Friday, November 21, 2014

Fan Girl

Well, I've learned what it takes to keep my house presentable. All I have to do is have people over twice a week. Let's see, park day last Friday, Bunko on Monday, park day today...voila! Clean house!

I guess I had better invite someone over for Thanksgiving before this place turns into a junkyard again.

In other news, having run through all the Dr. Who episodes available on Netflix, we decided to try Sherlock (mostly because everyone I know has said, "Oh, you HAVE to see Sherlock!" Talk about peer pressure, huh?). I'm not really into detective/crime stuff, so I didn't have high hopes for this show. But I convinced Larry and the boys to try it with me, and we all snuggled down last week on our (new-to-us) awesome couch to see what all the fuss was about.

Apparently, THIS is what all the fuss was about:

Good Lord, people, I had never seen this man act before. How does he do that...that thing with his eyes that lets you know he's thinking? And that little jerk of the chin when something snags his attention?  And that voice?

Look, I just didn't think it was possible to swoon this much. And, lest you think I am swayed only by this man's preternaturally good looks, I'm equally impressed with this fellow here:

No movie-star looks, but still...perfection. Acting perfection. What is up with the British, anyway? Are they raised in special acting camps from the age of 5?  Are they genetically screened at birth for dramatic ability? Or maybe it's just something in their drinking water.  Whatever it is, even the actors in bit parts in British productions have it all over American actors.

You think these guys are busy for Thanksgiving?


  1. I thoroughly agree. I'm almost exclusively watching BBC productions now. American TV looks PLASTIC by comparison.

  2. I'll have to check out Sherlock. Having company over is the only way I ever get my family to do any yardwork so I try to have a backyard shindig a few times a year.

  3. Yep, that's my secret too. It's a shame I can't get the heathens I live with to help keep it clean if no one is coming over.

  4. If you have Amazon Prime check out Parade's End through their streaming service. It's a BBC/HBO co-production. I know you liked Downton Abbey. Parade's End is set at the beginning of WWI also. Benedict stars in it and was nominated for an Emmy. Tom Mison, of Sleepy Hollow, has a supporting part.

    I've had quite the crush on Ben since I binge watched Sherlock at the beginning of the summer.

  5. I love Sherlock. And I think it's a testament to what an extraordinary actor Freeman is that he holds his own on that show, because Cumberbatch might completely steal all your attention, but they manage to really make it work together. (And drunk Sherlock looking around a crime room at a chair and seeing "sitty thing" makes me laugh every damn time!)

  6. OK, I have written out this comment THREE TIMES, and it refuses to publish. I have no idea why, so hopefully you don't get three comments because I'm not really trying to spam your page. However, I suggest Bletchley Circle if you need more binge British TV shows to watch… the first two seasons are on Netflix ;)

  7. I give our common living areas one week before they devolve into normalcy.
    Pass the Sherlock, please!

  8. I'll put in a plug for Foyle's War...amazing acting. And a friend of mine has put forward the theory that the reasons British acting is so good are: 1) A lot of great actors gravitate to the stage- in the UK, both stage and film acting are centered on London, whereas in the US, stage actors go to NYC and film actors to LA, which hinders the flow of talent from stage to screen and back. And 2) only the very best British TV comes to the US. So they have proportionately as much crap as we do, but the US just doesn't see it. (I give less weight to the second, because I think that they have less overall programming, which means proportionately it tends to be of better quality. )