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  1. Hikari

    What other TV shows do you watch?

    Over the weekend I said goodbye to a group of people I have, through the medium of television, shared the better part of 14 years with . . the dedicated detectives & top brass of the Major Crimes division of the LAPD. First we met them in The Closer (7 seasons, TNT) under the command of flaky yet formidable transplanted Southern Magnolia, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, played by Kyra Sedgwick. If ever there was an adamantium fist inside a dainty lace glove, it was Brenda. Executive producer Sedgwick said goodbye after 7 seasons, wanting to go out on top . . and her squad was handed over, old personnel and some new faces, into the care of Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell)--a character who had been Brenda's nemesis in Internal Affairs for a long time before becoming a friend. The clash of these two Titans--one Fire, one Ice . .one the irresistible Force, the other the Immovable Object--made for some really compelling drama over The Closer's final 2 seasons. Showrunner James Duff moved his cast and production team seamlessly into Major Crimes. Since the new show utilized the same sets, behind-the-scenes personnel, producers, writer-directors, cast and even the composer, MC felt less like a spin-off and more like The Closer, Part II. Whereas Brenda Leigh as the Closer thrived on conflict and would use any means necessary in order to obtain a confession, her successor's MO was much more non-confrontational. The hallmark of Capt. Raydor's method was making plea deals. While this is probably far more realistic, not to mention cost-saving . . such interrogation room compromise does leave a lot be desired from a dynamic standpoint. So Duff and Co. attempted to fill the void by making the story line involving 'Rusty', Capt. Raydor's teenage street hustler-material witness-turned adoptive son into a very large piece of the proceedings. Viewers were asked, many times per episode, to put down their investment in the squad's crime du jour (more often than not a grisly murder) to commiserate with Rusty through his angsting over a college major and navigating the dating world as a young gay man with Tons of Issues. After all, when one has been abandoned by one's drug-addled mother at the age of 14 and forced to fend for oneself picking up johns on Hollywood Boulevard for several years, witnessing a brutal murder by a psychopath in the process--a psycho who may be coming back to kill you at any second--well, this is a lot of baggage to bring into a budding relationship. In the end, it was Rusty and his endless whinging that kept Major Crimes from reaching the quality of its predecessor. TNT agreed, cancelling the show even before the truncated 6th season had aired, despite still decent ratings. Even with its weekly share of bloody, bloated, strangled fossilized or dismembered corpses, the show was deemed 'not edgy enough'. The Rusty subplots did make it resemble a mash-up of Dawson's Creek & Queer Eye, Jr. meets Friends at times--far afield from what audiences who'd stayed loyal after the Closer had signed on for. Despite the flaws, the other characters all had moments to shine, both individually and collectively. I'm really going to miss many of those people. Rusty and his on-again-off-again BF Gus are not among them. In a fit of pique at what he viewed as mistreatment from the network, Duff insured that there would be no resurrecting Major Crimes with some truly shocking cast developments as the season limped to its finish line. Mary McDonnell achieved a near-impossible feat in rehabilitating Capt. Sharon Raydor from the Wicked Witch of LAPD IAD into a squad commander which her detectives came to love and respect and rally around as much as they had done for Chief Johnson. Also it must be said that MMD is really holding up the side for women in their 60s to still be sexy, powerful and gorgeous--she's an inspiration to me . . (though my 60s are some ways off . .not far enough off, alas.) TNT's decision seems very final, but I can't help holding out a sliver of hope for another spin-off called 'Flynn & Provenza'. If any of you out there know of whom I speak, can I get an Amen?
  2. Hikari

    Martin Freeman News

    Well, I assumed since Mr. Freeman is the Sherlock Forum's definitive Watson, his birthday is definitely worth a mention. He's gotten well used to being overshadowed by Benedict all these years, and I'm fairly sure everyone here remembers Ben's birthday (July 19, 1976 for the laggards here.) Dr. Watson's birthday is July 7th. Mark your calendars for next year!
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    Hot Gifs

    None of my professors ever wore their shirts like that. Evil Professor Sherlock Holmes knows exactly what he is up to--the mass destruction of womankind by spontaneous reproductive organ combustion. It's a very painful way to go, too. This insouciant pose fools no one . he's out to kill us all!
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    Jeremy Brett

    Re. JB's praise of his co-star as 'the best Watson there has ever been' . . . I suppose Jeremy could have been a difficult co-star at times, given his various mental health challenges coupled with a perfectionistic drive toward his work and the standard-issue theatrical temperament, but his generous praise toward his co-star impressed me greatly. Also coming to my immediate attention--the very Sherlockesque possessiveness of 'his' Watson--note the use of my darling Edward. Truly, an actor has never been better-matched to a role than Mr. Brett with Sherlock Holmes, notwithstanding that Jeremy himself felt himself (quizzically) as terribly miscast.
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    Jeremy Brett

    Another fabulous interview with Jeremy Brett about playing Sherlock Holmes. At the time of the interview, he and Edward Hardwicke were touring in 'The Secret of Sherlock Holmes' and had been working together for three years. He says, of his co-star, "I do believe that my darling Edward is the greatest Watson there has ever been, because he has combined all the elements, I believe. He is not the buffoon; he is a quizzical, wise humorous good friend . . . he plays him with tremendous dignity, and a certain boyish charm . . .I always think the optimism of Watson balances the pessimism of Holmes."
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    Jeremy Brett

    Once I started reading the Canon in the correct order, I realized that they'd played fast and loose with the chronology for the Granada series. JB and David Burke were both 49 years old when they convened the series with SCAN. While this made both actors nearly 20 years older than their book counterparts for the same story . . SH is actually retired (albeit prematurely) by the age of 49 . . this didn't bother me very much because it seemed that both Mssrs. Brett and Burke looked and acted significantly younger than they were. They might have even portrayed ASiS's first meeting with suitable results . .the audience would just have to accept that our two bachelor roomies were older when meeting for the first time. It sort of beggars belief to a modern audience that our pair were only 26 and 27 respectively when they first met . . and that both gents had already established significant professional reputations in their respective disciplines by what to us in 2018 feels like very tender ages. Nowadays young persons of 26 or 27 are more likely to still be living with their parents and underemployed if they are employed at all. People grew up faster in the Victorian era, out of necessity, and both of our pair seem even more mature than the average for their age, even by those standards. SH in particular feels like an old soul, more like 50 at 27 anyway, in terms of his mental powers and dedication to his job. I think of him as transcending age, really . . as some would have it, SH is still hale and hearty on the Downs tending his bees at what would be 164 years of age for normal mortals. It does become increasingly impossible for a real human man to capture SH's boundless, inexhaustible physical energies into the middle and super-middle years. Brett's illness sadly took its toll and accelerated his aging . . but at the start, he and Burke were comfortably inhabiting Holmes and Watson at the ages which they seem to exist eternally in the popular mind. I don't think the adaptation of SIGN was particularly successful, and would have been better placed in the first season if they were going to attempt it at all. I could see Mr. Burke romancing his younger bride . . the 'problem' of having to reference Mary Morstan in subsequent cases really was not a problem at all . . Sir Arthur Conan Doyle certainly never bothered much about Mary once he'd introduced her . . she was easily fobbed off and removed from the action with a mention by Watson that 'my wife was once again off in Devon visiting a sick aunt.' Mary very considerately had a plethora of sick aunties and ailing friends stashed all over England so that she would never interfere with her husband's investigations with Sherlock Holmes. After she'd run out of sick relations to go tend for extended periods, she thoughtfully contracted her own illness and kicked off so as to really free up her husband for Holmes's whims. Grand gal, that Mary.
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    Jeremy Brett

    Surely. However, Miss Morstan is hardly just an attractive client passing through Baker Street, never to be seen again. She is The Woman for our Dr. Watson . .and TSo4 is the case where they meet and fall in love, shortly after to be married. The romance between the two is the second pillar of this book, with the first pillar being the action with the 'Four' of the title. Omitting any sort of romance between the Doctor and his comely client removes a very, very important bit and makes it a bit of a Fail as an adaptation. The presence of Miss Morstan and what she comes to mean to our Doctor gives the story its heart. Without it, what's left is a quite silly Gothic heist caper with freak show elements that I don't care for at all. Edward Hardwicke has his legions of fans, and he's just the thing if one likes their Watsons in 'twinkly grandfatherly' mode. He was too old to be the best Watson for this story. ironically, David Burke was only 2 years younger, but I might have liked this version better had they done it during Burke's tenure. He was the more plausible as a romancer of a young lady of Miss Morstan's age.
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    Jeremy Brett

    As best as I can recall, I have only seen this movie once. I really like the opening at Baker Street, in which Holmes explains/justifies his cocaine use, and those domestic scenes. A young Jenny Seagrove makes for a lovely Mary Morstan and I must say, it's a bit o'fun to see Inspector Morse stumping around with a peg leg. The yawning age gap between this Watson and this Miss Morstan makes me more than a tad uncomfortable.
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    Jeremy Brett

    The video tributes to Jeremy on YouTube are devoted, but sadly cheesy, most of them. Here's our Sherlock singing "She Moved Through the Faire" Mark Gatiss and Benedict Cumberbatch, among others, ring in on JB's iconic Holmes
  10. Hikari

    Jeremy Brett

    Yesterday was the anniversary of a terrible day . . the day we lost Jeremy Brett. (September 12, 1995) Forever missed . . .forever Sherlock Holmes. "I've done 33 Sherlock Holmes stories and bits of them are all right. But the definitive Sherlock Holmes is really in everyone's head. No actor can fit into that category because every reader has his own ideal." ~ Jeremy Brett *************** "Trying to be Sherlock Holmes is like trying to catch an arrow in mid-flight." ~ Jeremy Brett
  11. I suspect some bullying has gone on here . . His two companions are both looking at him in the first shot and then when he's obviously struggling and in trouble they find something very fascinating to look at in the opposite direction. Sheesh. If you can't trust your siblings, who can you trust?
  12. Hikari

    Martin Freeman News

    So I was eating lunch in the breakroom and read a 3 day old paper somebody left in there. According to Saturday's celebrity birthdays column, Mr. Freeman turned 47 on Saturday. Happy belated birthday to him . . .! It appears that nobody else mentioned it, not even his best friend. Perhaps he forgot as well. I'm finding that's really the best policy with birthdays, but I only wish I could forget mine.
  13. Hikari

    Recently watched movies

    I visited Rotten Tomatoes to see what they had to say about it, because I'd heard mixed things. To my surprise, it has something like a 94% Fresh rating. I liked elements of it, my favorite part probably being where the Prof and young Laura watch Shane in the hotel room. It started out very Mad Maxy mixed with Stephen Spielberg's 'Duel' only to turn very "Hook"-esque at the end there with the collective of young Lost Boy-n-Girl Colors of Benetton mutants. Sir Patrick Stewart is like, 80 years old or close to it, and he was looking very frail here. The scenes with Wolverine carrying him upstairs like a child really tugged at my heartstrings. As did Logan calling Charles 'Dad' . . cover story . .or . . truth? Really, Charles Xavier is the only father Wolvie has known for at least some centuries. I'm sure that it's kind of difficult, as a man, to have another man carting you around like a sack of potatoes . . but it just proves how strong HJ still is in his middle years. I couldn't carry 160 or 170 pounds up a flight of stairs. I doubt Sir Patrick weighs more than that these days. I am still partial to The Wolverine (2013) which only had 69% Fresh. I think that is underrated and this sequel is a tad overrated.
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    Recently watched movies

    J.P. To be fair, I think at least some of the haggardness displayed by Hugh was purposeful makeup effects. He also played his 'younger clone' X-24, showing that he's still pretty d*mn fit for a 50-year-old guy. Young Dafne Keen was well-cast as '
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    Recently watched movies

    Watched LOGAN over the weekend. Still not recovered. My advice: Stick with The Wolverine, also directed by James Mangold, for a much more life-affirming outing with everyone's favorite hairy Canadian.

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