Tag: Benedict Cumberbatch

REALLY?

I caught a news article today that had me rolling my eyes with disbelief.

Benedict Cumberbatch apologises after calling black actors ‘coloured’

My disbelief was that he used the phrase during an interview where he was actually ‘praising’ black actors and sticking up for the fact that there was a lack of opportunity for them in the acting industry.
He didn’t used the word in a hateful or derogatory way.
It was a simple slip of the tongue from a man who has grown up in a society that 20 years ago was using the phrase as common place.
It’s very hard to ‘unlearn’ things you have grown up with.
I’m not using that as an excuse but the brain often spits things out of your mouth before you’ve truly had a chance to think about what you’re saying.
It’s innevitable that the occasional slip will happen.
He didn’t intend it to and if it was aimed at black people in a hateful way I would totally understand the uproar but seriously!!! did this really warrant Benedict having to make an apology?

WHO ARE THEY ASKING?

I’ve just been enjoying my morning ritual of milky coffee after an unusually long lay in.
I’ve been having a little trawl around the internet and came across a BBC Newsbeat feature talking about Glamour Magazine’s top 20 sexiest men of 2013 poll.

I was very happy with Number 1 and for the whole, it’s not a bad line up but for the life of me I cannot understand why Robert Pattinson in still  making the list, especially ahead of such hotties as Liam and Chris Hemsworth and Benedict Cumberbatch!
The only saving grace is that he’s been number 1 for the previous 4 years and Henry has knocked him off his thrown!!

I am absolutely gobsmacked that Justin Bieber is even on the list along with Harry Styles and the fact that they are both ahead of Channing Tatum and Ian Somerhalder is mindblowing.
I can only assume that the 95,000 people polled were under the age of 18 because young ladies and more mature women wouldn’t look twice at the little twerps.

So here it is.
I’ve added photos because that was fun!
There maybe some little comments too. Let me know your thoughts!
If you are a Justin Bieber fan and hate me for my comments…… good!! I really don’t care.

1. Henry Cavill
Number 01
Absolutely perfect choice for number 1.

2. Robert Pattinson
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Can I just vomit now?
I have NEVER been able to understand how this man has become as popular as he is, how he always makes it to the top of polls, is one of the most miserable people going and still keeps getting leading roles.
Come on girls, just because he’s a sparkly vampire doesn’t make him God!

3. Liam Hemsworth
Number 03
OK, I can understand this one. He comes from a very good looking family but he should never have been ahead of Chris!

4. Tom Hiddleston
Number 04
A Brit who is successfully taking over Hollywood.
Loki is a brilliant character and he is a fun and charismatic man to boot!

5. Benedict Cumberbatch
Number 05
What can I say, he’s been on my Dish of the Week in the past.
He may be a very odd looking person but there’s something very attractive about him.
Love him!

6. Harry Styles
Number 06
Really? and ahead of Chris Hemsworth too! Shocking.

7. Chris Hemsworth
Number 07
Yum, yum and yum!

8. Idris Elba
Number 08
Never really hit my radar but I can see how he made the list.

9. Jamie Campbell Bower
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Totally not my cup of tea.
Murron likes him though and I can understand why.

10. Justin Bieber
Number 10
This is the one that makes me totally incredulous.
I can’t believe how he made it into the top 20 let alone the top 10!!
What a complete Dickhead. Just look at that photo. The over the top tattoos, that rediculous cap and that pose.
Is that supposed to be an ‘I look really cool’ pose? Because it’s actually a ‘wave goodbye to my career’ pose.
Trying to look cool and grown up and like a rapper when in actuality there is nothing cool about him and he sings like a girl.
This young man had everything going for him and he is simply pissing it all down the crapper!
He is surrounded by ‘yes’ men who haven’t got the balls to say no to him.
His advisers need to be shot or if they are giving him the right advise and he’s simply ignoring them, then he deserves everything he gets.

11. Charlie Hunnam
Number 11
Not my cup of tea but I can see why he’s made it to the list.

12. Ian Somerhalder
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Regular readers will know about my thoughts on this one.
He should have been in the top 5! and definately should have been ahead of Bieber.

13. Matt Bomer
Number 13
Mmm, mm, mmmmm

14. Johnny Depp
Number 14
Always good to see on the list.

15. Olly Murs
Number 15
I’m having a little problem with this one.
OK, he’s cute and cheeky but in the same league as Henry Cavill, Chris Hemsworth, Ian Somerhalder and Channing Tatum?
I don’t think so.

16. Michael Fassbender
Number 16
Another one I can understand being on the list but again, not really my cup of tea.

17. Channing Tatum
Number 17
Should really be in the top 5

18. Rafael Nadal
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Nope, don’t understand this one at all.

19. Matt Smith
Number 19
Another odd looking chap who is strangely attractive
Only on the list because he’s (was) Dr Who!

20. Robert Downey Jnr
Number 20
Should always make it to any list!

So there you have it.
It will be interesting to compare it to this years list in December.
Hopefully JB would have screwed up so badly he drops out of existence but that’s just my opinion.
I just need to remember to take a look.
Think I’ll pop it onto my calendar.

Right, time to spend the afternoon cleaning and readying the house for me getting back to work tomorrow.
Oh happy days.

PAIN = SOFA = MOVIES

Don’t know what I’ve done or how I’ve managed it but I’ve either pinched a nerve or tweaked a muscle between my neck and my shoulder on the right hand side of my back!
I just can’t get comfortable.

So Dharma’s hot water bottle has been put to good use and so has the BluRay player.
I’m on my third movie of the day.

After her little vomitting episode last night Dharma couldn’t go to school today so she got to pick the first movie.
She chose ‘Speed’ with Keanu Reeves.
I’d forgotten how much I actually enjoyed that film and I was pleasantly surprised by her choice.

Then I was abandoned and left to try and get comfortable on the sofa on my own.
I’ve just finished watching ‘Star Trek’ and I am now starting…. surprise, surprise….. ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’
Should have just enough time to finish watching it before Murron gets home with her new boyfriend for dinner.

Keanu Reeves, Karl Urban, Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch all in one day.
I am in fangirl heaven and there’s plenty of time for more later!!

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

Watching the last episode of Sherlock something was nagging me.
Not the fact that we’ve already come to the end of series 3 but something else and on a second viewing it hit me.

The Actor and Actress playing his parents were very familiar.
Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham.

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It wasn’t even that fact that I’ve seen both of them in various TV and film roles over the years.
I suddenly remembered where I had seen them.

It was on a troll around the internet for information on Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch to be precise.
And there’s your clue.
Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham are Benedict’s actual parents!

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And there he is. What a little cutie!
Who better to cast as Sherlocks parents!!

Also the Actress playing the new Mrs Mary Watson is Amada Abbington who happens to be Martin Freeman’s long term partner.

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So there really is nothing like keeping it in the family!!

THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

So we went to the cinema again today.
Ian is feeling much better.
This time we made it to the end of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’.

Brilliant!!
But did they have to end it right there?
Right at that particular point in the action?
Really????
Not fair. That’s just not cricket!!
But I guess it guarantees an audience for the third instalment.

Compared to the first instalment, I found this one much better paced.
The first one was a little hard going at times but this one was action all the way.

Early in the movie I found some of the effects a little obvious, particularly when they are all riding ponies to Mirkwood, but that was soon forgotten about.
The Barrels in the river chase scene was hilarious and the Pièce de résistance, Smaug the dragon was amazing and…… disturbingly attractive with Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice!! mmmmm

So, first cinema trip of the year done.
4th movie in three days total.
Bring on the rest of the year!

REALLY?

IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS YET PLEASE DON’T READ ANY FURTHER.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

I am going to have to be very careful about what I write in this post.
If I am not careful I may come across as sounding a bit racist which I most definitely am not.
Even if I am careful, someone out there will probably still accuse me and argue with my opinion.

To start I will say that I thought part of making a movie was choosing actors and actresses who are right for the role they are playing.
It shouldn’t matter what colour they are unless it is crucial to the story as it is in a films like ‘Amazing Grace’ or ‘Amistad’

As a long term Star Trek fan I am so pleased that the Re-boot of Star Trek is doing so well.
I get a bit exasperated with die hard ‘Original Series’ fans who say that it should never have been done or that JJ Abrams just doesn’t get it!
Give me a break!
He’s done an amazing job.
It’s fresh, it’s new, it’s young again, it’s been dragged up to date and in one swift move in the 2009 film he’s completely re-written Star Trek law and allowed the franchise to start again!

So, here we are, 2013, Star Trek Into Darkness.
It is still to be released in the US but here in Europe it’s been out for the last week.
It is doing amazingly well and getting rave reviews everywhere.
The stars are getting ‘Beatles’ like receptions wherever they go, it’s crazy!

One star in particular is doing exceptionally well and that is Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain Khan.
Everyone who has seen the film is saying he steals the show.
His fellow cast members can’t be any more complementary about him when they are being interviewed.
Indeed, having seen the film now (3 times!) I have to agree with them.
He is cold, calculating, menacing and played perfectly by Benedict.

However……

I have been noticing a growing number of posts from people who are upset that Khan is being played by a white man.
?????
Seriously??
The original Khan was played by Ricardo Montalban who was a fairly pale skinned Mexican and he was pretty heavily made up to look Indian!.
We now have a PC brigade of people who are accusing Hollywood of ‘whitewashing’
Why is Khan now white?

GIVE.. ME.. A.. FUCKING.. BREAK!!!

Why are they not arguing about why it was necessary to ‘black up’ Montalban in the first place.?
I can’t believe that there are people out there that still can’t get past the colour of someone’s skin.
I certainly can’t believe that because a character was previously played by ‘A person of colour’ they think that anyone playing the part in a re-make should also be ‘A person of colour’
No, it should be played by the right person for the part, be they white, black, yellow, purple, blue…… it doesn’t matter!!!

The whole point of this re-boot is to make the franchise viable again.
The only changes that couldn’t really be made were to the main cast.
If you line up the original crew and the new crew there is no mistaking that we are still dealing with Star Trek.
Uhura is still black, Sulu is still Asian, Spock is still Vulcan, Scotty is still a Scot (played by and Englishman)

Shock horror!!!…. why is Scotty not played by an actual Scot!!?
SURELY IT’S THE SAME BLOODY ARGUEMENT!!!

So far, this is the only down side to any reviews I’ve seen and I am really sad that there are people out there that are actually campaigning to stop so called ‘Whitewashing in hollywood’
When the world gets rid of this attitude to colour and everyone is seen in the same way we will finally be able to call ourselves ‘evolved’
Sadly, I think that day is still a long way off!

HAWKING

Just watched Hawking again for the first time in ages.

Brilliant. Bloody brilliant.

I remember seeing it when it first aired back in 2004 and was amazed by it then.
It’s still just as good and Benedict Cumberbatch is astounding.

The Eureka moment when he gets his big bang theory still makes me tingle and in a very basic way, I get it, just  don’t ask me to explain it!

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS – MY OPINION WITH SPOILERS

Please be aware that this blog is going to contain spoilers.
This is the only warning you are going to get so if you don’t want to know some pretty major plot twists then please don’t read any further.

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First of all I should say that I absolutely loved the film.
The first time was overwhelming and the second time was just nice to let it all sink in.
I found it had a wonderful pace. Not slow, not rushed, just right.
The 3D wasn’t overworked and didn’t have too much going on at once.
The look was very slick and bright and the Abrams trademark lens flares really make you feel like you’re there in the thick of the action.
I really can’t fault it, except for one thing.
McCoy was seriously under used although he did have some cracking lines including the opening line of the film.
‘Damn it Jim, that was our ride. You just stunned our ride!’

Anyway, the opening 9 minutes of the film has had a slight tweak since the preview opening 9 minutes and personally I think it works better.
The opening scene is now actually the Kirk/McCoy chase scene on the planet Nabiru.
The 3D was used to great effect in this scene as angry natives threw spears and at one point as McCoy was running towards the screen yelling ‘they’re trying to kill us Jim!’ one spear whistles over his shoulder straight into the screen and it made me jump and blink on both viewings.
There is a tense scene on the bridge with various crew members in Starfleet wetsuits trying to decide how they are going to ‘save’ Spock…. and at this point I would just like to thank the writers for making this scene happen and the costume designers for the wonderful job they did on the wetsuits. Karl Urban has a surprisingly peachy ass!
This was followed by a wonderful shot of the Enterprise rising out of the sea as it breaks all the rules to reveal itself to rescue Spock.
Let’s face it, we knew Spock wasn’t going to die in the first ten minutes of the movie so it was pretty bloody obvious this was going to happen.

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So the Kirk, McCoy interaction from the first movie is still there but sadly at a very reduced amount.

One character who has substantially more to do in this film is Scotty.
He has some wonderful scenes this time around. Most notably when the Enterprise is crashing to Earth.
There is an incredible scene where the Enterprise is quite literally tumbling towards the Earth and Kirk and Scotty are running through the corridors but having to run up the walls as well as hang onto things for dear life.
Oh yes, let’s not forget when Scotty is a tad pissed off with Kirk and resigns.
Kirk contacts him while he’s enjoying a drink in a bar and he replies on his communicator with ‘well if it isn’t Captain James T perfect hair!’
Scotty has some of the funniest lines in the movie BUT that said, he’s not just the comic relief. He has very serious moments too.

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The heart of this movie is family, friendship and relationships.
There is a lovely scene in a bar with Kirk drowning his sorrows when he is interrupted by Pike.
After a heart to heart conversation Pike reveals he has been given the Enterprise back and that he has talked Starfleet into letting Kirk be his first officer.
It is in this scene you realise what Starfleet and in particular, Admiral Pike, actually means to Kirk and he gets quite choked.
It is shortly after this that Pike is killed and Kirk just lets his emotions out and cries and Chris Pine did an amazing job.

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Spock has trouble dealing with his own feelings again, this time for Uhura, Kirk and the loss of his planet and he too has a moment, well actually a couple of moments with Kirk when he comes to realise what they mean to each other.
Most notably in the ‘homage to Wrath of Khan’ scene.
Roles are reversed and Kirk dies after saving the ship and we actually see Spock cry!
Zachary Quinto is perfect as Spock.
I will admit that four years ago I was dubious.
I loved him as Sylar in Heroes but when he was announced as Spock I was a bit unsure.
I think it was because at the time I couldn’t understand why they were making the film, why they were re-casting such well known and loved characters.
I didn’t see the point…. until I saw the film.

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To be honest, everyone was good for various reasons in this film.
Uhura gets a lot more to do this time around.
She gets to show off her Knowledge of Klingon in the field when she confronts some Klingons single handed before getting stuck in a full on hand to hand battle with them.
I will just say that I love the new look Klingons but I hope they don’t get used too heavily in upcoming movies.
I think Klingons have been done to death in previous Movies and TV shows and I want to see them try something we haven’t seen before.

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Chekov, poor Chekov.
Pictures of him running around in a red shirt instead of a gold shirt were released early on to fuel speculation about the film.
He basically gets thrown right in at the deep end by Kirk after Scotty resigns.
Because Chekov has been mirroring Scotty, Kirk makes him chief engineer and he handles himself admirably. He even gets to save Kirk and Scotty at the same time.

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Sulu is growing in confidence. He’s not afraid to throw opinion into the mix during intense scenes and he even gets to be Captain for quite a chunk of the movie!

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Ah Bones, the lovely, grumpy Bones.
He’s even more grumpy this time around and a little more heavy on the metaphors which I found a ‘tad’ much.
That said, I still love McCoy and this time around we get to see flirty McCoy after he’s transported down onto a planetoid with Carol Marcus and a top secret torpedo!
As he’s flirting away nicely he even reveals that he’s even done a C-section on a pregnant Gorn. Octuplets no less and those little things bite!
One of the last scenes in the movie sees McCoy in a full on white Dr’s uniform which was stunning and very reminiscent of the US Navy white uniform of today, just without the cap. Very handsome.
His last line in the movie sums up the Star Trek experience…. ‘5 years in space, God help me!’

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Dr Carol Marcus is a welcome addition to the family.
I’m so glad they didn’t go straight into a relationship for her and Kirk.
She does remain with the crew for their 5 year mission so it will inevitably happen at some point but for now she was simply introduced and even at the end of the film there is no sign of a relationship but there is a quick scene where Kirk tells her he’s glad she has become part of the family and gives her a tell tale smile and flashes the baby blues.

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Now, down to the whole reason for the film.
John Harrison. Yeah right!
I got my own Into Darkness personal theory completely wrong!
JJ Abrams did an incredible job keeping everything under wraps with this film and he was aided quite nicely by Karl Urban playing along with pretending to let the villain’s real identity slip during a Dredd interview.
As soon as I realised there were 72 torpedos and then Harrison finds this out and immediately surrenders I knew, even before the reveal scene, I knew, we were dealing with Khan.
What an amazing job Benedict does with this character.
All the other cast members have done nothing but praise him in every interview they’ve done and rightly so.
Apart from being extremely athletic and looking amazing, Benedict plays the part very cool. He delivers every line in a calm, deliberate way and because of the deep, smooth, British accent this makes him all the more frightening and dangerous.
Stupid thing is, you actually feel sorry for him. He’s just trying to protect ‘his’ family….. and then he goes and creates chaos.
When Spock finally gives him what he wants….. the torpedoes….. he is oblivious to the fact that his crew members (who were in cryo tubes inside) have been removed and Spock has armed the torpedoes.
When the torpedoes explode in style there is a moment on the bridge where Khan has realised what’s happened and he screams… a gut wrenching scream for what he believes is his dying family… of course this just pisses him off!!
The good thing is, he’s left in cryo with his crew at the end of the movie so he can come back again!! Whoo hoo.

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Anyway, overall I found this film to be everything I expected.
It was exciting, funny, surprising and beautifully shot.
I hope JJ gets to do the next one. If not, I hope whoever they find to do the job will ‘honor’ the lens flare and continue with the feel of the first two movies.
Short of the lack of Bones interaction, this film was perfect and I will happily go and see it again if finances allow.
Otherwise it’s going to be a long wait until my birthday which should be right around when the BluRay is released!!