goldvermilion87: (littlejohn)
A drabble for [livejournal.com profile] capt_facepalm.


25 July 1880

It is with bitter amusement that I recall the summer in which gypsies camped in the field by the tall oak. I wanted to live with them and be free of my pinching shoes and strict schoolmaster! To move from place to place at my whim. But Mother said it was a life of disease, and hunger, and we would miss home.

I would beg her forgiveness for my foolish attempts to run away now, if I could.

What horror must it have been for those gypsies without even the conveniences enjoyed by victorious Britons in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces?
goldvermilion87: (littlejohn)
I re-watched Elementary, because I realized I hadn't given it my full attention due to snarking at it with my sister and with[livejournal.com profile] capt_facepalm.  So here it is in a nutshell:

Pros:
     -Perfectly serviceable script.  Not brilliant script.  I'd say one step above White Collar but about five below Leverage.
     -Pretty cinematography.
     -Generally okay acting except for....

Con:
     -Way too much emotionalness.  It's only the pilot.  Save the soap for at least halfway through the first season!
     -Lucy Liu.  I've never seen her in anything before, so she might have better roles, but this was terrible.  Completely wooden.  Maybe she's going for subtle and overdoing it?  But I'd like to see a muscle in her face twitch on occasion.  Also she must be over forty, but her voice still has the overtones of whiny teenager.  I found it a bit grating. And they're definitely making this all about Holmes and Watson, so they both need to be good.  I felt like poor Jonny Lee Miller was mostly acting at a wall.


Anyway, I'm looking forward to next week.  But unless Lucy Liu becomes a better actor, I'll be watching it more for the mustwatcheverysherlockholmesadaptation compulsion I suffer from than for pleasure.


The Mentalist has been and always shall be my American Sherlock Holmes adaptation of choice.  :-D
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IT IS THE MOST BRILLIANT THING EVER AND IT IS HERE FOR FREE AND COMPLETELY LEGALLY SO YOU SEE YOU HAVE TO READ IT.  NOW:

http://www.neilgaiman.com/mediafiles/exclusive/shortstories/emerald.pdf
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Finally got my DVD.

I love this adaptation.  AND THE CHESS GAME AT THE END.  IS.  BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also Robert Downey, Jr.  Most handsome Sherlock Holmes of all time. 

The End!

PS:  DON GIOVANNI!  THE MOST AMAZING OPERA OF ALL TIME!

I think I'm done now.

And just think, Elementary in the Fall.

It's good to be a Sherlock Holmes Adaptation Geek.

Is there a name for that?
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In sixth grade Latin we somehow got onto the subject of books.  I told them Paradise Lost was one of my favorite books.  I might have excused it by talking about Milton's Latinate sentences.

The next week after class one of the students comes up to me:

STUDENT:  Oh, Miss V. So, I went to the library and borrowed Paradise Lost. It took me forever to read the first page.
ME:  Yeah, well, it's a pretty hard  book, maybe you should read...
STUDENT:  Yeah!  But I liked it!!!!!!!

I did then suggest to him that he read the complete Sherlock Holmes now, before he developed a taste for good writing.  :-)
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1. Game of Shadows (Ritchie)
2. The Reichenbach Fall (BBC)
3. Everybody Dies (House)
4. The Red Hat (Mentalist)


I'm beginning to be convinced that they all just copy each other.
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1. Game of Shadows (Ritchie)
2. The Reichenbach Fall (BBC)
3. Everybody Dies (House)
4. The Red Hat (Mentalist)


I'm beginning to be convinced that they all just copy each other.
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"Pitt now promoted a solution that was typical of him:  the man who had found an elegant answer to problems such as rising national debt and over-complex taxes could see the solution to the whole European crisis.  He sought nothing less than a huge collective agreement on European peace on the basis of the prewar frontiers -- the status quo ante bellum.  British mediation brought agreement between the Austrians and the Prussians at Reichenbach in July 1790 on exactly this basis."

(even if it is an entirely unrelated town in Poland.  :-P )
goldvermilion87: (Default)
"Pitt now promoted a solution that was typical of him:  the man who had found an elegant answer to problems such as rising national debt and over-complex taxes could see the solution to the whole European crisis.  He sought nothing less than a huge collective agreement on European peace on the basis of the prewar frontiers -- the status quo ante bellum.  British mediation brought agreement between the Austrians and the Prussians at Reichenbach in July 1790 on exactly this basis."

(even if it is an entirely unrelated town in Poland.  :-P )
goldvermilion87: (Default)
I wonder if Steven Moffat was having fun with Without a Clue in "A Study in Pink."

The "It is my opinion he's dead" bit... [see "there's a woman lying here dead." "Perfectly sound analysis, but I was hoping you'd go deeper"] and then there was something earlier that I can't remember now, and it's driving me crazy...
goldvermilion87: (Default)
I wonder if Steven Moffat was having fun with Without a Clue in "A Study in Pink."

The "It is my opinion he's dead" bit... [see "there's a woman lying here dead." "Perfectly sound analysis, but I was hoping you'd go deeper"] and then there was something earlier that I can't remember now, and it's driving me crazy...
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Holmes: How can I be expected to maintain the character when you belittle me in front of those hooligans?

Watson: Character? Are we talking about the same man who once declared with total conviction that the late Colonel Howard had been bludgeoned to death with a blunt *excrement*?

Holmes: Is it my fault you have such poor handwriting?
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Holmes: How can I be expected to maintain the character when you belittle me in front of those hooligans?

Watson: Character? Are we talking about the same man who once declared with total conviction that the late Colonel Howard had been bludgeoned to death with a blunt *excrement*?

Holmes: Is it my fault you have such poor handwriting?
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Just got back from viewing number 2 of Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, and I genuinely think that the SH fans on my f-list--including those who have decided to hate the Ritchie films on principle--would like it.  It's really like a big budget fan fiction.  Definitely moves into the realm of hurt/comfort.  You can tell that a girl was involved in the writing of this one.  While I was watching this time, I thought, "this is what half the girls on ff.net and lj are trying to write and/or read -- and here it is on the big screen!"

Just my opinion, but I thought I'd share it.  Because while I'm a fan of the first one as well, I understand to a degree why some of you don't like it, but this was very, very different.

ALSO, I've revised my opinion on the double entendre thing.  The cross-dressing scene (rather unsurprisingly) has it in spades, but it doesn't permeate the film as was my impression after the first viewing.  (The fight in the cross-dressing scene was just very o.O (at least to me) which left me with a stronger impression than was warranted by the film itself.
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Just got back from viewing number 2 of Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, and I genuinely think that the SH fans on my f-list--including those who have decided to hate the Ritchie films on principle--would like it.  It's really like a big budget fan fiction.  Definitely moves into the realm of hurt/comfort.  You can tell that a girl was involved in the writing of this one.  While I was watching this time, I thought, "this is what half the girls on ff.net and lj are trying to write and/or read -- and here it is on the big screen!"

Just my opinion, but I thought I'd share it.  Because while I'm a fan of the first one as well, I understand to a degree why some of you don't like it, but this was very, very different.

ALSO, I've revised my opinion on the double entendre thing.  The cross-dressing scene (rather unsurprisingly) has it in spades, but it doesn't permeate the film as was my impression after the first viewing.  (The fight in the cross-dressing scene was just very o.O (at least to me) which left me with a stronger impression than was warranted by the film itself.
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Nothing spoilery here.  Just to say more double entendre than the first, which was irritating, but every thing else was better -- storyline, music (though I didn't think it would be possible for Zimmer to surpass his first AMAZING score, he did!), motivations, filming... I really liked it better, just really did we need ALL THAT DOUBLE ENTENDRE?  REALLY?

Still, had a fun afternoon with a friend.  Now it's time for SHERLOCK.  (only two more weeks!)

Oh, also, ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.

I'm definitely in love with him still...

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