When I was a kid, we had the VHS version of The Moon-Spinners that I absolutely loved. I watched it multiple times, and when it was released on DVD I got it for nostalgia’s sake. But I haven’t watched it yet! I brought it with me to Greece (because it’s set here), and I had two very important questions I needed answered:
Is the guy still as hot as I remember?
Is the cheetah still as awesome?
Yuck, I hate how movies used to put loads of credits before the film without even a cool James Bond montage of psychedelic symbolism.
Crete is on my destination wish list, but not the public transit there…in the 60s, at least. 50s? 70s? I have no sense of the recent past.
Hayley Mills is British? Huh, I didn’t remember that.
Fran: I say, I wonder if you’d be so kind as to put that (dead fish swinging in her face) somewhere else? Man: *stares uncomprehendingly* Nikki: THE FISH. COULD YOU PUT IT SOMEWHERE? IT’S A BIT STRONG. COULD YOU PUT IT SOMEWHERE ELSE? Man: *continues to stare uncomprehendingly* Fran: I don’t know why one always thinks foreigners will understand English if one shouts.
I understand the Greek!! It’s like, the simplest words, but still!
Of course they enter town on donkeys while a fancy wedding is taking place. That has not been my experience…maybe I need to tour island villages until it happens.
Telegram? Is this the 40s??? When did telegrams happen?
Musicologist? That sounds like a cool job, traveling around to find and record folk songs.
You can tell they’re the female protagonists because instead of getting upset by some truly rude behavior, they put their hands to their foreheads and chuckle about it.
“I bet the Englishman is super old and boring,” she says, not realizing he is a dreamboat. I HOPE HE’S AS MUCH OF A DREAMBOAT AS I REMEMBER.
Those short shorts and THAT ACCENT as he vaguely threatens his stalker!
Rainy Thursdays has been doing a Disney Challenge, so I thought I would give it a go! All at once though, because why not?
Your Favorite Character
This is impossible to answer with just one person, but I’ll say Tom Sawyer in Tom and Huck, as played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas at the height of my love for him. He’s a troublemaker with a heart of gold, which….has always been my weakness.
Your Favorite Princess
Belle! It was so cool for child-Tricia to see a brunette girl who loved to read saving the day, turning down handsome jerks and learning to love the unlovable. I saw the best version of myself in her.
Your Favorite Heroine
I really liked Rapunzel for her naivete and optimism. She has had a literally sheltered life, but she uses her pain to create art and dream of a better future. And I adore the scene when she first leaves the tower, alternating between ecstasy and fear. Very accurate, very funny.
Your Favorite Prince
Probably Aladdin. He’s a smart-aleck, street-wise sweetheart. He takes care of his friends, has a pet monkey, and takes Jasmine on a carpet ride through the clouds. All the things I look for in a man.
Your Favorite Hero
I’ll go with a literal (Greek) hero: Hercules! Really I just want to include this movie in the list, because it’s so much fun, from the singing Muses to sassy Megara to sassier Hades. Continue reading →
An Anthology of Mythical Creatures
This infographic is super helpful in categorizing the origins of various mythical creatures, from kelpies in Scotland to Japan’s Ittan-momen, “a sentient roll of cotton that flies through the night and suffocates people.”