1. Mission: Impossible premiere was tonight and I stopped by--didn't meet anyone and my photos are hilariously bad, but I did see a lot of people. I have to say, it was probably the most efficiently-organized premiere I've ever seen (and that's saying something); the people on the red carpet side of the street were all neatly behind barriers and had posters and wristbands, apparently, and on our side the barriers went all the way out to the corner and there were lots of cops watching and actually stopping traffic and it was just very well-done. We realized it was probably Tom Cruise's People (because you know he has mad People) who made sure it was all organized for the fans (and believe me, he still has a LOT of screaming fans), and while I'm no huge fan of his, I do respect that. And when he & Katie showed up (early!) they signed for lots of people (well, he did) and seemed to be pretty nice, as did Simon Pegg (!!!!!) who waved at us. They weren't actually allowed to come across the street to us, but, still. I also saw Paula Patton, looking FAB in a sparkly minidress, and J.J. Abrams (!!!!) and Josh Holloway (!!!!!!!! I was NOT expecting him and yelped "holy FREAKIN' fuck, Sawyer!") and Piper Perabo and Jennifer Morrison and one of the Baldwins and then Renner, who I was there to see in the first place--he didn't come over either, but he waved and looked really hot and brought his mom, I think, so hey, at least I saw him.
EDIT: Now with far better pics from whoamelly_nyc! Piper Perabo, Josh and Renner. See! We were pretty close! DAMN MY
2. Saw Carnage on Friday and man, I really wanted to love it because the cast is so beyond awesome & I've heard the play's great, but...eh, I liked it. I greatly preferred the passive-aggressive first half to the completely over-the-top second half--I get that it was about adults acting like petulant children, but the hysteria and drunken shenanigans just got mildly embarrassing after a little while. Jodie Foster was kinda the weak link, IMO--her character was the least likable (even though they were all pretty bad) and she just played the dramatics really awkwardly and...I dunno. And I didn't buy all of the writing. But I did have a great audience who laughed at all the right parts and picked up on the subtleties, so that helped. So, worth seeing, but kinda disappointing given the talent involved.
Then Sherlock Holmes was Sunday afternoon (and it was packed, I should add), and I think I liked it better than the first one, though I still didn't adore it. I feel bad about it because I love the stories and RDJ (and kinda Jude) and London and 19th-century homoeroticism and just ALL of the ingredients, and yet both films just kinda entertained me in the moment and then didn't stick with me. Neither one particularly gave me Feelings, and I'm a bit sad about that, because I hear the fandom's awesome. But, still, the script was really quite crackling and funny and Downey was just flawless with the wisecracks ("TO THE SOUTH! QUICK MARCH!") and all his clever little I-timed-it-perfectly tricks were delightful to watch. And of course, the boyfriend-banter was better than ever. (Seriously, Chris Evans, you'd better step it UP next year during Avengers press. The bar is v. high. Make me proud.) I liked Noomi Rapace a lot, although she didn't have enough to do, IMO--and WHAT was that nonsense with Irene?! I was sure that was, you know, a trick, and at the end would be...revealed as such, but no! Very uncool. I know she's not that important in the books, but they could've done more. Overall I found it entertaining, I just kinda thought the plot was too much work. Although that ending was kinda awesome. (But...HOW?!) Also, needed more Eddie Marsan & Stephen Fry. (Always.) I confess I am more stoked for the return of the Benny-Martin BBC series, tbqh. "LA'ERS!" ♥
AND THEN TDKR TRAILER and holyshititlooksawesome. I am thrilled with Hardy as Bane--when I saw Bronson I was like "dsnbdsmslsdkn BEST CASTING EVER" and I love the look and everything, but...I could not understand a word in that prologue. D: Admittedly that was low-quality, and they could still do a lot in post (man, if he has to loop the WHOLE thing that is gonna suck so hard), but...oh dear. STILL, HOWEVER, crazy shit with planes! Blowin' up football fields! I am a little confused about Gordon, because the first trailer made it look like he was kinda...dying, so I guess that's something that happens over the course of the movie rather than in the time between TDK and this one? (Didn't they say it was like eight years or something??) I am holding out hope for Anne Hathaway; I think she has major potential, although good Lord, how many drama-action movies/shows use the phrase "there's a storm coming"? Like...all of them. But whatever. ALSO MARION and also JGL, whom I still don't buy to be portraying ~just some random cop~, and also music and cops fighting and I AM SO DOING A MIDNIGHT SHOW OMG. \8D/
3. DEXTER (FINALE): OK! That was...better, kinda, although I did think it was hilarious how that boat in the beginning had NOTHING to do with anything; it just saved his life and then he killed a dude, nbd. At least they did not call undue attention to the fact that it was called the Milagro. (GOOD GRIEF, WRITERS. MY KITCHEN IS DRAFTY BECAUSE OF THE ANVILS YOU DROPPED THROUGH MY CEILING.) Harrison continues to be adorable and I love every scene with him--although who didn't know some bad shit was gonna go down when Dexter wore a Kill Shirt to his pageant? C'mon, son. I cannot actually believe we're trying to redeem LaGuerta after an entire season of mustache-twirling villainy; that's some B.S. And is Quinn really transferring? Insert "bye, bitch" gif of your choice [HERE]. Whatever. The whole intern thing...kinda turned out to be pointless; the showrunner says that "we have no idea" why he sent him the hand, and I'm like "...wait, the audience has no idea or YOU have no idea?!" Because the writers should fuckin' know, right? I guess we'll see him next season? At least Jamie didn't die; the promo totally made it look like she did. And while there was still a lot of Idiot Ball-passing going on (you BELIEVE that he just FELL OFF HIS BOAT?! "My sister's...raccoon..." "No, nothing with a raccoon!"), I do respect that Dex had the sense to smash that (HILARIOUS) painting's face in rather than painting over it, because that would've been way obvs if it was still wet. (Though guise. GUISE. BLOOD TURNS BROWN WHEN IT DRIES. Sorry, but it does. JFC.) And when Dex found Travis with Harrison, I thought he should've gone "I am dead! Just like Gellar! I'm in ur subconscious, hauntin' u!" But whatever, he saved the day, etc.
Buuuuuuuuuuuut OK. So I'm kinda morbidly fascinated by the whole Deb-loves-Dex thing because (a) it's SO mean to do that now that Jennifer & Michael are divorced, FFS, and (b) I never saw it coming and am fascinated that they're taking the one semi-sane relationship on this show and putting a match to it, but, like...I don't buy it. I don't see why she'd be in love with him or think she is, and the showrunner also said they've been talking about that idea since season two and that it was "in the DNA of that character [Deb]" and I'm like...WAT. We know she has daddy issues, sure; that's been acknowledged. But since when have her bad man choices had anything to do with Dexter?! I really think they might be BSing that, and that is just THE most offensive thing to me. It's one thing to make it up as you go along, but you'd better admit that shit. Even the "Glee" writers do that. I want to hear Jennifer's take on the matter and see if she had any idea, or if they just sprung this on her. HOWEVER, DOESN'T MATTER--those fucking awesome last few seconds made everything worth it. She saw him!! YES! I've been wanting her to Find Out for a while, and that was great. We were saying at ONTD that he'll probably try to act like it was the first one EVAR, but, I mean, the Kill Room, the table, the cheek-slice, the apron, the shocking ease with which he shanked Travis--EVERYTHING; it's totally obvious that he's done this before. And I want her to make the connection with Rudy/Brian, with the Bay Harbor Butcher, with Trinity/Rita, everything. And if they have her just kinda let it go because she ~loves~ him I will punch a baby. Because NO. I really want that to be dealt with in a huge way--and the premiere had betta pick up two seconds after "oh, God." sdbsmdbadajsdbada AWESOME
...but also, the Scott Buck said he never "considered" loving her like that, and the only person he's ever almost had those feelings for is Lumen. UH, SO, WE JUST FORGOT RITA?! And that amazing fifth-season premiere when he broke down and realized he'd loved her? DA HAAAAAALE
4. Saw a play called Gatz at Princeton on Saturday--it's a word-for-word reading/performance of The Great Gatsby where the guy playing Nick reads it out from the book (it's this whole meta/fourth wall thing) and everyone else kinda says their lines like a regular play. And yeah, it took about six hours, with several breaks in between. It was hardcore and I was very impressed--especially when the dude STOPPED READING right about Gatsby's death scene and just RECITED THAT FUCKER. I JUST. WHAT. It was so badass. It's not one of my fave books, but I do appreciate it more now, especially the humor ("Did I tell you about the books? They're REAL"), and I also like Nick more as a character. They picked an interestingly older guy for Gatsby and an interestingly younger guy for Wilson, which I actually thought kinda worked. Also, it made me excited to see my Aussie sweetie Joel Edgerton as Tom in Baz's movie (GET OUT TOBEY UGH GOD), because that role has a lot of weight. Not for the faint of heart, but very, very impressive.
5. ...and at work I'm doing this nine-part documentary series called "Playing Shakespeare" from 1982 with John Barton chatting with the likes of Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart (EEEEEEE), Ben Kingsley and Judi Dench and others about Shakespeare and how to perform it and stuff, and in episode three they were talking a ton about Henry V and Michael Williams, Judi's husband, did the "once more unto the breach" monologue and I was just like OH MY GAAAAHD THIS IS AWESOME. And it's all very high-minded and actorly, but fortunately I am a gentleman and a scholar and also a HUGE nerd for all things acting, so I know what scansion and naturalized dialogue are and all that crap. And it's just like, theatre boner alert. (And WHILE I'm doing this, Hiddles is tweeting about the Henry V he's doing right now, and I'm just like IT'S SO META; WHAT DOES IT MEEEEAN??? I tweeted back him about it, of course. That + Gatsby makes me the Numero Uno Hiddlestoner of the week, tbh. It is so sad that my biggest fantasy is sitting with him and having a cup o' tea and talking about the Bard, BUT IT IS. OMG, HE SHOULD COME BACK TO NYC AND COME TO THE MUSEUM AND WATCH THE THING AND--THEN WE'LL HAVE LUNCH AND--
*excited sweater lady*) Anyway. It's fun. If dense.
5. Sent out my holiday cards today! Basically done shopping/making things; going back to Philly on Thursday night (and seeing War Horse with my mom at some point. I can already hear the conversation: "That's him, that's the guy I like! The one I met!" "What?! No, it's not! His hair's all different." "No, yeah, I know, he does that. But that's the smiley dude from Central Park." "The Marilyn Manson guy?" ">____________> ...Yes, that one." "THAT'S NOT HIM." "sdnbshdfsmdbasb!!"). I made my dad an X-Men snowglobe and bought far too many outfits for my niece, so it'll be fun.