In my review for “Sherlock Jr” (1924) I mentioned my interest in Sherlock Holmes. I though I’d take the opportunity to talk about the first season of the BBC series “Sherlock” (2010).
A modern interpretation of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic, “Sherlock” sets the title character as a hyper-intelligent, tech savvy cynic (Benedict Cumberbatch) supported by his friend Afghan war veteran Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman). Season one is three 90 minute episodes, more like individual movies than a television show, that tell the familiar stories in a new way. For example, episode one “A Study in Pink” is a direct adaptation of “A Study in Scarlet.”
I find the series to be wonderfully cast with pitch-perfect portrayals of a Holmes for the modern world. The tone is far from Basil Rathbone, but I feel fits very well with the literary works. On top of that, Freeman’s presentation of Watson as an everyman with a thirst for adventure seems more genuine in his tenuous relationship with Holmes than previous incarnations where he seems to be a bumbling idiot.
If you are a fan of Holmes, like mysteries, or are looking for something that requires a little brain power, give “Sherlock” a try. Me, I’ve already set my mobile ringtone for the title song.
DragonCon is a festival of all things geeky. Every year during the first weekend of September there are four days of Sci-Fi, comic book, anime, and video game mayhem. Last night there was the world premiere for a new independent film featuring Doug Jones, Felicia Day, and Andrew Bowen.
“Rock Jocks” (2012) is about a group of geniuses who work for a secret government agency that shoots down astroids. Faced with budget cuts and the threat of elimination, they have to work together save their jobs and the world. “Rock Jocks” has a solid story and great script that felt like what you would get if “Clerks” (1994) and “Repo Man” (1984) had a love child who became an astronaut. That being said this is definitely not a family film, with a great amount of adult humor and swearing including security guards contemplating the various ways that expletives can be used.
Following the premiere of the movie was a short panel session with the writer/director Paul Seetachitt, Andrew Bowen, and Robert Picardo. They were all very excited to share the final product and stories about making the film. It was shot on a small cannon and you can definitely tell in the image quality. But the story and characters are so much fun, you soon forget and just enjoy. Overall, I enjoyed myself and would definitely love to see it again.
If you’re interested in seeing this film, check out their website