Saturday, 24 September 2016

24th September 2016 - think I may go Barding

Thought for the day :"Warning: Drinking alocoholic beverages before pregnancy can cause pregnancy"

In the Dark Knight, the joker was meant to walk away while the hospital exploded. But instead he stopped walking and in a moment of improvisation, he began smiling and fidgeting with the detonator.

Casablanca (1942). The scene of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) putting Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) and Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) on a plane bound for America with the help of Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) is chock full of memorable lines. But the line listed as 5th in AFI's '100 Years...100 Movie Quotes' wasn’t even part of the original script. According to reports, Bogart said the phrase “Here’s looking at you kid” multiple times to Bergman while teaching her to play poker between takes, and they just used it in the film.

In Good Morning Vietnam (1987), none of Robin Williams' broadcasts had scripts written for them. He improvised almost every word.
“Gooooood morning, Vietnam! Hello campers, remember Monday is Malaria day! That’s right, time to take that big orange pill…” - Robin Williams.

In the Game of Thrones season two finale, Iain Glen’s character Ser Jorah Mormont, tells the Dothraki to steal gold and jewels from the house of Xaro Xhoan Daxos. “Mas ovary movekkhi moskay,” says Mormont, a line of approximated Dothraki entirely of the actor’s own invention.The improvisation was required because the Game Of Thrones language consultant, David J Peterson, was unavailable when the request came through by email. Judging Glen to have done a good job on the faux-Dothraki, Peterson retrofitted the fictional language to explain the words.


Friday, 23 September 2016

23rd September 2016 - Of films and things

Thought for the day :"The Titanic was built to last, let that sink in."

Some more Film specials...

The Shining (1980). Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duval) and her son Danny (Danny Lloyd) hide from the deranged novelist Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) in a hotel bathroom. As Jack begins chopping through the door with a fire axe and sticks his face into the splintered opening, he utters a phrase previously made popular by Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson – “Here’s Johnny!” The line, which was not part of Kubrick’s original screenplay, turned out to be the most memorable part of the movie and was totally improvised by Nicholson.

A Clockwork Orange (1971). Alex (Malcolm McDowell) breaks into a happy song as he and his “droogs” perform a bit of “ultra-violence” and rape. Reportedly Kubrick filmed this scene several times and was disappointed with it each time. He told McDowell to just “do anything he wanted.” McDowell decided to belt out “Singing in the Rain” and Kubrick was so thrilled with how much more disturbing and improved the scene was that he acquired the rights to use the song immediately.

Full Metal Jacket (1987). Originally, R. Lee Ermey wasn’t even cast in the role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman but after Ermey submitted a tape of himself spewing insults at group of Royal Marines for 15 minutes straight, Kubrick cast him immediately. Ermey, a former Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, wrote 150 pages of insults and Kubrick estimated that almost 50% of the character’s dialogue was improvised by the former drill instructor.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980). As smuggler-turned-hero Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is about to be encased in carbonite, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) reveals her love for him. The script called for Leia to say “I love you” to which Solo initially responded with “I love you too." But Ford decided that Solo wouldn’t say something like that and instead, changed the line on the next take to simply “I know.”

and when it comes to films of course - there could be a new Green One - From the Pirates event...


Thursday, 22 September 2016

22nd September 2016 - Some Links ...

Thought for the day :"It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens."

A few film thoughts I found today .... not all things are scripted - these are some that came from the actors doing something unexpected..

Midnight Cowboy (1969). As Dustin Hoffman is walking down the street with Jon Voight’s character, Joe Buck, a yellow cab nearly runs him over which leads Hoffman to bash on the hood and shout “I’m walking here!” before retorting to his on-screen partner, “Actually, that ain’t a bad way to pick up insurance y’know,” all in his unique New York parlance. Apparently a taxi driver ignored the closed set and drove through, causing Hoffman to famously react off the top of his head. As well, Hoffman kept pebbles in his shoe as a trick to ensure his limp would be consistent from shot to shot.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). While chasing Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) after she’s been kidnapped, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) runs into a large sword-wielding bad guy dressed all in black. Instead of fighting him with his signature whip, Indy simply pulls out his revolver, puts the man down with one shot and moves on. The original script called for a long sword fight but a day earlier Ford got a severe case of food poisoning and didn’t have the energy to film the scene as written. After a frustrating discussion with director Steven Spielberg, Ford came up with the idea to just shoot him. The scene was immediately changed and has become an iconic part of Indiana Jones mythos.

Jaws (1975). While throwing chum into the waters in an attempt to lure the deadly great white shark within range, Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) gets his first look at exactly how massive the killer shark truly is. Shocked and terrified he stands up and says the now famous line to Orca Captain Quint (Robert Shaw) completely off-script, “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”

and so to bed ...

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

21st September 2016 - Images of Caldicot

Thought for the day:" My Grandma sleeps with a gun, she has glockcoma  "

So a chance to look at a few photos from the weekend ....   We came out of retirement as the Early Medieval Alliance which had booked the 4th September decided to move to the 18th September - which was already booked for the Moon to go to Ammanford for the Wild Boar Fayre, so we duly decided that we would join Destrier the Jousting Troop and Blaeddau Ddu the Viking Group - together with old friends frome the EMA for a weekend in Caldicot - and the weather was glorious...

Here are a few from the weekend...

More tomorrow I reckon
Cheers !

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

20th September 2016 - Back from Caldicot

Thought for the day:" This guy at the Re-enactment had his left side cut off - he's all right now!"

A Welshman, Scot and Englishman are walking when they come across a lantern and a genie pops out and grants them one wish each.

The Scot says: “I am a sheep herder, like my dad before me. I want my country to be full of lovely sheep farms.”
Whoosh, and so it was.

The Englishman was amazed and says: “I want a wall around England to keep those damned Scots and Welsh out.”
Bang, there was a wall around England.

The Welshman says: “Tell me more about this wall.”

The genie says: “It’s 200 feet high, 100 feet thick, it goes all around England, and nothing can get in or out.”

The Welshman says: “Fill it with water.”

Meanwhile - Back from Caldicot Castle...


Thursday, 15 September 2016

15th September 2016 - Off to Caldicot

Thought for the day : "How often do I make chemistry jokes? Periodically."

So - off to Caldicot in the eralies tomorrow and not likely to have intertweb for the weekend..
So ...

Double Taverns for the weekend..

Cheers !

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

14th September 2016 - Of Trains and Tribulations

Thought for the day:"My house is not messy - those are obstacles I have put in the way of any potential burglar who tries to break in .."

So, getting ready for Caldicot Castle and the jousting of Destrier and teh Viking antics of Bladdaeu Ddu and the friendship of the Company of Chaivalry..  But first I have to find the rest of my Drunken Monk Costume - it has to be int he warrehouse somewhere methinks as I cannot find it anywhere in the house - 

I will report later on my success or otherwise....


In themeantime - enjoy this engione driver's view of Bekonscot model railway...