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Simply SHERLOCK

23 Jan

Ok, so following Catalina’s last post, I’ve decided to update the “Recommended Undiscovered Treasures” section-which is basically already  fully made up of British shows I like- by talking about SHERLOCK:

Don’t you hate it that English folks can survive a year on 3 episode “serieses”?? You’ve got to admire their patience and love for pure storytelling, not damaged by the laws of the big Hollywood industry. I realized some time ago that my affection for English comedy and storytelling (all the way here in Colombia) must come from an identification with their self-deprecating and sarcastic ways (and I think there is no negating those two characteristics); and as a modest admirer with still so much to learn, I can’t help myself from having grown up loving the stories of Sherlock Holmes – as you may have guessed by posts on the subject in relationship to House MD and CSI https://tvmoviesandgeneralignorance.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/a-study-in-premeditated-coincidences-house-holmes/                   https://tvmoviesandgeneralignorance.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/239/ . As a child, I loved trying to solve the mysteries and find the killers, but as I grew up I also started loving the nature of the character, until that became the whole reason, the case and mystery itself, the study of human condition. I’ve loved watching many different interpretations of the infamous detective both in film and television (including my beloved Dr. House), and still have many to watch, and I have been happy to find this new modern twist, simply named: SHERLOCK.

The show portrays Sherlock Holmes as a young man of the 21’st century that shares the basic characteristics of the original character, but has the advantage of living in the electronic era; his faithful companion Dr. Watson even has a webpage and blog set up to share their adventures. I have to admit that Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the leading role, hasn’t been my ideal Sherlock, and maybe it’s just that his character’s ways are not of my complete admiration, but still, the show is more than enjoyable. It is an incredible twist to see stories based on well known tales, changed and modernized to be relevant in this new age that seems to have less patience for narration and time each day, that need every second filled with information coming from six different mediums at the same time. The show is witty and fast, well thought out, with complete well-rounded stories that, even though based on the tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, seem new and believable.

Sadly, until now there have been only two “serieses”, or seasons -as they are known in this side of the world- (one in 2011 and another in 2012), each made up of three 90 minute episodes, which is clearly too little for me. I guess I AM a child of my so-called electronic era, with no patience for  narration and time, that need every second filled with information coming from six different mediums at the same time; and for that I am truly sorry.

BRITISH GOODNESS

23 Jan

HEY EVERYBODY!! WE ARE FINALLY BACK FROM VACATIONS.. SORRY FOR THE DELAY… THE GUESS THE MOVIE QUIZ WILL RETURN TOMORROW, FOR ALL OF THOSE DESPERATELY PROTESTING FOR ITS COMEBACK THROUGH FACEBOOK (thank you by the way). ANYWAY, I LEAVE YOU WITH A POST MADE BY MY FRIEND CATALINA, WHO HAS JUST (to my great pleasure) STARTED GETTING INTO WATCHING SOME BRITISH TELEVISION! ENJOY!

TV, MOVIES and GENERAL IGNORANCE 😉

DOWNTON ABBEY

 

I had never seen a British series before, but after seeing Downton Abbey I have a new perspective and I love it. Excellent storytelling, great cinematography, impeccable art direction and great acting. I really have nothing bad to say about this series.  I saw the first two seasons in life a week and never got bored and always left me waiting for more. The third season will air this new year and I cant wait.

It takes place in First World War England (before and after). In 1912 the heir of Lord Grantham dies in the Titanic and the next in line is Mathew Crawley, a distant relative. Lord Grantham and his wife Cora have three daughters but can only pass down the inheritance to boys. The relationship between the family and the staff is the most interesting thing about the series. The cleaning and managing staff lives in Downton Abbey as well and have their own set of problems and drama.

If you want to see a good series, give British series a chance and you will be very pleasantly surprised. It’s very different from American television, but as good.

MISFITS

I wasn’t planning on seeing this series because it didn’t seem one bit interesting but after a friend recommended it to me and giving it a chance, saw the first three seasons and loved it. The series is a sci-fi comedy about a group of teens that are doing community service and one day a strange electrical storms hits them and gave them super powers. Instead of becoming super heroes they use the power for their own benefit but in time they realize that they could help.

This series is not about the great cinematography, even if it’s good. It’s about how the characters interact with their powers and how it affects their lives. In season two they meet a powers dealer and exchange powers that create a whole lot of chaos to solve.

The characters are very well done. First two seasons, Nathan was the comedy center. He was so funny but so annoying and rude at the same time but just the right combination. I’ve never seen a character like that in TV or any movie and that was really refreshing. It’s a shame that he didn’t come back for the third season but instead was replaced with another funny guy but it wasn’t the same. I gave it a chance any way and it was fine. And for the fourth season two other misfits won’t come back either so not expecting the best. Ill probably give it a chance anyway when the nest season comes out this new year. Give it a chance I’m sure you’ll like it, even if it’s only the first two seasons.

CHRISTMAS BREAK!!

23 Dec

Hey! Sorry everybody, TV MOVIES and GENERAL IGNORANCE and the GUESS THE MOVIE quiz are taking a little christmas break… Im back home with my parents and we all know that while in the parents house, all you want to do is sleep and be pampered.

 

But fear not ¬¬ we will be  back veeeery soon! Thank you all who are reading! Please keep following us.

NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS

9 Oct

Phill Jupitus: More people are killed by bees than by sharks every year

Tim Minchin: Yeah, but the sharks have the statistical advantage of not being where we are nearly all the time

 

 

 

Another great funny british show! Its been on the air for 15 years and its a kind of quiz game, all about popular music. It has a presenter that normally varies, and two teams (of three people each). It always has interesting facts, great music questions and amazingly funny people that make a party out of everything. In one of their most popular sections, they are given a song, they have to act out the introduction acappella without singing, for a teammate to guess. I always crack up at the section where they show a clip of a washed-up has-been musician… you then have to pick the guy out from a 5 person live lineup. There’s been great guests during the years and excelent presenters…. if you get the chance, search for it and watch it!

ahoy, UNDISCOVERED TREASURES matey!

1 Oct

This particular category has posts on recomended tv shows that not many people know about (at least in my part of the world – Colombia)

QI: Quite Interesting television

1 Oct

This is my first “undiscovered treasures” post, and I’ve gone with “QI: Quite Interesting”, a British game-show hosted by (my gay crush) Steven Fry. The show is set in a type of ‘university quiz’esque format, in which four guest comedians have to provide quite interesting answers to mr. Fry’s questions. The real fun lies in the fact that the questions asked are almost impossible to answer and many times disprove our ‘general ignorance’, meaning, the answers are not what we all think they are. The points are not really awarded by giving the correct answers (though it happens a lot cause those guys are extremely smart and knowledgeable) but by the originality and comedic tone of the things said. In most occasions, most of the contestants go home with a negative score.

***yeees, the name of this blog alludes to the ‘general ignorance’ term coined by this show.

So, in conclusion, greaaaaaaat show……..give British tv a chance (cause most of the shows in this section will be British)… even though some people say they don’t like or understand English humor, the show is not only QUITE INTERESTING concerning so many different subjects, but is extraordinarily AND wittily funny… it’s worth the effort.

This last comment reminded me of this quote from Ross on Friends, so I leave you with it:

Ross: Yeah, obvious beauty’s the worst. You know, when it’s right there in your face. Me, I like to have to work to find someone attractive. Makes me feel like I earned it.