If you were obsessed with The Princess Bride as a kid, that obsession is about to be reawakened by As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, written by Cary Elwes. Yes, that’s right. If you buy the Audible version, Westley will talk about the infamous fencing scene, how he broke his toe driving Andre the Giant’s ATV, and even do fantastic impressions of his imposingly gentle costar.
It’s seriously a must for anyone who ever got an iota of pleasure from the cult classic movie that every good childhood must include. Everyone who contributed stories, from Billy Crystal to Rob Reiner, obviously have a lot of respect for each other and deep, abiding love for this project.
It’s a little about the craft of moviemaking, it’s a little about the wacky things stars do with each other behind the scenes, and it’s a little to do about R-O-U-S actor being late for a shoot. Inconceivable!
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ESMA’S animated short Sigurdr is an entertaining romp through Norse mythology that is more than just “a man fights evil monsters and becomes a hero.” Based on the legend of the mighty warrior Sigurdr who finds himself as the new owner of a cursed gold horde, this film has a fascinating twist at the end that reveals itself as an allegory for death.
Even though the film is silent aside from the haunting music, the animators did a phenomenal job of conveying Sigurdr’s emotions as he travels from fear of death until, in one very not-safe-for-work moment, he rises completely naked from the lake. Having been cleansed of all human emotions by the water, the mighty warrior has finally accepted the inevitable.
Sigurdr has a dreamlike aspect to it, thanks to the animators adding almost a pastel quality to both the characters and the settings. This interesting touch only heightens the otherworldly quality of the story, adding a surreal touch to an otherwise intriguing story.
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