Soundtracks//Darkly Clever

One of my favorite types of soundtracks is the scores for murder mysteries. Murder mysteries are interesting things because their usually very enjoyable with quirky characters and intriguing plot twists but are also about death, betrayal, and bitterness–a darkness of one’s soul that can move them to murder and the uncertainty of whole will die next. The combination in these stories makes for a interesting score because it must convey a forebodingness yet remain playful at the same time. These are two of my favorites.

Murder By Death: Opening Titles

I really enjoy Murder by Death with it’s spoofs of popular detectives and ridiculous, extremely self-aware plot twists. The music perfectly captures that curiosity of the detectives while at the same time keeping to it’s mysterious melody of uncertainty. I’ve rewatched Murder by Death at least four times since getting it for my birthday and the music is something I especially noticed and appreciated.

Clue: Opening Titles

Most of you know by now Clue is my most favorite film ever and I enjoy the soundtrack within the film itself. It is a lot darker than Murder by Death as the film takes itself a bit more seriously (Not to say Clue isn’t fun–it’s just that Murder by Death is just about as ridiculous it can get.) However, despite the darker feel, the score still contains that mysterious energy of a puzzle waiting to be solved.

Sherlock: The Game Is On

Can’t end without this one. It’s pretty self-explanatory if you listen to it. 🙂 One of the best TV musical scores ever.

(I would love to bring back my soundtrack blog series but I’m not sure at the moment how many I’ll do. We’ll see what happens.)

~Jamie

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A Moment of Short, Spoiler-Free Hysterics over Sherlock’s Return

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You should all know by now Sherlock Holmes is my most favorite fictional character and BBC’s Sherlock is my most favorite show, so you all can imagine how excited I am that the third season has finally come.

AND I NEARLY DIED WATCHING THE EMPTY HEARSE.

It felt surreal watching the next chapter of the modern adaptions and I was not disappointed. On any level. At all.

It. Was. Perfect.

I GOT SO INTO IT, I SLOW CLAPPED, I LAUGHED HYSTERICALLY, I EVEN CRIED. IT WAS A ROLLER COASTER OF PERFECTION AND EMOTION AND WIT AND IT WAS JUST SO GOOD.

AND THERE WERE HIDDEN REFERENCES THAT I CAUGHT. THOSE MADE ME SO HAPPY.

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Benedict Cumberbatch was superb as Sherlock, as usual. You would have thought he’d never stopped playing the character! He still plays the most perfect modern Sherlock. Instead of rambling on here, I will just say I will never stop praising this actor’s work and how well the whole team at BBC was able to bring this character to life.

AND MARTIN FREEMAN. MARTIN FREEMAN IS AMAZING. The. Perfect. John Watson. Oh my gosh, hands down fantastic. I realized during this episode, that while Sherlock is my love, John holds my heart because the times I have cried during this show is in reaction to the emotion that expels from him. No spoilers here, but during the reunited moment between John and Sherlock, I completely fell to pieces because of John’s face. So hats way, way off to Martin Freeman for his fantastic acting!

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Since this is spoiler free, I won’t even go into plot details for fear of giving something away but I loved every single second of The Empty Hearse. 🙂 It was everything I wanted to see, and needed to see and gah it has made me a very happy fangirl.

I hope the next two episodes continue this strong continuation. 🙂

~Jamie

3 Things I Want to See Happen In Sherlock Season 3

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I’m really psyched for the Third Season of Sherlock; it’s nearly here and yet sometimes it seems very surreal. I will probably go into a mild form of shock when I actually settle down to watch The Empty Hearse. Vellvin recently asked me what I wanted to see happen in Season Three and I thought this was a great post idea, even though it turned out to be a short one.

1. One scene, one conversation, one moment, in which we see John truly forgive Sherlock for letting him think he was dead. This is something I really want to see happen, and I hope it makes me cry. 🙂 After all, the friendship between John and Sherlock is one of the best parts of the series!

2. A detailed explanation to Sherlock’s survival. A whole montage that clearly gives a scientific explanation for everything and how he executed it. That would be fantastic. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for! We all want to know how he did it!

3. Lots more hidden references from the stories. This is a rather broad hope. All the sneaked-in references is one of my favorite things! Being a fan of the originals, I like catching references that are snatched from different stories. It’s like being in a super inside club and it gives the show a lot of depth! And it makes me happy to see the creators give some homage to the original work.

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Thank heavens they finally got around to filming Season Three. I shall be happy as long as they keep these adaptions alive and going! That’s all I really want. 🙂 But is it too much to ask that they not make everyone wait two years between seasons next time? 😛

~Jamie

The Sherlock Challenge

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To open up my posts of ‘lists’, I’m going to start with a challenge for one of my most favorite things: BBC’s Sherlock.

– favorite episode

This is probably one of the easiest questions ever: The Reichenbach Falls. They’re all pretty amazing but this one tops with it’s twists, plot and the emotional trauma it left me in after my first viewing. Absolutely fantastic.

– least favorite episode

A Scandal in Belgravia. Although it has some of my favorite quotes and I did enjoy the mystery, I have a dislike to Irene Adler when she’s taken outside of her original context–the original short story. The sexual themes that kept popping throughout also makes it rather awkward to watch. So, even though it’s really good, it has to go at the bottom.

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– favorite main character

Obviously Sherlock, but I talk a lot about him already. John Watson is my other favorite and Martin’s version is my favorite adaption of the character because it’s perfect. They’re both perfect!

– favorite minor character

I have two that I think can be considered minor characters. First, Mrs Hudson; I’ve always liked Mrs Hudson; she’s such a special character. She’s one of those very few people who Sherlock cares for and you can tell that even when you first see them together. Her gentle but steady personality brings a good balance to 221b’s atmosphere of chaos, too. The second minor character–although I don’t really think he’s a minor, is Inspector Lestrade. He’s rather nice and he’s not too proud to refuse help from Sherlock. I think he and Sherlock make a good pair in the crime-solving force, too. And even though Sherlock didn’t even know his first name till the fifth episode, he liked him enough for Moriarty to use him to his advantage right along side John and Mrs Hudson.

– favorite quote

There are so many! “The name’s Sherlock Holmes and the address is 221b Baker Street.” “We can’t giggle, it’s a crime scene!” “Shut up, everybody, shut up! Don’t move, don’t speak, don’t breathe, I’m trying to think. Anderson, turn the other way, I’m trying to think!” “There is a mute button and I will use it!” “Not your housekeeper.” *at doorbell* “SHUT. UP.” “You’re on the side of the angels.” “Welcome to London!” and John’s speech in the cemetery.

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– favorite ship

I actually don’t really ship anyone in Sherlock; I used to ship John and Sarah but I don’t anymore since the writers are sticking with the books and bringing Mary into the picture. I’m really excited to see where that’s going to go…

– what you would like to see in series three

I want them to keep slipping more things to catch from the original stories. I really hope that they adapt The Sign of the Four well; I have great faith in the writers and actors, though, so I don’t have a lot of worries or wishes. As long as they keep as true as they have to the original work, I shall be thrilled.

– a moment that made you squeal

The end of A Study in Pink where Sherlock and John walk away from the crime scene in slow motion. I got chills from that scene when I first saw it.

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– a moment that made you cry

The cemetery scene at the end of The Reichenbach Falls was the only scene that made me cry–more like sob. But then who didn’t during the end of that episode–if you weren’t crying on the outside you were crying on the inside.

– character that is most like you

GOSH how do you answer this?! I actually don’t think I am like anyone in Sherlock. I can relate to John an awful lot, though, so we’ll leave it at that. (If you think of someone I’m similar to, please don’t be shy to share because I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.)

– feels moment

There are a lot of feels moments in Sherlock for me, but I really like the scenes during and after Sherlock rescuing Mrs Hudson; tossing the bad guys out the windows and of course his line to John.

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– favorite headcanon

Having nothing sad ever happen to either of my boys, ever; they just solve murders and have jolly fun doing it without one of them having to jump off a roof and leaving the other one all alone, again…

– favorite actor

I have to shine the light on both Benedict and Martin here because they both deserve it. Benedict does the modern version of Sherlock very well because he sticks close enough to the original version. Even though it’s a bit different, he gives a more accurate version of what a man like Sherlock would be like in 21st century; more enclosed, more thoughtless, more intense. And on the other hand, Martin plays modern John perfectly. His John can stand on his own, he’s not just there to play Sherlock’s side-kick, which I believe is rather rare for Sherlock Holmes adaptions. He also has some of the best facial reactions. 🙂

– favorite actress

I like Louise Brealey in her role of Molly Hooper a lot. Even though Molly doesn’t come from the books, I still really like her awkward character who has a crush on Sherlock. Louise does a good job in making the character like-able without doing too much other then react to Sherlock. She compliments the show nicely. 🙂

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– favorite thing about Sherlock

His character development, easily. Although I like his ability to deduce and seeing right through people, I really like how his character develops at the end of Season Two. He’s more thoughtful; he cares more then he would like to admit. And that’s really neat to see. I also like his wit. 😛

– favorite thing about John

I love everything about John. It would take too long to discuss him here.

– favorite scene

That’s too hard! Oh my gosh! . . . . let me think for a moment . . . . . Okay, I got one; I really really love the scene in A Study In Pink where everyone was looking for drugs in 221b and Sherlock was having a verbal battle with everybody and Mrs Hudson kept telling him to handle his taxi driver and there were eyeballs in the mircowave and then he just solved mystery. That was a really good scene. 🙂

But, what am I saying??! All six frickin’ episodes are really good: this is easily my most favorite TV show and if you haven’t seen it yet then you need to as soon as possible–just do it. You can come back and thank me later.

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~Jamie

A Firecracker Post

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I have a lot to say sometimes but not enough for the different topics to make up separate posts, so that’s when I make up one of these and *babble* from one thing to the other like a little firecracker. Thankfully, I’ve heard you guys like it when I ramble, so this is okay. 🙂

My bathroom was the home of three cockroaches and a scorpion last night. Yeah. *dramatic voice* But then, genocide happened! In five minutes flat. And I was terrified. lol, Well, until I found the scorpion, then I wasn’t really scared anymore. I was just like, “Hey, a scorpion; I’ve killed a couple hundred of these, this is my forte, I know what to do with this; you’ve met your doom tonight you tiny devil!” Anyway … it was disgusting overall. And I want my mattress off the ground for the summer.

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I saw Disney’s Alice in Wonderland for the first time this week. I figured before I watch the one with Johnny Depp (yes, I am still going through my Johnny Depp/quirkier movies stage), I better just see what the original story is like beforehand. It was…. strange and in a few ways almost disturbing (specifically the oyster story, ohmygosh, what the heck was that?) but overall I enjoyed it. It dragged in the middle for me but the beginning and end was intriguing enough.

I’m looking forward to watching the live action film. 🙂

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It is near the end of May and I would be crazy to not acknowledge that it has been a full year since I first reopened The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and had him walk off the pages back into my life. Thanks to, well, this blog, which I have filled with things that I want to remember, I was able to trace the exact date—the exact Sunday—that Dylan and I—excuse me, The Doctor and I—decided to begin reading the same stories together. I’m pretty sure it was the sixth of May. And after that, a whole year was spent getting back into literature= Dracula twice, Murder on the Orient Express, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and volumes of Sherlock Holmes, including all four novels.  It. Was. Amazing. If only we could have finished them together before May was up; WHY IS LIFE CRUEL?

Either way, that was one of the best things to happen to me and I’m pretty sure getting back into Sherlock Holmes changed my life. I think I would be a very different individual if I hadn’t gotten back to reading. So, at this moment, I want to thank you, Doctor, for taking the time to read with me like you did; I know it must have been difficult sometimes making it work with a job and school and other things too. But I really really appreciate you reading with me. I miss you a lot and I’m still waiting for you drive over to show me the Tardis on your key chain….

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I’m getting sentimental now, let’s move on..

Oh yeah.. and…. and than this… this below happened…

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Last night Kayla and I saw Star Trek from 2009.  . . . . . . . .  Um, well, it didn’t convert me into a Trekkie or anything but it was good to finally see something Trek that was decent (I’m still gagging and washing my eyes out from that half an episode I saw, like, a year ago). It was a pretty good movie, although there was an excess amount of flares. Thankfully my mom watched it with us so she was able to point out, “oh, hey, that’s Scotty, he did all the beaming on the Enterprise” ect whenever these iconic characters were introduced. Otherwise I wouldn’t have known, like, oh hey that’s so and so–except for Spock; he was easy. Overall: it was good. We’ll see if Into Darkness with Benedict Cumberbatch does anything more for me when we go see it.

Favorite character? I have no idea.

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Well, I’ve let out some steam… so, I don’t have much else to just go on about for a paragraph or two. What am I doing today? I’m going to be out shopping with my mom later this afternoon and then will be babysitting the neighbor dogs for the evening. And I’ll be watching a movie by myself too… probably that live action Alice In Wonderland movie. Hope it’s good! 🙂

Have a good weekend everybody; especially to all my internet friends who get to be at Star Wars Weekends! I’M SO ENVIOUS! 🙂 Anyway…. live long and prosper.

I can’t believe I just said that.

~Jamie