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23 November 2008 @ 05:21 pm
Einstein/Eddington, assorted other 'Who' actor-related stuffies  
I *was* going to do the rewatch-review of "Bad Wolf" today, but blame David Tennant for the lack as I simply had to watch Einstein and Eddington. I figured I'd share my thoughts on it, as well as some Eccleston and Tate stuff I've watched as I go through my list of Eccleston, Piper, Tennant and Tate filmographies.

Einstein and Eddington - This was good; the acting was really, really good. David Tennant was, of course, fabulous. I love how tightly controlled, and yet passionate, his Eddington was. Andy Serkis was a magnificent Einstein and I've always loved Jim Broadbent and Jodhi May.

It shows how interesting it all was that I wasn't bored during the non-Eddington scenes, but still I couldn't help but smile every time the action cut to him just because, you know, it was David. I have to admit, though, not even remotely being a science girl I wasn't all that intrigued by it. It's cool and fabulous that there are minds out there like theirs, but I just am not one that can truly appreciate what they can do, so I wasn't as moved by the discoveries as I know I should have been.

I felt sorry for Eddington, such a good man, all prim and proper. A scientist, a Quaker, in the closet and a scientist who ended up forgotten pretty much by the world of science. Doubly sad when, if these events are based enough on truth and not with some poetic license added, if it weren't for him, Einstein may have never embarked on the correct path. Oh, and on a purely shallow note, I gotta say that I did love that during 99.9% of David's screen time, he was wearing glasses. I liked that a lot. So good show, I didn't think it was anything spectacular, but it was good and again, the acting was fantastic.

ETA: Hah, I forgot. I'm so bad, when Eddington and Einstein met at the end and shook hands and the camera went for a close-up? I totally laughed and shouted "handporn!"

The Catherine Tate Show - HI-larious for the most part. My favorite characters were Lauren (of course), the loud noise lady and the totally dim mall-info lady. I did not like Nan, whom I'm assuming based on the number of skits with her is a popular character. Ah well. Over all though, absolutely hilarious. I'm so getting series two.

Starter for Ten - Tate was barely in this, and frankly, I wasn't impressed with the overall story or characters. But she looked quite lovely and was very real and genuine in her role. It was just weird seeing her so sidelined as the "mom."

Lewis & Clark - Okay, I admit it. I didn't finish it. It was so boring. It was so much narration, and talking historian heads with shots of Eccleston acting out lectures and certain moments. Sorry. It was just boring.

A Price Above Rubies - Hah, I had written that I'd never watched it, but I had! That shows how lame I thought it was. I think my problem with it before (and now) was that as lacking in a conscious as Eccleston's character was, he was the only one who had any real chemistry with Renee Zellweger's character and I kinda wanted them to continue to get it on. He was an unfeeling, twisted lecherous jerk of the highest order, but still hot. Oh, and I was so amused by the fact that Zellweger's character's husband -- the ultra-religious, holy, good, good man -- was played by the actor who plays weasly, jerky, but hilarious Brian on Dirty Sexy Money. Hah.

The Seeker - Eh, it was okay. The thing I just couldn't let go of while watching this was, man, how come Eccleston couldn't have had hair like this on Who? That would have been awesome! Yeah, that tells you how lame the movie was.

ETA: Ah, I forgot the best part: In one scene, his character (Rider) goes to visit the Seeker and he's posing as a doctor, so we hear his voice and then hear the Seeker's mom say, "The Doctor's here." Hee! And when we see him, he's wearing a suit and glasses. Double hee!

Shallow Grave - This one was mostly as I remembered it; the only thing I forgot was how frickin' psychotic Eccleston's character got. Still, great, sick, twisted, hilarious, scary and creepy as hell movie. Gotta love Danny Boyle. And, SQUEE!!! Did you know that Eccleston and Ewan MacGregor will both be in the upcoming biopic, Amelia? Man, I hope they have scenes together. Will be awesome, and because of the past SG connection, the media might give a bit more notice to Eccleston than usual because it's a fun angle.
 
 
 
Velvet Rain Dropsadriana_is on November 23rd, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
I love A Price Above Rubies. Not for the general lameness of the movie but because Chris is such an unredeemably hot bastard in it. More times than not I wanted to slap Renee.
My all-time favorite scene? Chris quoting Proverbs on top of that table. (fans self)

Arabian: Billie Piper_03arabian on November 23rd, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, yes. The movie was lame, but dayum! was Chris hot even with in the ultra-Jewish forelocks and all look. Yeah, that scene on the table? Gah! But I think my favorite was the one when he's explaining how he doesn't have a conscious and then he just fucks her -- his sister-in-law -- against the door. And then calmly puts his hat back on and leaves. GAH!!!!
Velvet Rain Dropsadriana_is on November 23rd, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
oh hell yes. (!!!)
tangerinetani on November 24th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Wow 6 degrees of seperation!!!
I'm probably gonna watch E&E on youtube tonight, but when I saw Jim Broadbent was in it I had major Moulin Rouge flashbacks....annnndd when I saw that it was Eccletson who played the guy who goes crazy in Shallow Grave!! Wow I had no idea! A saw that movie a couple years ago because I was obsessed w/ Ewan McGregor hehe.

Wasn't Eccleston's character named David??
Arabian: Christopher Eccleston_01arabian on November 24th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Re: Wow 6 degrees of seperation!!!
Yup! His character's name was David. HAH! I didn't even make that connection, just the fact that his character was Scottish, so there was Chris Eccleston playing the role with a Scottish accent.
Kit: doctorwho!nerdytictactardis on November 27th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
xD I totally saw The Seeker in theatres just because I saw it had Eccleston in it. I actually don't remember much about the movie otherwise, except for the hair (my god, the hair!) and a horse and um... yes, the suit and glasses. Amusing, awful, amusing movie.
Arabian: Christopher Eccleston_02arabian on November 28th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Wasn't the hair AWESOME!??? And yes, the horse (he'd never written before that movie) and the geeky Doctor look.
Kit: doctorwho!darktictactardis on November 29th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
XDD It was, it was! Not many people can pull that off. And really? Wow, not bad. xP I was all over the place the first time I rode a horse. And hee, I loved those glasses so much.<3

...I really need an Eccleston icon. o.o;
Arabian: Christopher Eccleston_01arabian on November 29th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Man, imagine what it would have been like if he'd had that hair as the Doctor!?!?