—and Alfred is my grandpa, while Babs is like a sister and mentor to me. Going out from there is when things can get tricky. Former Commissioner Gordon is somewhat like a grandpa, though he’s more like a cool uncle I get to hang out with sometimes, and while Ivy and Harley are technically rivals like the Joker they treat me and padre like family, so they’re sort of like my aunts, and—
I use a glass dish filled with salt water to cleanse crystals like selenite which would otherwise be damaged ~ I even put it on my windowsill during the full moon to charge it with all of those lovely and powerful energies ✨🐚
My parents are big fans of detective stories and especially Agatha Christie and I thought it might be fun to give them the chocolate boxes from the Poirot story “The Chocolate Box” as a gift in the future so I tried my hand at creating the labels in Photoshop. Funnily enough, the ST. ALARD font already existed so I didn’t have to draw it myself.
Because seriously, our lovely, amazingly brilliant and talented podficcers need an extra post. And no, I still don’t care about what date it is. We’re an international fandom :D Johnlock in all its glory :)
Something old aka Victorian Times
“Undiscovered Country” read by Ricky Pulsifer and The Dragongirl (explicit, 2 hours): Culverton Smith’s poison box fells the wrong victim. Story written by Katie Forsythe.
“Sentiment to Paper” (explicit, 50 minutes) read by
No fewer than three times by the winter of 1883 had I heard Sherlock
Holmes disparage the ways of lovers and their irrational tendencies
toward writing letters. With this often and loudly-expressed opinion in
mind, I was very surprised indeed to find a stack of unsent, unsealed
letters in a drawer in his desk.
[written by @mistyzeo]
Some BBC-ish Johnlock
“The Edinburgh Problem” (explicit, more than 12 hours) read by @lockedinjohnlock-podfics:
“A nice holiday, just a bit more…murdery. ” John said drily.“Yes! The
best kind of holiday!” Sherlock beamed. “So we won’t get bored!” After
he separates from Mary, John returns to Baker Street. Following a
request for help from Sherlock’s cousin Violet, the detective and his
blogger take a trip to Edinburgh. John discovers more about the Holmes
family and Sherlock than he bargained for, but tries not to run
screaming. (AKA the one season 4 never happend)[written by @snorklepie]
Two Two One Bravo Baker (explicit, more than 12 hours) read by @aranel-parmadil:
Captain John Watson of 40 Commando, the Royal Marines, is assigned to
protect and assist Sherlock Holmes as he investigates what appears to be
a simple war atrocity in Afghanistan. An intense attraction ignites
between the two men as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens
everything they’ve ever known, but Sherlock is as much hunted as hunter,
and everyone close to him is in deadly danger. Can he solve the case in
time to save himself and John?
(Aka the one before the canon). [written by abundantlyqueer]
“Sugar me Sweet” (mature, 20 minutes) read by @consultingsmartarse:
“Let’s get started, shall we?” Sherlock says as he sheds his coat. A
black, diaphanous shirt hangs loose on his shoulders, clings tight to
his abdomen. A pair of studded, leather trousers like a second skin.
They complement the curve of his plump arse and emphasize the length of
his outrageously long legs. Powerful thighs. Muscular calves
and…John’s not entirely sure how Sherlock got himself in them, but
he’s not complaining. On the contrary. A bit distracted by the idea of
him removing them, honestly. Peeling them off, and he’d have to go slow.
May even need a little help.
(AKA different first meeting) [written by penumbra]
Something different aka Alternative Universe for the win
“The Star-crossed series” (14 parts, rated from teen to explicit, more than 12 hours) read by @aranel-parmadil: Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is 29 years old and needs a
break from snide whispers before he just stabs someone. But in his
place of sanctuary is a beautiful stranger -Khan Noonien Singh, victim
of a time surge after an experiment goes wrong. At first it seems
they’ll fight, but then other kinds of duelling seem more appealing.But these two men are making bad choices, and their fates are written
in the stars. Will their souls ever learn to make better choices? How
long will it take them to find each other again, and what will they have
to learn before they do? [written by 221b_hound; art work by @missmuffin221]
“Mise en place” (mature, more than 12 hours) read by @consultingsmartarse:
John Watson had no intentions of taking over the family business, but
when he returns from Afghanistan, battered and bruised, and discovers
that his sister Harry has run their restaurant into the ground, he
doesn’t have much choice. There’s only one thing that can save the
Empire from closing for good – the celebrity star of the BBC series
Restaurant Reconstructed, Chef Sherlock Holmes.
[written by @azriona]
“Northwest Passage” (explicit, more than 12 hours) read by @lockedinjohnlock-podfics: Seven years ago, Captain John Watson of the Canadian
Forces Medical Service withdrew from society, seeking a simple, isolated
life in the distant northern wilderness of Canada. Though he survives
from one day to the next, he doesn’t truly live until someone from his
dark past calls in a favor and turns his world upside-down with the
introduction of Sherlock Holmes. [written by @kryptaria; art work by kacaso]
Idris Elba has been essentially fan-casted for almost every major heroic franchise role in the last several years. This includes roles that would have naturally gone to a black actor (Black Panther, John Stewart, etc.) as well as those generally played by white actors (Dr. Who, James Bond, etc.). In the same way folks tend to throw out Kathryn Bigelow’s name on a director wish-list to show that they’ve heard of at least one prominent female director, Elba’s name gets tossed into fantasy cast lists by quite a few people who don’t know a ton of black actors off the top of their head beyond Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson.
And yet, here we are, with Stephen King’s The Dark Tower being made into a feature film. And the main heroic character of said film, originally described as a riff on Clint Eastwood’s The Man with No Name from his 1960’s spaghetti westerns, is played by none other than Idris Elba. It’s as good a choice as any, as Elba smolders and holds the screen exactly as you’d expect the star of Luthor and The Wire to do so when given the opportunity to play a mythic gunslinger in a big-budget fantasy epic. His is the best performance in the movie, and that the picture works at all is due to his star turn.
But Idris Elba isn’t just playing a character in the Dark Tower who was a white guy in the Dark Tower books. He’s playing essentially the lead character in the movie. You’d think that this sort of thing would be more common 21-years after Independence Day, 20 years after Men in Black and 19 years after Blade. But we’re still more likely today to see a situation like Walt Disney’s Doctor Strange (where a male Asian character gets changed into a white female) or Ghost in the Shell (which essentially makes whitewashing/race bending into its core plot) than a situation where The Gunslinger just happens to be played by a well-known black actor for whom the role fits like a glove.
You think Charlie Hunnam’s career is going to be hurt at all from King Arthur: Legend of the Sword or Crimson Peak? You think Tom Hardy’s stock took even a slight tumble after Citizen 44 or The Drop? Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex, Labor Day, Oldboy, etc.) and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs, Assassin’s Creed, The Counselor, etc.) are borderline box office poison, but they still get to be Thanos, Cable, Magneto and Steve Jobs and Assassin S. Creed while the media tells Melissa McCarthy how to save her career over and over again. Elba is just as good, arguably better, in The Dark Tower as any of his white compatriots would have been. But that’s just half the battle.
I too wish The Dark Tower was a better movie, and I’m not necessarily in the mood to reward Sony and MRC for giving us a glorified TV pilot in place of what could have been the next Fellowship of the Ring. But it is also a rare opportunity for a black actor to play the kind of role that would otherwise have gone to a brooding white guy. Sony and MRC didn’t just race-swap a minor supporting character and shout about progress and inclusivity. They went and race-swapped the outright heroic lead of the story, which is a step further and one that (especially if you’re a fan of the actor) deserves $10 and 90-minutes of your time. As unfair as it is, we have to show the investors and the studios that actors like Idris Elba can succeed in these sorts of roles.
So what are you going to do about it? You may argue that Idris Elba should be James Bond, but have you seen Bastille Day? You say you want more non-white actors with leading roles in mainstream big-budget franchise pictures? Are you among those who tend to picture Idris Elba for every male hero/villain role that comes down the pike? He’s now playing the heroic lead, quite well, I might add, in Sony’s adaptation of The Dark Tower, playing a character who was white in the original books. So you better damn sure show up at the theater this month. Because here’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is.
I know some people may disagree, but the writer is making a fair point. Idris Elba is a great actor & Hollywood should take note.
*Things to take note* - Under the items category, I may put things like Ore and Wood that doesn’t require to harvest, just collect from barrels and carts - Monster drops are NOT under the Bounty category, they are under the items category as well
As we sin, so do we suffer. Children pay for their parents’ crimes.
Lemony Snicket drops many bombshells in his series, but very few compare to the magnitude of Olaf’s revelations in the twelfth book. We had always wondered, of course, if Olaf had anything to do with the death of the Baudelaire parents. So much, in fact, that we had forgotten to ask its justification:
“Our parents took a taxi to the opera one evening when their car wouldn’t start.” “I remember that evening well,” Kit replied with a faint smile. “It was a performance of La Forza del Destino . Your mother was wearing a red shawl, with long feathers along the edges. During intermission I followed them to the snack bar and slipped them a box of poison darts before Esmé Squalor could catch me. [The Penultimate Peril, Chapter One]
“Yes, it does,” Klaus said. “Tell me what the weapon is that left you an orphan, and I’ll type it in for you.” Count Olaf gave Klaus a slow smile that made the Baudelaires shudder. “Certainly I’ll tell you,” he said. “It was poison darts.” [
The Penultimate Peril,
There’s a clear shift in motivation here: we go from a tale of pure greediness to a full-on vendetta akin to Greek tragedies. Of course, the two are not mutually exclusive. But the later seems the most relevant one. Is stealing the Baudelaire fortune just a mean to an end (making Beatrice and Bertrand suffer through their children)? Or does it have an emotional significance?
We will argue, in this analysis, that this inheritance scheme might not just be about the money. The murder of Olaf’s parents’ explains many things about his treatment of the Baudelaire orphans, and vice-versa. Find out Olaf’s secret pains after the cut.
NOTE TO READERS: This entire theory builds upon the analysis of VFD’s schism exposed in another article of this blog (Link). We strongly recommend you read it before delving into this one.
This is a question I have pondered countless times myself after Chapter 5. In order to answer this ask I thought it best to do some research on rat poison and the effects of it after ingestion.
From the first panel we can see that Bum put quite a few pills in the pot of stew (approx. 14). From this we can only assume that his initial intent was to kill Sangwoo before he had time to realize that he had been poisoned. So naturally Bum would have needed to administer a very high dosage of the lethal substance in order to effectively incapacitate Sangwoo and escape. But the plan appeared to have failed when Sangwoo began speculate Bum’s abnormal behavior and non-verbal queues. However this is not at all why the plan failed, and the reason why is imperative to answering this question.
Crawford was an American actress - an old school ‘movie star’ from Classic Hollywood Cinema. While some of
you may have seen her movies, her character is also currently on our screens every
Sunday night played by Jessica Lange in FX anthology TV series Feud.
Joan Crawford between takes on Torch Song (1953)
Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1904 (although her birth
year is disputed) in San Antonio, Texas. Rather than Lucille, she much
preferred being called ‘Billie,’ and dreamt of becoming a dancer. She lived
with her mother and stepfather, who was a minor impresario and ran the Ramsey
Opera House; but at 12, she went to St. Agnes Academy as a working student,
where she spent more time actually working (cooking and cleaning) than
studying, and briefly attended college afterwards.
started as a stage dancer and singer in the choruses of travelling revues, and
she was soon discovered and offered a contract by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in
1925. She was credited as Lucille LeSueur in her early movies, but her name sounded
too much like ‘sewer’ according to the MGM publicist. She was first supposed to
change her name to ‘Joan Arden,’ (and we’ll pass on the connotations of gender
crossing that come with that Shakespearian name ‘Arden’, and the reference to ‘Joan’
of Arc) but as it was already taken, she became Joan Crawford.
Joan Crawford, still from Today We Live (1933)
at the MGM rivalled that of MGM actresses Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo, and
she made a smooth transition from silent movies to talkies – which was not
always the case for other actors. She often played the young, hard-working
woman who found love and success at the end of the movie, which was quite
popular with Depression-era audiences and especially women.
having a contract with studios also meant having an obligation to be in movies,
the quality of their script notwithstanding. Furthermore, her popularity
declined in the late 1930s. So, like many other actors of her time, she was
dubbed ‘Box Office Poison’ in 1938, a label designating actresses whose talent
was indisputable, but whose high salaries didn’t reflect their ticket sales.
Trailer of Mildred Pierce (1945)
the ending of her contract with the MGM, she signed with the Warner Brothers in
1943, and managed an Oscar-winning comeback with Mildred Pierce in 1945, which
revived her career for several years, and gave her a second Academy Award
nomination in 1952 for Sudden Fear.
But then again, passed 40, she had to struggle with ageism in Hollywood, as
roles became scarce for women her age. Garbo had left the industry, Shearer as
well… She starred alongside Bette Davis in horror movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? which garnered publicity mostly
for the rivalry between the two actresses, though their performances were
outstanding and earned Davis her tenth (and final) Oscar nomination. She
retired from the screen in 1970, and from the public scene in 1974.
Joan Crawford and Bette Davis discussing their script on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) From Bettmann/Getty Images.
Crawford’s private life is often depicted as chaotic. She was married four
times, first with actor and screenwriter Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (1929-1933), then
with actor and director Franchot Tone (1935-1939), with actor Philipp Terry
(1942-1946), and finally with Pepsi-Cola CEO Alfred Steele (1955-1959). She
adopted her daughter Christina as a single mother in 1940, then her son
Christopher while married to Philip Terry. After the death of her last husband,
she adopted identical twins Cathy and Cynthia in 1947.
disowned her two eldest child, and Christina wrote an infamous book entitled Mommy Dearest one year after Crawford’s
death, in which she depicted a mother more worried about her career than her
children, obsessed with her look, who was often drunk, and physically and
psychologically abusive. It was denounced by many of some of Crawford’s
friends, co-workers, as well as her two youngest daughters and ex-husband, but
confirmed by others. The book became a bestseller, and made into a movie with
Faye Dunaway in the leading role.
Joan Crawford with her four adopted children, Christina, Christopher, and the twins, Cathy and Cynthia, in the early 50s. From Underwood & Underwood/Corbis.
she was famous for her numerous husbands and love affairs with men, she was
allegedly also attracted to women. But it was kept secret – as always, what was
publicised was what the public was willing to hear, and what would profit their
contractors: love affairs with men, and feuds with fellow actresses. For
example MGM paid $100000 in 1935 to prevent the release of a pornographic
lesbian movie Crawford had appeared in at the age of 19 – but on the contrary,
they fuelled the rumours of a feud with fellow actress Bette Davis on the
filming of What Ever Happened to Baby
Jane? (see the documentary or the FX series’ first season to know more about it!)
women having affairs with other women? Mum’s the word of course where the studios are concerned. This is why
there are far less clues about Crawford’s romances with women – but still, here
is what we know:
Garbo and Crawford met as co-stars for the filming of Grand Hotel(in which they didn’t have scenes together), Garbo famously
took Crawford’s face in her hands and said, “What a pity; our first picture
together and we don’t work with each other. I’m sorry. You have a marvellous
face.” Crawford later commented that, “if there was ever a time in my life when
I might have been a lesbian, that was it.”
Director Dorothy Arzner and Joan Crawford during the filming of The Bride Wore Red (1937). The filming drawing to an end, there were tensions between the two women who apparently only communicated through messages. There are only rumours about their romance, but Crawford said, reflecting on her film directors, that she liked to think that they had all fallen in love with her - and that she knew it had been the case with Arzner.
But then she also got on well with one of the first women directors in Hollywood, Dorothy Arzner, and according to the latter’s biographer, their relation went beyond mere
friendship. She was also rumoured to have had liaisons with actresses Martha
Raye, Claudette Colbert, Barbara Stanwyck, and Alice Delamar. But mind you, nothing
can be really confirmed.
So, cheers to this great woman and legendary actress who managed to have a long career in movies while surviving Hollywood sexism and ageism - on screen and behind the scenes - and, had a place amid the secretive - though not so secret now - Hollywood Sewing Circle!
obviously “I take the gold” “alright then, I take some chairs” is a great bit, but the scene immediately preceding it where Travis tries to open the lock box with a check against every single stat as Griffin sarcastically narrates what’s happening to Magnus is equally great imo. “I make a constitution check!” “you and the box both drink poison and the box dies”