Line: (Sherlock): John! You are amazing! You are fantastic! You’ve never been the most luminous of people, but as a conductor of light you are unbeatable. … Some people who aren’t geniuses have an amazing ability to stimulate it in others.
Reference: It’s actually from The Hound of the Baskervilles, the story on which 2.2 is mostly based. Here’s the quote, just after Watson has examined a walking stick, attempting to use Holmes’ methods:
“Really, Watson, you excel yourself,” said Holmes, pushing back his chair and lighting a cigarette. “I am bound to say that in all the accounts which you have been so good as to give of my own small achievements you have habitually underrated your own abilities. It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. I confess, my dear fellow, that I am very much in your debt.”
As usual, find an excerpt below and the rest at Nerds in Babeland. ~Jenn
Now I normally think of Stephen King the way I do about J.K. Rowling, and the way I used to about Anne Rice: an amazing storyteller, gifted as far as creativity and brilliant at character creation, just without the actual writing skill-chops to pull off the enormous ideas pouring forth.** Joyland, however, is an exception to this opinion of mine, and in fact makes me want to go back to other King pieces and see if I was wrong all along.
Great article called Reasons Why Everybody Should Study Stage Combat, found here.Excerpt below.
I’ve heard it said by some of the people who’ve trained me that it’s often the simplest techniques that have the highest risk of injury. If you are dueling to the death with chainsaws, you respect the chainsaw and go through all the necessary safety procedures. But if the scene needs someone to be slapped and/or fall down, performers will sometimes think that “they can take it.” “Taking it” might land a performer in a hospital.
If your company has not budgeted sufficiently for fight direction, then you will necessarily have poor stage combat. If you have allocated no budget at all, you have no fights.Some companies try to get around this by finding a volunteer fight choreographer or a cast member who has taken a workshop one time, but that still only puts you back to poor stage combat.Your choice is either to cut the violence, or do something that puts actors and audience in physical danger and/or look terrible.
Some fun pictures and gifs over here from the upcoming Hobbit sequel. Enjoying the original female character Tauriel kicking butt Elvish style. Below is my favorite–nothing like the ol’ back bend evasion… ~Jenn
Mike Hammer is the original detective badass, and reading a Mike Hammer detective story is like plunging into a familiar, classic noir hot tub–settling in to the abrupt cadence of Hammer’s inner monologue as the lights dim.Mike Hammer was the first womanizing, seasoned and sarcastic investigator that inspired the likes of Fleming’s James Bond. He’s the original hard-boiled detective, and the stereotypical “film noir” voice-over you hear when you think of this genre came from Spillane’s thrillers.
Line:SHERLOCK: …and I’m sure she scrubbed your floors, judging by the state of her knees.
Reference: The line above is Sherlock noticing that Donovan and Anderson are having an affair, by such details as Donovan wearing Anderson’s deodorant, and the worn state of her knees (a catty dig about what exactly they were doing during the affair). In Doyle’s “The Red Headed League,” Holmes asks directions of the mysterious pawnbroker’s assistant, so he could look at the knees of his trousers. They were worn, stained, etc. and by seeing them Holmes ascertained that he had been digging a tunnel under the pawn shop. (Pic)