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The News Isn’t Good…

silver-streakThere’s a lot of communication on the InterWebs today about the passing of Gene Wilder. We lose good people all the time, but this is one that strikes me.

When I think of these movies;

  • The Producers
  • Willy Wonka
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Silver Streak
  • Stir Crazy

I smile and think of how entertaining these movies were, because he was in them. His used car salesman face, while saying an outrageously humorous line, combined with his curly wild hair, added to his comedic delivery. When he starred in a Mel Brooks movie, you knew it was going to be memorable. The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, come to mind.

If you’ve seen any of his 4 movies with Richard Pryor, you watched one of the great movie comedy pairings. Even when there were serious moments, it was movie magic, with them in it.

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory – Variety Online

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RIP Jerome Silberman / Gene Wilder
June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016

 


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Posted by on 29/08/2016 in Actors, Comedy, Deaths, Entertainment, Movies, Popular Culture

 

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The Last Hurrah – Castle End

Castle lined up with 12th Precinct detectives

Castle with the 12th Precinct detectives.

Lets start out with a warning to anyone that watches and enjoys the TV show Castle, but hasn’t seen the last episode. Spoiler Alert! Warning! Don’t read past this point if you’re still planning on seeing the last episode and don’t want to know anything about it – including the end.

Now that’s out-of-the-way, I have to assume you want to continue to read my observations & comments. If you’re already a member of WordPress, you can add your comments below. WordPress wants to know who you are, even if you’re hiding behind an alias. No, spies don’t come here to gain access to the latest government secrets, but some Castle fans do…

Castle & Beckett disarming a bomb in NY together

Castle & Beckett disarmed a bomb in NY

Overall, last nights episode did bring some closure to the series. I must say, as a fan I was more than a little disappointed by the abbreviated ending. Clearly the last few seconds of episode 22, season 8, were rushed. It was a way of creating an ending which should have developed in several more episodes of Castle. It appeared to me they had a cliffhanger final in mind, then had to tack on the final seconds showing Beckett, Castle and children, all smiling perhaps even laughing at a dinner table together.

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Beckett & Castle working together

The season 8 writers were up against three intractable challenges. The first problem was the entire eighth season story arc revolved around a powerful shadow organization, secretly behind a prior longer story arc about the death of Kate Beckett’s mother which ran for 6 seasons. By creating this all-encompassing theme from the beginning, it obligated them to continue with it, and form a conclusion for that plot line. What they couldn’t plan on was the second big problem. Problem number two was the announcement by ABC studios, that Stana Katic and Tamala Jones wouldn’t be returning to Castle if there was a ninth season. This meant they had to write an episode explaining to the audience the reason(s) why Kate Beckett and everyone’s favorite Medical Examiner were no longer around. What could they do?

  1. Have Kate Beckett resign and leave Castle?
  2. Have a need for Kate to take time off and temporarily be away from Castle? (They sorta did that already)
  3. Have Kate Beckett appear to die in the last episode, leaving an opening for Castle to continue without her?

Beckett_sticking_her_tongue_outThere just didn’t seem to be a satisfactory way to remove Kate Beckett from the series without severe repercussions and this brings us to the final challenge. The network under a lot of pressure from the fans, announced last Thursday, May 12th, there wouldn’t be a ninth season. Do I believe the fans influenced this decision? Does the Pope reside in the Vatican? The Twitter feeds were tweeting faster and louder than Angry Birds on steroids. They were tweeting, “No Stana – No Castle!“, A petition was created to cancel the show at the end of season 8, and instructions were published throughout social media as to who should be contacted along with their business address.

Shock & Awe - faceFor a few weeks Castle fans were doing the American public a favor. They created a fire storm and were calling attention to a media phenomenon other than the U.S. Presidential bake-off. No need to thank us America, just doing our part to create a distraction from election news.

ABC had a PR nightmare on their hands which might have rolled over to other properties. The only thing at this point which they could have done to make it worse, end season 8 with Kate Beckett killed and have her on the M.E.’s table in season 9. Oh wait… they couldn’t have done that because they were getting rid of  Dr. Lanie Parish too.

If ever script writers were on the horns of a dilemma, this was that time. The writers were given 1 more hour to create an ending for the show wrapping up, LokSat and what happens to Caskett. C’mon, 1 hour?!  Well, that’s what they did. For that hour we had at least 3 episodes compressed into 1.

Beckett: I need a miracle, guys.
Ryan: Okay, you got it.
Esposito: One miracle coming up.

The episodes I’m referring to were; In the Belly of the Beast, Veritas and The Time of Our Lives. Each of them had dramatic stories with pivotal outcome.

  • In the Belly of the Beast – Beckett is recruited for a dangerous undercover operation with the aim of stopping a near-mythical drug baron.
  • Veritas – Beckett carries out an off-the-books investigation attempting to connect drug baron Vulcan Simmons to presidential candidate William Bracken
  • Time of Our Lives – Beckett and Castle marry in the Hamptons.

 

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But it was a Hollywood promise; not worth a damn. ~ Rick Castle

These were the problems in a nutshell, which the writers of this last episode of Castle needed to package together in a satisfactory bundle.

Were they successful? In my opinion, they did about as good of a job as you can ask for in approximately 43 minutes of normal run time. I have to say, I’m happy overall with what they did, but the last-minute of the show was so hurried, I’m not sure if I was looking at a dream sequence, a thought compression for the next set of books, or did they really get the happy ending we thought we saw?

What do you think?

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Some moments we loved during Castle – all rights by owner (not me)

 

Once More Into the Breech…

Not since the time when the MDA fired Jerry Lewis and killed the Labor Day Telethon, have we seen the golden goose so badly drawn & quartered. This is what ABC Television has done to Castle, a much beloved by fans series, now in its eighth season.castle_finale_2

The episodic romance between Richard & Kate, kept people watching Castle. The perpetual watching, waiting, hoping, they will finally understand the chemistry between each other, kept viewers coming back to a clever, well acted dramedy. It took a crisis before Kate realized what was valuable in her life. The relationship needed to progress or they needed to end it. This is exactly where we are today in Season 8.

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By now the relationship, according to the way things were written in Season 7, should be moving toward the expansion of her public reputation, leading to possible political overtures, and maybe their first pregnancy. There was a direction and a place to increase the fan base with this story base-line already in motion. Instead, the wheels came off the chariot, and we’re left with the repetitive story of a secret criminal element, even more powerful than what drove her to find her mother’s killer(s). LokSat, seems almost a code for the writers; we’ve LOCKED our key characters into a GOING NOWHERE PLOT, and sat this one out, leaving the fan base in confusion. This announcement will require some type of drama, which many fans are concerned that it means they will kill off Kate, if there is to be a season 9.

Now, comes the backhand slap announcement before this season ends, to all of the fans of this masterfully created television program. The ABC executives declared, ‘THE SHOW MUST NOT GO ON!’ Too many people were enjoying it for at least the first 7 seasons. We haven’t quite killed it yet, so we’ll eliminate the leading co-star and important support character actors, (Stana & Tamala). The official story is, we’re letting them go, because we can’t afford to keep the most popular people in our show. Please stay tuned however, until we get our collective heads out of our lower alimentary tract and decide if we end ‘Castle’ at season 8, or limp on into season 9, with a modified version of Castle. We may keep some of the actors, but why tell them at this juncture whether they’re going to be included?

You couldn’t write a worse way to destroy a popular TV series. It was hemorrhaging fans during season 8, but now it’s almost as though it’s committing TV suicide. If this is what constitutes thoughtful executive deliberation, than they truly deserve being left with mindless comedies and reality TV entertainment with the resultant loss of a huge segment of viewers.

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Castle on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Richard Cartwright) Nathan Fillion

Choosing to call the series Castle was in name only. This isn’t Batman & Robin. If anything, Kate is Batman and Rick is Robin. Detective Kate Beckett (now Captain) was not just a co-star, she was integral to the entire premise of the series as was originally described by ABC.

After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard “Rick” Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett, and her investigation team, for research purposes.

This description has been rewritten so as to appear as if her role wasn’t as important as his. This is another huge miscalculation by ABC.

The really clever writing will now be, how to properly write Kate Beckett (Stana Katic & Tamala Jones), out of the end of Season 8, and transition / position for a Season 9.

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Posted by on 24/04/2016 in Actors, Choice, Comedy, Crime Drama, Entertainment, Humor, Plot, Rom-com, Romance, Stories, Television, Writing

 

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Last Evening Television

So many of us now have better image and audio in our homes than what you can experience in a theatre. This has pushed the envelope for better set & sound design as well as image quality. Clearly each of us has our own opinion on what we find interesting or entertaining. spotlights right

Lets review last nights Oscars. What did you like about the show?

Did the issues about diversity get addressed, or is this an attempt by the pampered elite to stay culturally relevant? How do they make sure the right films or people get recognized based on a proportional contribution?

How do you think Chris Rock did in hosting the Oscars? Did he also fall into the stereotype of racial slur?

Oscar_statue_sml.jpgHighest paid actors of 2105.

What did you think about the environmental message Leonardo DiCaprio gave in his acceptance speech?

Actor Mark Ruffalo has declared certain questions off limits to the media, regarding the sincerity of the actors who advocate a low carbon footprint. Ruffalo was asked in a one-on-one interview with Climate Depot if celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, who boasts that he will fly around the world to fight global warming and former VP Al Gore, are the best spokesmen for global warming, given their huge carbon footprints.

Last nights Oscars amassed a 15-block-radius of limos; “.. chauffers are captains of a sleek, passing fleet of more than 1,200 cars and SUVs that will navigate police perimeters, barricades, bomb squads, helicopter searchlights, hundreds, maybe thousands of fans and probably a few stalkers lingering beyond the paparazzi flash.”

Lady_Gaga_thumbnailMany attendees were moved by Lady Gagas song from Spotlight. After her musical presentation, many former victims stood hand in hand with the entertainers, but in light of all the revelations about actors, producers, directors and agents who have been accused of numerous sexual abuse crimes, do you think this was another of Hollywood’s attempt to be perceived on the right side of this issue?

High profile Hollywood power players accused of being paedophiles, include Bryan Singer.

Stephen Collins’ Wife Calls Him a ‘Pedophile’.

Molestation Scandal: Hollywood’s Child Sex Abuse Coverup.

Bill Cosby’s accusers tell their stories.

In a recent (2016) movie role, “Dirty Grandpa“, Robert De Niro plays a lecherous former Army Lieutenant-Colonel, a despicable grandfather, for comedic effect. Quite a different message than that of the Academy award winner, Spotlight.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


I Am Not What Happened to Me. I Am What I Choose to Become ~ Carl Jung

 

 

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It’s Oscars Time – You choose

It’s Oscars Time – You choose

Well that time of year has come again, It’s Oscar time. Look over this list and you choose. You can reply down below this post.

The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards are:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

• Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”

• Matt Damon in “The Martian”

• Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”

• Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”

• Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

• Christian Bale in “The Big Short”

• Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”

• Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”

• Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”

• Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

• Cate Blanchett in “Carol”

• Brie Larson in “Room”

• Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”

• Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”

• Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

• Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight”

• Rooney Mara in “Carol”

• Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight”

• Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”

• Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”

Best animated feature film of the year

• “Anomalisa,” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

• “Boy and the World,” Alê Abreu

• “Inside Out,” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

• “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

• “When Marnie Was There,” Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Achievement in cinematography

• “Carol,” Ed Lachman

• “The Hateful Eight,” Robert Richardson

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” John Seale

• “The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki

• “Sicario,” Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

• “Carol,” Sandy Powell

• “Cinderella,” Sandy Powell

• “The Danish Girl,” Paco Delgado

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan

• “The Revenant,” Jacqueline West

Achievement in directing

• “The Big Short,” Adam McKay

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” George Miller

• “The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu

• “Room,” Lenny Abrahamson

• “Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy

Best documentary feature

• “Amy,” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

• “Cartel Land,” Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

• “The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

• “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

• “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best documentary short subject

• “Body Team 12,” David Darg and Bryn Mooser

• “Chau, beyond the Lines,” Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck

• “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah,” Adam Benzine

• “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

• “Last Day of Freedom,” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Achievement in film editing

• “The Big Short,” Hank Corwin

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel

• “The Revenant,” Stephen Mirrione

• “Spotlight,” Tom McArdle

• “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Best foreign-language film of the year

• “Embrace of the Serpent,” Colombia

• “Mustang,” France

• “Son of Saul,” Hungary

• “Theeb,” Jordan

• “A War,” Denmark

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

• “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared,” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

• “The Revenant,” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

• “Bridge of Spies,” Thomas Newman

• “Carol,” Carter Burwell

• “The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone

• “Sicario,” Jóhann Jóhannsson

• “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” John Williams

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

• “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

• “Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty

• “Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
Music and Lyric by David Lang

• “Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

• “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre”
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best motion picture of the year

• “The Big Short,” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, producers

• “Bridge of Spies,” Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, producers

• “Brooklyn,” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, producers

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Doug Mitchell and George Miller, producers

• “The Martian,” Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, producers

• “The Revenant,” Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, producers

• “Room,” Ed Guiney, producer

• “Spotlight,” Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, producers

Achievement in production design

• “Bridge of Spies,” production design: Adam Stockhausen; set decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

• “The Danish Girl,” production design: Eve Stewart; set decoration: Michael Standish

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” production design: Colin Gibson; set decoration: Lisa Thompson

• “The Martian,” production design: Arthur Max; set decoration: Celia Bobak

• “The Revenant,” production design: Jack Fisk; set decoration: Hamish Purdy

Best animated short film

• “Bear Story,” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

• “Prologue,” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

• “Sanjay’s Super Team,” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

• “We Can’t Live without Cosmos,” Konstantin Bronzit

• “World of Tomorrow,” Don Hertzfeldt

Best live-action short film

• “Ave Maria,” Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

• “Day One,” Henry Hughes

• “Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut),” Patrick Vollrath

• “Shok,” Jamie Donoughue

• “Stutterer,” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Achievement in sound editing

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White

• “The Martian,” Oliver Tarney

• “The Revenant,” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

• “Sicario,” Alan Robert Murray

• “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Matthew Wood and David Acord

Achievement in sound mixing

• “Bridge of Spies,” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

• “The Martian,” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

• “The Revenant,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

• “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in visual effects

• “Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

• “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

• “The Martian,” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

• “The Revenant,” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

• “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Adapted screenplay

• “The Big Short,” screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

• “Brooklyn,” screenplay by Nick Hornby

• “Carol,” screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

• “The Martian,” screenplay by Drew Goddard

• “Room,” screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Original screenplay

• “Bridge of Spies,” written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

• “Ex Machina,” written by Alex Garland

• “Inside Out,” screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen

• “Spotlight,” written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

• “Straight Outta Compton,” screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

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The Perils in Episodic TV

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Rick Castle 1st season episode 1 – click for video

The line “quit killing my buzz“, describes a phenomenon in popular culture at a time when prior happiness or contentment, is no longer forth coming. Somewhat analogous to “bursting your bubble”. This is starting to happen for many that have been devoted fans of the TV dramedy, Castle.

Allow me to step back for a moment. I want to make sure those who read this understand, I’m a fan of the TV show, Castle. I don’t want to pretend I can write better scripts or that I know better than the combined efforts of this very talented ensemble. Contrary to that, I’m writing this as one of the loyal followers of this series, commenting with what I think and perhaps share with other fans.

Season 1 Castle & Beckett work a homicide together

Season 1 – Castle & Beckett work a homicide together – click for video

Castle returned to its much anticipated 8th season with the first two episodes primarily involving Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). Suddenly thrust into peril upon receiving a call from someone connected with her past working for the Federal government. She then faces a dilemma, a dangerous covert criminal organization who killed all of her peers who she worked with at the U.S. Attorney General’s office, might now go after anyone in her personal life. She decides the only way to protect Castle, is to separate, and act as though she’s no longer married to him

The dilemma the faithful Castle follower now has to face, how long can the complicated sub-plot, be woven into the season? It took 7 seasons, of on and off relationships with other people, before the writers led us to where Rick and Kate get married. It took 81 episodes, the end of the 4th season where the two of them could unleash their full passion for each other. Now they ask us to set aside all that momentum, all of those episodes where Kate learns Rick is much more than a writer or a serial womanizer, learned to trust his offbeat methods to arrive at case closure. Now, we have to set all that aside to allow time for the writers to bring them back together.

Rick Castle & Kate Beckett tie the knot in the 7th season.

Rick Castle & Kate Beckett tie the knot in season 7 – click for video.

Perhaps, in the end, we’ll be grateful for these plot twists and turns and be ever so happy they didn’t follow a somewhat more predictable arc. Right now, it feels disingenuous, contrived and we’re left to wonder, is this truly a way of creating a freshness to the series or the beginning of the end? Here’s where I’m ponderng how effective this is if you want a full 8th season or perhaps a 9th?

This is how I believe a series gets started and perhaps too, where it jumps the shark. A series like Castle, comes along very rarely, where the cast and crew seem to be making lightning in a bottle. They gather an audience with clever scripts, good acting and consistency. This gains a market share, but knowing how fickle an audience can be, the writers and the cast want to play with it, adjust it, derive different story arcs and either maintain or perhaps grow an audience. This isn’t easy to do, if it were, there would be a lot more successful TV shows.

I think Castle found it’s target audience, attempted to maintain it, but plateaued. Castle and Beckett have been the central focus and their relationship, ie. clever banter between each other, gave this series a spice that differs from most other procedurals. The Mentalist, a crime procedural series featuring two co-stars, struggled through relationship issues, also lost it’s footing for awhile, and ended last year.

Stana Katic may have been the surprise in this ensemble. Clearly she has a major role, promoted to Captain. Many of us are not all that impressed with her lack of screen time.  After the 1st season season of Castle, the fans found out, this lady can act, and is perfect opposite Nathan Fillion!

Castle & Beckett disarming a bomb in NY together

Castle & Beckett disarming a bomb in NY together – click for video

Kate Beckett starts out as a woman driven by the murder of her mother, motivating her to switch from an interest in law school to becoming a police detective. Nathan Fillion proved prior to this series, he was a leading man, but who knew he had this great comic timing and have great on screen chemistry with his co-star, Stana Katic? Over time, their story of meeting and working together, he as a gifted crime novelist, she as a police New York homicide detective, really worked. The who done it elements of the show were incidental to their clever interactions. The serial story of her coming out of her morose shell, and his toning down his playboy image to fall in love with each other, was what the fans liked, and couldn’t get enough.

BAM came the eighth season! There are ups and downs in any type of relationship, but this season changed things from what was previously successful. Gone were those magic moments of interaction between Castle & Beckett. Beckett’s total screen time has been greatly reduced, without any real interactions with her personal friend, Dr. Lanie Parish (Tamala Jones). We also lost a strong character from prior seasons 4-7, Captain Victoria Gates (Penny Johnson Jerald). Stana’s screen time, and Penny’s absence have now been replaced by a couple of new people. They have yet to click with me as solid replacements, and the Beckett & Castle romantic drift apart, have left me as well as others wondering, when or how will these two get back together?

Castle lined up with 12th Precinct detectives Ryan, Esposito, & Beckett.

Castle lined up with 12th Precinct detectives Ryan, Esposito, & Beckett.

I’ve noticed Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion have producer credits, which suggests a strong buy in from these two actors.

I just hope they can also re-bottle the magic before the series loses out in the ratings race.

Castle series to adopt extended winter break plan. Last episode will air Nov. 23 & resume early February 2016.

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Where did this show jump the shark? This awkward writing phase began at the end of season 6. Beckett and Castle had to find the spouse of Beckett to obtain a consensual divorce, with whom she got married as a lark many years before in Las Vegas. Then the CIA crashed Castle’s car on his wedding day, to bring him to Thailand to help calm a jittery old prep school acquaintance. Supposedly he could only trust Castle, with whom he would work to “save the world from a major terrorist plot”. The CIA did something to give Castle amnesia, but before he acquires a greater degree of ineptitude and childish behavior, as later in season 8, he successfully pieces his memory fragments back together, sufficient to help take down one of the terrorist conspirators.

Rick Castle 8th seasonSeason 8, requires more suspended reality when Beckett leaves Castle to take down a drug lord who caused the deaths of an AG team, where she had a very brief tenure. We have to believe there isn’t a federal agency with sufficient capability to do this and that only our intrepid NYC police captain can go after and bring these gangsters to justice? (This causes a rip in the space time continuum ~ well it seems this far fetched). She finds her only way to protect Rick & family is to create distance both physical and emotional.

We must assume Beckett can’t work with other federal or local law enforcement to capture or kill these criminals. This means her promotion to a leader of the 12th precinct as Captain was premature at best and somehow, through superhuman efforts, she will finish the job, and return to Castle. Then again, perhaps not, because the new show runners want to keep us in suspense by having place holder scripts, with Rick Castle behaving almost like a team member of the Bowery Boys. Maybe to end the season, they will kill Beckett, who knows? How many fans will be around by then?

 
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Posted by on 10/11/2015 in Comedy, Crime Drama, Entertainment, Plot, Television

 

Lines Which Have Impressed or Amused Me.

Over the years of reading, listening, viewing movies and TV, clever phrases or segments stand out from all of the others, where the writing and or performance is exceptional.

Well, I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I’m happy to state I finally won out over it.”

You see, science has overcome time and space. Well, Harvey has overcome not only time and space — but any objections.”

I took a course in art last winter. I learned the difference between a fine oil painting, and a mechanical thing, like a photograph. The photograph shows only the reality. The painting shows not only the reality, but the dream behind it. It’s our dreams, doctor, that carry us on.”
  ~ Harvey (Jimmy Stewart)

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In the movie “Bringing Up Baby“, Cary Grant plays a disgruntled palaeontologist (David), and Katharine Hepburn, a troublesome heiress (Susan).

When Susan takes David’s clothes, he is forced to wear a negligee and answer the door. He meets Mrs. Random, the woman he was supposed to make a good impression, so she would give a sizeable donation to the museum. Arguably this is the first film where the word “gay” had been used to describe homosexuals. At the time homosexuals referred to themselves as that, but it hadn’t become mainstream in a film. This was an ad-libbed line that Cary threw into the scene.

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There were always quick quips when Groucho Marx was around. This is one of many well known quotes.

One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas, I don’t know.”
~ Animal Crackers

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The Thin Man series of movies began in 1934, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. It was a comedic detective film, about Nick and Nora Charles, a hard-drinking and flirtatious married couple who banter wittily as they solve a murder case. They began based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. It was followed by five sequels which continue to amuse those who watch decades later.

Nora: I read where you were shot five times in the tabloids.
Nick: It’s not true. He didn’t come anywhere near my tabloids.

Nora: You know, that sounds like an interesting case. Why don’t you take it?
Nick: I haven’t time. I’m much too busy seeing that you don’t lose any of the money I married you for.

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A modern version of Nick & Nora Charles are Richard Castle (writer) & Kate Beckett (NYPD detective). The current TV series portrays a crime novelist (Nathan Fillion), as a ride along with a savvy New York police detective (Stana Katic).

There are two kinds of folks who sit around thinking how to kill people: Psychopaths, and mystery writers. I’m the kind that pays better. Who am I? I’m Rick Castle… Every writer needs inspiration, and I found mine.” [Det. Kate Beckett as Nikki Heat] “And thanks to my friendship with the mayor, I get to be on her case… And together, we catch killers.”

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A film that appeals to multiple generations (4 generations in our family), Princess Bride. Who can forget the Dread Pirate Roberts / Wesley and the Princess / Butter Cup; the wonderful, over the top villains and heroes as well as Andre the Giant?

The line every woman wants to hear from their man . . As you wish . . .

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“Trin Tragula — for that was his name — was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.”
~ (Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Pan Books, 1980)

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A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect

 
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