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I don’t trust anyone, not even myself.

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Dear Kathryn,

First let me say, “Thank you” to you and Natalie for inviting me to be a guest blogger on The Moth Chase. I feel quite confident that I am the least academic writer that TMC has had. I have only one degree, and while I am very proud of it, I am sometimes worried that I will get a letter that says, “Mr. Reklis, after reviewing your college transcript, we have realized that you probably just faked it for about 3 and half years and then cruised through a light load in Communications. We are going to have to take your degree away.” Anyways, I am happy that because I joined in the chorus of  boos (actually not so much “boo” as, “We’re disappointed in you! You can really do better!”) in the comment section of your and Natalie’s Dexter posts, I was invited to write about Luck.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by breklis

January 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Sherlock Holmes

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Dear Kathryn,

Well, the very two things that stuck out to us so much in the first movie remained ever-present for me as I watched this sequel: the chemistry between the two male leads and the strangely intellectual dimension to Holmes’ physical skills. Whereas I think you described the first installation as a long trailer for the true act with Moriarty (and I whole heartedly agreed with your interpretation at the time), I can’t say I enjoyed this second one nearly as much as the first. There were a few moments – when Holmes met with Moriarty in his office, for example – when the tension between the two, and Jared Harris’ acting in particular, was quite stunning. But I felt like the whole movie ran like a series of vignettes that, while quite beautifully produced, nevertheless lacked much narrative coherence. I thought the genius of Moriarty would bring us a great story – he seemed mostly to bring more explosions.

So, on to these two ever-present ponderings: first, the male lead chemistry. I don’t quite know what to make of it! I couldn’t tell if I was frustrated that they Read the rest of this entry »

Written by themothchase

January 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm