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In addition, David Burke and later Edward Hardwicke redefined film/TV portrayals of Dr. Watson. Holmes would not suffer a fool, and Watson was no fool. He was still a perfect foil for Holmes, but practical where Holmes was whimsical -- firmly grounded in reality where Holmes often lived in his own mind.

 

Yeah.  Brett and both Watson (especially Hardwicke) were brilliant, absolutely tone perfect.  I think Jeremy Brett WAS Sherlock Holmes, alive still due to royal jelly experiments, he was that perfect.  Those shows were solid gold, even with the slight changes to the books.  Nothing better has ever been done with the character or the stories.

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10 hours ago, csyphrett said:

Tom Baker was the first Doctor who basically was like "Is this a world destroying device? I love me some world destroying devices. What does this button do? Oopsie daisy."

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I'm sorry, but I think I just broke your world destroying device.

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Just watched the Impulse series on YouTube Premium and it was great.

 

It's heavy enough on the drama that it completely pulled my wife in and she hardly noticed or cared about the sci-fi elements.

 

Reminded me of Smallville's golden seasons.

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The Day of the Jackal 1973

After the OAS fail to assassinate President de Gaulle, the leaders of the OAS flee and decide to hire a professional assassin to kill the President. Thus begins a cat and mouse game between the French police/security services and the assassin. The viewer is shown the stages by which the assassin prepares his cover and procures and tests a weapon. The authorities find out that an assassin is on his way and begin to take steps to stop him. The end of the film is tense as the assassin tries to kill de Gaulle and the police rush to stop him. Edward Fox is the assassin and Michel Lonsdale is the determined policeman out to stop him.

Even though you know the assassin must fail it is still close and gripping. Unlike the remake with Richard Gere and Bruce Willis.

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The Wild Geese (1978)

 

A group of mercenaries goes into an African Nation to save an imprisoned leader, only to face an unexpected betrayal that puts the mission in danger.  Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, and Hardy Kruger are the mercenaries and we get a good look into the world of professional soldiers for hire.

 

 

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24 (2001-2010)

 

CTU Agent Jack Bauer saves the World over and over again in this TV Series where each episode is one hour in real time.  The finale has the best final words and image ever.  Jack even comes back in Life Another Day, a 12 episode season that covers one day in London, and before season seven there is a two hour movie called Redemption.  There are only a handful of characters you can really trust, and they are not the ones you think.

 

 

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On 10/21/2019 at 12:21 AM, csyphrett said:

The Guns of Navarone had Gregory Peck leading a team into the Med to stop giant cannons from firing on the fleet that was sailing to back the invasion of Europe.

Actually the team are trying to stop the guns firing on destroyers which are attempting  to rescue soldiers trapped on an island off the Turkish coast. The Germans hope to bring Turkey into the war on the side of the Axis.

 

On 10/21/2019 at 12:21 AM, csyphrett said:

Force Ten had Harrison Ford and Robert Shaw trying to figure out who was leaking information in the Yugoslavian Resistance while trying to blow up a dam.

 

Where Eagles Dare has Clint Eastwood as a clueless lieutenant ordered to help Richard Burton's Major infiltrate a mountain fortress, but that's not what the plot is really about.

The fun of Where Eagles Dare is that it is quite simple when you know what is going on. And the fact that the Germans are such lousy shots. Richard Burton has fun with the role of the major. Ingrid Pitt is wonderful as 'our man on the spot'

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Elena of Avalor. Yes, we're going Disney Channel here. 41 years ago, Princess Elena was trapped in a magic amulet when an evil sorceress killed her parents and took over their kingdom. Now free (but technically still a minor), Princess Elena has driven off the sorceress and is now learning how to be an effective leader. She is helped by the Royal Council which includes her grandparents (who, with her little sister, survived the sorceress' reign when the Royal Wizard put them into a painting), her older, somewhat self-centered cousin (who has a connection to the Sorceress that none of the rest of the family knows about), and her teenaged best friend (the daughter of a local sea captain and her husband). She is also aided by the new teenage Royal Wizard (the grandson of the one mentioned above), a dashing young member of the Royal Guard (who is,at most, only a couple of years older than she is), and a number of magical beasts called jaquins (talking winged and feathered jaguars).

 

The show includes action, adventure, magic, strange creatures, spirit guides, extradimensional realms, evil wizards called Malvagos, and large doses of Latin culture, including at least two episodes dedicated to Dia de los Muertos. I always thought the universe of the show would be a great setting for a Fantasy Hero campaign.

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The Brink (2015)

 

A ten part mini-series with half hour episodes about the crisis that threatens world war.  

 

A coup in Pakistan puts an unstable leader in charge and the Secretary of State, a low level State Department Official, and a U.S. Fighter Pilot all get involved in a hilarious plot to save the world.

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Sleeping Beauty 1959

When three fairies gather to bestow blessings on a baby princess, an evil fairy arrives and gives a blessing as well. That the baby will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday. Thus the audience are introduced to Malificent, one of fictions most awesome bad guys. This is the only Disney villain that says anything about Hell as she tells the prince that he must fight her and all the powers of Hell as she turns into a dragon. The good fairies also battle as they make the princess a pink and then a blue dress and back again.

There is something in the voice and the appearance that makes Malificent great.

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As a villainess, animated Maleficent puts Angelina Jolie's version to shame. That Maleficent isn't simply misunderstood and abused. She is the true Queen of All Evil, reveling deliciously in her cruel, vindictive, ruthless wickedness.

 

The official Champions villain, The Shadow Queen (Champions Villains Volume One: Master Villains), is very clearly inspired by Maleficent, as well as the Queen in Disney's animated Snow White.

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6 hours ago, Lord Liaden said:

As a villainess, animated Maleficent puts Angelina Jolie's version to shame. That Maleficent isn't simply misunderstood and abused. She is the true Queen of All Evil, reveling deliciously in her cruel, vindictive, ruthless wickedness.

 

Where does she go to get her cheekbones sharpened?

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On 11/2/2019 at 3:52 PM, Lord Liaden said:

As a villainess, animated Maleficent puts Angelina Jolie's version to shame. That Maleficent isn't simply misunderstood and abused. She is the true Queen of All Evil, reveling deliciously in her cruel, vindictive, ruthless wickedness.

 

The official Champions villain, The Shadow Queen (Champions Villains Volume One: Master Villains), is very clearly inspired by Maleficent, as well as the Queen in Disney's animated Snow White.

Actually, the Queen in Snow White came first. 

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Some Like it Hot (1959)

After witnessing a gangland murder, two musicians disguise themselves as women and join an all female jazz band heading to Florida. One of the musicians tries to romance the ban's lead singer while pretending to be a millionaire while the other is pursued by a real millionaire. But the mobsters are still after them. Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe and George Raft star in this classic Billy Wilder film. Has one of the best end lines in any film.

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The Vikings (1958)

Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis star in a period piece about two half brothers of a Viking warlord although they don't realise they are brothers until the end. Ernest Borgnine is the father of both. Unusually you have sympathies with the Vikings as they raid Britain to attack an English king and take back his intended bride (Janet Leigh who was Tony Curtis's real life wife).

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D.E.B.S. (2004)

 

Four young women take the SATs and because of the way they answered the questions they are recruited into an espionage agency.  One of them falls for a Legendary Villainess.

 

 

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