Coconuts, Witches, and a Trojan Rabbit…

Last week I told you I’d surprise you with something non-writing related as a blog post. I chose movies. What? You thought I’d discuss sex? Ha ha. Anyway, on Wednesday a long awaited movie arrived in the theater and I was ready for a good laugh. I’d seen the main actors interviewed on TV, watched the clips, heard the discussions and I was ready for a good romantic comedy. I’d begun to feel like a hermit and needed to get out of the house and do something, anything. We’ve been having temperatures in the high teens along with high humidity. What better day to use someone else’s air conditioning, right?

Strangers with the same idea. ; )

Wrong. The movie was not a rom com. It was a drama. It had a few funny moments but not enough. I found it sad. In fact I had a mild lingering depression for a few days. Finally I sat down and figured out why. It was a failure to communicate movie and I’d lived with men like that. I won’t spoil it for you by saying what the title is, because, well…to you it might be hilarious.

At the theater I did have one lovely surprise in the shape of a trailer. Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway, will open in December 2012. I can’t wait. I love the cast. I loved the Broadway show, and first saw it with my young daughter and loved it so much ended up going back with my then husband. (Not that I have a now husband, but you know…back then.) I’m really, really, really looking forward to the film.

Back to the funky mood I was in. I whizzed off the revisions pages on book #2, received the second round of edits on book #1, sent out the submission requests from RWA National, and took a deep breath. I figured it was best to find some humor somewhere before tackling those final edits.

View from inside the airconditioned living room.

Saturday arrived and the temperatures had risen even higher. I knew the wise thing to do was stay inside. Scanning the DVD shelves I spied an unopened copy of the special edition of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I’d bought it for myself a few years ago and forgotten about it. I hadn’t seen the movie in years but absolutely adore the cast, especially John Cleese.  I have to say it was the most gloriously ridiculous, laugh out loud couple of hours I’ve spent in a long, long time. The opening credits were funny enough, but my favorite scene with the coconuts and then the discussion on the swallows had a grin splitting my face, and the grin stayed for the whole movie except for when I laughed out loud. The language of the French Taunters cracked me up, and the Holy hand grenade has to be one of the funniest scenes ever written. So if you’re ever looking for a laugh, or need a dopamine fix, try Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As it says on the front of the DVD, it is inspired lunacy. Have you ever seen it? Love it? Hate it?

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24 Responses to Coconuts, Witches, and a Trojan Rabbit…

  1. Janie Emaus says:

    I think I know which movie you had seen. My sister, who just lost her husband, saw it and was very depressed afterwards. But it at least you whizzed off some writing!

  2. Robena Grant says:

    Oh, you’re poor sister. She’d probably gone thinking she’d lighten her mood. Hugs to all of you.

  3. HI Robena – I know the movie too. Sounds like the Holy Grail made up for the other movie!
    Janie – sorry to hear of your sister’s loss.

  4. Robena Grant says:

    It sure did, Charlene. : ) The “other” movie is quite good, it was me who was not prepared for something serious.

  5. And that’s why I loved SPAMALOT! Naughty fun laughs.

    I’m glad you’re out of your funky mood. I will most definitely avoid that movie that is being presented as RomCom when it isn’t. That is a major pet peeve of mine.
    If you want to uplift your mood again in the near future, go see The Intouchables. You won’t regret it. 🙂

    • Robena Grant says:

      Thanks. I’ll put that on my list, Lynne. Someone also suggested a new movie about a writer and now I’ve forgotten the title. But it’s still playing at our local theater so guess I’d better go look at the line up. Again.

  6. Deborah Blake says:

    I’m clueless–no idea which movie it was. But I HATE when I rent something that is supposed to be a romcom and it is neither. Bah.

    On the other hand, I own Monty Python and the Holy Grail and have lost count of how many times I’ve seen it over the years. One of my favorites.

    “She’s a Witch!”
    “A Witch?”
    “She turned me into a newt.”
    “A NEWT!”
    “I got better.”

    • Robena Grant says:

      Ha ha. And the fake nose. And the evidence. “She has a wart.” Then there was that whole thing about what burns. Wood. Witches must be made of wood. And they float. What else floats. Um, ducks? And they weighed her with a duck on the other scale, the idea being if she weighed more she was a witch. And all the while the village idiots jumped up and down screaming, “Burn her. burn her.”

  7. Maria says:

    Did you watch the closing ceremony last night? I laughed out loud and through most of the performance by Eric Idle of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. Because no matter what, I always remember the end of Life of Brian. You can review here

    Some things in life are bad
    They can really make you mad
    Other things just make you swear and curse.
    When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
    Don’t grumble, give a whistle
    And this’ll help things turn out for the best…

    Dancing crucifixion victims… what’s not to love?

    • Robena Grant says:

      I didn’t get to watch. I’d worked hard yesterday and gone to bed early to finish off a book. But I love that song, so thanks for the reminder. I took a look at the video and now can’t get the darn tune, or the whistling, out of my head. And I’m supposed to do copyedits this afternoon. But hey, at least I’m happy. : )

  8. merry says:

    Can you tell me if it’s “Hope Springs”, because I was seriously thinking of seeing that as a pick-me-up?

    Love Monty Python.

  9. Robena Grant says:

    Yep, you guessed right, Merry. But don’t let my opinion sway you. The movie is good if looked at from the angle of a drama. I just personally found it sad and that probably says more about me than the movie. I would have bought into the storyline if it had been set in the fifties. But a contemporary? Frickety frack, those people were my age. : )

  10. Hi Robena;

    I’d guessed what movie you were talking about and I’m annoyed with the movie marketers, because I’ve been waiting for over a month to go see it, thinking it was a romantic comedy. I HATE when the advertisements give the impression of one kind of movie and you get something else entirely.

    I don’t go to the movies very often, so when I do go, it’s a much anticipated event. Darn! Double darn!

  11. Robena Grant says:

    I’m with you on that, Kathy. I used to go every week and now I’m lucky if it’s once in two months.
    You should go and see the movie, though. You might like it. And then you can come back and ask what’s wrong with me, and why I don’t have a sense of humor. Ha ha.

  12. Maria says:

    I’d guessed it too, but was on the fence about seeing it. Love both Meryl and Tommy Lee, but I kind of wondered about it too. Still may go see it or I may just work on the new contemporary.

  13. Robena Grant says:

    Yep. If you go, not expecting a RomCom, I’m sure you’ll find things to like.

  14. Yeah I had my doubts watching the trailer. I have to say, though, sometimes I think it can be difficult to pinpoint what genre something is. I just finished reading Lisa Kleypas latest in her Friday Harbor series. I love the series and I loved this book. But it almost has the makings of a modern gothic romance except the person at risk is elderly instead of a child. In the last one, same thing and it was a child.

  15. Robena Grant says:

    Haven’t read that one, Judy. But I do agree. Years ago I wrote what I thought was a mystery and someone said that’s a contemporary gothic. I submitted it to a contest and it won! Go figure. : )
    Must check into LK’s Friday Harbor series.

  16. londonmabel says:

    Like the movie Waitress–the cover is all cutesie and then you’re like “she’s in an abusive relationship wha?? Why did you market this thing like it’s a rom com!” My brother and I once rented a movie called East is East cause the box made it seem all funny-quirky-weird characters movie. So the first time the husband beat his wife we were like… W.T.F. Oh and Heaven and Earth–boxed like an uplifting semi romantic movie, and in the second half the abuse starts. For the love.

    None of these were bad movies, but marketers need to manage our expectations.

  17. Robena Grant says:

    I know. You are spot on, London.
    If the movie had been marketed correctly I would have seen it at when I wanted a movie I needed to “think” about. As it was I had been deep into copyedits and just needed a damn good laugh. : 0

  18. Julie says:

    I depend on folks I trust (you qualify, my son heads the list) to send me off to see the “right” movies. I can’t stand it when I’m marketed to and it turns out NOT what they said. Good remedy you found!

  19. Robena Grant says:

    Your son should head the list, he’s a pip. : 0
    Yeah, the remedy was fabulous. I might have to watch it again this weekend with my kids.

  20. Carol says:

    Oh, thank you for the heads up on the movie. A serious movie. We haven’t been to a movies in a while. Invariably ends up not what it is marketed to be. Or…all the funny bits are in the trailer.

    Love anything Monty Python and often quote from all the movies. Hmm, we don’t have Monty Python and the Holy Grail, best get on that today. Often the movies disappear to the sons’ homes. Could not find Lawrence of Arabia last night. I think the film teacher has the copy. I did discover several unopened duplicates. A movie inventory is on the To Do List now.

  21. Robena Grant says:

    I know. I hate with a passion, when all the good lines are in the trailer. You’ll love Holy Grail. Now I want to watch it again. : 0