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I was on a Quizbowl team in college. 

It was a lot of fun.

We were not the most dedicated team, but we enjoyed being destroyed by the ones who took it really really really seriously.

So may I please just take a moment to say that THIS:

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IS A 100% REAL PERSON!
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We saw the reverse casting of Frankenstein.  I did like the original better overall.  But the reverse was absolutely excellent, and some things were done better for both characters.  A great experience overall, and something I definitely would buy on DVD if it should turn out that they lied, and release it.

HOWEVER

Remember I said yesterday I was all freaked out about disgusting Cumberbitches, and then it turned out I had nothing to fear?   I actually felt a bit bad for being so judgmental. 

I no longer feel that way.

The rape/murder scene when the monster kills Elizabeth was much worse with Miller's monster -- louder and longer and just... well, it's meant to be horrifying, but I was much more horrified than yesterday.  In fact, if I'd known I wouldn't have brought my little brother..

The Cumberbitches laughed.  I am not joking.  LAUGHED. 

I am still angry.
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We saw the reverse casting of Frankenstein.  I did like the original better overall.  But the reverse was absolutely excellent, and some things were done better for both characters.  A great experience overall, and something I definitely would buy on DVD if it should turn out that they lied, and release it.

HOWEVER

Remember I said yesterday I was all freaked out about disgusting Cumberbitches, and then it turned out I had nothing to fear?   I actually felt a bit bad for being so judgmental. 

I no longer feel that way.

The rape/murder scene when the monster kills Elizabeth was much worse with Miller's monster -- louder and longer and just... well, it's meant to be horrifying, but I was much more horrified than yesterday.  In fact, if I'd known I wouldn't have brought my little brother..

The Cumberbitches laughed.  I am not joking.  LAUGHED. 

I am still angry.
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Lil' Bro and I went to see the original casting version of Danny Boyle's Frankenstein today.  (Jonny Lee Miller as Frankenstein, Benedict Cumberbatch as the monster). 

First, the adventure, because no moment in my life is complete without one.  Not that exciting this time, but hey, you take what you can get.  We live about an hour from New Brunswick, where it was playing.  We were going to leave at 5:30 for a 7:00 showing, but decided to leave around 4:45 so we could stop for dinner.  We stopped at Friendly's.  We ate really quickly.  Probably more quickly than necessary.  But I wanted to be on time.  At 5:30, as we were gobbling down our entrees, I asked the Bro if he wanted Ice Cream.  I don't know why I had to ask.  So I stopped the waitress and asked if we could make our ice cream orders, even though we were only halfway through our meals, for the sake of time.  "Sure!" she said.  At 5:40 I was definitely done with my meal, though Lil' Bro, who believes (he told me this) that eating as much as possible is a challenge that he must accept, was still bravely disposing of french fries.  At 5:45 he was done.  At 5:50, I started staring at the fountain.  At 5:55 I handed Lil' Bro the credit card with instructions that he ask for the check when the ice cream was served, so I could go to the ladies room.  At 6:00 I came back to find the table empty.  By 6:05  I was getting a bit twitchy.  We didn't get the ice cream until 6:10.  But we got there in time, so it was all good. 

Second, the theatre.  We got out of our car, and I saw a mini-van across from it.  It had a TARDIS sticker.  It had Doctor Who quotations.  It had Sherlock stickers.  It had an "I AM SHER LOCKED" sticker. And at that moment I realized OH NO!   CUMBERBITCHES!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!  I heard from another friend recently that they can be really disgusting, as if their self-proclaimed name was not evidence enough.  WHAT IF I HAD TO ENDURE THEM ALL THROUGH THE SHOW!!!!!!!!!  Then, I noticed that the theatre was filled with mostly all girls.  Then I saw someone in a Sherlock hat (Random aside -- You'd think the Kitty Reilly bathroom scene would be a discouragement for that behaior?).  I was really worried.  I chose a row where the people looked sensible (near an old man and his son, for example) and hoped for the best.  It turned out that I didn't have much to fear.  Every time the Monster said anything even remotely possibly a tad sad, they all went AAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Which was irritating, but not the end of the world.  I will be amused if Cumberbatch!Frankenstein elicits this response.  Amused and disgusted.  But more amused.

The show itself.  I have a love-hate relationship with Frankenstein.  The story is reasonably interesting.  It is a Paradise Lost adaptation -- one of my hobby-horses.  And it's an excellent example of Romanticism.  But the writing is HORRIBLE.  Besides, it's an excellent example of Romanticism.

The writer (whose name has escaped me) took all the best things from the book, in my opinion.  He really focused on the Paradise Lost connections.  Also it was no longer Mary Shelley's she-really-could-have-used-an-editor writing.  (Though the weird monster-birthing scene had to have been five minutes long... I am thinking of that as a nod to her writing.  :-P )  I really felt for the characters in a way that I don't when I read the book.  I got a bit teary several times.  And there was a smattering of humor, which was refreshing just because it was humor, and also because it seemed to make light of some of the more ridiculous things that Mary Shelley seems to take very seriously.  (The monster learning to read from Paradise Lost, for example.)  It was more horrible as well -- Elizabeth died in a way that when it happened I realized I should have seen coming the whole time but didn't

The set was very interesting.  Minimalist with a rotating-plus-other-weird-stuff stage.  The lighting was hundreds of bulbs with very obvious filaments.  It looked cool, and they did a lot of neat effects with them.  I felt like they were trying to say something very very deep about industry that didn't quite come through.  I mean, certainly there was discussion of the whole scientist-plays-God aspect of Frankenstein, but the random train thing made of gears was puzzling.

And finally, the acting.  I'm going to see the reverse casting tomorrow, but I am pretty sure this is a better fit.  Physically speaking Cumberbatch as the monster and Miller as Frankenstein is the obvious choice.  Miller is small and ferrety looking.  Cumberbatch is a bit taller, and just WEIRD looking.  To quote Lil' Bro, "He almost looks more normal as the monster."  Cumberbatch also has a stronger voice, which fit for the interaction between Frankenstein and his monster.  And finally, though I might be unfair to judge this from this production (since the monster gives more acting opportunity) I do think Cumberbatch is a better actor, and the monster is a demanding role.  That being said, I'm sure the reverse casting will be wonderful.  I just suspect that this is the better of the two versions.

Finally, two details for any interested seeing it in the future.  The rumors of Cumberbatch nudity were grossly exaggerated. He is never nude, though I echo my brother in his opinion that when he was wearing only pants, "I saw more of Cumberbatch than I ever wanted to see.  Ever."  But I suppose the monster should gross us out a bit, so yeah... And then, no one mentioned the topless female corpse in the I'll-make-you-a-bride-JUST-KIDDING-LET-ME-TEAR-HER-TO-SHREDS-IN-FRONT-OF-YOU!!!! scene.  But I thought it was appropriate to the production, even if it meant my brother couldn't watch it. 

I guess that's all.  An overall enjoyable experience.  I would highly recommend it, and I sincerely hope it makes it to DVD.
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Lil' Bro and I went to see the original casting version of Danny Boyle's Frankenstein today.  (Jonny Lee Miller as Frankenstein, Benedict Cumberbatch as the monster). 

First, the adventure, because no moment in my life is complete without one.  Not that exciting this time, but hey, you take what you can get.  We live about an hour from New Brunswick, where it was playing.  We were going to leave at 5:30 for a 7:00 showing, but decided to leave around 4:45 so we could stop for dinner.  We stopped at Friendly's.  We ate really quickly.  Probably more quickly than necessary.  But I wanted to be on time.  At 5:30, as we were gobbling down our entrees, I asked the Bro if he wanted Ice Cream.  I don't know why I had to ask.  So I stopped the waitress and asked if we could make our ice cream orders, even though we were only halfway through our meals, for the sake of time.  "Sure!" she said.  At 5:40 I was definitely done with my meal, though Lil' Bro, who believes (he told me this) that eating as much as possible is a challenge that he must accept, was still bravely disposing of french fries.  At 5:45 he was done.  At 5:50, I started staring at the fountain.  At 5:55 I handed Lil' Bro the credit card with instructions that he ask for the check when the ice cream was served, so I could go to the ladies room.  At 6:00 I came back to find the table empty.  By 6:05  I was getting a bit twitchy.  We didn't get the ice cream until 6:10.  But we got there in time, so it was all good. 

Second, the theatre.  We got out of our car, and I saw a mini-van across from it.  It had a TARDIS sticker.  It had Doctor Who quotations.  It had Sherlock stickers.  It had an "I AM SHER LOCKED" sticker. And at that moment I realized OH NO!   CUMBERBITCHES!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!  I heard from another friend recently that they can be really disgusting, as if their self-proclaimed name was not evidence enough.  WHAT IF I HAD TO ENDURE THEM ALL THROUGH THE SHOW!!!!!!!!!  Then, I noticed that the theatre was filled with mostly all girls.  Then I saw someone in a Sherlock hat (Random aside -- You'd think the Kitty Reilly bathroom scene would be a discouragement for that behaior?).  I was really worried.  I chose a row where the people looked sensible (near an old man and his son, for example) and hoped for the best.  It turned out that I didn't have much to fear.  Every time the Monster said anything even remotely possibly a tad sad, they all went AAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Which was irritating, but not the end of the world.  I will be amused if Cumberbatch!Frankenstein elicits this response.  Amused and disgusted.  But more amused.

The show itself.  I have a love-hate relationship with Frankenstein.  The story is reasonably interesting.  It is a Paradise Lost adaptation -- one of my hobby-horses.  And it's an excellent example of Romanticism.  But the writing is HORRIBLE.  Besides, it's an excellent example of Romanticism.

The writer (whose name has escaped me) took all the best things from the book, in my opinion.  He really focused on the Paradise Lost connections.  Also it was no longer Mary Shelley's she-really-could-have-used-an-editor writing.  (Though the weird monster-birthing scene had to have been five minutes long... I am thinking of that as a nod to her writing.  :-P )  I really felt for the characters in a way that I don't when I read the book.  I got a bit teary several times.  And there was a smattering of humor, which was refreshing just because it was humor, and also because it seemed to make light of some of the more ridiculous things that Mary Shelley seems to take very seriously.  (The monster learning to read from Paradise Lost, for example.)  It was more horrible as well -- Elizabeth died in a way that when it happened I realized I should have seen coming the whole time but didn't

The set was very interesting.  Minimalist with a rotating-plus-other-weird-stuff stage.  The lighting was hundreds of bulbs with very obvious filaments.  It looked cool, and they did a lot of neat effects with them.  I felt like they were trying to say something very very deep about industry that didn't quite come through.  I mean, certainly there was discussion of the whole scientist-plays-God aspect of Frankenstein, but the random train thing made of gears was puzzling.

And finally, the acting.  I'm going to see the reverse casting tomorrow, but I am pretty sure this is a better fit.  Physically speaking Cumberbatch as the monster and Miller as Frankenstein is the obvious choice.  Miller is small and ferrety looking.  Cumberbatch is a bit taller, and just WEIRD looking.  To quote Lil' Bro, "He almost looks more normal as the monster."  Cumberbatch also has a stronger voice, which fit for the interaction between Frankenstein and his monster.  And finally, though I might be unfair to judge this from this production (since the monster gives more acting opportunity) I do think Cumberbatch is a better actor, and the monster is a demanding role.  That being said, I'm sure the reverse casting will be wonderful.  I just suspect that this is the better of the two versions.

Finally, two details for any interested seeing it in the future.  The rumors of Cumberbatch nudity were grossly exaggerated. He is never nude, though I echo my brother in his opinion that when he was wearing only pants, "I saw more of Cumberbatch than I ever wanted to see.  Ever."  But I suppose the monster should gross us out a bit, so yeah... And then, no one mentioned the topless female corpse in the I'll-make-you-a-bride-JUST-KIDDING-LET-ME-TEAR-HER-TO-SHREDS-IN-FRONT-OF-YOU!!!! scene.  But I thought it was appropriate to the production, even if it meant my brother couldn't watch it. 

I guess that's all.  An overall enjoyable experience.  I would highly recommend it, and I sincerely hope it makes it to DVD.
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And I know why.

I feel so up to date with the Hollywood gossip now.

:-P
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And I know why.

I feel so up to date with the Hollywood gossip now.

:-P
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Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed as the voice of Smaug! 

Of course, I continue my dire predictions of it being horrible.  The article I saw talked about the new female roles being added, "as there are no strong female roles in The Hobbit."  If you want strong female roles, DON'T ADAPT A BOYS' ADVENTURE NOVEL FROM THE EARLY(ish) 20TH CENTURY.

*sigh*

STILL

CUMBERBATCH AND FREEMAN GET TO SNIPE AT EACH OTHER IN A DIFFERENT FILM.  :-)

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Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed as the voice of Smaug! 

Of course, I continue my dire predictions of it being horrible.  The article I saw talked about the new female roles being added, "as there are no strong female roles in The Hobbit."  If you want strong female roles, DON'T ADAPT A BOYS' ADVENTURE NOVEL FROM THE EARLY(ish) 20TH CENTURY.

*sigh*

STILL

CUMBERBATCH AND FREEMAN GET TO SNIPE AT EACH OTHER IN A DIFFERENT FILM.  :-)

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I just went onto IMDB to see if they'd announced what Cumberbatch was doing in The Hobbit, and to my horror, saw that Leonard Nimoy was rumored to be voicing Smaug. 

Horror.

Even though I'm already convinced that the film (two films?) will be terrible anyway.

And I'm a Spock fangirl.  But still!

If the film is bad enough, though, I vote that they use Nimoy's Bilbo Baggins song for the ending credits.  HAAHAHAHAHA!
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I just went onto IMDB to see if they'd announced what Cumberbatch was doing in The Hobbit, and to my horror, saw that Leonard Nimoy was rumored to be voicing Smaug. 

Horror.

Even though I'm already convinced that the film (two films?) will be terrible anyway.

And I'm a Spock fangirl.  But still!

If the film is bad enough, though, I vote that they use Nimoy's Bilbo Baggins song for the ending credits.  HAAHAHAHAHA!
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I am fully convinced, down to the bottom of my cynical little heart that Peter Jackson's Hobbit will be a travesty.

So, when I heard that Cumberbatch was joining the cast, I wasn't sure whether to be happy that another briliant actor was joining the already brilliant cast or sad that another brilliant actor was joining the travesty, which would be more disappointing because it should be wonderful...

But if THIS speculation proves correct... well... I WILL BE ECSTATIC:

Early reports suggest Cumberbatch will voice the dragon character Smaug but the actor refused to specify his role, insisting, “I can’t say at the moment, thank you very much.” A red-faced Freeman later told reporters, “I knew I was a sort of a big mouth but I didn’t realize to what extent I was a big mouth, and I’ve just ruined everything. I might not actually go back to a job – they might have just sacked (fired) me.”

(I giggle that "sacked" needed to be defined by whoever wrote this little snippet.)

(I do not giggle that they used parentheses instead of brackets.)

Of course, cynical me just kicked in again and pointed out that despite Cumberbatch's brilliant speaking voice, and the fact that Smaug has some really briliant dialogue, the script is bound to me marginally above Star Wars quality.

*snrk*
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I am fully convinced, down to the bottom of my cynical little heart that Peter Jackson's Hobbit will be a travesty.

So, when I heard that Cumberbatch was joining the cast, I wasn't sure whether to be happy that another briliant actor was joining the already brilliant cast or sad that another brilliant actor was joining the travesty, which would be more disappointing because it should be wonderful...

But if THIS speculation proves correct... well... I WILL BE ECSTATIC:

Early reports suggest Cumberbatch will voice the dragon character Smaug but the actor refused to specify his role, insisting, “I can’t say at the moment, thank you very much.” A red-faced Freeman later told reporters, “I knew I was a sort of a big mouth but I didn’t realize to what extent I was a big mouth, and I’ve just ruined everything. I might not actually go back to a job – they might have just sacked (fired) me.”

(I giggle that "sacked" needed to be defined by whoever wrote this little snippet.)

(I do not giggle that they used parentheses instead of brackets.)

Of course, cynical me just kicked in again and pointed out that despite Cumberbatch's brilliant speaking voice, and the fact that Smaug has some really briliant dialogue, the script is bound to me marginally above Star Wars quality.

*snrk*
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Well, it seems that lot of people are really disappointed that Benedict Cumberbatch didn't get the BAFTA for best actor.  I, of course, said that I wanted him to win, because I loved his performance, but the fact is that I haven't seen Eric and Ernie or... the thing Jim Broadbent did, and of the two I did see, I couldn't honestly say if I thought Cumberbatch's Sherlock was better than Smith's Doctor.  So, I don't even have enough information to say whether I agree with the decision or not, much less complain about it.  And frankly, I am not upset.  Cumberbatch was really good.  Yay!  Apparently there are some people who think he wasn't the best. They may well be right.  :-)

But I saw a brief interview with Cumberbatch from before the awards ceremony, and he said something to the effect that it was insulting to Broadbent and Rigby that the press was setting this up as only a competition between Smith and Cumberbatch. 

So the random thought that popped into my head was... I wonder if that affected the BAFTA voters? 

(I don't mean this bitterly or conspiracy theory-ish-ly.  I just know if I were voting and I were really torn between several really great actors, that would influence me against them for sure!)
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Well, it seems that lot of people are really disappointed that Benedict Cumberbatch didn't get the BAFTA for best actor.  I, of course, said that I wanted him to win, because I loved his performance, but the fact is that I haven't seen Eric and Ernie or... the thing Jim Broadbent did, and of the two I did see, I couldn't honestly say if I thought Cumberbatch's Sherlock was better than Smith's Doctor.  So, I don't even have enough information to say whether I agree with the decision or not, much less complain about it.  And frankly, I am not upset.  Cumberbatch was really good.  Yay!  Apparently there are some people who think he wasn't the best. They may well be right.  :-)

But I saw a brief interview with Cumberbatch from before the awards ceremony, and he said something to the effect that it was insulting to Broadbent and Rigby that the press was setting this up as only a competition between Smith and Cumberbatch. 

So the random thought that popped into my head was... I wonder if that affected the BAFTA voters? 

(I don't mean this bitterly or conspiracy theory-ish-ly.  I just know if I were voting and I were really torn between several really great actors, that would influence me against them for sure!)
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I decided to watch the first and third episodes of Sherlock with audio commentary the other day.  Both were quite interesting.  The first especially, because Moffat and Gatiss were the commentators.  The third was more entertaining than interesting, because the commentators were Freeman, Cumberbatch, and Gatiss.  It included silly things like an Alan Rickman impersonation, and a silly song about Martin Freeman, and me getting the distinct impression than Cumberbatch is probably an overbearing pain in the you-know-where most of the time.

However, there was one moment in which they were discussing Mycroft and his non-fatness, and who else they could have auditioned, and Cumberbatch said "Brian Blessed!" in the background.

And I laughed.

And that's when I realized that I watch too much British TV.

In futher nerd news.  It's nice to know that Fanny and Edmund stayed together:





And finally, William Pitt the younger (author of this beautiful letter:  Pitt's letter to Wilberforce after Wilberforce said he was going to leave politics. (WHY DON'T PEOPLE WRITE LETTERS LIKE THIS ANYMORE!?!?!?!?)  ) was my favorite character in Amazing Grace when I watched it a few years back.  The fact that he is played by Sherlock (who looks awesome when he's running, with or without a greatcoat) only makes him better.  :-P



I am now pretending that Pitt is not going to die halfway through the film.  WHY DOES HE HAVE TO DIE?!?!?!?!?

Okay, because that's what happened in real life, but still...It makes me cry. 
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I decided to watch the first and third episodes of Sherlock with audio commentary the other day.  Both were quite interesting.  The first especially, because Moffat and Gatiss were the commentators.  The third was more entertaining than interesting, because the commentators were Freeman, Cumberbatch, and Gatiss.  It included silly things like an Alan Rickman impersonation, and a silly song about Martin Freeman, and me getting the distinct impression than Cumberbatch is probably an overbearing pain in the you-know-where most of the time.

However, there was one moment in which they were discussing Mycroft and his non-fatness, and who else they could have auditioned, and Cumberbatch said "Brian Blessed!" in the background.

And I laughed.

And that's when I realized that I watch too much British TV.

In futher nerd news.  It's nice to know that Fanny and Edmund stayed together:





And finally, William Pitt the younger (author of this beautiful letter:  Pitt's letter to Wilberforce after Wilberforce said he was going to leave politics. (WHY DON'T PEOPLE WRITE LETTERS LIKE THIS ANYMORE!?!?!?!?)  ) was my favorite character in Amazing Grace when I watched it a few years back.  The fact that he is played by Sherlock (who looks awesome when he's running, with or without a greatcoat) only makes him better.  :-P



I am now pretending that Pitt is not going to die halfway through the film.  WHY DOES HE HAVE TO DIE?!?!?!?!?

Okay, because that's what happened in real life, but still...It makes me cry. 
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I have been waiting for this ever since Benedict Cumberbatch said "Just...tell me... what happened from the beginning" and it sounded COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY like Alan Rickman.

 



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I have been waiting for this ever since Benedict Cumberbatch said "Just...tell me... what happened from the beginning" and it sounded COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY like Alan Rickman.

 



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