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  1. 3 points
    I remember my brother (rather plaintively, I thought) asking me a similar question once. Something along the lines of "do all women think all men are predators?" I told him yes, but my brothers were the exception. I meant it as a joke, but I've often thought about his question, as he clearly felt … hurt? Uncomfortable about it, at any rate. I felt bad for him. On the other hand, if a lady's not interested, she should have a right to say no without fearing any ill consequences, and that includes feeling responsible for hurting the guy's feelings. (And all of this applies in reverse, by the way...) At any rate, I choose to believe that most things negative seem to be more prevalent than they actually are, simply because they're reported on more. Good news is ordinary and every day, bad news is the exception that needs to be reported. May not be true, but I'm happier thinking that way. And girls should be taught to stand up for themselves. I wasn't; I grew up in an era when most of the social cues were to be pliant and submissive. Or that's how I interpreted them, at least. There's women my age who don't take s**t from anybody. Different personalities. *sigh* Why can't being human be simple?
  2. 2 points
    I recently saw a Tweet that I think summed it up quite well:
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    Different personalities, true. But you didn't misinterpret. When I was in junior high, our home ec class offered subscriptions to a magazine for teen girls. (Or maybe it was handed out free? In either case, I'd love to know who was behind it.) I distinctly recall one item in their advice column, which recommended that girls not "act too smart" because then "boys won't like you" -- and that wasn't just something the other girls said in the restroom, it was in a publication actively sanctioned by the school. Even at that tender age, I thought that was a load of manure. I was pretty conventional in most of my attitudes regarding boys, though, I just wasn't about to play dumb, because that would have amounted to lying. I never have had much sympathy for the "fragile male ego," I guess.
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    I would have loved to be able to hear Jeremy Brett say, "Watson, say you're not hurt!" Not to mention, "If you had killed Watson, you would not have left this room alive."
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    I agree that empowering girls and young women to be able to stand up for themselves against unwanted attentions is a good thing. I hope moving forward from now that will be a positive development. Because what I feel the majority of the accusations against high-profile men have accomplished so far is to give the accusers a few minutes of instant gratification social media attention over allegations of incidents that occurred years ago. In some cases, decades ago. That doesn't make it OK that they happened, but it makes it very hazy to downright disprovable in recollection, years after the fact if the alleged behavior 1. actually occurred 2. if it did, if it was actually unwanted/non-consensual at the time, or considered any sort of real problem 3. If the accuser stands to gain (or thinks she does) by making these claims now. A great many of these accusers cast doubt upon their own veracity when it turns out that they admitted to tolerating unwanted sexual or off-color behavior expressly in order to be cast in a big picture or retain job in said big picture or otherwise burnish their careers or bank accounts. It's the casting couch, and that predates the movies by a few hundred years, or however long we've had theatre. Again, it's not right if what they said occurred did occur . . . .however, short of being forcibly restrained and/or sexually assaulted, nearly all the women whose stories I read *did* have a choice to walk away, to speak up, etc. What they feared most was not physical harm, but losing a juicy part in a film that would make them a star . . or else an opportunity to be the poster girl du jour for a societal movement with distinct political overtones that was sure to garner them a lot of attention in the press. (Cf. the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.) In today's Instagram culture, one's provocative 'information' is the currency they need to stay relevant for however long that lasts. The whole social media overtone to this thing, down to the Twitter-friendly #MeToo hashtag and frankly juvenile-sounding name, like a bunch of girls swapping stories in a junior-high bathroom, Me, too! Me, too! just smacks of this digital generation's incessant craving for social media standing. It's like a drug. It demeans true victims of horrific brutal assaults when their stories are crowded out in the Twitterscape by #MeTooers chiming in about the time their boss told them they looked pretty in that dress or a co-worker stood a bit too close at the office Christmas party and smiled at her boobs. In Twitter culture, there is little sense of proportion or the gravity of one situation outweighing something innocuous. People today feel entitled to posting their grievances in a public forum every time someone does something They Don't Like. Causing someone to Not Like Something has become a federal crime, and a cyber-lynching without due process the go-to sentence. We don't need courts when we've got Twitter followers.
  6. 2 points
    I guess I qualify as mostly a BBC Sherlock fan. In the years before that show aired, I was already familiar with Rathbone to some extent and had watched Brett faithfully when his episodes were on the air (and I've already commented on them). I don't believe I had seen any of the others you mention, at least at that time, partly because I don't live in the UK. Since then I've seen Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Downey Jr., of course, which were both fine. I enjoyed Elementary in particular, but only the first season or two, after which the writers started to deviate from what I had liked most about the show (sorta like BBC Sherlock in that regard). I would find it difficult to compare these two (or Cumberbatch) to Rathbone and Brett, because their adaptations don't strike me as quite the same genre. You know, which do I like better, bananas or pickles? I've also seen an episode of one of the Russian series, which I liked but have not pursued, possibly because I don't particularly enjoy watching shows on my computer. And a few movies, including Young Sherlock, The Private Life, Smarter Brother (which I believe featured Wilmer as Sherlock?), and the one where Watson (Ben Kingsley) is actually the brains of the operation. And Ian McKellen as Mr. Holmes, of course, which I liked, but of course it can't really be compared to the others. In fact, since these have all been effectively one-shots for me, I can't really compare any of them to Rathbone, Brett, et al. Sorry!
  7. 1 point
    "We NEVER liked you touching us without our permission. So please stop convincing yourself that it's a new world." Can't argue with that. However, I still think some things are currently being overblown and/or actually misrepresented. Hopefully it's a simple backlash effect and will soon run its course, but I'm not holding my breath.
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    Totally agree with this! (I mean in still photographs.)
  9. 1 point
    Be good to see more of this sort of stuff, I find it really interesting. Arthur Conan Doyle was obsessed with spiritualism throughout much of his life which is pretty evident in numerous interviews and write ups. He thought it much more intriguing than any of the fictional cases Holmes ever investigated. Conan Doyle did some investigation at a haunted pub in Watford Village (near where the Watford Gap is now) in the early 1890s , the Henley Arms. Apparently the landlord, a chap called Alfred Newton let him hold a seance there to try and find out why the spirit of a long dead serving maid was haunting the place. Then he went on to investigate some hauntings in Devon, and at other places. He also did his own investigations into the Wyrley Horse Mutilations (these days livestock mutilations are big Forteana in the USA, but we had them in the UK first!) and was able to exonerate George Edalji, destroying the case against him.
  10. 1 point
    Oh, it's true all right, and has been true all along. Good news really does tend to be dull, simply because most things really do turn out OK in a fairly predictable sort of way. But it's my impression that the bias toward emphasizing bad news has grown recently, to the point that the media are very nearly making up some of it. I dunno if Mr. Trump and I agree as to *which* items constitute "fake news," but in the sense that a lot of so-called news is merely emphasis of whatever bad aspects can be dredged up, I agree that it exists. Are the mainstream news outlets turning into tabloids?
  11. 1 point
    There's a new Sussex Vampyre in town. Thanks to this thread I have a new moniker for the Duchess of Sussex, our erstwhile American export to your shores. That's good. I was getting tired of the others . . "Sparkle" . . "Me-Again" . . my own invention of 'Preghan". . . I briefly considered "Markle Stewart" upon hearing that she's promoting eco-friendly organic gardening at Frogmore . ."Sharke", "Farkle" . . I've heard so many. The Sussex Vampyre works a treat!
  12. 1 point
    One wonders what Sir Arthur would have made of Jeremy's portrayal of the Great Detective. Brett used the Canon as his Bible, and it's very evident that he viewed playing Holmes as both the greatest privilege, and greatest burden, of his or any actor's career. Carol is right when she says Jeremy *became* Holmes . . it seems at times during his illness that Brett himself could not distinguish himself from his most famous character. Definitely a symbiotic relationship there. I wouldn't call this a quibble, merely an observation as to why JB might not be some people's visual representation of Holmes . . I think he is in fact pretty spot-on insofar as Conan Doyle's description, with a much more pleasing baritone voice than the 'reedy, peevish' register described by ACD. Imagine having to tolerate all of SH's irritating quirks and imperiousness AND an irritating voice too. It'd be very like living with Sheldon Cooper (love Jim Parsons and I love Sheldon, but *that* was the voice for SH--barring the slight Texan accent) that I believe ACD heard when he was writing SH . .anyway, despite JB's impressive 6-foot height (6'1" maybe, Herl would know) and classically trained thespian pipes, he does not quite project the aura of size one expects of SH. Maybe because David Burke was such a strapping specimen. JB feels a bit more will o'the wisp at times. When I envision Holmes, he has many of Jeremy's characteristics, the voice to be sure and his agility, and the patented twitchy smiles and barking laughs. My Holmes is a bit more . . relaxed in himself, I suppose. Maybe it's all the fussy Victorian clothing JB was forced to wear. His SH is at times a bit . .well, fey. In my Mind Palace, SH's ears do not stick out making him resemble a bat., either, though one could argue that Sir Arthur might disagree. The most elusive quality in SH are those extraordinary gray eyes . . it's hard to find an actual representation of them in the real world. Jeremy's eyes were blue but a very interesting changeable blue, sometimes nearly green. I think Shaun Evans of "Endeavour" has actual grey eyes. Not for nothing is he playing a modern riff on Holmes. I think Basil's eyes were brown, weren't they? Black and white film makes everything appear more mysterious and otherworldly. A bit more strapping-framed, was Basil.
  13. 1 point
    One can only hope.... 😛 (Sorry; never been a big fan of Dracula...)
  14. 1 point
    Greetings, Galgatean -- welcome to Sherlock Forum!
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    Hello Galgatean and welcome to the forum!
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  17. 1 point
    Maybe scandals are the key? Actually, I expected Trump to win, even though I hoped he wouldn't. I think Dems need a really charismatic candidate. Actually watching Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez my spontaneous reaction was that she has the personality for it, but it's just my very uninformed opinion. What really baffles me though, is that since 2016 both Dollar and British Pound exchange rates to Euro hardly changed. I expected them to dive, but no - Dollar is 1,12 Eur today, which is a bit better than the 1.17 from last week, and Pound oscillates between 0,86 and 0,88. Not even cheap international online shopping as a consolation for me
  18. 1 point
    None of you will be surprised that I go for Brett too. I think that he added more depth to the character and certainly more drama and quirkiness. That’s not to detract from Rathbone’s masterful performance though. It would have been great to have seen Rathbone in a more faithful to the originals series. We certainly can’t blame Brett for the scripts that he had to work with. When the best Holmes are ever discussed or put into polls Brett usually comes first (especially with Holmes Societies) but Rathbone is always up there; occasionally winning. I’ve seen a few recent ones though where BC has won. Brett, Rathbone And Cumberbatch are often the only ones that people are familiar with. There are certainly a few major performances to add to any list. Douglas Wilmer, Peter Cushing, Arthur Wontner to name but three. As most posters on here are primarily Sherlock fans I often wonder which other interpretations they might have seen and what they thought of them?
  19. 1 point
    True. Unless Dracula gets the stake through the heart at the end of the final part?
  20. 1 point
    Men should be taught to have more respect for girls and women; and they should be taught this from when they are little boys! They should be taught this, by their parents, and by their teachers at school.
  21. 1 point
    I agree that she may have Ms. Stubbs' age in mind. I've never seen evidence that MF doesn't want to do any more episodes. His remarks about some aspects of filming being "not fun" were taken way out of context, and he's said as much. He does say he wouldn't want to do Sherlock all the time like a traditional American show, with no time for anything else, but once in a while seems to suit him fine.
  22. 1 point
    I always thought that was the likeliest outcome....a standalone episode.
  23. 1 point
    Yes, the chatroom seems tucked away and it's like the 'naughty' room at the moment!!! Moderator Comment: Added later: Sherlock Forum's chat function has been disabled due to lack of interest.
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