BBC Sherlock Fan Forum - Serving Sherlockians since February 2012.


You are not logged in. Would you like to login or register?

Other Adaptations » Sherlock Holmes and the Raven's Curse » September 8, 2021 3:48 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 3

Go to post

Besley, yes it was! I also forgot to mention in my earlier post that Fiona often refers to Sherlock as "Sherl" which reminded me of BBC's Sherlock as well. If the year this play was written was in the program, I missed it, and I couldn't find online anything about it (or if I could have, I missed it) but I couldn't help but wonder if that was a coincidence or if the writer was influenced by the show. 

As for the moment I was referring to from the ending, I wouldn't say it's a really major spoiler. Here it is:
When Sherlock asks Watson to travel to Skye with him in the first act, he says that he's already got train tickets for both of them. Watson is surprised and asks Sherlock how he knew Watson would agree to come along. Sherlock replies that he didn't know for sure, but that he'd "hoped" Watson would accept. It turns into a bit of a funny moment because after Watson leaves 221B and Sherlock has told Mrs. Hudson about their plans, Sherlock rushes out and says he has to go and get two train tickets to Scotland.
At the end of the second act, after the mystery has been solved, Watson says that he's planning on traveling to visit family elsewhere in the country instead of going back to London right away (I don't remember where exactly, but I believe it was somewhere in the north, since they talked about how it was going to be very cold there). Watson asks if Sherlock wants to come with him, and after a short discussion Sherlock agrees. Watson pulls out of his pocket the two train tickets he's purchased for them. Sherlock, realizing that Watson had already arranged for the tickets, asks Watson how he knew Sherlock would come along. Watson replies that he didn't know, "but I'd hoped." And that was how the play ended!
I was grinning beneath my mask because I thought that was wonderful and sweet!

Other Adaptations » Sherlock Holmes and the Raven's Curse » September 6, 2021 8:00 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 3

Go to post

As promised, here is my account of the play Sherlock Holmes and the Raven's Curse that I saw performed yesterday. I had thought this one was by a different writer than the play version of The Hound of the Baskervilles that I saw a few years ago, but R. Hamilton Wright wrote that one as well, though this time it seems he wrote this one on his own without a partner like the previous one I saw. Like that one, the stage design was pretty creative, with pieces rolling in and out. It used projections, which I'm not sure were always as good as in the last play I saw, but I still thought they had some great moments. There's a scene on a train where they had the scenery passing by projected on the background like you would see if you were riding. Scenes that took place on the shore on the Isle of Skye had waves crashing against the shore as if you were there.

This one was interesting because it takes place after the death of Mary Watson. At the beginning, Sherlock is secretly spying on Watson because they're not currently living together. He's concerned about Watson but doesn't know how to reach out to him to show him. I thought that was very Sherlock, certainly in the BBC version of the character we all love. There's also a scene in the Diogenes Club, so we get a scene with Mycroft. There was lots of great banter between them, which was true of Sherlcok and Watson and other characters. There's a mystery in this play, but I felt that it kind of fit into the "show about a detective, not a detective show" vibe, because it was about the characters, which I liked. 

This play portrays a past for Sherlock where he spent holidays visiting family at a house (Raven Hall) on the Isle of Skye, and the play begins with the death of his uncle, who has left Sherlock the cottage nearby (Mycroft was left a painting of the cottage, but the will ends up containing a clue for Sherlock to solve the mystery). Sherlock takes Watson there because he wants a companion to solve

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » The Power of the Dog » September 2, 2021 9:56 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 8

Go to post

I just realized the other day that it's one of two films of Benedict's that is playing at TIFF this year, and he's going to be here in Toronto...but I have a feeling that because of COVID protocols that this year's red carpets are only open to journalists. I might check just in case, because I'd love to see him in person and get a photo (even if it's from far away - I saw Eddie Redmayne from far away at the festival on the red carpet for The Aeronauts back in 2019 and I cherish those photos even if they aren't very good).

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » The Power of the Dog » August 27, 2021 9:20 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 8

Go to post

I've seen it mentioned recently in the press, but only as part of a larger article that also discussed other films. But I'm always looking out for news about Benedict's films!

Other Cast & Production Team » Sad news about Una » August 16, 2021 1:51 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 13

Go to post

I only just found out about Una's passing this morning when I saw her obituary in the newspaper. It's funny, just a few days ago I was wondering if she was still acting or if her health had declined. Well, now I know she's not acting anymore for sure...
I agree, I think a tribute in a new episode some time down the line could be nice, if they had a chance to do it. 
I'm sorry about your news, besley, though I can understand why you might be having a lot of different thoughts and feeling several different ways.  Hopefully your card will be warmly received. I can realte to what Liberty is saying about never feeling one has written the right thing in a card. I always feel that way, or my mind goes blank and I struggle to find the words. 
I hope things will not go too badly for her. I've dealt with cancer in my family more than once. My mum has had cancer for several years now and it's not always easy but we keep carrying on and do what we can when we can. I hope your sister and housemates will be able to support each other and weather things as best they can, and that you will be able to do so as well, whatever that will entail.

Other Cast & Production Team » Dr Who specs. » August 11, 2021 4:13 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 6

Go to post

I keep forgetting that they are already getting a new actor to play the Doctor. I know it's probably just that I've lost track of time, but it feels like it wasn't that long ago that Jodie started playing the role! But maybe that's because I've only seen a couple of her episodes and have done a terrible job of keeping up\!
Michaela Cole would be an interesting choice, since she's been involved in a few notable recent series. I haven't seen I May Destroy You yet but I've wanted to watch it since it came out. 
As with the last couple of Doctors, though, I feel like they are going to end up picking someone we haven't thought of ourselves. Or at least not anyone I would have thought of.

Other » The "Good News" thread » August 11, 2021 4:08 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 935

Go to post

Oh, I think I definitely will!

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » July 7, 2021 9:57 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 26

Go to post

Yes, I have seen that video! Really sweet. And her vocal is very pretty.
My mom didn't single out one favourite when I asked her, I just told her which ones I liked best as we went along and afterwards she said she pretty much liked the same ones I did. The ones she said outright she liked were Malta ("This one's fun"), Iceland and Norway (about 30 seconds in she said "I like the song").  She said Måneskin reminded her of the movie Sound of Metal, which we had watched a few days before, which means I don't think they were to her taste (though, as I said before, I think there performance was good even though I don't love the lyrics) I can't remember any more of her comments, as it was a couple of weeks ago, haha.

Yes, I definitely think I will be watching next year! At first I figured I wouldn't because I had a specific reason to watch this year. But I ended up enjoying several other songs (and started following several of the artists) and a lot of the stuff going on in the leadup, and the show itself was fun. I can't imagine not continuing to follow it.

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » July 7, 2021 2:45 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 26

Go to post

This might not be interesting to you, but I ended up watching the final again last month with my mom because she was curious about it (she'd heard of Eurovision but had never seen it before). She ended up getting into it! We liked pretty much the same songs. She thought Malta and Germany were fun (though she had trouble deciphering lyrics and I had to explain the dancing finger to her), thought Iceland was creative, and neither of us liked the Moldova song. She had the same initial reaction to the Ukrainian song as I had, that the singer's voice is quite harsh, but she was tapping her toe along to the eat by the time it got to the fast part at the end (which is the part I really like!) While I still find the song from Cyprus very catchy (it still gets in my head once in a while), the vocals weren't as strong as I remembered, same with UK (though that one was never a favourite, but somehow the live performance was worse than I remembered? although I still like the horn section of the song kind of)
I had also been listening to "Fallen Angel" from Norway quite a bit between the first time I watched the final and when I watched with my mom, and I think it's higher up on my list of preferences than I had initially realized! I've been listening to it a lot. I think I appreciated it even more than I already did when I learned the story behind it. I even started to explore TIX's other songs. Some of them I liked, but there are also some of his songs I REALLY don't like. I enjoy his personality when I watch him in interviews and stuff, though. Have you seen this live performance of the song he recently did in Norway (I think it's a yearly summer concert they have on TV there)? I liked the arrangement of the song, and all the kids who are fans in the audience are adorable!


 

Other » The "Good News" thread » July 7, 2021 2:28 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 935

Go to post

For the first time in over a year, my parents and I were able to book tickets to a play! It's been so long since I've been to a play (I think the last time I saw one was in the fall of 2019). Even though I had been missing being able to see plays at the beginning of the pandemic, but even though I knew I was looking forward to finally being able to see one again one day, I'd kind of gotten used to it just not really being possible and I'd made my peace with it. But when we ordered our tickets for a performance this September, I just felt so excited! And, it's going to be another Sherlock Holmes play, with the same cast as the last one I saw (an adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, which I posted about after I saw it).

Music » What are you listening to? » July 2, 2021 4:12 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 248

Go to post

I tried watching Fleabag and it wasn't my cup of tea (though ti's very popular and has won awards, so maybe I'm in the minority), I didn't make it to Andrew Scott's episodes. Though the clips I've seen of him in the show made me chuckle.
I've seen all of Killing Eve and I generally really like it, though there were some weak points in the most recent season I think (though I liked how it ended and I still liked it overall).

Moftiss » Mark Gatiss in The Father » June 23, 2021 4:04 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 2

Go to post

I forgot to post about this film when I saw it a couple of months ago! I'm glad you brought it up! I think I might have read Mark was in it when I read a review of the film, but then completely forgot until I saw the film. I thought he was very good, though the character he plays for much of the film is not sympathetic at all.
I thought the way the film portrayed what it's like to be a person with dementia was great. As someone who has gone through a relative's decline because of Alzheimer's more than once (which is ongoing), I recognized a lot of what can happen, though I still enjoyed the story. I thought that it did a good job of portraying the struggles for a family member who's trying to do their best to take care of someone while also feeling like they're falling short. My mum in particular knows that feeling. But I also liked that the film showed that there is a comic absurdity that can arise when someone with dementia says things about their past that are just plain impossible or untrue, or just don't make sense but are quite funny. I remember once my grandmother watching television and then telling us later that the host of the show (who has been dead for many years, it was a rerun) had spoken directly to her! 

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » National Theatre "Live"- Frankenstein » June 20, 2021 10:41 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 360

Go to post

https://variety.com/2021/film/global/fleabag-benedict-cumberbatchs-frankenstein-hamlet-national-theatre-amazon-1234980839/

Just read here that this production, as well as Benedict's performance of Hamlet, are available on Amazon Prime now. But only for Ireland and the UK! It's been a while since I've seen a headline that excited me and then quickly become disappointed when I read the rest of the article. But it's nice for those fans. I'm not usually a subscriber anyway, I'll just be getting another 30-day free trial when the next season of Mrs. Maisel comes out. But I would have added this to my list of things to watch that month (whenever that will be) if it were available worldwide. I can only hope one day they'll expand it.

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » May 27, 2021 7:10 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 26

Go to post

Yes, it's funny how that works, depending on what someone does with the notes in the scale! Even though we think minor = sad, you can still make a fun or happy song with it. A much older example would be the jazz standard Blue Skies.
Maybe it's because the notes in a minor scale give the songs a bit of an edge that major doesn't have? Jazz improvisation plays those "colourful" notes, too, playing with semitones sometimes or use Blues scales and others  that aren't your plain major scale. Maybe it sounds more interesting?

That's funny about the key changes. I never listened to much boy band music, but now that you mention it, I do remember the songs I've heard using a key change. I can imagine it could feel formulaic if you heard many songs in a row with a key change. I guess it depends on the song.

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » May 27, 2021 3:56 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 26

Go to post

You keep finding more interesting stuff! 
I had noticed that some songs had key changes, but I hadn't paid attention to how many or which songs had major or minor keys. I wonder if it's related to a wider trend in pop music or not. I don't think I know enough about current music to give a fair assessment of that, but I feel like a lot of the songs sound of their time, so maybe? 
The comment about the lack of success for key changes is interesting because (if you don't mind me going there yet again) when Daði Freyr was writing Think About Things he wanted to include in the song and the performance various elements of previous Eurovision songs, (it's kind of a Eurovision pastiche as well as a song in his own style). The song went viral and while it follows the success of songs in minor keys recently (according to a brief Google search I did just now, even though from listening to it I suspected it was in minor) it also has a key change. A lot of people thought it would have won if there was a real competition in 2020 (although who knows what could have happened if it really went ahead). I just think it's interesting that there's this trend, but it's possible to break from it somewhat.

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » May 26, 2021 10:17 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 26

Go to post

Yes, I think it makes sense that certain countries that share history or culture by being geographic neighbours would have similar tastes, though of course anyone from anywhere can like any song.

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » May 26, 2021 2:49 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 26

Go to post

I had noticed Greece and Cyprus voting for each other, which I thought was interesting. I also noticed that Denmark gave points to all the Nordic countries in the final (not necessarily a bad thing and it could have been a coincidence, but when I saw the flags I thought "Nordic solidarity!"). But I don't know if it's just a coincidence or not. I doubt that it could be completed due to certain political reasons, but I'm not inside their heads so who knows? But I can only assume some of the points are for performance and musicianship.But nobody can be completely unbiased.

I agree with you about how the singer from the UK took getting zero points. I had listened to the song once a while back and thought it was only OK, but I enjoyed it more when I heard it live.

Those are interesting points about the San Marino song. It's possible it's not everyone's cup of tea on the first listen. And I hadn't thought about the possibility of voting being split between the female solo acts (though I had wondered ahead of the final how much rock fans' votes would be divided between Maneskin and Blind Channel - obviously didn't affect Maneskin too negatively if there was any splitting).
Thank you for sharing those interesting articles! It's amazing how many factors can play into votes that you don't see while watching the show. I thought the comment about diaspora voting was interesting. It made me think about how Canada has so many immigrants from various countries. It made me wonder how the results could be different if we were allowed to vote. I learned just last week that we have more Icelanders living here than any other country (except Iceland, of course, which has the most). 

I had also seen some discussion on some other sites about people not being able to cast their votes for some reason when trying to call in. I found it a bit disconcerting (obviously not the scariest thing - nobody is going to die because they can't vote in Eurovision!) how widespread the problem seemed t

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » May 25, 2021 3:53 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 26

Go to post

Sorry for taking so long to respond to your posts. I watched the performances on Sunday and didn't get around to watching the points until yesterday afternoon and I had been staying off of social media so I wouldn't get spoiled.

I think if I were just watching Eurovision just on its own, I would have not cared so much who won. As it is, I just let myself enjoy each song as they went by. But because since last summer I'd become such a big fan of Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið, I really wanted them to win not only for the one song but also everything they stand for and their personality. I like their quirky performance style because it's not like anyone else's. I like that they work hard to do a good job (he wrote the song himself, did the choreography, his sister made their jewelry, and Daði and his wife made the pretend keyboards that they dance onstage with) but also are about having fun and doing things as family and friends.
I was feeling pretty bummed yesterday when I found out they got in 4th, since I thought they deserved more points, but 4th out of 26 isn't too bad!

I think I wanted The Roop from Lithuania to do well for a similar reason. I liked their song from last year more than this year's. By the time I was watching them in the final I wasn't sure they stood out as much as they did before, though I like their energy and that their song celebrates dancing alone at home (it's something I like doing now and then).

I thought the guy asking for Jaja Ding Dong was funny, even though I think by now the joke is a little old. Daði Freyr begrudgingly recorded a cover of the song because people kept posting comments asking him to sing it (though it hasn't completely stopped them, haha). He did a good job but I get the feeling he didn't love doing it!



I'm with you on Adrenalina. That one definitely grew on me over time. I heard a snippet of it in the video listing who would be in each semi-final and it didn't do anything for me. I

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » May 22, 2021 3:01 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 26

Go to post

I'm starting to understand why you only watch the grand final, Liberty. That alone is a time commitment! Though I haven't been watching the shows in full because I PVR them and then start watching while it's airing so that I can skip through parts I'm not interested in. 
In the end, neither of the "Amen" songs made it into the final. Some of the choices in each semifinal surprised me a bit (or just weren't to my taste), but if 10 out of 16 or 17 make it into the final for each one, I can't expect to like all the choices!
I can't vote of course, but I'm still hoping my favorites from Iceland will win. They put so much into their performance themselves and have made it into the final while one of their group members has tested positive for COVID. Also, the choir part is made up of about 1,000 fans of Daði and Gagnamagnið, myself included, so I can't deny that it would feel good to see something that I was a part of in a tiny way win the competition.
Of the remaining acts, I'd accept a win by Germany (my second favourite), Lithuania, or France. I guess my favourites haven't changed much!  There are others I kind of like for their catchiness or vocal skill but those are still my top, because I like their overall energy and how much fun they are (except for France, which isn't really fun, but I like the song and the singer's performance, it's like a classic song even though it's from 2021 - I think I'm repeating myself though). Apparently the people interested in odds are saying Italy is the most likely to win. Although of the two rock groups that made it in they are the one I prefer, but I honestly don't know if the odds mean much.

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » The Courier » May 1, 2021 3:48 pm

Yitzock
Replies: 31

Go to post

I find it annoying when the subtitles don't completely match, too! Especially when it changes the nuance of the sentence when they omit certain words, though maybe that's just me being nit-picky.
I don't always mind when the subtitles also include the sound effects and music. But this discussion did remind me once of seeing a screening of Hunt for the Wilderpeople at an outdoor film festival a couple of years. They showed everything with subtitles for accessibility. There was a scene that had a song playing in French over it, but instead of saying that, the subtitles read "[Singing in a foreign language]" I thought it was kind of funny that they didn't specify which language the song was in, plus I'm not used to thinking of French as a foreign language since it's one of Canada's official languages.

Board footera

 

Powered by Boardhost. Create a Free Forum