More North & South discussion is imminent

•October 5, 2022 • 5 Comments

Our own Trudy Brasure is participating in the next online panel from the Gaskell House, on why we love North & South.

Entertainingly self-referential

•October 1, 2022 • 4 Comments

I don’t usually do something just because Richard Armitage recommends it, but this film was somewhat on my radar already despite the presence of the ubiquitous and in my opinion untalented Saoirse Ronan. I thought it was a lot of fun, and it might particularly appeal to viewers who enjoyed Knives Out orMurder by Death. I’m thinking Armitage’s friends are David Oyelowo and Shirley Henderson? He can be proud of them, as each delivers an excellent performance.

I really loved how the immensely clever script twisted in on itself: it’s a movie about a murder that occurs around a whodunit play involving a murder, with a third meta level in which we consider the inspector (amusingly named “Stoppard” and incompetently performed by Sam Rockwell) and his assistant (played by Ronan — she is fantastic in this role, which in itself is rather flabbergasting) as sources of an additional level of self-reference, plot twists, and in-jokes. I think viewers who are aware that “The Mousetrap” is the longest running play in western theatre history will get more from those jokes — and I wonder if that is still the well-known factoid it used to be. There are a ton of puns and sly jokes here about theatre history, and while it’s quite funny that one of the main characters is named Köpenick, I’m not sure you get why that’s funny unless you’re familiar with twentieth-century German theatre, or if you catch why it’s hilarious that the producer in the film (played by Ruth Wilson) doesn’t think the play will go on all that long.  And I’m not confident I caught all the puns and insider theatre and whodunit references.

Ultimately, it’s a pleasantly lightweight film that never misses an opportunity to make a campy reference, but also never draws a joke or a moment out too long for the audience’s laughter or attention span. The customary plot twist is not entirely surprising, but its resolution is hilarious. If you’re paying attention in the first part of the film, the final scenes are especially amusing.

All in all, this is a fun film — well-paced with good performances.

Definite selling point!

•September 22, 2022 • 11 Comments

The Queen is dead, long live the King

•September 9, 2022 • 17 Comments

When I got out of my car this morning at work, doctors were “concerned for her health,” when I got out of it tonight at home, she was gone.

Just feeling a little shocked.

At ballet

•September 7, 2022 • 14 Comments

Another reason to go to TIFF

•August 26, 2022 • 6 Comments

Interesting article today about a new film about Philippa Langley. It’s brought to us by Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, who were involved in two movies that I found excellent, “Stan and Ollie” and “Philomena.” Seems like this would have been the Richard Armitage vehicle we might have expected a decade ago. Ah, well.

Richard Armitage moves into Area 51

•August 22, 2022 • 41 Comments

This is my twelfth post of this kind. In honor of the occasion and the weak pound, I will make a donation of £2 (GBP) for each person who comments on this post from now until I close comments (whenever I get up on Tuesday morning, 8/23, my time, at the exchange rate at the time I donate). A person is someone with a unique handle, email and IP address who leaves a comment HERE at my wordpress blog. Limit one comment per person. Lurkers and first-time commentators are welcome. There is no limit on the donation. I will not be sending separate notice to Richard Armitage about this activity, nor do I expect any acknowledgement from him. This is just for fans, really. Because I’ve been doing it forever. My little Richard Armitage birthday hobby.

This year, the money will again be donated to LOROS in honor of Margaret Armitage.

Those in a giving mood may also want to give separately to a charity that Richard Armitage has supported.

Your comment does not have to have any particular content. If you would like to say something: what question would you ask Richard Armitage today?

The dream ends

•August 18, 2022 • 34 Comments

Lee Pace admits he’s married.

Locusts pillage fixed-price sale

•August 14, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Guylty’s fixed-price Richard Armitage birthday sale on behalf of LOROS is open, but not much is left. I understand that more items will be added in several hours.

Richard Armitage’s 51st is about ten days off

•August 12, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Guylty’s fundraiser is underway. The beneficiary is LOROS.

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