Thursday, May 25, 2017

Robin Hood Week | | Appreciation for the 1973 Disney film.

~ the nostalgia of all of it the opening sequence ~

~ the amazingly atmospheric quality of the whole thing ~

~ the unforgettable villains ~

"AH-ha, AH-ha!"

{I once made the mistake of saying that "no one will ever be as Prince John-ish as Toby Stephens," and I would like to formally recant that dreadful statement.  Toby Stephens' P.J. is wonderful and all, but I cannot imagine how I finagled myself into neglecting Peter Ustinov's performance.  Let the record now state that I believe that no one will ever be as Prince John-ish as Peter Ustinov and Toby Stephens.  Okay.  Good.}

~ Maid Marian ~

~ the animation ~

~ the joy and fun and whimsy ~

~ Friar Tuck ~


~ the "Not in Nottingham" sequence ~

{I have a strange infatuation with that song and that scene.}

~ Kluckie ~

~ the quotability ~

{"Hiss, you deliberately dodged." ~ "Oo-de-lally!  A crown!  How exciting!" ~ "Crime-a-niddly, Nutsy!" ~ "Forgive me a cruel chuckle . . . " ~ "HISS!  You're never around when I need you!" ~ "WAAAAAAHN o'clah-ahck, an' AAAAAALLLL'S WE-OHLL!"}

~ the fact that all the characters seem like old friends ~

~ the "Phony King of England" dance ~

~ Skippy & his gang ~

~ the jailbreak scene ~

*Spoilers . . . ?  (I'm pretty sure y'all could see this coming, but just in case. ;))*

~ the deliciously happy, satisfactory, storybook ending :) ~

Don't forget to leave links to your own Robin Hood posts HERE! :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Robin Hood Week | | Why I Love . . . {BBC Robin Hood}

*grins*  Yes, it's that post.

To those of you who have seen the show, I apologize for all the feelings contained in the pictures and gifs that follow.  To those of you who have not, I admit that in including this somewhat overloaded stream of visuals aids, I am partially motivated by the hope that if you see enough you will want to watch it.  (Which is kind of mean of me, given the circs.  I mean, it's a damaging show, what.)


As you all know, I'm a big fan of the BBC's Robin Hood.  But why is that?  What is it about the series that so latched onto my heart?  

After all, it's not the highest-quality show (at least, so I assume).  The sets aren't the greatest, I get the feeling it's rather corny (I'm kind of a bad gauge of corniness, having a somewhat high tolerance), it could be accused of being melodramatic and even soap-operatic, and the costumes are inaccurate, to say the least. (Though I think the costuming inaccuracies may have been intentional?  Reading this -- the paragraph under "Styles" -- made me wonder.)

To be clear, I still think it's a GREAT show, one of the best things I've ever seen.  (Others would probably just disagree with me, and perhaps with good reason.)  But why, in particular, do I think that?  I was ruminating on this the other day, and the answer suddenly came to me. 

It's the characters.  

Whatever their faults, whatever the faults of the show, I just really love these people.

I love watching them live life.  I love learning their personality traits, their strengths and weaknesses, the unique ways they handle crises, their relationships (THEIR RELATIONSHIPS <3 <3 <3), their quirks and signature mannerisms/sayings, etc.  I love the fact that I Strongly Dislike even my favorite characters at least once during the show, but I still end up Passionately Loving and Rooting for them to come out all right at the end.  (Whether I get my wish in that is a topic for a whole other post, but *AHERM* we won't go into that.)

I love how even the characters I don't like very much (*cough* lookingatyouArcherandKate *coughcough*) generally manage to worm their way into some corner of my caring. 

I LOVE LOVE the way that characters who started out as enemies end up as partners and even friends *Semi-Spoilers* (yes, this is basically only Robin and Guy, but still -- THAT'S A BIG DEAL <3 <3) *End of Semi-Spoilers*.  I love how all the peeps work together -- the way they aggravate each other and love each other and all that good stuff.

I love that the villains are lovable but also hate-able.  (You know.  The whole "love to hate" thing.)  Vaisey is a big source of comic relief, but he's also evil.  You know that underneath his humor and his usual playfulness, he's really pretty wicked deep down.  {But then there is that whole thing with his sister.  "One does not know what to think" in that episode.  (But then again, that's the only episode like that.)}  Guy is a little bit more complicated *ahem*, because we all want to love him in spite of his Rather *cough cough* Significant Issues. (BUT THEN THERE'S THE THIRD SEASON WHICH IS A WHOLE OTHER CONVERSATION, TOO. *sobs*)  Isabella is really rather disturbing, honestly.  Especially because I actually do have sympathy for her -- I mean, life has been a bit unfair to her (*cough* speaking of Guy's Rather Significant Issues *cough*), and I think in the beginning she really just wanted love.  Sad face.  And then there's Prince John, who's basically fabulous despite his evilness. 

I LOVE THE ROMANCES.  A LOT.  THEY MAKE ME HAPPY.  (Except when they tear my emotional stability to shreds and leave me unable to think of anything else, that is.) 

And I refer to the REAL romances -- not things like Kate/Much, Kate/Robin, etc.  No.  The real deals. I refer to Marian & Robin (no, really, you?), Djaq & Will, Kate & Allan *Semi-Spoilers* (THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN A TIHNG) *End of Semi-Spoilers*, Guy & Meg (*sobbing*), etc.

I love the friendships.

I love the sad parts.  {That sounds super twisted.  (Probably because it is super twisted.)}

I love how even the characters who don't have super close relationships to other characters still care intensely about their wellbeing (think Djaq, S2 finale *sobs again*).

I love Marian.

I love Allan.  

(I love a bunch of the other characters, too, but one must pick and choose who -- whom? -- to mention specifically.)

I love how even after the season two finale, the characters *Semi-Spoilers* who are left *End of Semi-Spoilers* still manage to make us care about the third season.  They even manage to give us moments of humor and happiness and all that, despite the heaviness of the season in general.  (They just also tear our hope apart dish out plentiful servings of Pain, Rage, and Tears, too.)

I love that there's so much redemption available for the characters (*AHERM* GUY AND ALLAN). Going back to the whole villain paragraph, I love that there really aren't that many villains.  It's mainly the good guys, and they really kind of outnumber the bad guys, even though it doesn't always seem that way.

BASICALLY THERE ARE JUST LOTS AND LOTS OF THINGS I LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOW, OKAY?!?!  It's beautiful and amazing and heartbreaking and good.  And you should watch it. Because of reasons.



All of that is why I love BBC's Robin Hood.  

(Don't forget to leave links to your own Robin Hood posts HERE!)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Robin Hood Week | | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves {1991}

(FYI:  Hamlette is hosting a giveaway for the week!  Thank you so much, Hamlette!  Hop on over to her post and check out all the Robin Hood-themed goodies! :))

I liked this movie much more than I thought I would.  Having read some reviews, seen snippets, and watched the parody, Men in Tights, I was all set to be underwhelmed.  I had this nice, cutting review forming in my head, complete with reaction gifs, but then I actually watched it.  And liked it.  So that was a bit of a bummer. ;-P

No, seriously, though, I did enjoy it.  It's a good movie, on the whole.  There are several little moments that one could nitpick, but, again, it's very good overall.

Yes, Kevin Costner's English accent -- or lack thereof -- IS quite irksome (Cary Elwes' dig about it in Men in Tights is well-deserved), but then again, how do any of us know that we'd do any better?  And he also brought a kind of boyish bashfulness and playfulness to the role that was rather adorable.  I did find him endearing, I'll admit. ;)

Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham is, of course, quite popular, and deservedly so.  He's really good at portraying pure evil, you know?  He is fun to watch and acts his role very well.  (One quibble I have, though, is that some of his *ahem* characteristics -- shall we use the word lasciviousness? -- are portrayed as humorous, when they're really not humorous.  But "that's a minor thing," I suppose, especially as I'm sure the makers weren't really trying to downplay the seriousness of his wickedness.)

I was especially looking forward to disliking Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's Marian, but found I could not.  I saw one part near the end a while ago, so when I read a review that labeled her as lapsing into a "damsel in distress" role by the close of the film, I was prepared to agree.  However, having watched all of it now, I think that label is unfair.  (I mean, in that situation at the end of the movie, we'd ALL be damsels in distress, quite seriously.)  Lucy Griffiths' Marian will probably always be my favorite, but I felt like Mastrantonio's Marian was more accurate to the time (not surprisingly).  Also, I was surprised -- and somewhat disappointed -- to see how it seemed that the BBC show may have taken some ideas from this version. That disguise Marian is in the first time we see her is basically the Night Watchman outfit, and there were a few other parallels I noticed.  But p'raps it was incidental. ;)  Anyway, yes, I liked Marian in this version, too.

The whole thing with Will Scarlet was good, too -- plot twists for the win!  

I liked Morgan Freeman as Azeem, too.  You could still hear his American background when he spoke, but I felt like his accent attempt was more of a success overall. 

Honestly, I mainly just found myself feeling rather sorry for and amused by Guy of Gisborne.  I'm not really sure why. XD  Maybe that's just one's automatic response to any other Gisborne after seeing the BBC's?  Hehe. ;-P

Another aspect of this movie that I particularly enjoyed was the humor.  Seriously, the movie is legitimately funny, which was a delightful surprise and took the edge off the heaviness of the other subject matter.

In terms of content, it's not too bad.  The Sheriff is pretty promiscuous and it's clear that he's using several castle girls.  *semi-spoilers* He also tries to rape Marian at the end of the movie. *end of semi-spoilers*  Aside from the Sheriff, there are scattered innuendos and references, and a scene where Robin is skinny-dipping.  There's a lot of violence, but I wouldn't call it gruesome.  As for the witch, I looked up some pictures beforehand, so she actually didn't freak me out too much.  But we fast-forwarded most all of her scenes, so I also didn't really see a lot of her.  I'd still definitely recommend caution with, as they say, the younger viewers! ;-P  Also some language, including the Lord's name in vain and one usage of the F word.

All in all, I found this a really enjoyable movie that "I should not be sorry" to watch again sometime. ;)  Of course, it was a bit of a challenge to take it seriously, what with having all the quips from Men in Tights running through my head (i.e. when Duncan came out blinded -- WHICH ISN'T FUNNY -- all I could think was "'Ey, Blinkin!"), but if you can get past that, you can appreciate the movie for what it is -- a mighty fine adaptation of Le Hood. :)

Don't forget to leave links to your own Robin Hood posts HERE! :)

Robin Hood Week | | Kickoff + Tag

IT'S HERE!!!  Robin Hood Week is officially beginning!  

I hope y'all are as psyched about this as I am.  We're going to "have crazy fun", aren't we? ;)  

To start off, here's a tag.  (Because one does not simply host a blog party without a tag.  It's just not done.)

But before I begin the tag, I'd like to say something about spoilers during the upcoming party.  I will do my best to mark spoilers satisfactorily in my posts, but the comments section will be open season. I cannot guarantee that there will be no unmarked spoilers in the comments -- in fact, I can basically guarantee that they will be there.  My main concern regarding this is that I know at least three TV shows will be discussed -- *coughs and smirks and Knowing Glances* -- and I should hate for someone to stumble across a major spoiler unwittingly.  So please, everybody, use caution! ;)  

Right, now that we've got that out of the way, here are my answers to my questions!  (Hehe.)

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What was your first exposure to Robin Hood?  I'm sure it was the Disney film.  That movie is so good, y'all.  (Stay tuned for a post about it! :))

On a scale of 1 to 10, how big a fan are you?  I'd say anywhere from a 5 to a 7.  It's not my favorite story or anything (unless it's the BBC, of course), but I like it.

How many versions and spin-offs of the legend have you experienced?  *tries hard to remember all of them*  Let's see . . . at least ten.

What is your favorite version of Robin Hood (can be book, movie, TV series, anything)?  Ha.  Ahaha.

You knew the answer to this.  (Well, I mean, of course I did, since I did in fact write these questions, but you all know what I mean.)

Are you one of the lads? (Meaning, have you watched/are you a fan of the BBC show?)  You could say that, yes. 

Who is your favorite Merry Man?  It's different in every version, I think.  In the BBC, Allan; in the Disney, probably Little John or Robin himself; and so forth. 

Do you have a favorite portrayal of Lady Marian?  The BBC will probably be my answer to basically everything, honestly.  

Do you have any interest in or aptitude at archery?  Interest, yes -- aptitude, no.  At least, I haven't ever really tried, so I can't say for sure. 

Is Robin Hood fact or fiction -- which do you think?  I like to think of him as a fact, in some form or another.  I mean, there had to be some source for the legend, however far away from it, right?  (Also, there'll be a post about this later in the week, btw!)

Do you think Robin Hood has been "done to death," or are there still new twists that can be found?  Personally, I'm not sick of it.  I think I've kind of found my permanent favorite *ahem*, but I could be wrong.  And different versions will appeal to different people, so it's important to have several of them, no?

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Here are the questions again:

What was your first exposure to Robin Hood?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how big a fan are you?
How many versions and spin-offs of the legend have you experienced?
What is your favorite version of Robin Hood (can be book, movie, TV series, anything)?
Are you one of the lads? (Meaning, have you watched/are you a fan of the BBC show?)
Who is your favorite Merry Man?
Do you have a favorite portrayal of Lady Marian?
Do you have any interest in or aptitude at archery?
Fact or fiction -- which do you think?
Do you think Robin Hood has been "done to death," or are there still new twists that can be found?

THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE AWESOME.  Don't forget to leave links to your own RH posts HERE.  Or, if you prefer, you can leave links at this post, too. :)  (If you want, you can wait until the end of the week and leave one big comment.  That might be the simplest way.)

Let's do this!!! :)

Saturday, May 6, 2017


Break out your Sherwood green and your bows and arrows, peeps, because we're doing this.

Yes, indeed.  The day has come.  Some of you may remember that once upon a time I asked if y'all would go for a Robin Hood blog party at some point.  Years rolled by (well, nearly two), and now, lo and behold, out of the blue, I have decided that I am going to host a Robin Hood blog party after all!  

But not just for my own personal RH love, the BBC version -- no, no.  Magnanimous soul that I am, I shall be opening this up to all versions of Robin Hood!  

I know these are not all the versions.  Hush. 

The low-down:
~ The party will be held May 23-28, 2017, Lord willing and the creek don't rise.
~ I need participants!  Feel free to write reviews, character posts, games, rants, etc.!  
~ During the party, please come back to THIS POST and leave a comment (or comments) with the links to your posts so that I can collect them all and list them in the closing post.  And don't worry, I will obnoxiously remind you in each of my posts. ;-p  (Also, if anyone knows how to set up a "formal" link-up, please let me know! ;D)

I have a few buttons for you, should you like to spread the word! :D

I'm excited!  How about you?!