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Miami Medical update and Jeremy Northam Night no. 2

20 Jul

Having finished its all too short run in the USA, much to the disgust of its loyal fanbase (who are vowing to boycott CBS for cancelling it far too soon despite good viewing figures) Miami Medical is now airing in Sweden (congrats to the Swedes, fabulous trailer!)

and in Hungary (where, like all their imports, it’s dubbed…it seems such a crime to replace Jeremy’s Northam’s glorious voice)

and also Portugal. For the rest of us not fortunate enough to live in any of these countries, we must wait for the DVD release, which IS coming, and my latest update from exec producer Jeffrey Lieber is that he hopes to have it all tied up by the end of August. A lovely post holiday treat, I’d say! There ARE already some websites offering DVD sets of Miami Medical for sale. These are not legal, please don’t get caught out.

Meanwhile, why not join in with our newly instigated Jeremy Northam Night? Last week, by popular demand, we watched Emma and it was a huge success. This week, we are choosing between Cypher, The Winslow Boy and Dean Spanley. You can vote for which you’d like us to watch here: Jeremy Northam Night Poll.

Here’s a quick taster to help you make up your mind.

Cypher (2002, dir. Vincenzo Natali), in which Jeremy delivers a tour de force performance as company man Morgan Sullivan, may come as somewhat of a surprise to people who are used to seeing Jeremy in his period drama roles. Sullivan is recruited as an industrial spy, and soon both he and the viewers realise that all is not as it seems. Cypher is fast-paced and visually impressive and will keep you guessing right to the end.

Vincenzo Natali said: I cast Jeremy not particularly because he’s British but because he’s one of the few leading men who is also a character actor. We needed those two things in the person who played Morgan Sullivan because he does transform so dramatically through the course of the film. I think if people who haven’t seen the movie were shown a scene from the beginning and then a scene from the end I don`t know that they would recognise Jeremy because he really did disappear into the role. I was very lucky to get him, he did an amazing job.

Miami Medical fans may also spot Kari Matchett who played Dr Proctor’s love interest Dr Sable.

The Winslow Boy (dir. David Mamet, 1999) will be a well-loved favourite for many of Jeremy’s fans. Based on a true story, The Winslow Boy is an old-fashioned (in the best sense) drama (adapted by Mamet from Terence Rattigan’s stage play) about what happens when a boy is accused of stealing a five pound note and expelled from naval college (and what happens when a suffragette meets an arrogant, conservative but deeply charismatic lawyer). Jeremy gives a memorable performance as Sir Robert Morton.

Dean Spanley (dir. Toa Fraser, 2008) is one of Jeremy’s most recent film roles. Based on a now obscure short story by Lord Dunsany, it boasts an enviable ensemble cast, each member more than holding his own. Jeremy narrates the story of his character’s less than perfect relationship with his father (Peter O’Toole) and what happens when they meet a cleric (Sam Neill) who re-visits his past life as a dog when he is plied with Imperial Tokay (a rare liqueur). Despite a lack of publicity and only a limited cinema release (it has also, to date, not been made available on region 1 DVD), its reputation is continuing to grow by word of mouth.

David Cairns, film reviewer, said: It’s an intelligent weepy. It creeps up on you and then gently wrings your tear ducts till they squeak. In dealing with our relationships with our pets, and making a connection to our other, human, relationships, it’s skating on some thin ice, with a treacly Tokay of sentiment just below the surface, but I didn’t feel manipulated: instead I felt that the film illuminated something true about these strange “friendships” we form with animals. (See David’s full review here: My Life as a Dog).

Don’t forget to vote!

by henrysmummy2003

Goodbye my Dr Proctor…

9 Jul

It’s time to come clean and admit that I am in love with Dr Matt Proctor…

There are all sorts of reasons why this is a very bad idea. Firstly, it’s totally unrequited. To compound that particular misery, he’s gone, I will never see or hear from him again, and all I have are memories of the brief time that I knew him. Secondly, and probably more importantly, he’s not real…but my emotions (and my hormones) don’t seem to realise.

Love at first sight...

Proctor is probably not anyone’s idea of their perfect man, carrying around all that mysterious baggage as he does. He has had serious health problems and major issues with commitment. And, of course, a job that very probably leaves him fit for nothing much in the few hours he has to himself.

Roof-lover

So, what’s the attraction? I confess that I find him completely fascinating. He’s enigmatic, he’s quirky, he’s extremely accomplished and inspired, and far from being a stereotypical cold, arrogant senior doctor, he cares deeply (in a very British way) for his patients and his team. His problems with his health and his subsequent change in outlook and determination to live life to the full (including dangling dangerously off tall buildings) have left him with a killer hint of vulnerability.

The day it all changed

That same new outlook, that comes from having stared death in the face, has given him a certain wisdom, a perspective away from the here and now, and yet he doesn’t seem completely content. Ultimately, he remains tantalisingly unknowable. He also looks and sounds just like Jeremy Northam. I think you understand…

Paper pondering

Luckily, during the brief time that I knew him, we experienced a lot together and so I have many memories with which to console myself for his loss. I was there when he first, suddenly and inexplicably, appeared at MT1, tanned, tall, slim and beautiful in his fish t-shirt. I think it was love at first sight…

Weird...

Since then, he’s made me laugh…always the way to my heart…

A fine romance?

and he’s made me cry…

I'd let you treat me any way you want...

…and my love has grown stronger.

The last time I saw him, it was up on the hospital roof (a favourite Proctor haunt), with his patient, releasing a duck which flew away into the most beautifully sad and meaningful sunset. It’s an image that will stay with me for a long time. I wish he could have turned round to say goodbye, and we could have shared a last, long and lingering look, but it wasn’t to be…

I think my heart may be broken. Farewell, beautiful, mysterious, funny Dr Proctor. Though you never knew me, I won’t forget you…

If you are similarly afflicted, please feel free to share your favourite Dr Proctor moments…it’s a well known fact that talking helps!

by henrysmummy2003

with thanks to Joan aka HazelP for screencaps

UPDATE: I have had confirmation today (11 July) that there WILL definitely be an on-demand DVD of Miami Medical. More news later this week.


Miami Medical flies off into the sunset

5 Jul

What a fitting and excellent finale Medicine Man proved to be. Written by Steve Maeda (the ‘quiet man’ of the Lieber/Maeda partnership), it gave all our actors something to chew on, and the audience lots to enjoy.

Two separate trauma incidents provided our patients, both rather less spectacular than in recent weeks (topping last week’s giant sinkhole was always going to be difficult). The first, a road accident, brings in Ben (John Bain) and his teacher Lori (Elizabeth Ho). Terrifyingly, Ben’s skull has become detached from his spine (Proctor describes him as being ‘internally decapitated’. Countrywide, Americans swooned at how he pronounces it) and in the course of examining him, a pre-existing and non-life-threatening  spinal cyst is discovered. Ben’s mother Dana (Betsy Brandt) has no health insurance and so the cyst has not been treated, but it will impact on Ben’s quality of life. Here’s what Jeffrey Lieber had to say about this aspect of the story when I spoke with him the other day:

The medical story of Medicine Man was inspired by an article we came across that said that people without health insurance were vastly more likely to die in a trauma incident than people with health insurance. It didn’t intellectually make sense – because trauma is about saving lives and damn the health insurance – until we realized that people without health care COME INTO a trauma event less healthy and therefore are in worse shape to start with.

Doing the right thing isn't easy

Eva Zambrano feels that, while Ben is under the knife, it makes perfect sense (which of course it does, surely?) to fix both the trauma injury and the cyst. But it seems that is not the way things are done, and Eva is left with a dilemma. The solution she chooses ends up being to her patient’s benefit but to her own detriment, and she gets a dressing-down from renowned (and formidable) surgeon Dr Sanaval (April Grace). It was pleasing to see a tv show tackle the very topical issue of health insurance (and the issues it raises for the considerable numbers of US citizens not in a position to afford it) in a sensitive way, and Lana Parrilla’s Eva was able to show us a little more of what her character could have gone on to become had the show not been cancelled. Serena’s praise of Eva as they both ate cake (presumably only microscopic crumbs: those girls do NOT look like serious cake-eaters!) left us in no doubt that Eva did the ‘right thing’.

Rick's surgery brings the brothers closer

Presumably, gorgeous Bailey Chase as Dr C’s naughty brother Rick and his kidney cancer storyline would have trickled on into series two. Those two are a great partnership. Seeing Rick press all of Chris’s buttons gave Mike Vogel an opportunity which he grabbed with both hands. As  far as it went, it resolved nicely with Rick reverting to type, but we’ll never know if he recovers or not.

Hat by Nurse Tuck, face by Jeremy Northam

I commented last week on how great it would be to see Jeremy Northam do some more comedy in the future and I got my wish sooner than I imagined!  Jeremy’s Proctor was treating the victim of  the second trauma incident. It really doesn’t matter what the incident was nor what his injuries were, all that matters is that Jesse (W. Earl Brown, Deadwood, in one of the best guest roles we’ve seen all series) refuses to be operated on unless Proctor and Tuck can produce a male Mallard duck and make a medicine hat from its feathers… And no, he’s not certifiable (Proctor tries that route) he just happens to hold a rather unusual set of beliefs about waterfowl! Proctor elects, finally, to go with the flow, and the interchanges between W. Earl Brown, Jeremy Northam, Omar Gooding and the duck they eventually source are an absolute delight, topped off by Proctor donning the medicine hat and announcing, with aplomb and obvious relish, ‘All hail the king of Quacksilvania!’ Jeremy really seemed to enjoy himself in this episode.

The duck, the quack and the possibly crackers...

When Jesse comes round after the operation, and presses Proctor to divulge what he believes in, Proctor takes him to his favourite part of the hospital (the roof, of course) and shows him the sunset. As the camera pans back, Proctor releases the duck and it flies away with all our dreams of a second season. It’s all very fitting that this is where it ends, back up on the roof with the sun setting (remember 88 Seconds?). But I’m still not happy about it…

A fitting and beautiful ending..

With thanks to Joan for the beautiful images of Proctor on the roof

by henrysmummy2003


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