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Yesterday I went to see Sherlock. The Abominable Bride and my inner Holmesian purist was mostly satisfied. Which was nice. Without spoiling it for anybody who hasn't seen it yet, I can say that Molly Hooper was by far the biggest surprise. Oh the stories that are just waiting to be written... :D

Anyway, I certainly hope the fandom will start writing in this alternate 19th-century universe and that Doctor Hooper will feature prominently. And will be shipped with Anderson, hehehhhehhehe. Hell, I ship it.
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Philosophical question for starters: why do so many of the actors I like star so many awful films?

I mean there was Dominic Keating, but I drew a line at Ninong. I still kinda want to watch Sherlock Holmes vs. Dinosaurs, though.

Then Nick Lea and I did suffer through cardboard-rubber monsters and slightly unconvincing thrillers. His filmography isn't even that filled with horrible-ness, but most of it (the better part, really) is impossible to find.

And now we have Sam Stockman whose acting career seems to contain roles in far too many ridiculously-hard-to-get-your-hands-on TV serials on one side and shite horror films on the other.

At least my favourite actresses fare better, though with Tilda Swinton I'm still preparing myself mentally for Derek Jarman's brand of artistic/symbolistic gay erotica. God, the things we do for the people we like.

Anyway, since I did embark on this stoopid quest, have some screeencaps. And commentary. And maybe a bit of a laugh. This time: The Task - a film from 2011, which is about "A group of unlucky reality show contestants who must survive the night in a haunted jail" (and I nearly burst into laughter after reading this synopsis. I am a horrible human being).

The esteemed Mr Stockman plays the character of Scelzi, a junkie cameraman who fortunately drops dead after about 40 minutes, so you don't have to suffer through all of it. Fun fact: he's killed via a spike through the eye but you can tell without any difficulty the "killer" aims beside his head and the spray of blood looks like something from a garden hose - though thankfully not that big. A sort of a miniature garden hose - and that should tell you all you need to know about the quality of the film.

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Heeey, look what I've found: tiny (11-year-old) Sam Stockman and Dominic Keating (thanks, [personal profile] megan_moonlight for reminding me about Malcolm) in Desmond's. S5E12: A Matter Of Life And Death.

I used to watch this series back when I was a bit more into ENT (I'm not obsessed, I swear) and predictably, spent the whole episode with a grin on my face :D

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Supernatural - "Time After Time" (S7E12)

I don't really watch SPN. I've seen one or two episodes and they were pretty OK, but I prefer my X-Files plots and my Buffy plots separate.

Anyway, this episode's brief synopsis (from IMDb): Sam and Dean tangle with the God of Time, who sends Dean back to 1944, where he is immediately arrested by none other than the one and only Eliot Ness.

And Eliot Ness is played by none other than Nick Lea. Which is kinda funny and awesome ("And how does that fill you with awe?") and very convenient for all sorts of crossovers. And even fics where Ness (Arntzen? Krycek's grandpa?) is a vampire - as one piece of dialogue so obligingly suggests, it could be canon.

The episode was fun to watch, and even though it won't make me a regular SPN viewer, at least it didn't feel like a waste of time.

gif01: Eliot Ness saying: Let's kill that bastard because that... gif02: Dean putting on a hat and saying: the Chicago way

gif03: Ezra looking kinda WTF and saying: Chicago way? gif04: Ness is squinting and also looking kinda WTF. He asks: Who talks like that?

gif05: Dean: Sean Connery gif06: Ness makes a Jesus-F-Christ face and walks out of the frame

gif07: Dean firms his lips in a sort of man-I-blew-it expression and moves to... gif08: ...Ezra to help him put on a coat. He says under his breath: I'm never watching that movie again
gifs by obsessiveellinor
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Because I finally had some free time and earlier had done some digging on the 'net. Downloaded one episode of SPN, one of Highlander and one of Once Upon a Time and finally watched the last one.

Once Upon a Time - "True North" (S1E09)

The premise of the series is that everyone in Storybrooke (the town where the whole story takes place) is a fairytale character under a curse. I thought it slightly iffy at the beginning and after watching one episode, I see the doubt was wholly justified. Sort of 'meh' plot that could appeal to 12 year-olds (well, maybe that's the intended target audience - what do I really know, eh?) and this episode's story was probably supposed to be all moving and causing tears to flow like water, but it was kinda LOL instead.

Anyway, the synopsis is here if someone is curious. I don't know why anyone would be curios, because, really, the ep's only saving grace was Nick. And Robert Carlyle. It was quite a surprise seeing him there, but it was a really nice surprise. Out of all the main and recurring characters, his was probably the only one with some depth.

So yeah, there really is no point in pretending I watched this episode for anything other than Nick, but I missed seeing the guy on the telly. Also, he's a lumberjack here.

Nick Lea as Michael Tillman in once Upon a Time episode - a protrait of the woodcutter with an axe, standing under a tree. He's smiling and looking like a cheeky chimpunk

Yes, Monty Python sorta comes to mind *trololol*.

And he's still got the longest eyelashes ever seen on a human being (TM). Appropriate graph below:

still from the episide - profile of Nick's face

Next is Highlander - "Money No Object" (S5E07)

This one actually is a hoot. I used to watch the series when it was on TV here a long time ago, but didn't remember this one. Nick's character is a lighthearted thief - a sort of Robin Hood through the ages. Good episode if someone wants some laughs. And watching a parody of 30's gangstery, namely bank robbery, is strangely endearing.

black and white screencap from Money No object episode - Cory Raines and Amanda in their Bonnie and Clyde phase

Oh, and I dig Cory's pocket watch.
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Time to write something about the new Holmes productions before I completely forget. For now, only the Guy Ritchie's film. I'll leave the BBC mini series till after the second season ends.

So, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a sequel and, I don't know, maybe I'm mellowing, but this one didn't piss me off the way the first Ritchie's Holmes film did. Or maybe I've just accepted the fact that his movies don't have much in common with the original ACD stories.

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Been to see X-Men: First Class. And it was really good. I'm not a Marvel purist and to be honest my knowledge of X-Men comes only from the catroon and the films, so I wasn't bothered by what hardcore fans see as inconsistencies or poor casting choices (I think some fans might have issues with the ages of certain characters). First Class is a good, solid two-hour fun.

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Have just bought Withnail & I on DVD - 20th Anniversary Edition, no less. And fuuuuuuu... that film. One of my favourite films of all time, and I've got exactly three of those.

Withnail & I is an absolute cult classic, especially among students who like to quote the lines at each other while drunk, from what I gather. As for me, well, the film got me through the most awful year of my life back when I was in high school. During that year there wasn't a week I didn't see it, so yeah, I've watched the film a LOT of times.

I can still remember the first time I saw it *trips down the memory lane* - home alone, 11 PM, flipping through the channels and planning to go to bed. Then I stopped at a regional TV station because some film was just starting and there was Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale which I was always pretty 'meh' about, but stayed to listen. The next scene (at the pub) had me hooked for good, though, because the humour clicked so perfectly. And by the time the film ended, I was convinced it was the greatest film ever made.

That TV station showed it again a little while later, so I taped it and the rest, as they say, is history. It was high time to buy the DVD; I haven't even got a VHS player anymore.

All right, embarrassingly personal info aside, here's what Wthnail & I is actually about:
London. The '60s. Two unemployed actors - acerbic, elegantly wasted Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and the anxiety-ridden "I" (Paul McGann) - drown their frustrations in booze, pills and lighter fluid. When Withnail's Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths) offers his cottage, they escape the squalor of their flat for a week in the country, but soon realise the've gone on holiday by mistake when their wits - and friendship - are sorely tested by violent downpours, less-than-hospitable locals and empty cupboards. (text taken from the DVD back cover)

The 20th Anniversary Edition consists of three discs: the 1st one contains the main feature, commentary by Paul McGann and Ralph Brown and commentary by director Bruce Robinson. The 2nd one contains Postcards from Penrith Featurette, The Drinking Game, Swear-A-Thon, Bruce Robinson interview, Behind the Scenes stills by Ralph Steadman, Withnail & Us - a 1999 documentary on the film and the original theatrical trailer. And the 3rd disc is the film's score: eight tracks, most of which are variations on the main theme.

Watch it/listen, if you've got an opportunity. Never a time better spent.
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promo pic of Tron: Legacy

Yesterday I went to see Tron: Legacy. In 3D, no less. And I must say I quite liked it. I hadn't expected anything from the film (or rather I'd expected it to suck monumentally) so I wasn't disappointed, and instead even pleasantly surprised.

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I think I should make "wonders of the Internet" a separate tag: yesterday I finally realised that BBC1 Sherlock is available on YouTube.
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On Thursday I went to see the new Tim Burton film - Alice in Wonderland. Pretty good. Burton is actually one of my favourite directors so I always try to see his movies when they're in cinemas.
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On another note: before Burton's film started there were a few trailers shown and one of them was for Tron Legacy. Gah, Tron!? I loved that film, but this Legacy thing is going to be crap. The film's got a lookalike ST XI Captain Kirk actor as a hero and some dark-haired bird who'll most likely be the heroine. And that revved up look the computer world got - Jesus, the only saving grace is that it's going to be in 3D so it'll be easier to overlook the tackiness of it. Oh, and I don't have much faith in the plot either.

Yeah, yeah, I'll go to see it; gonna moan about it afterwards (and possibly regret the money and time wasted), but not seeing isn't an option.
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So, I went to see the new Sherlock Holmes film about three weeks ago. And it wasn't as bad as I feared. The cinematography was great, Victorian London suitably grim and music was a real treat. And yeah, that's about it as far as compliments go. cut for whining and spoilers )


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