Richard stuff & Gabriel fluff

I have been missing in action on blog and that happened in a time when there’s so much Richard Armitage news! But work’s been busy and then there have been other preoccupations… Still, Richard news has been followed closely! Like the news of him reading Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in a new audiobook (sorry, Richard, can’t follow you there, audiobooks really aren’t my thing despite your wonderful voice)…

Richard doing an awesome 40 minute podcast interview by phone, and yes, I actually did listen to this one, while I was working from home one afternoon: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/followingfilms/episodes/2017-10-29T15_20_30-07_00

There are 5 new Berlin Station episodes that I have yet to see (please, someone, reassure me that season 2 is better than season 1)!

I did like the little Daniel – Esther scene which I still have to see in context:

And of course there’s still Sleepwalker to watch (I still need to get into a weird movie mindset)…

There is some talk of a Urban and the Shed Crew DVD, as mentioned on Servetus’s blog (yay!), although when I looked on the Blenheim Films website this morning, the shop was empty.

Blenheim Films

But in all honesty, while I have partaken of all the Richard stuff, I have been more engrossed with Gabriel stuff and fluff. Yep, I continue to be preoccupied with Suits! And it’s got everything to do with actor Gabriel Macht who plays Harvey Specter.

He looks so familiar to me! And not because I may have seen him in other movies, but because he looks like I actually know him, personally, from somewhere. There is a familiarity to him and I just can’t seem to put my finger on it why that is. His dad is actor Stephen Macht who was also on Cagney and Lacey that I used to love watching way back when…

Stephen Macht Sharon Gless

… but to me Gabriel looks more like his mom than his dad…

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

So, no, I just can’t put my finger on why he looks so familiar, like he could be family, or an old family friend or something. He did dress up as painter Bob Ross for Halloween, which cracked me up (and I remember being mesmerized watching some of his painting programs long ago)…

He was even filmed by his Suits co-star and close friend Sarah Rafferty (she plays Donna) actually giving a faux painting class (there are 2 small videos if you click on the instagram post, especially love the second one when he mentions a happy raccoon at the end)…

While I am still trying to deal with this whole “why does Gabriel seem so familiar to me” scenario, I have after all sourced Suits clips and made a Suits fan video, which ends with the current mid-season cliffhanger…

(also on YouTube, but that got blocked in USA/Canada). Anyway, I hope that this fluff gets some of this Suits/ Gabriel Macht business out of my system for a bit, so I can start catching up on Richard Armitage stuff again…

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Suits obsessed, the fanvid edition…

I am still Suits obsessed and this obsession means that I haven’t watched any of the new Richard Armitage projects yet! Sleepwalker (I’m not sure I’m in the right mindset for weird right now) and Berlin Station (love Richard, but the show less so, I’m therefore a little hesitant to start) are on my waiting list, just like the new A Place to Call Home series that has just started airing. So, when I have some free time, I am all caught up in reading Suits fan fics and watching Suits fan videos. I’ve been debating making a proper fan video of my own (that would mean I need to start sourcing clips) but I don’t think I can add that much to the ones that are already out there. There are so many good ones! So, instead of sourcing clips, I just waste my free time watching these. Although, I guess if I love doing this so much, it’s not a waste, right? Anyway, here are some of my faves…

The last episode to date left us with a Donna & Harvey kiss cliffhanger and my fave post-cliffhanger Darvey video so far is this one, set to that new Pink song that I like so much…

There are lots of really good Darvey videos out there, many of them quite dramatic, but here’s one that’s just kinda fun: tips for a future husband (although Donna and Harvey are nowhere near being that on the show)…

The beginning of season 5 has Harvey falling apart and having panic attacks after Donna quits working for him. It’s good to see that even the mighty Harvey can feel vulnerable…

But it’s not only Harvey and Donna that make this show great, the whole Suits team is awesome…

A huge part of the charm of the show is the Harvey and Mike bromance…

…and the Mike and Rachel romance as well…

But with all the drama, there is also a lot of fun, as illustrated in this video (alas parts 1 and 2 have been blocked, I’m sure they’d be great to watch as well if I could see them)…

And here’s some behind the scenes fun set to music…

Yep, I can’t get enough of this. The Suits video playlist I have on YouTube already has 52 videos in it (and still growing)… I could go on and on. I’ve gotta say, hats off the to actors, writers and producers of this show for making it so addictive and inspiring so much great fan art!

Gabriel Macht – I am my beloved’s…

In my previous post I wrote about finally watching Suits and falling in love with it! I haven’t been able to get enough, re-watching bits and pieces, but mostly catching up on the actors in it and I have especially zoomed in on Gabriel Macht who plays the role of Harvey Specter. I really like the development his character has been going through during the 7 seasons of Suits so far and I admit to finding him quite sexy!

So, as I knew nothing about him, I’ve been delving into him and I find that he is happily married with 2 children. When I saw a picture of his wife, I thought she looked extremely familiar. Turns out she’s an actress as well, called Jacinda Barrett, and she was in the second Bridget Jones movie as the colleague of Mark Darcy who Bridget is jealous of!

She also had a small role as a brief love interest for Harvey on Suits, where I bet he got a great kick out of being able to flirt with her and kiss her (I only found out that she’s his wife after I had binge-watched the whole show).

Delving into him I find that Gabriel is besotted with his wife Jacinda and she with him. It makes me think of this line, which was also the theme my father had used for my wonderful wedding to Mr Esther 18 years ago…

They’ve been married since 2004 and, as I have commented before here and here as well about Colin Firth and Simon Baker, I just love love love seeing a man happy in love with his wife like that! He is in love with his kids too. Gabriel’s instagram account is filled with pictures such as these:

In an interview I saw with him on YouTube he answers a question about the relationship between Harvey and Donna on the show. In real life Gabriel Macht is very good friends with Sarah Rafferty who plays Donna, they have been close friends for 20 years or so.  The interviewer references this friendship (at 23 minutes in to the video) and says “the Donna from the show who’s his best friend in real life.” Gabriel corrects her and says “My best friend in real life is my wife.” This is greeted by awwws in the audience and I admit to feeling that ‘aw’ as well! That, and other things I’ve been hearing him say and reading about him, make me really like Gabriel Macht!

Now, maybe more than ever, I hope things can work out for Harvey and Donna on the show. Someone made an awesome fan video about Donna and Harvey and the cliffhanger we are left will till the beginning of 2018…

… and it would be cool that when Suits ends at some point, Donna and Harvey can have what Gabriel and Jacinda seem to have (and what Mr Esther and I have 🙂 ). Should that be where the story arc ends for Harvey, his character will have made a huge development from the beginning of the show. I for one would love this.

My latest binge-watch frenzy: Suits!

I see that it’s been nearly two weeks since my last post! Yikes! When that happens, either ‘real life’ becomes overwhelmingly busy or I shut myself off to indulge in my latest passion. My sabbatical these past two weeks is due to the latter: I have become completely engrossed in the tv-series Suits!

I have been aware of Suits for quite a few years but it’s about corporate law and I thought that wouldn’t interest me, so I let it go. To be clear, corporate law will never be a passion, but this series has something special! The story is centered around hot-shot, cocky, know-it-all, ambitious corporate lawyer Harvey Specter (played by Gabriel Macht). He needs an associate and decides to hire a very talented, very smart college dropout called Mike Ross (played by Patrick J. Adams) as his law associate, despite Mike never actually having attended law school. The show focuses on Harvey and Mike as they solve cases and make deals while maintaining and containing Mike’s secret.

Surrounding Mike and Harvey is a strong cast of characters!

Suits cast

Lawyer Louis Litt (played by Rick Hoffman, on the left in this picture) is eccentric, quick-tempered, very flawed but also somehow endearing. He is a tough lawyer and vengeful, not easy to get along with (he and Harvey have a very contentious relationship) but underneath he is a softie. He adores ‘mudding’ (i.e. mud baths) and cats.

Jessica Pearson (played by Gina Torres, on the right in the picture above) is the head of the New York City law firm. She is cool and calculated, has made every sacrifice possible to make it to the top, but always has the firm’s and her people’s backs in times of crises. You do not want to mess with her, though. She’s a real kick-ass boss!

Then we have Donna Paulsen (played by Sarah Rafferty, 2nd from left). She’s Harvey’s power personal assistant / secretary. Very quick-witted, knows everything that’s going on anywhere and has been with Harvey for many years (he took her with him when he transferred from the DA’s office to the law firm). Theirs is a very close-knit relationship. When in a flashback scene he becomes partner, he tells Donna that “we” have become partner. He depends on her completely and while their friendship is very close in a brother/sister kind of way, there is also the necessary tension and a big ‘will they, won’t they’ quality. When at some point, after a crisis, she leaves his desk to work for Louis, Harvey is totally unhinged for a while.

Harvey is a man who loves life in the fast lane. He is intent on keeping emotion out of business as emotion makes you ‘weak’. He is slick, easy on the eyes, popular with women, loves a nice car, his basketball trophies in his office from clients he has and his record collection. He is also called ‘the closer’ as he is so good at closing deals, he is tough and almost unapproachable on the outside but, if you look more closely, there is a heart hidden inside him which becomes more and more apparent as the series progresses.

Mike is the fake-lawyer. Young, extremely smart, a bit of a happy-go-lucky kinda guy, who is very good-hearted but skirts around legal edges all the time. He has a real desire to do good in the world. Through bad luck and some bad choices he has never been able to go to law school, even though he knows every law textbook by heart (he has a photographic memory). He almost instantly falls in love with Rachel Zane (played by Meghan Markle. Yes, her of Prince-Harry’s-girlfriend fame). Rachel has trouble passing the entrance exam for law school (the LSAT test), not for lack of smarts but because of nerves. She is stuck as a paralegal at the firm. She eventually passes the exam, with mentoring from Mike, and can finally start law school, her paralegal experience coming in handy. It takes two seasons for Mike and Rachel to get together, their relationship really is a lovely one. They are true partners for each other, they live together and are engaged but not married yet.

Mike and Rachel

The world of corporate law is a total alien one to me.  This series is basically about rich people and their firms wanting to be richer. It’s a fast-paced, back-stabbing world, where the right deal with the right amount of compensation is the most important thing. I can imagine Donald Trump being client number one at this law firm. It’s not a world I particularly like, especially in this day and age when you see that millionaires can buy anything, even a presidency, with the right money and people/deals backing them up.

And yet… Suits is addictive and I am not sure why! Maybe it’s because I want to understand that world better? Maybe because it shows that even in that world, so far away from mine, the people are given a human face. If I met Harvey Specter in real life, I think I’d recoil from him and even find him a little scary. Yet, there is a man with a heart in the right place underneath it all that makes me actually really like him! With him, it’s all in the eyes and I admit, I find that very sexy. Jessica, the boss at the law firm, would make me feel intimidated as well, she is not a woman to be messed with. Even Donna could intimidate me, although her heart is more readily shown and she is a lot of fun. Mike and Rachel are the most easily accessible characters in this, they are people I could imagine being friends with in real life.

What also really attracts me is that the women here are strong and the cast is diverse (even the guest cast is diverse). It’s not just white rich men in corporate New York City. Louis is Jewish and in a hilarious scene when you see him meeting his Austrian therapist, he goes all anti-Nazi on him without knowing anything about who this man with the German accent even is. Rachel (just like Meghan Markle in real life) has a black and a white parent. Her black father heads a rival law firm and her white mom is shown on occasion as well (in real life, Markle has a black mom and a white dad). The head of the firm, Jessica, is black and a woman (sadly, she is leaving the show!) and even the latest addition to the core team, secretary Gretchen Bodinski (played by Aloma Wright) who is hired on the spot by Harvey, is absolutely awesome! I love her character, she started in season 5, and I hope they’ll use her even more in the future.

I had been meaning to try an episode of Suits for a very long time as I heard good things about it. I even remember considering buying the first season DVD a long time ago when I saw it in a shop. But… it was about the corporate law world which could never quite pull me over the edge, so I let it be. Then, a few weeks ago, I was reading some blurb about Meghan Markle which mentioned Suits and when I logged onto Netflix that same day, I saw that the first 5 seasons were on there (the first series has 12 episodes, the rest have 16 episodes each), so I gave it a shot! And I haven’t regretted a single moment…

I couldn’t stop watching after 5 seasons, I HAD to know how it continued, so I found ways to watch season 6 and season 7 so far as well! It is still unsure whether there will be a season 8 and whether Meghan Markle will even be a part of that if there were to be an 8th season. I can’t imagine Suits without her… So, if she does happen to end up marrying Prince Harry, I really think she should be allowed to continue acting as well. After all, she’ll never be queen anyhow, she can live a more free life, I hope? Time will tell.

In any case, the series is on a hiatus right now. There was a mid-season finale a few weeks ago which ended on a huge cliffhanger for Donna & Harvey (will they??? won’t they???) and already I’m finding it almost unbearable to wait for the last 6 episodes of season 7 to air at the beginning of next year. Apparently, those last 6 episodes are being filmed now as we speak.

When I get obsessed, like right now with Donna & Harvey (called Darvey to shippers), it gets my creative juices flowing. I’m thinking of a fanfic right now and of course, I needed to make a video as well… But, I just don’t have the time to source video clips. Binge-watching in itself is already so time-consuming and it’s time to enter the ‘real world’ again, I can’t stay hidden away forever. I have been saving a lot of Darvey gifs to my laptop of late and suddenly had the brain-wave to make a video using those gifs! So, that’s what I’ve been working on recently. The quality of the images is not great (they are gifs, after all, and not real video clips), but it gets the message across. So, here is the end result…

So, now that I have all of this out of my system, maybe I can make room for other things again?… Yeah… right… nope, not quite ready yet to move on… I do think I need to maybe read just a few more fanfics and watch a few more videos… Ugh, bingeing is exhausting (I stay up too late!) yet so much fun!

Yes you can, Digital Theatre!

I haven’t heard back from Digital Theatre after the e-mail I sent two weeks ago and a second reminder e-mail I sent last weekend. The reminder e-mail was sent on September 3rd but the automated reply I received stated they’d be closed for the Bank Holiday on August 28th. Another Digital Theatre whoopsie…

What’s even sadder is that e-mailing them doesn’t get a response; maybe tweeting at them will? As Perry suggested here on her blog, a tweet storm at them might be good! I’ll just go ahead and do my little part, I’m tired of waiting for DT to respond adequately! I will include this blog post in a tweet at them. Should anyone care to tweet as well, I suggest that the line “@DigitalTheatre #TheCrucible #fixit!” and also #RichardArmitage be included in any tweet and then add whatever message of your own that you wish to include.

So, Digital Theatre, let me reiterate the point YET AGAIN:

For me, The Crucible is one of the best things Richard Armitage has ever done. I saw it in the theatre, was blown away by it, and was so pleased that it was filmed for Digital Theatre! As an Armitage fan I was so happy to be able to get back to it again and again, the very reason why I purchased it for life in the first place. Oh, and I didn’t just purchase it, I also paid to see it again in the cinema; I took my mother to see it as well, so that’s another extra ticket sold (and the painting she made in tribute is now my blog’s header image)! I think I have paid more than my fair share for The Crucible to Digital Theatre by now.

Crucible posters

I was promised free access to my property forever after purchase. When after only 2.5 years this promise is changed (after offline viewing has also been made impossible earlier this year), my trust in Digital Theatre as a keeper of my property goes down the drain. I see on your support site a message that gives these two options:

DT 'offer'

On the one hand a free subscription is offered but how long will it be free? Just for the initial 6 month period that was originally advertised or is it free for life? What guarantees are there that the subscription will indeed be free for life?

The second option is to “manually apply the previous purchases to your account”. How does that work? So, I still need a Digital Theatre account to access my purchase? Is this what is meant by the long-term rental option you had mentioned in an earlier statement that I now can not seem to find anymore? Let me just say that ‘Long-term rental’ doesn’t do it for me! Rental, long-term or not, suggests I don’t own it anymore.

So, when in the near (2.5. years) or far (25 years) future some new policy is made, for example my free membership is revoked or my account is blocked for some reason or if Digital Theatre unexpectedly should go bust, how will I then be able to access my purchased copy of The Crucible? I hope, you can understand my hesitation in accepting these solutions you offer? I therefore ask you, Digital Theatre Support, to please support me as your customer and send me my own HD copy of The Crucible (mp4 download or a DVD/Bluray would be fine).

I’m only asking for something that is already supposed to be mine… And while you’re at it, please send me my copy of Much Ado About Nothing as well, with David Tennant and Catherine Tate; I had purchased that as well 2 years ago…

I’m counting on you to do what’s right, not only for me but also for all the other Richard Armitage fans out there who have purchased The Crucible  (and/or other productions) so they can see it forever as well. I’m sure there must be a way, Digital Theatre… yes, you can!