katikat: (F_Holmes)
I was reading a Sherlock Holmes pastiche and I suddenly felt like re-watching this film. Gosh, I love the chemistry between RDJ and Jude Law so very, very much. You can sense just how much they enjoyed working together, what a blast they had. The more I watch this movie, the more I like it, actually. It just makes me feel... good. And then there's the amazing OST by Hans Zimmer, of course, that I often listen to while working. Everything about this film simply speaks to me!
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Title: Sherlock (2002)

Cast: James D'Arcy (Sherlock Holmes), Roger Morlidge (Dr. John Watson), Vincent D'Onofrio (Prof. Moriarty), Richard E. Grant (Mycroft)

Rating: 3/10

Well... Hm... That was boring. I mean, there were some good ideas there: like, Moriarty kidnapped Holmes and got him addicted to opium, Holmes and Watson met while Watson was working as a medical examiner for the Scotland Yard or that Sherlock went after Moriarty because Moriarty had crippled Mycroft but... The execution was simply boring. How can you make a story about Sherlock Holmes fighting Moriarty boring? This film managed it, somehow. Eh.

So yeah, 3 stars out of 10 only because James D'Arcy is a pretty, pretty man.
katikat: (xmen-washing)
○ Tom Hiddleston replaced Benedict Cumberbatch in Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak: link. In the meantime, Benedict started the talks to join the Brad Pitt produced Lost City of Z: link. So, the thing with Star Wars was really just a rumor. Bummer.

○ Ian McKellen will play Sherlock holmes in A Slight Trick of the Mind: link. Eh. I love both Ian McKellen and Sherlock Holmes but this is not my cuppa. Sherlock without Watson? Sherlock with his mental powers fading? A young sleuth? Eh. Just... eh. I really don't like it when authors - this is based on a book - use Sherlock Holmes as nothing more than a springboard for their own creations. Either write about Sherlock and do him justice or build your own world, take the necessary risks and also responsibility for your own writing. This is just lazy.

○ A funny SDCC vid with the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past: link.
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Now that I've seen both movies so close together, I have to say I like SH:AGOS better than SH, the second one better than the first one. It just feels like they managed to stick so much more into the movie. Also, I think it was better because it barely featured Rachel McAdams' Irene Adler. I liked Noomi Rapace's Madam Simsa much better, she felt more down-to-earth, Irene just rubbed me the wrong way.

You know what struck me the most while watching the movie? Holmes' loneliness. He had only one friend, Watson, who started living his own life that was completely independent from Holmes'. And because of that, Holmes didn't have anybody to talk to. And even later on, when they traveled together to Paris, Holmes felt the distance, he didn't even tell Watson that Irene was dead. And Irene - in her he lost the one woman he could've loved. By the end of the movie, you realized the fall had been pretty much inevitable. To save everybody, all Holmes had to do was take himself out of the picture. There was no other way to defeat Moriarty but to sacrifice himself.

The fall itself was heartbreaking. When he looked at Watson then closed his eyes to make sure Watson was the last thing he would see, should he die. And the slo-mo, the piano music, Watson's expression... My heart was breaking into itty-bitty pieces.

Regarding slo-mo - the scene in the woods, them and the gypsies fleeing from the soldiers, that was a breathtaking piece of cinematography. Slo-mo, fast-forward, steady-cam and not... What an imagination. I am floored every time I see it.

And the whole thing still feels like a Holmes/Watson romance, like a fanfic come to life. Amazing that they actually managed to get it made :D
katikat: (F_Holmes)


I have watched the movie and talked about it many times already, so basically, I'll just post the notes I took while watching it this time. I tried not to repeat myself, not say stuff that's been already mentioned in the journal...

-- Why was Mary angry at Holmes in the restaurant? She asked him to read her.
-- Is Holmes a masochist, he obviously allowed the man to beat him up in the ring.
-- RDJ has amazing body! Obviously from training, not just weight lifting.
-- What I love about UK actors? Their uneven teeth.
-- I'm usually a Watson!girl, but with every re-watch of this movie, I become more of a Holmes!girl, at least of this incarnation.
-- Not a big fan of Rachel McAdams' Irene Adler. Well, never been a fan of Irene Adler period but after seeing Lara Pulver's version, every other Irene feels inferior.
-- Them wrecking the ship is still the best bit in the movie.
-- Love the bickering between Holmes and Lestrade. It's funny.
-- "What a busy afterlife you're having."
-- Loved how the explosion of the slaughterhouse was done, all silent with just the violin playing.

Also, the music. Wow, just wow at Hans Zimmer's incredible talent. It's a pleasure to listen to!
katikat: (F_Holmes)
For some inexplicable reason, I feel irritated as hell. I don't know why. That's why I wanted to post something pretty to look at. So there!





Aren't these two simply sweet? *_* I really hope there will be a 3rd movie. I need more of these two in my life!
katikat: (F_Holmes)

John Watson & Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes movies


The relationship between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson has always been fascinating. But in this case, it's even more so. A huge part of it is the casting. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law have amazing chemistry and they literally radiate the pleasure they take from each other's company. Just watch some of their interviews, you'll see just how much they enjoy themselves. And they're not afraid to push the boundaries with their characters, to more than just hint at a deeper relationship between Holmes and Watson.

Because this Holmes and Watson's relationship is definitely not platonic, or better said, they're not straight. Yes, Holmes has Irene and Watson has Mary but... But! If their story took place in a different time, would Watson have married Mary? Oh, I don't doubt that he loves her but is his love for her stronger than his devotion to Holmes? Or does their marriage, at least partially, present a way to stay with Holmes without jeopardizing his position?

I mean, just watch the 2nd movie: He's on his way to his honeymoon but when Holmes appears, he runs away with him to France - not even knowing where Mary disappeared to, just accepting Holmes' explanation that she's safe with Mycroft. Is this the behavior of a man deeply in love with his wife? Holmes throws Mary out of the train and Watson gets angry, for a bit, but when Holmes dies on him - twice, too! - it's like his world has ended.

And Holmes. Everything Holmes does has two goals: a) to keep Watson with him and b) to protect Watson at any cost. Especially in the 2nd movie it's really obvious. Holmes in ST:AGoS breaks you heart. The wedding scene... the train scene in France... Reichenbach... This is not a man protecting a friend. I think it's the subtle way in which RDJ plays the part, his Holmes' devotion to Watson is... staggering.

So yeah, if these films were set in the 21st century, in a time when homosexuality wasn't illegal in Britain anymore, I do honestly think that they would've become a couple. They do love their female counterparts but when you compare those feelings to what they feel for each other... It's wonderful. And terribly sad at the same time.
katikat: (S_DuneHeadtouch)
Day 30: Couple you will still ship a few years from now


Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, any incarnation


These two... They're pretty much the prototype of a slash pairing. Holmes doesn't care for women one iota and it doesn't matter if you see him as a preoccupied heterosexual, an asexual or a gay. Watson's married - once or three times, it depends on to which theory you subscribe - but he always, ALWAYS comes back to Holmes, returns to sharing a flat with him. I mean, come on!

So yeah, these two will always be shipped by me!

Aaaaaaaaaaaand I'm done with this meme.
katikat: (F_Holmes)
Day 22: Saddest unrequited love


Sherlock Holmes' love for John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows


You would have to be blind not to see it in this case. In SH:AGoS, Holmes was really, truly in love with Watson. And it was obvious that Watson did have feelings for him too but either they were just a deeply friendly or he refused to do anything about them. I'm usually a Watson!girl but in this case, my heart literally ached for Holmes. The way he watched Watson, so sadly. The way he wanted to keep him safe even if it meant giving him up and dying for him... Heartbreaking.

Remaining days cut! )
katikat: (S_DuneHeadtouch)
Day 3: Your OTP


Art by [livejournal.com profile] sadynax


Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in any incarnation available. I know that some people love to ship Sherlock with Lestrade or John with Mycroft or Lestrade, but not me, I just don't see it. For me, it's either Holmes/Watson or gen! (Or Mycroft/Lestrade, an awesome pairing that does not break up my OTP but makes the Sherlock universe richer!).

Remaining days cut! )



Okay, this is not challenge related, but it's about Sherlock and I need to rant, so bear with me.

I've come across several people who hated Sherlock because "Sherlock's mean to his friends" and "John's his doormat." My reaction to that nonsense? --> O_o

First, Sherlock Holmes has always been mean to his friends. I don't know if said people actually read the books or if they have some romanticized idea of who Sherlock Holmes is but Sherlock Holmes has always been an arrogant peacock. He always talked about Lestrade and his flock with disdain and he always considered Watson's observation skills lacking and had no qualms to tell him so - read "The Solitary Cyclist" if you don't believe me. So, to say that Sherlock is OOC because he's mean is bullcrap!

Second, John a doormat? The same John who shot a man point blank and told Sherlock he was an idiot and took on Moriarty while covered in explosives? John who's the only man who can actually reign in Sherlock with just a word, to whom Sherlock turns to find out if something's "a bit not good?" I wonder what said people thought of the previous incarnations of John Watson, then - with the exception of Jude Law's portrayal, John Watson has always been there to admire the genius of Sherlock Holmes. Only lately, in the RDJ movies and in Sherlock, does John Watson actually have balls!

Sometimes I wonder, if I and said people actually watched the same series. Pardon my colorful language but I really needed to get that nonsense off my chest!
katikat: (holmes-promo)


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows surpassed its predecessor at the box office! SH 1: $524 mil. (US: $209 mil., foreign: $314 mil.) vs. SH 2: $528 mil. (US: $186 mil., foreign: $342 mil.). Woohoo! I hope that means another sequel!

Though I have to admit that I didn't like the plot much. Or Moriarty, for that matter, he was pretty much a cold fish, IMHO, nothing against Jared Harris but he just lacked the proper charisma. But what I missed in plot, I got back in characters. In spades! Holmes and Watson, wow, their chemistry literally crackled. The looks they kept giving each other... It was wonderful!

So, let's rejoice! *throws confetti*
katikat: (S_Sherlock)
So many flavors! You just want to dig in and stuff yourself silly with the awesome! I mean, just today, I came across books like My Dearest Holmes by Rohase Piercy or A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes by Joseph R. G DeMarco or Elementary Erotica by Peter Tupper or Kissing Sherlock Holmes by T.D. McKinney! I mean, the Holmes universe is basically a free-for-all so anybody can run with any idea they choose and it's still Sherlock Holmes. It's sanctioned fanfiction! \o/ And I love it!

Also, has anybody seen The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes? Link. It's an old movie that's considered a comedy but from what I heard, it's really lovely. I remember Gatiss and Moffat mentioned it in the commentary to A Scandal in Belgravia. And it's really cheap, only 3.29Ł!
katikat: (sherlock)
Tough!

Mark Gatiss is such a tease. This is a picture he posted in his Twitter:



LOL! You have to love the guy and his devotion to his craft. He's such a geek when it comes to Sherlock Holmes. It's adorable :)

You know what's awesome about Sherlock Holmes? That this character and his adventures have so many incarnations, it's like a fandom with a myriad of official AUs. And whether you like Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Christopher Lee, Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch or someone else playing Holmes, if you love the character, by now you must have found one that clicks for you, there's so many of them out there, after all :)

I already pre-ordered the Sherlock S2 DVDs and Amazon UK's planning to dispatch them on Jan. 22! *flails* The listed extras are: Sherlock uncovered & audio commentaries. I'm especially looking forward to the commentaries. I loved the ones that came along with S1. Lovely!

I would also like to get the S1 OST - I hope the MP3 download will be available for customers outside the UK - because I adore the music, it adds so much to the show. The S2 ending wouldn't have been nearly as heartbreaking without the incredibly sad slow piano tune - it's titled "War" on the S1 OST.
katikat: (two-men-pier)
Seriously? No, seriously?! CBS Greenlights Contemporary Sherlock Holmes:

Elementary, from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/ Beverly Prods., is described as a modern take on the cases of the pipe-smoking private eye created by Arthur Conan Doyle, with Sherlock now living in New York City. Veteran Medium writer-producer Doherty wrote the script and is executive producing the project with Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly. Sherlock Holmes is very much in the zeitgeist right now with Guy Ritchie’s movie franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. and BBC’s hit series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which was just renewed for third season.

Seriously? I can't stop saying that, because - SERIOUSLY?! This gives me a creepy crawly slimy feeling, sorry to say. I love Sherlock Holmes and I am willing to give a try to anything Holmes related but there IS already a modern day Sherlock Holmes show being produced RIGHT NOW, for Christ's sake!

CBS, if you really must, why not make a show about Moriarty?! The greatest criminal mind of all time? I always defended CBS but this is just too much! Esp. considering a) Sherlock, b) The Mentalist and c) House!

And if that weren't enough, it's from the writers of Medium which I hated, hated, HATED! I watched a few episodes and I wanted to strangle Allison Dubois every time she opened her mouth! Argh!

This really irked me, as you probably noticed. I'm not saying I might not end up liking it - everything's possible and as I said, I give a try to everything Holmes related - but right now, all that's running through my head is SERIOUSLY?!
katikat: (holmes-promo)
You know what's wonderful? That we got 2 versions of the Reichenbach incident just a few weeks apart. And both were wonderful in their own way...

Pictorial evidence, spoilery! )

What about you?

Poll #9142 Reichenbach
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8


Which "Reichenbach" did you like best?

View Answers

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
3 (37.5%)

Sherlock 203: The Reichenbach Fall
5 (62.5%)

katikat: (F_Holmes)
This was a love story, right? The story of Holmes' love for Watson, right? I did understand it correctly, right?

Spoilers! )

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 9/10
katikat: (F_Holmes)
I re-watched Sherlock Holmes tonight...



I still adore the banter between Holmes and Watson (Robert Downey Jr. & Jude Law are a hoot together!) and I still don't care much about Irene Adler (oh, I don't have this deep-seated hatred for her like some people, I just don't consider her a compelling character). I very much prefer Mary who seems like a strong woman in her quiet, dignified manner (she protected what she wanted yet she didn't blame Holmes for Watson's injury and she enjoyed his... peculiarities). You know, after re-watching the movie, I think I actually see why there are quite a few Holmes/Watson/Mary fics, hm...

Another thing I loved about the movie was the cinematography and the music. Very, very well done. Especially the music, it just clicked and made all the scenes stand out. Wonderful, truly wonderful. And the way the ending credits were done was amazing, very imaginative...

I've planned re-watching the film for quite some time now. I wonder why I haven't done it till now... Fabulous.
katikat: (F_Holmes)
According to ComicBookMovie, Sherlock Holmes 3 has already been green-lit! Link. My, WB must be very confident that SH2 will be a hit. Oh, not that I'm complaining or something :P
katikat: (F_Holmes)
I can't stop watching the latest Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows trailer: link. It's fabulous! So much action and humor and Holmes and Watson bickering like old ladies!

(Though, honestly? From what I've seen so far, I find Sherlock's Moriarty much scarier than the one in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Sherlock's Moriarty is really, truly scary because he's a highly unpredictable sociopath. The scene at the pool still gives me the creeps... )



Sabine C. Bauer's SG-1 book "Transitions" will be out next month: link. It's actually a crossover between SG-1 and SGA and I already pre-ordered it. Man, it's been ages since the last SG book has come out...
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