Near my work there is an historical organ that every Friday at lunch they have someone come in and play. It fills the sound of the building as the music plays on. One of the neatest songs that they will play is the song from the end of Star Wars Episode IV. Whenever I hear that song it just brings a smile to my face. I think about the great moment at the end of the movie where Han, Luke, and Chewbacca are all getting their awards. The triumphant feeling of having just blown up the Death Star. The music from the score just fills me with all the emotions from that moment in the movie, which is exactly what a good score is supposed to do.
A good score creates music that implants itself into your brain to help you recall the emotions of that moment. The great thing about these scores is also that you do not need to hear much usually to have your brain trigger the memory. It is amazing how a sequence of notes can bring such a flood of emotion. Continue reading
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With our Geek 501 posts, we try to give you a primer or introduction on a topic. For today, it’s BBC’s smash hit, Sherlock. Part of a trend of retelling the Sherlock Holmes stories these days, including the two films with Robert Downey Jr., and the new TV show Elementary. There have been plenty of Sherlock Holmes remakes and stories ever since the books came out… For instance, to reference my post yesterday, there’s Sherlock Holmes adventures in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
With so many retellings of these stories, what makes Sherlock so special? There are all sorts of reasons it might be. The rising star that is Benedict Cumberbatch. The success of bringing the story into the modern age. Steven Moffat. Martin Freeman as the English Everyman. However, I have a different argument.
Rather than tell you every odd and end of the show, I’m going to explore the question that I think answers the success of the show – what do you call Sherlock? If you’re looking for an intro to the show, try this introduction by the folks over at For Human Peoples:
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Tagged Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Bond, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Dune, Children of Dune, Steven Moffat, Benedict Cumberbatch, Broadchurch, British TV, Sherlock, Movie, Martin Freeman, tv shows, Mini Series, For Human Peoples, Sherlock Holmes
I love having all of Star Trek The Next Generation on DVD – and all the films on Blu Ray. But I should probably actually watch them all again…
I’ve been rewatching Star Trek: The Next Generation lately. Well, I use the term “lately” loosely; it’s been a little while. However, I stopped at an interesting point: the middle of The Best of Both Worlds.
I haven’t really watched the show other than occasionally catching some in syndication since back when I was watching episodes we recorded on VHS. But I got the whole series on DVD, and realized I owed it to my old memories of the show to watch it.
Rewatching the first few seasons, I am realizing how iconic they were in many ways, how they shape the idea of what the show was. They were good enough for the show to continue, after all. However, I remember more of the later seasons, so I’m excited to move on and rewatch some of those episodes. But for now, a few thoughts on rewatching the first few seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation!
So recently Holly and I borrowed a friend’s copy of the famous Batman comic, The Killing Joke. I have not read many Batman comics, but Batman has ended up in more media than other heroes, so I feel still like I know him pretty well. Between different movie series, TV shows – live and animated – and excellent video games, there’s really just a lot of Batman out there.
The back cover to the Killing Joke.
But as part of taking a step back from my saturation in Marvel comics, this seemed like a great comic to read. And as a quick review, I have to say: it was excellent. Good art, good story. It had some things I’ve been missing from Batman lately – say, in the Christopher Nolan movies. Batman talking more while in costume. Crazy thought, right? And the faces of the Joker in this are really well done.
Since this comic is now over 25 years old, I guess I can treat it as though spoilers are not an issue. However, I will still try to be careful. So let me lay it out for you to consider, in case you haven’t read this comic and are thinking about doing so. I am going to introduce what it is that’s apparently the big events in this comic. The story that hadn’t been told before. Then, I’m going to consider this in comparison to a movie that I feel has a lot of similarities: The Dark Knight. And then, I want to consider the ending, which will be the most spoilery of course. Also, because we read the “Deluxe Edition” graphic novel, some of that may not have been in the original, but it’s fascinating nonetheless.