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Sherlock Holmes (1916): Romance of the Impossible

Published July 10, 2018 by kitlat

I saw this and concur with Nitrate Diva. I’m also glad that we get TCM.

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William Gillette Sherlock Holmes“MARRY HIM OR MURDER HIM OR DO WHAT YOU LIKE WITH HIM.” With this 1897 cable Sir Arthur Conan Doyle placed his most famous creation in the hands of another. It was a shrug for the ages, a non-decision that would forever shape the public’s perception of Sherlock Holmes.

The telegraph’s recipient, American actor and playwright William Gillette, took Doyle at his word and recast the immortal detective as such stuff that matinee idols are made of. He turned Holmes, an object of curiosity and awe, into an explicit, if unlikely, object of desire.

Gillette opened up the Holmes character for generations of actors to come by giving him flexibility and humanity. He proved that the sleuth was not only fascinating on the page, but also bankable on the stage—and screen.

The Reappearance of the Reels

In 1916, with over a thousand performances of his theatrical hit Sherlock Holmes behind…

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Stancliffe’s Hotel Review

Published January 29, 2018 by kitlat

It’s nice to know that my interpretation of this novella was spot on.

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Stancliffe’s Hotel is a novelette by Charlotte Brontë. Never heard of it? You’re not alone; the text is an example of one of Brontë’s early works, or juvenilia, and despite being written in 1828, it was not published until 2003. Although the text is set in Brontë’s childhood fantasy world of Angria, this is not the work of a child author. Brontë wrote Stancliffe’s Hotel at the age of 22, when she already had over a decade of writing experience, and her characters had become like old friends. The text is one of Brontë’s final additions to her Angrian saga, and the following year, she attempted to leave this world behind for good when she composed the fragment now referred to as “Farewell to Angria.”


From the beginning, Brontë was an experimental writer, and her earliest works have a sense of playfulness, referencing everything from Ben Jonson to Gothic Romance…

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Cup of China 2017: The Judges

Published November 14, 2017 by kitlat

I love figure skating. My earliest memories were of the 1988 Olympics with Debi Thomas.

The Judges' Table

China Figure Skating Audi Cup of China

Welcome to the third Grand Prix event of the year! Those of you in Asia may be celebrating the first Grand Prix in a reasonable time zone. Those of us in North America are crankily setting our alarms.⏰

Thanks to these six judges for sitting at The Judges’ Table for Cup of China!

Amanda P. (@storyologist_ap) | The Storyologist
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as a fan. I’ve loved skating all my life, but only laced up my own skates a couple years ago. Now I’m slowly working my way through the skills and watching every competition I can find a stream for!
What’s your favorite grossly underscored skate of the last five years? Weaver/Poje’s 2015 free dance at Worlds.

Bea (@beanjibae) | You Only Lutz Once
Tell us a little about your experiences with figure skating or as…

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Oscar Vault Monday – Random Harvest, 1942 (dir. Mervyn LeRoy)

Published July 28, 2017 by kitlat

I saw this movie during TCM’s Star Of The Month at thon night of Ronald Colman. Though I pointed out that some of what transpired were not really plot twists if you watch soaps at some point, it’s still worth the ride.

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I first saw this movie a few years back on TCM and it destroyed me. I saw it recently at the Castro Theatre and I guess I had forgotten a few things about it because there were whole plot twists I didn’t remember and it destroyed me all over again. If you haven’t seen this film before, beware I will be discussing some of the film’s major plot twists. Random Harvest came out the same year as arguably Greer Garson’s most famous film – Mrs. Miniver – as such, she was nominated (an won) Best Actress for playing the titular role in that film, and was ineligible to be nominated for her performance in this film. Regardless, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, though it failed to win any: Best Score, Best B&W Art Direction, Best Writing Screenplay (this was a third category, and is not analogous to the Best Original or  Best Adapted Screenplay categories…

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Tears and Trauma at the Circus: The Hartford Circus Fire

Published July 8, 2017 by kitlat

It seems that in the midst of “Everything Trump,” New England has been quietly marking the anniversary of this event, which happened so very long ago. Those who survived that are still left alive are well nigh in their 80s and must now rely on generations so far removed from this tragedy to tell this story. This person, environzentinel63, has done quite a great job of it.


The city was in festive mood.   The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus had arrived at last.  It was still wartime and the citizens of the Connecticut capital needed a diversion.  At that time the only entertainment to rival it was the cinema.  Those who chose to go there instead on that incredibly hot Thursday afternoon would be the fortunate ones.

Hartford has witnessed a number of terrible events in its long history but this would be the most heartbreaking of all.  Many of those who survived that tragic day are still alive as they were children at the time.

Circuses are no longer very popular, partly because of the plethora of alternative entertainment today and partly because of the cramped and unnatural conditions under which wild animals have been kept in order to supply oohs and aahs to a paying audience.  They spend their lives cooped up in cages…

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June 5, 2014: What’s the deal with Archie Andrews?

Published June 26, 2017 by kitlat

And now there’s Riverdale the tv series. I can say that in MY version of the Archie Universe, Valerie would never be in a relationship with a loser like Archie.

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Seriously?  What the heck is going on here?  Last time I read I checked in on the gang from Riverdale, these were the type of shenanigans they were getting into:

1And then, somewhere along the line, things took a darker turn for Archie Andrews (or, one could argue, a lighter turn for Frank Castle) and we got this:

ArchiePunisherSuddenly, our Archie had grown up.  Instead of just hanging around Pop Tate’s Pop Shoppe or toying with Betty and Veronica’s emotions, he was suddenly running afoul of crazed, gun-toting vigilantes…

Archie Punisher 2And then, eventually, after 67 years of straddling the fence, Archie finally made up his mind and decided between Betty and Veronica choosing…

archie-124e2b81f85e803af3cb83c8e11d4bbc14b6589f-s6-c30The bad girl.  So decided – FINALLY – he married Veronica…

1Or, wait, maybe it was Betty…

1Or both of those stories took place in an alternate universe so he could continue dating both in addition to her…

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“The Future of Ballet in the City Looks Exciting and Vital to the Next Generation,” Says Bethany Kingsley-Garner

Published June 8, 2017 by kitlat

I love a great ballet dancer interview. This post from Ballet In The City balances the right amount of text and imagery. The questions don’t make you roll your eyes either. Call me jealous. Or Ishmael. Just don’t call me Betty or Al.


image4 (2) Scottish Ballet Principal Ballerina Bethany Kingsley-Garner. Photo by Rimbaud Patron

Bethany Kingsley-Garner learned of her promotion to Principal with the Scottish Ballet while onstage, and calls it one of the most memorable moments of her career. “Hearing the audience applaud with tears streaming down my face, it’s a moment that will last forever,” she said of the occasion. During her question and answer session, Kingsley-Garner discussed not only her on-stage promotion, but other major career milestones, her excitement to work with Ballet in the City, and walked us through a normal day in the life of a professional dancer.

bethanykgBallet in the City: Let’s start with learning a little about how your dancing career got started. How old were you when you began dancing ballet, and what initially sparked your interest in ballet?

Bethany Kinglsey-Garner: From as young as I can remember, we had classical music playing at home. My…

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