Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Don't Tell Me Goodbye (Video)

This began as a birthday mini-vid on my blog in early October. Here is the expanded version. I hope you like it Antje!
I certainly didn't know the double-meaning the title would have could have when I started it. I am in denial that this series will be over (for me) at the start of Season 9.
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Don't Tell Me Goodbye - Suzie McNeill

Its easy sometimes
To walk out of line
Its harder to get back what you lost (what you lost)
I know youre sad
Cuz you know what we had
Give me a chance to pay the cost
Ill do what I have to
Ill bear the cross

Tell me all the ways I made you feel mixed up inside
Tell me all the times I broke your heart and made you cry
Tell me that you hate me tell me that I ruined your life
But please dont tell me good bye
Tell me goodbye

Ive been confused
Nearly thought I could lose
I was hiding my feelings under my sleeve
Can you try to forget
Everything I regret
Im just a fool down on my knees
Say what you want
But just dont leave
Just dont leave

(Dont tell me goodbye)
Tell me all the ways I made you feel mixed up inside
(Dont tell me goodbye)
Tell me all the times I broke your heart and made you cry
(Dont tell me goodbye)
Tell me that you hate me tell me that I ruined your life
But please dont tell me good bye
Tell me goodbye

Oh, I dont want to live in a world without you baby
And Ill do anything that it takes to save our love this time
Tell me what Ive got to do
Cuz Ive got everything to lose

(Dont tell me goodbye)
Tell me all the ways I made you feel mixed up inside
(Dont tell me goodbye)
Tell me all the times I broke your heart and made you cry
(Dont tell me goodbye)
Tell me that you hate me tell me that I ruined your life, oh
Tell me that it feels like I stabbed you in the back with a knife
Tell me youll forgive me
Tell me how to make it right
But please dont tell me goodbye
Dont tell me goodbye
Dont tell me goodbye
Goodbye

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sharp Dressed Man returns from Purgatory

Hmmm, not even sure there is a Purgatory clip in here - oh, yes! there is!

Out of the blue today, I had a YouTube comment which made my day - it was on Sharp Dressed Man. But, but, but...... ? YouTube blocked Sharp Dressed Man almost right away (6 months ago) because of the song..... I had left it on my account, just like I have done with other vids that have been blocked.

So a big thanks to initialswitch for a) her surprised sweet comment and b) for alerting me that SDM was "Live" again!

So vid-makers shouldn't be discouraged. Things change....

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Monday, December 7, 2009

The CI Binder Project



Visit the Saving Goren and Eames Now blog and be part of the personal thanks to the actors who are leaving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Personal Touch


Make sure you check out today's entry on the Saving Goren & Eames Blog!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's a Good Day to Send Fluff to USA Network!

Yes,this is the same post as on Saving Goren And Eames Now blog! I have the power...

"Eames! I found the source of all the trouble!
This stuff isn't suppose to be here!"


They obviously want it at USA Network, because they think Criminal Intent is too dark for their viewers. Duh. The only reason a lot of us are there is because of Criminal Intent!

So we are sending Fluff to USA Network. We understand that if you buy it today at Buy the Case, your order

will arrive at USA offices on Friday,

perfectly timed with the 10 cases from fabulous anonymous donor at the Criminal-Intent.us forum - as well as many others of us!

Let's make a statement!
Re-read why were doing this here and here.

Send your Fluff to:


Jean Guerin
Senior Vice President, Communications
USA Network
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Floor 21
New York, NY
10112



Thanks to OBC for the photo and caption!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Don't Tell Me Goodbye - Mini-vid

Happy birthday Antje! Hope you like it. Just a shortie.


(Warning: It ends suddenly. Sort of like how we're all feeling about what's happening with our amazing characters....)


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Don't tell me Goodbye - Suzie McNeill

Monday, October 5, 2009

Lots of us are quoting Alex Eames right now!

For the latest on the campaign to save Goren and Eames from those tight-fisted Network types visit the constantly changing

It's there you'll find links to the
  • the latest addresses and contacts
  • online petition
  • the constant Twitter feed
  • the supporting blogs and forums
  • the latest on media coverage and more!

Help us save Goren and Eames!

Here is a copy of a letter I sent to one media outlet:


The fans of Law & Order Criminal Intent are ticked.

I am one of those fans. Over the years I have been taken for a great ride - the fabulous evolution of Robert Goren. He began as a precocious puppy and matured through adversity to a dignified mature man, all incarnations brilliantly and subtly portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio. Kathryn Erbe’s Eames is his perfect fit. Yin to his Yang.

I don’t believe their stories are finished and know there is a huge need for intelligent scripting, acting and production. To my delight, Criminal Intent has always filled that role.

USA Network, who treated the show so well when they acquired it, dropped the ball after its first season in their possession.

 They postponed Season 8 from fall to winter to spring, losing valuable fan support.
 They pushed Jeff Goldblum to the forefront in Season 8 promotions alienating the loyal viewers of many years and then introduced a lighter tone to the series.
 They aired Season 8 so badly out of filming order that not even the dedicated viewers could recognize the gradual and beautiful recovery of Robert Goren. Some week’s he had a beard, the next it would be gone, only to return again the next episode. USA did Vincent D’Onofrio a huge disservice here.
 And now it appears USA has offered insulting salary reductions to D’Onofrio and Erbe along with Eric Bogosian.

Vincent D’Onofrio built his detective into a TV icon and a template for a plethora of new lighter content shows. He has earned millions for NBC and USA.

USA is now willing to let him go?

Not if the fans can help it. The Criminal Intent fans are working hard to preserve at least one more season of Robert Goren, rather than the feeble single episode we are currently being promised.

Playing off USA’s quest for lighter fare, fans have initiated a Fluff Campaign. Apparently only fluffy Characters are Welcome at USA. So we are sending Fluff. Marshmallow Fluff. By the case.

We are Twittering, Facebooking and Blogging
http://savinggorenandeamesnow.blogspot.com/
Postcards are being sent and emails are being written. We are not going down without a fight.

At some point I will mourn the loss of the Goren and Eames characters and celebrate the pleasure they have given me.

When they are gone from Criminal Intent, so am I.
But not just yet…..

Respectfully offered,

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Saving Goren and Eames


I am so *so* happy to see the amazing fan support taking place for this wonderful show.

If USA Network thinks Criminal Intent is too serious for their viewers and are looking for lighter fare, then they have sadly underestimated the fans.

If they want fluff in their programming,

we’re sending them fluff.

The Fluff Campaign started with Nantz at the Vinnie Vidi Vici Blog and has taken on a life of its own.

You can find it on Wikipedia:
“In response to news of the impending cast changes, on September 27, 2009, dedicated fans of the series united and launched a grassroots campaign to save departing cast members D'Onofrio, Erbe and Bogosian. Among the more traditional methods of letters, postcards, email and phone calls, the fans included sending jars of marshmallow fluff by the case to express their displeasure at the proposed change of tone for the series to a lighter venue.”

Tell USA/NBCU that we want well-scripted and acted programs. We want our Goren and Eames for another full 8 episodes. USA's byline is Characters Welcome. Well they've just dumped the most fabulous character I've ever had the joy to watch. It seems USA only wants Fluffy Characters. So.....

Send your Fluff (cotton balls, Marshmallow fluff) to:
Jean Guerin
Senior Vice President, Communications
USA Network
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Floor 21
New York, NY
10112

As part of the Fluff Campaign an anonymous donor on the Criminal-Intent.us forum is mailing 10 cases of Marshmallow Fluff to USA offices.

Want to know where you can buy fluff?

At Amazon.com

http://www.marshmallowfluff.com/pages/homepage.html
will send three-packs anywhere for $14 (inc. shipping) and persons can pay by check or credit card.

also Thanks to Chrissy for this link
People can buy Fluff by the case and there is NO shipping fee, which is excellent considering the weight of those containers. There is a flat handling fee of $4.99 per order, so I ordered 3 cases and only paid the price of the product plus the $4.99 flat. There was also NO SALES TAX stuck on my order (going from Maryland to Jean Guerin in New York).

Each case is only $27.48, which is less than Amazon, I believe.


http://www.buythecase.net/brand/Fluff/?kwmid=3366290&kmcid=2116618214&match_type=&gclid=CIfE9Y2enJ0CFUdM5QodLVRm2Q
I was able to purchase more than I had originally intended from the money I save on shipping.


NOW FOR THE GOOD STUFF

Where to complain that our beloved cast has been wronged.

NBCU/USA CONTACTS
bonnie.hammer@nbcuni.com
jeff.gaspin@nbcuni.com
andrea.epstein@nbcuni.com
Lynn Weiss, +1-818-777-6682, lynn.weiss@nbcuni.com
Farrah Hersh, +1-212-664-4137, farrah.hersh@nbcuni.com

Senior VP of Network Publicity Jean Guerin.
jean.guerin@nbcuni.com
212-664-8988

Send your postcards (more than 1!) to
Bonnie Hammer
President
NBCU Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions
3000 West Alameda Avenue
Burbank, CA 91523-0002

MEDIA CONTACTS

http://www.ew.com/ew/static/h/email_ausiello.html
Nikki Finke at DeadlineHollywood.com
Robert Seidman at tvbythenumbers.com

http://www.brianstelter.com/ - look over his column to get where he is coming from at http://www.nytimes.com/ - Stelter will respond only if he gets a lot of contact.

NPR: Sue Goodwin sgoodwin@npr.org
"Talk of the Nation" host Neal Conan is a big L&O fan
These are from VinneVidiVici
news@newsday.com
nyoffice@slate.com I don't know what Slate is - anyone enlighten me?

http://www.youtube.com/user/VDO630


Twitter your complaints
http://twitter.com/USA_LawOrderCI
make sure you add @USA_LawOrderCI in your tweets.
http://twitter.com/USA_NETWORK
Make sure you add @USA_Network



Blogs
Visit these dedicated Bloggers supporting the Save Goren and Eames campaign! Thanks to Hannah at Make Gentle the Life of this World for contacting these wonderful blog owners.

Saving Goren and Eames NOW - the latest updates for contacts
Vinnie Vidi Vici Blog - originator of the Fluff.
Basric - who has the most interesting information on what went on at USA....

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Losing Goren and Eames


As you may have heard, the latest news is that Vincent D'Onofrio will only be back to Criminal Intent for the Season 9 opener. Kathryn Erbe (Eames) will only be back for a few episodes as will Eric Bogosian (Captain Ross).
From what I can gather, it's a numbers game. USA/NBC is only willing to spend so many dollars on Criminal Intent. It's how they plan to spend those dollars that drives me crazy. They are effectively dumping the actors who built this clever show.

As far as I'm concerned there is no Criminal Intent without Goren and Eames. They started the show, they have evolved the characters and they are its cornerstone.

This afternoon I sent emails to the following people and I would love to see many many others do the same.

Tell them we don't want to lose Goren and Eames from Criminal Intent and have no reason to watch their network if they do.

Send your emails to all of these people:
bonnie.hammer@nbcuni.com
jeff.gaspin@nbcuni.com
andrea.epstein@nbcuni.com


Senior VP of Network Publicity Jean Guerin.
jean.guerin@nbcuni.com
212-664-8988

Send your postcards (more than 1!) to

Bonnie Hammer
President
NBCU Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions
3000 West Alameda Avenue
Burbank, CA 91523-0002

Do it today!!! Print this Postcard!



in addition, send emails to the entertainment business such as:
Ausiello at EW.com; Nikki Finke at DeadlineHollywood.com; any and all of the entertainment sites

Tell them you want Goren and Eames on Criminal Intent!

Thanks to annabelleleigh on the CI-US forum for these suggestions!

---------------------------------

Here is what I wrote;

Dear (wrote to all of the above!)

I am completely dismayed with the recent news about Law & Order Criminal Intent.

Over the years I have been taken for a great ride - the fabulous evolution of Robert Goren. He began as a precocious puppy and matured through adversity to a dignified mature man, all incarnations brilliantly and subtly portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio. Kathryn Erbe’s Eames is his perfect fit. Yin to his Yang.

I don’t believe their stories are finished and know there is a huge need for intelligent scripting, acting and production. To my delight, Criminal Intent has always filled that role.

I will mourn the loss of the Goren and Eames characters and celebrate the pleasure they have given me.
When they are gone from Criminal Intent, so am I.

Respectfully (and I signed my name)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Things I learned from Law & Order Criminal Intent

It is with sad feelings I post this entry. The news today is that Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe and Eric Bogosian are all leaving Criminal Intent - not sure of the details. I feel like I am losing good friends. At least I know I'm not alone feeling this way.

This list was compiled by my friend Susan.
She sent this to me quite awhile ago and is allowing me to share it publicly! You will find the last entry particularly poignant today.....

Go right ahead and add things you've learned in the comments section if you wish!

Thanks Susan!


Things I Learned From LOCI

Bad guys do what good guys dream.

Schizophrenics tend to paint eyes and bi-polars paint fruit in wild colors.

Diamonds don't keep you warm at night.

Hope is for suckers!

When people aren't allowed to do what they do best, it makes them insane.

Chocolate frosting and white glue can look like filler for cracks in the bottom of a boat.

Revenge is all-consuming.

Partners who have complementary skills win!

People who have been institutionalized for long periods of time have a tendency to line up their peas and corn or collect small found objects to feel some sense of control.

The absentee father causes all sorts of problems!

Being frugal means no cleaning lady, no dates, no new suits, & no hobbies - except reading the laws of NY state which is free.

Lapsed altar boys have a lack of respect for authority and an obsession with bad behavior.

A detective's most important investigative tool is his/her library card.

The longest and therefore the best cigarette butts are found at subway entrances.

Compassion for a perp can get a detective in trouble with the ADA.

Some short men like petite women because they are a snug fit.

Institutionalized orphans can become imposters with delusions of grandeur.

Problems are just solutions in work clothes.

A car will stall after being driven for a half hour if there is a ping pong ball in the gas tank.

If a suspect's model boat has lint on it, check the dryer for clues.

Video game programmers often program signature moves into their games.

Doctors and nurses don't always heal - some maim, torture, cause the death of, or actually kill their spouses, patients, ex-girlfriends, and even their ex-husband's favorite disc jockey.

An ophthalmologists light scope can mimic dry lightning.

Botox is a poison originally experimented with by the Nazis during WWII to be used for germ warfare.

Frank Sinatra cut an album with Pearl Bailey in the 1960's.

Men who kill their wives usually only kill their kids if there is no one else to take care of them.

How the carpet has been vacuumed at the crime scene can detect the difference between suicide and murder. Take pictures!

Pay attention during blood spatter class. Many perps will try to fool a detective by not applying blood spatter forensically.

If you commit one sin, the next ones come a little easier.

Red ears are a "tell" for lying (according to Frances Goren)

If you want to find out if a suspect will faint at the sight of blood, cut your hand with your pocket knife, squeeze the blood out, and watch his reaction. If he hyperventilates and pressure builds up on his vagus nerve, he'll faint. Chances are pretty good he didn't stab the victim.

A straight guy who only gets aroused by wearing women's clothes, usually is also a masochist.

Never commit anything to paper.

Always check the garbage for clues. Even if there isn't any in the trashcan, take a whiff - the odors might give you some clues.


People often touch things to boost their confidence, especially when they are trying to remember something - like a lie.

The smell of Italian leather is intoxicating.

Don't bite your nails.

A little danger keeps you on your toes.

Academics are all talk and no action.

Sometimes a whale is just a whale.

Square vases are used by Soho florists - "uh huh"

Bastille Day is a holiday that is tough on relationships.

Mailing yourself information you want to copyright is called the "poor man’s copyright".

Antipsychotic drugs and antihistamines are contraindicated and can cause death if taken together.

If you take diuretics, you should supplement with potassium or you could become dehydrated.

When Bobby tells you to "Sit down and shut up", you'd better do it - according to Eames. (I know I would!)

Men taking care of their own children are not babysitting! It‘s called being a Dad!

Ezra Pound wrote "Civilization - an old bitch gone in the teeth".

PNN is where BG & AE get their news.

Hesitation before pronouncing words that begin with the letter "s" is the mark of a former stutterer.

In Moby Dick, Ahab's obsession is characterized by his dogged, unrelenting pursuit of evil.

A passive aggressive person does not confront, argue, or contradict his/her spouse.

Gula Gula Island is not off the coast of North Carolina. It is a fictional island from a children's television show.


Dry ice leaves a residue on leather when it evaporates. Liquid nitrogen does not leave a residue and you only need one drop of it to disintegrate a bicycle lock.

If you suspect a victim has been poisoned via his/her oxygen tank, check the valve of the tank for petroleum jelly which can hold toxins that can be inhaled through the breathing tube.

Facial tics are usually developed in early childhood and are sometimes considered disarming.

Butalbital, a prescription medication for headaches, can cause your hands to sweat.

Jail is where all the famous people are these days.

An inflated balloon, loaded with lye and placed in a box with a top that is rigged with a pin:
a. is not a nice gift.
b. will pass through any bomb screening machine
c. only affects the person who opens it

A goat that "walks as a man walks" and talks represents the devil.

If a horse is bleeding from the nostrils, it has been overworked and possibly doped up. Check for injection sites near the hooves.

Quick release knots are very quick.

A micro frown is a “tell” for lying.

It is illegal to sell items out of your trunk on someone else's property without a peddler's license.

If one has handled heroin within the last 3 weeks and the heroin seeps into the bloodstream through any cuts in one's hands, it will show up positive on a tox screen.

Once a murderer, always a murderer.

"Cat's Whiskers" is a diuretic with a distinctive taste. If you suspect someone has been given this diuretic without his/her knowledge, check his/her sports drink.
Never underestimate the power of a guilty conscience.


Copier maintenance workers who wear clip-on ties do so in case the tie gets caught in the copier.

If someone is wearing a live bomb, he/she probably won't hop down a staircase.

Ammonia and calcium carbonate are used to make silver cellulite - a primary explosive.

If someone sketches blank faces or cloudy landscapes, he/she is probably depressed and feeling numb.

Revenge is best served cold.

A sleepwalker with a gun is a perfect fall guy.

Vengeance gets you a mouthful of ashes.

You can repress the memory of childhood abuse all you want, but it always finds a way to express itself.

A man who marries a model is not looking for his soul mate. (Siren Call - spoken by Ross)

Idiots from the City are called "Citiots".

If you poison a food critic, you can kiss your restaurant goodbye.

A world of justice without mercy is no place to live.

Homicides are often irrational.

Venice is a very romantic city.

To reach Detective Goren, call 212-555-0146.

Titadine is a type of dynamite.

Computer software used to process and send video has a signature on the video itself.

When Moroccans speak English, they sound French.

Foxglove, rhododendron, and roses are the flowers of Ireland.

The most important thing I have learned from CI is Patience....waiting for new Goren/Eames episodes.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Criminal Intent - What Would Happen (Video)


Happy Birthday Susan!
So what would happen..........? (I'm closing my ears now!)
I hope you get Everything you want (and can't you just hear him saying "everything" just like in Lady's Man?)

As we wait for news of Season 9, I'd just like to say that much as I try to separate the actor from the role, Robert Goren would not exist without the brilliance of Vincent D'Onofrio. He is why I watch Criminal Intent. I await each offering, wondering what he will bring to it next. A chameleon playing a chameleon.

In this video I tried to choose non-speaking clips.... Because he speaks without words.

P.S. You can take the "yearning" part any way you want! (the yearning clip is in there!)

Thanks to my fellow cimusers for suggesting additional clips! I already *knew* what you liked Susan!

If you are receiving this as an email update, please click on the title so you can watch the vid on the web.




What Would Happen Lyrics - Meredith Brooks

Electricity, eye to eye
Hey don't I know you
I can't speak
Stripped my senses
On the spot
I've never been defenseless
I can't even make sense of this
You speak and I don't hear a word

Chorus:
What would happen if we kissed
Would your tongue slip past my lips
Would you run away, would you stay
Or would I melt into you
Mouth to mouth, lust to lust
Spontaneously combust

The room is spinning out of control
Act like you didn't notice
Brushed my hand

Forbidden fruit
Ring on my finger
You're such a moral, moral man
You throw it away, no question
Will I pretend I'm innocent

Chorus

I struggle with myself again
Quickly the walls are crumbling
Don't know if I can turn away

Chorus

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Tjara!

Since you love these hands so much.....
Enjoy! I hope you're having a great day!
(sorry this is just a mini! I didn't have much notice)


But I want you know I went to a lot of pain and suffering to collect two of these clips from Person of Interest, picking my way carefully around the Evil One!! lol! not to mention having to work around Bishop, too! tch!

Music: Take My Hand by Simple Plan

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Alex Has A Bad Week - Vacancy

(note: if you're receiving this as an email update, you may wish to click on the title to view the mini-vids on the blog site)


Over the last 2 seasons it’s Robert Goren who we have seen suffer personal hardships. Alex Eames only gets to do that occasionally and only for a single episode. One of the first episodes I can recall this happening in is Vacancy in Season 5.

Alex is annoyed about one thing or another during the whole episode; most of the time, with reason. She gives away a lot of herself and her personal feelings in Vacancy. Goren notices right away she is out of sorts and even fills in for questions she fails to ask.

Alex is annoyed at Alice (acquaintance of the victim) for looking to Goren to be her white knight. I get that. Knowing Alex, she would feel Alice should be responsible for herself and not go looking for a man to save her.

Alex is also annoyed with Alice for looking specifically to Goren. Alex must be feeling particularly territorial that day! Goren is very funny during that scene.

Alex is even mad at the awkward way Goren handles Alice.

Alex particularly dislikes Alice for being an irresponsible drunk with nothing but excuses. (We find out why when Alex explains to Goren in the hallway. )


She then becomes really annoyed at herself…

…For being so transparent in her hostility for the drunken Alice in front of Rainey.

…Which then leads to possibly messing up the case as Rainey's bail is lowered and doubt to his involvement rises.

…Which then leads to confessing her weakness to Goren, who was rather inept at consoling her when she broaches the subject. (HA! It was probably an act of self-preservation for him. But he also might have been surprised that she even needed his consolation.)

And all this made everyone (Deakins, Carver and who knows who else) notice it was she who may have caused the case to fall apart.



Yup. Alex was pissed. She hates being wrong. Surprisingly she did soften up to Alice and reassured her, which then annoyed Carver! She just couldn't win and she knew it.

This is all very unusual behaviour for Alex. The episode title, Vacancy, as it relates to Alex? Her normal practical sense had vacated her. Okay, I’ll say it. We might have a case of PMS. And that is probably what really ticked her off most.
A) that she was showing it and
B) that it was noticed (and no doubt commented on by her male colleagues).

Yes, Bobby was probably safe to stay as quiet as possible. She carries a gun. Did you notice he did acknowledge some responsibility for what happened by saying "He faked *us* out"? Sweet.

I really enjoyed seeing this more vulnerable side of Alex. She usually has it all together for both of them!

Just an aside: Fast forward to Lady’s Man in Season 8 and the scene in Ross’s office when he wants to take her off the case….

"A murder victim is a murder victim, our personal feelings about them don't matter. At least that's the way I've always worked a case" Hmmm, not quite Alex. You're busted! (even though Alice is not the murder victim in Vacancy, Alex has still has let her personal feeling affect the case) Poor Alex! I'm sure she'll hate being reminded of this! At times like this she's happy she's fictional!

Vacancy was written by Gina Gionfriddo.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Music Video Awards Results

Gee, what can I say?

Thanks for the awards - it's great to be recognized by people who know and love the show - and the fan videos that go with them!

The full results page can be found here.
All the nominated songs with links can be found here.

A big thanks to the judges and particularly UntapdTreasure for doing such A LOT of work!

And here are my prizes - with links to YouTube (and lets hope they stay on YouTube!)

For Best Eames video - poor girl, I didn't do her justice as this was my first video using Sony Vegas.... Sorry Alex! I hope I can make it up to you soon! Turn up the volume when you watch it. Make sure you hit the HQ button.
For Best Editing - very cool award! Not the vid I would have picked. Again, make sure you hit the HQ button.
Oh, poor Imogen! When I thought YouTube was searching tags for copyright, I removed all references to song makers. Speeding Cars is by Imogen Heap - whose new CD Eclipse is due out August 24.
So do you think this song is about suicide? It adds more poignancy to the vid if you do.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Recovery of Robert Goren in Season 8

Season 8 of Criminal Intent has come and gone (sniff!) for Goren and Eames and has left some of us scratching our heads....
(if you are receiving this as an email update, please click on the title to view the 8 mini-vids included)

For some reason (well beyond my comprehension) USA network showed the Criminal Intent episodes so out of order it annoyed even me. I'm almost always happily along for the ride wherever they want to take me, but this was so bizarre....


The order in which Season 8 was shown (G&E episodes only):
Playing Dead
Identity Crisis
Faithfully
Folie A Deux
Family Values
Lady’s Man
All In
Alpha Dog

the order they were filmed in (not even close to the viewing order):
Faithfully
Folie a Deux
Identity Crisis
Alpha Dog
Playing Dead
Lady’s Man
All In
Family Values


(info gleaned mostly from The Reel which had some references to shooting dates)

Only by seeing these episodes in the order they were filmed can you really see what a fabulous job Vincent D'Onofrio did in bringing Robert Goren back from the edge of the insanity of Frame at the end of Season 7. USA did him no favours here.

My friend Susan, who is much more eloquent than I, made this observation:
It upsets me to think that many think Vincent's performance is "flat" or that he is acting like he is bored with Goren. In my opinion, he is putting as much into Goren as he ever did, keeping the storyline real. No one gets over half of what he went through in only a few months. ...............it takes time to get over real losses, and Vincent knows that. I think he is portraying Goren as real as possible, and will continue to do so. Vincent isn't flat, he is showing us that Goren is flat, which is what happens to people when they suffer loss. Many people continue to function at work well, but lose their spark for a long while. I wish more people would "get" what he is doing and appreciate his incredible talent!

Here are 8 mini-vids from Season 8 shown as they were filmed in order to showcase Goren's recovery (from my point of view!).


Faithfully



Goren returns from his leave a week early surprising Eames. They greet each other like a pair of awkward teenagers.... Interesting.
As so often, he can't help but show amusement at Eames little comment about "entertaining". And Alex cannot help but be amused by Goren's correction of Ross about Batman. I guess at that point Ross realizes Goren is fit for duty. Goren further shows he has all watts burning with his cheeky "respectful" comment to the pastor's wife. And then shows he is still the smartest guy in the room when he enlightens Ross about the boys stuttering. I was stunned that he actually touches Ross' elbow in this clip. The interaction between Goren and Eames shows two people who are comfortable and happy to be back working together. The last clip shows that dare-I-hope thoughtful gaze.



Folie a Deux


Alex is tense and disgusted right off the bat - a child is missing. Goren is suspicious from the time he finds the glass in the carpet in the hotel room. Funny how brusquely in charge he is in the first clip - not his usual style.... Is he trying to show Ross he is on his game? Goren is still sporting the beard and longer hair. It's easy to hide behind the beard. Did you notice him pocket the money? He messes with the villains in three clips. He wears a suit. He talks over Eames, interrupting what she is saying. And he shows us a tired/disgusted/disillusioned/sad look at the end. Is he really recovering or covering up?



Identity Crisis




In this episode we see a much less take-charge, less animated Goren. Some of the beard is gone, but hair is still long (I assure you I'm not complaining!). He is quietly observant throughout. There are no glaring cheeky moments, very little "educating Ross" moments and no smiles in this episode. It all comes down to the aria with one of the most subdued and beautifully poignant endings. The parallel tragedies of dysfunctional mother and son relationships bounces back and forth between Burris and Goren. The heaviness and sadness is back in Goren's demeanor. There is no triumph with the confession.



Alpha Dog


Goren is still sporting the longer hair but a shorter scruffy beard.
In this episode he is once again more active. We see him being right a number of times; we see him amused, we see him having a tug-o-war with a bottle of scotch (this would have made it into the Hung Up vid!). We also see him uncertain when dealing with Ross, but the two of them do some wonderful team work to get their way. Goren simply looks at Eames and she takes over (more details of that can be seen in the previous blog entry here). There is one scene that I cannot quite figure out. Goren almost seems to forget what he is doing and Eames gives him a look which prompts him on to his next words.Goren is very satisfied at Deguerin’s discomfort when he enters the interrogation room and he chooses just the right words to get under Deguerin’s skin. We start to see the return of the predator's predator.
This episode was shown as the last Goren/Eames episode of the season and as much as I love Eames, it should have ended with a shot of the two of them, doing one of their classic exchanged glances.



Playing Dead



Sex, politics and weirdness. No wonder they started the season with this one. But, excuse me? To us hard core Goren fans, this was too odd. We left Bobby shell-shocked from Declan confessing to orchestrating the death of Bobby's brother. We all wondered how he was ever going to recover. So first episode back he looks and sounds as perky as this???

In this episode Goren is clean-shaven(!) with short hair and looking dapper. He is comfortably correcting Ross, he’s teaching Eames about wine and employing French accents to irritate. Robert Goren is enjoying himself.
The case turns very serious and both detectives share numerous looks showing their unhappiness with the circumstances. Goren has to feel comforted that Eames shares the same feelings and they need not be verbalized.
Goren minces no words with the villains, is dying to pick up Di Rogga’s finger, empathizes with a young woman with no overt hint of his own tragedy. In the aria he comes really close to doing a classic Goren yell at Hayes-Fitzgerald.
Yeah. Now we’re talkin’.


Lady’s Man


Now here is an episode I really must devote a blog entry to. Was this really a shippy episode? It certainly was loaded with classic Gorenisms!
He plays a drunk and a wannabe lover to get information about Eames and her relationship with Kevin Mulrooney. He even plays a bit of the hurt partner for “everything you haven’t told me”.

I think in this episode Eames was a bit sorry Goren was bouncing back! She was so sensitive about so much that had happened in the past and kept fighting Goren, her biggest ally. At one point he must have thought he was lining up for another Purgatory-type blasting from her. Goren was sharp, highly attuned to Eames (much to her annoyance) and downright nosy! He enjoyed needling everyone he interviewed, especially Mulrooney. And he even openly observed Alex like he was seeing her as someone else might. The aria was disturbing but at the end Goren put his partner first, and with a shove to Mulrooney to display his contempt, he symbolically passes the handcuffs to Alex.
But most importantly in this episode, he no longer seemed to be haunted by his own problems. He was concerned for a very important someone-else who was worth protecting.
What a beautiful progression.


All In

It's such a shame they couldn't get Lou Taylor Pucci to reprise his role as Joey Frost (Cruise to Nowhere) for this episode. It would have provided a wonderful (but ultimately sad) story arc. Most of us want to believe that Joey turned out okay.
Goren seems to be doing well; entertaining/teaching Alex by burning flash paper and sharing stories about the rifle; actively involved in analysing the scene; no conflicts or tension with Ross. Goren’s quiet pervasive sadness seems to be leaving.
You know things are much more at ease if Alex will snark at him about taking up accounting. And there he is at the white board, crunching numbers and enjoying showing off to Alex. Long gone are the days when she would roll her eyes - she gets it and runs with it. Ahhh, love the authoritative tapping of the badge, seen in episodes like The Third Horseman and Vanishing Act. Interesting that Josh can read Goren so well. In Cruise to Nowhere Joey Frost could read Eames easily and that really annoyed her.
The clip where Eames talks about losing a spouse is added for three reasons: 1) it is interesting she seems comfortable enough to talk to him about it at all 2) that she is confident he is resilient enough now to hear about it without dredging up wounds and 3) it is important in that it gives Goren his ammunition for provoking Josh at the end. There is no satisfaction in Goren’s face when Josh confesses. In light of recent Goren history, it was a jolt seeing him put the gun to his head and pulling the trigger. (If I had been Eames and he hadn’t warned me that he was going to do that, I would have shot him myself!) And how many villains has Goren quietly told to call their lawyer and what to tell that lawyer? It appears he is now able to be compassionate without becoming emotionally submerged.



Family Values


Family Values has all the elements of a great episode of Criminal Intent. Best of all a beautiful aria showing Goren mentally as light on his feet as at any other time. There are no smiles, no quirks in this episode, no friction with Ross..
At the country house Eames is Ross’ interpreter into the mind of Robert Goren. Eames verbalizes what Goren has surmised. Goren is already mentally miles ahead. And he can’t resist giving Ross a pop quiz. “You tell us”. Ross passes the quiz.
The urgency created by the dropping temperature spurs Goren into motion and the aria commences. Goren accuses Devildes of serving the devil (ha, Devil-des – kinda like Cruella DeVille in 101 Dalmatians....) and has no problem in reading him throughout the aria, but when he sees his tactic isn’t working he does a lovely pirouette and changes his aim.

We see Goren reading, manipulating, bullying, empathizing and continually re-assessing his next move. I’d say he was back in the game. And the bonus – he gets to save a life.

So if I watch these Season 8 episodes in the order in which they were intended, I do get my exchanged glance at the end. And it was a beauty – perfectly timed between them and excluded Ross completely. These two are back in synch and I can hardly wait till Season 9. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait as long this time....

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ross and Alex's Little Finger

Goren and Ross are like oil and water. But what about Eames and Ross?
Well Alex is the golden haired girl. She always gets her way when she confronts Ross.

Take, for example, in Endgame when she asks Ross to allow Goren to stay on the case. Goren is lucky his head didn't roll for insubordination. Ross tells Goren he's off the case and stalks out. Alex runs after Ross and weaves her magic with enough logic and reason that Ross gives in and allows Goren to remain on the case....



The very next Goren & Eames episode (Amends), Alex is back diffusing the testosterone crowd (even though it isn't Alex versus Ross, it's a wonderful example of how she can cut through the crap).


Later in Amends, she must convince Ross that she should remain on the case. Her logic is enough for Ross, who gives in pretty easily.....

In Untethered, Alex even yells at Ross, gets away with it and still gets his support! (When Goren did that, he got sent home for a week, with a "Rubber Gun") Instead of firing Goren, he helps Alex rescue him. Good thing, too. If they hadn't stepped in, Goren wouldn't have lasted much longer. Ross presented a pretty solid case to the wicked witch warden at Tates. I don't think Alex would have been able to pull that off so persuasively, considering how stressed she was during her emotional outburst in Ross' office.....

It seems by the end of Season 8, in Alpha Dog, they finally have figured out how to get their way with Ross without alienating Goren. Teamwork.

Ross is actually pretty amusing, he almost whines, about not wanting to be involved, but Alex tells him that he's needed.... And once again, Alex has Ross tied around her little finger without a fight. And all he can do is look at her.

I hope we see lots more of Eames and Goren cornering Ross like this!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A year later....

Today marks one year since I uploaded Walk 500 Miles. I had so much fun making this video. It took an enormous amount of time to put together and had many setbacks in the process, but I was determined to make it. I have to thank Magra forever! for her help and support in those early days!

I was trying to get a video made for today, but alas, life got in the way, as it so often does.

Thanks to everyone who has watched and commented on my vids. They are labours of love as all the other vid-makers know. You have to adore the subject to spend this much time on them. I find it hard to believe that 4 of the 15 videos have over 4000 viewings. After All is close to 5000! It’s very cool when other people enjoy something you make.

I am so lucky to have made some wonderful online friends with, ahem, similar interests, in this last year. Let’s hope we can share that interest for many more seasons!

In case you’d forgotten it, here is Walk 500 Miles.
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Monday, July 13, 2009

Declan's Touch

In spite of what has happened with Declan Gage, I like him.

I asked my friends if they thought Bobby ever went to see Declan in prison. I think we're all unsure! Has he been able to forgive Declan in light of his "blown frontal lobe"? or is it just too darn painful for him to visit?

And that makes me wonder how Declan's medical condition is. Has he declined to the point where he doesn't even recognize Bobby? Since Declan is a father figure to Bobby, is Bobby inclined to be Declan's caretaker as he was to Frances?

So many unanswered questions!

And why do I like Declan when he turned into such a monster?

Bobby was the son Declan never had and his star pupil and Declan was a father figure and mentor to Bobby. Both got something very important out of the relationship. I'm positive Declan shared more with Bobby than anyone else - as much as he was capable of sharing. The two men were on the same wavelength, way ahead of everyone else in the room, making giant mental leaps in multiple directions. And Declan was FUNNY. If Frame wasn't so tragic, you could see that. But no one was laughing during Frame.

I always stand up for Declan because I can never forget their embrace in Blind Spot and the lovely relaxed happiness on their faces. Bobby fleetingly closes his eyes as they hug. There are two men who really cared about each other, although Bobby wasn't too keen on the pat on the face in front of everyone!!! lol! too cute.
The touch on the face happens again in the last few seconds of the last scene with Declan in Frame - and that touch just stirs me - Bobby sees the touch coming and does nothing to avoid it. His initial instinct is still to trust Declan and accept the caring touch. But as soon as Declan's fingers touch Bobby's face, his poor numb brain registers the horror and betrayal and he pulls away. It wrings my heart. It wrings all our hearts.

Here is our first meeting with Declan. And our last. World's apart. No sound.


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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Eames

She's such a beauty! I have 2 favourite clips of Alex Eames which I like to use in my vids and now, thanks to Lady's Man, I can add a new one to my collection. In each one of these clips, her head is tilted to the left, so her hair swings out of the way and the lighting shows her eyes and face shape perfectly.

Do you know which episodes these are from? Who is she talking to in each clip? Hard to believe who the first one is....

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Here are the 3 clips without sound so you can enjoy her without distraction!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Criminal Intent 2009 Music Video Awards Voting



Some very sweet viewers have nominated my vids for the Law & Order Criminal Intent Music Video Awards in the following categories with the following vids.

  • Best Goren video – Hallelujah
  • Best Eames video – Too Pretty
  • Best Goren and Eames video – Hot N Cold, My Life
  • Best Criminal Intent video – My Life
  • Best Editing – Hot N Cold, Perfect, Somewhere, Speeding Cars
  • Best Song – After All, Hot N Cold, Save You
  • Best Episode centered – Somewhere
  • Video Maker of the Year

And now it's time to vote. But more importantly, the fine vid-makers who have created the awards have assembled the wonderful nominated vids (including mine) so you can see them all from one place.

See them here. If you wish to vote, instructions are at the bottom of that page.

Happy viewing!

P.S. If the prize is Robert Goren, then it's every vid-maker for themself!!!! My elbows are sharp, so stay outta my way!!

P.S.S. They are in the process of changing their links for those Imeem vids that were deleted (Save You and Perfect). You can see those with the links in the right-hand column.

Nothing stays the same....

I've had a number of my vids hosted on Imeem. As of today Imeem removed all non-advertiser paid videos and photos, so if you've had my page bookmarked.... Well it's not very interesting anymore.

Perfect and Save You have been repositioned on the web, but you'll still find them easily by clicking on them in the right-hand column.


After successfully disputing After All to YouTube, suddenly they have blocked it in some countries. It's still on YouTube but not accessible to some. I will soon make an alternate place to view that, too.

Please let me know if you can't view Sharp Dressed Man, Perfect or Save You!
Happy viewing!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Criminal Intent - Hung Up (video)

I'm holding my breath that this will stay on YouTube!

Robert Goren is antagonistic towards authority, some rich people, villains and those who just plain ignore him. People who are Hung Up on themselves. He will do something outrageous to see the reaction it will provoke, making himself unforgettable to those he is interviewing. Are these little tugs-of-war a technique or is he just not able to help himself? Whatever it is, he gets the information he needs AND it’s entertaining!

During these clips Goren’s demeanour differs; sometimes boyish, sometimes exasperated or confused and very occasionally guardedly amused in the aftermath.

Eames usually appears to totally ignore these events. But there is no doubt that she’s noting them, no question she is amused and delighted by his nerve. She loves to watch him in action. After these little incidents, he will almost always make eye contact with her as if to ask “Did you get that? That was interesting….”….. or maybe it should be “I know you got that.”

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Suzie McNeil - Hung Up lyrics

This is it
I've played every trick up my sleeve
and I'm tired of trying to believe
I'm seeing something that's just not there

This is hard
When you always have somewhere to be
Somewhere, but never with me
But I've been a fool to even think that you care

cause you're so hung up on yourself
Don't you know
Can't you even tell
But tonight you'll be fine when I'm out with someone else
You're so hung up on yourself

I could stay
fulfill you're every single desire
Providin anything you require
But I'll go
Even though day after day
I look for a reason to stay
If only you could tell why I feel this way

But you're so hung up on yourself
Don't you know
Can't you even tell
But tonight you'll be fine when I'm out with someone else
You're so hung up on yourself

Well you can't say nothing else
never noticed how I felt
All the things you never shared
Never cared when I was there
And all the times I thought you cared

This is it
I've played every trick up my sleeve
and I'm tired of trying to believe
In you and me

Well you're so hung up on yourself
Don't you know
Can't you even tell
But tonight you'll be fine when I'm out with someone else

Hey you're so hung up on yourself
Don't you know
Can't you even tell
But tonight you'll be fine when I'm out with someone else

You're so hung up on yourself

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Criminal Intent - Sharp Dressed Man (video)

So YouTube has blocked this vid, but you can view it in several other places.

This is a request for maherjunkie. I hope you like it! It was as hot as I could make it.... vbg!

As for subject, this vid needs no explanation! It's a great song that peters out at the end, so I added a small wake-up for you.

There are clips from 50, yes, count them, 50 episodes here. Enjoy! (What's not to like?)

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Many thanks to Susan, as always, for "knowing", and to OBC and Tjara for "the hunt" - when did she say "oh, brother"? lol!

December 9, 2009 Update: This vid is once again "Live" on YouTube, seeingly returned from YouTube Purgatory:


I'm working on getting a better quality version, but in the meantime,
here is the Vimeo version: It's synched quite well, but I find it jerky.









You can use this link to go to my website and watch it there. I will disable this link if we're sucking too much bandwidth!! The quality is much better and as long as you've got a good internet connection, this is your best choice! Enjoy!




and now also on Photobucket (but don't watch full size, it's not good!) When the number of watches has exceeded the allowable bandwith in a month, this will be disabled and available the next month....











Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top
Clean shirt, new shoes
and I don't know where I am goin' to.
Silk suit, black tie,
I don't need a reason why.
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
'cos every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.

Gold watch, diamond ring,
I ain't missin' not a single thing.
Cufflinks, stick pin,
when I step out I'm gonna do you in.
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
'Coz every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.

Top coat, top hat,
And I don't worry coz my wallet's fat.
Black shades, white gloves,
lookin' sharp lookin' for love.
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
'Coz every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Logan Crossed Off - Redux

One can't ignore new found evidence relating to an old blog entry!

What does it say beside Logan's name on the whiteboard behind Ross?
When you watch it on an embarrassingly large TV in HD, the second word is island. The first word begins with S.

I'm guessing it says Staten Island!

And thar ya go!
But he's still crossed off.....

Monday, May 18, 2009

Musings on Faithfully

There are three mini-vids here showing scenes which attracted my attention on first viewing of Faithfully (Season 8 Episode 5). If you are receiving this as an email update, please click on the title to view the mini-vids on the blog.

1. The Handcuffs.
They had their plan of attack and were confidant that Alison was going to confess. Notice the handcuffs swinging from Eames hip!

2. The Handshake
Oh, this drove me crazy Yes, they shook hands, but it was more obligatory than heartfelt.

It's here twice, once with sound and once in slow motion, zoomed with no sound. Ross can't be bothered to look directly at Goren and you can see Goren's eyebrow raise in interest.

3. The Reunion

When Goren picks up Eames at the Staten Island Ferry terminal, why is he so awkward?! 'Cause she looks so cute in her short skirt? That he will have to explain why he is back so soon? That he wonders why she is on Staten Island looking so cute?

He really can't look her in the eye and she is so happy to see him looking well that she actually tells him that. He doesn't get back on keel until they start analysing the crime scene.

Was she was with family? a date? visiting Logan? lol! That didn't look like an overnight bag over her shoulder.**

And why did he come back so early? I think it was that he was completely out of his comfort zone in a normal family situation. He wasn't "needed" (although he desparately needed to see that side of life and family and know it was there for him). He wanted to be back in his comfort zone - back at work solving crimes with Eames.

**thanks to tjara for pointing out this information on the USA site which explains "Eames....returns from Staten Island and a complicated family dynamic". So we really don't have to torture ourselves over why she was on Staten Island!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Who's the Boss?

Well Eames, of course!!

Although it was never absolutely clear until Blind Spot, I knew I had heard reference to Eames being the senior partner very early on in the series. I finally found the episode today! It's in The Third Horseman.

Of course it's always hard to know if Goren is yanking someone's chain or if it's a truth..... so it really wasn't clear she was the senior partner. They were definitely playing Mr. Cutler, although Eames was not hiding her true feelings.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Light Bulb Moment

Sometimes when I'm working on a vid, I will come across a clip that sets off a light bulb in me.

But really, this is about a Robert Goren light bulb moment. They are a joy to see and we don't observe them so much any more. In the early years he was the Predator's Predator and showed it. He still hunts them, it's just different now.

I give you this example (with no sound), from Jones. Watch his hairline, then the growing "gotcha" look. It makes you want to jump up and say "Go get him!!".
Yes, this man talks with his hairline....


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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Logan Crossed Off

Some sharp-eyed Logan fan noticed his name on the white board in Ross's office. So sad. He's crossed off!!!
For those with sharper eyes than mine.... Maybe you can make out what's written beside his name!
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This clip is from Identity Crisis.

Friday, April 24, 2009

What do you give....

a Criminal Intent fan for her birthday? heh heh.
Thanks Magra!!!! Awesome!


Oh, and more to the point....
Happy Birthday to Eric Bogosian, Captain Ross, who shares a birthday with me.... vbg!
He, of course, is MUCH older than I am....

Monday, April 20, 2009

Voulez-vous

coucher avec moi ce soir???? as that old song goes.....

Mais oui! Certainment! *

Welcome back Robert Goren - you're like breath of fresh air!

And for those of you who can't get enough.....


*did I say that???

A HUGE thanks to Hannah who has come through for me as I deal with technical difficulties! (I know, you're going to ask me to share him..... :-) )

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

That Step Forward

Well, there is a CI Marathon on Mystery Channel today and boy! it's hard to stay away from the tv! You'd think Mystery was gearing up for Season 8. One of the episodes in the marathon was Frame.

That step forward I'm referring to is from Frame.


Here is that step forward with no sound to distract us, once at normal speed and once in slow motion.

It wasn't until I watched Magra's Frame vid that I realized Goren really had stepped forward. I had initially thought he was just shifting. Upon countless musings, I came to realize how significant that subtle step forward was. (You can find it used right at the end of My Life)

After completely losing his cool in the morgue, Eames gives Goren a "graceful" exit. He stalks outside, replying curtly to Eames' words and then stops as he realizes what she is trying to tell him. The look in her eyes tells him she's there to help if he'll only listen. Goren finally starts thinking instead of reacting.

At first he is almost incoherent, then slowly, sentence by sentence, we can see him engaging in what she is telling him.

As the last of the fury leaves him and he steps toward her, his shoulders relax and he sighs. He is ready to come back into her "circle". By stepping towards her, he acknowledges he is calm and ready to use his head - and accept that he isn't alone. The step towards her is also an apology.

Apologizing for what? His behaviour? Pushing her away? Probably both.

Suddenly he is her gentle giant again.

Beautifully acted with the subtlety that I love in this show.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What do you think?

Marie recently emailed me with a very important question. (I tell you, these new episodes just can't come fast enough....) Did I think that Goren touched Eames as they got into the elevator in Great Barrier?
Research was necessary!
Here is the clip twice. The second time, it's zoomed in and slow motion. What do you think?

I think it's funny how quickly he snatches his hand away - and the look she gives him......

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Simply the Best! (mini vid)

It's still March 31st here!



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Friday, March 27, 2009

Criminal Intent Music Video Awards

If you're a fan of Criminal Intent Music Vids (that'd probably be the only reason you'd be reading this!) then you should check out
The Criminal Intent Music Video Awards.
I know very little about them, except what I read on the web. I don't know when the nominations are finished or if there is voting, but there is a contact email.

Some very sweet person(s) nominated my vids!!

It's nice to have a selection of videos all listed by category with direct links to the vids.
Sit back and get your daily mini dose of Goren and Eames et al.
Happy viewing!

Nicole or not?

Well, this has been bugging me for a while and I know others have had the same doubts...... Was it really Olivia d'Abo in the first few Nicole clips in Frame? After making this mini-vid, I'm not even sure. I thought it would dispell my doubts!


What do you think? I just don't think the nose is right....


The first two clips are the ones in question. The rest of them are all Olivia d'Abo, the last two were from Person of Interest, Season 2, where I knew I could get good profiles.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Criminal Intent - Perfect (Music Vid)

Perfect was originally added to YouTube on December 16, 2008 and had 833 viewings before it was blocked on March 5, 2009. This vid now is hosted on Imeem. There are 5 amazing pages of discussion on the Criminal-Intent.us forum generated by this vid!


Please feel free to leave your comments about the video here (I can't rescue the YouTube ones) - I never know when I might have to move it again!!
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June 30, 2009: Perfect has moved yet again. Click here to view it!



"What did Clarence Darrow say? The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents and the second by our children." ~Ron Carver

"Only if you let them." ~Robert Goren

Bad fathers, father figures and the ramifications of being brought up by a bad father are explored here. In spite of his background, Robert Goren is a kind and compassionate man who, in his heart, wants to be better than perfect. His suffering is poignant when he falls short....

This is for Susan, who has patiently waited many months as this vid incubated. You encouraged the idea and immediately supplied me with a list of bad parent episodes (lots!) as well as excellent suggestions! A very recent change in music had the whole project fall into place. I hope I've done the subject justice. Merry Christmas! and I hope you dont need too many Puffs Plus!

As always, thanks to Magra for teaching by example and encouraging me to experiment with the technical aspects of video-making. The cry "I need an effect!" rings out in cyberspace! Its a matter of poking the right keys at the right time, isn't it?

And thanks to the intelligent, eloquent and passionate members of the criminal-intent.us forum for allowing me to share in analysing Criminal Intent from so many fascinating angles. You will not need the above explanation to "get it" if I did my job as I hoped.

No copyright infringement intended, just sharing fun!

YouTube Honors December 18, 2008
#37 - Top Favorited (Today) - Entertainment - Canada
#40 - Top Rated (Today) - Entertainment - Canada
#74 - Most Discussed (Today) - Entertainment - Canada

Perfect - Simple Plan
Hey dad look at me
Think back and talk to me
Did I grow up according to plan?
And do you think I'm wasting my time
Doing things I wanna do?
But it hurts when you disapprove all along

And now I try hard to make it
I just want to make you proud
I'm never gonna be good enough for you
I can't pretend that I'm all right
And you can't change me

'Cuz we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect
Now it's just too late and
We can't go back
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect

I try not to think
About the pain I feel inside
Did you know you used to be my hero?
All the days you spent with me
Now seem so far away
And it feels like you don't care anymore

And now I try hard to make it
I just want to make you proud
I'm never gonna be good enough for you
I can't stand another fight
And nothing's alright

'Cuz we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect
Now it's just too late and we can't go back
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect

Nothing's gonna change the things that you said
Nothing's gonna make this right again
Please don't turn your back
I can't believe it's hard just to talk to you
But you don't understand

'Cuz we lost it all
Nothing lasts forever
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect
Now it's just too late and
We can't go back
I'm sorry
I can't be perfect

Monday, March 16, 2009

No Nicole Policy

As time went on and vids were created, I realized that I never added Nicole Wallace to my vids. There is a reason. I can't stand her!!! lol!

Here is my No Nicole Policy.
It was time to move it from my YouTube Channel, but it was too funny to have disappear, so:

NO NICOLE POLICY

Every effort will be made to insure
NICOLE WALLACE WILL NOT BE REPRODUCED IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM ON ANY VIDEO PRODUCED BY QUIETFIRE.

Application of Policy Standards

Quietfire will apply practice standards and guidelines regarding the aforementioned policy. This is to protect Quietfire from compromising her integrity and/or endangering the publics safety.

Violations
Violations may include, but are not limited to any act regarding Nicole Wallace that:
Exposes Quietfire to ridicule by her peers, friends and/or family
Results in public embarrassment to Quietfire
Results in the breach of Quietfires integrity, fidelity, or bravery (aka FBI) during the course of her work.

Disciplinary Actions
Violation of these policy standards may result in immediate disciplinary actions that may include
Formal reprimand*
 Suspension or restricted access to Law and Order Criminal Intent**
 Termination
 Expulsion
 Civil prosecution
 Federal prosecution
 International prosecution
 Friendly persecution (and I do mean persecution!)

*from conscientious CI friends
**Nicole-containing episodes

Assistance
Any inquiries relating to this policy or application of this policy should be referred to World Information Services for a Clean Environment

References

The Accountability Act of 2008
Canadian Government Code, Section 441
North American Administrative Code, Chapter 1212
North and South American DIR Standards Review and Recommendations Publications

.Thanks to Susan for making this look so official!!!!


If you carefully watch my vids you need to get a life.... er, no, I mean you might have noticed that I broke my policy for the Sober vid. Well, blame it on Frank! I have now sobered up and am back on the No Nicole wagon!
vbg.
Except for the next blog entry....

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Criminal Intent - Save You (Music Vid)

CI - Save You from CI Musings on Vimeo.

This vid is not available on YouTube and Imeem is no longer showing personal videos, so thank goodness there is still Vimeo - I knew there was a reason I started this blog....


"I wish I could save you...
I won't give up till it's over....
I'll be there for you"
All these lyrics so aptly describe the Robert Goren we know.
This song coupled with this theme have been chewing away at my brain for months and it was finally time to get it out of my system.

This amazing song is by the Canadian group Simple Plan (they also wrote Perfect) and there is a huge story behind it. You can read it on their site here. You must see it. All proceeds from each downloaded sale will be distributed to cancer charities around the world, through the Simple Plan Foundation. You will recognize some of the faces in their video, but Canadians will particularly recognize Belinda Stronach (former Member of Parliament), Mark Dailey (broadcaster) and Rene Angelil (Celine Dion's husband).

I was going to say these guys don't write love stories, but they do. The ones I have used for my videos are just not the obvious angsty boy/girl kind.

Thanks to Susan for reminding me about a few of the episodes that hadn't occurred to me!
I own nothing but the lettering at the end of the intro.


Simple Plan - Save You

Take a breath I pull myself together
Just another step until I reach the door
You'll never know the way it tears me up inside to see you

Ooh Ooh
I wish that I could tell you something
Ooh Ooh
To take it all away

Sometimes I wish I could save you
And there's so many things that I want you to know
I won't give up til it's over
If it takes you forever I want you to know

When I hear your voice it's drowning in the whispers
You're just skin and bones
There's nothing left to take and no matter what I do
I can't make you feel better

Ooh Ooh
If only I could find the answer
Ooh Ooh
To help me understand

Sometimes I wish I could save you
And there's so many things that I want you to know
I won't give up til it's over
If it takes you forever I want you to know that

If you fall, stumble down
I'll pick you up off the ground
If you lose faith in you
I'll give you strength to pull through
Tell me you won't give up
Cause I'll be waiting if you fall you know
I'll be there for you

Ooh Ooh
If only I could find the answer
Ooh Ooh
To take it all away

Sometimes I wish I could save you
And there's so many things that I want you to know
I won't give up til it's over
If it takes you forever I want you to know

I wish I could save you
I want you to know
I wish I could save you

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Ross and Goren - Never a dull moment

I was watching Masquerade this afternoon in search of a clip (Susan, I found it!) and, as often, became totally immersed in the episode. Then the friggin' power went off.... I digress.

Every time I watch an episode I see something new. Today I was watching Masquerade in hi def on a big flat screen. Let me tell you, there is *nothing* like watching this *big* and *clear*..... Ooops, sorry, there I go again....

As you know Ross and Goren have a pretty touchy relationship - not that kind of touchy! I go through phases of trying to like Ross, but it's epis like this that give Goren 2 points to Ross' single point.
There are three clips here.

The first clip shows Ross and Goren having a go at it outside the elevators (what is it with those elevators? - it's the hot spot for emotional events, usually Goren and Eames). The two men obviously have working styles that are at opposite ends of the pole. For a change Eames wasn't shaking her head at the end of their encounter.

The second clip is Ross buying them 24 hours from the ADA to get more information about Fife, the strange man-child they picked up in Vietnam. Goren is impressed and pleased by Ross' assertion. (Watch Goren's face, not the ADA - sorry, I should have edited her out)

The third clip is just rude. Goren is talking and Ross opens his pop can in the middle of a sentence. Goren stops talking. Ross couldn't be less interested in what he has to say.
Okay, Ross is back in my bad book.

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