March 17th, 2010 by Calvero

In my last (regular) post, I talked about the official video for “Discombobulate”, the main theme for the recent Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. (Hans was robbed of an Oscar! Shame on the Academy!!)

One thing I have become a fan of are fan-made music videos.ย  To keep in line with my last couple posts, I list below some of my favorite Holmes related ones:

Sherlock Holmes Symphony

First up is a great medley of Holmes from various films, TV, and animation (even some anime!) done to The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony. Opens with scene from CSI’s “Who Shot Sherlock?” episode (which happened to air on what would have been, if he existed, Sherlock’s 150th birthday), along with scenes (not listed in order) from Jeremy Brett (but of course!), Star Trek: The Next Genereation (loved the “Elementary, My Dear Data” episode!), The Simpsons, Daffy Duck & Porky Pig, Michael Pennington (from the very enjoyable TV movie “Return of Sherlock Holmes” where Holmes wakes up in 1980s England by Watson’s great granddaughter), Peter Cushing, Ronald Howard (an overlooked actor. Played the Great Sleuth back in the 50s on TV. Minus having blond hair, he made a great Holmes!) Basil Rathbone (another “but of course!”), shot of Laurel & Hardy wearing deerstalkers, Buster Keaton (from his masterpiece “Sherlock Jr”), and many others.


Read My Mind (Holmes & Watson)

Last night I found this great video. From the title I was afraid it was going to be another slash vid, but it turned to be really really good. I watched it numerous times in a row, even getting a little choked up. Stars fast clips from the Granada series with Jeremy Brett, David Burke, and Edward Hardwicke. And with a sweet ending! The song is “Read my Mind” by The Killers. Great video on a greater friendship:

Sherlock Holmes, “Tubthumping”

Next is a very good vid taken from scenes of the Robert Downey Jr. movie. What makes this vid really interesting is that it was made before the DVD/Blu-Ray release. Clips were taken from already released scenes on the ‘net and trailers. Song is the 90s hit “TubThumping” by Chumbawamba:

Sherlock Holmes Featurette (Brett & Downey Jr>

This one combines both Brett’s and Downey’s Holmes with the song “All the Strange Strange Creatures” from the new Doctor Who series (season 3). One of the best songs from the new series (IMHO, of course). Anyway, it’s a very good combination! I’ll later post my favorite Doctor Who fan vids.

Sherlock Holmes video – Rocky Road to Dublin

And in honor of today being St. Patrick’s Day, below is also from the recent Sherlock Holmes movie. “Rocky Road to Dublin” by the Dubliners. While the song was in the movie, it’s not on the soundtrack ๐Ÿ™ (whose brilliant idea was that?)

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November 2nd, 2009 by Calvero

I have to thank my 8th grade English teacher for introducing me to the great detective and and his trusty companion.

Basil Rathbone (left) and Nigel Bruce play the crime fighting duo

Basil Rathbone (left) and Nigel Bruce play the crime fighting duo

We were reading Hound of the Baskervilles (considered by many fans to be the best of the Holmes stories) and watched the 1939 film version starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruceย  it in class.ย  We had an assignment of pretending to be a news reporter covering the murder. I’ve never cared too much for mysteries. It was usually someone gets killed (kind of a downer). Detective investigates and usually solves case. Killer is usually hateful/jealous/mean streaked.ย  Then justice is done. But the characters of Holmes and Watson really got my curiosity.ย  Holmes was stand-offish and not social. He could tell you where you came from and what you do for a living within the first second of meeting you.ย  But he was not a romantic, but rather preferred facts when dealing with people… or rather, people’s cases.ย  Along with his cocaine addictions, violin playing, and pipe smoking. Watson was loyal.ย  Ready to help his friend when needed. And wrote about the cases that he and Holmes took on.ย  Handy with a revolver.ย  If Holmes asked him to go off and do something, Watson went without question. I happened to mention about the story to my mom, telling her that I thought it was really interesting and not hard to follow the decades old story.ย  So when I graduated the grade, my parents gave me a book that had several stories in it (most of the Holmes stories were short stories), including Hound.ย  The book had the original illustrations by Sidney Paget, which were originally with the stories when they were originally published.ย  Considered to have cemented the “look” of Holmes to the public. I read those stories. Inhaled them is a better way of putting it.ย  The stories were also out of the ordinary.ย  Some were murders, though the cause of death no always easy: an animal in self defense or the victim died out of terror or a guilty conscious.ย  Or perhaps faked their own death.ย  Or something was stolen.ย  In addition to that,ย  I watched more of the Rathbone/Bruce movies on the local tv channel. I believe it was every Sunday afternoon.ย  Rathbone was my Holmes. Until…

Jeremy Brett as Holmes (left) , Rosalie Williams as Mrs. Hudson (center) and David Burke as Watson standing in front of the infamous 221B residence

Jeremy Brett as Holmes (left) , Rosalie Williams as Mrs. Hudson (center) and David Burke as Watson standing in front of the infamous 221B residence

I saw Jeremy Brett and David Burke. Oh. My. Gosh!!! (that’s right, I said gosh. Deal with it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) The performances of those two men really shot the characters out of a canon and onto the small screen.ย  Brett’s portrayal was spot on. He set a very high standard of how someone should play Holmes. And Burke’s Watson as well as Edward Hardwicke’s Watson was much more faithful to the Watson that Conan Doyle wrote about.ย  And the rest of the cast: Rosalie Williams who played their landlady Mrs. Hudson, Colin Jeavons as Inspector Lestrade, and a bunch of others who appeared looking like what I had pictured in my head when I first read the stories. And shooting it out of a canon can be taken another way… it was almost 100% Canon (canon – meaning the original stories).ย  The stories were as close to word-for-word as one could fit into less than a 60 minute program.ย  Costumes were beautiful. Sets were marvelous.ย  The Baker Street residence was not too ornate.ย  Everything was so… well…. perfect! (Except for the last few episodes. Production got lazy, and Brett’s health got worse and passed away in September 1995 :'( ). Even when I watch them now, they do not look like they are 25 years old.ย  I

Brett again as Holmes, and Edward Hardwicke picking up the role of Watson

Brett again as Holmes, and Edward Hardwicke picking up the role of Watson

am picky when it comes to period films and if there is too much 1980s in something that is supposed to be 1880s, then I’m not happy.ย  But this was, as I already said, perfect. A few years later I became a huge fan of Charlie Chaplin.ย  And to my delight, one of Chaplin’s early acting childhood gigs was that of Billy the Pageboy in the Sherlock Holmes play written by William Gillette.ย  There were two men who played Holmes for the play, Gillette and H A Saintsbury, and Chaplin worked with both of them, commenting in “My Autobiography” that he thought Saintsbury was the better Holmes.ย  Many years later when he was making Limelight, he brought on Nigel Bruce to play Mr Postant, largely due to his Watson role.ย  Which is another reason why I have kept the name Calvero for so many years… it connects some of my favorites together :). And speaking of the Holmes/Chaplin crossover, there is the “Sherlock Holmes” movie to be released later this year starring Robert Downey, Jr. who playrf Charlie in the 1992 film “Chaplin”.ย  Loved him in that!ย  And now he’s playing Holmes.ย  While I can’t think of anyone better to play Chaplin than him, it will be real tough to even equal Brett’s Holmes.ย  But he can do a very good British accent (he did a couple different ones in Chaplin).ย  Jude Law has a very very good look for Watson (He also had a small part in the Granada series, “The Disappearance of Lady Carfax”). The trailer looks good: I’ll just have to put Brett’s image to the side when I go to see the new movie.

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October 11th, 2009 by Calvero
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — NERD ALERT: Presidential Last Words http://bit.ly/1Xxei3 #
  • thanks for putting whole shows online! ๐Ÿ™‚ RT @PBS: @jdcoffman good thing you can watch it online here: http://tr.im/ARmg #PBS ^LS #
  • reading Mark Shea’s “The Conservative Bible Project:
    Wingnut ideologues just keep bringin’ the crazy” http://is.gd/40w3i This is *funny* XD #
  • listening to @truckertom ‘s podcast #1177 “Bloggers To Be Regulated” http://www.truckertompodcast.com/?p=1320 #
  • @factory_worker doesn’t look like you can do it within Gmail. Looks like it has to be done on Google Accounts page http://is.gd/41lXs in reply to factory_worker #
  • good night world! #
  • kewl ๐Ÿ™‚ RT @TechCrunch: Google Maps Crams In More Info, Wants To Tap Your Inner Lewis And Clark http://bit.ly/14sZX1 by @leenarao #
  • interesting Google logo for today. It’s a barcode #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Martin and Lewis – Dancing Lessons part 1/2 http://bit.ly/5zIIU #
  • Kristi is lovin’ the Mythbusters Marathon on Discovery Channel ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • that’s just… so wrong. RT @MichelleSolomon: Wow. A McDonald’s is being installed in the Louvre. No words. #
  • @hankgreen very cool … Woody-Guthrie-esque kind of way ๐Ÿ™‚ in reply to hankgreen #
  • RT @whitehouse: Ask an Astronaut: Quiz Sally Ride, 1st American woman in space. Questions now, Live @ 7pmET http://bit.ly/41Tt9N @NASA #
  • “It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.” – unknown #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — ABC phonics song/sounds of the letters – American version http://bit.ly/qkcmb #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Baby Sign Language/ Signing baby http://bit.ly/2IUXWb #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Nerdfighteria Island http://bit.ly/UEJSw #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Bumpersticker Man Goes to Church http://bit.ly/3y2L2E #
  • RT @PBS: NOVA’s This Emotional Life (early ’10) focuses on PTSD, depression, happiness and more. Check out the new site http://tr.im/BezO #

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September 27th, 2009 by Calvero
  • good afternoon! #
  • working on Comedy Classics Ning – Updating Feedburner feeds for Twitterfeeds.http://ping.fm/m3JMv . So far, so good! ๐Ÿ˜€ #
  • RT @DFTBArecords: FREE MP3! Follow @dftbarecords & then RT this msg & we’ll DM you a link to Hank Green’s “Demolition Derby” studio version! #
  • RT @jdcoffman: Yo Neil Patrick Harris, I’m real happy for you & I’mma let you finish but #pbs had the best shows of the year, of all yea … #
  • @poshmama LOL. I send my sympathies ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • came home bout 8, & stayed busy reading to Kate, eating dinner & folding clothes while watching Antiques Road Show & History Detectives #pbs #
  • saved store $500+ when I caught 1 of my customers trying to sneak out with electronics. He didn’t know who he was messing with ๐Ÿ˜‰ #
  • ok, well, I was on the computer long enough (:lol). Time to go to bed! good night ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • back from work. Eating late dinner. Watching #HouseMD http://ping.fm/2QFiX #
  • got a lot of pats on the back & “good job!”s today when everyone found out about me catching the guy from almost stealing $500+ yesterday. #
  • I feel better now! stomach full and thirst quenched. Now to working on my sites #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Smile – Ideas Remain http://bit.ly/2MZnWF #
  • time for bed… good night everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • and here we go again! good morning! #
  • about to watch Special Agent OSO with Katie #disney #
  • went downtown to buy Kristi a recorder for her school music class, $3! ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice one too. Easy instrument to maintain for a 10 yr old. #
  • also bought dinner. Sweet & Sour chicken with sugar snap peas stir fry. will be starting to cook that in an hour or so. And with Cuban bread #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Health Care Reform: The Hank Factor http://bit.ly/goLAG #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Paper Towns in Paperback: A How-to Guide http://bit.ly/raUvM #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Where’s Margo! A Nerdfighter Event! http://bit.ly/2zJCc8 #
  • morning! #
  • haning out for a bit in @FatherRoderick ‘s live chat while getting Katie ready for school. Cam’s on, but no one is home http://ping.fm/ICyaC #
  • watching @FatherRoderick at http://ping.fm/AZQMa work on Biggest Loser podcast (joint podcast with @gspn ) #
  • heading out the door for a little me time. #
  • #PlayhouseDisney ‘s site http://ping.fm/0TBZf has faulty link. “Watch Episodes” redirects to Disney UK. Now I have a sad 2 yr old ๐Ÿ™ #
  • RT @FatherRoderick: Excited about the launch of the ‘Biggest Loser Fan Podcast’ with Cliff & Fr. Roderick! http://www.biggestloserpodcast.com #pabl #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes – The Body Language http://bit.ly/XlGki #
  • watching “‘We’re Just Too White’ The Amazing Pink Things on Arsenio Hall”. 1 thing-they had guts http://bit.ly/2FabDf #
  • just ate a sandwhich on whole wheat bread #pabl . Now eating a moonpie, which is not exactly pabl, lol #
  • RT @GSPN: Biggest Loser Podcast w/ @FatherRoderick is going live right now. Come join us at http://gspn.tv/live #
  • RT @johntesh: Podiatrists say FLIP FLOPS are responsible for MORE health problems than any other type of shoes. http://bit.ly/FbSX2 #
  • testing settings. #
  • @Toddly00: don’t remember 1st DVD I saw, but 1st dvd with commentary was “In the Company of Men” #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Surprising language in the Constitution http://bit.ly/RXRBb #

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September 6th, 2009 by Calvero
  • good afternoon everyone!We got back late from church. Girls had a good time. #
  • listening to Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" (1 of my favs) on internet radio while making lunch for the girls http://is.gd/2HMe9 #
  • listening to @FatherRoderick 's AudioBoo about his training for a marathon http://ping.fm/1fEAj #
  • goood morning! ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • Sesame Street about to start. And I'm about to put today's first load of laundry in. #
  • listening to internet radio. playing Flock of Seagulls "I Ran" http://bit.ly/5Tg6O
    classic! #
  • listening to TWiT 210 "Banned In Sweden" http://twit.tv/210 interesting talk on Snow Leopard #
  • home from work. eating homegrown pineapple. Sweet! (literally!) #pabl #
  • listening to Great Speeches in History Podcast "Eulogy for Robert Kennedy" http://is.gd/2KonZ Had heard parts for years, but not all. #
  • finishing up reading "The Almost Hopeless Challenge Of Web Security" at TechCrunch http://is.gd/2KrhZ #
  • good night! #
  • good morning! (soon to be afternoon here) #
  • Katie is in for her nap (not quite asleep yet), I put a second load of wash, and looking into updating my forums http://ping.fm/sAZdM #
  • RT @BeatlesTweets: If you live in the USA, VH1 Classic has a Beatles retrospective show tonight with music videos and a screening of Help! #
  • RT @uncultured: After seeing these photos, I want to move to Switzerland – http://bit.ly/15wixU #
  • girls are in bed :). I feel fortunate that they do not put up a fuss when it's bedtime #
  • listening to @FatherRoderick 's "Traveling Light" AudioBoo as he's going to Hong Kong http://ping.fm/Qzx7J #
  • also trying to figure out how to upgrade my forums. It looks easy…. for me to mess up, lol. I think I know what to do now (X-ing fingers) #
  • RT @realjohngreen: I just finished @scottwesterfeld's LEVIATHAN. So fun, so brilliant. Trailer: http://bit.ly/yOXBp #
  • watching "Health Care Overhaul" cartoon using @realjohngreen 's audio from 1 of his earlier vids http://bit.ly/CLrYp #
  • not having luck with upgrading forums. I'll have to continue with it tomorrow. #
  • good night all. time for bed #
  • good morning ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • watching Special Agent OSO w/ Katie http://ping.fm/WzHQb #
  • RT @poshmama: Just sayin' if you don't use soap it's not washing your hands but only rinsing them. #
  • Katie is in for her nap and quiet. And I'm cooking lunch and writing letters (yes, with pen and paper… card rather :D) #
  • Found out from reading (no pun intended) @levarburton 's tweets that Reading Rainbow got canceled! Majorly bummed ๐Ÿ™ NPR- http://is.gd/2NXbB #
  • Sounds like Katie is awake now. Time to get her lunch ready #
  • listening to @leolaporte 's "Tech Guy" podcast http://twit.tv/ttg592 while taking care of lunch dishes #
  • trying to continue writing cards, but kids keep interrupting. Enjoying them going to bed is no mystery! lol #
  • Decided earlier that I would rough draft on the pc first before wasting a card. Times like now (Katie hanging on me) is one of the reasons. #
  • night! #
  • hello, I must be going. I came to say that I cannot stay. I must be going… Lala! – had a Groucho moment ๐Ÿ™‚ http://is.gd/2RadR Night! #
  • good morning ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • morning! came back early from church. I'm tired from working really late last night & Kristi wasn't feeling well. #

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June 14th, 2009 by Calvero

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June 4th, 2009 by Calvero

First, thanks to those who told me how much they liked my review. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have thought of other things that I wanted to add to it:

Random thought: Was anyone else surprised that Winona Ryder was in it?ย  And that she played Spock’s mom? Assuming that you did not know who was in the movie prior to seeing it, that is ;). That surprised me when I was watching the credits and thought “She was in this?”

More on Roman history: And while watching the TOS episode “Amok Time” (the one where Spock returns to Vulcan and first does the Vulcan salute),ย  I suddenly remembered the relationship of Vulcan (the Roman god of fire) and Spock’s home planet (D’oh!). It’s because the planet is volcanic (ah, the wonders of Roman mythology on the English language!), and therefore hot and the air is thin. And then I remember the scenes in the movie seeing the outside shots of Vulcan. I knew there had to be something connecting the two!ย  My mind just went blank when writing my earlier review.

And to talk about something not directly related to the movie, here’s a connection with TNG:ย  Back in 1976, BBC aired a 12 part television series called “I, Claudius” about the goings-on of the Julio-Claudian household from Claudius’ point of view (like a soap opera, but with more literal knife stabbing and poisoning and it’s pretty close to being historically accurate). Claudius was one of the family members and would later become emperor.ย  It had a big cast, among them Patrick Stewart who play Sejanus, the captain of the Praetorian Guard (the emperor’s elite bodyguards) under Emperor Tiberius, and who is believed to have tried to become emperor by killing off people.

Eleven years later Stewart would become Captian Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) , a much more noble man.

I hope to write a review of that BBC series. I’ve seen it a few times and love it.

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January 5th, 2009 by Calvero

I have been a Doctor Who fan since around 1986-87 (don’t remember exactly when).ย  I came in at the end of Colin Baker’s era and was able to enjoy all of Syvester McCoy’s.ย  While I loved all the actors who played the Doctor, Tom Baker was my favorite, McCoy in second.ย  I have been a fan during the 16 year hiatus and would be glued to the tv if I happened to catch it on a PBS channel, which dwindled as PBS stations around the country dropped the show due to the expense (how much *did* the BBC charge anyway for an older show?)

I was overjoyed when it came back in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the role, doing a *fantastic* job!ย  Then David Tennant who really was a great blend of previous Doctors as well as having his own flare.ย  Then it was annouced late last year that David felt it was time to go. The other day it was annouced that a young lad named Matt Smith was taking the helm of the TARDIS.

He’s 26.

26!!

He’s younger than me by 10 years!

Of course this was bound to happen to have an actor be around my age, but man, I feel old now!ย  David I was able to handle, being just a couple years younger than him.ย  Christopher was just a few months younger than the series.

I saw a picture of him and I don’t know what to think …well, other than young!ย  But comments about interviews are positive.ย  We’ll have to see when he makes his entrance when David leaves, which won’t be until 2010.

While being wowed by his age, the name was also funny.ย  Smith.ย  In the recent series, the Doctor would sometimes use the name John Smith (Human Nature comes to mind).

Here are some great sites if you are new to the Doctor Who universe:

Those will keep you busy enough.

26?!?

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September 5th, 2008 by Calvero

No, not for president, LOL.

There’s an essay contest going on at TheCelebrityCafe.com and the prize is volume 3 of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour tv show from the 1960s. (If you don’t know who they are, check out their website).

I wrote a short essay on one of my favorite routines they did on the show called “Lessons and Morons”:

http://thecelebritycafe.com/corner/Detailed/1067.html

Press on the Rate It link and then the drop down box (1-10, 10 being best), and then press the Rate It button.

I’ve been a fan of theirs for over 20 years and have been waiting that long for this to come out (Never came out on VHS).

And thank you for your support ๐Ÿ˜‰

[Fixed the link to my entry. I made a silly error earlier]

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