kivrin: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes looking elegant (Holmes (wens))
( Jan. 2nd, 2012 09:10 pm)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law, with Stephen Fry as Mycroft

If you didn't like the first one this isn't going to be any better for you, unless you really really really like turn-of-the-twentieth-century guns. The first film, as I said at the time, had a number of canonical pleasures for a profoundly acanonical experience; this one had fewer canonical pleasures but was still an enjoyable, albeit even less Holmesian, experience.

brief spoilers here )

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, with the greater London area as itself.

First, tangentially, I have a very hard time not going into an extensive Izzardian Englebert Humperdinck routine every time I write "Benedict Cumberbatch." Bendybert Cummerbund! Umptydink Crummerbutt! Hashtytag Tumblrbunch! ANYWAY.

Second, and primarily, I enjoyed that quite a lot, particularly the relationships between John, Sherlock, Mrs. Hudson and Mycroft, the passing references to a number of updated stories (there was flailing, I'm not too proud to admit that there was flailing), and the recurrence of the number 1895. Because it is always 1895!

I have one major spoilery objection.

kivrin: Elizabeth I holding a book to her lips (elizabeth book)
( Jan. 16th, 2011 04:06 pm)
B&R and I had some geek-friends over last night, and one of them mentioned in passing how she wants to see the David Tennant/Patrick Stewart Hamlet. B&R and I looked meaningfully at each other. "Well, as it happens..." I said.

Cut to three hours of Shakespearean awesome.
a few details behind the cut )
Last night B&R and I watched the first half of the theatrical Prince Caspian movie, and... it kinda sucks. Some things may improve in the second half, but nothing is going to change the fact that it's extremely poorly structured, and absolutely oozing with skeevy race/culture stuff.

spoilery details within )

There are some significant good bits, notably Eddie Izzard as the voice of Reepicheep and Anna Popewell (as Susan) kicking ass in archery, but overall, it's looking like a big-budget disappointment.
kivrin: Buffy snuggling Willow with the word "Love" (b/w! (glim))
( Jul. 10th, 2010 01:40 pm)
For anyone interested who is unfamiliar with the musical 1776, a YouTube playlist with all the songs, including those that were cut from the theatrical release of the film.

Though I don't have to wear several layers of wool every day, I do feel the need to say "Gentlemen, I fear you hardly knew how bad it could get when you complained it was "Hot as hell! In Philadel! phia!""
kivrin: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes looking elegant (Holmes (wens))
( Jan. 2nd, 2010 11:38 am)
what kind of a name is Students Against the Treacherous Use of Fur?

The score for Sherlock Holmes is excellently evocative. Lots of frenzied pizzacato violin that made me happy and conveyed the idea of Holmes' playing without the need for potentially-awkward faking by the actor.
No, it's not canon. But it's my view that it would be redundant to make canonically faithful adaptations when Granada TV and Jeremy Brett did that a mere twenty-odd years ago. Some of the later scripts were crap, when they started trying to bulk out third-tier short stories into two-hour TV movies, but taken as a whole, I think Brett's performance and the Granada adaptations are definitive canonical translations for at least another ten years. So, someone else trying to do the same thing would be, well, silly. (And trying to make a big-screen big-budget translation of any canonical story except Hound would also be pretty silly, in my opinion.)

For something noncanonical, though, it... includes a hell of a lot of canonical pleasures. Clever deductions! Brilliant disguises! A really, really smart Watson who kicks all kinds of ass! AND KEEPS A BULL PUP! In both the literal (doggy!) and figurative (temper-losing) senses! A patriotic V. R. done in bullet holes! Geraldine James as Mrs. Hudson! (Okay, that's not a canonical pleasure, but I like Geraldine James.)

cut for spoilers )
In short, I loved it. It's not a moving, talking Paget illustration, and isn't trying to be, so if that's your Holmesian pleasure, keep on walking. But if you like Holmes, and like slash, and action movies, and like pretty women in 1880s dresses, and pretty women in 1880s suits, you may really enjoy this one.
kivrin: Peter Wimsey with a Sherlock Holmes quotation (Default)
( Dec. 29th, 2009 01:32 pm)
Patrick Stewart's Macbeth will be filmed. This is the production [ profile] breadandroses and I saw in New York a year and a half ago. It's fucking brilliant.

Speaking of, anyone *cough* got a line on that David Tennant Hamlet (with PS as Claudius)? Email me if so...

I'm rereading Antony Sher's Year of the King, his journal/sketchbook of his preparations to play Richard III. I last read it as a sophomore in high school, so it's fascinating not only as an exploration of one man's acting process, but also as an exercise in noting what my fifteen-year-old self did and didn't notice. I'm quite sure I didn't get the "will sir be dressing left or right tonight?" joke about the hump, not knowing about the need for men to pick an avenue down which to direct the tackle. I certainly didn't go "ZOMG RICHARD WILSON!!" back then. ILU, British Theater Gay Mafia. (Incidentally, who knew Gaius was in A Passage To India? I need to woman up and finish reading the novel, and then watch the film. Judy Davis, the Raj, and now bonus RW? It has the makings of yet another flavor of tasty Kivrin!crack.)
So, in the summer of 1991, I was thirteen, and after Dances with Wolves I had a bit of a crush on Kevin Costner (which was consistent with my habit of selecting nonfictional crush objects who were still safely unavailable due to being older, married, and/or dead.) So I saw Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. At the time, I found the photography lacking, but I really, really dug the film, and rented the video several times.

Several weeks ago I Netflix'd it, expecting it to be goofy, but thinking it might be a tonic action-adventure experience. [ profile] breadandroses and I watched it last night, and, well. I was a very naive thirteen-year-old. I now think the film wasn't much to begin with, and it has aged poorly.

Things I'd remembered:
- the beauty of Mary Stuart Mastrantonio as Maid Marian. The cheekbones!
- Morgan Freeman as a magical Moor.
- Christian Slater (and a badfic-worthy plot twist.)
- Alan Rickman being Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
- the music (really, really well, because while I haven't seen the film for fifteen-ish years, I have the soundtrack and like to play it on road trips.)

I think the score is still really good. Though [ profile] breadandroses and I found the sound levels on the DVD really problematic - sometimes the music was overpowering the dialogue, and some scenes were much much louder than others.

The rest of the film... well.

Things I hadn't remembered and/or never realized

- this movie is ridiculous. It takes itself veryvery seriously but it is ridiculous. Read more... )

In short, I do not now understand why this got my 13-year-old self obsessed with Robin Hood (to the point that I Mary Sue'd myself into a heavily Prince of Thieves-based version of the legend.) And I'm glad I didn't buy the dvd, even for $5.
People who read Ballet Shoes as children: when, if ever, did you start to see Dr. Smith/Dr. Jakes?

Over the weekend [ profile] breadandroses and I watched the 2007 movie with Emma Watson as Pauline, which makes the pairing quite clear, in a campy-positive manner we quite enjoyed. The film takes some rather extreme liberties with the character of Mr. Simpson, and assassinates the character of Winifred Bagnall, but I really enjoyed getting glimpses of period musical and Shakespeare productions. As fans of Hustle, we also enjoyed seeing Marc Warren (even though he apparently can't shed his Danny Blue accent - unless grammar schools have Matrons?) and Adrian Lester (who does a reasonably good American accent here.)

I'm obsessively refreshing Vividcon playlists for links, so there will probably be songvid recs this week. For the moment, though, I invite everyone to revisit the delights of November by watching the following vid by SDWolfpup:

Vid embedded under the cut )
1. Potentially spoilery pics taken by a crew member on series 2 of Merlin here. Yes, I love my pretty show of prettiness to the point that I have gone trawling for set reports, and I have not sought only those that talk about Tony. (MOAR ANGEL COULBY, PLZ!)

2. My NuTrek icon craving is for a picture of the whole crew on the bridge at the end, with the text OTCrew.

3. The urge to knit is rising again within me, which is good, because I have a wedding to go to this summer and a lot of relatives who will need Christmas presents in about six months. And if I start knitting for that now I will not be wrapping things up with the needles still in them come Christmas Eve.

4. It might actually be useful for me, for work purposes, to memorize the names of all the signers of the declaration of independence, rather than just the ones who have good songs in 1776.

5. Over the weekend I read The Devil Wears Prada, which is just as guiltily addictive a piece of chick-lit fluff as it was when it was called The Nanny Diaries. I think one reason these books are popular is that they reassure the everyday non-high-powered-or-hyper-privileged, non-New-York-City reader that the glitzy life is NOT WORTH IT.
Anyone know where I can find a good picture of the whole crew on the bridge at the end of the new Star Trek movie?
Cut for spoilers )

That said... I'm up for seeing it again, if I can find a convenient weekend matinee.
kivrin: The words "Unfortunate Events" with a picture of Violet Baudelaire (Unfortunate Events)
( Mar. 19th, 2009 10:45 am)
Natasha Richardson's death is terribly, terribly sad. I knew she was far too young, but I didn't realize she was as painfully young as 45.

My earliest memory of her is as Violet Hunter in the Granada TV adaptation of "The Copper Beeches" with Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. I doubt I saw the episode when it first aired in the U.S. but I have quite a clear memory of watching it at my parents' house and being impressed by her screen presence. The whole episode is up on YouTube:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

She's excellent in Blow Dry, a movie about the world of competitive hairdressing which also features Alan Rickman. It has a Full Monty sort of appeal... though there is a sad cast to it, involving her character, so if you're mourning her it might be a painful one to watch right now. (In several threads I've read over the past few days, Liam Neeson fans have declared moratoria on watching Love Actually. Because ow.)

In Nell her character is overshadowed by Jodie Foster as a semi-feral young woman, but it's a thoughtful performance and I recall people who know about these things being very impressed with her accent - a toned-down-for-"professionalism"-rural-Southern one.
Yesterday was a snow day, which was EXCELLENT. The accumulation wasn't snow so much as nasty icy slush, so I had no conflict about sticking to indoor pursuits. (Had it been beautiful with fluffy white snow, I would have wanted to go walk in it, if not actually play in it, and would have had regrets in any and all directions.) I went to some friends' house for pancakes, then came home and did laundry (including experiments in getting deodorant crud off t-shirts), tidied my room, scrubbed the kitchen sink and slew some encrusted grime in the bathroom*, read more of Honor Moore's memoir The Bishop's Daughter and watched the Anthony Head version of Persuasion and drank a lot of tea.

Today is cold and bright, and I spent the morning careening between enjoying that (and enjoying feeling rested, and enjoying supervising a congenial volunteer who's doing some data entry, and enjoying anticipating an upcoming visit from my parents and this evening's choir rehearsal), and feeling anxious about the people in the reading room, the mess in my office, this evening's choir rehearsal, the upcoming visit from my parents, my grandmother's health, my long-distance friendships, and my general existential/vocational okayness or lack thereof.

So. Some media blather.

The Bishop's Daughter )

Persuasion (200X film) )

Tangentially, here I shall enumerate


Read more... )

Coming sometime: Why I Watch Hustle.
It has, thanks be to God, cooled off from the ugly humid mess of Tuesday, but even so I decreed it to be Summer Movie Time and so [ profile] breadandroses and I went to see the new Indiana Jones. I really enjoyed it. I was hoping it would be more witty, but I really enjoyed it. I had popcorn and a soda and Marion Ravenwood - it was awesome.

HOWEVER. There were some choice sillinesses.

here be spoilers )
This weekend I watched Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2. Ah, the eighties. Shoulder pads and big hair on the women, more hair on Bill Murray, and action-comedy films with more dialogue than explosions. Read more... )

Last night I finally finished Paul Elie's The Life You Save May Be Your Own, which I've been picking up and putting down for months. It's a remarkable group biography of four American Catholic writers, Dorothy Day, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Merton, and Walker Percy. Picking it up as I did, however, without more than a few faint impressions about the Catholic Worker movement and knowledge of the names Merton and O'Connor, I wasn't able to really appreciate the interweavings of the four lives. I was busy trying to keep track of what decade the overall narrative was in, and to assimilate the brute facts of each life. Though it's natural enough given the literary focus of the book, it frustrated me that the subjects' personal connections were so glossed over. I particularly wondered about Day's relationship with her daughter and the phantom grandchildren who appear only to carry her coffin. It would be good to read it again, after reading a regular biography of Day, and some Merton, and the O'Connor stories that Elie makes the most of in his analysis.

In Buffyverse fanfic news, I highly recommend Facing the Heart in Darkness by [ profile] liz_marcs. It's a story about the New Council and Xander in Africa, told from the point of view of one of the holdovers from the old council, and it's terrific. It is also a work in progress, but it seems quite sure to be finished sooner rather than later.
kivrin: Wash from Firefly smiling (wash smiley (cannons_fan))
( Nov. 27th, 2005 08:14 pm)
I'm not really here, I'm still at my parents' house, but I've managed to snag a bit of time with my father's laptop while he's running errands. When he gets back, we're going to watch more Firefly. The LOTR films opened a hitherto deeply buried vein of fannishness in my quiet theologian dad, and after seeing "The Train Job" and "Our Mrs Reynolds" while visiting me last weekend, he's been desperate to see more episodes. Today we watched "Safe" and "Shindig" - I'm thinking next we'll watch "Bushwhacked" so next time he can start with "Jaynestown" and go straight through to the end.

(Should any Firefly-ians be terribly, terribly shocked that I showed him "Train Job" rather than "Serenity" (the episode), I was pressed for time.)

All you writers should rush out to see Walk The Line, because it's about the redemptive power of stories. More on that, I hope, later.

Hope the past week has been good to all of you.


kivrin: Peter Wimsey with a Sherlock Holmes quotation (Default)


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