to try and track down the books! I want to rewatch 10 Things and The Patriot now too.

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    2. OMG WILLIAM MARSHALL. I agree with Em. READ THOSE BOOKS, and you too will fall in love with a medieval knight.

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  12. Rufus Sewell was one of the (good guy) leads in Middlemarch. He also played Petruchio in The Taming of The Shrew, who is probably the hero albeit somewhat rough around the edges.

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