I (totally) lost it at the movies *

vintage cross stitch

Vintage cross-stitch by Erin’s great-grandmother

I just saw Robert Redford’s new movie yesterday, All Is Lost.

In this rather grimly titled saga, Bob plays a strong silent type sailing solo in the Indian Ocean on a pleasure yacht that gets rammed into by a floating shipping container filled with sneakers.  The film comes across sort of like an updated, septuagenarian version of Jeremiah Johnson going to sea.

Now I know there’s a been a lot of chatter in the blogosphere already about it being yet another vanity project for Redford, or if an experienced sailor would do some of the things portrayed in the film (at the very least, in the way shown), and whether the end is a cop-out (or maybe something else entirely).

Whatever floats your boat on that last one.

All I know is that I kept thinking how much like Ted Koppel the Sundance Kid now looks.


After the movie ended, I got to thinking:  what if Our Man (Redford’s character) was played by a woman.

For giggles, here’s the skinny on how an Our Woman might have been interpreted by 10 actresses in the autumn of their careers (except for one or two).

1.  Linda Hamilton

Linda beats the shit out of a shiver of circling sharks.

2.  Linda Fiorentino

Linda has sex with a shiver of circling sharks.

3.  Meryl Streep

Meryl starts speaking in tongues to a shiver of circling sharks.

4.  Debra Winger

Debra dumps the sharks for Richard Gere.

cross stitch colonoial frigate

Vintage cross-stitch by Erin’s great-grandmother

5.  Kathy Bates

Kathy hobbles the sharks as she calls them dirty birds.

6.  Jessica Lange

Jessica confuses the sharks with swimming gorillas.

7.  Susan Sarandon

Susan stitches a needlepoint pillow as the yacht sinks.

8.  Whoopi Golberg

Whoopi tries to interview the sharks.

9.  Penelope Cruz (if the movie had been directed as a comedy by Woody Allen)

Penelope shoots the sharks and blames it all on Javier Bardem.

10.  Greta Garbo

Greta tells the sharks she just vonts to be alone.

I suppose the only thing now inevitably left to say is, of course, shiver me timbers!

* With fond memories of Pauline Kael

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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