Friday Flicks: Cold days, hot knights
Bummed out by Daylight Savings? Stuck indoors by frigid temperatures? Need a distraction? Amanda Ronan suggests warming up to these hot knights.
Let’s start with People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” Mr. Channing Tatum, seen here in Eagle of the Ninth (2011). He runs around, fights some Picts, restores honor to his family’s name…yada yada yada…it’s Magic Mike with horses and swords. Awesome!
Maybe Channing isn’t your style? If so, you’re insane! Instead, you might like to watch Liam Neeson and Orlando Bloom defend Christianity in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), rated R. A princess, a leper, a knight, and King Richard walk into a bar…
Or perhaps you just want a good old-fashioned love triangle? In that case, you should watch Sean Connery and Richard Gere battle it out in First Knight (1995). Two hot men + one woman = somebody always dies. You know the story.
Want the same thing with younger, hotter characters? Check out Tristan and Isolde (2006) starring James Franco.
If you want a goofier Sir James Franco, check out Your Highness (2011). This satirical comedy also stars my New Girl fave, Zooey Deschanel. It’s rated R, so young’uns shouldn’t watch.
If you’re looking for easygoing family entertainment then Heath Ledger, in A Knight’s Tale (2001), is your man. It’s always fun to root for the underdog equestrian who hopes to defeat the rich, spoiled brat!
Or maybe you want high adventure Camelot? You might enjoy King Arthur (2004) starring Clive Owen, Mads Mikkelsen, and Ioan Gruffudd. For the menfolk, this one also features the lovely Keira Knightly. She’s dressed almost entirely in small strips of leather and blue body paint…so there you go, menfolk.
But my personal favorite hot knights are served up to me weekly, via BBC’s enchanting TV series Merlin.
Not convinced, eh? Well, take a second look…
Boom. You’ve just been Sir Percival’d.
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