May 21, 2013

Let's Discuss Benedict Cumberbatch.

Hello my friends. This is supposedly to be primarily a children's book blog. But if I only discussed books all day long, I would go insane, and I'd pull you all down with me. As entertaining as it would be for me to chronicle my descent into madness here (and it would be entertaining), I'd rather just talk about my various media culture obsessions from time to time. Or all the time. But for that, I'd have to be an entertainment reporter and I could never ever be a great as Lainey, my idol from Lainey Gossip, so I'll just leave that to the professionals.

As some of you know, I have a British Man Obsession. See here. And here. My husband is very kind and understanding about my British Man Obsession. He just pats me on my shoulder and lets me prattle on about whoever is the latest obsession on the list. So today, we have to chat about the newest entry into my pantheon of English-dudes-with-whom-I-am-fascinated.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, yo. Am I alone in my Benedict Cumberbatch obsession? No I am not. My adored Lainey gossip site has written countless articles about him, this being one of my favorites.

Can we all agree that this is the greatest name ever to be found in the history of grand-and-over-the-top English names? Could this be the greatest name EVER to hail from the British Isles? What were his parents thinking? Or were they geniuses? Is there anything greater than this dude's name? There is nothing greater.

Ok here's the thing about him. He's a bit odd looking. But holy cow, did you see his 'Sherlock Holmes'? That is a Very Good Show, that you really need to see immediately.


Sherlock Holmes is smarter than everybody.

Also, THE VOICE. Seriously, his voice is amazing. Apparently he does a lot of audiobook narration. I would happily listen to his voice reading menus and appliance informational pamphlets. Here, I am very helpfully providing you with an opportunity to listen to The Voice.

Have any of you seen the new 'Star Trek' yet?

It is AWESOME. Better than the first one. I don't even recall what the first one was about. All I remember was that Winona Ryder played Spock's mother and I was so happy to see Winona, because I love her. Hey all you people who were teens in the '80's. Who did you love more? Molly Ringwald or Winona Ryder? I began as a huge Molly fan, but then she kinda stopped making movies and Winona sort of replaced Molly in my heart.

Well maybe. I still really love Molly. I love that she has three kids, and gardens, and is still around and living what seems to be a nice life.

I'm sad that Winona never had any Winona babies, with giant anime eyes. Maybe she still will? I really really want Winona to be happy. Don't we all want that? For Winona not to be sad or stressed out by life, but to be happy and living in Provence?

ARE WE STILL SUPPOSED TO BE TALKING ABOUT BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH??

Molly and Winona > than the Cumberbatch. As cool as he is, he can't compete with the combined awesome of those girls. And they will always be girls, in my mind. The coolest girls. They are the forever girls.

(can you believe Winona's face? She'll be 42 this fall! That bone structure just.will.not.stop.)

Isn't this a cool poster? Oh and you need to see these gifs of The Cumberbatch doing his thing in 'Star Trek'. Ok so back to The Cumberbatch and 'Star Trek'. The whole film is really very good, but anytime The Cumberbatch is onscreen, you can't watch anything else. He IS the movie, and that's saying something because everyone else was really great.

Sometime I'll rank my British Man Obsessions for you. We haven't even discussed Ewan McGregor (yes, Scotland and Ireland counts), or Ioan Gruffudd or Mark Strong yet.


(Image credits: benedict cumberbatch photo#1 via wikimedia commons - bellaphon/ molly ringwald photo via wikimedia commons - panio gianopoulos/ winona ryder photo via wikimedia commons - karen liu)

23 comments:

  1. I have quite many friends who like Benedict but I never understood that obsession LOL But talk about Ewan McGregor and you totally have me in :P

    Oh yes I do want Wynona to be happy. I hope she did find happiness and is living a peaceful life now.

    Didn't know Molly had 3 kids!!! Time flies. She had such a strong screen presence and I loved her spunky attitude in all her movies :D

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    1. Ewan McGregor is the CUTEST! Never saw an actor with such a twinkle in his eye, except for maybe Hugh Jackman :)

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  2. So do I even have to make the comment that I'm totally there with you on BC or did you already know I would be the first to chime in?! I am definitely Sherlocked! Normally I would wait to see the Star Trek movie at home but this one is worthy of the theater!

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    1. HA ha ha ha! And oh yes yes! See it in the theater! We wait to see most movies at home, except for the 'event' films where there is going to lots of 'sploding on screen.

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    2. going to BE, i meant to say :)

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  3. Oh dear lord, this post is awesome. Hee hee! I love the name Benedict Cumberbatch. I've never seen him act, but I did hear a clip from the Star Trek movie, and his voice was freakin' awesome. I came home and told Mr. B about it, too. I haven't seen either of the newest Star Trek movies, because I suck at seeing movies that don't appeal to the mini-Bs.

    I love Winona Ryder, too. I love old Tim Burton movies. Little Sis was obsessed with Edward Scissorhands for a little while, before she mournfully informed me that it was no longer on Netflix. I checked Beetlejuice out from the library for her, too. Heathers is still one of my all-time favorite quotable movies. I like Molly Ringwald, too. See about renting or checking out the Molly McIntire American Girl movie. She plays Molly's mother, and she's the perfect working WWII mom in that movie. She elevates the whole damn thing. (Not that it needed it - it's actually a good little movie!)

    And let's talk Ewan McGregor - let's! Did you know if you ever get a smart phone, darling, that you can follow him on Instagram? Yes, really. And I've sat through several episodes of my honey's Horatio Hornblower DVDs, where I did admire some Ioan Gruffud. May I add my favorite much-older man Brit? That would be Alan MyVoiceIsAwesomerThanAnyone's Rickman. Especially in Sense and Sensibility, because Jane Austen adaptations are some of my favorite stuff ever.

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    1. WOOO! Everyday should be British Man Day!

      oh my stars. ALAN RICKMAN. I plumb forgot about him, HOW could I have done that??? Alan Rickman is most definitely on The List. Seriously, in Sense & Sensibility, he was just....The MOST.

      I keep forgetting that your hubby is totally on board with all the English period films, that is SO AWESOME.

      I was so obsessed with 'Heathers' that I spent a good 4 months attempting to put together a collection of Heather-esque clothing...the tailored shorts and a blazer and the big hair. Sigh. The '80's were the greatest. And thanks for the tip on the American Girl movie!

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    2. That is a tough one!!! Which voice is better Rickman vs. BC? I could listen to both all. day. long!

      (And I'm a hugh Heathers fan too! Now it's just getting weird how much we have in common)

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  4. How many times did I watch Pretty in Pink? Probably not as many as I sung along to that song. Was it Iggy Pop? And yes, I hope Winona is happy. I suppose stars can be happy if they arent super famous any more, can they? Sorry Melissa, Ireland does'nt count as British, but Scotland does! Great post, really got me reminiscing!

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    1. darn I was hoping I could get away with lumping all of those countries together....:)

      I believe that I owned the Pretty in Pink soundtrack! Someday I want to own all of those movies, I can't believe that I don't already....

      xo!

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  5. I loved them both.

    Winona looks amazing. I swear she doesn't age.

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  6. Isn't he in Doctor Who as well? I will have to check out Sherlock sometime - didn't realize it also had the dude from the British version of The Office/The Hobbit.

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    1. Is he??? Oh yes, Martin Freeman, he's so great in 'Sherlock' as well, you gotta check it out sometime :)

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  7. LOVE Sherlock. Love, love, love. I just read yesterday (in Peaople @ the dentist) that his fan club calls themselves Cumberbabes or Cumberb*thces!!!! Thought of this post immediately. I just spotted him in War Horse last night ~ that voice is so unmistakable.

    Martin Freeman is also in Love Actually, with Alan Rickman, as the love scene fill-in. I love seeing these two explode onto the big screen.

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    1. Yes, Cumberbabes! Don't you love it?? Hilarious.

      I really, really need to watch Love Actually again. I've only seen it once, in the theater. Time for a re-viewing!! :)

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    2. Yes, its totally time for a re-view. Its become one of my Christmas classic movies simply to watch Hugh Grant sing Good King Wenceslas. :D

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  8. We also need to discuss Jeremy Northam, Jonny Lee Miller, Rupert Penry-Jones and Elliot Cowan.

    Yes, please.

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    1. Well HECK YEAH we do!

      Esp Jeremy Northam. After 'Emma' came out, I was pretty convinced he was The Perfect Man.

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  9. I love me some Benedict. Love him in Sherlock and, yes, his voice is just reDICK! I really like his face too. In some angles he's hot, in others, boyish and sometimes awkward. And I love that! I did see Star Trek and I was surprised at how big he was in it. He clearly put on a lot of muscle mass for that role because in Sherlock he's really quite lithe (see, I would only use the word lithe to describe Benedict, no one else!). I've definitely put him in my list of dreamy men (hello Richard Armitage and Tom Hiddleston). The Brits definitely know how to do dry, self-depricating humor which is just so dang attractive :)

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    1. Michaele, you take my breath away with your ability to discuss Hot British Men. I love that you used the word 'lithe'. SO AWESOME! You clearly know your topic! Tom Hiddleston! Oh yes. And I've already gone on record with my HUGE declaration of admiration for Richard Armitage.

      xoxoxoxo

      Let's discuss this topic again soon, ok? :)

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  10. Ha! I remember seeing Thor, thinking, "Hello there, Loki!" Love Tom's face structure and profile. Plus, he has one of those smiles that all his teeth show :) Uh oh, I can sense that I'm going to vomit my appreciation of British men. You know, I'm going to just go with it! I've been watching/cringing my way through the NBC show, Hannibal, because of my mild obsession with Hugh Dancy. Besides the fact that the show is really quite good (although scary as hell--I'm a wimp), I really like his acting and his face (!). I remember seeing him in Arthur and I was just...dead. But Benedict...just wow. That first gif with him just standing there while peeps walk around him. "Sir, your face...I just can't." But really, it's just that they're just so awesomely talented and GOOD :) And I can/will discuss dreamy Brits all day with you! HUGS!

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