The Imitation Game: Gratuity-Free, You’re Welcome.

I’ve heard about Alan Turing’s story before watching The Imitation Game, starring my favorite Brit, Benedict Cumberbatch. I knew that he was a gay math genius who broke the German’s Enigma machine, then got arrested for indecency that led to his chemical castration and eventual suicide.

I was preparing myself for hard-to-watch gay scenes (as I’m a prude straight woman, I usually close one eye on these scenes) and the suicide scene which I predicted would make me bawl as if I’m having my PMS. I was also prepared to be annoyed by Keira Knightly (not a huge fan).

Wouldn’t you know it there were non of that at all! Not one gay sex scene in a movie about a homosexual! That’s amazing! The suicide scene I was waiting for didn’t materialize either. And Keira Knightly was believable and not annoying at all.

As expected, Benedict Cumberbatch was excellent. How could he not be? Alan Turing was basically Sherlock Holmes. There were some controversy about Benedict’s quote on Metro about people assuming his characters have some form of autism. But clearly, Alan Turing is displaying some serious signs of Aspergers Syndrome.

Mathew Goode was good (haha). He’s truly one of the hottest British actors today(I loved him since Chasing Liberty). His character was a perfectly charming complement to Benedict’s socially awkward one. And how about the Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones cross-over, huh? I still kept seeing Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister in an army uniform, instead of his armour. Allen Leech aka Tom Branson in Downton Abbey as the spy for the Soviet Union I think was a bit far-fetched as he has a naturally kind face that could do no evil.

I like how the film was structured, going to and fro from the last moments of his life, to war time, and his childhood days at boarding school. It clearly illustrates where he’s been and how it affects his present circumstances. It made the audience more sympathetic as they understand Alan as a person and not just the genius who broke the German encryption.

I love the portrayal of his friendship with his team including Keira’s character, Joan. How she could agree to be his wife knowing he was gay truly made me admire her more. It made me think about my own gay best friend who I definitely don’t see marrying as I am a normal person without a genius IQ as is he.

I can see why this movie is nominated for a variety o awards including the Oscars. Too bad they didn’t win. But still, cheers to Alan Turing as he ushered in the age of the Digital Computer.

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Sherlock Mini Episode: Many Happy Returns

BBC just gave us a taste of Sherlock Season 3 with a mini episode entitled, “Many Happy Returns.” This is in reference to the uncut DVD Detective Inspector Lestrade made of Sherlock for Watson’s birthday.

The mini episode features a hobo-looking Anderson who somehow tuned into a Sherlock-is-alive fanatic, not unlike Elvis’ fans. How this came about is interesting to me. I loved Anderson as a comic-relief character, I’d hate to lose one of Sherlock’s best humor whipping boy.

I thought Benedict Cumberbatch wouldn’t appear in this episode. But he did! Thank you, thank you!

Dr. John Watson’s blog is also alive and kicking with a response to this DVD: Read it here.

The Desolation of Smaug: The New Hobbit Trailer

“Thief!”

“Where are you?”

“Don’t be shy” (oh the sly Cumberbatchian voice)

“Step into the light”

FIRE!!!

I can’t wait!!! Finally, we get to hear the voice of Smaug or otherwise known as the Cumberbatchian dragon. (Hey, he worked his ass off that dragon!)

If you haven’t heard his performance as angel Islington in the BBC radio drama “Neverwhere,” based on the book by Neil Gainman, I highly recommend you listen to it and be prepared to be mesmerized. He sings a few ominous lines if you need more motivation to search for it.

Oh and it’s good to see Bilbo too. :D

 

 

Will We See Irene Adler in Sherlock Season 3?

Radio Times just posted a slightly-maybe spoiler that Lara Pulver has hinted that we might not have seen the last of the Woman. Read: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-09-09/sherlocks-lara-pulver-on-series-3-return-i-didnt-say-you-wouldnt-be-seeing-me

I have a theory that we’ll see at least a flashback with her and Sherlock when they’re both in hiding. They will be monitoring things on the outside world together. Would they be doing anything else? (Hint: Boink! Boink!) I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Oh my poor Molly, this could not be good news for you :(

 

Star Trek Into Darkness and Yes, it’s the Wrath of Khan

Star Trek Into Darkness is what we all expected – awesome action-packed scene after scene. If you plan on seeing it, go to the bathroom before the film starts as there is absolutely no lull or go-to-the-bathroom scene anywhere. At the end, I was genuinely worried about my bladder.

I don’t know why JJ Abrams felt the need to deny that Harrison was Khan all along. When Benedict Cumberbatch, in  his glorious voice announced (and enunciated in perfect British English) “I AM KHAN!!,” I wanted to shout, “WE KNOW!!!.” Plot-wise, it was not so original but then, I heard it was lifted off from the first movie. You just don’t watch movies like Star Trek for the plot, though. You watch it for the thrill-ride, bro-mance… and the Cumberbatch (for women and girls and gays…and guys with a guy crush;)

On IMAX 3D, it was like riding a roller coaster. There was just no let up on the action. The body count could tally in the thousands. And while of course we root for the good guys, us girls we just can’t help flinching every time Spock or Kirk throws a punch at Benedict Cumberbatch’s immaculately British face (It’s ok though as he regenerates! yey!).

The ending was rather a surprise. Here’s to hoping we see Khan again!

Still Cumberbatched-Shit Crazy: Frankenstein with the other Sherlock

One of the most positive results that came out of my Benedict Cumberbatch obsession is the re-awakening of my appreciation for the classics. I’ve read the children’s versions of classics and as I grow older I began reading the original books, the unabridged versions with all the gory details children aren’t supposed to read. So now, I’m still stuck on Sherlock. I can’t believe how many stories Arthur Conan Doyle actually wrote about the detective. Although I would’ve liked a little bit more Irene Adler in some of them.

I’ve also watched all 5 episodes of Parade’s End, a much more interesting 1910 drama compared to Downton Abbey (which, by the way, after killing one of my fave characters is now so ho-hum-who-cares). As I described to my office mates, Parade’s End is like a classier soap opera. It’s written by a funny-named author, Ford Madox Ford.

Now I want to watch this Frankenstein play. The trailer alone is hauntingly gothic and intense. If I could teleport myself to the theater, I would! I’ve always imagined Frankenstein’s monster as the green, bumbling, Hulk-like dude with 2 over-sized screws on the head. So uninteresting, unintelligent and robotic-like creature. But this version is sexy! Of course, having 2 versions of the creature and the doctor be played by the sexiest Sherlocks in TV certainly helps.

So now, I’m thinking maybe I should read the original Mary Shelley novel! I haven’t even finished Dracula yet. (I’m not a fan of reading a lot of letters in a novel. ) I’m going to try and get the novel. I heard certain theaters in US will be showing the footage of the play. I hope they would put out a DVD. They’d certainly make a killing with all the Cumberbactched ladies opening their wallets… and more.

I’ve never been more interested in this creature. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller certainly changed the perception I have of this monster. Mary Shelley would be so proud!

Hopelessly In Love with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes

I’ve known Sherlock since I was a kid. Though the mysteries were intriguing, Arthur Conan Doyle’s genius detective was never one of my favorite characters. I was 9 or 10 maybe, but I was into more gothic characters and stories such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Count of Monte Cristo (whom I mistaken for a vampire because his name started with a Count… Count Dracula… ah-ah-ah…), and Great Expectations (First Kiss chapter thrilled me to no end).

Being a girl, I was into the romance, the love story elements and all the intrigue that surrounds this often sung, written and portrayed emotion. Well, needless to say, I didn’t find these elements in my children’s version of Sherlock Holmes. I didn’t know about Irene Adler. “A Scandal in Bohemia” was not included in the book I read as a child. The editor probably didn’t deem it appropriate for children. (On a side note, I was in National Bookstore earlier and saw a mother and her 2 pre-teen boys perusing the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. I think they were seriously considering buying the most awful books ever to get published. Wonder what mom would think when her boys lock their bedroom door and the big bottle of lotion goes missing?)

Watching BBC’s modern version of Sherlock made me crave Arthur Conan Doyle’s classics but apparently, everyone had a craving for the books as I’ve been to two bookstores and they’re all out of stock. I can’t wait to read those other stories that I’m not familiar with. I didn’t know there were more.

BBC teased us with just 3 episodes per season. Fortunately the 3rd season is going to start shooting in January. Am I going to watch the American version, Elementary? I’m still not sure. Cumberbatch’s portrayal is a tough act to follow. His unusually high cheekbones, manic blue eyes and artfully tousled hair are so unique. His voice was described as “beautiful”  and it certainly is. Who else can deliver lines at rapid pace but still maintain the clarity so the audience can follow?

Watching Sherlock with Dr. Watson, reminded me of House and Dr. Wilson and then I remembered that House was modeled after Sherlock. It’s uncanny how the writers of both shows took the essence of the story and characters and successfully transpose them to the modern world.

As Holmes said, he’s a high-functioning sociopath in the side of the angels but is not one of them. What is it with sociopaths that women go ga-ga over them? The hope that she’s the one who’s going to save the mad genius? I commiserate with the character Molly, who’s forever in Sherlock’s periphery but never got the full attention of the mad genius until the very end.

In the end, we’re all suckers for this type of character. Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory, Grissom from CSI, House, and Sherlock. They’re all too cool for this fool.