Tuesday, October 14

Hold it, Hold it, what is this? are you trying to trick me? Where's the sports? Is this a kissing book?

I was watching the princess bride tonight, and i realized there was something about it that didn't make any sense. How could it have not made more money. It just doesn't make any sense, it's got everything: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles. It's also got catchphrases that are very memorable. Inconceivable and my name is inigo montoya are too easy ones. The complaint from the makers is that the studio didn't market it properly, but how could people at the studio not have realized what a could movie it was. I mean how many people screen a movie, it's got to be more than 1 or 2. How could you have more than 1 or 2 people watch it and not realize between them what a great movie it is. As i told you, it would be absolutely, totally, and in all other ways inconceivable.

It also reminded me of a funny story from neringa. Someone bet me a case of beer that the most famous of the classic blunders was not to get involved in a land war in russia while i said it was asia. Needless to say i won the bet. But prior to verification (i generally have the princess bride with me) he was so convinced he was right, he actually started celebrating. Immediately. He started giving people high fives because he was so happy he had won a case of beer. So he looked quite silly when we checked the tape, or in this case the dvd. There are a great deal of things i don't know, and even about the subjects i am fairly familiar with there is a great deal i don't know or could easily misremember, but a general word of advice would be to never bet against me about something involving the princess bride, or the simpsons. It's just silly. Could i get a quote from the simpsons wrong, yes, easily, i have many times. Are there people out there in the world who know way more about the simpsons or the princess bride, again yes of course. BUt there aren't many of them, and on those subjects i am much more likely to be right than wrong, so even if you are very sure, as this fellow was, i would have to advice against betting against me. Unless of course you enjoy donating a case of beer.


Blogger Aras said...

How much does a case of beer cost these days? I won $20 from Tete on a Princess Bride bet too, about 7 years ago: he bet me that Christopher Guest wasn't in the movie (He played Count Ruegen (sp?)).

2:57 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

yeah, that's another stupid bet. Christopher Guests part is not a minor part, although i think i did hear a story from another one of the actors that Guest was so in character all through shooting that the other actor never realized that Guest was actually in the movie and was surprised to see him at the wrap up party even though they were friends. I'm not sure i find that credible, but it's a nice story either way.

1:32 AM  
Blogger Aras said...

if he was actually dressed that way throughout the making of the movie, with make up and beard and long hair, then it would have been appropriate at the part to say "long time no see" and mean it.

2:06 AM  

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