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'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' review - A homoerotic, bullet-time cash grab

The first Sherlock Holmes film, released in 2009 (read our review), set a standard as one of the most patronizingly obvious examples of contemporary Hollywood money-grubbing. As one of Anglophila’s most transmutable literary figures, Holmes has taken many forms over many decades, so it isn’t fair for me to judge Director Guy Ritchie’s interpretation as somehow impure or blasphemous. Even so, there’s something strikingly silly about Robert Downey, Jr. in the role, especially when he spouts unnecessarily convoluted dialogue through an insufferable, pseudo-English accent. As sidekick Watson, Jude Law may not have to fake the accent, but, like Downey, he suffers from a celebrity cultivated primarily in tabloids: both men are movie-stars first, and actors second. It’s not that they can’t act, they’re simply ill-equipped to tastefully portray robust literary figures in a film that prioritizes “bullet-time” over compelling human drama.

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Movies and Melodies #1 - 2010 Best Score nominees

I'm trying something new. This is the first edition of a new podcast I'm debuting here on Cinema Soldier. It'll air every weekend on and new internet radio stations in my area (Michigan, US). I produce several shows, write, and run their websites. Click play to listen, or download the MP3 at the bottom of this post. Let me know what you think! Feedback is appreciated.


Movies and Melodies is a weekly show celebrating beautiful and cinematic music on and off the screen. In my first show, I play some of my favorite tracks from all five of this year's Best Original Film Score nominees: Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Hurt Locker, and Up. If you like anything you hear, there are links below to purchase or preview all of the music in the show.

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Movies and Melodies #1 - Nominees for Best Score


Don't gay up my Sherlock, says Holmes copyright holder

Guy Ritchie's interesting take on Sherlock Holmes is ruffling some feathers. In a statement to TotalFilm, Andrea Plunket, the U.S. copyright holder to the Holmes franchise, threatened to revoke permission to make more films if gay or homosexual themes are explored. Her reaction was prompted by Robert Downey Jr.'s recent appearance on David Letterman where he joked that the legendary detective might have been gay. She was not amused. 

I hope this is just an example of Mr Downey's black sense of humour. It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future. I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books. - Andrea Plunket

This quote is most entertainingly read with the accent of an outraged 19th century rich British woman, perhaps with a monocle and parasol. Plunket is not from the 19th century, but her sense of humor might be. Guy Ritchie's new Holmes has gay undertones to it, but those are hardly it's biggest problem. Where was she when they turned Sherlock Holmes into superman? I guess completely changing Holmes is all right, as long as you don't make him gay. 


AVATAR draws huge numbers on Monday, again

Pandora may be full of unobtainium, but James Cameron’s Avatar is obtaining plenty of cash at the box office.  The film brought in another $19.4 million on Monday, a figure that is even higher than the $16.3 million it made last Monday. Numbers this high are normally reserved for a Friday or Saturday, but the Na'vi have pulled in $16+ million every day except Thursday when it bottomed at $11.1 million. It’s domestic total has now reached $232 million, and after only 11 days, it's grossed $642 million worldwide. More on Monday after the jump.

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SHERLOCK HOLMES is ambiguously gay


And so is Watson. This dynamic duo is a lot closer than we thought. While they used to solve mysteries together and share witty lines of dialogue in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, Holmes and Watson now playfully flirt and argue about ‘couple’ issues. Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes, complete with eyeliner and the tiniest dash of Jack Sparrow, is visibly upset that Watson (Jude Law) is moving out. He makes little effort to hide his hatred of the doctor’s new fiancé or how much he cares for him. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. He’s just not the Sherlock I’m used to seeing. I was more entertained by the gay undertones in Sherlock Holmes than I was the mystery. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

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Warner Bros. upcoming tentpole franchises

J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkein, and Arthur Conan Doyle are, oddly, holding together the hopes and dreams of executives at Warner Bros. Variety put together a list of the tentpole projects Warner Bros. has in development.

Tentpole movies are films that studios believe will make several hundred million dollars worldwide, assuming they don’t suck. Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, and Transformers are examples of tentpole film franchises. These types of movies are crucial, since they fund a variety of lower scale projects for studios. A large portion of movies don’t turn a profit at the box office, which is why Warner Bros. executives deem it necessary to have a stable slate of big money makers.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - release 7/25/09
  • Sherlock Holmes - 12/25/09
  • Clash of the Titans - 3/26/10
  • Sex and the City 2 - 4/28/10
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 - 11/19/10
  • The Green Lantern - 6/17/11
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 - 7/15/11
  • Happy Feet 2 - 11/18/11
  • The Hobbit, Part 1 - 12/**/11
  • The Hobbit, Part 2 - 12/**/12

Noticeably absent is the next Batman movie, which doesn’t yet have a release date.Other potential tentpoles include Johnny Quest and Gears of War.