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  1. Hikari

    GIF Your Mood

    But those alpha males of Austen and the Brontes, while emotionally domineering perhaps, never had inappropriate physical contact with the object of their desire. Not even Heathcliff . .unless there was some rolling around on the moors that didn't actually make it into the manuscript. Miss Bennet and Mr. Darcy take their sparring from an earlier prototype, the basic handbook for all rom-coms in centuries to follow, 'Much Ado About Nothing' by Will Shakespeare. Lots of arguing and sublimated sexual frustration inherent in that too, but no inappropriate touching. Miss Cathy Earnshaw definitely earns the Gaslighting Wench award, some 150+ years before Margaret Mitchell invented Scarlett O'Hara. Heathcliff was a borderine (or full blown sociopath) but he reserved his 'rapeyness' for his poor, doomed patsy of a wife, Isabella Linton.
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    Jeremy Brett

    Indeed. We will never see his like again . . .
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    Whats Your Favorite Case?

    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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    Oscars 2019

    Post any thoughts/reactions/gossip about this year's Oscar race, nominees or telecast here! The Oscars lost their shine for me years ago (1998 to be exact) . . but it's still Hollywood's Prom and the red carpet event of the year. Even for those who still love and follow every show, every year sees some glitch or controversy marring the proceedings, sometimes before they even get underway, and this year is no exception. Found this on Yahoo: https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/oscars/oscar-nominees-furious-over-exclusion-from-telecast-another-slap-in-the-face/ar-BBTvsWF The Academy has announced that in an effort to keep the telecast to a 'brisk 3 hours' (yeah, this is what they shoot for every year and fail) four awards will be issued during what for the viewing audience will be commercial breaks, in order to trim broadcast time. The awards selected for obscurity are: Best Hair & Makeup (combined into one award); Best Action Short; Best Film Editing and . . .Best Cinematography. While most of the viewing world may not give a hang about 'Best Action Short' . . . this decision represents a major snub to two of the major cinematic awards and one artistic award. The cinematographer (or DP) functions as the director of a film's whole visual look, and the Best Cinematography is therefore equivalent to a Best Director for a DP. This we are going to shunt off to a commercial break? Six-time nominee (also this year), Caleb Deschanel argues, "Movies started with a guy cranking a camera--a cinematographer!" Veteran DP Roger Deakins finally won last year after multiple nominations and received a standing ovation for what was considered the highlight of last year's show. So of *course* the logical thing to do is to remove the Cinematography award from the viewing public the following year! Here's a thought, Academy: Cut out 4 of the 6 or so excruciatingly painful musical numbers and reinstate these awards! Not that I will likely be watching, unless I tune in to see how 'A Star is Born' fares.
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    Oscars 2019

    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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    What other TV shows do you watch?

    Watching "Big Bang Theory" on DVD . . .Finished Season 3 last night. Laugh out loud funny; just the medicine I need after a harried day at work. There is one significant drawback, though. I'm always left hungry for Chinese food and I don't have any.
  7. https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/albert-finney-tom-jones-star-nominated-for-five-oscars-dies-at-82/ar-BBTkvMl https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/albert-finney-dead-tom-jones-dresser-erin-brockovich-star-was-82-1022693 Tributes are pouring in for legendary British actor Albert Finney who has passed away at 82 after a short illness. He was one of the last of the 'Wild Boys of RADA' alums/Golden Age of British thespians. I am taking this very hard, since Finney was the same age as my mother. A brilliant career, a true lion of stage and screen with a thundering voice and a personality to match . . we will miss you, Albie.
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    Benedict Cumberbatch News

    I was under the impression that that man was with him at the event . . security detail or something. Hardly seems likely that BC would allow a random fan to stand so close to him while he was texting on his phone. This ensemble cannot have been chosen without reference to Sherly's usual attire, could it? The scarf looks identical and the coat, while not The Coat, is very like it. I can't believe that wasn't on purpose. After the disastrous Brexit scalping, BC wants to remind us of happier, better days circa 2012. when he was playing Sherlock to international acclaim and Britain was still part of the EU.
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    Benedict Cumberbatch News

    Spotted leaving the BAFTA awards after-party on Sunday evening (Well, really Monday morning at 5AM . . .Sherlock Holmes! Who was obviously on the scene to safeguard the Crown jewels being worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William is the patron of the BAFTAs, and we know how Sherly gravitated to those lucrative royal assignments. A couple of those per year and he can consult for free for the Metropolitan Police with no fiscal concerns intruding. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6690697/Benedict-Cumberbatch-leaves-BAFTA-party-5am.html
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    Female Sherlock!

    Fewer and fewer educated Japanese women are opting to pursue the traditional Japanese feminine track of marriage well before 30 and the replacement quota of 2 children. These educated women are opting instead to continue working or pursue graduate degrees and spend their disposable income and vacations enjoying foreign or domestic travel. They are getting their consciousness raised in the way their American sisters did in the 1970s, and the fossilized patriarchal Japanese system is getting a shake-up. In 2018, along comes 'Miss Sherlock', and she and Wato are perhaps a reflection of their changing society--two highly-educated and accomplished women who are making their own career paths completely free of dependency on a male figure, be it husband or father. Even 5 years ago, a show like Miss Sherlock probably wouldn't have gotten an airing in its home country because it would have been deemed too progressive . . there is even a whiff of homoerotic tension between them. A 'Sherlock' is always going to be out of the mainstream of his or her society, being that much more brilliant than an average person . .but Miss Sherlock and Wato aren't as off-kilter as they would have been not all that long ago. 'The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world', as the saying goes . . Japanese women are going to be asserting their power by the opposite, I think--by choosing not to reproduce and perpetuate an archaic system where old men make all the decisions for them while they stay at home in the kitchen. As the current regime of elderly politicians and captains of industry die off, Japan will be forced to promote promising women to positions of authority and make more meaningful work opportunities available to their highly educated female workforce. They are sweating over who is going to take care of a rapidly aging population, with so few children relative to the senior population. There are going to be growing pains, but I think it will ultimately be for the good. I lived there from 1990 - 96 and I met many wonderful, smart women during my time there. But I felt at times like I was trapped in an Asian version of Pleasantville . . the calendar said it was the 1990s, but based on the roles for women, I could have just as easily been in 1972 or 1952 . . with better transportation and fewer kimonos. The professional women I knew tended to be unmarried, because that seemed to be the only way for a female to retain an identity of her own. Felt a bit Kafkaesque, to be honest. In my opinion, Japanese women are smarter than the men are but they are just starting to have a voice in their own society. Apart from any social commentary which may or may not have been intended by its creators, Miss Sherlock looks like it's fun.
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    Female Sherlock!

    No may about it, Miss Sherlock is very unusual according to her cultural standards. Japanese society is a good 50 years behind the United States in terms of social equality. 2019 still feels a lot like 1969 over there, with better technology. Men hold all the power positions in society, and a woman is supposed to ideally look cute, be impeccably dressed and devote all her energies to keeping the home and raising children. It's very rare, nearly non-existent, to find women in positions of authority in male-dominated industries . .which is pretty much all of them . .medicine, politics, law enforcement, business . . The greatest equality I found there was in education, and it was one of the few careers that allowed married women with children to continue along the same career trajectory as their male colleagues. For the most part, women are actively encouraged to resign their jobs after becoming pregnant. It's a very chauvinist culture. But within the home, the mother reigns supreme. Miss Sherlock has no husband or children and conducts herself very much like a man would. Actually even more pushy than a normal young Japanese man in terms of being aggressive and in-your-face and in her personal directness. Japanese culture and language is all about indirectness. That comes from hundreds of years of living under a martial system where your overlords could cut your head off on a whim, or if you looked at them sideways. The true art lies in getting people to do what you want them to do without 'demanding' it, and in getting out of things you do not wish to do without ever resorting to overt 'No' and/or being labeled 'difficult'. To the Japanese way of doing things, Western bluntness and open displays of emotion, be it happy, sad or angry can be construed as rudeness or immaturity. . . .or at the most extreme . .mental illness. Miss Sherlock defies a number of her own cultural standards and is much more 'American' in her approach. Like BC's Sherlock, she also favors what is deemed socially inappropriate smiling & remarks. She is very unladylike by Japanese standards, but she looks great at all times any way. Wato-san fulfills the primary Watsonian function of providing contrast to her flatmate/friend by embodying the 'conventional' standards of her society. Though as a surgeon who has spent significant time abroad by herself while being unmarried and childless, she's sort of a 'hanbun'--half and half traditional young Japanese woman with a few 'Sherlocky' characteristics. Japanese women are highly educated--more women achieve university degrees in Japan than the men do, even--but they are sorely underrepresented in the higher professions due to the prevailing cultural belief that the most important contribution a woman can make, and the one a 'real' woman is happy to aspire to is making babies for Japan, Inc. By that standard, both Miss Sherlock & Wato-san are out of the mainstream, but Miss S. is just flat-out 'weird'. But that's what off-kilter geniuses **do**.
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    Marvel Movies

    Jeremy & Scarlett are too cute together. I will always be mad that Hawkeye and Black Widow didn't get their own movie.
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    The Language (and travel) Thread

    Just a bit o'fun to pass a very cold winter's day. I bet if you read 'em Scotch mist, they're even funnier. Just don't go smoking any oily rags in this cold! https://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/jun/09/guide-to-cockney-rhyming-slang
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    The Language (and travel) Thread

    I think Herl was melding two variants on the expression there. In the UK they have the expression 'by a long chalk', which I'm familiar with from their film and TV but I've never heard 'long chalk' used in the States. They are fond of their chalk sayings, as they also have 'They are as different as chalk and cheese.' Never heard that used in American, either. We'd be more likely to say 'as night and day', probably.
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    The Lion's Mane

    For real, y'all--this is the real deal. https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/animals/have-you-ever-seen-a-jellyfish-this-big/vi-BBSJZLZ This largest species of jellyfish is the 'villain' in the Sherlock-narrated story, "The Lion's Mane". I really enjoy reading Sherl in his own voice . . but in my opinion the Great Detective was not firing on all cylinders in this post-retirement case from Sussex. Having a Holmes so distracted by an 18-year-old local beauty that he's decidedly slow in his brain work on the case is more than a little unsettling. Maud Bellamy is *not* The Woman, after all.
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    The Lion's Mane

    Yep. Sir Arthur was absolutely convinced that his historical novels were going to catapult him into Sir Walter Scott territory in that genre. He lavished all of his love and care and most of his energies on those projects. His Sherlock stuff he viewed strictly as a moneymaker, and not a terribly involving one at that. I believe it's owing to this ambition of Arthur's that Baring-Gould created the legend that Holmes's little-used third name of 'Scott' was an homage to a maternal fondness for the works of Sir Walter. Sir Arthur may have been astute about matters martial or medical, but about his own work he was sadly blinkered. History has proven him 100% wrong about where his literary reputation lies. Today, only 'The White Company' remains widely in print of all his historical novels, though I did find this on Amazon: a Kindle-only compilation of 7 of his novels. It could be argued, I believe without much fear of contradiction, that the only reason any interest in his non-Holmes fiction survives is because he is the Father of the Great Detective. Sir Arthur owed, and continues to owe, his reputation and his everything to Sherlock Holmes, the creation he tried to disavow more than once. Isn't irony funny? https://www.amazon.com/White-Company-Historical-Novels-ebook/dp/B01N5T0DIO/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1548865200&sr=1-6&keywords=the+white+company
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    What other TV shows do you watch?

    After the pilot episode of LOST, I was blown away and thought, "I may have just seen the best thing I have EVER seen in broadcast TV (BBC Sherlock excepted, of course.) I was a late-comer to LOST, tuning in via DVD as the final season was getting ready to air. I watched the series finale in broadcast . . including the finale night episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Jimmy was a huge fan and had had most of the cast on his program during that final season. JImmy's studio audience watched the LOST finale along with the rest of us and Jimmy's show that night opened on members of his audience, both men and women, visibly weeping. I was still trying to assimilate what I had just watched, but admit that the final frames of Jack and Vincent, echoing the first frames of the pilot episode 6 years earlier made A Good Ending. That final touching scene (almost) redeemed what had been for me at least 21/2 seasons' worth of 'WTF??' Since I watched most of the show on DVD, my viewing experience was telescoped into a few months rather than six years, so my frustration levels with how far into the bushes the show went after such a promising start and super-addictive first 3 seasons were more manageable than those fans who were mourning what some of them viewed as six years of their lives wasted. I joined a chat board in the aftermath of the finale, in which the good, the bad and the ugly were dissected and a sort of group catharsis/B* fest took place. One of the threads was 'Write your own haiku using the letters of LOST as the start of each line. That chat board is long gone into the ether, but I still remember what I came up with. I skewered showrunners Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cruse for their increasingly lazy storytelling & their cop-out ending. Mssrs. Gatiss and Moffat will be spared that, if only because we did not hold such an exercise on this board . .not 'cause I don't have some choice thoughts about their story-telling decisions in Season 4. ====================================================================== Lindelof and Cruse On massive ego trip Substitute mind games for plot T (not-nice word for lady-business)s! Ah, well. All water under the bridge now. I bought Seasons 1-3 and still watch them periodically. Season 4 has some good stuff, chiefly all the significant backstory for Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick, that hot Scot) & Penny . . but S4 was where LOST's signature weirdness curdled from good-weird-with-a-purpose into "Uh, guys . . where are we going with this?!"
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    The Lion's Mane

    I'm going with 'personal experience'. Sir Arthur was not really a stickler when it came to research. Maybe for something close to home. His knowledge of American geography and patois and cultural minorities is droll. I lived in Japan for a time, where jellyfish were a real problem at the end of the summer . . never saw a specimen like the Lion's Mane or I would have died of fright!
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    The Lion's Mane

    No, we absolutely can't. Though he might turn up at said events if a dead body is discovered on the village green, DCI Barnaby style. SH says in TLM that 'my place is lonely'. He could just have meant the location, on the cliffs well away from the village, but his choice of the word 'lonely' connotes that perhaps he is himself a bit lonely in this isolated spot, after the continual hustle and bustle of London. James Lovegrove has a book called Gods of War, in which Dr. Watson visits his old friend in Sussex to be of assistance on an intriguing case. Mr. Lovegrove lives in Eastbourne himself, so his descriptions of the area ring true . . but I can't fathom his choice to locate SH's cottage on one of the four corners of the village green. Even if were not entirely contradicted by SH's own description of his house in TLM, there's no way that Holmes would choose a house situated so close to 'people' . . tromping past his windows day and night and maybe even--quel horreur!--trying to peer through the curtains at the outlier. Certainly not! Sherlock Holmes prefers his encounters with humanity to be at carefully-managed occasions of his choosing. He would relish the opportunity to get away from prying neighbors out on the cliffs . . but does not seem to be adverse to seeking out company in his retirement--if he feels like it.
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    The Lion's Mane

    I prefer 'preoccupied'. It isn't just Maud Bellamy, though Holmes has noticed the young lady. He's only 50 at this point, so it's not *that* gross. I think he's a bit off his game owing to it being the first investigation he has embarked upon without Dr. Watson at his side, or at least, within hailing range. And he's still finding his way in his uncustomary environment of 'the country'. I find the story a bit of a charming anomaly because it gives us a Holmes who actually seems to be enjoying himself doing the 'retirement' thing. He takes walks on the beach; he swims every day . . he's even made some pals, as he seems to be on friendly terms with a number of the locals. This gives lie to the prevalent image of SH as a crabby hermit who is not socially functional without Dr. Watson to lubricate his way with other people. He's also navigating the brave new frontier of writing something for an audience which is not a scientific monograph. I wish Conan Doyle had given us more of these Sherlock-narrated tales. Or just more tales, full stop.
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    The Lion's Mane

    I think the Holmes-narrated pastiches must be too numerous to mention and certainly to remember! . . one that I really enjoyed (even though it is reviled by David Marcum for tinkering with Holy Writ) is Sherlock Holmes: My Life and Crimes by Michael Hardwick. Reminiscing from his Sussex cottage in retirement, Holmes decides to finally come clean about what really happened at the the Reichenbach Falls and sheds some surprising light upon his relationship with his archnemesis, Prof. Moriarty.
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    The Lion's Mane

    Well . . I think Sherlock named his story . .(excuse me, his 'Official Case Record') after he had discovered the culprit. I was not thinking 'lethal jellyfish' as the doer, of course . . but even if I had been thinking along the lines of poisonous marine wildlife, it would not have occurred to me that that particular species was indigenous to the English Channel. I would have thought it too cold in England. I like TLM . . . I also like 'The Blanched Soldier', narrated by Sherl . .when he admits (grudgingly) that there's more to writing a narrative for public consumption than he gave Dr. Watson credit for.
  23. Sitting in the sink would have been awfully athletic for the circumstances. As to Option A, I've done it. Needs must. You just have to be sure to find a large enough container, or the results will not be pretty.
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    Hi All

    I'd say the two decisions went hand-in-hand. His child's medical concerns were the impetus for Burke to accept the offer with the RSC when he did. I think he would have opted to stay with the show otherwise, at least for a few more seasons. I saw an interview with him where he expressed that he would have loved to continue as Watson, but could not regret the reason he chose to leave. Also that he knew he was leaving Jeremy in good hands with his replacement.
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    Recently watched movies

    Here's a shout-out to Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Richard E Grant, for his nomination, but even more for his attitude toward same. Richard first came to my attention in 1986 in the film 'Withnail & I'. It was his first starring role. He was 29 years old, as was his co-star, 8th Doctor Paul McGann (playing 'I'). I was 21 at the time, and therefore these were dangerous older man types . . and 'European'. Americans regard the English as Europeans even if they themselves don't. Richard has worked steadily since, often playing psychos, because he's just so good at it. But he seems like a nice guy in real life. For any that are interested, 'Withnail' is a sort of prototype of B. Cumberbatch's Sherlock, with the hapless 'I' as sort of a comic Dr. Watson figure. If you like off-kilter British movies, give this one a spin. Neither Richard nor I are 20-somethings any more, but I daresay we are holding up pretty good. Me better than he . . but then he is 8 years older and has had a more exciting life than me . .:) https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/richard-grant-absolutely-overwhelmed-at-oscar-nomination/vi-BBSBhSx

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