What do you do when you’re in for a rough time?

You depend on friends to get you through it.

Funny about friends. If they know you well enough, they’ll know when to sit you down at a cafe to let you talk (rant!) it out, or drag you to a bar to get you drunk. Or invite you to watch a movie—stupid, so you have something else to be mad about; sublime, so you forget to be angry—some will order the whole menu with you, and others will take you shopping.

Friend Karen will do all these things (OK, maybe not the bar bit) but will go one step further—send video care packages! She knows I’m in for a tough several weeks, so true to her Karen-ness, sent me vids with accompanying interesting trivia to distract me.

I thought her email was interesting enough to post here in its entirety, so here it is. (Also, cause I’m too lazy to write my own blog entry.) Besides, sayang the vids and her email if I’m the only one who gets to watch them.

And so… here’s guest blogger, Karen:

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Hey Terrie,
Did I twist your arm and lend you Another Country in our DVD exchange deals?
If yes, well I was telling the gay posse (LA, Mon and his boyfriend Richie) about Another Country (because the topic was Rupert Everett and Colin Firth).  Siyempre they were shocked that they both starred in a landmark title in gay cinema! 😀
Which led me to this discovery: the actor who played the nasty Eton student who so antipatiko to Guy and Tommy is now… a cinematographer of real note! He’s been a director of photography for the Aardman Animation studios — he did Chicken Run and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, as well as the Wallace/Gromit short films. Whoa!
Another Country was his only acting gig, haha. Lately, Tristan Oliver (that’s his name) was in a brouhaha with Wes Anderson. Tristan was the DP for The Fantastic Mr Fox (WHOA!) and he made comments in the press about he was non-plussed (to say the least!) how Wes Anderson directed that movie via E-MAIL. Wes simply didn’t want to be at the animation studios for two years (or something), so he holed up in Paris and kept up with the movie via Quicktime updates. He really DID direct the movie by e-mail!
So, where’s the video goodness promised??? Tristan is in the BAFTA children’s committee and he presented how claymation is made in a workshop for kids. He still has a trace of baddie in him, though I’m sure he’s very nice! He seemed into it with the kids naman! 🙂
http://www.bafta.org/access-all-areas/videos/cracking-movie-lad-the-making-of-wallace-and-gromit,432,BA.html
These days, he seems like the unlikely offspring of Al Gore and Ioan Gruffudd!
In the more-brief-setup portion of this e-mail, Doctor Who writers Steven Moffatt and Mark Gattis have adapted Sherlock Holmes, but this time in a modern, 21st-century setting! Looks good!
Sherlock is played by Benedict Cumberbatch (remember him from Starter for 10 and Atonement — cute singkit white guy!) and Watson is played by Martin Freeman (awww). The trailer looks awesome! And heh, I like the fluffy big hair on Benedict — very Sherlock-ian!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSQq_bC5kIw
Bonus: Rupert Graves as Lastrade! Grey-haired na siya! But still hot! (Don’t tell me Lastrade is a nemesis of Holmes? Sayang siya as a baddie.)
More scenes here, plus nice interview action (alas, gone na ang fluffy hair!).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBLXJ7pydX8
And to go around full circle, I ended up watching some Aardman stuff (thanks a lot, Tristan!) and my gosh, they are too adorbs for words!
The original short that started it all:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihhq5_2kaWQ
“I-space!” and “Lion Steak!” 
Pets and Vets Love the worried/frightened dog in the background in clip 2!

Clip #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfYw3iV-S4I&

Clip #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ecpYfWFmLA&f
And I just cracked up with the Cats vs Dogs! Love the baby birds at the start, and the blue cat who I’m sure is totally captures the inner voice of actual cats.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob-OVUoJ1RM

Hope that was a nice break!
Karen

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My name is Terrie. I write for a living and blog for pleasure. Some days, I get up in the morning and know precisely what kind of day it is. At other times, I get knocked over for a loop. People seem to like confiding in me. When I was younger, I thought I knew everything and can tell you what you need to do if you ask me. Now that I'm older, I realize I don't know anything. That's been my motivation for the blog and for writing. To figure out the unknown and unknowable.

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