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Parry and Riposte

I can’t be certain why, but fencing seems to have taken up residence in my brain since class ended and has refused to leave since then. I got terribly distracted during the battle scenes in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe because my brain kept screaming that Peter really needed to think before swinging that sword. Also, the “high guard” presented by Liam Neeson’s character in Kingdom of Heaven screams “Please stab me in the chest” even more than dropping the point of your foil during a bout. Sword fights are even invading my dreams recently. Happy as the shiny, sharp objects make me, I wish they wouldn’t. It’s very hard to get a thorough night’s rest when you’re jerking yourself awake over nocturnal swashbuckling.

Gnomicons Update 14 June 2005

Princely John I love my browser Virginia Narnia quotes on KoH icons... priceless

Just got done making the rounds after adding 82 icons to Gnomicons (subjects: The Hours, Kingdom of Heaven, The Lion in Winter, and Mozilla Firefox) and my wrists feel like they’re going to disconnect from my forearms at any second. Damn my tendonitis.

I mentioned that I love movies yesterday. Despite the smaller proportion of icons it got, The Lion in Winter is one of my current top-ten films, and it’s one I think everyone should watch at least once in their life. The movie chronicles the Christmas holiday in 1183 shared by Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and three of their sons (Richard (the Lionheart), Geoffrey, and (Prince) John). Though the film’s timeline is not exactly accurate, the writing and acting are brilliant. It’s sort of like Casablanca in its tendency toward brilliantly witty dialogue, but where Casablanca is humorous, The Lion in Winter tends toward scathing snarkiness. Watching this, you will be convinced that there has never been a more dysfunctional family on the face of the earth. They lie, they jab, they act, they plead–and the end result, as a viewer, is that you can never be sure which face, particularly those of Eleanor (played by Katharine Hepburn, who won an Oscar for her role), is the honest one. All in all, an excellent film.