• nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    @ps1l0v3y0u If you listen to the stacked vocal harmonies, overdubbed by Karen and Richard and sung perfectly in tune, that’s a result of Richard’s vocal arrangements. It was as characteristic of their sound as Karen’s solo voice. And, because I have hearing loss that started in childhood, I think those vocal harmonies were part of their appeal to…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    @dwnerdfrommars Karen and Richard suffered from an image problem, especially in the United States. The image was largely manufactured by their record company, A&M, who recognized a cash cow when they saw it and wanted to keep the middle class money rolling in. So the PR department really laid it on thick, when it came to describing the “wholesome”…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    I know the Carpenters are not everyone’s cup of tea. I was a fan as a kid, drifted away when their song choices and arrangements got more syrupy in the late ’70s to early ’80s, then reclaimed their music after Karen died in 1983. I’m currently listening to the 5.1 remixes of their complete Singles 1969-1981 SACD album on YouTube. I love the…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Dr Who News (5)

    @winston @dentarthurdent I also find myself liking what I see of the Doctor’s companion. She reminds me of a (bottle) blonde Clara. I say that without having seen “The Church on Ruby Street” yet. The trailers are all I have to go by. As of now my public library only has DVDs up through the 13th season, so it may be a while before I get caught up.

  • nerys replied to the topic Dr Who News (5)

    I must say, the trailer looks good. It captures the Doctor’s whimsy and charm, while also delivering a sense of danger posed by … who? The enemies aren’t made clear, but I didn’t see any Daleks or Cybermen, so maybe it’s a whole new cast of characters.

  • nerys replied to the topic Dr Who News (5)

    @blenkinsopthebrave I love the trailer. And thank you for sharing that Radio Times article. Both make me feel more enthusiastic about taking up with Doctor Who again. But, as I’ve said before, I really don’t want to subscribe to Disney+, so I’ll have to wait for the DVDs to make their way to my library. (If we didn’t already have too many DVDs,…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    @dentarthurdent The first time I saw Quantum of Solace in the cinema, I was so disappointed … but only because I felt it didn’t measure up to Casino Royale. However, on second and subsequent viewings, I came to love it.

    I think it’s incredible that they achieved what they did, given the fact that the writers’ strike meant they had to work with…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Empress of Mars

    @ps1l0v3y0u I like ZChib. It’s a keeper.

  • nerys replied to the topic Empress of Mars

    @dentarthurdent As to why the Doctor’s doing this (‘adopting’ Bill), I’d hypothesise that he needs the companionship. Who was it who said the Doctor shouldn’t be alone, it wasn’t good for him. River?

    I seem to recall both Amy and River telling the Doctor he should never travel alone. And then in “Listen” (after the Doctor goes on a tangent abo…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    @dentarthurdent Yes, Silva was the one with the island and “mommy issues” with M. Bardem played him beautifully!

    I didn’t much care for the Brosnan era (though I do respect the fact that he helped to bring Bond back from the brink of extinction). As I recall, Tomorrow Never Dies is the Bond film of his I liked best.

    Before Craig, I didn’t really…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    @dentarthurdent Oh, right, thanks for the correction! Quantum of Solace is one I tend to forget. At first I was disappointed in it, then on subsequent viewings came to appreciate it. It was marred by a couple of things: the writers’ strike and disjointed editing of the chase sequences. Apparently Marc Forster was aiming to put the audience into…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    @dentarthurdent I loved No Time To Die. It’s a natural culmination of the Daniel Craig era, though I admit I was surprised that they ended it the way they did. Having watched all four of his Bond films (Casino Royale was the one that hooked me), I felt that there was a tragic trajectory. I think giving Bond a daughter, only to have him sacrifice…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    In the “what have you been watching lately” vein:

    Still Alice from 2014, a deftly devastating portrayal of early-onset Alzheimer’s and its impact on the individual and her family. The film affected me so much that I couldn’t sleep that night.

    I was surprised to learn about one of the co-directors, Richard Glatzer, having ALS and being unable to…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Extremis

    @winston @ps1l0v3y0u I tried to like it, and wanted to, but mainly found Chibnall’s tenure wanting. My favorite episode was the “Eve of the Daleks” New Year’s special. It caught the magic, I thought … then dumped it. Such a shame.

  • nerys replied to the topic Extremis

    @ps1l0v3y0u Yes, I thought Jack Robertson in “Arachnids in the UK” and “Revolution of the Daleks” was the character most obviously based on Trump. Like so much during Chibnall’s tenure, the writing was handled in too heavy-handed a manner to be effective.

  • nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    Does anyone here watch True Detective on HBO? (It’s quite violent, so might not be everyone’s cuppa tea.) It launched its fourth season on Jan. 14. I was a little underwhelmed by the first episode. Too much tell, not enough show. But I get that they had a lot of characters to introduce and ideas to get across.

    With that behind us, the second…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Companions past and present

    @ps1l0v3y0u I just hope, loon that he is, The Master has been told it wrong.

    Now, wouldn’t that be providential? The Master as an unreliable narrator. Except that it seems too easy, in the same way that “it was all a dream” was a cop-out for Dallas (but brilliant for Newhart).

  • nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    @ps1l0v3y0u Midnight: bbc iplayer has an embarrassment of riches on this side of the pond. Hope it’s there for a while!

    Sadly, I don’t think I can access it unless I pull some shenanigans. I’m sure I can access the DVDs via our public library system, so I’ll go that route.

  • nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    @ps1l0v3y0u “Midnight” remains one of my all-time favorite Doctor Who episodes. I would love to watch it again … except I can’t, since it’s no longer on Crave. Maybe I can get it on loan from the library. *sigh*

  • nerys replied to the topic Companions past and present

    @ps1l0v3y0u Yeah, the endless exposition is one of many things that doomed “The Timeless Children” … if you have to explain everything (and have the Master, of all people, doing it), then that’s probably a clue about the quality of the storytelling. “Show, don’t tell.”

    @dentarthurdent Yes, you and I were discussing Layer Cake. It may be worth a…[Read more]

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