Line(s) of the Day #Endeavour

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Hatred is hatred. Once that catches hold, there’s no saying where it might lead.

Police Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright (Anton Lessing) in Endeavour (2012 – present), a prequel to Inspector Morse.

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Gr8at: Winter Lights Part 2

There were so many shot from the recent Winter Lights exhibition at Canary Wharf that I was always going to include another post to celebrate the creative and colourful imagery on display. While Part 1 focused on the outdor aspect, the photographs below are from indoors.  Do you have a favourite?

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Gr8at: Winter Lights Part 1

There are always so many great exhibitions and events at Canary Wharf. I’ve covered some in the past, including the Rememberance Art Trail and a specialist flower sculpture, as well the 2017 Winter Lights. So I just had to share my photos of the 2018 Winter Lights, starting with the indoor shots.

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Line(s) of the Day #MartinCrane (RIP John Mahoney)

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Alright, that’s it. I’ve had enough of you two jack-asses. I’ve spent the whole night listening to you making cracks about the food and the help. Well, I got news for you: People like this place. I like this place. And when you insult this restaurant, you insult me. You know, I used to think you two took after your mother, liking the ballet and all that, but your mother liked a good ball game too. She even had a hot dog once in a while. She may have had fancy tastes, but she had too much class to ever make me or anybody else feel second-rate. If she saw the way you two have behaved tonight, she’d be ashamed. I know I am.

As said by John Mahoney (1940 – 2018), who played the part of Martin Crane in the critically acclaimed seattle-based sitcom Frasier. In the many warm and heartfelt tributes after his sad passing, it was clear that how highly regarded he was an actor. But even the most casual of readers of my blog will know how big a fan of Frasier I am. And so he will always be Marty Crane to me, who, despite a stubborn and gruff exterior, had a huge heart and was immensely proud of both his sons. But just like the best fathers he wasn’t afraid to call them out on their bad behaviour, remind them of their roots and family responsability.

Gr8at: Paul Cézanne

Along with JMW Turner, George Bellows, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne has long been an artist whose work I admire greatly. So I was never not going to see the Cézanne Portraits at the National Gallery. As you’d expect, it really was a joy to the visual senses and I hope those anywhere near London are able to see it before it closes on the 11 February. It got me thinking which of the French Post-Impressionist paintings I liked most. You can find them below. Do you have a favourite? Where does Cézanne rate for you compared to other artists?

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Line(s) of the Day #Batman

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Vicki Vale: A lot of people think you’re as dangerous as the Joker.
Batman: He’s psychotic.
Vicki Vale: Some people say the same thing about you.
Batman: What people?
Vicki Vale: Well, I mean, let’s face it. You’re not exactly normal, are you?
Batman: It’s not exactly a normal world, is it?

Kim Basinger and Michael Keaton in the hugely successful Batman (1989).  As well as grossing over $400m worldwide, it relaunched the superhero genre, influenced marketing campaigns and won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. It’s also fascinating to compare to The Dark Knight, which features an altogether different intereptation of Joker.

Gr8at: Flamboyant Outfits Worn by #ElvisPresley in the 1970s

Is there a more important and more influential individual in music than Elvis Presley? ‘The King’ had everything. Looks, charm, sex appeal, the most wonderful voice and a love of music that always shone through. John Lennon himself said The Beatles would have never existed without him. That’s why demand was so strong for another Elvis exhibition at the 02, only two years after the last one. Below are eight of the most striking outfits worn by Elvis in the early 1970s, as shown in Elvis on Tour. Do you have a favourite? Can you ever imagine wearing any of them?

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Line(s) of the Day #CookieMonster

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Sometimes me think, what is friend? And then me say a friend is someone to share last cookie with.

Awesome forummer Tosha was in town for the week so was great to see her. And no, neither of us got close to the cookies. You can see more words of wisdom from the food loving monster (minus my scarf) here.

Film Quizzes: Female Directed Films Part 2

As shown in my previous quiz, there have been some seriously talented females behind the camera in charge of all kinds of critical and commercial successes within the last few decades.  One quiz just wasn’t going to be enough, so I’ve added an extra set. And that’s without including the most recent smashes of Lady Bird and Wonder Woman, and films co-directed by women, like Persepolis, Shrek and Frozen. How many of the 15 below will you get?

fast_times_ridgemont_high_1982_29-1461421919-726x388 Film 1 (1980s)

chocolat1988-graspingatthepast Film 2 (1980s)

4 Film 3 (1990s)

18-little-women-w1200-h630 Film 4 (1990s)

deepimpact3 Film 5 (1990s)

film-quiz-tom-hanks-film-8 Film 6 (1990s)

wheatfields_thevirginsuicides Film 7 (1990s)

somethings-gotta-give Film 8 (2000s)

image-w856 Film 9 (2000s)

http3a2f2fmedia-cineblog-it2f92f9fd2fmonster6-620x350 Film 10 (2000s)

21b49-wood2 Film 11 (2000s)

Film Quiz - Previous Best Picture Winners from each decade Film 8 Film 12 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Hollywood vampires Film 6 Film 13 (2000s)

kevin1 Film 14 (2010+)

Film Quiz - Inspirational Women Film 13 Film 15 (2010+)

Answers below

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Line(s) of the Day #Frasier

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Frasier: She is nice. Intelligent, accomplished.
Daphne: Well, if you think so much of her why don’t you ask her out?
Frasier: Well, we agreed we wouldn’t pursue things. Frankly, she hasn’t given me any indication since that she’s even had a second thought about me.
Niles: Added to which, if Frasier did pursue her and she rejected him, he could hardly rationalise it by saying she doesn’t know what she’s missing. She would know exactly what she’s missing – she just didn’t miss it!

Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce with another example of the blistering wit in the much-loved Seattle-based sitcom Frasier (1993 – 2004). No other show show has been quoted more in my blog, starting with this one back in the first week.