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Things We Saw Today: It’s the 30th Anniversary of The Princess Bride? Inconceivable!

 

Somehow we’ve reached the pearl anniversary of The Princess Bride movie, arguably one of the best book-to-movie adaptations ever.

With a script written by author William Goldman, Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride film can’t capture all of the dry humor (and tragedy) of the novel, but it comes close. It also features now-classic turns by Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Wallace Shawn, Mandy Patinkin, and—you know what?

This whole goddamned cast was absolutely brilliant: the late Andre the Giant as the sweetest Fezzik we can imagine, Chris Sarandon sneering it up as Humperdinck, Christopher Guest’s vicious, six-fingered Count Rugen, Fred Savage and Peter Falk anchoring us in the warm-hearted modern day fairytale retelling. And of course Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, mere babes at the time, as golden couple Westley and Buttercup, fumbling their way to true love with a few rodents of unusual size and other hazards along the way.

The Princess Bride emerged not just as a swashbuckling and touching work of fantasy but perhaps the most quotable and quoted movie this side of Star Wars. There are very few films that I can watch again and again with an equal measure of delight as the first time, but The Princess Bride may be #1 on that list.

  • Here’s a post about how Fezzik and Inigo have one of the best on-screen friendships. (via SYFY)
  • The latest Saw movie has launched a high-profile campaign starring LGBTQIA models to draw attention to the continued restrictions on gay men from donating blood. We’re not used to seeing activism in ads for horror movies, but this is awesome. (The New York Times)
  • Darren Aronofsky says he’d be interested in directing a Superman movie, but doesn’t think that could actually happen for a long time. (via CBR)
  • California now has its own state dinosaur, Augustynolophus morrisi, Here in New York, minus a state dinosaur, I am jealous. (via L.A. Times
  • For the first time, a female marine has completed the Infantry officer’s course, a thirteen-week ordeal considered one of the most difficult in the military. (via NPR)

What did you see today? Do you need Westley to fetch anything for you?

(images: 20th Century Fox)

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Kaila is a lifelong New Yorker. She's written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.