Thursday, February 7, 2013

Night 7 of The 14 Nights Of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway

Welcome to night 7 of the 3rd annual 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway. Make sure to stop by our Giveaway Post and enter to win a goodie bag full of decadent treats from 11 different shops! Tonight we have the next featured shop from the giveaway and the next movie review in our movie marathon. Follow along for an extra 10 entries in the giveaway. Plus we also have a new game to play this time around to get you even more entries (see details below). But first lets get to our featured item of the night from Laughing Vixen Lounge.

Sassy Vintage Ladies Compact - Fierce  $15

Purchase any item(s) from Laughing Vixen Lounge through February 28th and get 10% off your order. Use code FEBRUARY10 at checkout.

Featured Shop - Kitsch Bitch Vintage

Kitsch Bitch Vintage is run by Erin from Nowheresville, California. Her shop is filled with lots of vintage goods.

Vintage 80's Sailor Dress  $48

How did you choose your shop name?
"Kitsch Bitch, well that one sums it all up. ;)"

1930's Helen Hayes Autograph  $30

Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"I've been a vintage lover and crafter for a long time, they just blended together. I love finding unique vintage treasures looking for their special home, along with taking a few and giving them new life."

Vintage Owl Necklace  $12

Erin's shop is full of great vintage clothing and accessories. You're sure to find something that strikes your fancy.

Vintage Yellow Mug Tree  $20

Here is a little peek at the Hell In A Handbag Laboratory. Do you see the little Creature From The Black Lagoon on the dryer chair? He is sooo cute I had to get one for myself 8)

The Laboratory

The Laboratory

You'll have a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate from Kitsch Bitch Vintage. Enter now on the main giveaway page.

Vintage 1950s Planter  $12

Visit Kitsch Bitch on Etsy or Ebay and use coupon code FEB14 at checkout for 14% off your order (Etsy shop only).

Since it's Valentine's Day I had to ask the shops to share their favorite love story movies.
"Let's see, I'm all over the map with my movie taste, definitely not much of a chick flick gal, so I usually take my romance surrounded by gunfire. True Romance would have to be my pick. That Quentin Tarantino written gem has everything, a cute white trash, Elvis-lovin' couple, hookers, cocaine, violence at every turn, and of course, true romance. ...not to mention Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, and Dennis Hopper."

14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon
Follow along with us for 2 weeks full of classic and modern love story movies. Each night there will be a review of the next movie in our movie marathon. Leave a comment on each post with your opinion of that movie. On the last day you will find the magic phrase you will use to unlock the entry on the Rafflecopter worth 10 entries in the giveaway. You must comment on each movie post to qualify.

Guess The Movie Game
This time around we decided not to post the movie list in full so we can play a fun game instead. Each daily post will have a clue to the next night's movie. Each day you can leave your guess on the Rafflecopter widget, on the main giveaway page, for 2 entries in the giveaway. **Guesses must be posted the same day as their clue to receive the 2 entries**

Tonight's Clue ~
I love you. See you in 2 years. PS... What's up with this mailbox?

Night 7 - A Knight's Tale

Tagline - From peasant to knight; one man can change his stars
               He Will Rock You

Directed by Brian Helgeland (Payback and The Order) and released on May 11, 2001 by Columbia Pictures (Rated PG-13). A peasant (Heath Ledger) masquerades as a Knight and vows to win the jousting championship along with the fair maiden's (Shannyn Sossamon) heart. Will he succeed or with his true identity be revealed?

This Vixen simply adores Heath Ledger. Last year I put Brokeback Mountain on the list so this year I thought we would go with A Knight's Tale. I love this movie! Who would have thought that a period piece about jousting, with a classic rock soundtrack, would end up being a very funny and very sweet movie. There are times I about cry because I'm laughing so hard and times I am crying because it's so romantic.

It's hard for me to watch his movies now but I make it a point to watch this one and 10 Things I Hate About You each April 4th (his birthday). As sad as it can make me it also makes me so happy to see that beautiful smile again. If you haven't seen this one do give it a try. I think it might surprise you. 

Take a look at the original trailer

Some trivia about the movie...
1. Director Brian Helgeland once said in an interview that he used modern music in the movie to show modern audiences what people then felt about their music. When true Renaissance music is used in modern movies, it fails to convey the emotional response that people back then had to such music.
2. Heath Ledger knocked out one of director Brian Helgeland's front teeth with a broomstick when the two were demonstrating a jousting move. It was several months before Helgeland's mouth had healed enough to repair the damage. He says it was the only jousting injury during filming.
3. Plenty of effort was expended creating lances that would splinter convincingly without taking out the stunt riders as well. The body of each lance was scored so it would break easily, and the tips were made of balsa wood. Each was also hollowed out, and the hole filled with balsa chips and uncooked linguine to make convincing splinters.
4. The aerial shot of London includes a medieval version of The London Eye. It's a model, not CGI, and cost $500,000.
5. Newsweek revealed in June 2001 that print ads for at least four movies released by Columbia Pictures, including this film and The Animal, contained glowing comments from a film reviewer who did not exist. The fake critic, "David Manning," was created by a Columbia employee who worked in the advertising department. "Manning" was misrepresented as a reviewer for The Ridgefield Press, a real, small Connecticut weekly paper.
6. Two of the characters in the film, Peter The Pardoner and Simon The Summoner, are characters from Geoffrey Chaucer's work, "The Canterbury Tales".
7. Paul Bettany developed laryngitis because of all the yelling he had to do as William's herald.
8. When Chaucer first introduces "Sir Ulrich" in his speech, the crowd doesn't react at first because the Czech extras didn't understand the speech. Mark Addy's loud prompt was what tipped them off to start cheering. The awkward moment was left in because it made the scene funnier.
9. The initial scene of the two knights jousting in the first scene of the movie is actually footage of Heath Ledger's stunt double in an accident. While filming a later scene, the stunt double's opponent's lance moved off target and hit him in the head. The double fell to the ground unconscious. The entire scene was used for the introduction.
10. Gelderland is a real region covering part of Germany and the Netherlands. Sir Ulrich's name caused many unplanned laughs in the cinemas there.
11. Count Adhemar is announced as "son of Philippe de Vitry." De Vitry was a famous 14th century French musician and theorist, known for an influential text called "Ars Nova."
12. The part where Jocelyn tells William to prove his love by doing his worst in the tournament appears to be taken directly from Guinevere and Lancelot's romance in Chrétien de Troyes' 12th-century poem "Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart".
13. Director Brian Helgeland also wrote and directed The Order staring Heath Ledger and Mark Addy both seen in A Knight's Tale.


  1. i wasn't a huge fan of this movie... but i love shannyn sossamon.

    this fact, however:
    "Director Brian Helgeland once said in an interview that he used modern music in the movie to show modern audiences what people then felt about their music. When true Renaissance music is used in modern movies, it fails to convey the emotional response that people back then had to such music. "

    made the movie seem much more interesting lol

  2. I loved Paul Bettany in this (nothing against Heath Ledger, but Paul Bettany's my favorite!). It's such a fun film.

  3. i so love this movie! i am a big heath ledger fan and am so sad he's gone. i love that they used classic rock for the soundtrack.

  4. Never saw this, will have to pop it in my netflix que.

  5. I know the modern musice is what makes it unique, but I only watched it for maybe 20 minutes.. I wasn't a fan, even though I do love Heath Ledger.

  6. I LOVE "A Knight's Tale!" Such a great story! Heath Ledger never disappoints! I love the combination of comedy and olden-day charm.

  7. Sorry but there was no where to leave a comment for the movie True Romance.....This is a cult classic....I even have the unrated this movie....ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

  8. I love everything Heath Ledger was in...


  9. I love it and I miss Heath ledger...


  10. LOVE this one-the comedy, the soundtrack, the romance. This is one of my go-to movies all the time. It still breaks my heart about Heath, what an amazing man we lost. (Raine on rafflecopters)