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    Yes; I've just started watching all of the JEREMY BRETT as SHERLOCK HOLMES episodes (in chronological order of release date) again; and how wonderful they were!!
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    Freeman's spy flick The Operative (in which he plays said operative's handler) premiered a couple of weeks ago at the Berlin International Film Festival. Here's coverage of a press conference, with interesting quotes from both Freeman and his co-star, Diane Kruger. Still no release dates for anywhere else. Has anybody seen Ghost Stories?
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    Hard to believe, but that is an actual news story.
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    Thanks for the breakdown! I'm happy enough with the way things turned out. I still would have picked "Bohemian Rhapsody" for Best Picture, but "Green Book" was a close second. And I'm happy to see that Rami Malek and Mahershala Ali both won awards for their performances. Well deserved. I didn't get a chance to see "The Favourite" in theaters, but I really wanted to. I'll probably rent it sometime. I'm not at all surprised that "Black Panther" didn't make Best Picture; I would have been more surprised if it had, simply because of its genre. Hollywood doesn't usually appreciate fantasy/sci-fi/action-adventure. The only reason it even had a shot was because the black cast was such a big deal. I wouldn't be shocked if "Captain Marvel" had a nomination for next year's awards, for starring a woman. They're making a huge deal out of the fact that she's a woman. They even pushed out the release date just so they could release it on International Women's Day. I'd love to see a Marvel movie win Best Picture, but in recognition of the quality and entertainment of the movie, not the politics.
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    Wow, well, the Oscars have come and gone. I was so uninvested this year I didn't even realize they were happening last night. I spent the evening watching 'Big Bang Theory' episodes and a retread of 1992's Last of the Mohicans, the Director's Cut. It was a more entertaining evening than I would have had watching the Academy Awards. The evening was a mixed bag, with the major awards spread around fairly evenly. No one film dominated. I guess this is a good thing, but the big winners were all news to me. Roma? Green Book? I had not heard of either of these two movies before today. Not a surprise: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper won Best Original Song for their 'Shallow'. It was the only award 'A Star is Born' received, after some heavy pre-Oscar buzz for Gaga and for Cooper's directorial effort. Surprise: Gaga was not a factor in the Best Actress race. Olivia Colman edged Glenn Close for that honor. I'll be watching 'The Favourite' at my first opportunity. I'm glad for Colman; bit shocked that the veteran multi-nominee Close didn't win, after tying with Gaga at the Golden Globes. Not a surprise: Black Panther, a Best Picture contender, did not win. It won for Best Score, so that's something to comfort the Marvel fans. Its nomination was a surprise in the first place, but in the end, the Academy couldn't bring itself to be quite that populist. Surprise: Rami Malek winning for his turn as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. No offense to him; I fully expected Christian Bale to win for Vice. After some mild controversy re. the airing of certain awards, this year's telecast turned out to be pretty non-eventful. ************************ Here is the full list of 2019’s Academy Award winners: Documentary (Feature) — Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Free Solo Actress in a Supporting Role — Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk Makeup and Hairstyling — Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney, Vice Costume Design — Ruth E. Carter, Black Panther Production Design — Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart, Black Panther Cinematography — Alfonso Cuarón, Roma Sound Editing — John Warhurst, Bohemian Rhapsody Sound Mixing — Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin, and John Casali, Bohemian Rhapsody Foreign Language Film — Alfonso Cuarón, Roma Film Editing — John Ottman, Bohemian Rhapsody Actor in a Supporting Role — Mahershala Ali, Green Book Animated Feature Film — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman Animated Short Film — Domee Shi, Bao Documentary Short Subject — Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton, Period. End of Sentence. Visual Effects — Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm, First Man Live Action Short Film — Guy Nattiv and Jamie Ray Newman, Skin Best Original Screenplay — Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Green Book Best Adapted Screenplay — Spike Lee, Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, BlacKkKlansman Original Score — Ludwig Goransson, Black Panther Original Song — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt, “Shallow,” A Star Is Born Best Actor in a Leading Role — Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody Best Actress in a Leading Role — Olivia Colman, The Favourite Best Director — Alfonso Cuarón, Roma Best Picture — Green Book
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    I found this Tumblr post with a bunch of Christian memes, and some of them were pretty hilarious.
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    It's been a while since anyone posted here, so I'm going to change that. I request an E please.
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    Maybe the snake had previously swallowed a cat? Yes, it's in the original.
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    I can never answer that question. Or at least I rarely give the same answer twice. The Speckled Band is often near or even at the top of lists of ‘best’ Holmes story’s. The Bruce Partington Plans is usually up there too; it’s certainly one of my favourites. I’d always put The Hound up there too because it’s such an iconic story. I’ve always loved The Red-Headed League too and The Naval Treaty and Silver Blaze and The Norwood Builder and The Empty House and........I think you get the picture😃
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    Indeed. We will never see his like again . . .
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    Hi, Douglas, it's been a while . .! I posted several earlier replies to this thread but it appears that most of them have been eaten by the the Glitch (computer version of the Grinch) that surfaced when we did the upgrade. I love many of the cases but if pressed for a *favorite* I will have to say THE BRUCE-PARTINGTON PLANS. The second (and final) appearance of Mycroft is not the only reason, but he helps. I have always been partial to espionage stories, and in this case, we find SH engaged on a case which is essential for the security of his country. This case has the requisite heft for SH's mightly instrument in the way that so many of the jewel heist cases, or romantic entanglements of the nobility for two examples, do not. The Speckled Band is most definitely a crowd-pleaser and it's probably the story, apart from HOUND, that most people recall best from the Canon. I myself am more cool toward Conan Doyle's adventures in sub-continental exotica. Anyway, the best part of *any* case for me are the bits where SH and Watson are sitting around their bachelor pad bickering. It appeals to my comedy writer side.
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    I have just read that due to the backlash it has received, the Academy has reinstated the four awards into the broadcast, after attempting to play hardball initially and saying the awards were staying out regardless of how unhappy people were about it. Now it has caved to the pressure. I'm on Team BraGa for 'A Star is Born' but I really don't think I need to watch this year. Which will continue the trend I've had going for about 10 years now.
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    Cat meets camera for first time.
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    As with the much later "The Lion's Mane", the murderer is an exotic zoological specimen and it's hiding in plain sight in the title. I need to re-read the story, but I'm thinking that since Holmes possessed Helen Stonor's dying declaration as to the identity of her killer, all that remained was to figure out how it got into her room to kill her. The true villain of this story is, of course, the evil stepfather, Dr. Grimsby Rylott. The snake did the deed, but it was only an animal behaving according to training and nature (well, the behavior of this snake is somewhat unnatural for its species). But we can't really blame the snake for the death of the women any more than we can blame the gun that delivers the fatal bullet. For that we have to blame the shooter, and this snake was the gun under the control of Rylott. As a method of homicide (pseudo infanticide, since the girls were under the alleged care and protection of their stepfather) it's definitely inventive.
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    Does it matter? But yeah, fish & chips. It was terribly difficult getting them in the syringe though.
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    Thank Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. They pretty much created the mould that is continued to this day. And in fairness Fielding and Wodehouse have a lot to answer for as well.
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