This is what I love about the interwebs, you learn at least one new something every day… for instance, a sound effect called the Wilhelm Scream, a kind of comedic shriek, is practically a stock standard sound effect, that has been used in numerous movies and TV shows, including the “Star Wars” films:
The Wilhelm Scream has made an appearance in more than 300 films, television shows, and video games, and has cemented itself as the inside joke of the industry’s best sound editors. Most frequently used when someone falls to his death, is shot, or is thrown aside by an explosion, the Wilhelm is often cited as cinema’s most-used sound clip.
Mr. Holmes, trailer, sounds like the sort of Sherlock Holmes movie I could enjoy. Starring Ian McKellen in the lead role, and set in 1947, years into the renown detective’s retirement, the story centres around an unsolved case from fifty years earlier.
The premise, in that it is a sequel of sorts, brings to mind a prequel, an eight part TV series, Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House, set in 1871, while Holmes was still at high school, or in this case, home for the holidays, from high school.
It was made in 1982, but I saw it, on video I think, about fifteen years ago. Here’s the opening nine minutes. It looks like the whole series might be on YouTube now, if you’re interested in seeing it.
I’ve always been inspired by some of the show’s best known phrases, “to boldly go where no one has gone before”, even if I haven’t really gone anywhere at all, and “live long and prosper”. The galaxy is an emptier place without you Spock.
Argo, Ben Affleck’s 2012 film about the efforts of Tony Mendez, a CIA agent, to try and smuggle a group US embassy workers out Tehran during the 1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis, may be the best known film of recent times to be based on a magazine article, but it’s by no means the only one.
Perhaps the scope of the Oscars, or Academy Awards, ought to be expanded. We’re talking categories such as most kissing, most death, most time, most music, most running, most cast, most crew, among many other items.
While it is unlikely such awards will be incorporated into this year’s event, The Wall Street Journal has prepared a list of winners nonetheless.