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To bring all of the topics of the day together, in my geeky travels across the internet in search for certain things, I have discovered the documentary Reclaiming the Blade.
http://www.reclaimingtheblade.com

About 8 years ago I was pretty obsessed with swords. Hell, I still am. They are potent symbols, and my fascination has very little to do with the *reality* of swords, more the *meaning* of them. This sausage-fest of a documentary film is not only starring a whole bunch of nerdy sword fighting actors (most of whom likely spend a good deal of their lives in New Zealand) waxing poetic about swordplay, but is ALSO narrated by the Professor himself, John Rhys-Davies. I don't think it can get any more manly and geeky than this, can you? I very much would like to see this film. It taps into that 16 year old part of my brain, that still wants a Scottish hand and a half more than a boyfriend. Preferably, a boyfriend *with* a scottish hand and half, but, y'know.

So the reason I found out about this is because I was looking around for things Karl Urban has said. I'm making a wallpaper of him. He's very New Zealandtastic. He was Cupid in Hercules! Yeah, you know you'd hit it, dorky blonde hair and all. Turns out he's one of the stars of Reclaiming the Blade, along with Viggo (aragorn, le duh) and the badass old dude who was Darth Vader during the swordfights. In the preview, you get to see Karl say "Errol Flynn" who, fyi, is basically the most attractive man to ever have a mustache. Also, I am very very very VERY tangentially related to someone who taught Errol Flynn how to swordfight, no lies. (This means I'm FAMOUS.)

So, long story short, lol, swords are phallic symbols, and soon enough I'll have a wallpaper of Karl Urban.

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theonlytwin
Jun. 23rd, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
claymore > boyfriend, any day.

lol, i remember cupid!karl urban. good times, hercules times.

also, i tangentially know someone who's tangentially related to someone who taught errol flynn to swordfight? *swoon*
mizufae
Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
I was particularly obsessed with this one hand and a half that the people who produced it aren't making anymore. Now that I am of legal age to purchase a weapon, I can't find it! *weeps*

I'll probably end up buying one that's pretty close one of these days, because I'm the Queen of Swords, tarot card speaking, and I need to make this project that I've had in my head for the last three years. It involves tearing up books and sewing pages to an enormous dress thing, and finishing this mask I started years ago, and oh, it's labor intensive. But yeah, anyway. Swords.

Karl as Cupid was AWESOME. I own the entire Hercules boxset, and YES, I marathoned that bitch, and guess what? That show was fucking AMAZING. I'm astounded people aren't still huge fans of it. It ought to have as much of a following as Trek, for all it's wacky world building craziness. I blame Xena for fucking everything up. Stupid lesbians, always up in my business! XD
theonlytwin
Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
man, that's how it always goes. if the scottish deal doesn't work out, places like prague and hungary are good for dagger and sword making.

It involves tearing up books and sewing pages to an enormous dress thing, and finishing this mask I started years ago, and oh, it's labor intensive. But yeah, anyway. Swords. that sounds so incredibly awesome. my last fun making project was carefully removing every page of dune, folding them into paper cranes, stringing them onto a mobile and presenting them to an old teacher of mine. turning not-good books into beautiful art is an awesome hobby.

haha, hercules. that shit was brilliant, all body slams and metaness and hilarious hair. totally superior to xena.

ps ever watched the middleman?
hpinansky
Jun. 24th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
here i am reading your lj again... don't want to burst your "famous" bubble, but don't you remember that a while ago we googled errol flynn and fencing and couldn't find any mention of my deceased step-grandfather Sandor Nagy. We did however find 3 other names of people who claimed to have taught him to fence. It's all together possible that the crazy old man was making it all up. but if you want to hold onto your tangential undocumented notoriety, you can.

in a completely unrelated topic: do you want some sushi socks? I have some that i found at the sisterhood rummage sale that were brand new with tag. i brought them home in case you wanted them.
mizufae
Jun. 24th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
MOM WHY DO YOU HAVE TO RUIN ALL OF MY DREAMS.

Actually it totally makes it better if he was just a complete loon and making it up. That's a better story. Sandor Nagy is such a kooky name, too.

Anyway, I like sushi socks.

iurbina
Jun. 24th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
If nothing else, you can hold onto the awesomeness of being related to a dude named Sandor Nagy.
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