The Traitor and The Spy

I watched Season 2 of Spooks, but never noticed Benedict Cumberbatch was in one of the episodes. He looked so young! And scared. Oh please, “I believe in freedom of information” bla bla bla, obviously you’re just doing it for the money.

Awww, look at that sweet, naive smile.

Do you even have to ask??

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BAFTA TV Nominations

Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for leading actor, while Watson and Moriarty will duke it out in the supporting actor category. Hmm, seems unfair to Martin Freeman, Moriarty is not in the show that much. But Andrew Scott was a very memorable Moriarty, so I can’t complain too much. Only one nomination for Downton Abbey, Maggie Smith for supporting actress. It’s tricky with Downton Abbey, I don’t think anyone would qualify as leading actor or leading actress, based on screentime or importance of storyline.  I’m tempted to say Mary-Matthew, but only because that’s the storyline I’m most invested in. No best drama series nomination for Sherlock or Downton Abbey, but Sherlock is nominated for YouTube audience award.  Spooks is nominated for best drama, but the final season is pretty boring and all over the place (really, Russia as the enemy again? The Cold War is over, guys!), I suspect it’s nominated partly because it’s the final season,

Full list of nominations: http://www.bafta.org/television/awards/nominees-winner-2012,3256,BA.html

Summer of Superheroes

It’s Batman versus Spiderman versus The Avengers this summer. I was pretty certain The Dark Knight Rises would win this battle easily (dollar-wise), but the buzz for The Avengers seems pretty strong lately. The sheer number of characters in The Avengers can cut both ways – either it would attract more audience (hey, if you’re not a fan of Iron Man, there’s always Captain America, or Hulk, or Thor), or some people might be turned off by the shorter screentime for their favorite character. I don’t think The Amazing Spider-Man really stands a chance. From the trailer, it’s looking like a moody, angst-ridden high school movie. That’s what the Twilight movies are for, right? I’m not really interested in teenage angst in my superhero movies, thank you very much! And the tone seems uneven as well, the trailer starts off serious and moody, but then goes almost fun and games at the fairground. I’m thinking that it would be better to commit one way or the other. Either go full-on dark and disturbing like Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, or keep it light, fun and with a sense of levity, like the Iron Man movies.

The Avengers (opens May 4th in the US)

The Amazing Spider-Man (opens July 3rd in the US)

The Dark Knight Rises (opens July 20th in the US)

Another movie I’m really looking forward to is The Hobbit. I missed the trailer when it came out, but it looks awesome! But hey, wait, don’t try to distract me with Martin Freeman and the pretty, pretty shire – what the heck is Galadriel doing touching Gandalf’s hair and exchanging meaningful glances with him??!! Where did this come from?

 

“I can just go running off into the blue. I am a Baggins of Bag End”.

Hey, it’s that guy from Spooks (Richard Armitage) as Thorin.

But seriously, if I had not check the cast list, I probably wouldn’t have recognized him. Here’s Armitage as MI5 officer Lucas North in Spooks (no, not the older gentleman, the other one, heh).