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NPG Porrtait Awards, Etc...
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I really had to do something, so shuffled up there to check out this year's crop of portraits. BTW, I've been noticing that all those competitive 'levitating Yodas' seem to have moved on from Trafalgar Square. Just as well. They were getting really lame. Half of them weren't even bothering to tuck their 'heads' in.
The show was damn crowded, largely with school kids too young to really appreciate anything. Some of the entries were a bit more interesting than usual, though. My faves were. Under the Cloutie Tree,Rebekkah, Sauvageonne, the Convalescent, and Happy Melancholy, in no particular order. The winners, of course, I didn't reckon much, apart from technically.
http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/bp-portrait-award/exhibition/exhibitors.php

This week's PENNY DREADFUL was a crazy corker. It keeps getting more and more demented.[Spoiler (click to open)]I really liked Billie Piper's raging, rampant Bride terrorising the poor Creature,Quite a bravura performance. So many good actors in this mad series. Love it.

Also half-watched Dario Argento's DRACULA 3D. It was the first time I've seen a blond Count, the rather dishy Thomas Kretschmann, who did a good job. Rutger Hauer also popped up, as a weary Van Helsing. The script was poor, though, and most of the acting wooden. It might have been more fun in the intended 3D. There were a few engagingly  odd moments, too, including transmogrifications into an owl and a giant praying mantis, etc.

 Finished watching the excellently clever and creepy FORTITUDE. Not sure if it can sustain a second series, but I'll certainly be checking it out.

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Great to be able to see the portraits online. I like your choices much better than the judges' - as far as I'm concerned the only one they got right was Sauvageonne, which is a real eye catcher. I liked SPW too. And as a "classical", technical portrait Julian Bingley is a very skilled piece.

'Cloutie Tree' was robbed; should have won, IMO.

Finished watching the excellently clever and creepy FORTITUDE. Not sure if it can sustain a second series, but I'll certainly be checking it out.

I'm now at the binge-watch stage and have got up to Episode 7. Thanks SO MUCH for the warning about the scene with Shirley! Forewarned, I got through it with my eyes closed and my fingers in my ears and am now alert to possible further incoming horrific violence. It's a brilliant series, but the violence is one of two things I don't like about it. The other is the whole sitch with Shirley and why her boyfriend is attracted to her (trying to avoid spoilers). I knew as soon as I saw that actress that they were going to bring up some issue with her size. I've seen her in one other thing, and in that she ended up murdered and her body stowed in an attic for three years (so sad and lonely, OF COURSE, that nobody bothered to try and find her). God forbid we should cast somebody over size 12 just for any old role, rather than as Designated Pathetic Fattie.

Shirley's BF was obviously a 'feeder'. Not sure if she was actually co-operating (or being tubby, so grateful to have a bloke at all, she was willing to be force-fed into oblivion...) Ha, I saw that one with the same actress rotting in the attic, too. I can't remember, but wasn't it a lesbian triangle thing?
I think there is only one more very gruesome FORTITUDE scene, towards the end of one of the final chapters. Look out for the barely-alive mother in hospital...
Why not just watch, though? As Bart Simpson says, "If you don't look, how are you gonna get desensitised?"

I think it was more of a lesbian psycho thing, with the psycho lesbian played by Indira Varma (Ellaria). SHe seems to get a lot of pyscho murderers.

I think there is only one more very gruesome FORTITUDE scene, towards the end of one of the final chapters. Look out for the barely-alive mother in hospital... Thanks, that one was OK. Death by insect swarm, or nice clean gunshots or whatever, is no problem, I just can't stand graphic violence.

Why not just watch, though? As Bart Simpson says, "If you don't look, how are you gonna get desensitised?"

The problem with that is that the desensitisation part never happens. Images can get stuck in my mind for years. It's like a tiny version of PTSD.

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