May 13th, 2012

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows DVD Out On Monday

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The DVD of "A Game of Shadows" is out on Monday 14 May (tomorrow). As everyone knows, this is not my favourite rendition of Sherlock Holmes. However, when I finally got round to seeing this at the cinema, I enjoyed it immensely and so I am recommending the film.

You can pre-order/buy it here:

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Subtitled: Raks eats her Deerstalker!

Topline Summary - There is more than enough Canon and genius in here to keep any Sherlockian or Holmesian happy. I enjoyed the film a great deal and will now eat my deerstalker!

What I loved:

- Numerous Canonical References
- The friendship and love between Holmes and Watson
- Jude Law, as Watson, was truly excellent. I just loved his playing of the role and it was perfectly in keeping with the Watson of my imagination. Jude is a bit of a genius and is always brilliant in anything he does
- Colonel Sebastian Moran - he was the epitome of pure evil and was excellent
- The humour in the film. It was very funny (I laughed out loud several times) and there were some great one liners
- Mycroft calling Sherlock "Sherly"; that was a real treat!
- The fact that it was, most definitely, an adventure
- The Victoriana - I am a sucker for that!
- The big budget and the millions they had to make the film. You could see it in the locations, the sets, the costumes, and critically, the effects, which were genius. The film was a feast for the eyes
- The ending. Holmes and Moriarty, locked in combat and in eachother's arms, falling off the ledge and down into the heart of the Waterfall. Beautiful and breathtaking and just what I expected and wanted
- The fact that in this version, you don't have to wait years for Holmes's return; just a few minutes and there he is, alive and well, and back in Watson's study
- Watson typing "The End". And Holmes adding a question mark - ? What further adventures, if any, will they have together?
- My favourite line referred to the fact that travelling in a motorcar was a bit conspicuous. "It's so overt, it's covert." This really chimes with the multiple references in Sherlock to hiding in plain sight

What I didn't like:

- This is always the key problem with the Guy Ritchie films for me. I cannot accept RDJ as Holmes. I just do not believe that he has a genius mind, or that he is super intelligent, or that he can outwit people. The playing of it is all wrong. RDJ does not do any of the physical traits that are in Canon that Benedict does so well. RDJ does not have the face or the physique for Holmes. And, last but not least, Holmes should be an English gentleman (Benedict nails this!); RDJ just looks and acts like a thug
- Holmes's thought process and the deductions were hard to follow and clumsy. Compared to the clarity and quickness and sheer genius of the deductions in Sherlock they were a bit not good

However, what I will say is that, overall, I enjoyed the film and there is more than enough to it to keep any Sherlockian or Holmesian happy.

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Dark Shadows, BFI IMAX

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I am going to see this tomorrow and I literally cannot wait! I am excited about it because it is a Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp, and it has Edward Scissorhands (one of my favourite films of all time) written all over it!

Cut and pasted from an email from the BFI Website:

Dark Shadows - The IMAX Experience (12A)

Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy... until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard.

In 1752 the Collins family sails from Liverpool to start a new life in America. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas (Johnny Depp) is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy... until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). Angelique turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is freed and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harbouring their own dark secrets. Tim Burton directed this gothic vampire tale based on the cult TV series of the same name.

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Two soldiers in Afghanistan murdered by the British government

Cut and pasted from the Stop the War Website:

Two soldiers in Afghanistan murdered by the British government
The only answer which the US and its allies have to failing wars is to keep pouring money into them and hope for the best, says Stop the War's convenor Lindsey German.

The criminality and cynicism of politicians who prolong the war in Afghanistan despite its patent failure has claimed more victims. The deaths of two British soldiers, at the hands of Afghan police, cruelly underlines the failure and futility of the war being conducted by Nato forces. The statement by UK defence minister Phillip Hammond that these soldiers "sacrificed" their lives "for our own national security", is quite simply a lie. These soldiers died because the British government would rather continue fighting an unjustified war that is being lost than admit that after eleven years nothing has been achieved but mass slaughter and destruction. It would rather sacrifice the lives of British soldiers than end its slavish support for all the US-led wars that has been so catastrophic for the countries invaded and has made the world ever more unstable and insecure. Every soldier killed in Afghanistan dies at the hands of the British government's refusal to face reality or to do what the overwhelming majority of people in this country want: end the war now.

In London we will be outside the US embassy on Saturday 19 May demanding No to NATO, troops out and no intervention in the Middle East.

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Gregory Doran directs Shakespeare's great political thriller Julius Caesar

Cut and pasted from an email from Whatsonstage:

Shakespeare's great political thriller finds dark contemporary echoes in modern Africa, directed by RSC Artistic Director Designate Gregory Doran.

The dictator must be assassinated. But who will replace him?

As Rome struggles to choose between tyranny and mob rule, three men must decide between public duty and private will.

From 28 May join us in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as a new production of Julius Caesar transposes Shakespeare’s great political thriller to modern day Africa.

Julius Caesar is directed by Gregory Doran, recently announced as RSC Artistic Director Designate. The company includes Paterson Joseph as Brutus, Cyril Nri as Cassius, Ray Fearon as Mark Anthony and Jeffery Kissoon as Caesar.

Watch Gregory Doran and the cast talking about why the play works so well in an African setting:

Julius Caesar plays at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, from 28 May - 7 July. Julius Caesar will also be on tour and is going to transfer to London (Noel Coward Theatre).

Did you know?
Nelson Mandela's favourite quote from Shakespeare comes from Julius Caesar - 'Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.' He marked this passage in the Robben Island 'Bible' - the Complete Works of Shakespeare which had been smuggled into Robben Island prison disguised as a religious book.

THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING. I have got my tickets in - have you?

Full production details can be found here, and tickets can be bought here too!: