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Sherlock: Benedict Cumberbatch's Best Moments in the BBC Series

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Sherlock is a BBC series that follows the story of Sherlock Holmes, a genius detective who solves the most difficult cases alongside his best friend and partner John Watson. Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories, Sherlock brings a new modern twist to the beloved genius detective. The show was subject to commercial and critical success, earning it a number of awards, including a total of nine Primetime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. The series ran from 2010 to 2017 and has left behind a staggering legacy thanks to performances from Martin Freeman who played John Watson and especially Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cumberbatch gained a dedicated fan-base thanks to his performance in Sherlock. This helped him land roles in big films like that of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game as well as the coveted Dr. Stephen Strange in the MCU, getting his own solo film Doctor Strange and the upcoming sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While he’s managed to really make a name for himself thanks to the MCU, his award-winning performance in Sherlock is what started it all. In fact, Sherlock creators are eager to move forward with season five, though nothing concrete has yet been established. As we await further news a possible new season, or even a Sherlock movie expanded from the TV show, here’s a look back Benedict Cumberbatch’s best moments in the BBC series.

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One of the most despised characters over the course of the entire series is Charles Augustus Magnussen, whose crude disgusting behavior was unmatched by any other. While Magnussen insists that the pair have no way out of their predicament, Sherlock soon realizes the only way to protect John, Mary, and himself from Magnussen is to permanently wipe the smirk off his face. Sherlock shoots Magnussen in the head in front of security and his brother Mycroft. While this highlights Sherlock’s tendency to be chaotic good, it also displays his willingness to do anything in his power to protect the ones he loves, undermining his selfish tendencies.

In one of the most memorable episodes in the series, Sherlock calls John Watson from the top of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital after Moriarty told Holmes that all his friends would die if he didn’t kill himself. Holmes’ emotional goodbye brought tears to many eyes as Sherlock deems himself incompetent and that Watson should spread the word of his failures. This occurs before Sherlock promptly jumps off the roof of the hospital. This is possibly one of the best moments in the series as the phone call between Holmes and Watson brings out the true nature of their friendship, only adding to the gravity of Sherlock’s actions.

One of the most beloved scenes by Sherlock fans is the Buckingham Palace scene. Sherlock Holmes is brought to the residence of the British monarchy and is asked to take on a case on behalf of the royal family. While this may seem ordinary enough, what makes this scene so great is that Sherlock was dragged from his flat in nothing but a bedsheet and was not given any clothes. John and Sherlock laugh at the absurdity of the fact that he is indeed naked in the royal palace. This laughable moment brings out the potential silliness of the series in contrast with many of the darker scenes.

One of Cumberbatch’s best moments as Sherlock Holmes is when he meets Watson for the first time. Similar to how they are introduced in the original novel A Study in Scarlet, John and Sherlock are introduced by a man named Stamford, who believes they would make good roommates. From the start, Sherlock deduces a lot about John and his habits based on his mere appearance. Just before leaving the room, Sherlock introduces himself and shoots out a wink. Cumberbatch managed to bring Holmes’ charm out immediately, setting up both Watson and the audience for an amazing journey.

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While some would consider this scene to be a little too much fan service, the stag night is a fan favorite among many as John and Sherlock get completely wasted before John’s wedding. After visiting as many pubs as possible, the pair wind up back at 221B, lying on the stairs and wind up playing the Rizla Game. The stag night quickly turns into work as the pair attempts to solve a case for a woman that believes she is dating a ghost before ending up in the drunk tank before Inspector Lestrade comes to release them. This is a perfect example of Sherlock’s versatility to be able to go from deeply emotional moments to the comedic moments between the main characters as they drunkenly bicker.

It’s undeniable that Cumberbatch’s acting shines throughout the entire series, but some moments stand out more than others. One of his best performances can be traced back to when Sherlock enters his mind palace to find Moriarty already there. At this point, Moriarty plays with Sherlock in his own mind, expressing how much Holmes is letting Watson down by dying and how Sherlock won’t be able to protect him anymore. This goading by Moriarty in his mind gives Holmes the power to come back to life. This performance from Cumberbatch earned him an Emmy for his performance, as the entire scene gives us a glimpse into the mind of Sherlock Holmes.

Thanks to the strong bond between Watson and Holmes, Holmes does manage to be a decent Best Man, even providing the wedding party with a heart-warming speech. While most would expect Holmes to turn the speech into something about himself, it is in fact an endearing speech dedicated to John and how much Holmes admires him. One of the best quotes from the speech is “John, I am a ridiculous man, only redeemed by the warmth and constancy of your friendship.” After Sherlock finishes his speech, the two tear up and share an embrace, establishing the true bond between friends established through their adventures. Benedict Cumberbatch manages to show Holmes’ soft side here, and rather than have him be his overly witty self who can’t take anything seriously, Holmes manages to pull himself together and express himself at John’s wedding.

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Choose or Die Ending, Explained: What Happened at the End of the Netflix Horror Movie

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This article contains spoilers for the Netflix film Choose or DieSurely by now, people know not to find an old and mysterious game and take a look at how it works; it’s probably going to be cursed. Choose Or Die, the 2022 horror thriller is directed by Toby Meakins and is his feature directorial debut. It is undoubtedly one to remember, with disturbing visuals that will most likely be stuck in our minds for a long time.

The film starts with a mother and teenage son arguing, while the father hides in his room full of old video games. He begins playing an old-school survival video game called CURS>R, and he soon finds that the game affects the surrounding environment; his lights go out when the game asks him if he wants to turn them on or off. Although, things take a nasty turn when the game asks him: “His tongue or her ear? Choose or die!” This is when viewers know that reality is cursed and things are going to get gruesomely interesting. When he leaves the room, he witnesses his wife holding a knife to his son’s mouth, which his tongue is missing from.

Soon after, we meet Kayla (Lola Evans), whose only real friend is tech-obsessed nerd Isaac (Sex Education’s Asa Butterfield). Kayla and Isaac discover a copy of CURS>R, which promises a huge cash reward (from the voice of Robert Englund, aka Freddy Krueger) to whomever gets through every horrifying level and completes it.

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Though it seems to have been decades since the game was released, the phone line available to gamers who are curious about the big prize remains open, and Kayla is soon lured into a frightening world where the video game does not dissapoint with its impossible requests. It forces her to choose how to make others suffer, and she has little choice but to complete CURS>R, even if it means losing the ones closest to her or even her own life. But when the disturbingly gripping movie comes to an end, what does it mean? Here’s the ending explained; do you want to read on? Choose or die.

After Issac and Kayla watch a video of a man in a lab coat explaining that he discovered a curse related to symbols that affect reality (and reveals that he invented the game using the symbols when he was a child), Kayla is told by the computer that she must “beat the boss.” It sends her coordinates for where to go, which brings her to an isolated home in the woods. Hal, the character from the very first scene, as well as his wife and son, are all inside the house.

To conceal his injuries, the son, Gabe, is wearing strange magazine cutouts of a mouth and an eye – totally creepy. Hal is startled when the game sent Kayla to his house. After being forced to play two levels of the videogame (which explains why his son also has one eye missing), he claims that the game promised to leave him alone provided he made and distributed copies. Kayla’s phone buzzes to let her know she’s reached the “boss battle” stage of the game. By this point, viewers may be invested, but also confused on what is going to happen. But it only gets more shocking.

Before making her way to Hal’s house, the man in the video explains a part of the game that we are soon to see in action. When someone (a cursor) uses the symbols against someone else (the cursed), the cursor benefits from the cursed’s suffering (although, this isn’t quite how it is explained to work earlier in the film, but we can roll with it anyway). This is demonstrated later when Hal throws a plate at Kayla’s face and, much to her surprise, she doesn’t get injured; instead, it injures Hal.

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So, the damage they do to themselves is actually inflicted onto the other person, so of course they both frantically try to hurt themselves, with some help from the wife and son too. Kayla eventually ends up winning the battle when she drowns herself in the pool, although she does have the viewers holding their breath too, and for a minute we do believe she is dead. Of course, the bad guy loses and Hal chokes on water and dies, and the CURS>R game lets us know it’s “Game Over.”

As Kayla cleverly defeated Hal, she gets a notification where the game now declares her the cursor and in control of CURS>R, essentially meaning she can now curse people. She begins by targeting the drug dealer who is harassing her mother, and when we witness his shocking fate, we also see that Kayla’s injuries heal. Kayla then receives a phone call from the game designer, asking her who will suffer at the hands of the game next, and she makes a badass (and somewhat ethical) move and replies “only people who deserve it.” With that said, we are left to believe that now Kayla will become the ultimate cursor, but this time, using the video game to haunt those “who deserve it,” pointing to a subtle but subversive sociopolitical message.

The ending of Choose Or Die does leave room for a sequel, with plenty of questions that need answering, the main one being, what will be Kayla’s next move? The storyline is clever, assisted by a brilliant cast, and the terrifying visuals add that horror edge that all horror fans love to see.

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Following: Why the First Christopher Nolan Movie is One You Should Watch

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Christopher Nolan has now become possibly one of the most recognizable directors of our time, with incredible blockbusters like Insomnia, The Dark Night Trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk – all of which has led to his films gaining 11 Academy Awards and 36 nominations. Nolan doesn’t take a break and is even excited about his new release that is set in WWII, about the creation of the atom bomb.

Needless to say, fans of his work are going wild about Oppenheimer and the prospect of another great Nolan movie being released. Although we must not forget that, despite his successful career and his additions to the pantheon of great cinema, it was his feature debut 1998, Following, that kick-started his path to success. While it may have only been the beginning, it is a movie that no one should miss out on.

Following is a mildly experimental neo-noir ’90s movie, which Nolan wrote, produced, edited, directed, and even filmed all himself. The story concerns a young writer in London who follows people to gain inspiration for his novels, although his hobby quickly becomes an obsession that he soon finds has gone further than intended when he fails to keep his distance. So, what makes this 1998 film so captivating and one everyone should see?

Nolan’s objective for the film, which was made on an extremely limited budget, was to explore the aspect of film noir that he enjoys the most: male characters who are defined by the usually cruel behaviors they exhibit. His proposal was risky because of the limited budget; he wanted to film no more than two takes per scene, entirely with natural light, and in affordable locations. He also wanted to work the shoot around the other jobs that his cast and crew had, as well as his own.

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Using his often trademark style of non-linear narrative, Following was designed to illustrate both the limitless potential of playing with one’s sense of time and perception and the limitations of its production. The story is scattered with some flashbacks, some out-of-sequence scenes, and brief cuts that leave the audience questioning why these events happened the way they did. The flashbacks and flash-forwards play with your perspective and sense of time; answers become questions again, and yet it is undeniable that this keeps the audience on their toes and ensures that their eyes are glued to the screen. When all the pieces are put back together at the end of the movie, the viewers are able to finally appreciate the great effort that went into creating the movie as well as the aesthetic value of the film.

Neo-noir movies have become significantly more visible in modern cinema and could even be the genre of the decade, so when Nolan’s Following was shot in a noir style, it of course had to add to the growing list of brilliant noir movies. Following has many sharp contrasts and dark gloomy corners, which create an intense atmosphere as the camera lurks around and peers into secret boxes alongside its characters. Really, it fits the mood that is intended for a noir movie perfectly.

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Not to mention that it follows a gritty, mind-bending string of events that (of course) Nolan withholds information on, in order to develop tension throughout the film and throw you another curveball. All of this forces you to re-evaluate your assumptions and relationship to the point of view usually taken in films, which are extremely typical characteristics of a noir. In fact, in an interview with Filmmaker Magazine, Nolan expressed his view on noir films:

Fans will realize that Following, while a great movie individually, was essentially a blueprint for Nolan’s entire career; it was, after all, only an hour and ten minutes long, significantly shorter than the massive Nolan epics we are used to. It was only the beginning of his work, as his subsequent movies retained certain noir characteristics (thus helping reinvigorate Batman and the superhero movie), and toyed with point of view and perspective.

Following was the movie that began his fascination with non-linear storytelling, which has now become a major recognizable factor in his filmography. This approach has assisted Nolan in giving a fresh look into (or even re-inventing) noir, but we can’t forget where it all started. So, Following is not just Nolan’s feature debut, but a noir masterpiece, and maybe one of the best movies of the ’90s; it’s intense, gloomy, captivating and, frankly, mysterious and mind-boggling. So it feels wrong to be so engaged in his other work, without appreciating that Following influenced and inspired his incredible directorial skills. It should be required viewing for any big Nolan fan.

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