Personally, I can’t wait for the new Sherlock Holmes movie. The detective is known for his eccentric bohemian style, and there’s no one better to express that than Robert Downey Jr. I am, however, disappointed that you skipped over the one actor who’ll always be Holmes in my eyes. Jeremy Brett’s small-screen portrayal in the ’80s and ’90s was fresh and intense; the character made no bones about some of his more questionable habits. But at least you did bring up Michael Caine’s Without a Clue, an homage wrapped in a parody lavished with hilarity.
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Downey as a sexy Sherlock? I’m selling my movie collection, because once this hits my DVD player I’ll never need to watch anything else again.
I’ve read a lot of reviews in your pages over the years, and while I’ve seen you give various forms of entertainment fair grades that let me know whether something is a good risk, never have I seen you print right on your cover ”We’ve Read XYZ (So You Don’t Have To).” Until now. Your review of Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue was worth reading, and yet it failed to convince me that the book was not. I look forward to checking out Palin’s memoir.
SNL‘s Secret Weapon?
I just read Ken Tucker’s Saturday Night Live review (TV section). He makes a good point about the show’s current pattern of bringing on hosts after lackluster movie openings. But there’s no mention of Andy Samberg, who might be a huge reason for SNL‘s steady viewership: His digital shorts tend to go viral after airing on the show. I believe they have mass appeal — who wouldn’t love watching people throw stuff on the ground in slow motion?
The Last Laugh
Mark Harris’ Final Cut column on the passing of David Lloyd was a lovely tribute to a comedy writer who gave us some of the most memorable TV episodes of the last 30 years. It was particularly moving to read about Harris’ own world as an 11-year-old in the 1970s, and how Lloyd’s groundbreaking Mary Tyler Moore episode ”Chuckles Bites the Dust” left an indelible mark on him. That column spoke for my entire generation.
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A Fine Romance
The interview with Carter Bays of How I Met Your Mother (TV section) explained so much about Barney and Robin’s breakup. But does he really think a career-minded individualist like Barney can’t have a girlfriend without ”wearing a sweater-vest and going to bed-and-breakfasts”? If that were true, the world’s Barneys and Robins could never find love! If the producers can ever envision the possibility of real love without the traditional marriage-and-kids trappings, I hope they revisit Barney and Robin.