Posted on 2018.03.08 at 18:23
Welcome to my site! Where I opine on all sorts of stuff. Of course, all this blog is (c) bortz65. Check it out and leave comments if there is something you want to note.
Posted on 2018.03.07 at 15:20
Currently I'm reading: Fire Falling by Elise Kova.
Recently Viewing: Coffee Prince (Korean romance/comedy/drama).
Recent Good Comic: Neil Gaiman's Miracleman #5.
Music Currently in My Head: Opening for the anime Yamada-kun and
the 7 Witches by Weaver's titled "Kuchizuke Diamond."
Posted on 2013.09.17 at 02:04
I sat down to watch Sherlock Holmes The Resident Patient on Netflix after reading the story and damn if Netflix hasn't taken The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes down. Sidelining the fun for awhile. I'll try to find something else to write about. I've some thoughts on the Salinger biography, but haven't finished it yet. Maybe when I'm done I'll put them down here.
Posted on 2013.06.26 at 23:50
In the Sherlock Holmes story "The Crooked Man" Holmes and Watson face one of those locked room mysteries. A military man Colonel Barclay is killed and his wife is so traumatized she can't relate what happened. The door to the room is locked and the key missing. The clues lead to the crooked man and his sad story.
The story by Doyle starts shortly into Watson's first marriage (In looking up some info on "The Crooked Man" I discovered Watson may have been married twice and his first wife may have died. All this is inferred as Doyle rarely delved into Watson's history.) The televised episode does not have the wife in it in any way.
The story has Holmes relating the events of the case to Watson, but the tv episode give this job to Major Murphy. A minor character in the story only slightly more important in the tv episode. Murphy witnesses an argument between the Barclay's, but this doesn't happen in the story. The episode paints Barclay as an abusive tyrant, but the story paints him as a milder character.
This is about the fifth episode filmed episode starring Brett and he still seems to be settling into the character. He seems especially twitchy and very like an early version of Sheldon from the The Big Bang Theory.
Doyle never had Holmes say, "Elementary, my dear Watson," but this story is the probable origin of the phrase as Holmes uses the word, "Elementary" early in the story and "my dear Watson" toward the end. The television episode has Watson reversing the convention and saying, "Elementary, my dear Holmes" at the end of the episode. This change was probably done since the phrase is a bit of cliché.
This episode features the David Burke version of Watson. I had forgotten there was another actor playing Watson during the first season of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes I prefer the Hardwicke Watson, but Burke is OK in this episode. Although, I was often distracted by Burke's hairpiece. It looked like a mongoose perched on his head.
The original story "The Crooked Man" is: ****
The faithfulness of "The Crooked Man" is: ****
The episode "The Crooked Man" is ****
Posted on 2013.06.16 at 20:21
One of Doyle's best stories is "The Musgrave Ritual." The story is part treasure hunt, part mystery and part gothic tradgedy. The idea is the Musgrave family has this ritual question and answer riddle that each Musgrave kid has to learn when he gets to a certain age. It goes:
"Whose was it?"
"His who is gone."
"Who shall have it?"
"He who will come."
"What was the month?"
"The sixth from the first."
"Where was the sun?"
"Over the oak."
"Where was the shadow?"
"Under the elm."
There's more, but you get the idea, so the family butler and maid go missing and Sherlock Holmes is called upon to figure it out. So how does the Jeremy Brett episode compare to the story?
What is interesting about this case is that it is one of Holmes' first cases taking place before he had met Watson so the whole story is related to the reader through Watson's reportage of Holmes' narration. For the television episode the writers wisely chose to move the events up to prime Holmes and Watson era, so they wouldn't have to cast a younger Holmes and Watson could be a part of the story.
Some other minor changes include: Holmes goes up to the Musgraves as a sort of visit, but the story actually has Holmes invited up to find the missing butler. In the story Holmes never meets the butler or maid, but the episode has them interacting quite a bit. The tree referred to in the ritual are actual trees, but the episode makes one of them a weather vane.
There a two changes of note that aren't that minor. The first is in the episode Watson goes into Holmes' room and sees Holmes drug works all laid out and Holmes is obviously high in the next scene. Holmes is known for using drugs, but this particular story has no drug use in it and Brett's acting and giggling as a high Holmes is . . . well, not very good.
The second change is one of the creepiest in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes tv series. The story leaves the destiny of the maid as an open ending. Her fate is never revealed, but the episode ends with Holmes and Watson driving away while one of the household staff finds the corpse of the maid suddenly appearing in the pond. Very creepy and very well done. I hadn't seen the episode in quite a while, but I remembered the ending. I also felt for the poor actress who had to lay very still in the pond while the credits rolled over her.
The original story "The Musgrave Ritual" is ****
The faithfulness of the episode "The Musgrave Ritual" is ***
The episode "The Musgrave Ritual" is *****
The next story in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is "The Reigate Squires" which was not adapted into a Holmes episode for the tv series.
Posted on 2013.06.12 at 18:58
I've been rereading The Menoirs of Sherlock Holmes and after I read a couple of the short stories I wondered how they compared to the Jeremh Brett Sherlock Holnes stories aired in the 80's and 90's. The first story in Memoirs is "Silver Blaze" which deals with a murder in the horse racing world. It's a good story, but not one of my favorites. The adaptation is almost exactly what was in the story with only one obvious change I could see. Where Sherlock Holmes kept the horse hidden and his owner didn't see him till the race was started in the original story, but in the tv version Holmes reveals the horse before the race.
Now there are three things to consider when evaluating this book vs tv show: How good was the original story. How faithful was the adaptation. And how good is the adapted episode. Using the five star method.
The original story "Silver Blaze is ***
The faithfulness of "Silver Blaze" episode is *****
The episode "Silver Blaze" is ****
The next stories in the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: "The Yellow Face," "The Stockbroker's Clerk," and "The 'Gloria Scott'" were never adapted in the Brett version of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Posted on 2013.06.12 at 03:07
I've been reading some of the old Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories then watching the Jeremy Brett versions on netflix. Not tonight, (since it's late) but in the next couple days I'll cite the differences and give my thoughts on the adaptions with Brett. First up The Silver Blaze and The Musgrave Ritual.
Posted on 2013.01.03 at 15:37
No, really, I woke up Screaming Sunday. Very weird. I was screaming but since my body was locked into that freeze mode you go into when you dream. I couldn't make more than a weird weezing scream noise that I could hear, but since I was dreaming couldn't figure out why I wasn't making noise. Then I woke up. Remembered what I was sceaming and I did let out a real frustrated noise that sounded like the racket I make when I'm having trouble beating a video game (but a sort of scream none the less.) What was I dreaming about?? Well, a girl I care about got married a couple days before and now she's in more trouble than ever and there is NOTHING I can do to help her. Very frustrating.
Posted on 2012.08.22 at 18:04
I can't say I liked Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, in fact I didn't much like it at all. The stupid book won a ton of awards and was one of Oprah's book club choices, but I can't see what so great about it. All the characters are kinda blind about who they are and at the end of the book they may have rendered some sort of "correction" but they've just changed one form of blindness for another.
I'm not sure why South Park's Mr. Hankey suddenly shows up partway through the book, (oh, sure he didn't say "hi dee ho" or sing a song but it was him.) It makes me think Franzen was writing some sort of satire of self important novels that somehow got taken seriously. Which ties into one of the main characters screenplay that wasn't working as a drama so he made it a farce. And my take on the book is Franzen wrote a satire that most readers see as a drama.
As satires go it's too oblique to be funny and too glib to be serious. Also, It reads like Franzen doen't like his characters at all. And if the writer doen't like his characters how can the reader?
This is not an intellectual work and those who think it is are praising the emperor's new clothes.
Posted on 2012.07.13 at 11:41
Yeah, I haven't posted in a while. Mostly cause of a great lack of anything to say, but here's some brief bits to tide you over till the next time:
The Skin I Live In is a pervey little revenge/torture film that is worth seeing. Regardless of how good you think it is, it will Haunt you for a while after seeing it. I still wonder why characters do what they do in it.
The Alex Raymond/Stan Drake half of Dave Sim's Glamourpuss is really good. The comedic send up of models and products. . . not so good.
Despite the positive reviews I was really kinda bored by the first part of The Amazing Spider-Man. I've seen or read so many dopey variations of that origin story that I'm really burnt out on that and I was like could we move it along. All that stuff could have been condensed down in some sort of opening prolog (like the first Lord of the Rings film.) Once the LIzard shows up things start popping. The 5 second scene with the Lizard mouse has got to be the creepiest thing this year.