This new Skyfall trailer makes me so happy. So very, very happy!! This is gonna be so AMAZING!! Is it November 9th yet? Because I need it to be November 9th already.
Sunday Snapshot for Mid-August
3 days ago
"I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, though long to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out....It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."That is a fitting summation of Bruce Wayne's final gift to his city -- enabling them to rise above, to survive and (hopefully) thrive after Bane's assault -- the gift of faith that they could do so without him -- but he doesn't leave them forsaken. In willing the Batcave to a worthy successor in Blake, in seeing the Bat Signal repaired, lies an assurance to two o fhis staunchest allies that they will never be alone. Unlike the immortality Ra's Al Ghul saught to achieve, Batman's legacy as a symbol of sacrifice and hope is oh so much more powerful. And Bruce's final gift, of allowing Alfred to see that he'll be okay -- oh that brought tears to my eyes. He's finally, I hope, achieved a measure of the peace that proved so elusive.
A controversial American academic is found strangled after a guest lecture at Oxford, drawing Lewis and Hathaway into a criminology department rife with murder suspects and a long list of motives. Watch Inspector Lewis: The Indelible Stain, Sunday, July 29 at 9pm on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!And here's a short preview:
“Going for Gold – The ’48 Games” is an uplifting true story of how two young men from very different backgrounds triumphed against the odds at the 1948 London Olympics.I think it sounds fanastic -- a 1940s-set Olympics film? I am SO there. If you don't have BBC America you won't have long to wait for this film to make its bow on DVD -- it releases on disc July 31st.
That the 1948 games took place at all was astonishing in itself, with Britain still struggling with the damaging after effects of a war that had decimated its resources and left London half-destroyed.
But thanks to a refusal to let the event die, the so-called Austerity Olympics ended up as a major success.
The spirit of a nation determined to get back on its feet is embodied by the journey of boatbuilder’s son Bert Bushnell (Matt Smith, “Doctor Who“) and Eton and Oxford-educated Richard ‘Dickie’ Burnell (Sam Haore, “Jane Eyre”) as they battle to keep their Olympic dreams alive.
This compelling film tells the real-life story of this unlikely pairing of competitors for the double sculling event.
Thrown together just six weeks before the games, Bert and Dickie have to confront and overcome vast differences in their personal and professional lives, as they push themselves to their physical and emotional limits in their bid to win Olympic gold.
Dickie’s background contrasts sharply with Bert’s less privileged upbringing and they struggle to bond as a team before finally realizing that they have more in common than they could have imagined.
Culminating in a tense and exciting race to the finish, this is a film that reminds viewers what the Olympic Games are really about – heroic personal endeavor, courage, determination…and a little bit of luck!
When a lonely Oxford professor's dating video goes viral, she is humiliated before her students and colleagues. But humiliated enough to take her own life? Lewis thinks not. Watch an all-new Inspector Lewis, Generation of Vipers, Sunday, July 15 at 9pm. Toby Stephens (Jane Eyre) guest stars. (90 minutes)And here's a short preview:
What is a snark? This is just one of the many unanswered questions Inspector Lewis must ask when botanist Liz Nash accidentally unearths the recently buried body of an English professor obsessed with the Lewis Carroll poem, The Hunting of the Snark. Locked in bitter rivalry with his brother, professor Murray Hawes was fixed on solving a legendary riddle hidden in Carroll's philosophical story of an impossible quest for the unknowable. The search for Murray's killer launches Lewis and Hathaway on an impossible quest of their own, taking them from Oxford's botanical gardens to the evidence wall of an interfering amateur sleuth. But when a prime suspect is killed and a secret society is exposed, Lewis and Hathaway intensify their hunt not for the unknowable, but for an all-too-real killer. Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox star alongside James Fleet (Little Dorrit) and Celia Imrie (Cranford) in The Soul of Genius. (90 minutes; TV-PG)This series is one of the most satisfying productions Masterpiece has ever produced, with consistently high production values, smart scripts, and engaging characters. In other words, the powers that be behind this show know what works and what doesn't. :) And the biggest draw of this series for me is the manner in which the relationship between Lewis (Kevin Whately) and his sergeant Hathaway (Laurence Fox) has been developed. Over the course of this long-running production we've see Lewis and Hathaway move from barely tolerating each other (one has to wonder if Lewis ever perhaps felt that Hathaway was Morse come back to "haunt" him, as the two cerebral, classics-loving officers bear more than a passing resemblance to each other -- though Hathaway is decidedly less grumpy) to genuine respect and appreciation for the ways in which their varied backgrounds and points-of-view complement their partnership. Last year's season saw Lewis and Hathaway reach a new level of ease in their partnership as the two men have become fast friends, freeing them to needle and annoy each other at will. The Soul of Genius makes it abundantly clear that this sense of camaraderie is still very much a vital part of what makes this show work oh so well -- Lewis and Hathaway, people, they never get old.
Botany, rivalry and secrecy collide when Lewis and Hathaway attempt to find the killer of an obsessed professor. Kick off the new season of Inspector Lewis with The Soul of Genius, Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 9pm on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Celia Imrie (Cranford) co-stars. (90 minutes)And here's a short preview: